Does God = Consciousness?

A reader writes...Carl, I am a theoretical physicist by training and have struggled with the idea of supernatural concepts like God. Even so, contemplation has increased my sense of God being part of me, which I like very much. So here is my question: Do you think it is too radical to say God IS your consciousness? After all, Jesus said, "The Father and I are one."  Personally, it seems wonderful to have such awareness of God 24/7. Since we have no idea what consciousness is, saying it is God … [Read more...]

Mysticism and Esotericism, continued

Some wonderful commentary to my post yesterday on Mysticism and Esotericism. Consider these words from Fr. Aidan, who is speculating on why esoteric movements (like the Rosicrucians) have flourished over the years: As you suggested ... there is a “hermeneutic of suspicion” that has had both official distrust and fear from the Church against various mystics and mysticism in general ... and the fear and distrust of the common masses or even one’s fellow parishioners against people, like mysel … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

And now the teaching on yoga begins.Yoga is the settling of the mind into silence.When the mind has settled, we are established in our essential nature, which is unbounded consciousness.Our essential nature is usually overshadowed by the activity of the mind. — The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translated by Alistair Shearer … [Read more...]

Register now for the February Ken Wilber Course

The class I will be teaching on Ken Wilber's A Brief History of Everything is now listed online at Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning. If you register early, you can save $10 on the course fee. (I don't know when early registration ends, but as of this writing it's still going on). If you're new to Ken Wilber or just want a communal setting for exploring Wilber's ideas as presented in one of his most accessible books, this is a wonderful class. Evening at Emory always attracts a … [Read more...]


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