'Awareness', 'Consciousness' and the 'Unconscious'


What we ordinarily call 'consciousness' is focal awareness, awareness in its local or bounded character as awareness 'of' something.

Awareness, on the other hand, can be understood as 'field consciousness' - consciousnes in its non-local unbounded and universal character.

In essence, what Freud called the ‘unconscious’ (ucs) is  actually awareness, i.e. consciousness in its universal character or the 'Universal Consciousness' (UCS).

The ‘ego’ or ‘conscious’ mind, on the other hand, is not more but less conscious than this ‘unconscious’ - it is a contraction of the Universal Consciousness within the Universal Consciousness.

Hence the Universal Consciousness - unconsciously to the ego - constantly seeks ways to express all that escapes the contracted awareness of ego-consciousness.
 
The Universal Consciousness is not awareness of things but awareness as such. It is not ‘yours’ or ‘mine’ but the essence of the Divine, a consciousness universal and unbounded.  

‘God’ is not a supreme being ‘with’ consciousness, nor does any person or being ‘have’ or ‘possess’ consciousness as its private property. Instead God is consciousness.

All individual beings and persons are bounded portions, expressions and personifications of the Universal Consciousness that is God.

The bodily boundaries of individual consciousness no more separate it from the Universal Consciousness than does the skin of a fish separate it from the ocean.

Our own skin is a permeable boundary, one that does not separate us from the air around us but unites us with it - breathing that air. Were our skin a sealed boundary we would die from lack of air.

Many people speak of consciously ‘creating’ their reality. In truth it is their ‘unconscious’ in the Freudian sense that ‘creates’ their reality - constantly seeking ways to express all that escapes the contracted awareness of their ‘conscious’ mind, and doing so in ways the conscious ego remains unaware of.
 
In essence however, what is called the‘unconscious’ (ucs) is the Universal Consciousness (UCS).

The ‘ego’ or ‘conscious’ mind, on the other hand, is not more but less conscious than this ‘unconscious’ - it is a contraction of the Universal Consciousness within the Universal Consciousness.

The Universal Consciousness has the innate power or capacity to give form to itself - manifest, individualise and personify itself in infinite potential forms. Thus it not only transcends and surrounds but pervades all its manifestations – all beings.

The Universal Consciousness is truly transcendent and immanent – surrounding and pervading all things.

Everything actual is a form taken by the Universal Consciousness within the Universal Consciousness. There can be nothing outside the Universal Consciousness as there can be nothing ‘outside’ space or ‘before’ time.

“We are inside God.” Jane Roberts. Everything exists within the Universal Consciousness – within God.

Being inseparable from the The Universal Consciousness as a whole every being is that Consciousness as a whole, is ‘God’.

Being a distinct portion of The Universal Consciousness as a whole everything is at the same time a unique expression of it - ‘a god’.

God is not a person. Yet all persons are both God and gods – being both portions of the Universal Consciousness as a whole, and individualised personifications of it.

God, though not a person, is thus a ‘multiperson’ – every person being a personification or face (persona) of the Universal Consciousness.

The Universal Consciousness is no mere ‘state’ of ‘cosmic consciousness’ to be evolved by or attained by individual human beings. It is the divine source and innermost nature of all  beings, all individualised consciousness.

As individualised consciousnesses we experience ourselves as bodies ‘in’ space. In contrast, the Universal Consciousness experiences itself in the same way that space might experience both itself and the bodies in it – as that which both surrounds and pervades them.

If we can identify with the entire space around us, and experience our own bodies as it does, as within it and not just ‘in’ it, we are identifying with the Universal Consciousness.

Space and time as such are the primary expression of the Universal Consciousness in our space-time reality.

The Universal Consciousness is an infinite ‘time-space’ or ‘time-sphere’ of awareness embracing all realities – past, present and future, actual and potential.
 
Ordinary consciousness is a narrow, focussed awareness, like a torchlight in a dark room. The Universal Consciousness is like light pervading space in a lightened room or sunny day.

 

·         Light manifests the light of the Universal Consciousness – the Light of Awareness.

·         Space manifests the universal field and aether  of the Universal Consciousness.

·         Air is a manifestation of the immanent vitality of the Universal Consciousness.

·         Water is a manifestation of the oceanic fluidity of the Universal Consciousness.

·         Fire manifests the transformative power of the Universal Consciousness.

·         Earth and other planets are materialised planes of the Universal Consciousness.

·         Bodies are all embodiments of the Universal Consciousness.

·         Suns are radiant centres of the Universal Consciousness.

 

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