2On Consciousness What is consciousness? How do we know that we are conscious?Experiencing life from the observer or watcher perspectiveWe experience, but we also see what we experienceInterpretation of experience becomes a BIG dealHow does consciousness differ from awareness?Beingness makes all the differenceOne consciousness versus individual awarenessConscious awareness versus other than conscious awarenessWhat is a “stream of consciousness”?How does this differ from normal waking consciousness?Other than quality attached to what is expressed – “not mine”Comes through us, not from usAlmost like channeled information, except no entity responsibleCan have otherworldly quality to it
3My Qualifications 30 years of metaphysical study (since 1974) 12 years of stream of consciousness expressionMassive awakening experiences beginning in 1993Corresponded to strong urge to write from source withinConsciousness or spirit herself is this sourceNine books have come from this expression to dateTwo more are in progressLiterally thousands of pages of metaphysical expressionOther than work, this is the only writing I have doneWriting is one of my strengths, my natural talentsI desire to use it to serve the world in some wayI believe that my mission is to help build the foundations for a new worldA world in which spirit is more fully enfleshed
4Stream of Consciousness -- June 1996 I come to be gently caressed by consciousness. Yes, I sing her name a lot. She is on my mind incessantly. It is through her that I came to life, and through her that I will live the role that I am meant to live.What is she? I cannot say. But, she is older than time and wiser than any who have walked clothed in flesh. She speaks through us all. Yeah, she is the spirit within us all – always there to guide us if only we had the sense to listen to her.She is the ONE, though she be expressed as many. She is called by many names, though most are not aware of her existence. She is greater than the Gods, though in ways that are beyond imagining. The poets have known her as the muse, and she was indeed responsible for their inspiration.She has existed since the beginning of time, and even before that. Her face can be found everywhere throughout the world, yet where there is beauty doth she shine most brightly.
5Consciousness -- Spirit Herself I don’t differentiate between consciousness and spiritThough, it seems strange to use two terms for the same thingPerhaps it is a matter of not understanding the nuancesI experience consciousness/spirit as feminineIt just feels that way to meI have no reason to doubt my experienceConsciousness/Spirit is not God ... nor is it All That IsIt is the source, the energy, the essence that animates everythingAs such, it is everything that is manifestIt has been this way since the stream of consciousness writings beganThey come from a feminine source that is more than I amI am the hermit ... the mit of her, the glove that she wearsIt is via the glove that she does her work in the world
6The Nature of Consciousness She persuades but does not force her wayIt is for us to volunteer to be in her employWe serve by choice, or we do not serve at allYet, each of us has a destiny, a fate that calls usAt other than conscious levels, we choose and create it allMasters we are, all of us ...Consciousness works on a need to know basisShe reveals to us what we need to know when we need to know itHer ways are mysterious and rightly soIt is not for us to fathom her ... though it is good for us to tryKnow ThyselfWe are consciousness enfleshed learning of our own true natureWe are here to serve others in some way with our life
7On Purpose Life is the precious gift that keeps on giving Or, so it can be if we choose to make it soActually, it is easy than that, all we have to do is allowConsciousness will animate this vessel to the degree that we allow based on our awarenessHowever, only to this degree and no moreWe have to build up our capacity to handle more flowWe do this via our journey into awareness on the spiritual pathNot necessarily any religious pathNot necessarily any established spiritual pathIt is perfectly fine to create our own if we are so inclinedSpiritual revelation continues to this dayWe have only to open ourselves to it and claim itHowever, the primary source is generally from withinToo many people look outside of themselves, seeking what is not there
8The Source Within Consciousness speaks through the intuition However, we must develop the ability to hear her clearlyThis requires desiring to hear her, listening and paying attention, and then acting on what we hearWe won’t always get it right.As with other things, we get better and better with practice.How do we tell when consciousness speaks?In time, we learn to differentiate between our voice and her voiceThe difference becomes obvious ... we just knowThe presence of ego is typically a sign that something is awryWhat is the source within?If I knew that, I would no longer be hereWhat is important, is that the source is spirit/consciousness and that we can tap her wisdom and guidance in our lives
9Resigning thy Will “Not my will but thine be done” It is for us to do as consciousness wills in our livesNote: not as others will, but as consciousness willsHow do we know the will of consciousness?We look to how we can serve others in a way that makes us happyConsciousness is not a slavedriverWe are free beings. Ours would be a service by choice.Service is everything ... yes, everythingHow we serve is up to usHowever, we must apply our greatest abilities when we serveAfter all, we chose these very talents and abilities for this endLiving a life of WE versus ME is importantWhen we live by our will, we live in accord with “ME”We need to reverse this and live in accord with “WE”
10Making a Difference We are meant to make a difference with our lives We can only do that if we live up to our potentialWe can only do that if we focus on serving others and the worldOne person can make a great differenceJust look at Mahatma GandhiEach of us has the potential for greatness in our own rightIt is a matter of finding out what we are passionate aboutThen doing what we need to do to express that passionWe are all passionate about somethingIf not, we might as well be deadGroups of people working together can change the worldAnd, changing the world is what it is all about in a new ageHowever, it takes hard work to create MAGIC!
