Saturday, March 28, 2020

THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AND A NEW BEGINNING




THE STORY GOES ON

© Copyright 2020, Edward R. Close

I would like to say that the theme of this post, this blog and, even my life, is that the Story always goes on. The Story of Reality continues forever. Reality (or God  if you need to give it a name) is infinite. There is no beginning and no end. Beginnings and endings are nothing but finite human interpretations of change. Finite physical reality attests to this fact. The law of the conservation of mass and energy is the bedrock of physical empiricism, confirmed in every experiment ever documented. Now, the primary calculus of quantum reality, the Calculus of Dimensional Distinctions, the foundation of TDVP, has proved that this fundamental law of physics extends to consciousness. You are an immortal spiritual being. We all are. Some of us just haven’t awakened to that fact yet.

I am physically, mentally and spiritually blessed in that I am awake to the infinity of Reality. I have never been more aware of the infinity of Reality than during this transition period of my life. When my beloved wife and partner of more than 40 years, ascended into the realm of pure spirit December 15, 2018, an important chapter of my story was over. My finite mind said: “That’s it. My life is over. I’m finished.” But Jacqui called out to me from the spiritual side of Reality and said: “No! You must carry on the work we started. I have committed to helping you carry out the goal entrusted to you by our spiritual guides, and I’ll not stop now, just because I died!” (Details of the double-blind experiment proving that Jacqui is still a conscious functioning entity is documented in a manuscript titled Survival, to be published soon.)

Jacqui, who was very psychic from birth, was aware of our spiritual mission in this life before I was. Those who have read Secrets of the Sacred Cube, A Cosmic Love Story, have information about some of her prophetic dreams and visions. In 2012, when she experienced acute kidney failure, Jacqui told me that she would not live many more years, and that a younger person, a woman, would come forth to help, and that she would amplify our message of love and hope to a world sorely in need of spiritual rebirth. Before Jacqui left the physical body for the last time in this life, in December 2018, that woman had already read most of my blog posts, and exactly three months after Jacqui was ushered into Heaven by our Spiritual Guides, I received an email from Europe, that read in part:

Dear Dr. Close,  I am really aware of the special and difficult time you have just now. I know you are grieving. And you have the responsibility for Maximus. I don’t know if a trip to Europe would be a good idea or not. If not, please forgive me for my egoist proposal, wishing to have you here, in Vienna. 
All the best to you, your projects and Maximus!

(Maximus is the puppy (a Great Dane) who Jacqui wanted me to have as a companion after her departure.)

So, the opportunity arose for me to go to Europe to speak about TDVP, and, perhaps, to meet the woman  Jacqui had predicted. My friend and research partner, Vernon, (Dr. Vernon Neppe) was, and is, a tireless promoter of our Reality model, so he was open to the proposal, and began at once to work to make it happen.

While planning the trip, the date for our first European conferences changed, and the location shifted from Austria to Romania for practical reasons. But, as time passed, I began to have some premonitions of danger. There were red flags during my meditations, warning me that there was a real potential for disaster related to this trip. As the departure date (February 27, 2020) approached, there were reports about the coronavirus outbreak in China, but there was no reports of cases in Romania, and no restrictions on travel. My age (I was born in 1936) technically placed me in the highest-risk age group. 

But, I reasoned: I am healthy. I have no underlying disease compromising my immune system, and I take food supplements with anti-viral essential oils every day. Nevertheless, I decided to have a complete physical, with blood and urine tests, cardio-stress test, etc. just to be sure. This would be my first trip involving an international flight since 2013, and I knew that it was potentially a stressful trip.

During the last leg of the flight, I worried about the proper way to greet my host, who I knew would be meeting me in the airport in Bucharest. A business-like handshake? A kiss on the back of her hand? A kiss on the cheek? When we actually met, there was no awkwardness. We instinctively embraced in a completely natural way. It was as if we had known each other forever! Not only that, when our eyes met, there was a deep connection, a wordless communication even, an energetic exchange from heart to heart! We couldn’t get enough of each other. After a few days, anyone with eyes to see, could see that we were in love!

