“Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different.”
I read an article today that I found rather interesting. I’m coming in late to the party, maybe, as the subject the article was about was first proposed in 2007 with a book being written by Dr. Robert Lanza and Bob Berman in 2009. The subject is biocentrism, and the book is Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe. I’m not going to go into a lot of details about this since there’s plenty of information on the subject available online. If you are interested I would suggest just doing a search like I did. I will include links to the article I read, as well as the Amazon link to the book itself at the end of this post. I do suggest you keep an open mind, however, because I will be expanding on the ideas presented in the article.
Biocentrism, according to the article, teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe, and that it is consciousness that creates the universe, not the other way around. (Straight from the article by the way.) Dr. Lanza says that space and time are not external physical objects but that we carry space and time around with us “like turtles with shells.” So, when space and time stop existing for us (death), our consciousness still exists. The article goes into more detail but brings up the subject of multiple worlds/universes and souls. I highly recommend reading the article if you, like me, like to think about ideas like this. I’m into fringe science and existentialism (hello Kierkegaard). Like Shakespeare wrote, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”-Hamlet.
Like most people, I would like to think that my dad, and other loved ones who have died, are still with me. My rational brain tells me that in a way they are, by being in my memories. But how do you explain the feeling that sometimes I feel my dad nearby? How do you explain why when my aunt passed away in another city far away without my knowledge that I ended up being surrounded by this incredibly thick, cinnamon-scented air at the time, while I was in the shower? Was my brain somehow just screwing with my senses? Did I have a sudden hormone imbalance? Or did my consciousness perceive my aunt’s consciousness as she died? I was very close to her and she was my favorite aunt. What about some of the dreams I’ve had in the past that were almost prophetic in that I recognized a place from a dream I had months before I went there without ever having seen it before? Does any of this make me crazy?
I know how it sounds to me if I were being objective. It sounds nuts. Of course, it does. But that’s rationale and logic for you, isn’t it. Our brain tries to explain away things we don’t understand. However, there are just some things that really cannot be explained. The article touches on how when we die we can actually be in another universe or multiple universes because our consciousness cannot die. Wouldn’t that be something? Something else I thought about was whether his theory could support the feeling of dejá vu we sometimes experience. And what about reincarnation and astral projection? How about soul mates?
It’s very provocative. Think about the possibilities. It’s a completely new way of thinking about life and our world and how we are all interconnected and entwined. Not that I’m going to change my belief system because of this article. It is neither going to uphold my beliefs or cause me to create new ones. I just think it’s an interesting thought. Can it even be proven? For now it’s just a theory, and an intriguing one. It will be interesting to see this new theory unfold if Dr. Lanza continues research on it. I intend to buy the book and find out for myself what all Dr. Lanza says on the subject. I bet it will be fascinating to read.
Amazon link for the book:
Updated to include a link to an article from the opposition of biocentrism (to be fair):