If you gathered all the authors of this collection in one room, you wouldn’t hear the hum of perfect agreement. But you’d hear optimism in everyone’s voice. “We’re going to crack this problem” marks a tidal change from past decades, when it wasn’t even respectable to talk about consciousness in sophisticated scientific circles. It’s hard to crack a problem that almost no one believes exists. The most distinguished quantum pioneers speculated brilliantly on the nature of mind in the universe. The general reaction in the field, however, was to whisper about old men going soft and leaving “real science” far behind. Such outright dismissal still exists, so it takes intellectual courage for these authors to swim upstream as they argue for the presence of mind in the cosmos. Ironing out their differences for the moment, these essays uphold some common propositions:
- Consciousness must be scientifically explained.
- There is evidence of mind outside the human brain.
- We are probably living inside a conscious universe.
- The assumption that the brain creates mind through a system of physical processes is backed by unreliable evidence.
- Traces of mind can be found at the quantum level of Nature.
- The separation of the subjective and objective domain is artificial. Instead of seeing reality “out there,” we must think in terms of a participatory universe.
Each writer has staked his own ground on these claims, some being more conservative, others declaring that mind is everywhere in the universe. It’s a breathtaking range of speculation. The fact that some essays reach out to philosophy and Eastern thought is heartening to me personally. The Vedic rishis were true Einsteins of consciousness, and if mind and cosmos can be linked, these seers are urgently relevant. That’s the issue that Vedanta confronts. The eyes can detect physical light. The mind is aware of its own thoughts. The soul, if it exists, can attest to God. But none of this is good enough. Our eyes are easily fooled-hence the end of classical physics, and the beginning of quantum theory, whose eyes are mathematical, since physicality itself becomes vague and shadowy, unpredictable and non-local, in the quantum domain.
I’m proud to have edited this collection of essays as the circle around reality grows tighter and tighter. This elusive chimera won’t escape. One anticipates an evolutionary leap before it is captured, however. Science must expand to embrace consciousness. Theorists must plunge directly into the participatory universe. The outworn assumptions of materialism must be revised or thrown away. When will all these changes occur? No one can say. But an evolutionary leap will occur when physicists look around the cosmos and agree with a famous saying from Vedanta: “This isn’t knowledge you can acquire. This is knowledge you must become.”
Chapter: Bridging from the Mundane to the Conscious Universe
by Theresa Bullard, Ph.D. and Professor Barbara Bullard, M.A.
This chapter reveals how our Brain-Mind-Cosmos connections, here called “bridges”, can be stimulated and strengthened by applying specific kinds of oscillatory energy, neurotechnology, and other methods to elicit transitions in consciousness.
What bridges must we cross for accessing expanded states of consciousness?
By what means can we break through previously limited neural conditioning of the brain and the old paradigms of the mind?
How can we re-train our brain-mind system to perceive according to the new quantum paradigms of reality?
What is needed is a way to bridge or unite the different streams of consciousness that often seem divergent in their ways of perceiving and interpreting reality. Building on the hypotheses in other chapters of this book, namely that “Universal Consciousness is the foundation of the universe”, as Kafatos puts it, and Radin’s suggestion that “aspects of human consciousness ought to transcend the classical boundaries of space and time”, this chapter focuses on concrete and specific processes in the Brain-Mind-Cosmos connection by which we may transition between different streams of consciousness. It demonstrates how bridges are accessed and strengthened through the use of oscillatory energies, such as light, sound, electromagnetic fields, rhythmic pressure, and even consciousness itself, tuned-in to the right frequencies to properly stimulate the brain-mind system.
The scientific findings that illuminate how such transitions occur within the brain will be discussed, as will the techniques for causing punctuated shifts in the mind, which has traditionally been explored and developed through the fields of psychology, philosophy, & spirituality. Through describing a series of seven bridges within the brain-mind system, we lay out a pathway that leads us from the mundane experience of life, back to the oneness of Universal Consciousness.
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