I had originally planned to go to Israel for a week, and to Egypt for a week on my way home after the conferences, but with the premonitions of danger and the need for me to be back in Missouri to attend to details of the move from my home of 28 years to the new home being built in the Ozarks, I cancelled the Middle East part of the return trip. This freed up three days that I could spend in Romania. My new-found love and I were able to spend three wonderful days together.

On the return trip to the US, I spent 12 hours in close contact with people fleeing Europe, Asia and the Middle East, hoping to get into the United States before the travel ban. That 12 hours included standing in long lines in Istanbul Turkey, being packed into an over-booked Boeing 777 with hundreds of anxious people: individuals, families, parents, grandparents, children, and crying babies, coughing, sneezing and sweating, desperate to get to the relative safety of the United States. So, with the completion of my 14-day coronavirus quarantine, my life has been utterly transformed from stress, grief, sadness, and more stress, to the continuation of a joyful life with fulfillment, love. And happy anticipation of the future. Friends around the world who have heard about my new embracing of life, have sent inspiring messages of love and approval. This wonderful transformation in consciousness leads me to want to make the following observations:

Life is a spiritual journey. The ups and downs, however great, small, uplifting, disappointing, easy, challenging, rewarding, tedious, or painful, are all opportunities for spiritual growth, and they are the necessary steps in everyone’s journey to the attainment of eternal bliss, found only in ecstatic union with Reality. There are no absolute beginnings or ends, only change. Real love is unconditional, and those who love you will always rejoice in your success and happiness. To maximize the enjoyment of life, I suggest that whatever life brings, never react out of fear. Charge ahead at every opportunity to embrace life and live it with all the enthusiasm you can muster. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude, and live with the expectation that something wonderful is about to happen at any minute. If you do this, you will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

SURVIVING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISES


Romania 

THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

I spent most of the day yesterday unpacking dishes recently moved from my home of 28 years in Jackson Missouri. But, while doing that, I was thinking about a suggestion made by Grig Oprea of Academia Ars Moriendi in Bucharest Romania that she would like to see me offer some positive words of encouragement to the people of Romania and the rest of the world, to help us get through these worrisome times of the coronavirus scare. America, and most, if not all European countries, are virtually shut down now because of the coronavirus pandemic, and I have just returned from Romania a few days ago, just before travel bans were imposed.

My experiences with international travel at the time of the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic provides a relevant background for this post. Like virtually everyone else in the civilized world, I have been directly affected by the shutdown, and like many, I am under a self-imposed 14-day quarantine because there is reason to suspect that I was probably exposed to the virus. My 10.5 hour flight from Istanbul Turkey was filled with people fleeing Europe and the Middle East, trying to get to America before the travel ban was to be imposed one day later. The plane was a Boeing 777, packed with families, people of all ages, crying, coughing, sneezing children, parents, grandparents, etc.

Many people think that mathematical models of reality, including TDVP, the model developed by Dr. Vernon Neppe and me, are theoretical constructs far removed from the every-day problems affecting real people. This is certainly true of string theories and any of the so-called Theories of Everything (TOEs) developed by theoretical physicists, but it is not true of TDVP. TDVP is the only model among potential TOEs that is fundamentally tied to physical reality and our consciousness of it. It utilizes a quantum calculus with the smallest mass of stable physical reality as the basis of all measurement, and it highlights the role of consciousness in the equations describing reality. This makes it unique: It is a model with a practical framework for solving real problems for real people. This is why Ms. Oprea suggested that we might be able to offer some practical insights into the coronavirus problem.

Conclusions about the nature of reality provided by application of TDVP principals tell us that, even though negative chaotic forces may invade our world from time to time, the real situation is that this universe of ours is a logically ordered system designed to support life. For billions of years, e.g., this planet has been circling a life-giving star, our sun, with the precision of finely-tuned clockwork. In a purely physical reality, this would not be possible. The physical law of entropy would not allow a logically structured universe to develop from a big-bang explosion in the first place. This bubble of meaningful information and purposeful order that allows conscious life to self-organize, flourish and evolve spiritually, has been protected from devolving into chaos by the logic and will of Primary Consciousness and is reflected in the will of the conscious beings currently populating our planet.

