The light of Consciousness: Science meets Spirituality
“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Carl Jung
The essence of life can be conceptualised from various perspectives. The interpretation of life can be translated from art, science, philosophy, religions and from personal experiences etc. This is just a limited view because emotional undertones will influence what a person understands and the egoic precepts that the mind projects out before our eyes can filter what we actually perceive.
Reflection and stillness can help the observer discriminate their conscious thoughts float by focusing on what the eyes see. I endeavour to practice this on Sunday mornings as a kind of meditation after I awake. Sitting down looking outside at the world around me in peace . I am grateful that there are trees and the beautiful birds flying across my horizon from my window. For a few moments I was looking at small Turdus merula or common name a blackbird. The bird was looking at me and I felt the bird was aware of my presence. That took me to the thought “I wonder what it is thinking, and I tried to connect to its consciousness. Before I proceeded with my experiment the bird flew away. This took my mind to the big questions in life or down a rabbit hole. I know birds are conscious with their instinctual behaviour and discovering in the past the quantum affects the birds consciousness. (in previous post, several articles I have written on consciousness https://wordpress.com/view/2020learningmind.com. Relating to birds’ awareness one article said:” University of Tübingen in Germany, lends still more insight into the avian brain, suggesting that birds have some ability for sensory consciousness—subjective experiences in which they recall sensory experiences.” https://www.sciencealert.com/birds-have-a-quantum-sense-and-for-the-first-time-scientists-see-it-in-action
This enquiry led me to the next random thought what is the largest or most influential force in our known universe. I personally believe it is consciousness and during my reflection it came into my awareness while looking outside in the garden and beyond. The birds are consciousness, the tree must be conscious to interact with the environment. At this substrate I would say that everything in the known universe is conscious at some level and its how you define consciousness. For my perspective consciousness is in humans but many are not subjectively aware of it but objectively it is there. Panpsychism is similar philosophy of universal consciousness, but from what I understand the definition of consciousness as organised levels in the minds of things not necessarily specified by awareness.Rupert Sheldrake defines it as Morphic Resonance and the Collective Unconscious. https://www.sheldrake.org/research/morphic-resonance/part-i-mind-memory-and-archetype-morphic-resonance-and-the-collective-unconscious
Religions and cultures for thousand of years had this idea of a universal consciousness. https://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/07/12/536752502/is-the-universe-conscious?t=1640518705708
On my search for what has the greatest impact or influence from a scientific perspective lead me to few possibilities. I knew the 4 common forces in physics, are gravity, weak nuclear force, Electromagnetic force, and the strong force. https://www.space.com/four-fundamental-forces.html In my research I came across another fascinating article about Hercules-Corona Borealis Great Wall. This is the biggest structure known in the universe of group of galaxies bound together by gravity. These galaxies can be observed by the light of the Gamma rays emanating from the structures of the stars. My conclusion led me to believe that gravity was most influential force by logic and light had a part in the story, but I was slightly wrong. https://www.wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/2013/05/22/why-is-gravity-the-strongest-force/
The correct answer has to do with size and distance of the force relating to the object, it was not as simple as I thought. The next question I had to correlate how does quantum relate to this? Conundrum of different states or possibilities doesn’t make sense from first investigation. (wished I had degree in Physics, wasted youth lol) The answer is Quantum electrodynamics (QED) Britannica online explains it definition as: Quantum electrodynamics theory of the interactions of charged particles with the electromagnetic field. It describes mathematically not only all interactions of light with matter but also those of charged particles with one another. A simple video explaining how light of Einstein theory related to this in a short video. https://youtu.be/hHTWBc14-mk . Here my simple observation. Light is the connection between the ultimate gigantic galaxies to the infinite small particle in nuclear physics throughout known universe. It travels in light waves of vibration or packets of energy( spoiler for Law of Attraction fans) as Einstein said are photons of light.
The quandary of light being a wave, or a particle is not answered but I do like Britannica answer” No single answer to the question “What is light?” satisfies the many contexts in which light is experienced, explored, and exploited.https://www.britannica.com/science/light The experience of a little knowledge can be used to exploit others is enlightening (I couldn’t resist the pun) The history of science is a useful tool for humanity but its never conclusive and subjective because we don’t have the Theory of Everything( If we did might as well move onto the next level). The last 100 years science has radically changed the landscape of our lives in realty with clear manifestations of progress. The interesting perspective that religious contagion has had sparks of light (pun intended)for thousands of years.
The complete doctrine based on Christ teachings focus on the concept of light and its properties relating to humans. There are other religious teachings where light is focused on as core to spirituality.
Christianity John 8:12 Then Jesus said, “I am[a] light to the world, and those who embrace me will experience life-giving light, and they will never walk in darkness.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%208%3A12&version=TPT
Judaism philosophy about light “Light is the overarching, central, definitive metaphor for Jewish understanding of all of reality”
Islam “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The example of His light is that of a niche, in which there is a lamp; the lamp is in a glass – the glass looks like a brilliant star – it is lit by (the oil of) a blessed tree, the olive, which is neither eastern, nor western. Its oil is about to emit light even though the fire has not touched it – (it is) light upon light. Allah guides to His light whomsoever He wills; Allah describes examples for the people, and Allah knows everything well.
Hinduism “That is the light even among all the lights, and it has been spoken of as beyond darkness. It is knowledge, that which is to be known, and the goal of knowledge. It especially resides in the hearts of all.https://gitajourney.com/2013/01/18/bhagavad-gita-verse-17-chapter-13/
Buddhism “If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” (Irony of meditation you are encouraged to shut the eyes to light to become enlightened by experience and wisdom)
Light of Consciousness: Eckhart Toile https://youtu.be/DoHEPYYkZLo
Science Philosophy “1 million years after the Big Bang, temperatures cool sufficiently to allow hydrogen- and helium-neutral atoms to form from the plasma (charged particles). This event freed up radiation that was previously contained in thermal equilibrium with matter. Since then, radiation and matter have gone their own ways. When astronomers observe the cosmic ray background, they are looking at photons released from the big bang when radiation and matter became uncoupled.”
Life needs light. You could write a book with overwhelming empirical evidence that a fundamental component of consciousness at its different levels, light has to present to function. The plants use light in photosynthesis, animals need energy in form of light as electromagnetic waves etc.
Humans are beacons of light. Again, you could write a book on the different systems human have and use in the electromagnetic forms of light. We have receptors on the skin, in the eyes and in the brain that receive the different forms of light and so forth. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/seeing-without-eyes1/
Consciousness aspect of light(energy) I’m proposing that light in its various forms is intrinsic part of consciousness. Einstein said you can’t destroy energy and in a similar view you can’t destroy consciousness. The complexity of the universal systems that we apparently take for granted is held together as one complete unit with its amazing cooperation’s from the infinite to finite groups to produce life as we know it. https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-chemistry/chapter/the-laws-of-thermodynamics/
Can you measure consciousness? One research paper said “Consciousness can only be measured through first-person reports, which raises problems about the accuracy of first-person reports, the possibility of non-reportable consciousness and the causal closure of the physical world” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4091309/
In conclusion Carl Jung said it aptly “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.”