What is it? How does it work? Where does it come from?
It may help to think of how mathematics is organized
and develops, as an analogy to understanding the concepts discussed here. It is not probable that you could understand
higher math concepts without first acquiring an understanding of the lower
level math processes.
If you have ever studied math to the level of
differential equations, you know that before you can understand the subject,
you must have a good grasp of the many theorems and laws developed in studying
calculus. And before understanding calculus as a scientific problem solving
tool, you must have acquired the knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
But, you cannot really understand geometry, trig and algebra with having a
working knowledge of basic arithmetic and being able to start that
understanding through the ability to count using numbers. The better you
understand each successive level of math, the better able you are to progress
and use it as a problem solving tool. Acquiring the process enables you to
count cookies or to begin a journey to mars with the certainty that you will
get there. Keeping with the “technical” theme, the same progression is true of
the study and application of physics or any of the sciences. With each subject,
there are relationships and patterns of organization that you must learn in
order to grasp a workable understanding of the body of knowledge.
If math or physics is not your preferred analogy,
think of how your body is put together. I presume that most people have a basic
understanding of the organization of their body. The physical body as a whole
is an organization of major organs and delivery systems such as blood systems,
lymph systems and the electrical system.
There are also “less physical” systems such as information storage,
thinking, intuition, dreaming, and consciousness. In just considering the
physical aspects of the body, we can develop a similar analogy.
The organs and delivery systems are all composed of
cells organized in specific arrangements with very specific relationships
shared among them. Let something interfere with the relationships and
organizations, and you may experience a cut finger, the common cold or even a
life threatening disease. All the cells that are the building blocks for the
organs and delivery systems of the body are composed of similar relationships
and organizations of molecules. It is the working together for the greater
good, of all these molecules collectively, that allows the organs and delivery
systems to perform their function and do their task of sustaining life.
We can’t stop with the molecules. These structures are
built up from very specific arrangements and relationships of atoms that are in
a cooperative venture to maintain stability in bonding and the structure of the
molecules, the building blocks that compose the cells - that make up the organs
and delivery systems of the physical body. We now know that science has
verified that within months or just a very few years, every atom in the body is
replaced with an atom that was once external to your body. This poses the
question: How does the cell retain the memory of what its role is in the life
process, when all of its constituent parts are constantly being replaced?
We aren't finished with the body analogy until we
travel inside the atom and find that it too consists of other smaller units
such as electrons, protons and neutrons that must remain in a specific
relational arrangement in order to maintain stability. Let a certain mass event
occur with a sufficient collection of specific atoms of an element such as
uranium 235 or plutonium and you have an atomic fission bomb. A mass of uranium
235, smaller than a bowling ball, is what destroyed the entire city of
Hiroshima in Japan toward the end of WW-2, when the energy was released through such
a “mass event”. With this event, as Einstein postulated, the world found out
there was indeed a relationship between material mass and energy. This
relationship was stated as being proportional to the square of the speed of
light (186,000 miles/second squared); became the most famous equation discussed for
many decades and even now.
physicists discovered, there are even smaller building blocks that make up the
protons and neutrons that are in the nucleus of the atom. This peering deeper
and deeper into the atomic structure soon reveals that the apparent beginning
of these particles is no more than pure energy that is not physical at all,
even though the reference at the lowest level is still to “particles”. Not only
that, but empty space is theorized to be full of this non physical “dark”
energy. It is labeled dark energy because it is unseen. It must be there,
scientists say, for the universe to make sense given their level of knowledge
and the equations developed.
This finally brings me to the present point, where I
wish to start this discussion of what is consciousness? Most of the wording in
this discussion will follow closely to the Seth view of reality as expressed in
several of the volumes published by Jane Roberts, who was probably the 20
century’s most interesting mystic and psychic. It was Jane Roberts who brought
the world the body of wisdom and knowledge known as the Seth material. Specific
volumes that were sources for this information will be listed in the end notes.
The Seth view of reality differs from the typical religious or scientific worldviews
of reality, how it came into existence and how it functions. I will go into the
contrast between this discussion and the dominant religious creation story and
the scientific “big bang” & random events views of reality in another
paper. Most people are aware of the basics of the conventional religious views
and the popularly held scientific or evolutionary views. I might add that even
today they started out as a theory and the beginnings of each remain as
theories that have never been proven.
It cannot be proven scientifically that our world was
created by a god who set it into motion, but remained outside of its dominion.
