The next wave of innovation will leverage intuition and the power of positive intentions to help safeguard new abilities against corruption. In this sense, forging an uplifting path ahead requires upholding values of trust, common decency, and dignity. Developing a greater understanding of humanity’s place, and purpose, in life will contribute to a more evolved collective consciousness. The more knowledge we gain about our origins, the better equipped we are to create our future.
Go deep within to a reflective awareness of the connections between nodes of life. Gain insight from emptiness, and find yourself within that clear, open space.
“Our own individual inner universe, our way of being conscious, is just one possible way of being conscious. And even human consciousness generally, it’s just a tiny region in a vast space of possible consciousnesses… With a greater sense of understanding comes a greater sense of wonder, and a greater realization that we are part of and not apart from the rest of nature.” — Anil Seth
If we wish to gain insight on our true nature, it is necessary to delve into the field of consciousness.
One growing approach to this investigation concerns a branch of metaphysical philosophy dealing with the study of the mind called noetics. In Greek, noēsis / noētikos describes inner wisdom, direct knowing, intuition, or implicit understanding. The Petaluma, California based IONS (Institute Of Noetic Sciences) describes Noetic Sciences as: “A multidisciplinary field of study that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the nature of reality.”1 In this multidisciplinary field, the study of subjective experience is seen through a scientific lens to examine ways in which consciousness pertains to the physical world.
The idea behind the term unity of consciousness is that when we experience sensations like sound and feeling, or smell and taste, we do so all at once.2 Consciousness has the capacity to integrate complex parts and patterns into a seamless whole. Consciousness plays a crucial role in supporting individual and collective transformation, and engaging a global community in the realization of human potential.
Consciousness is not a fixed quality we possess, but rather an evolving experience of who we are. We can develop our awareness of consciousness when we quiet our inner dialogue and calm the frantic pace of our daily lives. Deeper insights of consciousness occur when we tune into the resonant frequency we share with all other observant beings. To create conditions for our bodies to live in a healthy, relaxed, and liberated state, enables the mind to gain greater awareness of the sensations the body receives. This collection of sensory input and extrasensory insight can then be reconfigured by the mind, through complex pattern recognition and resolution, to influence matter. At this precise moment, the unity of consciousness expands to allow for a state of total harmony. Perhaps this is what is meant by the title of the Radiohead song “Everything in its right place”.
“Technology is a manifestation of mind. It’s our thoughts and imagination brought into physical form. If you look around this room, every object, even the room itself, started as a thought. And like thoughts, technology can run wild, and cause immense devastation and suffering, or it can be our ally, to help us realize that which we all see: Peace, truth, love, enlightenment, whatever name you want to give to that.” — Mikey Siegel
New pieces of technology are currently being created to help access and explore the mysteries of consciousness. One of the people in the spotlight of this pursuit is an engineer named Mikey Siegel who has been working on integrating technology with consciousness through a series of global events he’s titled the Consciousness Hacking MeetUp. These community-based gatherings offer the opportunity for attendees to try out a device Siegel created called Heartsync which can connect up to 24 people wearing EEG headsets to a computer, visualize their heart-rates, and emit corresponding sounds through speakers. This device enables a group of people to synchronize their breathing and heart-rates into a collective rhythm. Through Siegel’s network of MeetUp events called Project Nights, other individuals and startups are able to share potentially influential prototypes.3 For instance, a group called Luciding Inc. has invented a specialized headband that can send electrical pulses to you while you sleep, which they claim allows for the ability to control one’s dreams and enjoy lucidly-navigated desires.
Technologies that sense and transmit heart rhythms, or that allow us to choose our own adventures through our dreams, reveal the powerful interworking of our own biological machinery. We are learning to harmonize the energies of our external technologies with the energies of our internal technologies. Along the way, we are deriving an ever greater meaning of what technology can be. Most of all, technology can be interpreted as a manifestation of human imagination.
Altered states of consciousness are a built-in feature to human experience. Popularized modes for quickly altering consciousness—like entertainment, caffeine, alcohol, hallucinogens, sensory deprivation, or electrical brainwave stimulation —are ripe for reinterpretation. Like with chemical substances, the potential for dependency to develop presents risk to certain avenues for altering consciousness. Yet ancient practices will continue to be our most accessible means for experiencing internal transformation. The most sustainable means for gaining insights from different states of consciousness might very well continue to include the shamanic method of rhythmic percussion, or the yogic methods of breath-work, movement, and meditation.
We believe that in the future, ecosystems for exploring and expanding consciousness will continue to grow. So too will the number of possible paths toward the discovery of the truths hidden within each of our inner universes. Opportunities to access enlightened experiences from within will continue to unfold. All the while, humans will gradually develop a more cohesive connection with the outer universe.
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