Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Consciously Creating the Future

Earlier I had written on the first tenet of Andrew Cohen’s list of tenets of Evolutionary consciousness. This post is on the second tenet.

“The Second Tenet of Evolutionary Enlightenment is the Power of Volition. This tenet calls us to a great responsibility. It asks us to endeavour to be responsible for nothing less than the destiny of the evolutionary process, here and now, as ourselves. And the way you embrace that Herculean task is through first and foremost making the noble spiritual effort to take responsibility for all of what makes you who you are. That means striving to come to terms with all of your past, and all of the karmic consequences of that past. It also means courageously stretching to embrace all the historically accumulated complexity of your present circumstances. Only then will you or I or any one of us be in a spiritually empowered position to consciously create our future.” ………… Andrew Cohen

Meaning of volition is will power. But engaging volition isn’t easy. It’s a higher attainment than mere motivation. Motivation is the desire to do something; volition is the absolute commitment to achieving something. To activate their willpower, individuals must pass a mental barrier, a personal Everest.

Today, the socio-cultural context promotes an ego centric mental attitude in all our endeavours. Hence it is fraught with difficulty to take responsibility for the whole process of evolution. The difficulty arises in our perception that one is isolated from the rest of creation and universal manifestation. This attitude has its origin in the ‘Hard Problem’ enumerated in the philosophy of Mind in dealing with the understanding of personal consciousness. To explain further, the ‘Hard Problem’ is how could a purely material substrate - the brain - understood in detail by physics, chemistry and biology, produce the privately witnessed phenomenal onslaught of personal conscious awareness?

But today science is moving beyond a purely redutionist and Cartesian understanding of consciousness through the field of Quantum physics. The Penrose-Hameroff Orch-OR (Orchestrated Objective Reduction) model of production of consciousness in the physical drain through Quantum computing at the microtubules provides a bridge between the non-physical conscious awareness and the action in the physical brain.

This also extends the field of operation of personal awareness beyond the physical body into a field that exists beyond space-time. With this deeper understanding one is able to appreciate the interconnectedness of all creation. When we make this statement one has to tread with caution, as the conscious observer has an indelible impact on the field of observation. As we not only project our intentions but also affect the projections of other conscious entities.

Professor emeritus at the London School of Economics and author of a recent book “Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness”, Nicholas Humphrey, in a recent interview said that consciousness should not be thought off as a cognitive skill but as a theatre. But I would amplify saying that it is a canvas, a virtual reality canvas, where not only one projects his intentions but where these projections are continually changed by all interacting conscious elements.

This in spiritual terms we call karmic imprints. This is what Andrew points out when he says: “That means striving to come to terms with all of your past, and all of the karmic consequences of that past. It also means courageously stretching to embrace all the historically accumulated complexity of your present circumstances.”

We are the evolutionary engines and the prime movers of the future. This deep understanding will enable us to employ the power of personal volition in shaping a higher level of evolutionary consciousness at the planetary and Galactic level.

Love to you all.

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