Nor can it be proven scientifically that the creation of the world was the
result of a chance occurrence (the big bang) though it is said to be deduced
from observation – so, I will not be able to prove what I am going to share
with you either. Not in usual terms. The explanations you are about to read
will give certain hints and clues, that will show you where to look for
subjective evidence as we live our lives through our own subjective knowing. Some
say perception is reality.
There are a couple of suggestions I have that will
help in understanding this material. The first is to let your mind be “open”
for new possibilities and to “suspend
disbelief”, if only for a while, in the impossibility of what is shared.
Allow for the possibility of these ideas to be valid, even as the other
“officially” accepted religious and scientifically based views about reality,
which many people have held on to, were assumed valid and not questioned by
most people for so long. Indeed, some beliefs currently held may have to be
changed or eliminated in order for the deeper implications of this material to
sink in. Allow for the importance of not only our intellect, but also the
importance of our dreams, impulses and intuitions that speak to us of a greater
inner reality that we can indeed experience and practically use in our lives to
guide us and to help us solve practical problems.
So, let us begin
with an alternate view of reality as explained in much detail in the collected
volumes of the Seth material published by Jane Roberts (and her spouse Robert
Butts) and New Awareness Networks Inc. that took up the continued publication
of previously unpublished material upon Jane’s death in 1984. The original
manuscripts of Jane’s are kept alive today through Amber-Allen Publishing Inc.
Yale University has in its archives, copies of all of the volumes of material
that was produced over a 20 year period by Jane Roberts. Jane has been referred
to as one of the 20th century’s greatest mystics and psychics, who lived at a
time when the material was shunned by most religious, scientific and
educational institutions. With my paraphrasing added in many places for
clarity, let us contemplate on what Seth shared with the world through Jane and
Rob; and Jane’s ESP classes that she taught for about 11 years in Elmira, New
Consciousness Is the Vitalizing Force Behind the Physical
“There is a basic unit of consciousness, that
expressed, will not be broken down, as once it was thought that an atom was the
smallest unit and could not be broken down.
The basic unit of consciousness obviously is not
physical. It contains within itself innately infinite prospects of expansion, development and
organization; yet within its self always maintains the kernel of its own
individuality. Despite whatever organizations it becomes a part of, or how it
mixes with other such basic units, its own identity is not annihilated.
The basic unit of consciousness (CU for consciousness
unit) is the source of all other kinds of consciousnesses, and the varieties of
its activities are infinite. It is aware energy, identified within its self as
its self, not “personified”, but “awarized”. The basic unit of consciousness
(CU) combines with others of its kind, forming then units of consciousness – as
atoms and molecules combined to form various structures. This CU is endowed
with unpredictability, which allows for infinite patterns and fulfillments. The
organizations of consciousness “grow” even as cells grow into organs of the
body and delivery systems within the body.
Each “particle” of consciousness is dependent on every
other. The strength of one adds to the strength of all. The weakness of one
weakens the whole. The energy of one recreates the whole. The striving of one increases the potentially
of ALL THAT IS, and this
places great responsibility upon every other consciousness. As used in the Seth
material, All That Is, is the GOD concept, but described in an entirely
different way. Consciousness forms its own organizations and psychic
interactions, such as precognition, clairvoyance and telepathy at all levels.
Any consciousness automatically tries to express
itself in all probable directions, and does so. In so doing it will
experience ALL THAT IS through its
own being, though interpreted, of course, through that familiar reality of its
own. The structure of probabilities deals with parallel experience on
all levels. Your consciousness picks and chooses to accept as real, the results
of, and ramifications of, only certain overall purposes, desires, or intents.
You follow these through a time structure. Your focus allows other
just-as-legitimate experience to become invisible or unfelt. Consciousness is
able to hold its own sense of identity by accepting one probability, one
physical life, for example, and maintaining its identity through a lifetime.
From the seemingly “chaotic” bed of your dreams,
springs your ordered daily organized action. In your reality, the behavior of
your consciousness and of your molecules is highly connected. Your type of
consciousness presupposes a molecular consciousness, and your kind of
consciousness is inherent in molecular consciousness – inherent within your
system, but not basically predictable.
Now, a quick review of the CU’s, or basic units of
· The CU’s are
endowed with unpredictability.
· The very
unpredictability of the CU’s allows for infinite patterns and fulfillments.
· The very nature
of these CU’s is the vitalizing force behind everything in our physical
universe, and all other universes as well.
· CU’s attempt to expresses
themselves in all probable directions.
