Unfortunately, I'm often a little unconscious, and mildly incoherent – which is no laughing matter, because with all the experiences I want to have in my life, consciousness and coherence rank pretty high up there. I prize my moments experiencing consciousness – that feeling of being awake and aware – and recognizing coherence, which in this case doesn't only mean occasionally making sense, but refers to a fancier, more scientific way of talking about the profound connection of everything to everything.
Another unfortunate fact is that unconsciousness and incoherence is a kind of default condition for much of humanity (just look around) – but it needn't be, because Consciousness (capitalized to emphasize Divinity) is constantly arising, constantly speaking to us through all the forms of coherence all around us.
A Guiding hand
At those times when I can really feel it, when I'm aware and accepting and full of purposeful direction, I feel completely connected – as though I'm being guided by an unseen hand. I understand this as a (momentary) state of expanded consciousness, when a field of intuitive intelligence is informing my life. Consciousness is speaking to me in a direct, coherent way. It's speaking to me through the coherence that connects all of our existence.
Consciousness is a field that we engage in through the forms we take. Coherence is the connection of every part of those forms to one another through what the Hindu call the Akasha, and what science may define as the quantum field.
I happen to be a multiple near death survivor, and I can tell you that in each of those three occasions, while I was out, I wasn't really out – I was in deeper. I was still engaged by Consciousness at a very profound level – a level that I recognize is speaking to all of us everyday and in every way through the simple realization of everything being inexorably connected to everything else.
We are all Connected
This is the experience of Coherence, the fact that no part of me – of my body and mind – from the smallest cell up to my biggest part are obviously interconnected in a profoundly dynamic way. A flu virus (or a misplaced word) can ruin my entire week, and may be simultaneously shared by millions of other people – as can a laugh from a funny YouTube, or the effects of an explosion on the surface of the sun. Every part of me acts inexplicably in concert with every other part of me, as every part of the world (and universe) acts in a dynamic balance, or imbalance, with every other part of the world.
Examples in nature of how everything is connected to everything, only on @Gaia.
And so it is with the natural interactions we see everywhere – from the clearest examples in Nature of one species dynamically cooperating with another, to the most mysterious and extreme unlikelihood that all the disparate forces and factors alive in the Universe could come together from the vastness of space and somehow create life on this planet. Stand back and look at our Earth, and it's very easy to see that we are part of a coherent whole, an expression of unfathomable Consciousness.
And Consciousness is constantly using this simple, special language of coherence to show us our proper direction – just look at Nature.
Have you ever seen a flock of birds, tightly undulating in an unseen organic order; or a school of fish, that in one instant flash and surge from one direction to another? There's something fascinating going on there that we all recognize – a cooperative organization and movement that seems to issue from an invisible intelligence. Science has its explanations for these orders and arrangements of the natural world, but those explanations are always an effort to define the miraculous and justify a sense of control over something that's far more beautiful to witness than it could ever be to explain.
I am the true Self in the heart of every creature...the beginning, middle, and end of their existence.
The Bhagavad Gita 10.20
Beneath it all lies that unifying intuitive understanding of our basic natural relationship to the Earth, and all the life upon it; an ever-evolving expression of a conscious Universe, being eternally expressed. Just like those flocking birds and schooling fish, like sub-atomic particles and constellating stars, we human beings are doing it too. Quantum coherence and emergent self-organization aren't confined to waves or planets or particles, or to anthills either. Nor are they unrelated to 'magic,' or the miraculous – they're just more finely drawn evidence of it. We are all psychically, egenetically connected at a profound level, at the same level as the birds and fish and ants: at the level of survival.
Those entrancing performances of other species (our genetic relatives) illustrate our own emergent human properties – not just as strategies for survival, but for our physical and spiritual evolution as well. The energy that animates those collective expressions of divine purpose – to move beautifully and harmoniously as one – insists that we now embrace our collective intelligence, and change course.
It's a collective déjà vu of growing intensity. We have all had to change this way before.
It comes as no shock, does it – that we share enough Consciousness for all of us to know that truth? Our being 'entangled' in non-ordinary ways, sharing a 'non-local' source, and joined by the "acausal connecting principle" called synchronicity, is obvious in our present contracting reality, and blossoming into global consciousness through our simultaneous personal realizations.
The Ever-Evolving Self
That's the reason why, even (or especially) in the face of our impending catastrophe, we can have so much hope – because we can always have faith in the fact that our forms are constantly rediscovering and rearranging "the Self" into a timeless, working whole.
Bringing the promise of that faith into reality requires that we follow those natural, intuitive impulses of our own groups, and our own hearts.
The humane acceptance of mass global migrations; occupy movements; the impulse to maintain Internet neutrality; personal participation in the power grid; rapidly deepening realization of our changing climate, and respect for our clean water sources; ecological awareness across the generations – these are all examples of this movement, which is beginning to find its identity in a kind of modern mythology that seeks to reconnect us to Mother Earth. It's a recognition of humanity's spiritual evolution, grounded in altruism, activism, and personal responsibility that's bringing us into step with our emergent global consciousness, and giving us our true direction.
So who leads this flock of birds? Where does the order to form this expression come from – the order to behave sensibly (as birds and fish should); to cohere to the greater energies at play in the Universe, and within each and every individual? Simply put, it's beyond us, and between us. It's the field of intelligence we call Consciousness, constantly speaking to us through all the forms of life.
There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of [flying in the noisy flock, and] being the noise...Close both eyes to see with the other eye...Open your hands, if you want to be held...Sit down in this circle.
Here then is the humble path, leading us toward the great shift we all know we must take – the practically involuntary course we are already taking toward our survival and spiritual evolution. Recognizing it within oneself, and allowing ourselves to belong to the horizontal hierarchy that this undeniable impulse organizes itself within.
It's gonna shake things up, alright. It's nothing short of the conscious suppression of the destructive values of overt materialism, and the recognition of all the coherent life of the planet as sacred. It's not just an evolution I'm talking about, but a revolution of humanity, an instant flash and surge away from the unnecessary waste and destruction we express now, toward the higher order directed by Nature and Consciousness. And none of it is my idea…it's our idea.
To the knowing, all of life is a movement towards perfection; so what need have they for the excessive, the extravagant, or the extreme?"
Tao te Ching, 29