Absolute Consciousness and Individual Consciousness

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Absolute Consciousness and Individual Consciousness

“Parabrahm (the One Reality, the Absolute) is the field of Absolute Consciousness, i.e., that Essence which is out of all relation to conditioned existence, and of which conscious existence is a conditional symbol. …
“Spirit (or Consciousness) and matter are, however, o be regarded, not as independent realities, but as the two facets or aspects of the Absolute (Parabrahm), which constitute the basis of conditional Being whether subjective of objective. …
“Just as pre-Cosmic ideation [sic] is the root of all individual consciousness, so pre-Cosmic Substance is the substratum of matter in the various grades of its differentiation.” ~H. P. Blavatski

Absolute Consciousness

It is a view that one generally doesn’t see expressed so clearly. Consciousness is spirit, spirit is consciousness. Some would argue against this point of view. Few will deny, however, that moving toward higher states of consciousness is the same as moving towards higher states of spiritual being and closer to that Absolute Consciousness. Spiritual growth is consciousness growth, growth of consciousness is spiritual growth. If not the same thing, they are at least closely related.

Individual Consciousness

That absolute consciousness is the root of all individual consciousness makes sense. But that also means that logically, individual consciousness must either remain part of the Absolute Consciousness of God, or must have diminished the Absolute Consciousness by its creation.

While that may seem logical to our human way of thinking, it may not be true. When you slice a piece of pie, you diminish the pie that remains, but not so in the world of spirit. Because that absolute consciousness is similar in nature to a hologram, any piece of it contains an image of the whole. What remains is therefore not actually diminished. It isn’t even made smaller since such material concepts don’t apply in the worlds of spirit. Absolute Consciousness has no size and no age. It is everywhere, always.

In any case, the individual consciousness does remain linked to the Absolute Consciousness. The problem is that this link can only be recognized by an awakened soul and most of us have not awakened ours. The soul, in fact, is the link. The soul, being a conscious spiritual being, links to the Absolute Consciousness in a way that the limited brain-mind cannot match. Which should tell you that the Absolute can only be known and understood by an awakened soul and not by the mind.

Spirit and Matter

Blavatsky tells us that spirit and matter are not independent realities, and she is correct. Matter might be thought of as distorted spirit, slowed spirit, or fallen spirit. Some say that the duality that exists on the level of matter is the result of splitting spirit in two to slow it down to create matter.

So matter is not an evil thing we have to escape from. It is a damaged thing that need repair, a sick thing that need to be returned to health. We don’t cut off our foot because it has a fungus infection, we cure it. Likewise, we shouldn’t try to cut ourselves off from matter because it is fallen. Instead we should work to cure it by returning it back to its original state as pure spirit. We can’t do that ourselves, but we can help God do it. And the more of us who help, the sooner the process will be completed. Then we all be part of the Absolute Consciousness again, yet also retain our individuality.

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