“The only things we perceive are our perceptions.” —George Berkeley
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNVERSE and with our world is one of creator with creation—not merely in a mechanical or physical sense, as in building houses, roads and cities. I’m thinking in terms of the dynamics of quantum physics, the realm of preform where everything in held in “wave form” until it materializes into “particle form” in the simple action of being observed by a conscious being.
Do Christmas and New Years exist outside of human consciousness? For that matter, does anything exist outside of human consciousness? According to Biocentrism, there is an existential relationship between life, consciousness and physical reality. The world of “solid” form springs into visible existence the moment it is observed. A tree falling in the forest makes no sound without someone present who has the capacity to perceive the perturbed air molecules and interpret them as sound. A candle’s flame of hot gas has no color or glow unless a functional pair of eyes are present to observe it and call it candlelight.
This is the fascinating field of Biocentrism as explored and elucidated by Robert Lanza, MD with the assistance of Bob Berman. From the introduction of their book BIOICENTRISM—How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe:
This book proposes a new perspective: that our current theories of the physical world don’t work, and can never be made to work, until they account for life and consciousness. This book proposes that, rather than a belated and minor outcome after billions of years of lifeless physical processes, life and consciousness are absolutely fundamental to our understanding of the universe. We call this new perspective biocentrism.
I will do my best to represent their tenacious explorations and resultant findings in a series of blog posts. I hope you will enjoy this series and benefit by the work of these two critical thinkers. There are seven “Principles of Biocentrism.” I will take them one by one with each post.
The First Principle of Biocentrism: “What we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness.”
Our science to date has failed to recognize those special properties of life that make it fundamental to material reality. This view of the world in which life and consciousness are the bottom line in understanding the larger Universe—biocentrism—revolves around the way a subjective experience, which we call consciousness, relates to a physical process. . . .
Some of the thrill that came with the announcement that the human genome had been mapped or the idea that we are close to understanding the first second of time after the Big Bang rests in our innate human desire for completeness and totality.
But most of these comprehensive theories fail to take into account one crucial factor: we are creating them. It is the biological creature that fashions the stories, that makes the observations, and that gives names to things. And therein lies the great expanse of our oversight, that science has not confronted the one thing that is at once most familiar and most mysterious: conscious awareness. As Emerson wrote in “Experience,” an essay that confronted the facile positivism of his age: “We have learned that we do not see directly, but mediately, and that we have no means of correcting these colored and distorting lenses which we are, or of computing the amount of their errors. Perhaps these subject-lenses have a creative power; perhaps there are no objects.”
CREATED BY LIFE FOR LIFE’S PURPOSES
The word biocentric simply means life-centered, which characterizes the creative design and purpose of the Universe and all its vast and multifaceted structure and content, both animate and inanimate. In simple terms, the Universe is created by invisible Life to express Life through visible, material form. In quantum terms, the Universe is created by Light as a dynamic mechanism for moving creating energy out of invisible, intangible wave-form and into visible, tangible particle-form. Where we come into this dynamic equation is as a means on the ground floor of the Father’s House of Many Mansions for bearing the Light of Truth and bringing it to bear at the threshold of creativity where the invisible, intangible and inaudible become visible, tangible and audible. In a word, we ground Consciousness for the Creator in the Heaven to create on the Earth—which was created as a womb for beauty to be born, to borrow a line from a hymn I shared in my Christmas Day message.
WE ARE THE LIGHT OF OUR WORLD
My wife and I love to sit on the East bank of our beautiful lake and watch the sun set in the Western horizon, often glorified by clouds lighted and brilliantly colored by the rays of the sun. On one occasion we observed how the sunlight, reflected off the surface of the waters, made a direct and separate path of light to each of us—not a single path of light, but two. Then we remarked how each person on the boardwalk that evening had their own individual path of light from the setting sun. This is also true for rainbows. There are as many rainbows in a single sighting as there are human beings looking at what we might think is just one rainbow. No two people see the same rainbow. We each have our own. Notice how the rainbow created in the spray of a lawn sprinkler moves with your movements. It’s yours and nobody else’s.
This gives me pause for deep consideration and meditation. What does it mean? What is this phenomenon telling me? That I center a world? That, like in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life, without me the world that I center would not exist, as though I had never been born—like with George Bailey’s wish his guardian angel Clarence granted him to show him how much his life meant and mattered to everyone in his world. It’s a tear-jerker of a story for me every year, such a softy that I am. Of course Clarence steals the show. What really gets my eyes watering is the final scene where all the people in George’s world of care and service come to his rescue with so much love, generosity and robust appreciation. That gets to me whenever and wherever I see it demonstrated.
My life matters. Now there’s an interesting and dynamic word. Matters can have two meanings: counts as something and materializes. My life counts a great deal to many, and it materializes as I live it. It unfolds out of my consciousness moment by moment, day by day, year by year. My living on Earth leaves a trail of forms, as well as relationships and friends, that came into manifestation and formed simply by reason of my presence and creativity in it. I am responsible for a world that no one but I created—of course with the help of many other important people whom I’ve met in my journey—and that implies a shared consciousness, and a collective consciousness involving as many as draw near in creating a world in which to live together in community. It’s a sobering thought when I stop to consider the implications, an obvious one being that I am not alone in this world. We are one family of Man living on a relatively small planet adrift in a galaxy of heavenly bodies speeding through space and time.
