What is Consciousness?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

We started our company, What If It Really Works?, in 2003 on the NPR station, KOTO, in Telluride, Colorado. Our focus was and still is interviewing experts about New Science, New Spirituality and Consciousness Studies.  At that time there was seldom mention of Consciousness anywhere.

So we sought out people who could discuss this seemingly obscure subject.  One of our first interviewees was Captain Edgar Mitchell, Commander of the Apollo 14 Mission in 1972.  On the return portion of that mission, Mitchell had a profound experience of Consciousness as he was surprisingly connected to everything around him, including Earth from a distance of 225,000 miles away.

This experience was so powerful that he resigned his commission in the Navy and committed his life to finding out what it was. He founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences and discovered Consciousness was a hidden secret.

Physicist Dr. Claude Swanson wrote in 2010:“A century ago Neils Bohr proposed that, in Quantum Physics, human Consciousness has the power to disturb experiments.  Just a peek causes something called “quantum wave function collapse”, which means you just destroyed those nice wave patterns your particles were in. So, Consciousness is really powerful. Once you have looked, the particle behaves differently. Despite this enormously important role Consciousness plays, physicists have avoided studying it ever since.”

Well, that was the last century.  Now all of that is changing.  In the 1950’s, the renowned theologian, Paul Tillich described God as “The Ground of All Being”.

That brought God up close and personal.  God no longer lived in the sky somewhere.  He became the basis, the essence of everything.  God became the ground on which and within which all of our lives and all of our world is lived.  God is our ultimate concern.

Today advanced thinkers refer to Consciousness as the Soul of the Universe.  It is found everywhere, on all levels of reality, and has the power to show us the connection we have to beings on the other side of the universe, and to the smallest energies in all material, as yet undiscovered.

Consciousness is also the heart of understanding Quantum anything.  And you are going to hear more and more about this for the rest of your life.  This is at the core of the evolutionary leap our species is taking right now.  The purpose of evolution happening now is to create the new human, which is the target set by God to be the highest expression of God revealing Himself in the Universe.

This new species of human will likely be known as Homo Luminous, or Man of Light.  Light will be recognized as the universal conveyor of information and power. Jesus gave us a hint of all of this when he claimed himself to be The Light of the World.

So here, in two sentences, is a concise definition of Consciousness written in 1935 by one of our great Quantum Scientists.

 “The total number of minds in the universe is One. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing within all beings.”  Erwin Schrodinger, PhD.

 I hope you will take the time to think about this definition.  It is filled with secret information that will change our world.

 

 

 

 

Just Ask!

By Chuck Robison

 

All of us have grown up as Christians in a culture that wants us to think that God is mad at us, wants to punish us and that our problem is that we are sinners. The Church focuses on sin much more than Jesus ever did. The Christ mentions the words ‘sin’, ‘sinner’, ‘sinning’ about twenty-two times in all the Gospels.

Jesus came to help us, but somehow The Church discovered that convincing people of the disabling power of their sins was a very effective way to control them. This has been true since the Council of Nicaea 325 ad.

The result is that most of us harbor a suspicion of The Church. In our hearts we know the problem is not sin, but fear of accepting who we really are. We are powerful and eternal spiritual beings having a human experience.

The truth is that Jesus and all of his angels really want to help all of us, regardless
of our religious affiliation.

They know something that many of The Churches have forgotten: there are almost eight billion souls on The Earthship right now. Each soul has lived many lifetimes here with the express purpose of using each of these lifetimes to advance to a higher level of spiritual understanding and evolution. The ultimate goal is to fully learn all of those lessons so that the day will come, for each of us, to achieve enlightenment and to experience Cosmic Consciousness with God.

The wise understand each soul can take many lifetimes to complete this journey. The wise call this Spiritual Evolution and there is a target for our evolution. We are to all become the New Human and to understand Jesus as the first of billions of spiritually advanced new souls.