Application of the quantum logic of TDVP tells us that every process, event and change occurring in our reality always conforms to the all-encompassing logic of Primary Consciousness. In traditional spiritual terms, we might say: Even when things seem negative and chaotic, God is still in control. It may not seem that way, when we think that we are about to be overwhelmed by negative conditions like a viral pandemic. But in the final analysis, negative forces can never win. Not only because Primary Consciousness is actually in control, but also because we know now that, as conscious humans  beings, we participate in that control. What this means, is that your state of mind matters. The state of the consciousness of each and every conscious being contributes to the totality of the state of the logical system we call reality. Keeping a positive mindset in alignment with the innate structure of Primary Consciousness, manifesting as meaningful order (what Dr. Neppe and I call “ordropy”), is extremely important for our spiritual, mental and physical well-being,

So what can we do to make sure we survive the coronavirus pandemic scare? If you find yourself slipping into a negative state of mind, like the fear engendered by the coronavirus, turn your attention to your connection with Primary Consciousness. Primary Consciousness is present everywhere as the very fabric of reality, the logical consciousness substrate from which everything originates. Your connection with Primary Consciousness is to be found within you; it is your “I am”, the most intimate part of your being. If a feeling of negativity, like fear of the coronavirus persists, through your connection with Primary Consciousness, ask that that your attitude be changed. When that change occurs, you will realize that the logical structure of Primary Consciousness is the essence of reality shining forth like a bright star, and that negativity is like darkness; it has no existence of its own. Just like darkness is simply the absence of light, negativity is the absence of the innate logical structure of consciousness.

Finally, in the worst-case scenario, suppose you succumb to fear, you are exposed to the virus, you are among the one to two percent of those contracting the virus who will die, and your physical body ceases to function. The quantum logic of TDVP tells us that the conservation of mass and energy, one of the most basic laws of physics, extends to consciousness. So, as an individual manifestation of consciousness, you will not cease to exist. Because TDVP is not a theory, but has been verified by experimental data and unique experience, this conclusion that your consciousness will survive the death of the physical body is not a theory, it is fact, and your consciousness is immortal. Thus, we can say: “Death, where is thy victory, where is thy sting?” As the World War II leader of Great Britain famously said: “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself!”

Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Science of Immortatality Conferences in Romania February-March 2020


Click on the link below to see and hear a TV interview rtecorded after the conferences.



During a coffee break in Bucharest


The Cluj-Napoca Conference

It was very encouraging to find so many enthuastic Romanians listening intently, reflecting the fact that the Central Europe is ready for a paradim shift from the oppressive atheistic materialism of mainstream science to a science that includes consciousness as the primary essence of reality, These people are ready for a new approach which will provide a framework for the investigation of psychic and spiritual phenomena with the same, or even greater, rigor than that now applied to the mainstream physical, chemical and biological sciences.

During our visit to Romania, both Dr. Neppe and I were interviewed by Alexandru Raducanu on Channel 33 in Bucharest, with translation by Ms. Grig Oprea, founder of Academia Ars Morendi. Things appear and disappear rather quickly on facebook, so here is the YouTube link for my interview, in case you missed it on Facebook: 





Saturday, February 22, 2020

THE POLITICAL DIVIDE




THE DANGEROUS POLITICAL DIVIDE
Is someone you love on the other side?
How can it be that someone you’ve known and loved all your life is going to vote for those evil liars on the other side, those crazy people opposing everything you believe in? It happens! But how to deal with it? Perhaps you’ve tried to reason with him/her, but he/she seems to have been indoctrinated into believing all the talking points of the other side! What to do?

The first and most important thing to do, is to undertake a serious, critical review of what you believe yourself. If the world seems all wrong, it’s a sure sign that you need to change yourself. If you believe in progressive liberalism, ask yourself exactly what is it that you want the country, or the world, to progress into? If you believe in conservatism, exactly what is it you want to society to conserve? Some things are worth progressing into, some are not; some things are worth conserving, some are not; and, if we are open to it, there is a subset of both views that we can agree on. This is what the debate must center upon, not on the angry demonizing of the other side.

