by Nick Andrea
It has become quite clear to me that consciousness does not depend on the brain for its existence. Rather, the brain is like an antenna for consciousness; the clearer and healthier it is, the more it receives.
This is not limited to humans. Dogs, mice, and all creatures with a central nervous system can channel it (perhaps plants, as well). According to an article in the current edition of Parabola magazine, the brain acts as a kind of limiter of consciousness, channeling only what it needs for the survival of the given form. So, for example, humans channel our various cognitive capacities, like perception, memory, and so on so we can survive. Dogs channel consciousness differently, according to what a dog needs.
The interesting thing for me, however, is that because consciousness is non-dual and undifferentiated, there is no such thing as “my” consciousness, or “your” consciousness. It is the limited capacity of our “antenna” that gives us the experience of individuated selfhood. The more the antenna can channel, the more it receives and, consequently, the wider our view of reality, for as Carter alludes to in the article, telepathy and clairvoyance represent the removal of some of the limitations our brains put on consciousness (p. 29).
Since the human antenna functions like an electrical one, we may conclude that its proper functioning is dependent on the lack of interference in the system. This includes the various layers of our being – physical, emotional, and mental – and this is surely why spiritual aspirants have, for thousands of years, lived physically, morally, and energetically upright lives. Therefore, while we can’t produce consciousness, we can maintain the hardware and software so as to maximize our reception thereof.
Carter, C. (2012-2013, Winter). Does Consciousness Depend On The Brain. Parabola, 37, 4, 20-29.