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Is there Evidence for Universal Consciousness?

by Cassandra Vieten

In Dan Brown’s new book The Lost Symbol, the fictional character Katherine Solomon mentions “universal consciousness,” which is an ongoing topic of interest at the real-life Institute of Noetic Sciences.

For millennia, diverse spiritual traditions have described in many different ways aspects of what could be called a universal, or collective, consciousness—a “shared ground of being” that encompasses everyone and everything. Like the Zen master who goes up to the hot-dog vendor and says, “Make me one with everything,” mystics throughout the ages have reported experiences of feeling merged with God or with all of existence (at some level feeling no separation between them and all that is). The psychologist Carl Jung postulated the existence of a “collective unconscious,” a concept that attempted to explain these and other subjective experiences, such as presentiment and synchronicity (for example, suddenly thinking of a long-lost friend and then the phone rings, with the friend on the other end of the line) or the existence of remarkably similar symbolism in ancient, isolated, or primitive cultures that had no prior contact with one another or the rest of the world.

Our survey and interview research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences has shown that these “unity” experiences have the potential to stimulate long-term changes in the way that people view themselves and the world around them. Some people who have had experiences like these seem to take things less personally, or they see all people as similar to themselves—as members of their ”in-group” no matter how different they appear on the surface. They may feel more compassionate toward the suffering of others, behave more altruistically, or forgive more easily. And they often report more meaning, richness, and joy in their lives.

At the Institute of Noetic Sciences, we are exploring this phenomenon in several ways. For example, we design and conduct studies to empirically test hypotheses consistent with the theory of a universal consciousness. If in fact there is a universal, shared aspect to consciousness, then does the intention or attention of one person affect the physiology of another person, even at a distance? And can this type of connection be demonstrated under rigorously controlled laboratory conditions? We also conduct studies using social science approaches to systematically examine people’s experiences of oneness or universal consciousness and how it impacts their lives. What are the conditions under which these experiences take place? How do they feel, and how long do they last? What insights arise from them, and do those insights have lasting effects on coping, stress, or health and well-being? We are also exploring what happens in the electrical activity of the brain when people are actually experiencing these states of consciousness.

So, is there evidence for a universal consciousness that can be reliably measured and demonstrated in physical reality? From a purely empirical perspective, I’m not sure we have the answer yet, but we see hints in the affirmative.

First published by Science + Religion Today.

  • 47 Comments
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    Durnelle Aug 14, 2010

    In my experience this is the case ....when working with the human energy field ( I work shamanically both collectively and individually channelling different forms of energy- this skill handed down as a rigorous training from generation to generation) I was witness to a very simple experiment as I learnt how to dowse energy. My teacher was a traditional energy dowser...An older West Country farmer not interested in all of our musings. He had been taught this skill as a young boy and had passed this knowledge on to many as a hearty practical skill he could trace water and energy lines both positive and negative.
    So twenty of us stood in a circle having been taught how to use our copper dowsing rods (copper not essential) a volunteer stood in the middle of the circle we walked towards him and all of our rods turned out as we reached his energy field or Aura which was about 1.5 feet from around. We were then asked to send love, good wishes and all good things to this unknown individual. We then once again forming the circle around our volunteer walked towards him with our dowsing rods this time they turned out at the edge of his energy field which was now three times its original size. This was the work of a group of strangers come together briefly to learn the old country art of dowsing. A simple experiment in the use of collective thought and energy use...... Next we worked with a mobile phone and witnessed how it completely destroyed the energy field of the human being.
    This is an easily tried experiment. I urge you all to give it a go many experiments can be simple elegant and life enhancing. Onelove Nellie Kyne

    ‘’For other types of energy medicine, many people believe it's necessary to be clairvoyant or some kind of mystic in order to "see" the energy fields. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dowsing Rods and the proper dowsing protocols can be effectively used for all types of energetic diagnosis including analysis of the acupuncture meridians.’’ Barbara Brennan

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    RunaS Aug 16, 2010

    Sure enough there is a universal consciousness: the good old-fashioned name for it is God! When we try to get too super-sophisticated, we outsmart ourselves. Don't ignore common sense. - RunaS

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    JmeLynn33 Aug 21, 2010

    I can't help but comment on what seems to me such an esoteric concept for the most rudimentary of minds! First, some background: I am but a meager English teacher. That is my profession, and that is the substance on which I pride myself. I have studied varied, but no great archetypal texts, and I am still a novice in the discoveries of Einstien, Newton, etc. However, it is apparent to me that my unnerving, often frustrating search for "God" has brought me here. I, like many others, recently read Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. Additionally, I've also read The Answer by John Assaraf and Murray Smith. These books have both, without a doubt, shed light upon the fact that thoughts, in their most embryonic form, DO have substance! They have matter! They are measurable. How? Very simpy...because everything that is tangible in this world started off as an intangible thought. The computer on which I type was, at one point, a mere idea - a thought! The light above your head, the couch beneath your behind, the TV blaring in the background...all these "things," these tangible items, were thoughts before they were actual matter. Therefore, thoughts themselves are tangible, real, actual.

