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Connected Consciousness and the Connected Reality

Connected Consciousness and the Connected Reality

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CONNECTED CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE CONNECTED REALITY By Anthony Forwood Copyright 2011, 2012 © All rights reserved (Excerpted from The Scientific Illusion and the Relativity of Beliefs)

Carl Jung coined the term ‘collective unconscious’ to describe the concept that all minds are connected and share a common ground at a level below conscious awareness. The concept itself was not actually his own, but comes from ancient Eastern belief systems, of which Jung was quite familiar. However, when he intro
CONNECTED CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE CONNECTED REALITY By Anthony Forwood Copyright 2011, 2012 © All rights reserved (Excerpted from The Scientific Illusion and the Relativity of Beliefs)

Carl Jung coined the term ‘collective unconscious’ to describe the concept that all minds are connected and share a common ground at a level below conscious awareness. The concept itself was not actually his own, but comes from ancient Eastern belief systems, of which Jung was quite familiar. However, when he intro

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CONNECTED CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE CONNECTED REALITY
By Anthony ForwoodCopyright 2011, 2012 © All rights reserved(Excerpted from The Scientific Illusion and the Relativity of Beliefs)Carl Jung coined the term ‘collective unconscious’ to describe the concept that allminds are connected and share a common ground at a level below consciousawareness. The concept itself was not actually his own, but comes from ancientEastern belief systems, of which Jung was quite familiar. However, when heintroduced the concept into Western thought, it made a lot of sense to many people,and the concept has caught on.The idea of a deeply rooted connectedness between all minds is not merely apresumptuous desire that we might hold, but is in fact supported by an ever-increasing amount of evidence that cannot otherwise be explained in conventionalterms. For instance, this concept of a connection between conscious minds issupported by certain psychic phenomena that have been continually evidenced allthrough our historic past. The scientific establishment, however, has alwaysdiscredited such evidence of psychism, and this has left the concept of a collectiveunconscious as appearing to be nothing more than a conceptual tool for psychiatristsand psychologists to use in dealing with their patients.Recently, however, the concept of such a collective connectivity, and psychism with it,has gained further evidence to support its reality through research into quantummechanics. As we saw in the first chapter, it has been revealed through experimentsthat subatomic particles such as electrons and photons can instantaneously shareinformation over great distances without any sort of physical connection existingbetween them. These findings break the known laws of classical physics, butreplication of the experiments verify that the findings are nonetheless correct. Thisdiscovery caused Einstein a great deal of frustration, and he was never able to fullycome to terms with it, struggling for the remainder of his life to understand how itcould be possible within the parameters of physical laws as he understood them.The problem for Einstein was caused by his belief that it was impossible for objects tointeract at a distance without some sort of connecting link between them, andcertainly not at speeds faster than light. Even radio and television transmissions linkthe broadcasting station to a receiving unit through electromagnetic waves, which arelimited to traveling at the speed of light. According to the scientific establishment,there is nothing in the known universe that can interact with a distant objectinstantaneously and without some sort of an intermediary link (they convenientlyignore the fact that gravity causes action at a distance, and that an ether is needed toexplain gravity using Einstein’s rubber sheet analogy). This distant connectivity,better known as entanglement, is considered an anomaly, and physicists are stillscratching their heads as they try to find an explanation for it in purely mechanical
 
terms. To think that our minds might also be connected in this way is just too muchfor them to accept.But why should they be so alarmed? Gravity apparently has an aspect of nonlocalityabout it, and it defies the speed of light in that its effects on distant objects areinstantaneous. Although Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity was accepted as anexplanation of gravitation that supposedly eliminated any problems of nonlocality, wehave seen that this is false.So, for the time being at least, let us accept that the current scientific framework istoo limiting to describe reality beyond a certain point, being based on principles thatare designed to only consider the objective, quantifiable aspects of that reality. Anyunderstanding beyond that must involve a broader consideration that alsoencompasses the immeasurable, which leads us to the subjective, nonphysicalabstractions that exist purely in the mental realm of consciousness.Earlier we described reality in terms of the subconscious reflecting our collectivethoughts back to us, and how this affects our perceptions. These perceptions arestructured and understood through our collectively accepted sense of order. We thinkof this order as being absolute and having always existed, being the fundamentalprinciples that hold the physical world together and allow it to continue to exist. Inthe mechanistic framework, these principles, which we know as the various laws of physics, are considered the most fundamental absolutes of physical reality. Throughthem, all physical expressions of matter occur.Yet, none of these principles are themselves physical. They are purely subjectiveconcepts, being structured out of qualities rather than quantities. From them,quantities can be derived, but they are not themselves comprised of any quantity.What caused these qualities to arise, and what assures their uniformity throughoutthe physical universe? The scientific framework cannot provide answers to thesequestions, and so they overlook them altogether. But they are significant questions,because they lead us to realize that something deeper than physical substance, evenin its finest forms, must underlie reality.The subjective nature of reality precedes its objective form. Subjectivity givesmeaning, and meaning is order. Thus, the collective agreement to establish acommon sense of order was meaningful in that it allowed processes to be reflectedwithin it that, once uniformly accepted as absolutes, became actualized as Nature.This order provided a conceptual template in which ideas could begin to be expressed.Not only could they be expressed, however, but they could also be replicated andmultiplied, giving rise to quantitative aspects of reality.It might be helpful at this point to remember that all life forms – including ourselves –evolved from the same single point of origin, the same primary conscious life force,and through replication and the gradual process of evolution, we and all other thingseach carry within us the same underlying sense of order that we use to understandand operate within our reality. We are deeply habituated to thinking in terms of separateness, both between each other as well as between ourselves and the external

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