Some additional advanced attributes of the CU’s are:
· CU’s can indeed
appear in several places at once, and without going through space, in your
· Literally, these
CU’s can be in all places at once.
· The CU’s will
not be recognized. They will always appear as something else.
· CU’s move faster
than the speed of light!
· There are many
millions of CU’s in just one atom.
·Each CU is aware
of the reality of all others; and influences all others.
· In our terms,
these CU’s can move forward or backward in time!
It seems to me, that these CU’s postulated by Seth In
the 1960’s, may be the “God particle” that physicists have been searching for,
and theorize they may have discovered through high energy collisions in
the CERN particle accelerator, near Geneva, Switzerland, used to do research
into the basic structure of matter.
It may not surprise you that Seth’s main formula to
rival Einstein’s is that E = M = C; or Consciousness is equal to energy, is
equal to matter; consciousness and
energy and matter are all one - More on this rule later. Maybe you are
beginning to realize the fact that there is more creativity and variety in the
unknown reality than you ever physically perceived.
The CU’s do not have human characteristics of course.
They do however; possess their own “inclinations”, or leanings or “propensities”.
They are not clumps of “idle” energy. They are vitalized, aware and charged
with all the qualifications of being. All psychological structures are composed
of such organizations, however long or short lived in our terms. They are
innately endowed with the desire or propensity for growth and creative
organization. They are not found alone in isolation. They grow out of themselves.
Think if you will of the word “soul”.
Unfortunately, this word has been so used in regard to our species, that it
becomes highly difficult to unravel the conceptual difficulties surrounding the
word “soul”. Using usual definitions, we would call a soul the result of a
certain organization of these basic units of consciousness (CU’s), which we
would recognize as a “soul”. The
conscious mind is a vehicle for the expression of the soul or psyche in
corporeal terms. This then leads to the inevitable questions:
Do animals have
Do trees have
Do rocks have
Does the earth
have a soul?
So, in line with the usual definition of “souls” given
above, the smallest CU would be called “soul stuff”. This view point however is
highly limited, for “above us”, using the usual scale of things, there are
other more developed organizations of these units; and so from that “more
exalted viewpoint”, we would seem to be junior souls indeed.
The complex nature of other animal consciousness
escapes you completely. And when you compare your technologies, learning,
logical thought and cultures and arts; with what you understand of animal
experience, there seems no doubt that you are superior and “The Flower of
Evolution” – that all other kinds of life are topped by your existence. But,
you have been closed to the intricate, voluptuous, sensuous, social experience
of the animals, or even the plants – not being able to perceive that different
kind of biological emotion and belonging; that rich sensual identification with
earth, and you have been cut off from a biologically oriented culture that is
everywhere part and parcel of both plant and animal life. You are a part of
that also, but the conscious mind, with its own specifications, cannot
manipulate with that kind of knowledge.
There is no such thing as nonliving
matter. You interpret animal behavior according to your own beliefs. Since it is the beliefs of the conscious mind
that regulates the involuntary bodily motions and the entire physical system,
then contradictory beliefs obviously set up adverse physical reactions and
imbalances in the body.”
Now that we have reviewed some of the basic
preliminary concepts, in what may seem to be a simplified manner, we can go a
little deeper in understanding how consciousness functions.
The Universe is Always Being Created at Every Moment
“All matter is based upon these units of
consciousness, with their unpredictability and their propensity for exploring
all probabilities. If this is true, then obviously “you” are normally aware of
only one small probable portion of your self – and this portion you protect as
your identity. If you think of it as simply a focus taken by “your” greater
identity, then you will be able to follow as we continue our discussion. The
focus that each of us has is valid and indeed inviolate. You are conscious of
this portion of your greater self
that is your identity in physical
reality. What you think of as daily life is then a focus upon certain probable
events above others, a choosing of significances, and a selection of pattern.
In each now-moment or the present, you draw from the
vast bank of unpredictable actions certain ones that are “significant” to you;
and your private idea of significance will result in what seems to be
predictable action. (Side note: the NSA is currently collecting meta-data on
every individual in hopes of being able to model this selection process that
leads to individual actions.) Propensity
then is a selection of significance, an inclination toward the formation of selected
experience. This applies on all levels; atomic, psychological, biological
stimulus as well as mental intent.