    In Dan Brown's book, The Lost Symbol, Katherine Solomon references a "universal consciousness." This "At-one-ment," as it is also called, is only a portion of the potential that lies within us. We, as the arcane teachings of The Bible tell us, are capable of performing godlike tasks. Can we heal the sick? Yes. Can we communicate with the dead? Yes. Can we discover what now, at this point in time, are only scientific anomalies in their beginning stages and transform them into modern realities? Yes. Think about it...modern thought and "science" as we know them are mere manifestations of what we've learned from our past. Flash forward to thousands of years from now. What will people of that era be doing? Thinking? Accomplishing? What if I told you it was not too far away from the near future that humans, just like you or I, could live forever? What if we were programmed, like computers, to last, exist, think, perform unmentionable tasks? Would you equate that human to God? Maybe...but what if you realized that "God," was not an omnipotent being sitting atop a "mount olympus" playing dominoes with his pawns? What if you came to realization that "God" is within you. What if you realized that all you are is what God intended you to be, and the only thing you had to do to fulfill your destiny was to live you life in His image. Pressure off, right? Well, in a way, absolutely.

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    JmeLynn33 Aug 21, 2010

    My husband is an avid believer and researcher of lucid dreaming and its implication in the counseling field. He is reading a book titled Lucid Dreaming by Stephen Laberge PhD. Leberge quotes something along the lines of..."What if God was still dreaming on the seventh day?" Well, my ultimate question is, what if we, as humans, are still stuck in a dream like state that tells us God is separate from ourselves, that God is an outer being. What if we are the dreamers, and the truth is hidden just beyond the veil of faith and hope.

    I do not go to church. I do not believe the world will end in December 2012. I do not think God is a single man, but rather many men. I believe Einstein's idea that humans exist for the perpetuation of humans themselves. We are God, God is us. We are indistinguishable, and I would even venture to say, that that is how God wanted it to be all along....What if we are God's dream?

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    Ptb Aug 27, 2010

    In the wind in the trees I hear God
    I see me
    I am echo
    I rebound
    I am sound
    I am everywhere though not always heard
    I am absurd
    Completely coherent
    Consummately connected
    I go quiet here
    To rage around another corner
    Stir again
    Feckless
    Recklessly true
    I blow through you
    You blow through me too

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    rashmiunair Aug 28, 2010

    It may also be called as Krishna Consciousness

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    Usaweb99 Aug 29, 2010

    Runa, can you please define God?

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    REDBARON Aug 30, 2010

    WHERE DOES MEDITATION FIT IN ? RED BARON

  • Theoldman Aug 30, 2010

    The search for universal consciousness or examples thereof are right in front of us. One of the most obvious examples is one that is rarely recorded - menstruation in women. When a large group of women lives and interacts with each other it is not uncommon for the Alpha female to be the first to bleed monthly with the others starting within 24 hours. The hundreds of times when the phone rings and it a person we were just thinking or talking about. A friend or relative is dying and they come to see you in dream time or real time as a thought just before they pass away.

    The problem with trying to find empirical or repeatable scientific proof is that no two things or events in creation repeat themselves identically while the only constant in the universe is change. Trying to take a freeze frame shot of reality and repeat it in a lab is absurd, especially when trying to find proof for universal consciousness.

    The most obvious proof of the universality of collective consciousness is the fact that so many believe it exist. I do not think we would be asking a question that didn't have an answer nor do I think we would even raise the question if it did not exist. I would suggest turning the tables and say - "prove it does not exist." this would put the burden of proof with the scientific community and they would quickly realize their scientific theory and "method" are seriously flawed - justifying the"observers" point of view - as if relativity was the only understanding of our consciousness.

    Blessings and have a great week everyone:)

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    RunaS Aug 31, 2010

    Answer to JmeLynn: Bravo for your comment!
    Answer to Usaweb99: I did define God: God=Universal Consciousness!
    General comment: I notice that there hasn't been a single negative comment, i.e. "no, there isn't any universal consciousness." I doubt that any thinking 21st century person would deny it. So why do you IONS) call it such a BIG QUESTION? We all agree:
    QUESTION: Is there universal consciousness?
    ANSWER: Yes, indeed.