He is not here to judge, to condemn or to shame. He is here to smile lovingly at our spiritual successes. Jesus and all the angels want us to learn our lessons as quickly as possible, because, as we learn these lessons on our path of evolving into new humans, we experience greater and greater spiritual abilities and greater opportunities to enjoy God.

This is not a new idea. The Westminster Catechism, written and adopted in 1646, had as its’ first question: “What is the chief purpose and end of man?” And the answer? “The chief purpose and end of man is to worship God and to fully enjoy him forever.”

If you have an inkling that this is true, if you long to really know more about God, just ask. Ask your angels right now to guide you to the next step of your spiritual evolution. You have angels around you at all times, but the system says that you have to ask them for help. Once asked, these beings have the power to alter any situation in which we find ourselves. And they delight in helping us enrich our spiritual and earthly experience. As head of the angels and Lord of All, The Christ assures us He came that we might have Life and have it more abundantly.

All you have to do is ask. Try it. What if it really works?

Joe Lam interviews Chuck and Karen about how they got to this point in their business.

Joe Lam, Head of the Austin Chapter of the Institute of Noetic Sciences interviews Chuck and Karen about the first fifteen years of their business and their plans for the future. This is a revealing interview with Chuck and Karen as they reveal some of the secrets of the past fifteen years!

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Victoria Tai, Austin Kindness & Wisdom Interview

588061898_100x75Victoria Tai has been in Austin for ten years. Recently she began to experience her ability to have powerful positive effects on people with physical issues. This is the short story of how living in Austin affected her growth and prepared her for the work she was destined to do here.

Working for the Man. Hill Country News, August 24, 2016

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A friend sent me a chart by the Cato Institute that outlines what States pay unemployed workers. It was meant to belittle the “government giveaways” to people unwilling or unable to work. Here is my response:

“At the moment, there is no State in America where one can find a one-bedroom apartment a worker earning the minimum wage could afford.  Even Walmart workers are forced to apply for food stamps and welfare for their children to compensate for the meager salaries paid them by this international retail giant.  And this is built into the system. There are less real jobs and less willingness to pay for the work people do.  So some of our States’ willingness to support people who cannot find work more profitable than the support offered by the various State governments is a step in the right direction.

We have reached the 500 year deadline for the end of the Protestant Work Ethic. I hate to see one of my theological heroes, John Calvin, retire, but we are replacing people and jobs at every turn with machines and systems. This will go on for the foreseeable future. Ask your ten-year old child to explain how AI will change work in the future.

There is an old hymn in every Presbyterian Hymnal that puts to music a poem by James R. Lowell, published in the Boston Courier, December 11, 1845.  Titled, Once to Every Man and Nation, it contains the following lines:

New occasions teach new duties
Time makes ancient good uncouth,
They must upward still and onward,
Who would keep abreast of truth.

We are moving from the 5000 year old Age of the Warrior to the new Age of Cooperation.  In this migration to a new understanding of who we are and why we are here, we will see the words “Welfare” and “Charity” become “Sharity”  There is more than enough of everything to go around. Along the way, as we begin to really cooperate with each other across the globe, the need for security will change, and we will be able to dismiss the Military Industrial Complex and its greed for perpetual war and for all of our resources, money and even our meager spiritual lives, as Eisenhower warned us would happen. We are destined to experience the goal set for humankind by our Maker, through the divine process of our spiritual evolution, and we will see the ending of today’s dark ages.   The lights are coming on all over the world and compared to where we will be 500 years from now, we will marvel at how difficult a time this has been.

The visionary Buckminster Fuller (1895-1993) saw and influenced the future.  Imagine how this almost blind man could see, back in the 1980’s, so clearly what is happening today!  The momentous change in which we find ourselves in is really only beginning and it gives a hint of things to come. Here is what Buckminster saw:

‘We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian-Darwinian theory, he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.’

