Consciousness: Who and what are we?



Who are we and what are we? What precisely makes us sentient beings?  Is it merely a conglomerate and aggregate of neurons and chemicals, or is there something far more pervasive and everlasting that transcends our physical self?

From studying parapsychology for the last forty-three years I reached a point where some things are more than obvious.  Something that smacks of another level of reality wherein space and time have little meaning, and the concepts of birth, aging and death are simple, but obvious roadsigns on a very long journey. Would it come as a great surprise to learn that our being, our consciousness, our soul, for lack of a better term, may pre-exist at some level prior to our physical incarnation.

Perhaps this consciousness is a cohesive form of some as yet unknown energy, maybe Zero Point Energy (ZPE), that is endothermic and does necessarily conform to the laws of thermodynamics.  Perhaps our brain and central nervous system is nothing more than a physical way for this endothermic energy (non-heat producing) to interface with the three dimensional world our bodies exist in?

Remember that all forms of energy are essentially information and it’s how such information interacts with our neurophysiological self that determines the way we function or dysfunction here and now.  When we consider out-of-body (OBE) and near death (NDE) experiences, we must at least postulate that consciousness, or at least some form of it, can exist non-local from our bodies.

This type of thinking raises the question about the real meaning of birth, life and death.  The most profound question of the human condition is, unquestionably, what happens to us when we die.

What if we simply inhabit a physical shell or container until such time as it can no longer sustain itself and support its consciousness?

When I was very young I would occasionally ponder the thought of what happens to us when we die.  At first, it was somewhat depressing, but then my logic kicked in saying that I didn’t remember any problems or concerns before I was born, so why should I worry about what eventually happens to everyone on the other side of the equation.

You may be, but you may not be here and now as we currently understand it.  If space-time and consciousness are truly holographic in nature, wherein information is equally distributed in both time and space, that then suggests (oops, there’s that word again) the we are far more than a bunch of chemicals and neurological wires supporting our physical structure.

Perhaps at this holonomic level of consciousness we truly are immortal and birth and death are simply different phases of our being.  When George asked Weena if the Eloi ever think about the future in George Pal’s The Time Machine (1960), her reply was “there is no past, there is no future”.

Wouldn’t it really be amazing to discover that such a notion is indeed correct.   Essentially, when it comes to time or perhaps consciousness, we literally may have all the time in the world.  Then what’s the rush?

By Dr. Barry Taff

Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, worked as a research associate at UCLAs former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. During his 41-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,000 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and he has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition which led to the development of the original protocols and methodologies for what was later coined remote-viewing. He is the author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below.

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