COUNSCIOUSNESS, AND THE HUMAN CONUNDRUM

Golden mannequin head with an explosion of pastel light above

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”  Nikola Tesla

Reality is not what it appears — the ancients knew it, pioneering physicists of the early 20th century knew it, and current leading edge scientists are proving it.

All is mind.

Scientists don’t know where the brain ends and the mind begins. Are they the same thing? What about souls? Are these located in our brains? What is responsible for all of the unique thoughts and feelings that make us who we are? Everyone from philosophers to physicists has taken up this question of consciousness and come up empty.

For a long time, the study of consciousness was considered too far out to study. How do you scientifically study something so subjective? How can what one person feels become something that another person can quantify? But now, in their relentless pursuit to understand every single thing about the world, scientists are trying to figure out what exactly is going on with consciousness.

Though deep metaphysical questions about the nature of a soul, a mind and brain leave questions as to whether this issue is in the realm of scientists, the brain is likely involved in some way with our conscious thoughts. With the help of brain imaging, scientists can watch different parts of the brain light up, and they know they can alter the brain and our consciousness with surgeries or chemicals. But what scientists don’t know is at what stage of the process a firing neuron becomes a conscious thought. The things that make up consciousness may be scattered all over the brain, with different cranial parts responsible for different pieces of a person. But, as we’ve mentioned, there are tons of other brain mysteries about how these parts might work together.

Firing Neuron

The Fundamental Questions

Throughout the ages, Mankind has been trying to answer the big questions — What is the nature of existence and reality, what are we, and why are we here?  In the World of today, with the ascendance of the ideology of scientific materialism, we have a strong tendency to reject anything that doesn’t fit our materialistic paradigm and label it as “mystical”.  We have become mesmerized by the material world.  Materialism and consumerism run rampant in our society. Lured by the apparent success of the reductionist method that we have used to analyze and understand our world, we have come to view the universe as purely a physical system, working something like a great machine, and with matter being the fundamental substance of reality.

Our scientific analytical methods have certainly been successful and have led us to understand the inner workings of matter well enough to create many useful technologies.  But these successes have erroneously led us to conclude that our materialistic view of the universe must be correct and reject other ideas as “mystical” and backward.

The materialistic paradigm persists in the popular and scientific thought despite plenty of evidence that it is indeed not true.  The Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics have both shown that energy is more fundamental than matter.  Quantum physics in the early 20th century: Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein,  Louis de Broglie, Max Born, Paul Dirac, Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, Erwin Schrödinger, Richard Feynman, and many others all came  if not to the same conclusion, inclined to believe that everything is energy and that somehow consciousness is intimately intertwined with it.  And yet this insight seems to have been lost since then.  Physicists are still chasing the fundamental “particle”, and focusing on material phenomena rather than focusing on what energy is, how it forms matter, and what other forms can it take.

The Many faces of Counsciouness

‘The stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the Universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter… we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.

Sir James Hopwood Jeans

Therefore to treat Consciousnesses as a mere derivative of matter, well, it speak more of our age and it’s materialistic, antiquated views, married to a Materialistic view of existence, regardless of the mysterious way things work regarding consciousness.

Space seems to be limitless, despite we know it’s not, but ever expanding , however, all but few,  will acknowledge, or dare to say that the Universe, more than a place it’s a conceptual space, a realm of ideas, and imagination, which makes it inherently unbounded.  What it can create is only limited by its imagination, and it’s imagination is boundless.

Limiteless Imagination

The Kingdom of God Is Within You

I do respect religious beliefs, and those who believe in Jesus, or any of the Prophets, my greatest respect, but Christ is not a person. It is a consciousness that a person achieved. The same potential exists for each of you when you go beyond limited beliefs. You do so upon connecting to your heart, and acquiring Consciousnesses, and Wisdom. ‘Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.’ John 14:12 King James. ‘Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.’ Luke 17:21 King James.

‘Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seekethfindeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Mathew.’ 7:7-8 King James.

Simply put, the true essence of your being cannot be seen, touched, heard, tasted, or smelled because these are all third dimensional qualities. You’re a spirit that incarnated into your body to have a human experience. Jesus Christ realized this and tried to share it with the masses.

Heaven is Within

The Return of Metaphysics

Thomas Nail a philosopher in it’s essay: Revolution and the Return of Metaphysics, argue that “the real revolution it’s an eternal future politics “to come” beyond the state, party, or market. The revolution is always potential, but never actual. Metaphysics~ and revolution thus share a similar disrepute: it is no longer possible to believe in the real without the mediating forces of language, culture, party, and state. Against this disrepute, this chapter argues that we are witnessing the return of metaphysics and revolution without mediation and political representation. But if this return is not a mere repetition of classical metaphysics and revolutionary statism, what is it? “

I will not go into his convoluted philosophical arguments between Alain Badiou, and Deleuze, about Being, event, and revolution, since in my view revolution, and event, are no longer about political, or social mass forces, as historically conventional we understand them, as a war of political factions, with different views, but about their obsolescence as beneficial forces of change,    and more about individual transformation, that by the weight of it’s numbers eventually will tip up the scales, and will bring  the change needed, without institutionalized hierarchical values, be this democratic, or imposed by power, in other words it will be a matter of people to be transformed by consciousnesses itself, a rapture of sorts, as when the early Christians were possessed by the Holy Spirit. Of course in a more subtle, symbolic way, not in a literal religious iconography, as some of the images here may misguide you.

