Easter Mysticism: The evolution of consciousness
It’s Eastertide, so let’s see if there’s anything new to be found in religion — which can be a touch boring at times.
The old platitudes of Christianity fail to impress the majority of people for most of the time. The same goes for most other “faiths”.
Is there a different way of looking at them?
Biology understands evolution as a random physical system which eventually created the human body — almost by chance. It scarcely pays attention to the evolution of consciousness, except as a by-product of physicality. An afterthought, if you like.
The world is a very different organism than that. Time is continuously created as a field in which the evolution of consciousness can take place. Indeed, that seems to be the sole reason for time to exist at all.
Speculating further, our human role is to function as the eyes and ears of the originating mind so that it can become conscious of itself.
In Meister Eckhart’s resonant phrase, “The eye with which I see God is the eye with which God sees me” — a sentence as profound as anything ever uttered or written.
The physical world we know is part of a continuum of existence based on consciousness, or spirit, if you’d prefer. Once we accept that mind precedes and therefore creates matter, all then is mind.
At that point, mind can be experienced as matter, and we can begin to imagine realms of being other than our own. The phrase “infinite possibilities” rises unbidden.
We all exist in time, even if we don’t know exactly what time is. We can only describe time using mechanical comparisons — a clock, for example. But that doesn’t touch the essence of it.
Time is indistinguishable from consciousness in the sense that the passing of time is the product of consciousness.
In the end, everything manifests as consciousness, which is the heart and soul of existence. Without knowing that you exist, what else exists?
Ultimately, consciousness is what we call God, even if we don’t know it.
We should therefore respect and revere our own consciousness as part of, and indistinguishable from, God. Without, of course, imagining that we are God!
Life was never meant to be easy.
… who is the author of The Eternal Quest for Immortality: Is it staring you in the face? Available from Amazon and all good booksellers.
Coming soon: Practical Mysticism: A different way of looking at the world.