The unified field theory of consciousness, which I first encountered in the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious, which also embodied his theory of Synchronicity, "a connecting principle that links events.” Jung claimed that there is a synchrony between the mind and the phenomenal world of perception, and the collective unconscious refers to that part of a person's unconscious which is common to all human beings, a unifying field of consciousness, which contains archetypes, or symbols, that are manifested by all people in all cultures. Carl Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist, and his psychological views are highly regarded and widely practiced throughout the world.
Another school of psychological thought; Transpersonal Psychology, studies the transcendent, or spiritual dimensions of humanity. A short definition from the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology suggests that transpersonal psychology is concerned with the study of humanity’s highest potential, and with the recognition, understanding, and realization of unitive, spiritual, and transcendent states of consciousness (Lajoie and Shapiro, 1992:91). It is considered the “fourth force” in the field of psychology.
Moving from the psychological to the more spiritual and religious; Pantheism, a rather ancient religion which believes in the unity of all existence; was revered by the early Greeks, Romans, Taoist, Confucian, Hindu, Buddhist, Judaic, and Islamic Sufis, which all practiced a belief in the unifying field of consciousness, as do American Indians, and many others. The unifying field of consciousness is viewed as sacred. The Bible also refers to this unifying field; Ephesians 4:4 "There is one body, and one Spirit…” Most call that unifying field “GOD” or “Spirit” and refer to our ego as creating the illusion of separateness.
But I guess more than theories are personal experiences; as perception often dictates reality, and there are millions of human beings on the earth today which have had transcendent experiences in expansive unifying consciousness. It is unmistakable when such and experience occurs; the unifying sensation and perception feels more real than just having an experience of the five senses in a human body. In short, the experience of separateness is lacking the wholeness experienced in unity. The experience out of the human body seems more real than the experience in the human body. To feel and be conscious of that unifying connection seems more natural than the individual experiences as a separate human being.
I believe that truth is something which everyone must experience for themselves; books and teachers can only point, but truth itself is most validated by a direct experience; which when embraced appears as universal. The fact is that our innermost being knows the truth, and the experience of expansive unifying consciousness brings with it knowledge unperceived at the ego level of consciousness. I totally accept the unifying principle of consciousness, and even though I’ve often said that we are one, in truth the only being that is, transcends one. One is and isolated concept which stands alone, but eternity and infinity are not isolated, because if they are we would have to say isolated from what? Standing alone implies isolation, and while oneness implies unity, it also codifies; which is to say it reduces the infinite to a systemic code. In my opinion the unifying consciousness, at its’ purest level, is beyond nomenclature, theory, or experience as we human beings have come to know it. Yet, it is inspiring, and humbling, to talk about.
I begin the day with a review of the previous day, then some study and meditation, usually Agni Yoga, but sometimes Raja Yoga, blending with the group on the mental/buddhic levels of consciousness. I stop at various times during the day for a swift recollection, usually with a mantram, and end the day with a Triangles meditation and, as I fall asleep, focus my consciousness as high in the head as possible so as to move out of my body in consciousness and be able to continue the work on the inner planes while the body is asleep.
Edwin. When I can find a moment of silence I meditate. I also like to walk around in the wilderness away from the city and just 'be' for a while. Trees and plant life really have a presence for me.
According to science, the entire universe exploded out of a particle smaller than a grain of sand. This sure sounds like everything (all physical matter) coming out of nothing. Additionally, as scientists look to find the basis of matter they have gone from the atom to electrons, protrons and neutrons to quarks and now to strings which are only energy. In my mind, this fits well with the theory that there is no solid reality "out there" just consciouness that creates it.
In the near view, how about Gaia. Ecology teaches us that nothing exists by itself, everything is interdependent. If the earth is like that, would not the analog fit that we are like individual cells in the living being Gaia? How then does our consciousness relate to the conscious awareness of Gaia?