And I do not imply there will not be struggle, or very hard work ahead of us to bring the change, because it’s implicit in every change.

Too idealistic you may say, but I will paraphrase Karl Rhaner: The people of the future will be either mystics, or saints, or they will not be any humans left at all.

Andrea-Pozzo-San-Ignazio

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32 Responses to COUNSCIOUSNESS, AND THE HUMAN CONUNDRUM

  1. HAQQ says:

    Yes. I wholeheartedly agree. This is the most important and crucial message at this time. And not only that, but it is probably the only way to answer all questions and solve all so-called problems. It is the path to peace.
    ” seek ye first the kingdom of God and all else shall be added unto you.”
    It is interesting that at this time, science and spirituality or mysticism and physics seem to be getting closer to seeing the same conclusion. Seemingly the only difference is that the mystics are all right with the fact that the end result remain “mystical”. The scientists, physicist and Scholars seem to need the end result to be tangible, but this is not the case. “The Dao that can be spoken is not the Eternal Dao”. The conclusion that they must come to is that what they are looking for cannot be spoken, named, touched, etcetera. Just because something cannot be seen, touched etcetera, does not mean it does not exist. Just like Love. God, love, Spirit, consciousness. They are all synonymous. This is the all, the everything, the I am. I for one believe that in this day and age this message is more important than ever do perpetuate. thank you for doing so!

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, great response, it was Mysticism that before opened the door in the past, now Science need to catch up, by realizing the human heart it’s the crucible to find access to the hidden dimensions of Spirit, so necessary to achieve Peace, and Harmony on Earth.

      Thank you for taking the trouble of writing such valuable comment! 🙂

  2. James McEwan says:

    Surely the brain is the biochemical organ used to contain thought and auto human body functions. Mind is the complicated functioning or process of the collected and stored information that formulates action – directed by the predominating thought, be it good or evil.
    It is the repetitive energy and repeated thought that controls the mind – anyone will believe anything if the thought is convincing.

    Just my uneducated view.

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, you are right, unfortunately the mind can be a junkyard of our own making, if we are not disciplined enough to keep it clean everyday, like your teeth.

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  3. broodjejaap says:

    Wonderful and Magical article !!
    Thank you it lifted my spirits after yet another rocket promising from yet another small man with a tiny penis and peanut size brain. What is the matter with these men? May the universal fractal holographic fields keep us all together, namaste !

    • theburningheart says:

      Selfishness, and mindlessness, seem to be the rule, rather than the exception, in the affairs of the World, we need to clear out all that mess by a new Renascence, not only of floating wonderful ideas, but put into practice as actual deeds.
      For a time being, too long I should said, those in power, have played their cards, and shake us all at their will, and not to help us but to take advantage from us.
      We need to reverse that situation, and create a more just, and compassionate World, where the well being of everybody should be their birthright, like citizenship, rather than something everybody has to fight, and struggle to obtain, or else, live in misery.

      Thank you for your great comment! 🙂

  4. Fox Mulder from the x-files would love this article

    • theburningheart says:

      ‘Great evils, require, even greater remedies.’ The saying goes!

      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

  5. Good morning Mr. Brogido, I din’t want to write you any answer, because your topic is in fact too difficult for me! For example the sentence: Scientists don’t know at what stage of the process a firing neuron becomes a conscious thought, or what are we in fact! I thank you, however, for these highly interesting thoughts and wish you a good day. Cari saluti Martina

    • theburningheart says:

      We understand the topic may be difficult, not only to you Martina, but for a lot of people, or they may have different ideas, I always can measure people’s reactions for the amount of responses, and sort of knew this post would be in that category, despite of it, many of my best post in my opinion are in that place, I believe in not holding up for fear of not being understood, or agreed with, to be forward, on the edge of thinking, carry always such a risk, but if not for those who dared to believe in circumnavigation, there will still be a lot of people believing Earth is flat!
      Despite the evidence we get constantly that everything change, people like to remain comfortable in their ways, and that means no change, regardless of the fact change it’s constant, and unavoidable.
      Thank you Martina for your response. 🙂

      • For me it’s clear that you have to write about topics which touch your heart but are not necessary a blockbuster!! I wish you much strength to go on like this.:)

  6. theburningheart says:

    Yes, you got it right Martina, we got to go along with our heart when doing things we believe they matter, regardless, of the outcome, it’s the right thing to do, otherwise we would have to live with a conscience whispering our failure to do so.
    We appreciate your understanding, and encouragement. 🙂

  7. Christy B says:

    What is reality? Where are we? Ack, now I’m questing everything 😉 You always provide multiple experts and research in your posts and I appreciate the time taken for it. Thank you, dear friend.

