What Is Consciousness?

When I speak of consciousness, I’m talking about the universal consciousness that pervades all things.

I read in a recent edition of Nexus magazine that a prominent professor, who had studied the deeper aspect of life for many years, asked that someone provide her with a definition of consciousness.

She had found that she had been unable to find a satisfactory description.

Describing consciousness is a bit like trying to describe love; it defies description. Consciousness - like love - cannot be made to fit within the limited confines of the human mental framework. Consciousness is of the soul; it has nothing to do with the human mind. The mind tries (as the mind does) to find a place to fit it into, but it cannot. So perhaps the best advice that we can offer the professor is to stop trying to find a description for consciousness; her scientific mind is used to only being satisfied when it can fit things somewhere.

All thought originates from universal consciousness. Thoughts might be described as satellites of energy, circulating around us. The situation that you find yourself in creates a vibrational energy that is you. You are a composite of all previous experience - from this current life and the many that you have had before. All of this results in a state of being that attracts thoughts from universal consciousness. Like really does attract like. You might find yourself locked in a pattern, as your ego seeks to maintain the same pattern of behaviour, for the ego loves what is “known”. For example by thinking and behaving as a victim, you create a tenfold attraction of victim consciousness; by thinking and behaving as a martyr, you will create a five fold increase in martyr behaviour tendencies.

Manifestation is an expression of your behaviour and your thought. By acting with true kindness and love, you draw to yourself similar vibration that enhances your life in wonderful ways.

Thought can be categorised into two forms. The first is inspirational thought.  This thought comes from the soul and in order to be expressed on this 3-dimensional world, it has to be interpreted by the mind. As a result it loses some of what it originally was, for the mind - by its very nature - filters thought. The individual usually doesn’t realise that the mind has done this. This type of thought is creative thought. Everyone has the capacity to tap into this, and it comes from universal consciousness. This is clear thought; deep inner realisations come from this soul source. They generally come when you aren’t seeking them, slipping between a pause in your energy movement, i.e. a meditative type moment.

The second category of thought is the main thought alive in the world today - it comes from the consciousness of man. It may have begun in universal consciousness but has been changed and adapted so much it is not what it was. This thought is often a collection of other people’s ideas that the individual has gathered either from contact with others, study or is absorbed from the group consciousness that surrounds us all. This means that many people echo thoughts that come from the collective consciousness, in other words from the mass collection of thought. For example Adolf Hitler is considered to have been the greatest exponent of convincing others that his ideas were correct. Many walked away from his speeches completely convinced and Hitler’s thoughts became their thoughts.

So you can see that while consciousness is unable to be adequately described, it is the source of all thought. Thought has different forms and the one that we should aspire to also defies description. Yet in order to navigate our way through life, we would do well to connect to inspirational thought and learn to eliminate the filters we carry from our past history. This allows us to receive messages from the source with a minimal amount of interference and perhaps deepen our understanding of what consciousness is.

Blessings,

Peter.