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    ucitel Aug 31, 2010

    I would like to add a hopeful thought that at some time in all of our lives we might have the capacity and opportunity to connect with this feeling we know as At-One-Ment, where we are all connected to everything and all that is. We are all part of One Universal Living Being as experience has brought to some of us and others have sensed it in their being or thought it in their minds.
    Whether we connect with this feeling/knowledge and make it part of our lives is up to us, but I believe that it is available to us if we remain open to the possibility of realizing it for ourselves.
    I have often felt and thought over the years as JmeLynn33 put it so well in her post, What if we are God's dream? What if we, in our entirety, are thoughts in a Great Universal Mind? What if we 'come into being', live out our lives and then pass away as the thoughts of such a One, whilst we ponder the questions; who am I, where did I come from, why am I here and where am I going?

  • Ashok Malhotra Aug 31, 2010

    I believe that there is a Universal Consciousness because I have one and everything comes from something. Just as my body is a bit of matter of this Universe, I believe my consciousness is also a bit of the Universal Consciousness. As RunaS has rightly said the good old fashioned name for it is God - but God in His formless infinite way.
    Trying to prove the existence of consciousness through available scientific tools is an altogether different matter though and may not be posible at the present time. One may however attempt to deduce it through scientific knowledge.

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    coachkeith Sep 01, 2010


    Through you the Universe is getting to know itself.
    Author: coach123
    Word count: 138
    Views: 15The cosmos has been waiting a very long time for your arrival.

    As each one of us has a thoughts and experience the Universe is expanded, even if ever so slightly. Each time you have a thought, it is a thought from a perspective unique and know only from your “point in the field” of possibilities. This drive to move forward, forever changing the field of energy is the collective from where we come from and to where we will return. As Dr. Dyers says, “we come from nowhere; to now here, and back to nowhere”.

    T.S Elliot, said it best when he said “we shall not cease our exploring, and when arrive at our destination, we will arrive at where we began, and know the place for the first time”

  • Neon1 Sep 05, 2010

    I had a unity experience (which was included in the Feb '10 issue of The Inner Door, a publication of the Association for Holotropic Breathwork) early in 2010. Among the effects it has had is a regular wish to die. I am now struggling with the difference between causing my own death (suicide) and wishing for my own death (also suicide?) because thoughts are things. My struggle is based on my belief that suicide is the short path to having to come back and do it all over again; something I really don't want to do.

    So, I've also been asking for a new purpose in my life big enough to make me stop yearning for the unity I experienced, and which I now know awaits me at death. Give me a larger purpose or take me home, but don't torture me with this unbearable isolation anymore; no one to talk to who doesn't conclude that I'm a fruit cake nothing to do but distract my self with ego boosting activities. I can't look forward to a life without intimacy... After having experienced the greatest intimacy of all!

    Are you thinking that you'd like to have a unity experience?

    Please, think again!

  • Theoldman Sep 07, 2010

    Neon
    I appreciate your honesty and would like to add this from a teaching and personal experience. When a person crosses over they pass through one last stage called the " void". In this place there is nothing from your point of view but your own consciousness - total dark - no reference point. It is in this pace you face that perception of dark and light - should you hold to this view you, will not pass through the void and reflect back here to continue.

    The notion of rationalizing suicide or the boundary of death shows me that you separate realities - one alive the other dead. This is odd since you state you have had a "oneness" or unity experience. I suggest you have had an ecstatic experience, one akin to adepts, hunan, sha'man, or those who cross over through heightened emotive experience. Once you have arrived there - to that state of "oneness," and you return to the day to day life - you look upon this world with disdain. That disdain is not of this world but what you see.

    When a person commits suicide, it is as if they poke out their own "soul" eyes. The notion of having a unity experience is to teach us not to blind ourselves, and further to give you a personal look at the vastness of reality. What unity has taught me is that being here gave me a "first person perspective " of reality. This unique and personal view of reality is called the "gift of life" and the reason why we are here in the first place. The notion of terminating this opportunity you have to make a difference to those who do not know - is nothing less than selfish - but then you alreadfy know that.
    The most challenging thing about seeing and being in unity is not your awareness of it, but your ability to walk in this world knowing most around you have no notion it is our natural way of being - and no one can or will escape from that awakening.

    The path home is under our own feet.
    Eamonn

  • Gretchen Dreisbach Sep 12, 2010

    Thank you so much for sharing this knowledge theWISEoldman, I am taking great solace in it.
    It is a form of torture to be trapped between worlds, yet be expected to function daily in the
    human realm. From what I have been learning our souls chose our journies beforehand
    and that suffering is actually a purification of our soul? I am tormented by the isolation as well
    as Neon, but I am delighted to find that this intimate GLOBAL IONS discussion board is proving
    in its own way that truly we are not isolated. I am starting to believe that everyone who is responding
    is actually a seed crystal in their own area and that we are all part of the Divine Plan to help
    get humanity through the shift! with gratitude, Gretchen Grace from Minnesota

  • Theoldman Sep 12, 2010

    gretchendreisbach------you mentioned a notion of a "seed crystal". That point of view is very interesting and I would like you to contact me directly as I have a story to tell you about this "seed crystal". Thank you for raising this consciousness. Look at my profile to get my address.
    Blessings,
    Eamonn