Like it or not, we cannot go backwards and the future, although dramatically different, looks bright and positive. And God is in the center of it all. Come and see!”

The One Thing from the Hill Country News, September 16, 2015

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By Chuck Robison

I am not a Biblical scholar. In fact, like Thomas Jefferson, I believe the key to the Bible is contained in the red letters of the New Testament. Having studied my way through too many heavy volumes of systematic theology and searched everywhere I could find for answers, I have come to the conclusion, for me, that Faith Answers are best kept simple.

Here’s an example. In 1983 I had an opportunity to meet privately with Pandit Gopi Krishna the day after he addressed the United Nations along with the Hopi Elders. Gopi Krishna was the only person in the last century who wrote of his experience of Kundalini as it was happening……..and in English. Kundalini is both the trigger for rapid evolution, and also the mechanism that must be activated to become enlightened.

Toward the end of my time with this rare and very high spiritual being, I asked him the one question had I prepared prior to the interview: What must I do to become enlightened?

There were all sorts of ways he could have answered me. Do more meditation, wear an orange cap, change my name, chant an ancient hymn and many other possibilities. When I asked my question, this is what happened.

He looked me directly in the eye and said: “Just this. Everyday, as often as you can, just think about God, and God will take care of everything else.” That was it.

I knew from my Bible that Jesus said almost the same thing when he admonished us to “seek first the Kingdom of God and all these thing will be added to you.” But sitting in a New York skyscraper talking with a truly enlightened being face to face is quite a bit different than reading about Jesus saying almost the same thing in the Bible. But the truth is always true.

In the brief explanation that followed his answer, Gopi Krishna made it clear that thinking anything about God is encouraged and permissible. The point is to keep the focus on God.

Over the next couple of days I decided that this was simple enough for even me to understand and I committed myself right there and then to follow this directive until I could prove it was wrong. That was thirty-two years ago. Today it is the one thing I know to be absolutely true.

After practicing this discipline for all this time, I have a long list of things that have changed in my life for the better as a result of simply thinking about God. I think about all the possible things I can imagine about Him: What does He do all day? Who are his friends? Why is it difficult for people to even imagine Him? Does he take sides? And, exactly where is Heaven?

In a way, the questions and answers are not important. The important thing is that this discipline has changed my life. I find that my problems get solved easier and quicker when I stop trying to imagine solutions and simply think about God and assume that his answer is both forthcoming and the best one.

Give it a chance, yourself. What If It Really Works?

What Is Consciousness?

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By Chuck Robison

For the past 20 years I have asked people to define “New Age”. No one seems to agree on what that term means……some say it is about crystals, and drugs and woo woo stuff considered pure foolishness. Increasingly people also mention ‘Consciousness’.

Physicist Dr. Claude Swanson wrote in 2010: “A century ago Neils Bohr proposed that, in Quantum Physics, human consciousness has the power to disturb experiments. Just a peek causes something called “quantum wave function collapse”, which means you just destroyed those nice wave patterns your particles were in. So consciousness is really powerful. Once you have looked, the particle behaves differently. Despite this enormously important role consciousness plays, physicists have avoided studying it ever since.”

Well, that was the last century. Now all of that is changing. In the 1950’s, the renowned theologian, Paul Tillich described God as “The Ground of All Being”. That brings God up close and personal. God no longer lives in the sky somewhere. He is the basis, the essence of everything. God is the ground on which and within which all of our lives and all of our world is lived. God is our ultimate concern.

In 2011, while on our 40 Days and 40 Nights video trip, we stopped to interview Debra Roberts, an organic beekeeper in North Carolina. She told us briefly about the current plight of bees and the mysterious and massive colony collapse. (40% of America’s bees have died off over the past twelve months.) Next, she led us to the seven beehives she was nourishing and I volunteered to sit right next to one of the hives. She let me borrow her wide brim hat to prevent the bees from getting into my hair, where they would have panicked and hurt me and themselves as well.

