Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Peter Francis Dziuban - Consciousness Is All

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 Right now, you are conscious.

What exactly is this Consciousness that you now are?

Did you ever ask yourself what pure Consciousness is—entirely distinct from every thing you are conscious of?
What is true of pure Consciousness, all by itself alone?

That is the theme of this book, and the best way to start is by first agreeing there is Consciousness.  That’s easy enough—and more importantly, it’s undeniable.  You never can say, “There is no Consciousness,” because you must already be conscious in order to say it.

“Of course I’m conscious,” the thought may come.  “Why belabor such an obvious fact?”
Stop and consider what Consciousness means.  If the very Consciousness here, now, were not conscious, you wouldn’t be able to say there was such a thing as this book, or the body holding it.  As far as you are concerned, there would be no such thing as a home, no job, no possessions or money.  How do you know this is true?  The only way those things can be said to exists is that you appear to be conscious of them.  It is all thanks to the fact that there is Consciousness.
If there were no Consciousness functioning, it would be impossible to say there is anything. It couldn’t be said there was a single flower, tree or mountain.  There would be none of the riches on earth—not to mention the earth itself.  It couldn’t be said there was a moon, stars, or one speck of the entire universe.  Without Consciousness first being conscious, simply nothing could be said to exist, not even Life Itself.  In fact, one couldn’t even be conscious of a nothingness!

Your consciousness of your world is all there is to your world.

The point is, nothing is greater than, or exists beyond Consciousness.  This isn’t anything mystical.  It’s a fact.

Right now ask yourself, what could exist beyond, or be greater than Consciousness.  Really try to come up with something out beyond it.  Whatever is mentioned—even the whole universe—the only reason it can be mentioned is because it is some thing you appear to be conscious of.  If anything, the universe seems or appears to be within Consciousness; Consciousness never is within it.  Thus Consciousness is great than it, and not bounded by it at all.

At the moment, yes, it certainly seems or appears as if many things are outside of, or beyond your body—such as this book, other objects, even the moon.  But no thing ever is out beyond Consciousness, Awareness, is it?  If it were, one could not appear to be aware of that thing.

General human belief of course always has said Consciousness is confined inside the human body, somewhere in the brain.  That simply is not true, though it may seem or appear so.  It’s an assumption, just like the old assumption that the earth was flat because it appears so.  A major endeavor of this book is to show conclusively, in various ways, how and why Consciousness is not inside the body.  Consciousness is infinite and boundless—it never is contained or bordered by the body or any other thing—not even the entire stellar universe.

Mistaken human belief says the universe is greater than Consciousness, and that the universe is produced Consciousness.  It says Consciousness or Life is biological and slowly evolved inside a physical body, on planet earth, in passing time—all as a by-product of that universe.

Consciousness Itself is incapable of having been produced by a universe, a planet earth, a chemical or biological process you appear to be conscious of.  Why?  If Consciousness were produced by any thing, the thing would have to be before there was Consciousness.  But if there were no Consciousness, there would be no Consciousness to even say the thing itself existed!  The thing itself could not honestly be said to exist, thus would not exist to do any producing!

Traditional thinking implies the universe still would exist if there were no Consciousness.  How could one be certain, if there were absolutely no Consciousness to verify such a thing?  Who would vouch for a universe still existing?

There are other reasons why Consciousness cannot be limited, and is not inside the body.  Think about those who have had what are called near-death, or “afterlife” experiences.  There are many documented cases in which the body was supposedly knocked out, or “unconscious”, yet Consciousness continued functioning, because they still had an experience they were vividly conscious of.

Others claim to have had various out-of-body experiences.  But there is no such thing as an out-of-Consciousness experience, is there?  Otherwise one couldn’t know of the experience.  Again, simply nothing exists beyond, or is greater than Consciousness, Awareness.  (Consciousness and Awareness are treated as synonyms in these pages.)

Any scientist will tell you the human body really is not a solid object, even though it seems so.  It would be just countless atomic particles that all are constantly moving or vibrating.  These particles are so incredibly tiny that the space between them, in relative terms, is greater than the space between the earth and sun.  The human body is more space than solidity!  Consciousness couldn’t be inside such an arrangement because there’s really no solid object there to be inside of!

Consciousness isn’t a word.  It is literally the very “Substance” wherein all existing goes on.  Consciousness is actively aware and alive as all Presence, the only real “Place” there is.  It is the one, essential “Stuff” without which your everyday affairs and entire universe wouldn’t even appear to exist.  The implications of this fact are so enormous, so thrilling, it’s indescribably.  That’s why this book is titled Consciousness Is All.

This allness of Consciousness is why It sometimes also is called the One Self, I AM, Life, the Divine, Infinite Intelligence, Love, or what some call God.  They are all synonyms for what is the same One.  If you can’t warm up to these terms because they’re not scientific enough, stay with the terms Consciousness or Life.  It certainly can’t be denied there is Consciousness or Life.  Regardless of the term, what counts is that it never is “a” Consciousness, a power far off, that is all there is of all there is.  It is the One being aware right here, now, so this can be read.

Why are Consciousness and other synonyms capitalized?  It is done to make the essential distinction that they never are personal.  After all, who is it, really, that’s being conscious?  Is there a personal thinking mind that knows how to be conscious?  Of course not.  No person, no body, cranks up Consciousness in the morning and sustains or upholds It all day long by thinking about moment to moment.  The capacity to be conscious, alive, clearly is something no person is doing or is responsible for.  Always, It is Consciousness Itself or Life Itself that is conscious, that is alive to say “I” right here, now.  Consciousness Itself, or what is called the Self, really is the only I.  This never changes.

As you read, you’ll see why Consciousness is not the same as what is called the personal thinking, “sensing” mind.  They’re vastly different.  To assume Consciousness is confined to an intellect and five physical senses of seeing, hearing, touch, taste and smell is way short of the mark.  The so-called human thinking, sensing mind deals only with that which is limited or finite.  It constantly needs to expand and progress out of its limitations.  It always looks out beyond itself to something greater—always looks up to a God, Self, or Consciousness.

What about starting from the other direction?

Instead of looking up to the Self, what about looking out from the Self?

That’s what the Self or Consciousness Itself is doing.  It never looks up to Itself, and It is the only One being conscious right here, now.

To “look out from” simply means Consciousness Itself gets all the credit, all presence and power.  There honestly is no other being conscious.  One needn’t do anything for this to operate perfectly here, now—Consciousness Itself already is doing or being It all.
What becomes obvious is shockingly simple, yet undeniable.

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