  • Gretchen Dreisbach Sep 13, 2010

    WOW! Eamonn, I can't wait to hear it but I don't see your email on your profile. (Can others see it?)..
    I have emailed the IONS help support because sometimes my email address is under my name and sometimes it isn't. (I am not breaking up my words like that either)...uh,oh maybe spirits are messing with me....(just kidding..) My website hasn't been pulled and my email is on there if you have time to contact me, you are so welcome to.
    No one has talked about the "lights" that are coming from the future to help us either...I saw infinity when I was three years old but I quickly learned to keep my mouth shut in this life! In recent years, when I really grasped that time is circular, things began to make great sense to me...be well all, love, Gretchen who believes that everything will be all right as humanity is being rebirthed....

  • Theoldman Sep 13, 2010

    Gretchen, I posted the story in the section- Have you had a Noetic Experience? http://noetic.org/discussions/big-questions/18/ - I also left you my e-mail address there for you. Enjoy:)
    Eamonn

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    Balance_Maintained Sep 14, 2010

    The strange thing to me is our inability to 'lock' in on the experiences we have. Several times I have accurately predicted the future via dreams. Not only 'impressions' but entire conversations stretching as long as 5 minutes. (Though admittedly I was younger, more receptive, and less cynical than I am now.) But as has been mentioned in previous posts, even thinking about someone only to be contacted by them the same or next day out of the blue. My wife regularly answers the telephone before it rings when it is someone that she is close to. But no matter what, we have both been unable to 'lock' on to the experience, and uncover the trigger of the seemingly random nonsensical events. And for those that feel singled out from society because you believe in something 'different', take a deep breath and have no concerns. People throughout the entire world have been having the same experiences as you sense Humanity has existed. It is written on the pages of every religious text ever written. Whats more, years of religious research have proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that at the most fundamental levels, all religions teach the same thing. Love is the most important thing of all, with faith we can do anything, but only through humility will we ever understand.

  • Gretchen Dreisbach Sep 14, 2010

    Thank you to Eamonn for sharing that story. I did so enjoy it. What a gift to us all! I haven't stopped smiling all day.......
    I did also contact you on your email, I hope that you got it.. Maybe part of why we do have collective amnesia is because the truth is just too much for our ego-based selves to handle...

    Balance_Maintained maybe you predicted the future via dreams because you actually traveled to the next, (future), via astral travel? I used to do so much work at night that I would wake up exhausted and shaking,with such an awful falling sensation that I would be clutching the bed...
    but I have learned to settle down more and observe...There are SO many levels of consciousness and
    Source is finally letting a lot of us in...GLORY! Love IS the greatest force in the Universe! (I surrender!)

  • frequencytuner Sep 15, 2010

    Universal Consciousness is something that is beyond human comprehension. Only the higher realms of human consciousness can access and verify it, yet those higher realms of human consciousness are indiscernable to the lower everyday realms of daily human existence.
    Very much the same way special relativity and general relativity reflect the same image but there is an unbridgeable gap between them.

    The only evidence we can show is that there is a gateway within each of us and when one passes through that gateway to cross the unbridgeable gap they return changed ever so slightly.
    The effects may be subtle or profound when your consciousness touches this Universal Consciousness, and you will know on levels unknown to the rest of the world. Whether you can prove it or not to the rest of the world is irrelevent. "The path is wide but the gate is narrow".

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    edlantz Sep 18, 2010

    Your research topics are commendable (studies to empirically test hypotheses consistent with the theory of a universal consciousness including exploring what happens in the electrical activity of the brain when people are actually experiencing these states of consciousness). I would add to your list the study of safe, practical and robust methods of activating unity consciousness in people who have never had this experience.

    As you know, many wisdom traditions have practices for shaking people loose from unhealthy fixation on the intellect or emotions to experience transcendent states, ranging from meditation to ritual initiations to the use of entheogens. My interest lies in the use of powerful immersive media experiences including group immersive theaters or "digital domes."

    Here's a brief article that I wrote on the topic a decade ago: http://tinyurl.com/2at8e2t. Since then digital domes or "fulldome" theaters have multiplied - mostly as digital planetariums and science centers - with now over 700 screens worldwide (more screeens than IMAX). With well-designed entertainment programming, it is possible to take people not just on virtual journeys around the world, but on journeys into the realms of consciousness.

    This year we are launching a digital dome studio in Los Angeles and are seeking to partner with conscious creatives to develop transformative programming. Looking forward to discussing further at the IONS conference in June (if not sooner)!

