A New Yet Ancient Foundation for Scientific Research

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Dianne Cheryl Trussell 

Introduction: Here is a proposal for viewing differently the concept of consciousness and all fields of scientific research, by reintegrating the Ageless Wisdom teachings with modern science. The proposal is founded on evidence from diverse sources, personal and third-party experiences, intuitive realizations, and unexpected experimental results.  

Why is the concept of consciousness fundamental to all scientific research?  

All scientific research conceived and conducted by humans must by definition exist within the medium of consciousness. Quantum physics has taught us this! What we have observed about consciousness so far covers all the bases: non-locality, ubiquity, entanglement, hypothesized primacy, and energy-like effects on forms, patterns and processes. 

The Ageless Wisdom teachings 

The tenets of the Ageless Wisdom teachings about the nature of man, the universe, levels of consciousness, and indeed all of science, pre-date our modern discoveries, clarify them, confirm some of them, and help resolve persistent conundrums. The Ageless Wisdom is “ageless” because it is an ongoing, systematized science based on human inner experience, experiment, observation, and intuition that spans thousands of years. It is time that we marry it with modern scientific research to advance our understanding and methodologies on many currently hard problems and explanatory gaps, particularly in the psychological, parapsychological, biological and sociological sciences. 

Hypotheses and Tenets arising from this marriage 

1. Consciousness is present on many levels which co-exist and interact, like any physical vibrational series or spectrum.  

These levels may correspond with Bohm’s Implicate Order, of which he speculated there are more than one. An implication of this which might clarify psychology and parapsychology is that the observed human effects in both cases do not operate on one level but are instead an amalgamation of processes occurring on different levels. Without this multi-level or multi-dimensional understanding of human consciousness, both psychology and parapsychology are stymied because there are so many apparent anomalies and contradictions. 

2. Consciousness originates from outside the body, not from within organic brains.  

The most immediate point of origin could be the Quantum Field. The bridge from the Field to the physical body may be via quantum resonance of the microtubules, ordering the water within them into particular information-rich configurations (consciousness) which are then distributed to the whole body and not only the brain. The ever-higher states of conscious awareness may derive from higher levels of the Field.  

3. There are only two forms or energies of consciousness (however not the familiar physical energies) which determine all conscious states, alterations, and alternates.  

This foundational dichotomy may have begun to reveal itself during the conduct of an experimental pilot study looking at the physiological and psychological correlates of normal and meditative states, during which a portable random event generator (REG) was running. There was an indication that there may be two overall types of, let’s say, energy or energy-like influence, correlated with known states of consciousness, showing up on the REG. These two forms are as follows: 

Form 1: the form which determines states of harmony, oneness, stillness, detachment, and non-individuality. This form is aspired to by the world’s contemplative and meditative traditions and is presumed to produce a more evolved or higher, divine state of being. It results in alignment or attunement to the Source, aka “God”, where all is one, connected and mutually interactive in a single meaningful field. This higher form is characteristic of the “soul” and is traditionally known as divine Fire, Mind of God, etc. Experimental indications are that Form 1 may correspond with adherence to baseline randomness’ of the Random Event Generator (REG). 

Form 2: the form which determines states of disharmony or disequilibrium, such as individuality, all varieties of emotion (positive or negative), stimulation, excitation, depression, attachment, mentalism/intellectualism,  illusion, glamour, desire, competition, recognition, etc. The contemplative and meditative traditions aspire to let go of this form, because it blocks our access to oneness, and we remain in an unstable, disconnected state. This lower form is characteristic of the human spirit and is traditionally known as prana, chi, etc. It is known as the basic life force energy, e.g., for the intelligence and movements of biological life and the physical, (lower) spiritual and etheric bodies. It is distinct from the divine energy of Fire or Mind of God of which our human minds ideally partake. The life force energy is thus not the appropriate source for human consciousness or intelligence, whereas the divine Fire is. 

Experimental indications are that Form 2 may correspond with deviations away from the baseline randomness of the REG. 

4. The entire physical body in any given moment receives either of the two energies which then determine its expression of consciousness. 

Once one or the other form of energy has entered the body, it provides the movements, thoughts, and behaviors characteristic of that particular type of conscious energy. The human conscious mind is what the whole body receives and responds or reacts to. We lose out by over-emphasizing the brain in consciousness research, with inevitable flow into the physical and biological sciences. 

5. The energies of consciousness, being received from outside, can be re-transmitted by the physical body and can therefore influence the consciousness of other physical bodies.  

This exceeds all forms of sensorily transmitted information signals between individual bodies. It follows from the level of oneness characteristic of the quantum field and the implicate order(s). Oneness is a real, practical, ever-present truth, and everything that exists or occurs is mutually interactive and cannot be separated. This necessarily includes the consciousness of individual beings, human or otherwise, and has immense ramifications for the conduct and interpretation of scientific research.  

A recent example from neurobiology is the technique of hyper scanning, which reveals synchronization of more than one person’s EEGs (brain wave patterns) in the absence of any sensory connection. This evidence of non-local entanglement between people is a further confirmation of the tenants of the Ageless Wisdom and various scientists of modern times, e.g., Carl Jung and David Bohm: that there is a oneness of consciousness which is shared and is not generated organically from within individual bodies or brains. 

6. The “randomness” of the REG is not truly random. 

What if what we consider to be random, in having no particular meaning or direction, is actually the basic harmonious, dynamic operation of space (at various levels) when unperturbed by human deviations of consciousness? It is a level of order and pattern that can never be the same from moment to moment because space is continually expanding, and every point is moving relative to every other point; the configurations are never the same. Hence the non-repetition of random sequences. Therefore, when human consciousness shows adherence to the REG baseline, it indicates a state of non-imposition, harmony and oneness with space and with the divine, of which space is the vessel and representation. Conversely, states which perturb the harmony of space deviate the REG significantly from baseline.   

Future methods: 

Planned experiments will analyze this phenomenon in more detail and use additional measurements which sit at the boundary between conventional and frontier science.  


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Dianne Trussell
Dianne Trussell Author

Dianne has done 16 years of neuroscience research and teaching in two Australian Universities, co-authored ten peer-reviewed scientific publications, and presented at the 2019 SSE, 2020 and 2022 Science of Consciousness conferences. She is a PhD candidate in the field of cognitive neuroscience and non-local consciousness. She writes and presents on a broad range of science subjects for public groups, tutors private students and is currently working on two books.

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