Space and time? What are space and time? Do they really exist? How do I know there is a vast cosmos “out there” set in motion by a “Big Bang” that allegedly occurred billions of years ago? Years? What is time? How can the infinite be measured by the finite? The ineffable by the effable? Where does all this exist except in our own imagination, our own consciousness—two more interesting and dynamic words: imagination is the ability of the mind to make images, and consciousness is a capacity with which to know. They’re verbs, not nouns. The Universe isn’t a “thing.” The Universe is a dynamic living organism, the nature of which scientists have only been able to speculate:
George Berkeley, for whom the campus and town were named, came to a similar conclusion: “The only things we perceive,” he would say, “are our perceptions.”
A biologist is at first glance perhaps an unlikely source for a new theory of the universe. But at a time when biologists believe they have discovered the “universal cell” in the form of embryonic stem cells, and some cosmologists predict that a unifying theory of the universe may be discovered in the next two decades, it is perhaps inevitable that a biologist finally seeks to unify existing theories of the “physical world” with those of the “living world.” What other discipline can approach it? In that regard, biology should really be the first and last study of science. It is our own nature that is unlocked by the humanly created natural sciences used to understand the universe. (underscore added)
A deep problem lurks, too: we have failed to protect science against speculative theories that have so entered mainstream thinking that they now masquerade as fact. The “ether” of the nineteenth century; the “space-time” of Einstein; the “string theory” of the new millennium with new dimensions blowing up in different realms, and not only strings but “bubbles” shimmering down the byways of the universe are examples of this speculation. Indeed, unseen dimensions (up to one hundred in some theories) are now envisioned everywhere, some curled up like soda-straws at every point in space.
CONSCIOUSNESS AND LIFE
This brings us back to the quantum field out of which all forms emerge. Consciousness and life, the very foundational realities that underlie the biological and chemical worlds scientists search and research, yet know nothing about but live to hopefully know what they are and how they tick before their time runs out. Time: an illusionary convenience we invented to organize and schedule our calendars of events. Space: an imaginary finite way of attempting to measure the infinitely eternal HERE an NOW.
THEORIES ABOUND IN THE SCIENTIFIC MIND
Today’s preoccupation with unprovable physical “theories of everything” is a sacrilege to science itself, a strange detour from the purpose of the scientific method, whose bible has always decreed that we must question everything relentlessly and not worship what Bacon called “The Idols of the Mind.” Modern physics has become like Swift’s Kingdom of Laputa, flying precariously on an island above the Earth and indifferent to the world beneath. When science tries to resolve a theory’s conflicts by adding and subtracting dimensions to the universe like houses on a Monopoly board, dimensions unknown to our senses and for which not a shred of observational or experimental evidence exists, we need to take a time-out and examine our dogmas. And when ideas are thrown around with no physical backing and no hope of experimental confirmation one may wonder whether this can still be called science at all. “If you’re not observing,” says a relativity expert, Professor Tarun Biswas of the State University of New York, “there’s no point in coming up with theories.”
Absent the act of seeing, thinking, hearing—in short, awareness in its myriad aspects—what have we got? We can believe and aver that there’s a universe out there even if all living creatures were nonexistent, but this idea is merely a thought and a thought requires a thinking organism. Without any organism, what if anything is really there?
For the moment, therefore, we’ll accept on a provisional level that what we’d clearly and unambiguously recognize as existence must begin with life and perception. Indeed, what could existence mean, absent consciousness of any kind?
. . . . This “Is it really there?” issue is ancient, and of course predates biocentrism, which makes no pretense about being the first to take a stance about it. Biocentrism, however, explains why one view and not the other must be correct. The converse is equally true: once one fully understands that there is no independent external universe outside of biological existence, the rest more or less falls into place.
We live, largely unaware, at the hub of creativity in a world that spins around us having materialized out of our collective consciousness. This is one responsibility from which we cannot escape or run away from to some distant planet or moon.
We do not just have a consciousness. We are consciousness itself, the capacity to know—in the biblical sense of that word as when Adam knew Eve and begot Cain and Able. We are given the privilege and responsibility to engage in intercourse between Heaven and Earth to beget life forms that reflect the harmony and beauty of Heaven inherent in the many dimensions and frequencies of Light. Through our eyes and consciousness the Creator can see and enjoy Creation—perhaps even bring it out of wave-form into particle-form where it can be seen and enjoyed.
My friend in Loveland, Colorado, Jerry Kvasnicka, expressed this privilege with passion in a response to one of my blog articles:
We are surely the lucky ones, to be incarnate in this body of flesh and able to sample all of sights, smells, sounds, tastes and other physical sensations combined with the thoughts, feelings and the ineffable essences that well up from the deepest recesses of the soul, all of which may visit us daily as we walk from place to place on this sacred Earth.
I welcome any comments and thoughts you may wish to share. Until my next post in this series, I wish for you a very Happy New Year and a healthy 2022.
Be love. Be loved
Comments on: "Biocentrism: Behold! And Everything Matters!" (1)
I am honored, Anthony, to be quoted as part of this most enlightening article. How true: consciousness is primary and we construct our worlds out of it. This of course brings to mind the realization that to change my world I must begin by changing my own consciousness. This puts each of us on the spot and perhaps gives us more power than we’re comfortable with.