“Since consciousness is the source of all life, being, and form, energy and matter, any application of this force has unlimited power in the universe.” ~Gene Savoy, Sr.
You hear about consciousness a lot these days. And talk about levels of consciousness, or dimensions of consciousness, are almost as common. Everyone seems to have something to say on the subject. Some common questions we often hear include:
- Is the universe controlled by consciousness?
- Is consciousness the same as mind or intellect?
- Is consciousness a human thing or do all living beings have it?
We will consider those questions and others as we progress.
Merriam-Webster defines consciousness as “awareness, the quality or state of being aware, the upper level of mental life,” etc. I especially like that last definition. Not just mental life in general, but the upper level of mental life. That definition alone implies that there are levels to mental activity.
Scientific American says on the subject that “consciousness is everything you experience.” They also note that “the origin and nature of these experiences, sometimes referred to as qualia, have been a mystery from the earliest days of antiquity right up to the present.”
A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe,“ published in the USA has stirred up the Internet because of the notion that life does not end when the body dies and can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Robert Lanza, has no doubts that this may be possible.
Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director at Advanced Cell Technology Company. Not long ago, he turned his attention to physics, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics. This explosive mixture has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor has been preaching ever since. The theory implies that death simply does not exist. It is an illusion that arises in the minds of people.
One of the Cosolargy academy text reads: “According to Cosolargy, all phenomena are the products of Consciousness, Intellect, or mind.” That agrees with Scientific American that everything you experience is consciousness, but goes further. It also says that physical objects, rocks, trees, planets, even stars, are the products of consciousness. Consciousness is not a product of the mind or the brain, the brain and mind are products of consciousness. Cosolargy more explicitly teaches, “Consciousness gives birth to Intellect, which in turn gives birth to mind.”
Cosolargy also teaches that much like the muscles of the physical body, and like the mind, Consciousness is something that can be dramatically improved through intentional development.
“A developed Consciousness is therefore vital if we are to participate in dimensional existence beyond that registered by the physical senses.” ~Gene Savoy, Sr.
If this statement is true, then not only does developing and understanding Consciousness become beneficial in the physical world, it is crucial for spiritual development.
I think that is enough about what consciousness is; So let’s move on to the primary subject of this post: levels of Consciousness.
Levels of Consciousness
Almost everyone agrees that there are levels of consciousness. What those levels are, what they are called, and how many there are is open for debate. There are many theories of consciousness. Transcendental Meditation defines seven levels, with the lowest called “the state of waking consciousness,” and the highest called “unity consciousness.” Sigmund Freud said there were three: the conscious mind, the preconscious, and the unconscious mind(now called the subconscious mind). Even today, most psychologists and psychiatrists agree with those three levels.
“Consciousness is never experienced in the plural, only in the singular. Not only has none of us ever experienced more than one consciousness, but there is also no trace of circumstantial evidence of this ever happening anywhere in the world. If I say that there cannot be more than one consciousness in the same mind, this seems a blunt tautology–we are quite unable to imagine the contrary.” ~Erwin Schrödinger
Schrödinger says there is only one consciousness, but does it have levels? He doesn’t say.
The ancient Mayans defined nine levels:
- The Cellular level – Consciousness: action/reaction
- Mammalian – Consciousness: stimulus/response
- Familial – Consciousness: stimulus/ Individuality
- Tribal – Consciousness: similarities/differences noticed
- Cultural – Consciousness: search for reasons
- Law – Consciousness: concept of right and wrong
- Planetary – Consciousness: understanding of power
- Galactic – Consciousness: Ethics
- Universal – Consciousness: co-creation.
Part of the problem seems to be that there is no exact definition of what constitutes a level of consciousness. Another is that nearly all of these methods, except the Mayan, seem to concern only human consciousness or human and spiritual consciousness, but completely ignore the consciousness of lesser beings, namely animals and plants.