Deciding that those on the other side are pure evil, and that those on the side you favor are saints and heroes out to save the world, is a very dangerous and mistaken dichotomy. It always leads to the justification of hatred and violence. Hatred and violence are extreme outcomes that we must seek to avoid this time. Succumbing to hatred and violence has always led to disastrous results, with many innocent bystanders being hurt or killed.  If you are passionate about what you believe to be a positive issue championed by one side or the other, then you must act to promote that issue; but don’t condemn your friends who don’t see it that way. Wisdom lies in knowing that even you could be wrong. In any case, ultimately it is not your job to decide what is best for the world.

Finally, if you don’t believe that there is an intelligence far superior to your own and that of any politician, - an eternal Infinite Intelligence that guides and protects us as a parent protects wayward children, then you are truly lost. The real saints and heroes in the history of civilization on this planet have all spoken of their knowledge of the existence of this Higher Power, and there is now empirical evidence proving that they were right. The eternal soul long buried under many layers of egoism, especially in self-promoting politicians, is deeply connected with the Infinite. It’s our job to open our hearts to receiving and sharing the Consciousness of the Cosmos. Our prayer should be: Infinite Heavenly Father/Mother, Jesus Christ, Saints and Sages of all religions, awaken Thy Love within me; and may I be able to awaken Thy Love in all hearts!

ERC 2/22/2020

Saturday, February 15, 2020

REFLECTING ON THE STATE OF THINGS



REFLECTING ON THE POLITICAL DIVIDE
Today, America, and perhaps even the whole world, seems deeply divided. You may feel prompted to speak out against one side or the other; and that’s OK; but be careful! This is a subtle trap. If you find yourself being caught up in the vitriol of the division, if you are begining to hate those on the side opposing the side you think is right, beware! You are falling into the trap. You are becoming blind to the fact that we are all One. We all all children of the Most High. Our differences are quite minor, unless magnified by hatred.

Be advised that God is in control. If He were not, the cosmos would have devolved into utter chaos eons ago, the planets of our solar system would have spun into the sun, the sun would have exploded, and life as we know it would have ceased to exist.  But it hasn’t. This planet has continued to spin nights and days for billions of years, and conscious beings have spun their dreams of growth and positive development for hundreds of thousands of years. Human beings have loved and hated one another as long as two or more have formed a relationship, or a society. We live in an expanding bubble of positive growth, nurtured by Love and Light, protected from physical chaos by the meaning and purpose of a Higher Consciousness which opperates beyond our understanding as finite beings.

Whether you want to call that Higher Conscious Reality God, or Nature, or the Conscious Cosmos, makes no difference; It exists. If It did not, the laws of the physical universe, which we have discovered, tell us that no stable universe could possibly have developed from a vast explosion without the action of an organizer, and if the chaos of the explosion was harnesed and molded into the extremely complex stable reality of even the simplest life form found on this planet, then if that organizer were to go away, the expanding chaos of the explosion would destroy any existing stable structure in a nanosecond.

Once caught up in the dichotomy of political division, we tend to think that this division and animosity is the worst we’ve ever known. But that is not so. We have been more divided in the not-so-distant past. In our Civil War, for example, neighbors slaughtered neighbors, brothers even fought brothers. I am old enough to have met, when I was very young, yet older people who fought in that horrible war. I grew up playing on the earthen works of Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob, Missouri, where hundred of Union and Confederate solders died. I have visited Manassas, in Virginia, and shed tears for the lingering souls of young men who died there while local farm families watched the war’s first battle from horse-drawn wagons at the edge of the field. And many such divisions have split societies on this planet in the past. No, such division is not unique. But let us pray that we have grown enough spiritually to avoid bloodshed this time, and in the future.

The Creator of this bubble of life in an otherwise chaotic universe is not dead, nor is He absent. That organizing factor exists within each and every one of us. All consciousness is part of and linked eternally with the Higher Consciousness of the Cosmos. It is your job (no small task) to reconnect with that Cosmic Consciousness in your heart of hearts, and then to work to awaken that awareness in all hearts!