You have a greater reality outside of your context,
yet a part of it is inside your context, as “you”. Your “youness”
is your significance, a focus of awareness, conscious of itself, that seeks out
and views experience with its own unique propensities. Your greater reality
obviously transcends both your births and your deaths. Your soul has eternal validity! The Greek word psyche can be translated
to the word soul.
There are then, probabilities quite present, and for
that matter biologically practical, that would allow for a change in individual
consciousness so great, as to literally propel the race into another level of
experience entirely. But, always remember that in the life you know, your
beliefs act to specify the particular probable events that will become “real”
You cannot separate your beliefs about reality from the reality that
you experience. That is, your beliefs about reality form it. Your ideas about
what is possible and what is not possible are reflected in all areas of your
life. So, the harder you work to maintain a belief in the “officially accepted”
ideas of the self and the world, in conventional limiting terms, the more you
block out any kind of unpredictability – the more you block out growth, change
and expansion of consciousness.
Consciousness Flowers Out In All Directions
Continuing, we have called the basic units of
consciousness CU’s. From the CU’s, EE units are formed, and the first roots of
physical matter were sent out into the world. EE units or electromagnetic
energy units are described by Seth as:
basically arising from consciousness.
breath of consciousness.
are emotional tones.
Units which are
just beneath the range of physical matter.
Just one form
that emotional energy takes.
There are many ranges and great varieties of such EE
units, all existing beyond your perceptive reach. To lump them together in such
a way, however, is misleading, for within all of this there is great order.
These units, though moving faster than the speed of light, slow down, in our
terms, as they approach physical structure. Electrons are slow dullards in
comparisons with EE units for example.
It goes without saying that these units of
consciousness (EE units) are “mental”. But, from their inner organization all physical forms emerge.
Certain intensities are built up of unit organization even before the smallest
physical particle, or even invisible “physical particle exists. These units
form what you think of as the mind, around which the structure of the brain is
formulated. These units permeate the brain. The great communication system
within the body itself is dependent upon the constant inner flux and flow of
these units. On one level the body’s
very survival is largely determined by the unit’s propensities for selectivity
and significance. Only because these
units (EE) have their source outside of space and time is the present corporal
reality a triumph of probabilities.
The mind, which is not physically represented in the
material body, does exist electrically. The brain, which does exist physically,
is a part of the mind in the electric structure. To study the human body from
only the physical standpoint, or to consider it as exclusively a physical
phenomenon, is to severely limit your perception of it, and of reality as a
whole. To study psychology exclusively in terms of the brain’s effect upon the
physical body is likewise hampering and limiting, for the brain is merely that
portion of, that very small portion, of the mind which is apparent within
matter. Within your physical field the brain is subject to the laws of your
field. The mind, having its existence within the scope of the physical field
of it, is a
much more fruitful subject for study.
These units of consciousness, being independent of
space and time, form your cellular structure and that structure deals in a most
basic manner with the nature of probabilities.Your cellular structure then has
a cellular consciousness. The cells then have the ability to precognate,
or to acquire future information that cannot be deduced from presently
available and normally acquired sense-based information. Further, this implies
that although the body appears permanent and in existence from one moment to
the next, basically it constantly rises out of the bed of probabilities, hovering at your now-point of perception and experience. Its apparent
stability is dependent upon the knowledge of “future” probabilities as well as
Following this line of thought then, you also have a body
consciousness. The cellular consciousness experiences itself as eternal,
though to you the cells have a brief life. But those cells are aware of the
body’s history, in your terms, and in a much more familiar fashion than you are
aware of the earth’s history.
Your present then is the result of your own poised
consciousness, choosing its perception and the nature of its life from a field
that is sometimes predictable, only because of the greater area of organization
available to it. Your present is a poised balance affected as much by the
probable future as the probable past.”
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- Hamlet (1.5.167-8),
Hamlet to Horatio
“You view the fantastic variety of physical life – its animal, insects,
birds, fish, humans, and all the works of humans – with hardly a qualm; yet you
must understand that the nature of consciousness itself is far
more varied, and you must learn to think of an inner reality that
is as infinite as the exterior one. These concepts alone do alter your present
consciousness, and change it in some degree.
The present conventional idea of a soul, held by many, is a “primitive
idea” that can scarcely begin to explain the creativity or reality from
which the “human” being comes. You are multidimensional persons. Yet you exist
in many times and places at once. Simultaneously you exist as one person. This does not deny the
independence of the other persons, but your inner reality straddles their
reality, while it also serves as a psychic world in which they can grow. Reincarnation simply represents
probabilities in a time context.