    • theburningheart says:

      Understanding consciousness, it’s not only the realm of scientist trying to figure out our self cognitive quality, and the wonderful miracles it provide, as knowledge, but to achieve inner self realization of Being, a more important, endeavor; Spiritual equanimity, in my view, and the True purpose of Mankind, to achieve what’s ultimately the important things in life, like Wisdom, Peace, Love, Knowledge, and all the virtues that may bring us Truth.

      Thank you for your comment Christy. 🙂

  8. Devinder says:

    Yes, Christ, krishna, Guru Nanak, Mahavir etc etc as their own time on planet earth… is not a person. It is a consciousness that a person achieved. The same potential exists for each of you when you go beyond limited beliefs.
    Superb post….
    👏👏👌👍💐🌎🎆

  9. The brain is still a mystery, but what a fascinating mystery. I would think there is more to soul, a mind and brain than we will ever be able to explain scientifically.

    • theburningheart says:

      You are right Otto, if you think we have a brain, a mind and consciousnesses, a process, that it may be biological, but totally subjective to ourselves, we can communicate, or hide our thoughts, there’s also what we call soul experiences that are unique to each of us, that we cannot even attempt to put into words sometimes, in a way we are solipsistic in nature, and we live, and move in our subjective space, more than we do in what we call the ‘real world’ we refer as the objective.

      Thank you, for your insight. 🙂

  10. I must ask: your gravatar, you standing next to the wooden statue that looks just like you. Is that really you? did you carve it? Did someone carve it of you, or do you just have an amazing resemblance to a carving of someone else?

    • theburningheart says:

      Bodhidharma was a Buddhist Indian monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century. Traveled to China, he is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch. According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of Shaolin Monastery that led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu. In Japan, he is known as Daruma.
      His image is made in many artistic media, such as calligraphy, painting, sculpture, wood carving, etc
      The picture was taken by some friends, while we were visiting a Chinese Buddhist temple, some years ago, I just got in front of the wooden statue, and adopted a clownish posture, my friend took the picture, and there you have it, by the way lot of people think it’s a great picture. 🙂

  11. Susan Ridenour says:

    Hi, Love this. I’ve studied Ken Wilbur, and Eckart Tolle, both. I also read a lot of near death experiences. I’ve even had one, at a low, low point in my life. It was if I stepped out of my body and was looking over my own shoulder. The woman I saw looked very tense, rolling a cigarette. I had compassion for her desperate need to keep all the balls in the air, and how that was all such a waste of her time. I wrote it all down, right before dawn, in the dark. As the light came into the room, I slowly came back to my body. I forget, often, the Truths I was given, and when I remember to, so go back and read the stories of NDEers and it comforts me, reminds me, that we are so much more than we think we are, and what in this lifetime in this body, is really important. Thank you for your post.

    • theburningheart says:

      There’ still a lot of people who believe it’s all a matter of chance, not guided by a famous dictum: The unexamined life is not worth living, apparently uttered by Socrates at his trial for impiety and corrupting youth, for which he was subsequently sentenced to death, as described in Plato’s Apology.
      Consciousness, its mot a random phenomenon as some people want to believe, and there’s a purpose to our life, and each of us has to find out what that reason is.
      Satchitananda representing “existence, consciousness, and bliss” or “truth, consciousness, bliss”, is an epithet and description for the subjective experience of the ultimate, unchanging reality in Hinduism called Brahman.
      The term is contextually related to “the ultimate reality” in various schools of Hindu traditions. In theistic traditions, sacchidananda is same as God such as Vishnu, Shiva or Goddess in Shakti traditions. In monist traditions, sacchidananda is considered directly inseparable from nirguna (attributeless) Brahman or the “universal wholeness of existence”, wherein the Brahman is identical with Atman, the true individual self. Satchitananda or Brahman is held to be the source of all reality, source of all conscious thought, and source of all perfection-bliss. It is the ultimate, the complete, the destination of spiritual pursuit
      One thing is quite clear to me; all that is, lives and moves and has its being in consciousness and I am in and beyond that consciousness.

      Thank you Susan for your comment. 🙂

  12. larryzb says:

    So you reject the divinity of Christ. This is not new.

  13. stolzyblog says:

    Hi. A lot in this piece. Regarding the reluctance of science to peer into matters which are inherently subjective (as you mentioned), I recommend this early essay of mine which probes it from a certain angle: http://skirmisheswithreality.net/2016/02/04/nagel-summarizes-nagel/

    One can think about, and research, subjective phenomena within our psyches with as much rigorousness as external science explores the outer world. But it demands assiduous practice and technique and dedication, combined with a willingness to see the truth about oneself. Cheers. 🙂

    • theburningheart says:

      Yes, I read your great post, and commented on it.
      And yes I agree with you, personally believe the ancient Greeks Arete to be our highest goal, as Humans.
      ‘Know thyself.’
      If Arete is knowledge and study, the highest human knowledge is knowledge about knowledge itself; in this light, the theoretical study of human knowledge, which Aristotle called “contemplation”, is the highest human achievement, and happiness. 🙂

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