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.

 

 

 

 

Rudolf Steiner and the Austin Waldorf School Drama: This War is Not Inevitable!

Our Friend Dr. Stephen Usher, a patron of the Waldorf School here in Austin, asked us to help publicize the Play being presented this Saturday, November 3 at 7 PM at the Austin Waldorf School. 8700 South View Road. Performing Arts Center, Austin 78737

Here is what he has to say:

In the heightened drama of WW1 Germany, Rudolf Steiner, and Emil Molt, risk everything to fight for human rights. 100 years later do we still have a chance? This politically charged, historical drama takes on challenging questions still unanswered today. Join us.

The play follows Steiner and his relationship with famous entrepreneur Emil Molt. The two endeavor to stop the war by attempting to influence the Treaty of Versailles and the Reichstag in hopes that Steiner’s philosophies on social, economic, and legal reform would be accepted.

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?

Lance and Jean Lein, July 2018

Lance and Jean Lein have gone through a health challenge that has allowed them to demonstrate the power and the wonder of their New Thought Faith. This is a remarkable story that will inspire and challenge your own faith to grow!

Summer Solstice Interview with David Lauterstein

Thursday, June 21, 2018 we will interview David Lauterstein founder of the Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage and Clinic located here in Austin. This interview before a live audience will begin at 7:00 in the Sanctuary of the Unity Church of the Hills. located at 9905 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin TX 78750

Here is David Singing!

Angel in Disguise. HCN 2018-05-16

 

By Chuck Robison

 

America is on the ride of our lives, and if you are like me, you spend a lot of time trying to understand what this is all about.  After living under the leadership of one of the best educated and most highly respected US Presidents and observing that we were able to have eight years of almost no scandals, and our country and our President and his family were loved around the world, we now find ourselves losing friends and allies in every part of the world, becoming the laughing stock of the major powers and being led by a man who appears to have no clue, from day to day, what he is doing or why.

His Presidency is characterized by a series of lies (some count more than 3000 lies told by the President in the first 13 months of his first term), sex scandals, millions of dollars sent on golf trips for which his hotels and golf clubs charge the American people enormous sums, which go right into his pockets.

He has broken treaties and promises made by America and in so doing placed the world itself in mortal danger. Twenty years from now, this white man will be hated around the world for his refusal to value unassailable science which lets us know that we have a global crisis on our hands, which will only grow worse under this man’s arrogant, ignorant and blustery leadership coupled with our failure to honor God’s creation as Holy.

He has blatantly ignored and abused many of the Christian norms that have been a part of American leadership since the beginning of our country.  Remarkably about 40% of the American voting public seems to think he is a doing a great job.

A majority of this 40% identifies themselves as Evangelical Christians.  They even go so far as to say that, without question, he has been ordained by God Herself to this position and for this purpose.

And you know what, they may be right.  An old Rabbi friend of mine used to say: “God works funny.” This may be one of those moments. God may have chosen a man who thumbs his nose at God to work out Her purpose in this modern, fear- filled world.

Who is to say that by pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate agreements, God chose this man to set us off on a course that hastens the day when this global calamity, which we have all known about for most of our adult lives, occurs.

Perhaps God wants us to confront this tragedy looming on the horizon much sooner because She is tired of us not taking Her word seriously.  This also applies to the threat of nuclear war, of which America is the most powerful proponent.

God may be showing us She can use the least qualified man to ever hold the Presidency of the United States to change history for the better by making all of these tragic mistakes and accelerating the arrival of this looming global tragedy.

When it arrives, this tragedy will require the best of each of us and a powerful life of prayer to honor this God who created it all.

And when you pray, ask God to let this bitter cup pass us by.

 

 

Little White Lies. Hill Country News. April 12, 2018

 

 

By Chuck Robison

 

Occasionally, it is a good idea to read through the Ten Commandments. These Commandments are not just good ideas; they are the law. When we understand the laws, we see there are always consequences for breaking them.

In our creativity, we can find ways around anything and our preferred way around the commandment: YOU SHALL NOT LIE is the proverbial “Little White Lie”.

We all tell them, and we excuse these lies even when they are blatant or damaging to ourselves or others.

An old friend once told me that the best way to keep from lying is to not do things that force you to tell lies.

Americans have become accustomed to repeating and believing at least three very dangerous “little white lies”.

1. “America is a Christian Nation.” This may have been true in the past, but it certainly is not true now. If it were true, we would hold ourselves responsible for demonstrating Christian values. This applies especially to our leaders.Here is what Stephen Colbert has to say: “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

When we add $1.3 trillion to the deficit to provide a much needed tax break for the wealthiest 1% of our citizens and then claim that the only way to reduce the newly increased deficit is to cut back on services to the poor and needy, and medical care for the elderly and children, we are definitely not a nation acting likeThe Christ has commanded. We are lying to ourselves.