Levels of Consciousness in Lesser Beings
I think we all understand that the intelligence of plants and animals varies widely, but is less than that of humans (with a few possible exceptions). But intelligence and consciousness are not the same things. So do plants and animals have consciousness? Based on the teachings of Cosolargy, I have to say yes, they do.
If consciousness is the source of all that exists, then everything that exists can be said to be a part of consciousness. This would cause many to think that there must then be only one consciousness, and therefore, only one level of consciousness. But think of this. The Pacific Ocean is but one ocean, yet it has levels. Its conditions at the surface are different from those fifty-feet deep, and even more different from those at a thousand feet. Likewise, its surface and shallow areas are much different in the tropics than they are in the Arctic Circle.
Likewise, there is but one atmosphere around planet Earth, and yet scientists have assigned different names to different levels of it that vary significantly from other levels. So a thing can have levels, levels that are somewhat different from other levels, yet be all one.
So I think we can reasonably say that the level of consciousness that creates, controls, and animates plants is a different one from that of animals. We can further say that the state of consciousness of animals is not the same as that of human beings, and that of material Man is different from that of spiritual beings. We could further break those levels down into lesser ones. Surely the level of consciousness of pond scum is not the same as that of an Easter lily. And the level of consciousness of the oak tree is not the same as that of the lily. So you can see that we can divide consciousness into any uber of levels depending on how finely we choose to define a level. Some lifeforms may have such a low level of consciousness that their conscious awareness seems nonexistent, yet they still have consciousness.
Another thing that matters is whether or not the being is asleep or awake. Wakefulness is more conscious than in the sleep state on the physical level, and being spiritually awake is a higher state of consciousness than one who is not spiritually awake.
Levels of Consciousness Above and Below
It stands to reason that if there are levels of consciousness lower than that of Man in which lower life forms dwell, there may well be higher levels of higher beings and dimensions. Is the consciousness of a planet the same level as that of a sun, or a complete solar system? Is the consciousness of a galaxy the same level of consciousness of a single star? Probably not, though we can’t say for sure.
Medical Levels of Consciousness
And what about the conscious states with medical conditions? Is normal sleep, coma, a drugged stupor or a vegetative state caused by brain injury related to consciousness levels? Possibly. The Grady Coma Scale lists five levels of consciousness related to five levels of coma. The Glasgow scale recognizes three basic levels of consciousness of those who have suffered brain injury.
A few decades ago, much was being made of the ability of sensory deprivation tanks to produce altered states of consciousness. It is questionable, however, whether there was a true shift to altered levels of consciousness or simply a matter of relaxing mental filters that block much from our conscious mind.
Levels of Consciousness by Dimensions
“Since consciousness is a dimension in itself, the consciousness space-time continuum is another world of reality-experience. When consciousness is activated new realities are experienced.” ~Gene Savoy, Sr
One way that seems logical to me to divide the levels of consciousness is to think of each of the dimensions of reality as one level of consciousness. In Cosolargy, we recognize nine dimensions from the lowest, or first level, called “the Great Void,” where nothing exists, to the highest called “the Godhead” which encloses all other dimensions. The consciousness of the Godhead must, therefore, be the highest possible. This level is variously known as Christ Consciousness, God Consciousness, Universal Consciousness, or the Consciousness of Unity.
“A return to pure Consciousness would entail a disintegration of our present forms, in whatever dimension. There would be a great burst of Light like an exploding sun.” ~Gene Savoy,Sr.
No matter what method you use for defining the levels of consciousness, the important aspect of it all remains the same, and that is to climb progressively to higher and higher levels. To reach higher levels of consciousness is to grow as we are meant to grow. Since the higher levels above us are spiritual, we must awaken and develop our spiritual faculties if we are to reach those higher levels. That is the primary purpose of all legitimate spiritual schools or mystery schools. Cosolargy is no exception, though we feel we have some unique methods for reaching those higher levels in a reliable way. Since we have already mentioned that the contents of consciousness are everything that exists, the study of consciousness is the study of life itself.