Consciousness is an enigma.
Debated across scientific disciplines and revered by communities with faith at their heart, consciousness is the composite of thought, instinct, emotion and ultimately action which in effect comprises the grand total of all we do in life. But we've no idea, in truth, how it works.
Guesswork tells us that subconsciously we make decisions about what our conscience tells us. And that our conscience then determines what we do. Experience tells us that the things we do, rightly or wrongly, destine us to set sail on our adventures of life and to learn, if we're lucky, from the consequences. Sometimes we find ourselves circling a loop system of behaviours which in turn deliver surprisingly - or unsurprisingly - similar results. How we define consciousness is bound to give us a picture of how these circumstances arise, and to take part in the process on a more conscious level with those 'things at work' in the overall framework.
My daughter had a dream, and her relating of this dream made sense in the telling. She saw consciousness as an ocean, with subconsciousness the depths. At the bottom of this ocean lay a machine, the originator of thoughts. As a thought bubbled up through the layers of this ocean, it would burst at the surface as the thought to be acted upon, and in this dream analogy, the deeper the ocean floor, the further the thought had to travel to reach the surface. She surmised, on waking, that 'shallow' people (as we tend to define them) have less 'ocean' to think through, and that 'deep' thought eluded them as a consequence. In discussing this, I surmised that such people choose to stay where they feel safe, that their thoughts may come from easily-seen places where darkness has no space to penetrate.
Deep thinkers tend to dwell on darknesses as much as light, and can find themselves drawn into currents of uncomfortable territory as a result. Our machinery, as it were, lies in the murk of an ocean floor where many things live without light. These things - potentially scary thought-forms - originate in our early conditioning systems, the spacetime of childhood where first fears were born. We might find ourselves with attachment issues, abandonment issues, abuse issues, all kinds of issues which sprang from origins our conscious mind has no hope of finding on its own. So when we are analysing a problem, or a relationship, or a decision to be made, these issues may cloud our judgment if we are unaware of their origin. When we become aware of their origin, we are instinctively drawn to heal the wounds those issues have made from the pain of their original existence. Seeing things for what they are leads inevitably to solutions.
Deep-thinking scientists tend to believe that consciousness and the quantum field have tenable links.
If a connection between the quark field and the neutrino mass hierarchy is discovered, then it will open the gates for exploration of the entire lepton collection, giving rise to greater understanding of how our relationships work, with others and with ourselves.
Should you be one who shies away from deep thought, now is the time to float, deeper water holding no fears but our own, born of circumstances we recognise from the depths of our subconscious sea. This time of tests is no laughing matter and it is with a sense of urgency that we feel the need to urge each other to wake up to What Is. Some of us had at one time thought we knew What Is. In the deepest sense, we hadn't scratched the surface.
Some of us are feeling things intensely right now, and are at a loss to know what to do for the best. I can only advise, with caution, that we follow our hearts - battling with logic will not win a quantum argument. Letting your heart rule your head is seen as the only way to live in some tribal systems, who laugh at the Western tendency to do the opposite.
On The Chase, you'll notice (should you happen to watch the show) that the Chasers and Bradley are always telling contestants to 'go with gut instinct' in answering questions. For every time they fail to do so, they get the question wrong.
If in doubt, just breathe. Let the moment, the challenge, the test take care of itself.
There are greater powers than our own at work. Perhaps it's time we let them get on with the job.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.