  • Theoldman Sep 18, 2010

    to EdLantz: Your idea of the digital dome is something I have been looking into over the past ten years. The reason is that I have an idea of how to use both sound and light to immediately allow viewers to enter what is presently called the Spirit Realm. Lets communicate and see if we are both thinking of the same idea and where we may help each other. Your e-mail address is not displayed in your profile so I will send you mine - hornbyhealing@tleus.net. Please contact me. Eamonn

  • frequencytuner Sep 19, 2010

    Sound is one of the most ancient and effective means in the world. The universe is a symphony!

  • Neon1 Sep 21, 2010

    For a totally immersed and deeply intense experience in emotive music, I recommend attending a Holotropic Breathwork group session in your area. Details at: http://www.grof-holotropic-breathwork.net/ Since it is similar to an experience with chemically induced states of consciousness, you should be prepared to experience something with the potential to change your worldview.

    Even if your intention is just to investigate different approaches in emotive sound (if you consider yourself guarded enough to avoid being personally effected), it will be well worth the money. While I prefer the “express” half-day session, there are also whole-day and weekend experiences.

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    niceast Sep 22, 2010

    "Universal" is a very big word for such a small planetary experience such as ours. It does, on the other claw, speak of our lack of limitations in our thinking. We are limited to our 8 or 9 physical senses in this sensorily dependent reality. All we know is what they tell us znd we do the best we can with what we have.

    As far as "Lucid Dreaming" is concerned, I think Life as we experience it has illusory aspects that we should explore. Perhaps at bodily death, we awaken to the truth behind "Reality".

    I believe the religious concepts of "Heaven and Hell" are a lot of dogma. God is unlimited and omnipresent in all things, including us. This makes us little bits of God-Stuff. If this God-concept is responsible, as some say, for this universe experience we share, then our job is to increase this "God's" self-awareness by being as creative as possible. ergo; Ongoing Creation.

    Neon; Suicide is an act of violence to those left behind. Learn to love yourself and deal with it.

    You are God and I am God; now let's get together and make the future.

  • Heartland Nov 11, 2010

    Ms. Vieten,

    If I may, as you express your goals (can intention affect physiology, for example), I feel you may be missing a vital point. Though I am "new" to Noetic Science, I'm very familiar with the nous, having learned a number of psycho-spiritual views, including Gnostic Consciousness as expressed in the Gospel of Thomas and Mary Magdalen as well as J. Krishnamurti and Bon Dzogchen. Please respond if you can. First, identity. What I think I am is often not the case. I know you agree. Self-image is a construct of conditioning and egoic processes which divide consciousness (that in reality, cannot be divided). It is subjective experience that creates both the experience of the object and subject ("I" gotta have that drink). Conditioned consciousness is so ubiquitous, as to be invisible to most. True we need it to function in the world and society, but since it's based in thought and condition, its limits are clear in a "larger" context such as meditation. An identified mind would believe, "I am doing meditation." Whereas unconditioned mind is meditation, with no meditator, which brings me to my point. Only a conditioned mind has an intention, since intention implies a subject with an objective goal. Quantum physics displays what happens with this issue, which I'm sure you already are aware of.
    The consciousness of the space of awareness is uniformly smooth, unless and until thought
    enters. It is an object. It appears, abides, and disappears. In Bon we speak of "non-meditation
    beyond the state of enlightenment," such that we might ask, "Where does space "go" when an
    object appears?" Nowhere. In fact, the object is space, as a temporal form. The same is true for our own bodies, and identity. Thus, why would
    you want to focus on intention (condition) when space is already unconditioned, and universal?
    The interesting thing about Dzogchen is how it's taught. The master instructs you. You practice,
    and a natural experience follows. You report this to the master, and only then does he show you in scripture what you have just experienced. The evidence sought is always for a conditioned mind,
    a mind filled with knowledge (conditioning) thirsty for more. Now, that's OK, but like I said, knowledge has limits. This is why unconditioned awareness (the nondual natural state) is understood to be the only true wisdom, the spacious true ground, the basis of all, freedom and the peace beyond all understanding. To me (and who am I?), you appear to be (well-intentionly) wanting to make a toy of knowledge, and call it wisdom. But by the time you get your results, it's
    far less than actual reality. Objectivity demand we release all we know to realize what we've
    always been: universal being, in temporal form. We can't use form to find the formless, can we?
    By the way, there is plenty of evidence of the power of prayer, even for those who don't know
    they are being prayed for.

  • Heartland Nov 11, 2010

    Ms. Vieten,

    If I may, as you express your goals (can intention affect physiology, for example), I feel you may be missing a vital point. Though I am "new" to Noetic Science, I'm very familiar with the nous, having learned a number of psycho-spiritual views, including Gnostic Consciousness as expressed in the Gospel of Thomas and Mary Magdalen as well
    as J. Krishnamurti and Bon Dzogchen. Please respond if you can.

    First, identity. What I think I am is often not the case. I know you agree. Self-image is a construct
    of conditioning and egoic processes which divide consciousness (that in reality, cannot be divided).
    It is subjective mind that creates both the experience of the object and subject ("I" gotta
    have that drink).