If the world seems wrong to you, it is a sure sign that you need to change yourself. You can only do so by making that reconnection with the Love and Light of the Higher Consciousness of the Organizer in your heart.

ERC – 02/15/2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

WHEN THE IMPOSSIBLE BECOMES POSSIBLE






WHEN THE IMPOSSIBLE BECOMES POSSIBLE

When does the impossible become possible? When opposites become one, when all becomes one, and one becomes all. Then thought becomes mathematical, science becomes poetry and poetry becomes science.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all of the previous centuries of its existence.
-       Nikola Tesla 1856

Many years ago, I cried out to the universe: “God, I want to know everything!”
The Universe answered, but it took me 70 years to fully understand the answer, and for science to become poetry.

There is no such thing as an empty space. …Space and time claim no existence of their own. They are structural features of the field. -  Albert Einstein 1952

The realization that space and time have no existence of their own, allows us to understand the true meaning of following poetic statement:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour                              - William Blake 1862

But we seem to live in a very hard, physical world. The minute we are born, our soul tells us we are infinite and eternal, but the world insists that we are finite, insignificant and very mortal. Life appears to be the beginning of a journey that only ends in death. Which vision is reality? The man who discovered that the physical universe is quantized, said:

As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. – Max Planck 1905

Is it possible that the physical universe is an illusion? Is it possible that life is meaningless? Is it impossible to know?

When does the impossible become possible? It doesn’t happen when we take everything apart to see how it works; it happens when we put it all together. When we come to know that the physical and the non-physical are one, when a stranger is instantly known as yourself, when you are everything and nothing at the same time, i.e., when you are fully awake and fully conscious.

Yesterday I met a stranger. But there was a de-ja-vu moment: I knew her, and she knew me, from the beginning of time, for the past and future are inventions of the mind. We never experience anything but the present, there is only here and now, then and there are phantoms of the mind. In reality, there is only the I AM, the one consciousness that we all share.

A good friend of many years, formally trained as a scientist, but also a deeply religious man, once said “science has its limits. There are questions science cannot answer.”

Are there questions that are Impossible for the rational mind to answer? He was both right and wrong. Are there important questions that are impossible for science? Yes for science as we know it. No for science as it must become. The physical universe is quantized, discrete, separate. But consciousness is infinitely continuous, and consciousness is the only thing we experience directly. Matter, energy, space and time, we only experience indirectly through the imperfect organs of the senses. Consciousness we experience with our whole being.

Mainstream science today tells us that there is nothing but matter and energy interacting in time and space. But the great minds I quoted above, upon whose work mainstream science relies, said “There is no matter as such”, “Space and time have no existence of their own.” And science will advance by leaps and bounds when it begins to study the non-physical phenomena we experience directly.

The truth is: the physical universe, a fraction of the reality we experience, is quantized, while consciousness, the only thing we experience directly is infinitely continuous. When we realize that they are one and the same, the impossible becomes possible, and we can hold infinity in our hand, experience eternity in this hour, see the world in a grain of sand, and Heaven in a wildflower.

ERC 2/1/2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

A GLIMPSE OF SELF REALIZATION


Last night, after working on Power Point number 9, the last group of slides for my presentations in Bucharest and Cluj Romania, I proceeded to engage in my customary evening meditation. At one point near the end of my meditation, there was a sudden flash of realization. Sudden insights during meditation are not that unusual, but often they are too subtle to describe verbally, and many times they are very personal. I think, however, this one is worth sharing because it provides some insight into how the Neppe-Close TDVP paradigm shift, and specific applications of it, may impact people in the near future.

I had been focusing on explaining how and why gimmel exists in specific amounts that can be calculated exactly in every elementary particle of the stable elements of the Periodic Table, and how the cells of the human body contain the most gimmel. In a flash, I was aware of my consciousness, in the form of gimmel, in every cell of my body. That would be remarkable enough by itself, but I was also aware of the connection of that conscious awareness with every mineral, plant and animal, in short, all forms of manifest consciousness, through the Infinite Consciousness Substrate of reality. It was there for a flash, a quantum of three dimensional time, and it left me with the knowledge of the reality of this link in my memory.

