Opening the Mind

I am using a good deal of my time during this enforced lock-down to read books, watch videos and write about growing as an individual and as a society. Lately I have discovered London Real, with Brian Rose who interviews a wide range of contemporary people on interesting, often controversial topics. A video lecture given by Graham Hancock led on to other videos and then his book, ‘America Before’. Various articles available through Medium.com, TED talks, ideas on minimalism and stoicism all became fodder for my investigations. Really, I feel like I am giving myself a crash course in living and life. And I am loving it.

There are so many philosophies, ideologies and theories floating around in today’s world. I could spend the rest of my life studying them and applying them to myself and my life. However, as I have gone through these past three months of investigation, I have noticed that while there are many differences, they are, really, all facets of the same gem we call life. The river flows over many different beds and at many different speeds, and though it is ever changing, it is the same river and no one part of it can define it completely.

The theory of Consciousness has been at the core of my investigations. Science is moving away from the theory that consciousness is ‘local’ as in, consciousness is located in our brain. Rather, from psychology to quantum physics, we are being shown, through logic and experiment, that our brain is more like a television receiver than a computer, and that it is constantly interacting with some sort of Consciousness. Some refer to it as the ‘morphic field’, ‘field of probabilities’, ‘unified field’ or simply, ‘the field’. Our thoughts and ideas, as they spring from this field, flood our receiving brain. We either capture them and use them or we dismiss them and, like a dream remembered upon awakening, they fade into oblivion.

Books like ‘The Secret’ and ‘Becoming Supernatural’, talk about taping into this field. Napoleon Hill’s 1937 classic ‘Think and Grow Rich’, though using different terminology, talks about this ‘field’. Spiritual literature speaks of the ‘realm of the spirit’ or of God. And I believe that they are all taking about the same thing. The idea, in many modes of expression, has been around going back to the ancients. There is nothing new here, but it seems that since the 18th century, science beat out spirituality with the notion that humans are the pinnacle of evolution and consciousness became confined to the body. We don’t need any god; science will provide the answers we need. It’s only in the past 40 years that there’s been some serious study as to the source of the Big C of consciousness.

Plato & Aristotle take a walk.

While it may seem like this is a battle between evolutionists and creationists, I assure you it is not. The discussion has come full circle as accredited scientists are demonstrating that there are things that cannot be explained alone by consciousness localized only in the brain. Einstein poked at the idea but when it came to a force that he couldn’t understand yet, he referred to it as ‘spooky action at a distance.’

Probably the greatest lesson that I have learned in the last three months is that I don’t know much, and that there are a lot that humans understand neither themselves nor our universe. Meanwhile, it is fun to explore new ideas and theories and not be tied by definitions that I was taught well, a lot of years ago. You might enjoy the movie ‘What the {%&@$#} Do We Know’, available on YouTube. It is a good jumping off point to going down the proverbial rabbit hole of new discoveries. Or if you wish, a short, easy to follow explanation of the famous ‘Double-Slit Experiment.’

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 There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy…Hamlet

I heard a friend say that by the end of this whole Covid 19 thing we will end up at Drunks, Chunks or Hunks; the choice is our own. A Netflix binge is okay once in a while, but I prefer more active thinking and learning. Who knows what we might learn or down which rabbit hole it might lead? All it takes is an open mind!

4 thoughts on “Opening the Mind

  1. Ah Horatio, I knew thee well…

    We’re both in a mind expansion stage methinks. With all this time on my hands because of the virus I find myself watching Discovery, Animal Planet, Nat Geo (incredible series by Morgan Freeman on the History of God) and History (extraterrestrial connections) channels ever so much more than the steady stream of violent drivel on the other channels.

    The more I watch these ideas and the more I think about them, the more I’m convinced that the brain has a consciousness separate from the body that does not disappear when we die. I believe the religionists call it a soul.

    Great post amigo.

    Meanwhile back on Earth, I couldn’t make the meeting this morning because my cleaning lady came late (six days) and I had to vacate the apartment and I then realized I hadn’t set up my phone for Zoom nor did I have the passcode handy. C’est la vie.

    P.S. If I had mastered the super-consciousness I could have sent you this message much faster by telepathy.

    ¡Pura Vida!

    Bob N.

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  2. Another great post, Tim. I think you and I are exploring consciousness in similar manners. I just signed up for Gaia and am trying to study another session nightly – if it isn’t raining too hard. I missed last night simply because I cannot hear it over the rain. But tonight holds promise! I kind of like exploring the rabbit holes!

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