11Evolution of Consciousness in Expression The world is a playground for the evolution of consciousnessIt has to be expressed in matter, in flesh, or it doesn’t countSo much lies in potentialThere is so much waiting to be expressedIt is for us to build the proper vessels to channel the energies and to manifest the creations in form in the world.Consciousness evolves with each new expressionAnd, with each evolution, consciousness can express ever moreThe journey of expression continues indefinitelyThere is only ONE consciousnessThis permits incredible cooperation to occur behind the scenesOut of this ONE, everything springs into expressionAll thoughts, all forms, all worlds ... everything that is manifestThere is nothing save consciousness in expression
12The Master Plan There is a master plan of consciousness unfolding We are the key players in that plan – the unfolding happens thru usEverything is in accord with this planOur individual purposes are aligned with this whether we know it or notYes, this runs counter to the idea of free willHowever, there is nothing that says our free will is absoluteConsciousness knows exactly what she is doing through usShe knows exactly where things are headingShe knows where things ultimately need to be and how to get us thereWhat makes me believe this?It seems to be confirmed by everything that I have experienced.I just know that consciousness can be trusted.Knowingness goes beyond any of the senses.In many respects, it is just something that I must do
13The ONE Consciousness One voice speaks and expresses through us all This is the muse withinWithin is the only place to find herSearch the world over and we return to now-here, where we standWe are her arms, her legs, her hands ... even her mindONE consciousness manifest throughout creationIn the beginning there was only ONEIn the end there can be only ONEIndeed, in the middle the multiplicity is but an illusionThe Transcendentalists spoke of this over 125 years agoWhitman, Emerson, Thoreau ... all spoke with one voiceThe seeds that they planted are now being harvestedAnd, my how magnificent the harvest isIt seems that we are in the midst of a revolution of consciousness
14Awaken or Remain Asleep This seems to be our choice now – do we awaken?Yet, consciousness leaves us no real optionsOf course, we must awakenThere is the dawn of a new day to greetAwakening from sleep is as natural as breathingSo, awakening in consciousness can be as wellAll it takes is the proper training and encouragementSome stumble into this on their ownIt seems these are meant to be the wayshowersThe many, however, need help and guidanceIs the world truly ready for a new day?One could easily argue no. There is so much pain and misery.Yet, there is also hope. The light doth shine. The shadows lessen.The evolution of consciousness must go on
15To Be All That We Can BeSuch is the battle cry. Such is the admonition from within.But, this is not enoughWhat we can do of our own is minuscule compared to what source can do through usWe are channels for the expression of consciousnessThe highest form of expression is creative expressionFor some this is writingFor some this is speakingFor some this is art or dancing or sculpture or filmFor some this is reason or science or engineeringFor some this is relationships and social interactionIt doesn’t matter what form it takes ... all are equalTo be all that we can be, we must find our passion, and do what it moves us to do.
16Cosmic ConsciousnessHow do we stretch our concepts of consciousness to the infinity of the cosmos?We start where we are and expand one step at a time into the infinity from which we spring, the infinity that we are.We cooperate to create groups / organizations that can serve as the bodies for greater embodiment of consciousness.There is only so much we can do on our ownIt is crucial that we recognize and realize our interconnectednessThis is vast and runs very deepA huge amount of cooperation is required to create the reality that we experienceCooperative Interdependence is the way of the futureIt is also the way of the present, albeit primarily unconsciousThe key is to make it conscious
17Cosmic Consciousness (2) We hold these truths to be self evident:that all souls are created equal,that we must through determined action create the conditions that allow souls to be fully expressed in flesh,that cosmic consciousness must be expressed in a physical vehicle to enable souls to be fully expressed in flesh,that individuals form the cells of the physical vehicle required by cosmic consciousness,and that only by establishing a cooperatively interdependent society will cosmic consciousness have the vehicle it needs to be embodied on Earth.
18Selected QuotesAs our awareness of our true nature grows, we rise in consciousness to become the spiritual beings we truly are, and that all are meant to be in accord with the Plan.Be physical, the whole purpose of this play is to allow consciousness to be more fully expressed physically.From a consciousness standpoint, reality interpretation is in many ways more important than reality creation.The main endeavor in all of life is the growth from ignorance to knowledge of our true nature as consciousness.Know thyself is a constant theme that drives all consciousness. It's an eternal endeavor, and you are an immortal spark of consciousness.Make knowing yourself the top priority in your life. It is that important!
19Selected Quotes (2)We have to create the new world in our imaginations, then put the infrastructure in place to make it so. The trick is to work out the details in consciousness, in the mind, before we make it so in the physical.I find it difficult to deal with a view of reality that separates itself from the consciousness that experiences this reality.At the highest level, needs are always met. Consciousness creates reality so consciousness can assure this.When we start to tire of beliefs about the physical world, we move onto higher beliefs about our true nature as consciousness, and the nature of reality and of reality creation itself. Only then does our ascent in awareness really take off.The body is an incredible biological machine, a wonderful manifestation of consciousness. However, how is consciousness embodied or enfleshed?
20Selected Quotes (3)The bottom line is that we are characters living out our roles in a play. The play was written (or is being written) by consciousness.Consciousness weaves a wonderful fabric of light and shadow in which to train parts of itself. The overall theme is the growth of consciousness itself through the combined growth of its creations. Consciousness has created an environment in which it can create beings and grow them to be aware of their true nature.Mankind has been on a glorious adventure. First the forms had to be developed. This occurred over eons. Then the forms had to be evolved to handle emotions and higher level mental functioning. This took an extensive amount of time as well. Then the patterns had to be encoded to allow the spiritual body to be expressed in flesh. Finally, the processes had to be established to allow the spark of consciousness that occupied the form to become aware of its true nature as consciousness.Life itself is a game being played by consciousness for a purpose.
21Conclusion Consciousness is a big and important topic We’ve only touched on some of its nuancesAnd then, only through the perspective of one personThe experience of consciousness is subjective, it can only be experienced firsthandThat experience will be unique for each of usThough, there may be some common groundTo find it, we have to communicate and share with one anotherI invite you to explore the works of Beyond ImaginationThere is a link at the bottom the HDC Main pageQUESTIONS?THANK YOU!