    Conditioned consciousness is so ubiquitous, as
    to be invisible to most. True we need it to function in the world and society, but since it's based in thought and condition, its limits are clear in a "larger" context such as meditation.

    An identified mind would believe, "I am doing meditation." Whereas unconditioned mind is meditation, with no meditator, which brings me
    to my point. Only a conditioned mind has an intention, since intention implies a subject with
    an objective goal. Quantum physics displays what happens with this issue, which I'm sure you already are aware of.

    The consciousness of the space of awareness is uniformly smooth, unless and until thought
    enters. It is an object. It appears, abides, and disappears. In Bon we speak of "non-meditation
    beyond the state of enlightenment," such that we might ask, "Where does space "go" when an
    object appears?" Nowhere. In fact, the object is space, as a temporal form. The same is true for our own bodies, and identity.

    Thus, why would you want to focus on intention (condition) when space is already unconditioned, and universal?

    The interesting thing about Dzogchen is how it's taught. The master instructs you. You practice,
    and a natural experience follows. You report this to the master, and only then does he show you in scripture what you have just experienced.

    The evidence sought is always for a conditioned mind, a mind filled with knowledge (conditioning) thirsty for more. Now, that's OK, but like I said, knowledge has limits. This is why unconditioned awareness (the nondual natural state) is understood to be the only true wisdom, the spacious true ground, the basis of all, freedom and the peace beyond all understanding.

    To me (and who am I?), you appear to be (well-intentionly) wanting to make a toy of knowledge, and call it wisdom. But by the time you get your results, it's far less (think quantum experiments) than actual reality. Objectivity demands we release all we know to realize what we've always been: universal being, in temporal form. We can't use form to find the formless, can we?

    By the way, there is plenty of evidence of the power of prayer, even for those who don't know
    they are being prayed for.

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    RDVerma Nov 26, 2010

    I at times feel that our understanding of even the material of the cosmos is not right and complete. Not to mention complete cosmos but even the part of it that we have been able to physically and remotely explore. In my view the the cosmos and its sub parts are just one whole which is divided logically rather then physically. The physical world that we see is only a view that is available for our limited senses whereas, the actual architecture is not so locally diverse. This architecture is visible to the ones who are able to raise their conscious selves to the esoteric levels of higher consciousness.
    Just as the files, folders and other objects on display of a PC are not present in the similar manner on the mass storage or disc, similarly the the consciousness (other matter) is also not located in the manner it appears in physical world. In Bhagwad Gita Krishna opened his mouth to a bewildered Arjuna to expose the three lokaas in it - the cosmos does not expand in the known dimensions of time and space but independent of them. Consciousness is also part of this whole game or may be other way round.

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    lirsadiou Jan 30, 2011

    I have just finished reading "The Lost Symbol". Being a skeptic, I didn't believe Dan Brown could surpass himself...But he did. That is why I am here devouring every word of this post...Truly enlightening!
    "Is there evidence for universal consciousness?"
    A few comments have stuck for me.
    Runa S defined it as GOD. Durnelle mentioned a shamanic experiment where positive, loving thoughts expanded the aura of an individual. Finally, Balance_Maintained said that "love was the most important thing of all, with faith we can do anything".
    Billions of people around this globe adhere to beliefs that most define as religion. The majority of those religions promote "positive" sentiments and actions - Do good and refrain from evil.
    Can we define what is good and what is evil for all of humanity?
    Can we ALL agree that lying, stealing or killing another human being is evil?
    Perhaps not.
    Haven't we ALL done something "evil" troughout our lives? I would bet yes.
    I would dare to venture that this universal, or human consciousness as I would prefer to call it, is our fate and the future we are (or should be) building for ourselves - God's dream as JmeLynn33 put it.
    The question I pose is this. If there is a human consciousness, how do we get EVERYONE to tap into it in a POSITIVE way? Because the day we come together to answer that question, we will have our proof and completely transform the world we live in.
    Think heavenly thoughts if you want to build your heaven.
    I'm a little late to the dance but thank you all for the inspiration.

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    FuZzBall Sep 02, 2011

    I have dreams where I speak fluent english like it was my first language... it's really interesting... I'm from Argentina, I speak spanish and I have little knowledge of english.

    So, If I can learn to speak english like we all already know we can.. why I can't learn to fly for example? like others dreams I have had?

