‘CONSCIOUSNESS – IS – GOD’
This fascinating idea is an old idea. It is presented again, because it is so intriguing.
The ‘Consciousness-Is-God’ theory should not be seen as anti-established religion. On the contrary, it might be seen as a basic philosophy of all religions. Discovering a commonality of religious beliefs would be valuable in addressing the cause of so many world problems.
The theory has implications to cosmology, science and the arts, and the concept of who we are.
This hypothesis suggests that God is not a distant, unknowable entity to fear or appease. It says that God is quite present and knowable - - Consciousness.
The theory postulates that all sentient Beings in the Universe are distinct viewpoints of Consciousness. Consciousness is also called ‘awareness,’ ‘attention,’ ‘perceiver,’ ‘knower,’ and ‘I AM.’ It is proposed that all Beings in all dimensions are individual viewpoints of Universal Consciousness, which was, and always will be.
Consciousness has no mass or wavelength that scientific instruments can measure. It cannot be directly observed because it is the perceiver. The intellect has difficulty grasping this concept because we have been taught to focus entirely on the object of Consciousness, of which our senses and thoughts are part.
Proof of the existence of God has been suggested. God can be personally known, by ‘being-aware-of-being-aware.’
This is the theory to test.
Consequences of the Theory
The prevailing belief is that Consciousness is a by-product of physical processes. The reasoning: a separate reality of Consciousness could not exist because it cannot be directly observed or scientifically measured. We have been taught that only the physical world exists, nothing more. We are only our thoughts, senses, feelings and bodies.
In contrast, some believe a separate reality of Consciousness does exist. It is suggested we ARE Consciousness, living IN thoughts, senses, feelings, bodies and egos, which are all objects-of-Consciousness. Each individual Consciousness is a single viewpoint of Universal Consciousness, the creative force.
The belief is that we HAVE feelings and thoughts and bodies and egos, but we ARE NOT these things. Who we are IS Consciousness. Our feelings and thoughts and bodies and egos are objects-of-Consciousness.
There is a sad history of egotists or charlatans misinterpreting the ‘Consciousness-Is-God’ idea. Ego is the concept of oneself, which is also part of the observed world. Religions speak of the divinity of ‘I AM,’ the fundamental reality basic to ego.
Personal proof of the existence of God has been suggested. God can be personally known, by ‘being-aware-of-being-aware.’
Literature is filled with notions that Consciousness is the source of joy and love and laughter. And conversely, that actively experiencing joy and love and laughter is helpful in realizing who we are.
It is noted that scientists are speculating that the behavior of physical phenomena can be affected by awareness of the phenomena.
It is believed that an individual viewpoint-of-Consciousness resonating with Universal Consciousness enhances the livelihood and survival of that individual. This is said true at the social level as well.
Commonality of Religions
The ‘Consciousness-Is-God’ theory should not be seen as anti-established religion. On the contrary, it might be conceived as a basic philosophy of all religions.
Discovering a commonality of religious belief would be valuable in addressing the cause of so many world problems.
The Consciousness-Is-God theory is presented again because it is such an intriguing idea.
It seems a worthwhile philosophic inquiry.