Chapter 11 – Consciousness


Pure consciousness, before it has identified with any form, empty of content, just vibrating energy, all-encompassing and nonlocal – nothing and everything. How can we describe that? Thinking logically, this chapter should be blank.

As I write this, I am reading an article on the Russian Andrei Linde, one of the world’s leading cosmologists and good friend of Stephen Hawking, where he speculates, “that our description of the universe may remain incomplete as long as we do not solve the mystery of consciousness. Perhaps our inner reality is even more real than the material world outside.”

Many scientists believe that consciousness may be the primary reality, out of which the secondary material reality emerges. Consciousness could thus be the basis of our entire reality, so what could be more interesting than trying to broaden our understanding of that?

What is consciousness

So far, nobody has been able to identify what consciousness is, and no scientist has found its location. The pure consciousness is not static; it is living, dynamic, beyond thought, beyond form, and therefore difficult to “pinpoint”. Nor has it been possible to find consciousness in our brain, even if we use our brain to be conscious of consciousness. Fortunately, we do not need to have a definition of what consciousness is to be able to make use of it.

Even though no one has been able to definitively “prove” what consciousness is, there are many “theories” and also models of explanation.

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