As I sat next to the hive and the bees began climbing all over me, I had a true spiritual experience. Instantly, I realized that I shared my existence with the bees….they, too, were living as and in the Ground of All Being……Consciousness. That realization brought the lesson: In Consciousness we are ONE with everything. I was ecstatic as I realized the truth of Jesus admonition, that whatever we do to anyone, we do also to ourselves.

Those bees recognized me as Consciousness and they knew that I would not attack myself, disguised as them or any other part of the Consciousness that is our universal experience. Here we have the scientific and spiritual basis for real peace.

At the end of this Old Age we begin to see the truth behind Jesus’ words. Many of Jesus teachings have waited for this moment in history.

Until 1500 the Catholic Church brought us the Dark Ages and treated Science as an evil element which they tried to control. Between 1500 and today, the increasing power of Science allowed it to treat the world of Spirit and God just like the Church had treated Science up until then.

But now, exactly 498 years after Luther nailed the 99 Theses to the Church door, Science is beginning to let go of its attempt to control our growing spirituality and is about to join our emerging global spiritual expression as we, together, create this New Age for which we have so long yearned.

Science has now begun to understand that the world works very much like the mystics of all ages have told us. Science is beginning to write profound theology as a result.

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is not just a wise teaching, it is the law. Whatever we do to anyone or anything is also how we treat ourselves, as we are all one in consciousness.

When we spew our trash and waste all over the world, as we have been doing for 100 years, we are destroying not just our world, but everything in it. When we spend our national treasure building 20-megaton nuclear and now neutron bombs, we will literally see our attempts to destroy our enemies’ children blow right back in our faces.

The next time you are about to take an action that will negatively affect anyone or our world, ask yourself this simple question: Would I do this if I was sure that I was doing this to myself?

I found, after my experience with the bees, that understanding our oneness with all of creation simply rules out all the clever ways I unknowingly found to hurt other people and the Earth.

Perhaps you will see this too.

You can see a video of my bee experience at https://whatifitreallyworks.com/?s=bee+keeper

This article appeared in the Hill Country News on June 3, 2015

Religion Round Table, Hill Country News 2015-04-22

by Chuck Robison

Chuck RobisonDiscussion Question: What, if any, obligation does the church have to offer guidance on issues where morality & faith meet public health with potentially hazardous consequences, such as religious-based exemption from immunization, religious-based exemption from medical care for contagious diseases, the closing of clinics providing abortions resulting in the loss of healthcare to the poor in many communities?  

Tough question. Perhaps viewing this as a question of leadership makes it easier to answer. However, that demands an insight into who is leading and who is following.

Things are not what they used to be nor are they, today, what they appear to be. In the olden days, we acted like a Democracy, and prided ourselves on evidence that our views were represented in the decision making of our National, State and local governments.

In this century we have been slowly manipulated into not recognizing and not acting upon what is happening to our nation. We no longer have a Democracy. We now live in an Oligarchy where a few billionaires and a few huge corporations call all the shots. Our Supreme Court prefers to think of them as persons, you know, just folks. It is more accurate to refer to these two groups as The Owners. It is a rigged system and neither we nor our churches have much to say in what goes on.

The Owners’ puppet politicians gently nudge the majority of Churches along paths set for them to support whatever The Owners want. This gets worse; there are consequences. The Churches have lost their once powerful and independent leadership role.

Sixty years ago, the Churches, exercising their moral authority, were in the front ranks of movements to improve our lives. Preachers, Rabbis and Priests and common folks like you and me marched arm in arm to insure civil rights, to stop an insane war, to improve the lives of those in poverty and to provide education for those whose futures depended on it. Today, we hardly talk about moral authority.

