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The spiritual dimension of consciousness PDF Print E-mail
Life – Consciousness

What is consciousness? Is it limited only to memory, to desire, and to analysis? Is it an automaton? Is it a prey to the reflexes? Are there other aspects of consciousness? Why does detachment broaden consciousness? Detachment from what? Why does 'no harm' liberate and not limit consciousness? What prevents the experience of Wholeness, harmony, and beauty?


Consciousness is the dynamic reflection of the Spirit and the Essential, of integrating and identifying reality. It is a refraction of the guaranteeing and volitional Ontological, Transcendental, and Cosmological Deity in the perspective of Transcendental and Regenerative continuity.

If it is not this, nothing else remains for it to be but a nihilistic, mechanistic fluctuation, lacking - conceptually and referentially - identity. Consequently, it is the field of Work for the Transcendental, only this must be performed on terms of directed lucidity and harmonisation with affinity with the Functional natural field. This means that it approaches the Transcendental through a review - transubstantiating and transformational - of the given and existent, thus maximising the limits of the feasible and of evolution. Thus it was, in any event, that evolutionary organismic identification, in the logic of the 'process' in the metaphysical organicity of A.N. Whitehead, functioned.

We must, that is to say, on the one hand, become aware intuitively of the inner nature and perspective of consciousness, and, on the other, correspondingly, of the inner nature and perspective of the object of its knowledge, and function in an evolutionary manner. This undertaking in essence is a unified one, and demonstrates a unifyingly discerning approach by intuitive detachment and abstraction. It is the detachment which brings about transcendental identification and intention.  

Consciousness and apprehension of the Whole
Consciousness is the soul's projection of the Spirit on evolution and the life of the form. It is the transcendental and liberating linkage with life and the creative rendering abstract of form. It constitutes a making volitional of beings in the perspective of transcendental self-realisation, in apprehension, and in identification with the Whole and its divinely-prompted Drive. The dimensions of apprehension of the Whole and of its living parts form part of this Living Consciousness, of the Transcendental Community of awareness.

Consciousness serves as a mediator in the relation between spirit and matter. This mediation should not evolve as an exclusive and 'simplistically' negative opacity either towards the succint diffusiveness and simplicity of the Transcendental as to the thought of form and the form of thought, or as to the physiology of life in form, which is suggested, of course, in an evolutionary catharsis and regenerative elucidation which is a means of expression for the spirit. Both the intellectual and the emotional opacity of consciousness must be avoided, in spite of the fact that opacity is a part of creative development and of the evolutionary perspective. Complementarity, transcendental equilibrium and harmony must control the processes of opacity - both of consciousness, and of physiological organisation - in all the fields.

Consciousness is in need of therapy if it is to become a therapeutic force. Consciousness in the field of its physiological dynamic has not been substantively investigated, just as powerful and quality aspects of it have not yet been developed - beyond its psycho-social, sensory, and scientific-technological reference, and its stereotyped, imitative, and reproduced representations incorporated into the framework of simplistic semantic and cognitive approaches.

Consciousness and holistic scientific research
It is, nevertheless, starting to be acknowledged in terms of physiology also that there is a holistic psychosphere with a communications dynamic and feedback with powerful impacts on the organism - even pharmacologically - as now pharmacological effects have increasingly to be compared with placebo effects, particularly in the case of psycho-pharmaceuticals.

At the same time, issues of psychoneuro - immune biology have begun to be investigated - with very wide-ranging research tools, in spite of the fact that this branch of the neurobiological approach to the brain is passing through its most 'materialist and mechanistic' phase. However, the strictly holistic scientific approach through interdisciplinary systemic synthesis among the branches of the sciences is increasingly calling attention - even at the level of statistical studies - to a holistic alignment of the state of consciousness and its impact on the physiological state. The body does not function only with an extrapolatory analytical polarisation, but also with a holistic polarisation and governance, with a substantive, at least psychological, reference.

Holistic research continues. It does not cancel out analytical research, it complements it, and this means, of course, its transcendence for all those who regard it as 'complete and adequate'.

But whatever is the state of the question of consciousness in the field of physiology - which will be resolved with time and open investigation - there is the issue that organisation - on a level with new bases  - is, exceptionally and totally, effectively essential on two levels.

1. The first field is that of any psycho-social reference.

2. The second field concerns the emergence of new aspects and states of sensibility, thought, and experiential cognition or relationship.  

Consciousness as a right to liberation and responsibility
The fear that the linear control of consciousness may be lost by its open horizons should not become totalitarianism of the 'contemporary science and logic' of the day, as the latter, despite all its efforts to be objective, cannot avoid the fact that it is open to historical 'inertias of mentality', to research errors and psychological paternalisms, structures, and functions. This does not mean an uncontrolled morphogenesis of consciousness and an unaccountable subjectivism inspired by underdevelopment of the consciousness, a breach, and covert self-centredness.

But undoubtedly the open experiential perspective remains a right for everyone, particularly in the existential approach which has been touched upon in a mature way by the evolutionary quest of man and of awareness, as, moreover, this is equipped with psychobiological and existential instincts which have the historical depth of the whole of nature, evolution, and civilisation.

It is our obligation that these open horizons for a new awareness should be approached in the light of a synthesis, mutual interaction, and systemic consistency which is based at the same time on major freedom. Consciousness remains always as a right to self-help, communication, and existential satisfaction, under the responsibility for the recognition of wholeness and a contribution of 'no harm' and reciprocity for the integration of its expression and evolution.

Consciousness, spirit and beauty
We have to acknowledge at the same time that there is a traditional spirituality, just as there is a contemporary spirituality with multifariousness, just as there will be a new spirituality, and all these will make up a spiritually evolving field of learning. Nothing can be included in spiritual advancement as underdevelopment, but only as spiritual control, the measure, balance, harmony, complementarity, and fulfilment.

In the communication of this spiritual horizon various opacities and rarifications of means, fields, qualities, and contents are inherent.

This beauty serves the wholeness of truth and the community of the good.

This beauty looks towards the prism of the infinite and of wholeness as calm seas reflect the light of the sun.

This beauty composes the rays like a rotating diamond.

This beauty liberates us poetically on the road of heartfelt thinking.

This beauty builds the experiential temple of spiritual freedom.

This beauty is a feast of the spirit.

Beauty is a source of inspiration from the Certainty of Existence.

It is the Dream of Self-Knowledge which spirit and matter and the fragrance of Life contribute to the Unity of Energy.

By this, discourse becomes a Song, and the song Joy and love of creation.

Ioannis Zisis, Writer

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