All consciousness, in all its forms, exists at once.
idea of one soul, one self, forms a significance and a selectivity that blinds
you to these other realities that are as much “here and now” as your present
self. The units of consciousness that compose
your physical being alone are aware of those greater significances, to which
your limited ideas and beliefs make you opaque.
The body’s innate knowledge then, will try to translate itself often into
psychological activity that
may result in hunches, premonitions and so forth. The physical senses may then
be used to clarify the message.
According to your beliefs, you may interpret such data in any manner of
ways. Because such experiences may not be accepted or recognized as “officially accepted” activity, because
of your beliefs, they may appear frightening. You may assign them to “spirits”
or disembodied personalities, but in such a way that they are thrown together
in a confusing mass of dogma or superstition.
You may be “guilty” of using “prejudiced
If you understood to begin with that you are a spirit, and therefore free of space and time
yourself, then you could at least consider the possibility that some such
messages were coming to you from other portions of your own reality.
While inhabited by the usual human
consciousness, the living body operates as an intense focus point. The
conglomeration of consciousnesses within it on all levels focuses its own
network of communication. This private network is connected to all
like it. There are levels of attractions
then simply between all bodies, electromagnetically and biologically. The network is more far reaching than that
even. Not only can all cells respond to each other, but their mass activity
triggers even higher centers of consciousness to respond to a given set of
world conditions, rather than to other quite-as-legitimate world conditions
that do not fit the accepted pattern that has been chosen. Probabilities to
some extent then are determined along cellular lines. When consciousness is
being specified, it always sees itself at the center of its world. All
specifications of consciousness and all phenomenal appearances occur when the
basic units of consciousness, the CU’s, emerge into EE units (electromagnetic
energy), and hence into the dimensions of actuality in your terms.
Your mainly accepted normal consciousness is within the matter of your
body. Through your body, you view your world. There is nothing to prevent you
from viewing your body from a standpoint outside of it, except that you have
been taught to believe that consciousness is imprisoned within the flesh. The
body is a sending and receiving organism; your home station, so to speak, and
the focus of your activity. You can, however, quite consciously leap from it,
step outside of it, or depart from it – and you do often, particularly in the dream
state, where you view the world from another perspective.
Your conscious mind as you normally think of it is the psychological
structure that directs your overall actions, and its ideas and beliefs
determine the kind of selectivity you use. So, what are the implications of
knowing that your body, as your home station, is a sending and receiving
organism? What are the various sources of communications that bring information
to your conscious mind? The various psychological activities and realities we
knowingly or unknowingly engage in, that provide communications to our
conscious minds that have been expressed so far are: the physical senses, the
dream state, hunches, intuitions, premonitions, cellular consciousness, body
consciousness of self & others, the gestalt of other multidimensional
selves that you are a part of, your greater identity or soul, and by logical reasoning, the consciousness of
animals plants and maybe even the earth itself.
Consciousness is merely the direction in which the self looks.
Consciousness is the focus, the direction of focus. The ordinary state
of consciousness is no different from the trance state. You have merely turned
the focus of your attention into different realities. Consciousness is merely a state of focus, and
not a self. The conscious mind is a vehicle for the expression of the soul in
Now, It’s time to look further into these psychological structures – the
mechanism or processes that emerge and are communicated to our conscious minds
from an inner reality and results in greater creativity, imagination,
inspiration, problem solving and healing abilities. It is time to learn to be a
natural person; a person that takes a magical approach to life, blending the
powers of the intuitional and emotional self with the powers of the intellect
or rational, reasoning mind.
The natural person is to be found beneath layers
and layers of “official” beliefs. We deal with the archeology of beliefs as we
dig to find the person who creates beliefs to begin with. Evidence of
clairvoyance, telepathy, or whatever, are not eccentric, isolated instances
occurring in human experience, but are representative of natural patterns of
everyday behavior arising from portions of our subconscious, that become
invisible in the world only because of the “official” pictures and world views
of behavior and reality that have been rigidly held on to for so long. When we
take the natural approach and become that natural person, we discover that we
can indeed, Create and Live a Magical
detail about the ideas that have been discussed here can be found in many of
the books of the Seth material by Jane Roberts including the ones most of the above
was taken from.
Reality Volumes One & Two - Sessions 681 – 685
The Nature of
the Psyche - Session 796
Seth Speaks –
Material Session 504
Sessions, Books 1 - 4
© John W.
Robinson, Dream Awareness Network April 24, 2014 your post here.