Today, we have become jaded, fearful and selfish. The greed at the top has finally trickled all the way down to us. We didn’t just close abortion clinics and stop the implementation of the Affordable Care Act here in Texas; we stopped poor people from getting medical help. We didn’t improve education; we just made it impossibly expensive. We’re not even going to have a say in the likelihood that oil fracking is creating irreversible damage to our environment. In fact, our Texas State Legislature just passed a law, written by Big Oil, which prohibits any county or local Texas government from enacting laws that are intended to prohibit fracking in their jurisdictions. Today the Churches fight these and many other injustices with a deafening silence.

The Churches have lost their once powerful voice and you can see it clearly in just one simple observation. Ask your church leadership how many weddings take place in the church today compared with 1990. Weddings, once high sacred religious moments held in our sanctuaries, are now conducted at parties in vacation destinations by mail order officiants.

For me, the answer to this roundtable question is this: Until our Churches boldly use their moral authority and spiritual power to confront The Owners and stand up for the poor, the downtrodden, the politically disenfranchised and our environment, we will be forced to acknowledge that we really do not care to follow the teachings of our Lord, The Christ. And so it will be.

Hill Country News 2014-11-26 Roundtable Article

Scott Coleman, Editor of the Hill Country News here in the Austin area, asked the regular columnists to discuss the Issue of Free Speech and Hate Speech and the Bill of Rights.

Here is how I dealt with this assignment:

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Germany was one of the most cultivated countries in Europe. It was one of the leading players in the Enlightenment, and yet we discovered at the end of WWII, that a concentration camp can exist within the same vicinity as a university. Similar discoveries are happening in America today. We are discovering that our cherished freedoms and our hallowed Constitution have been placed in concentration camps for the mind.

Being in graduate school on the east coast in 1965, I was thrilled by Mario Savio and the Free Speech Movement at Sproul Hall in Berkley. I fervently believe in Free Speech….even with all its dangers. But in all the fear-based decisions America has made since 9-11, we have repeatedly and willfully given up the freedoms we tell our soldiers they are fighting for, that we teach our children to believe in, and we talk about as if they are sitting right next to us. However, these freedoms are long gone.

Behind the concept of free speech is the concept of critical thinking. A nation of people who are able to think critically can act responsibly in matters of freedom. For all of this century America has chosen not to think critically and we have taught our children, by example, not to think critically. In fact, right here in Texas, the 2012 Republican Platform forbade the teaching of critical thinking to Texas students because it would challenge and undermine parental authority.

Citizens who can think critically would never be tricked by crowds gathering to lynch gays, or black people, nor would we allow police to shoot unarmed people or our armies to invade any country whose actions offend us. For people who can think critically, freedom of speech is a basic requirement. If we are not free to speak the truth, we will never know the truth.

In our giving up the right to free speech, and the right not to be victimized by unlawful searches and seizures, and the right to peaceful assembly, keeping only the right to bear 20th century guns and bullets, we have convinced ourselves that living in a totally surveiled society has made us safe.

To test that out, watch the: Politically-Challenged: Texas Tech Edition on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRZZpk_9k8E) and you will be appalled at the voluntary and willful ignorance of the students at this highly regarded Texas university. This short video gives rich new meaning to the concept of dumbing our citizens down, right here in Texas.

As Christians we can look back on our history and see how we have been on both sides of free speech. Christians, even Texas Christians, have doled out a serious share of hate speech as recently as this past election. But forbidding free speech, making laws about ‘political correctness’, and trying to control this behavior will not work.

Outlawing things we do not like is not the way to change anything. It just puts that behavior underground where it can fester and mutate and come back to bite us when we least expect it. The only way to create change and to turn the volume down on hate speech is to present ourselves with behaviours, examples and models that inspire feelings of positivity, openness, acceptance and peace.

Behind all of this is the truly difficult lesson we most need to learn: ALL EIGHT BILLION OF US ARE ONE, WE ARE ALL CONNECTED and when we know the truth of that, we will set ourselves free to speak and do anything because we will know what we do to any one of us, we do also to ourselves.

Notes From the Masters Class 2014-10-08