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Do we contain consciousness or is consciousness a vast energy that contains us? Can both be true? Holding an acorn, one can sense the potential oak tree as well as the ancestor trees that came before, along with the sun, rain and all the organisms and minerals in soil that make ‘trees’ possible. It is all ‘in’ the acorn. At the same time, the whole kosmos has collaborated to generate the acorn.
At the Climate March in Washington, I felt the collective energy of 200,000 people and millions of others around the world expressing concern for the Earth. I also saw that the Earth was expressing her concern through us. Just as the tree is made up of countless elements, consciousness too is a confluence of epochs, events and elements that together make sentience possible. I heard a joke the other day – ‘How do you make an apple pie from scratch? – begin by inventing the kosmos!’
Quantum physics is beginning to describe a world in which multiple states of reality can exist simultaneously. Could it be that ‘enlightenment’ or ‘paradigm shift’ is simply a kind of quantum jumping between individual and collective conscious realities? How can we awaken together to the reality of a loving future for all?
We have gathered some thoughts about these ideas here in Kosmos Online, beginning with a feature from the brand new print edition of Kosmos Journal – a conversation between Claudia Welss and Deepak Chopra. Subscribers now have full access to the complete Spring | Summer edition online. The print journals are in the mail! If you have not yet subscribed, this is the ideal time. Your energy makes our continuation possible.
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FULL FEATURE from the new SPRING | SUMMER 2017 edition of Kosmos Journal
By Claudia Welss, Deepak Chopra
“This is the big conundrum that science is in at the moment. We do not know what creates experience. We do not know how we know what we know. We do not know the nature of the physical universe. And all our scientific models, even though they’re good for making calculations and creating together, they do not give us a clue to the fundamental questions of existence. Who are we? Where did we come from? Is there a God? Are we just a small speck of dust in the mindless void, in the junkyard of infinity? Or is something more meaningful going on? ” – Deepak Chopra
By Sam Harris, via his blog
The universe is filled with physical phenomena that appear devoid of consciousness. From the birth of stars and planets, to the early stages of cell division in a human embryo, the structures and processes we find in Nature seem to lack an inner life. At some point in the development of certain complex organisms, however, consciousness emerges. This miracle does not depend on a change of materials—for you and I are built of the same atoms as a fern or a ham sandwich. Rather, it must be a matter of organization. Arranging atoms in a certain way appears to bring consciousness into being. And this fact is among the deepest mysteries given to us to contemplate.
Is the consciousness of a flower or a cat equal to that of a human being? Do non-living things have consciousness? In 2015, at the University of Virginia, astrophysicist, Dr. Trinh Xuan Thuan asked the Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh, (Thay to his students), to explain. Thay’s response is both uplifting and humbling.
Image | Using data from NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, scientists have recently discovered a gigantic, mysterious structure in our galaxy.
by David Storoy via Science and Nonduality
Ervin Laszlo proposes that the quantum vacuum –which we know contains all the information of our history from the Big Bang to now – is also consciousness. Everything in the universe therefore has consciousness; from a pebble to a tree, to a cloud, to a person. While this goes against the view of mainstream science, there are some highly respected scientists such as Freeman Dyson, David Bohm and Fritjof Capra, who support the idea that the universe is in fact conscious.
by Stephanie Hanel, via Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings
“The interest in scientific research on plant physiology has been reawakened in recent decades and its results are beginning to filter through to public awareness. The time is ripe for focusing on something that accounts for most of the life on our planet: plants and their myriad senses.”
By Christine Horner
Something miraculous is happening. The invisible is becoming visible. Human consciousness is taking a quantum leap into territory previously unknown as what began with just a few saints, sages, gurus, and a Savior is awakening in the hearts and minds of millions around the globe.
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