This experience prompted me to write the following about the progression of consciousness in the physical universe:

God is sleeping in the electron, proton and neutron, dreaming in the crystals of the Mineral Kingdom, waking and growing in the Plant Kingdom, becoming aggressively aware in the Animal Kingdom, and self-aware as human beings, capable of Love, Compassion and all of the transcendental attributes of Primary Consciousness. When all these attributes are fully realized, then we will become eternally Blissful and finally truly at Home in the universe.

ERC 1/26/2020

Saturday, January 18, 2020

IN SPIRIT WE ARE ONE




IN SPIRIT WE ARE ONE. In the beautiful poetic language of Romania, the title of this post becomes:

In Duhul suntem Unul

Application of the quantum calculus I call the Calculus of Dimensional Distinctions (CoDD), the primary calculus of TDVP, reveals the fact that all things, from electron to quarks, to atoms, to human minds are connected in Primary Consciousness, the Substrate of Reality. This fact is hidden from most of us at this point in the history of our planet, because of the limitations of our sense organs, and our identification with the vehicles of our consciousness in the 3S-1t (3 dimensions of space-one quantum of time) fraction of Reality we perceive through them. The reality of our deep connection with Reality and each other can be perceived by the expansion of our awareness through spiritual practices that lead to a state of deep meditation.

TDVP is a scientific framework capable of explaining this expanded state of consciousness. People of all levels of spiritual development are given glimpses of the greater expanse of the conscious cosmos through Out-of-Body Experiences, including Near Death and Conscious-after-Death Experiences (OBEs, NDEs and CDEs). As someone formally trained in the scientific methods of mathematics and physics, who has experienced all three types of OBE experiences, I am qualified to discuss them from a personal and a scientific point of view. In addition, I observed the effects of these experiences on my soulmate Jacqui’s life for nearly 45 years.

After I return from the Science of Immortality Conferences in Romania in March 2020, I plan to publish my new book, titled Survival, which is a sequel to Secrets of the Sacred Cube, a Cosmic Love Story. I will also plan to participate in other conferences when appropriate, especially if I am invited to speak about science and spirituality. Of course I will also be pursuing the goal of promoting the paradigm shift from the current predominantly materialistic paradigm of mainstream science to the new Postmaterialist Science of TDVP.

ERC 1/18/2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020

WHAT IS COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS?



WHAT IS COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS?
© January 9. 2020 Edward R Close

I have mentioned Cosmic Consciousness several times in my posts and publications, indicating that it is nothing less than the real goal and purpose of all existence. But what exactly is cosmic consciousness? Cosmic Consciousness completely transcends the thoughts and concerns that dominate the minds of most sentient beings alive today. Because of this, and the ever-expanding, perhaps even infinite scope of the cosmos, i.e., all that is, and the state of being fully aware of it, it is very difficult, if not impossible to describe such an advanced state of enlightenment in the finite terms of any language known on this planet today. Despite these difficulties, there have been a number of attempts to describe Cosmic Consciousness by thinkers and writers in the past. But it is not my intent to discuss and compare those attempts, as interesting as that might be. I plan to simply start with the basic definitions offered by Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke, a Canadian Psychiatrist who undertook the daunting task of defining Cosmic Consciousness and examining the lives of several individuals he considered to be examples of this exalted state.

I find it interesting that Dr. Bucke finished his book, entitled Cosmic Consciousness, in 1900, and published it in 1901, the very historical time period during which Max Planck discovered the quantum nature of physical reality, and Albert Einstein was busy thinking about the Electrodynamics of Moving Objects (Special Relativity). Of equal interest, to me at least, is the fact that all three of these ideas fit very nicely into the cyclic nature of mental virtue revealed in the Ancient Indian Vedas and interpreted by Sri Yukteswar Giri, in his book The Holy Science, published in 1894. I have written in some detail about this in Secrets of the Sacred Cube, a Cosmic Love Story, and in my later, as yet unpublished manuscript, Survival.

