Does The Brain Produce Consciousness?

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.


About NickAndrea19

My goal has always been and continues to be the liberation of minds, my own and what influence I may have on others, to perceive the extraordinary beauty all around us. To this end, I write, play music, and design websites. Don't hesitate to contact me for more information about any of these activities. :)
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7 Responses to Does The Brain Produce Consciousness?

  1. Interesting take.

    It seems that it is not in our control to maximize consciousness if it is in fact as you have suggested it might be. If the proper function of the “human antenna” is dependent on a lack of interference how can we control it? Also, if we are unaware of the particular cognitive mechanisms that foster a good connection then how can we maintain said hardware and software?

    Thanks for the post…

    • NickAndrea19 says:

      Justin, you bring up excellent points. Maybe I take care of my body, mind, and spirit, through a healthy lifestyle, sound behavior, and working on my emotional baggage. Thereby, I maximize my reception of universal consciousness.

      However, where did the volition to do that come from? In other words, what came first, the chicken or the egg?

      I am not sure, exactly, but for all practical purposes it seems like they mutually support one another. Maybe any semblance of control is a complete illusion, yet, it sure seems like I have some. Therefore, I will choose to prepare the antenna as best I can, as long as it seems I have a choice. šŸ™‚

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