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    DmitriyNGaevoy Sep 04, 2011

    Power of the shared dream in a search of the integrity- universal consciousness.
    When you make first inquiry on integrity, you realize that you are facing very tough choice: value system vs. scientific method. Then, you are starting analyze both options until you reach the shore on either side. That is it. You have your integrity. It is all straight now. Everything on this side is integral and on opposite is incomplete. Some day you might have to compromise with self and say:”Well, might be not everything on my side is totally complete, there is some sense on the other shores…” You start exploring with attention to more details and one day you might find something that will make perfect sense, make your definition of integrity incorporating all other shores together including space in between and even more. But it comes with price, as everything else. That price could be negligible for someone and unaffordable for other. So you decide to equalize the value for everyone by go shares.
    Sharing is very interesting thing. If you share your day with others, you just equally divide time. It is totally different when you share your idea or your dream. You not only let others to know that your dream is, you enable them and let them to share that dream with others. This dream becomes a reality, in the way that those who share you dream, start making something to make it to be true. In other words, they become integrative part of the actions that will bring that dream to fruition.
    Interestingly enough, to see that mechanics in action you need to believe that your dream will be reality one day. Your followers have to believe that too. If everyone believes in it, it is already reality, even if it is not physical and there no any evidence to support that belief. Reminds you something?
    Let me share with you my dream:
    I hope that one day we will stop trying to understand the reality surrounding us by breaking it, as a little kid trying to understand what is inside and how it works. I hope we will start make reality to understand us clear, by communicating common language of respect and love, as equal part of it. May be than, we will understand all of it. And share with others.

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    Sky Walker Sep 07, 2011

    Had a simple suggestion for an experiment of "unity" consciousness... I am speaking this from my own personal experience I had today with a group meditation I am part of :-)

    This will radicalize a bit :-)

    1. Have a group that is meditating regularly for a period of atleast 21 days .. The time constraint required for brainwashing to be effective.
    2. The group should do open eye meditation , chanting meditation (OM ) and closed eye meditation so as to sufficiently enhance the variety of meditation techniques
    3. Make biological records of the states they experience during meditation
    4. Separate one member from the group after 21 days, and make the group meditate without him/her.
    5. While the group is meditating, simultaneously check that individual's biological state .. I bet 50 bucks, that the individual's biological state would correspond to that of meditation .. :-)

    This is a really simple experiment if there is a regular meditation group going on , which I am sure would be the case at IONS.. The results will clearly prove the presence of some kind of consciousness mechanism.. someday I hope to work there to prove that universal consciousness is the case :D Hopefully there will be something left to be explored :D

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    Sky Walker Sep 10, 2011

    Seems like these ideas have already been tested/ experimented and verified ... so much for my suggestions .. :)

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    Bala0212 Oct 14, 2011

    The vedas/upanishads have a "beautiful" saying which goes like this....

    "Those who speak of IT, know IT not; Those who know IT, speak of IT not".

    In the above phrase, "IT" means the universal consciousness.

  • marmsweb Jan 06, 2012

    I see universe and cosmos differently. Universe is finite and has an end. Cosmos is the spirit that emanates all through universe diversity and continues in the realm from which it comes and comes again and again. Cosmos is with and without matter. Universe contains thought and ideas. Cosmos is with ideas and thoughts. This means thought is created to use as universal ideas and materials; motivated or moved to "BE" by Cosmic action everywhere.

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    rakesh45 Jan 15, 2012

    @ Bala0212

    What you have said is absolutely True.

    Consciousness can be broadly categoriesed as :-

    1. Individual's Consciousness
    2. Her/ His - Sub Consciousness
    3. God / Super / Higher Consciousness

    A. How the effective Communication / Exchange of Information / Tranfer of Energy etc. happens between these 3 types of Consiousness is the Key to decode the Mystries.

    B. What are the Natural Laws that Governs or enable this Communication ?

    C. Why , the Answer's to these are still shrouded in a veil ?

    or those who know IT , speak of IT not.

    Probally ( I may be wrong ), is that this Powerfull knowledge is like a double edge Sword and should be only in the hands of persons of Satvic Vritti.

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    sunflow Jan 18, 2012

    I am reading the Lost Symbol now. Today I read about Kathleen Solomon's research chapter in Institute of Noetic Sciences, so naturally it led me to search IONS on net, and gave me an opportunity to read about IONS and your article. I personally think it is a tricky issue like behavior of a particle. Consciousness made Descartes say I think therefore I am and let Buddhists float theories like 'Flow' and 'wave'. It made men believe in a superconscious and reincarnation. Imagining in an Energy field with an identity of its own, with the ability to manifest itself in various forms and fields including the word Universe is not a far fetched fantasy. We did it before and we are trying to re-discover it in a new language of our times.

    And last time when I read Dan Brown, it was the Da vinci code. Those days it shook the faith of faithful. The question is are we supposed to believe to seek our answers or are we supposed to seek our own path? Naturally, there is no single unified answer like a unified code.

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    Md Santo May 05, 2012

    Knowledge – driven New Copernican Principle showing the evidence of Universal Consciousness :

    • Copernican principle, states that the Earth is not in a central, specially favored position. More recently, the principle has been generalized to the relativistic concept that humans are not privileged observers of the universe. In a nutshell, the Copernican Principle mentioning there is nothing special about human and/or Earth.

