Consciousness and its development is the main topic of this blog page, at least it has been since now. What we would like to deepen in this post, is the question of what is consciousness, and what is the path towards its development. Sincerely, we suppose that there are very few people who could explain something like this using their own experience, so what we’ll do is to show the results of research we’ve performed studying old Western and ancient Eastern sacred texts. We have no other way, at least for now, to show a more extended, demanding, but also interesting topic.
To begin an argument such as consciousness, the first question which should arise in a serious seeker is the most basic, but unfortunately the most ignored, for the reason that in some “unconscious way”, men presume to know the answer: what is intended with the word “consciousness”?
This term derives from the latin “consciente“, a word that is composed from “con“ (with, having, possess) and “scire” (to know). Consciousness, in it’s real meaning, is a “self- conscious being”; “cu- scire”: with knowing, comprehension, vision.
Consciousness is the “evolved, conscious, sentient being” or, better said, this should be if it would be formed, complete, therefore evolved. But consciousness, usually, is still evolving, moving towards self consciousness, also known as self- realization.
One of the main errors of a human once he enters into the field of inner research is his erroneous vision of himself as an individuality who evolves. What men define as “I” is no more than an aggregate of perceptive tools, known as senses, through which consciousness experiences the contact on the physical field. In other terms, personality is not the being which evolves, but a tool and a cover used by the consciousness- being for its evolution. The human identification with his senses and perceptive faculties is so eradicated, that, to understand them only through intellectual reasoning is practically impossible.
Personality, composed from physical senses, emotions, thoughts and from the results of interaction between these elements, generates the illusory perception of an “I”, but this is only a piece of clothing of consciousness. Without such clothes, consciousness would not be able to gain information from physical matter. In other words, what humans consider themselves, is just a tool they will abandon at the moment of their death.
Now, why do we spend 169 words about a theme such as personality in a post related to consciousness?
It is to resolve one of the main questions which confuse the seekers or the followers of some groups: is reincarnation possible or not? And, if it’s possible, is it possible for all?
Indeed, even if the Eastern religions and esoteric paths teach the existence of reincarnation as part of evolution, Buddhism generated some doubts and confusion among many seekers; such an approach has been taken also from Gurdjieff. So, this doctrine teaches that there is no individuality which transmigrates through reincarnation, but at the same time, Buddhist texts often name the previous lives. Even if this would seem absurd, the explanation is quite simple, seen from a most objective point of view: Consciousness is dressed in many clothes (body and conditioned personality) during many lives, but what humans consider as themselves, namely personality, is something temporary, something which lasts for only one life. So, for the reason that in personality there are no permanent factors, it does not reincarnate. For the reason that a human considers his true nature as an aggregate of conditioned perceptions of which he is barely conscious, it’s right to affirm that there is no reincarnation for him.
Explaining the true nature of consciousness would be really demanding and pompous, so we’ll limit ourselves to draw a simple map of the evolution of consciousness in order to have a better idea of the essential nature of a being who develops towards the state of self -realization.
Consciousness is a space, a possibility, and everyone who has experienced it in it’s pure state, without additional conditionings will agree with this statement (and believe that there are more people who experienced this than what many of us may consider). Consciousness, in its origin, is still in formation, so it doesn’t appear self- conscious. For the reason that the same word “consciousness” implies a “self -conscious being in his knowing”, this will explain why consciousness is only a possibility in the making, beginning from an empty space. This space is what contains such a possibility and allows this development. In other terms, using ancient words, we could state that consciousness is, at the beginning a “hypothesis” which contains the seed of something still “non -manifested”, but which could become self- conscious, cognitive, realized… “manifested”.
To use an elementary example, we could relate consciousness in its origins as a newborn who contains all the possibilities to become adult (but no certainty to become an adult), but it’s still a newborn. Consciousness is a possibility, not a fact. It is empty from every content, with all the possibilities to become “full” in terms of self- consciousness. Everyone who approaches with seriousness, practices such as Zen and Buddhism, have experienced consciousness as a state of emptiness, a space. This is the effective example of what is explained above: consciousness as an empty space for a possibility.
Consciousness will develop, the possibility will become a fact, the empty will become full, and all this, according to the ancient teachings, through a never- ending process called evolution. This process happens through the manifestation- experimentation of consciousness on the material field. During it’s permanence in the most dense sphere (matter), consciousness will gain the data that will allow it to resonate in a certain frequency of awareness. In the moment of the cessation of a cycle of experimentation (what is commonly known as death), consciousness will lose its mean of manifestation and the tools for experimentation (personality and physicality), and will find itself in a subplane more subtle than the physical, with the same vibratory qualities of “frequency” achieved during the past period of experimentation.
The first fields experienced from consciousness in matter is the mineral, followed by the vegetal and the animal, but all these spheres are experienced without a descent of consciousness in the above- mentioned realms. Indeed, it presides over a group of minerals, vegetals and even animals, achieving the vibratory impulses.
In such a way, consciousness begins to assimilate data that will allow it to develop an embryo of awareness. It will take a very long period, we suppose, thousands of years, before consciousness will consider to have experienced all what was possible in the field of the first three reigns of nature.
After this first process, it will feel the need to gain information from more complex and evolved species, so it will focus its attention to the human realm.
At the beginning, consciousness will not descend in a single physical body, but will assimilate the sensorial perceptions of a group of primitive human beings (primitive in sense of development); such primitive groups are disappearing on this planet, but we have also to mention that even if the field of the so- called “evolved society” there are many people who would not be considered an incarnation of a consciousness. Just to make another clarification, these types of persons are just what Gurdjieff called people without a being. These people are sensorial wrappings, directed from awareness that is not present in the physical body.
In a social context directed from a catholic culture, in which everyone has received a deep conditioning concerning the racial superiority of humans above animals and, at the same time, an equality between human beings ( a typical contradiction present in Western culture), the affirmation that a certain number of people do not incarnate a consciousness, but who are at the same degree of animals, would consequently be difficult to be undesrtood and accepted, and will probably provoke even distress or rage, but on the other side, this is a reality.
All in all, observing what happens in the so -called civilized world, it shouldn’t result in difficulty to accept such an affirmation. The majority of human beings are ready to transform themselves into “animals” for very little. Those who had the misfortune of passing through a war, and also those who work in the sectors of law and order know very well what apparently civilized and evolved humans are capable of doing, in terms of the worst things.
Once the consciousness experiences enough to become half- aware of itself, it will seek a direct manifestation in matter. So, what follows is the incarnation of a physical mean composed of the physical and emotional body.
An evolved human vehicle is the first in which consciousness descends, and from this step we can speak about cycles of reincarnations. As we have mentioned above, after the death of the physical body, consciousness retracts itself in a sub- plane which corresponds to the emotional- sensorial vibratory qualities experienced during the previous incarnation.
Always according to the ancient teachings, it will live in a state of awareness not much differently from the state achieved during the life in matter until, driven by the Law of Need, it will feel the impulse of again experiencing the physical body. So, such a consciousness will be driven to an appropriate wrapping, in accordance not with its desires, but with what and how it was acquired during its past expriences, and of course, in according with its vibratory qualities.
To achieve the possibility to decide by itself the family, the place and the conditions in which to incarnate, a consciounsess needs a high degree of evolution in terms of awareness. Before this degree, the incarnations are driven by a Law of Randomness that is all but “random” or casual, and which has its logic. But this is another topic.