What exactly is consciousness? Well, breaking the word down into its two derivative parts, we have “con” which is Latin for “with” and “scio” which also comes from Latin and translates “to know.” So we have “to know with.” Consciousness, then, is the capacity with which we know the world and reality — to know as in to experience. Walter Russell equates consciousness with God in the following excerpt from “The Secret of Light.” I resonate with his distinction between “knowing” and “thinking,” which he equates with “sensation.” To know God is not the same as to believe in God. Believing is thinking. Knowing is experiencing. I like and appreciate his explanation of imagination and inspiration as well. This is a very important read – and a short one for a change! Enjoy.
SENSATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS
God is consciousness. Consciousness is static. Consciousness is the KNOWING of mind. Knowing is static.
Consciousness is the spiritual awareness of Being, of all-knowing, all-power and all-presence. Thinking is electric.
God’s thinking is expressed by two-way moving wave extensions from consciousness, like a lever swinging upon a fixed fulcrum, or like waves extending from the calm sea. Thought expression is dynamic. Thinking belongs to the electrically sensed an conditioned
vibrating universe of motion. Thinking is the motionless principle in light which creates the illusion of motion.
The Self of man belongs to the static, invisible, conscious, unconditioned universe of KNOWING. We express knowing in the dynamic, visible, electrically conditioned universe of sensation.
Sensation is the electrical awareness of motion simulating the spiritual QUALITIES of the One Idea by creating imaged QUANTITIES of separate forms which seem to have substance.
Consciousness is real. Sensation simulates reality through motion of interchanging lights, but the mirage of a city is not the city it reflects.
Confusion and misunderstanding as to whether we are thinking consciously from knowledge or sensing electrically from memory records stored in our brains have led us to the necessity of distinguishing between the two by the common usage of such terms as “the human mind” and “mortal mind.” We know full well, while using them, that there is but the One Mind of the One Living God of Love.
The universal Mind centers every particle and mass in this universe: animal, vegetable or mineral, electron, atom or sun.
Man is the only unit in Creation who has conscious awareness of the Spirit within him and electrical awareness of dually conditioned light acting upon his senses. All other units of Creation have electrical awareness only.
Man alone can be freed from body to think with God, to talk with God and be inspired by His centering Light. All other units of Creation are limited in their actions to automatic reflexes from sensed memories built up through ages of sensing and recording such sensing as instinct.
Likewise the same confusion leads us to the adoption of such terms as “subconscious mind,” and “superconscious mind.”
There is but One Mind functioning universally within all creating things, and that One Mind is not stratified nor divided into the more or less. There are no differing conditions of the One Mind, nor are there different kinds of minds.
God is the imaginer of His One Idea. All imagining is God’s imagining. All creating forms in this thought universe of God’s
imagining are built in the image of His imagining, creating “in His image.”
All forms in this creating universe of imagined forms are but electric recordings of God’s imaginings. They have no existence. Records of Idea are not the idea they record.
They have no substance. They are but black and white lights of sun-centered wave fields of space assembled in vibrating systems to simulate substance in an objective universe which is not, but seems to be.
God’s imagining never began and will never end.
It was not “created” at some remote past time by some vast cosmic event, as commonly believed. Nor is it condemned to a “heat-death” by expansion into nothingness.
This is a creating universe, not a created one.
God did not begin to imagine at some fixed time, for time does not exist. This light-wave universe which records God’s knowing by His thinking and imagining is as eternal as God’s thinking is eternal.
Inspiration is the language of Light which man uses to talk with God.
Inspiration is that deep awareness of the consciousness of Being which differentiates the genius or mystic from the being of average intelligence.
Inspiration in man is accompanied by an intense mental ecstasy which is characteristic of all who become
intensely conscious of their closeness to God.
Inspired geniuses forget their bodies while deeply conscious of their existence as wholly Mind. Their bodies, thus forgotten, act almost automatically in obedience to instinct .and cell memory reflexes.
Inspired geniuses translate God’s knowing into words of man for the soul of man. They uplift all mankind by reinspiring all who listen to their ecstatic words and rhythms.
He who attunes his heart to the messages of genius purifies himself. No impurity can there be in his heart for verily he then is in communion with the Holy One.
I do not experience inspiration as being “accompanied by an intense mental ecstasy,” but rather by a upward surge of spirit that lifts one to blend and merge with the All, with God. The very word “inspire” suggests an infusion of spirit into the mind which brings with it the gift of revelation. I am still struggling with the concept that there is only one Mind, and that Divine, with no substantial reality to the “human mind.” I was taught, as perhaps you were, that human consciousness is separate from Divine Consciousness, the former having “fell” from its union with the latter. The “restoration” sought after, then, has been the ascension of human consciousness to the level of union with Divine Consciousness. Obviously, Russell is coming from an entirely different level of comprehension of Reality. Definitely food for thought and meditation.
Until next week when we shall explore further “The Secret of Light” as Walter Russell understands it, I bid you good day!
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