    • Instead of Somato Aspect (Physical Mediating Aspect) which we assumed to Old Copernican Principle resulting comprehensive Heliocentric Cosmology, we developed the Psycho Aspect considered as Consciousness Mediating Aspect and we called it as New Copernican Principle resulting Nature Knowledge Theory (NKT)

    • It seems, Nature Knowledge Theory (NKT) will give prominent impact to the future of Science evolution within 21st century

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    Atomicstudent May 09, 2012


    This thread about Universal Consciousness has been running for quite a time. Since time began, by all accounts ! I've found a raft of useful insights in amongst the comments, thanks.

    My contribution to this discussion would be around the subject of nuclear fission. Curiosity brought me to look with symbolic interest, with Jungian eyes, at the processes of nuclear fission: and soon enough, the universal aspects of this process came into focus. Which in my estimation, is a passionate love story being acted out by a very masculine entity and a very feminine being, who have formed themselves out of the emulsion of universal energy released from the atoms. Each of these "energetic beings" acts with the same kind of "gender consciousness" that is in our human selves.

    This account needs images to give it body. There's a series of photographs, taken by the French military, when they were testing a nuclear device in the South Pacific, which make this whole insight strongly visible. While the photographs could possibly tell the story on their own, viewed in the context of the holographic nature of our Universe, they together make for a pretty solid understanding.

    I've parked my perceptions of this whole business on a web site: www.nuclear4everyone.com
    Scientific knowledge on its own can not deduce this display of 'universal consciousness'. But attach to it our domestic experience of love and love affairs and their 'universality' and I think we've sufficient information to develop this picture of the Universal Consciousness we are within: which is, of course, equally within us.

    What began as a mythic inquiry clearly has consequences for our work with nuclear power. I've shown this material to the nuclear industry and the military, mainly in the UK, and observed how hard it is for them to bite upon let alone digest.
    Is an holographic view of the atom of interest to the IONS community ? It deserves more consideration than I can give it. Even mulling it over feels like a useful step.

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    gsvasktg Aug 15, 2013

    Yes there is a confirmed evidence of existence of consciousness , The space in the Universe comprises an eternally dynamic interactive state among its componenents that have a relative dimension of 1.2 E mine 51 kgs based on axiomatic derivations. This eternally dynamic state called Gunas in Sanskrit floods all and everything to provide the perpetual harmonic oscillatory state as the potential power bank. Consciousness in all living things (DNA base life) is the reaction to this pervading medium and is the cause of the gravitation phenomenon. Please read website http://www.kapillavastu.com/index.html.

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    ranchhand Sep 01, 2013

    I'm reading many positive comments that suggest that because one believes an idea, it must be true. Hundreds of years ago, the common belief held that the world was flat. Following the logic of many of the above comments, the world "should" be flat.

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    Slann Oct 25, 2013

    To me, "universal consciousness" implies a consciousness that is shared and accessed across the universe, meaning among all sentient beings. Comments here seem (and please correct me) grounded/focused/confined to a "shared" consciousness on this planet only. I've been reading and listening to Ingo Swann lately (read "Penetration"), and I've been intrigued by his experiences and his observations that most (almost all) "science" is based on materialism, i.e., "empirical" evidence of a given hypothesis, and the reality that mind/consciousness cannot be defined/proven/validated by the conventional (read "materially based") scientific method. Yet we know it is real!
    So, I believe, "universal consciousness" must be a common reality across the universe (at least!).
    All sentient beings must "get it", and there must be universal laws/rules of consciousness "logic". I see this as not too far removed from the "reality" of mathematics, abstract, yet absolutely real.
    We, as humans, possess the abilities to perceive this universal consciousness, but at our early (relative to other species) evolutionary stage, this perception must be trained, yet we all possess it!
    And I have a problem with the word "god", as it seems to evoke biblical definitions and associations. I'm constantly reminded of my favorite Zen definition of man: "Man is the universe becoming aware of itself." And we can certainly substitute "man" with "sentient species".
    Let's redefine our "world view" to be "universe view", accepting all sentient species as our shared "universal consciousness" fellows (searching for the most appropriate word here!).
    There are "aliens" (extraterrestrials) among us, visiting us and communicating with us (in many ways/means). Our government, especially, would suppress all awareness of this reality (to include the real advancement of physics), which pushes us to reject this absurd propaganda. The "universal consciousness" may not be all good, but it is reality, nonetheless. We MUST move forward with a clear understanding of the real physical reality, as we try to comprehend the reality of a universal consciousness.

  • Dina grutzendler Apr 25, 2014


    It is fascinating to see such a variety of answers, and yet at the same time knowing that in the depth they are interconnected among them and with the universal consciousness

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    Nice concept marmsweb

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