A Course in Conscousness

(a reading list from CC to CM, and back to CC)

 

Cosmic Consciousness , Richard Bucke (1901)

1972-1974: In which I learned that human evolution doesn’t stop at maturity, but that the man also evolves spiritually

Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley (1945)

1974 : In which I learned the core of all religions are the same, and no one belief system is right nor complete

The Nature of Personal Reality, Jane Roberts (Dec 1974)

1976: In which I learned of the true nature of consciousness and the power of the mind in its direct interaction with the larger “outside” universe

Godel Escher Bach: The Eternal Golden Braid, Richard Hofstadter (1979)

1980: In which I learned that there are questions in any system, any system of thought, any system of mathematics, any system, including logic, that cannot be answered within that system, and that there is always a larger perspective to view such seeming insoluble problems; just expand your view.

Life of the Mind, Hannah Arendt (1978)

1986: which I learned that thinking, willing and choosing are independent functions of mind, interdependent – they are all going on in the same “mind” – but functionally separate.

Course in Miracles, Dr. William Thetford & Dr. Helen Schucman (1975)

1994: In which I learned HOW all this operates, and how it doesn’t operate.

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes (1976)

2011: In which I discovered the intuitive brain and the logical brain are separate and operate independently from each other; that there is a vestigial verbal center in the right brain (exactly parallel to the dominant verbal center in the left brain), from which communications in language used to come from the intuition to guide early man.

A New Earth/The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

Mar 2008: When Oprah held her first webinar to explore A New Earth, I discovered the relationship between “presentness”, the goal of spirituality itself, and how to be, how to be present, how to be in the present. (Jan 2005)

A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink (Mar 2005)

2009: Where ideas from the previous source were expanded and developed in a more “real-world” practical manner. In the appendix to the book, Dr. Pink mentioned Holosync technology, which has led to great leaps in my intuitive-rational interaction and exchange of information.

Consciousness, Dreams, and Self: A Transdisciplinary Approach, John B. Arden PhD (Apr 1996)

2008: Where I learned that the “mind” is a “field of information” whose locus is the electro-bio-magnetic-synaptic energy generated (?) by the activity of the corpus collasum, in the energy in the exchange of information between the intuitive brain and the logical brain.

Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, Paul H. Ray & Sherry Ruth Anderson (2000)

2012: Where I learned the people like me were out there, thinking in similar ways, coming to similar conclusions about the cultural dead-end we have wandered into; and that I am not the only one, that I am not alone stumbling in the dark; we are all, at present isolated sparks waiting for a connective fire to spark us into a blaze of cultural transformation.

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3 thoughts on “A Course in Conscousness

  1. If I may be so bold: what is the connective fire/ cultural transformation you are waiting for? Are we not, in a way, feeding that fire by seeking out others who are similarly dissatisfied by the state of of things, that together we may create a better way? #jointhenoise

    • It hasn’t coalesced yet, so it doesn’t have a name, that’s why I couldn’t tell you what the transformation is going to be, much less how it’s going to turn out. ST♥ was the prescient one, I’m just a philosopher. But it was Einstein, last time the world’s understanding of itself made a radical shift, “You can’t fix the problems with the same consciousness that created them.” The goal is to change minds, here, to open up the discussion, to rearrange the cards, and see what shape the deck is in after we play 52-Pickup.
      We, as a culture, as a race, need to make a change, more people all the time are identifying with the change, not the broken status quo, but can’t see clearly enough to know that the change is – so we throw everything into the ring and see what goes clang.
      If I’m clanging with you, then thank you.
      If you’re a book kind of person, get CULTURAL CREATIVES; I’m just transmitting the ideas; that is where I found the contemporary perspective of the “impending” cultural transformation. In the book, he doesn’t prognosticate the shape of things to come, either, he is merely talking about the people that are moving the culture forward, and how they are a gathering force, about to reach critical mass, and the transformation would spread from there. I can feel it, I’m living it, but I have NO IDEA what “it” is. Kind of like consciousness.

      • Well, I definitely enjoy the clang; so long as individuals continue to draw awareness and talk about change, then growth is occurring.

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