Each of us knows what consciousness is, but to explain it or – even more challenging – to explain its source or the processes involved in it, remains notoriously difficult. Regardless of those problems, consciousness is clearly at the very heart of the issues we are examining here. By good fortune and synchronicity I have been drawn to some research that provides answers that fit neatly with the information which has gone before.
For most, in the last few centuries, Cartesian rationality and materialism have taken over from religion. Science is the dieu de jour and the human being is entire unto itself – a wysiwyg evolved structure in which all can be explained by neurons firing and passing messages around the brain and nervous system.
Despite concerted efforts over many decades, though, scientists remain unable to explain the phenomena of self-awareness and self-reflection in terms of the way brains are known to function. This is key to our understanding of the nature of autistic perception and the way it differs from that of other members of the population.
It has long been argued that autists and those who carry the ‘dys-‘ labels (dyslexic, dyspraxic, dysfluent etc.) have brains that are differently structured to those of the rest of us. If that were the case, though, it wouldn’t explain how the whole of humanity starts physical life with autistic perception, while the majority loose or suppress this way of being to take on the maturation/socialisation norms of their culture with a minority retaining their open, no-limits, creative thought.
In other words, if all human experience could be explained in terms of neural information processing, Joseph Chilton Pearce’s theory of A-Thinking would be wrong. Since important aspects of consciousness cannot be explained by what the brain does, though, we can look elsewhere for an explanation. We could obviously look to religion, myth, tradition and spirituality for alternative answers, but for now, let’s stay with science.
Very basically, because of the prevailing materialist world view, in which the body is seen as a highly complex machine, mainstream science would dearly love to discover a biological origin for consciousness – some process going on within the brain. The alternative would be an external source, and that, of course, would not suit the model as it currently stands.
Science has been largely unable to provide answers to these problems. However, a September 2017 article in the peer-reviewed journal NeuroQuantology sheds some light.
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, Dr Dirk Meijer, a professor at the University of Groningen has combined neuroscience with quantum theory to propose the source of consciousness as a field surrounding the brain, but in a ‘fourth spatial dimension’. This Consciousness (highly reminiscent of Ervin Laszlo’s Akashic Field) could pick up information from anywhere, he suggests, and transmit it instantaneously into brain tissue – the whole brain, not just certain areas – by a process called Quantum Wave Resonance, a wave pattern that encompasses all neurons. He proposes that this mental field “is instrumental in high-speed conscious and subconscious information processing” (source: Consciousness in the Universe is Scale Invariant and Implies an Event Horizon of the Human Brain Dirk K.F. Meijer and Hans J.H. Geesink).
The paper goes on to suggest that this holographic structured consciousness is part of a universal system of nesting energy fields. In other words, everyone and everything that possesses consciousness has one of these, and each of them has contact with all the others.
The following quote shows the enormous repercussions of Dr Meijer’s theory:
“The presence of a field-receptive resonant workspace, associated with, but not reducible to, our brain, may provide an interpretation framework for widely reported, but poorly understood transpersonal conscious states and algorithmic origin of life.” (ibid.)
In other words, each individual ‘mental field’, aka Consciousness, would be able to access all other fields. This could allow for and explain the existence, so long marginalised by mainstream science, of remote viewing, telepathy, precognition, dowsing, channelling and the like (which means that he has a hypothetical scientific explanation for the non-logical abilities and skills of some ‘square fillers’).
This field, he says, must have certain characteristics in order to be able to perform this function. It must:
a) be instantaneous – a gradual “diffusion” of information through the system … would work too slowly;
b) be capable of receiving every type of information from the environment (electromagnetic, acoustic, thermal, chemical, mechanical, gravitational);
c) select information at fractal levels for different biological orders of magnitude;
d) incorporate information of various parts of the organism and the whole configuration at the same time;
e) be protected against an excess of information and apply some kind of information quality control;
f) ensure minimal loss and distortion of information.
Point (e) above is particularly interesting in light of what we have already discovered. The ‘excess of information’ that would come from this limitless source, with one person’s consciousness being able to draw on everyone else’s as well as all other information emanating from anywhere in the cosmos is clearly more than any one individual would need or be able to process.
We need a system to restrict the flow. Could it be that the neurotypical maturation/socialisation process does exactly that? As they grow up, children learn to block out information deemed unnecessary in their culture. There are many stories of kids being told firmly that the invisible friends they are chatting to don’t exist. By the age of three or four, they are learning to divide their worlds into ‘real’ and ‘pretend’. Do those divisions have more to do with society’s norms than any factual basis?
It follows then that those who choose NOT to take on that socialisation process in its entirety have far more leeway than the rest of the population with regard to what they can perceive. I wanted to make that point here, to tie it in to Dr Meijer’s research, but the ideas behind it will become much clearer when we look at the final piece of this framework.