ORIGINS of the Concept of Cosmic Consciousness
Let us start from the beginning concerning the depth of consciousness that grows through time, the beginning of the escape from primal conflict, and the cosmic landscape that guides us:
RICHARD MAURICE BUCKE
Development, Change, Adaptation, Creation - these are all terms that describe how energetic, material, living, and mental processes of the universe interact to establish existence, fortify conditions, and alter the course of the future through movement and progression.
Humanity lives upon a very tall series of developments, and the conscientious desire for sustenance and equilibrium has plodded forth from a very reactive primordial Earth.
Just as we evaluate change in our everyday lives - humanity has undergone such a process. Humankind has learned, and is still learning.
The term Cosmic Consciousness was coined by Richard Maurice Bucke in 1905 to describe the cycle of human development of consciousness, self-awareness, humanitarianism, and the potential understanding of a universal super-consciousness that has developed in inspired individuals over millennia.
Bucke asserted that the writings of inspired individuals of the past reveal evidence of emotional patterns and philosophies intrinsically - and that these philosophies all correlate to a universal truth that is not fully understood in humanity’s still-changing concepts of the world.
This translates into an evolution of emotional and intellectual intelligence that establishes first in self-awareness and progressively becomes more transcendent, and familial in regard to the true nature of human relationships among each other, and with the universe that gives us life.
The concept of Cosmic Consciousness was furthered by Walter Russell who put forth a series of works that not only touched upon the effects of consciousness in ideological evolution, but also a material cosmogony - or unified development theory of the universe in scientific terms.
Russell described the universal creative process as intrinsically bound to one creative methodology that converts a total spectrum of Light into the many facets of energy and matter that establish the entire universe. His theory was unified in that all processes were described as connected to evolutionary pathways, whereby energy evolves into substance. Russell made many scientific discoveries based on his methodology, and predicted the nature and type of elements before they were discovered.
Russell did not separate his scientific theories from his theories of human consciousness, and promoted unabashedly that a reality beyond what is commonly sensed is very real. He not only believed in experiences of that super-realty, but asserted that much of his knowledge was available only after such experiences. And thus, as did Richard Bucke, upheld that the experiences of ‘mystics’ were not unreal, and were in fact established as common ground in the evolution of humankind.
One of the great difficulties in establishing reliable growth in terms of consciousness, intellect, and emotional conditions is the struggle in upholding a framework of understanding of the human cognition process. Most human activity extends from the need to accomplish something or following some path of curiosity or desire. In a 3-dimensional world filled with need, and necessary action to maintain a physical body, drive and desire are the primary functions that motivate and control our human actions.
In terms of higher consciousness, and the evolution of that consciousness in humankind there is no greater need than to understand the sequence by which desire fires through the human system, and gaining an understanding of motives, drives, and emotional platforms is key to understanding that system - this is the basis for Adam Klein's Relative Modality.
Much of cosmic consciousness is about very inspired individuals sparking the essence of new ideas and principles that ultimately spread across the world, especially due to the humanitarian nature of those ideas. It can be very difficult however to simply accept the idea of truth that exceeds the common experience of the world, and the conflicting news regarding the actual state of humankind. To speak of higher consciousness, higher principles, and the goodness of God is desirable to many, yet the unhinged, unaided violence, neglect, and shady qualities spread across the world provide a sharp contrast.
If there is a higher consciousness, then why does that greater mind not intervene? We do not know. And for many, this condition is impalpable - to accept the idea of a great and good Godhead who ultimately appears to leave us abandoned in monumental cases of suffering that extends across millions of people, and even billions throughout human history. Rhetoric can assign all sorts of reasons for this condition - that life is a learning ground, that suffering is temporary and that a spiritual reality is beyond such temporary things. But for many that will never be enough, because if there is a greater good, and an amazing, higher level of consciousness beyond our reality, then from our perception there is no excuse whatsoever to remain neglect or without the drive to intervene in such horrible cases of war, kidnapping, enslavement, manipulation, corruption, and perhaps even with the most loathed of emotional states that provide immense psychological impact in anyone who experiences them - internally or from others. The fact is, nothing will explain this away. Nothing. Belief can seem to defy rationalization - but it also constructs hope, and hope insights improvement all the time. It alters behavior. It changes the world. To believe in higher consciousness and goodness is to prefer it, and such a preference leads to the creation of it.
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