03/26/2012 12:15 pm ET Updated May 26, 2012

Consciousness, Not Just Another Buzzword

Earlier this year I wrote an article titled "Conscious Shift 2012," briefly offering an overview of what consciousness consists of. Since that article was published, I have participated in a variety of discussion groups via Linkedin where others share in my passion of such topic. It is fascinating to see people of all parts of the world gather at these groups to consider new views and attempt to solve this ancient and ongoing enigma. Groups ranging from spirituality and metaphysics to quantum physics all have the same burning questions:

What is consciousness? Can consciousness be measured? How does the mind play a part in consciousness? How does our consciousness affect our DNA? This is only to name a few of the most heated and intriguing discussions I engaged in. The overall consensus is, to say the least, a mixed bag of opinions, as both sides -- science and spirituality -- continue the mud-slinging with regards to where consciousness comes from.

Personally, I side with Sir Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff with the model they have postulated on "Orch OR." But then, I encountered a great deal of resistance of that model by members of the math regime theoretical camp mostly in the Eastern hemisphere of the world, who argued Orch OR is not "real physics." They could not buy into the notion that so much of consciousness depends on "coherence," the non-computational aspects of conscious thinking. Consciousness is at best subjective, meaning non-local "non-deterministic free will at the essential nature of our experience."

One of the most peculiar discussions I played part in began to develop a "personality" of its own. It is this particular discussion I wish to draw your attention to. As time went on, what I observed was the growth of a common thread, that being camaraderie, compassion and, yes, even love. Now, how does that solve any of our current issues with understanding consciousness or even dealing with some of the less conscious aspects threatening our global economy or human conditions? Interestingly enough, the energy generated out of this discussion lead me to comprehend that as a "tribe" we all want the same things, a little understanding and a sense of belonging.

Taking into account this type of philosophical approach in problem-solving opens a variety of creative avenues to larger issues, such as getting to the heart of what really matters with regards to politics, economics and health. I would venture to say that, as a community, if in the voting ballot we were to include a question such as "How does your favorite presidential candidate rank in vibrational frequency?" -- meaning how conscious is he with respect to self-actualization, shadow beliefs, anger transmutation and awareness of subtle energy realms -- we would likely end up with someone like Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer or Eckhart Tolle running the country. Not a bad choice if you ask me, but then no one has asked me. Any of these candidates would likely be able to raise as much funds for a presidential campaign as any one of the current running candidates. Oddly enough, I feel as though one of them could actually get elected and make a vast difference.

We are, without doubt, at a tipping point in our human evolution. The underlying theme seems to be "change," as in self-transformation, or get sucked in by the "quantum vacuum" of our dysfunctional system.

If everyone does their part in this most dynamic and imperative exercise, then we would all be living in nirvana. Sadly, the majority of the population is still falling behind when it comes to acquisition of tools empowering the mind's ability to tune into the cosmic intelligence of this elegant universe. It is those folks who will likely suffer the most in the upcoming shift as the pendulum swings over to reflect the need for unity. Not until everyone can fully grasp the wisdom in Rumi's words "You are not just a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop," will we be out of the woods.

I invite you to speak in our Linkedin discussion moderated by Jos Hoebe titled "Is Consciousness Material?" and see an example of what can be created regarding motion and group energy for the exploration of infinite possibilities. Remember you are a part of our tribe; you can either play or miss out; in which case the words of Andy Dufresne (character) from Stephen King's The Shawshank Redemption apply well: "It all comes down to a choice, really. You either get busy living or get busy dying."

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