Scientists stuck in the materialist, the Newtonian conception of the Universe believe that human consciousness is only 3,000 years old. I would like to put this nonsensical notion to rest, with my limited consciousness, yet one that has been around for eons, which I will support with ample evidence.
Julian Jaynes wrote in 1976 in “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind,” that human consciousness only came to be 3,000 years ago. He also asserts that this timeframe explains when humans first developed spoken language.
Before I argue against these absurdities, I will explain what Jaynes puts forth using Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey as references, to posit that consciousness within the human being is so incredibly infantile.
Jaynes argues that we did not understand metaphor, had no insight and could not reflect on an inner world – the foundation of what we know as consciousness – in the time of the “ancient” Greeks. This is loosely referred to as the Bicameral Mind and has been taken up by many other philosophers.
It is also easy to refute the Bicameral Mind based on the formation of language, as the first conscious sound, “Aum” and all derivatives of it, no matter the widely dispersed cultures on our planet, has scientifically proven to be an utterance of extremely high consciousness – a fractal vibration of the sound of consciousness creating itself.
Aum is the disturbance of entropy, to create limited consciousness so that it may experience its Infinite self. Whether you call this God, Brahman, “ voice” in some yogis head, quantum reality, or some other name, it is immaterial.
Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swami explains that when we utter a sound, the nerve centers of our body vibrated, and accordingly an emotion is created in mind.
Emotions will vary the pulse beat. They also change our brain chemistry. When a mantra is uttered or heard, it creates a positive vibration in our mind. For a sound to be audible, the life breath has to pass through the vocal cords, tongue, and lips. When we pronounce a word, the nerve center in these places vibrates, and accordingly, an emotional state is created in mind.
How could a word that has been used for multiple centuries alter the human physiology to such a degree, without being created “consciously”?
And is not “Aum” language? Notwithstanding the argument that consciousness exists in geometric forms, symbols, and other non-syllabic utterances, this too would support the idea that human consciousness is far older than a mere 3,000 years.
When even modern quantum physics still struggles to explain what consciousness is, we certainly cannot seriously entertain any notion that cosmic or mystical experience is simply one voice in our head talking to another.
Consciousness is far too vast for such pedantic theories.
Though we may never understand the true nature of consciousness, simply boxing mysticism and putting it on a shelf as a ridiculous religious phenomenon created by hopeful bi-pedals looking to find external justification for their existence, is no different from taking science without a grain of salt.
Scientists are wrong all the time – thank goodness – as this is what allows us to keep exploring consciousness –to the point that we’ve learned even scientific attention alters the outcome of an experiment (the basis of quantum theory) – proof, yet again that consciousness is much older, more complex, and much grander than we’ve ever imagined. And if that doesn’t cause someone to have a “religious experience,” then we’re hardly going to alter the opinion of the mechanistic, Bicameralism – but hey, at least we might change the two-way dialogue.
About the Author
Christina Sarich is a staff writer for Waking Times. She is a writer, musician, yogi, and humanitarian with an expansive repertoire. Her thousands of articles can be found all over the Internet, and her insights also appear in magazines as diverse as Weston A. Price, Nexus, Atlantis Rising, and the Cuyamungue Institute, among others. She was recently a featured author in the Journal, “Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and Healing Arts,” and her commentary on healing, ascension, and human potential inform a large body of the alternative news lexicon. She has been invited to appear on numerous radio shows, including Health Conspiracy Radio, Dr. Gregory Smith’s Show, and dozens more. The second edition of her book, Pharma Sutra, will be released soon.
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