Emerging Consciousness and Its Significance
Shakespeare once wrote, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Working to expand your consciousness gives you the ability to dream beyond your philosophy, and increase your experiences beyond your imagination. Emerging consciousness is a philosophy that explores increasing one’s awareness to be able to perceive more than just the common world we experience every day. But what is consciousness?
The brain is limited to what it can perceive. It can only process the information it receives from the five senses in the physical world. It then interprets that information based on past experiences in order to build perception. The mind, as a function separate from the brain, has no limitations of perception. In fact, the mind treats everything that it experiences as real, whether they are imagined or not. If this is consciousness, how do we go about expanding it? This has been a concern of metaphysicians for millennia.
The first forays into the expansion of consciousness began with tribal shamans. Through ritual and special plants these shamans sought to alter their consciousness enough to enter the world of spirits. Their mind expanding techniques allowed them to communicate with beings beyond the physical and bring healing to their people.
The Eastern traditions offer many consciousness expanding techniques. With various meditation and focus techniques, the practitioners are able to achieve various states of consciousness and hold them for long periods of time. Perhaps one of the most profound states of consciousness is the empty mind meditation found within Buddhism. This state allows one to connect to the oneness of all things.
Another form of emerging consciousness may come as a collective shift in consciousness for all of mankind. This may have begun to occur when we crossed the galactic equator in December of 2012. This shift may even be the result of reaching a critical mass as more and more minds come into agreement within the collective unconscious.
In the modern era, the pursuit of expanded consciousness takes on a whole new twist. Science and technology are constantly pushing the boundaries of what we know of the brain and the mind. Many of the ancient techniques of altering consciousness have been validated through nero-research. As scientists are exploring ways to connect the brain to computers we will truly experience an era of trans-humanism.
Improving intuition and the development of psychic abilities is a rather esoteric application of emerging consciousness. Yet, as the mind has the ability to perceive all things as real, the realm of the psychic is not to be discounted. There is much to learn about the nature of consciousness from the teachings of those gifted in extra sensory perception and communicating with spirits.
We can learn from the experts and gain insight from intrepid explorers who have ventured far beyond the confines of common conscious reality. From the dawn of time and into the unfathomable reaches of the future, there seems to be no limit to what the mind can do or perceive.
Researchers Find Genetic Signature in People With Channeling Abilities
New research into channeling is getting closer to validating and explaining the ancient practice, and is showing that everyone had the innate ability to channel.
While the practice of channeling has existed throughout all of history, it has always been shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. Doctor Helané Wahbeh is the director of research for the Institute of Noetic Sciences, or IONS, whose mission is to reveal the interconnected nature of reality through scientific exploration. Dr. Wahbeh has been practicing and researching channeling for decades. She is the author of the newly released book “The Science of Channeling.”
“The way I define channeling is the process of accessing information and energy beyond our conventional notions of time and space that can appear receptive or expressive,” Dr. Wahbeh said.
“We propose that anybody can channel; that it’s actually this innate human capacity that anybody has. Channeling phenomenon exists on a spectrum from, perhaps, intuition and hunches that everyone can probably say they’ve had at one time or another, to more rare experiences like trance channeling or mediumship or mind-over-matter psychokinesis. And then you have everything in-between, like being able to sense the future or mind-to-mind communication,” she said.
Dr. Wahbeh and the team at IONS have just completed a study in which they analyze the characteristics of 500 channelers to answer the question “what makes a channeler?” They call the unique way in which a channeler receives and uses information their ‘noetic signature.’
“So we coined this term the ‘noetic signature,’ that refers to this unique and diverse fingerprint, if you will, of people’s channeling abilities, and we created a measure to be able to see what that looks like. We call it the noetic Myers-Briggs, which is a personality test, to be able to understand people’s channeling expression. We have 12 different categories of channeling or noetic experiences that make up this noetic signature,” Dr. Wahbeh said.
Now that the inventory is complete, IONS will soon be making it available to the public so that everyone can assess their own unique noetic signature. IONS has also been doing some fascinating research on the genetic basis of channeling abilities. They recently completed a study in which they analyzed the DNA of a group of channelers.
“There are many, many anecdotes where people share that their experiences of channeling run in family, so we did a case-control study. We found 13 high-functioning psychics who had various channeling abilities, we had them give us a saliva sample and we looked at their DNA. So this TNRC18 gene was statistically significantly different in the channelers versus the controls. The controls, the people who said they didn’t have channeling abilities, had the mutation whereas all of the channelers had the original version of that gene,” Dr. Wahbeh said.
“The notion of this supports this concept that we actually all have an innate capacity to channel on some level.”