2. “America is a Democracy”. Sounds good. We send our children to foreign lands to support and project democracy. But, it is a lie. We live in an Oligarchy where the richest among us are the ones who call all the shots. The people with the real power are the Billionaires. This may be the best way to run a country,but if it is, then we should stop lying to ourselves and call us what we are: An Oligarchy.

3. “We stand for Freedom”. Sounds good. Especially when we invade country after country to bring them freedom. But, it is a lie. We are history’s largest empire. We encircle the globe and our market place includes even the smallest village in the poorest of countries. In the name and defense of this empire, we bring war and suffering to anyone or any country who does not do what we wantor takes steps to correct us.

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 hotly debated the issue of slavery. George Mason of Virginia argued eloquently against slavery, warning his fellow delegates: “Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant. They bring the judgment of heaven on a country. As nations cannot be rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by national calamities.”We saw The Civil War bring Providence’s judgement upon America because we told ourselves the “little white lie” that black people were just 3/5 human.

Look around you and remember these times. Providence is still very much in control. As long as we keep breaking the Commandment with just “little white lies”, we will somehow have to pay for them, and the trouble with all of that is:

Payback Day may be much closer than we think.

Of course, I could be wrong.

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Ed Salisbury reveals his own Near Death Experiences and those of others with whom he has worked.

A survivor of multiple Spiritually Transformative and Near-Death Experiences, as well as a perpetual ‘Rebellious Devotee of TRUTH,’ Brother Ed brings enchanting lessons of Grace, Wisdom and Peace in the processes of Dying and Death. Ed will share his own personal perspectives of NDE’s and expand upon their spiritually transformative aspects.

Ed Salisbury is a hospice minister, yoga coach, and funeral director. Having experienced multiple NDEs, he’s been drawn to work closely with the dying; in that role he’s been providing optimal choices in elder care, health challenges and ‘at death’ care for over 20 years. He advises friends, families and organizations in the planning and fulfillment of funeral arrangements. Ed has also served on local and international association boards of directors for grief recovery, Near Death Experiencers (IANDS), funeral consumer, and hospice care organizations.

Managing a Home Health care agency, advising on community and international boards, and presenting programs, workshops & courses about grief, loss, death, healing and self-care, Ed has enjoyed facilitating a healing grace in many lives.

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Being Here Now. Hill Country News February 22, 2018


 

 

By Chuck Robison

In the Fall of 1971 I found my copy of Be Here Now, Baba Ram Dass’ classic introduction to Eastern Thought. I read it, and put it in a prominent and safe place in my library. From time to time, as powerful lessons arrived in my life, I would pull it out and discover that Ram Dass had added deeper understanding in my life with this magic book.

Here’s what I have learned so far.

Now was a big lesson. As a history major, I was and still am a person of deep nostalgia and reverence for the past. I can go there at the drop of a hat. I’ve spent my life taking notes and pictures and keeping memories….some pleasant and some not so.

I am also an early member of the World Futurist Society. I spend a lot of time in the future. Looking at trends, speculating about where we are going and sometimes discovering that I see a future that others do not see which reveals itself in time. I have trained myself to see as far into the future as I can possibly see. My concern for the place America finds itself in today is grounded in the fact that I can see a road we are taking developing into a major tragedy for America and the world.

It has taken me a long, long time to drag myself into being Present. But what a change it has brought in my life. The Past and the Future do not exist. Frequently the past turns out to be about guilt and the future about fear. In any case, you cannot be in either.

Living in the present allows me to see and feel and observe and participate in an authentic and complete fashion. In the present, I need hold nothing back. It is the only place where I can live life at 100 percent and at the speed of light.

Over the past two years I have begun to understand Being. Early on I received a heavy dose of needing to achieve. And I’ve done ok. But being driven to achieve all the time brings with it a belief that if I am not making and doing, then I am of no worth. So that leads to a life of constant striving, missing the mark, being disappointed and feeling the need to constantly strive for more.

But now, after only forty more years, I am beginning to understand that my willingness to just be, to just be present, reveals a huge secret. The Universe has a plan for me and has prepared me to accomplish that plan, and will provide all I need to complete the plan.

It’s the opposite of striving. As I become willing to just be, I find that my future and my role and my accomplishments find me, rather than my striving for them. They come as wonder-full surprises.

All of a sudden life has become almost childlike. Now I live spontaneously and even fearlessly. I am constantly reminded of the 1988 movie “The Incredible Lightness of Being.”

Being is an altered state, a higher dimension, a blessed discovery. And I am grateful God has allowed me to live long enough to learn this.

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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