The Mystery and Importance of Consciousness
“What if consciousness is the ground of being? What if the possibilities discovered by quantum physics are the possibilities of consciousness itself? Remember there is already a class of people who think in this way. They are called mystics, and they say it is all God. Finally, a few scientists dared to say that some of the characteristics attributed to God are similar to what we describe as consciousness.” — Amit Goswami Read Dr. Goswami’s full article here.
Does Transforming Your Consciousness Matter?
Dr. Robert Lanza, whom the New York Times calls one of the 3 most important scientists alive today, proposes that the “long sought Theory of Everything is merely missing a component that was too close for us to have noticed. …most of the comprehensive theories fail to take into account one crucial factor: We are creating them. It is the biological creature that fashions the stories, that makes the observations, and that gives names to things. And therein lies the great expanse of our oversight, that science has not confronted the one thing that is at once most familiar and most mysterious — consciousness.”
Does the possibility that consciousness is the ground of being point to a purpose and meaning to our existence?
Theoretical Quantum Physicist, Dr. Goswami, says: “As human beings, we know spirituality and the creativity that produces great art, but have these things changed us at the most basic level? No. We remain violent, angry, and fearful. There is something important that we are not understanding. Yet, I propose that if we understand that the ground of our being is actually consciousness, this new way of looking at ourselves will bring us more purpose and meaning. Especially – and this was the big issue for me – because it is actually scientific and can be verified in the laboratory. As a result, I believe that this quantum spirituality is the breakthrough phenomenon of our age.
Watch Dr. Maryann Miller’s interview with Dr. Amit Goswami on consciousness here.
We Create Our Own Reality, But . . .
It was in the nineteen seventies that the physicist Fred Alan Wolf created the evocative phrase “we create our own reality.” The images the phrase evoked led, however, to many disappointments. Some people tried to manifest personal automobiles, others vegetable gardens in desert environments, and still others at least a parking space for their cars in busy downtown areas. Everybody was inspired by the theory of quantum creation, no doubt, but the results of their efforts were a mixed bag because they were unaware some subtleties.
We create our own reality, but there is a subtlety in consciousness. We do not create reality in our ordinary state of consciousness, but in a non-ordinary state of consciousness. This becomes clear when you ponder the paradox of Wigner’s friend. Eugene Wigner was the Nobel laureate physicist who first thought of the paradox.
Imagine that Wigner is approaching a quantum traffic light with two possibilities, red and green; at the same time his friend is approaching the same light from the perpendicular road. Being busy Americans, they both choose green. Unfortunately, their choices are contradictory; if both choices materialize at the same time, there would be pandemonium. Obviously, only one of their choices counts, but whose?
After many decades, three physicists at different places and times (Ludwig Bass in Australia, myself at Oregon, and Casey Blood at Rutgers, New Jersey), independently discovered the solution of the paradox: consciousness is one, nonlocal and cosmic, behind the two people’s local individuality. They both choose but from this nonordinary state of one consciousness (which I call the quantum self) where there is no local individuality or selfishness so contradiction can be avoided. This allows the common sense result that in many such crossings, Wigner and his friend each would get green fifty percent of the time; yet for any individual crossing, a creative opportunity for getting green is left open for each.
A key point is that quantum downward causation of choice is discontinuously exerted (if it were continuous, a mathematical model could be constructed for it and the choice would be predictable and not free), but our ordinary state of consciousness smooths out the discontinuity. To be aware that we choose is to wake up to the non-ordinary oneness taking a discontinuous leap, call it a quantum leap. In this way, the dictum of the new physics: I choose, therefore I am (my cosmic quantum self).
A New Paradigm of Reality Gives Back Our Free Will
So the new paradigm of reality based on the rediscovery of consciousness within science is not only giving us back our free will, but also is identifying the source of that free will as the spirit within us, the oneness that spiritual and healing traditions have always propounded. The new paradigm is showing us great promise for integrating science and spirit. It is also promising a breakthrough integral approach to medicine that integrates conventional and alternative medicine.”
Humanity today is called upon to shift awareness and transform consciousness in all areas of life. Those of us who are responding to this frequency have made a commitment to act in conscious cooperation with others in order to significantly affect, in positive ways, the core challenges facing humanity and our planet. By aligning and focusing our efforts we can, together, become a meaningful and effective force for right-action during these complex and demanding times.
“As we live the greatest shift in power, wealth, technology and beliefs the world has ever seen, our personal choices of cooperation and sharing become our collective answer to the crises of our shift.” ~Gregg Braden, author of The Turning Point, Creating Resilience in a Time of Extremes.
Are these things important to you – they are to us.
- Authenticity: your actions are consistent with your words, actions, and beliefs.
- Engaged action and whole process learning: You see the world as interwoven and interconnected.
- Consciousness: Higher consciousness, inner growth, finding your purpose, and giving back are extremely important to you.
- Ecological sustainability: Nature is sacred, global warming and the ecology of the planet are important.
- Interconnectedness: You realize the importance of diversity within the oneness of our global community.
Have you been searching for ways to improve your life, find purpose, and create a better future for yourself, humanity and the planet? The IFGT provides opportunities for you to develop the practices and habits you need to transform your life and at the same time, be of service to humanity and the planet.
By your presence here, you demonstrate that you are a Change-Maker and believe it is important to make the changes necessary to transform your life and make the world a better place. It may be helping the environment, improving business ethics, promoting a more human based science, encouraging better education for our youth, helping to bridge alternative and allopathic medicine, or the myriad of other issues facing all of us. You may even be one of the evolutionaries who is helping to focus this emerging cooperative energy that will ultimately transform the planet. Whichever you are, you have, or are ready to take up the journey to further awaken your higher consciousness and create the life and purpose you envision for yourself. You have within you the power and wisdom to discover and unleash your greatest potential.
Why is this important?
Do you believe that your views on life put you into a tiny minority in the world? Do you long to transcend disputes and create a culture of cooperation? Do you think of yourself as a bridge builder, maybe between liberals and conservatives or those who create or engage in cultural wars?
You are not alone and you are a profound force for good in the world. As Tara Joyce says, “We need to stop feeling so alone. There are millions of us sharing a common goal and dream. Once we realize this, we will begin to understand how truly powerful our collective voices are.”
Even though your business and personal life may be very hectic, finding time to follow your heart or your true purpose brings joy into your life and awakens your untapped potential. When you live life from a higher purpose, you enter a state of being where synchronicity becomes a way of life. You become consciously connected with that which you are seeking.
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