I believe Dr. Bucke was the first in modern times, to consider what he called Cosmic Consciousness to be the next major evolutionary stage of sentient beings beyond the self-awareness level of the average human being in the upward struggle of conscious beings from the bare beginnings of awareness to the state of being fully aware of the entirety of reality, defined as the cosmos. He divided consciousness into three stages: 1) Simple Consciousness, 2) Self Consciousness and 3) Cosmic Consciousness. In this categorization scheme, Simple Consciousness is the awareness present in animals, Self Consciousness is experienced by human beings, and Cosmic Consciousness is a rare state, an elevated state of consciousness which only a few extraordinary human beings have ever attained in historical times.

Comparing these three categories of consciousness with the concepts of consciousness in the Neppe-Close paradigm, I find no major conflict. However, I would say that these categories are broad generalizations compared with the Neppe-Close view of consciousness, which is more detailed and more precisely related to the current scientific understanding of psychology and psychiatry. With the discovery of the existence of gimmel, the non-physical aspect of reality that is necessary for a stable universe to exist, we see indications that some level of consciousness is present in every electron, proton and neutron making up the stable atomic structures of the universe. Thus there is some basic level of awareness present even in plants and minerals.

As in our TDVP paradigm, Bucke sees individual conscious beings displaying a wide distribution across the spectrum of the levels of consciousness within each of the three stages. And he sees the number of individuals reaching the threshold of Cosmic Consciousness to be increasing slowly over time; and that is consistent with the current era of ascending mental virtue, the Dwapara Yuga, as described by Sri Yukteswar in The Holy Science.  But the purpose of this discussion is not to describe the entire spectrum of awareness from one quantum equivalence unit of gimmel, all the way to Cosmic Consciousness, other than to say that it exists. My intended focus here is on Cosmic Consciousness, and I will start with a brief summary of Dr. Bucke’s work, and discuss how it applies to us today.

Dr. Richard Bucke’s Experience and Approach
Taking note that certain historic figures, and even a few people who were alive during the time of his investigations (roughly 1870 to 1900), who appeared to have attained exceptional physical and intellectual abilities and moral characteristics, all far beyond the mean or average person in the general population, Dr. Bucke proposed that such exceptional persons represent the next step in human evolution, and he set out to gather the available information about such individuals to see what they had in common. In this way, he sought to define the state he called Cosmic Consciousness. which, in his words, was, and is: “… a higher form of consciousness than that possessed by the ordinary man.” - Cosmic Consciousness, Page 1. He goes on to say: “Cosmic Consciousness is a third form which is as far above Self Consciousness as is that above Simple Consciousness.” – CC page 2.

It is important to note that one would not be able to write authentically about the subject of Cosmic Consciousness, with no more than intellectual superficiality, unless one had experienced personally at least a glimpse or a taste of it. In the spring of 1872, Richard Maurice Bucke, himself, had the experience of illumination. His experience is described in the Proceedings and Transactions of the Royal Society of Canada, Series H, Vol. 12, pp 159, as follows:

He and two friends had spent the evening reading Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Browning, and especially Whitman. They parted at midnight and he had a long drive in a hansom [a two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage]. His mind, deeply under the influence of the ideas, images and emotions called up by the readings and talk of the evening, was calm and peaceful. He was in a state of quiet, almost passive enjoyment.
            “All at once, without warning of any kind, he found himself wrapped around, as it were, in a flame colored cloud. For an instant he thought of a fire = some sudden conflagration in the great city [London, England]. The next (instant) he knew the light was within himself.
            “Directly after there came upon him a sense of exultation, of immense joyousness, accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination quite impossible to describe. Into his brain streamed one momentary lightning flash of Brahmic splendor which ever since lightened his life. Upon his heart fell one drop of Brahmic bliss, leaving thenceforward for always an after taste of Heaven.”

It was probably this experience that prompted him to undertake the study that led to the writing of the book Cosmic Consciousness, which he published in 1901. In that book, Dr. Bucke listed fourteen individuals as real-life examples of individuals possessing Cosmic Consciousness, and provided a second list of 36, saying that “some of them were lesser, imperfect and doubtful instances” of Cosmic Consciousness. He provided biographical sketches of many of these individuals, especially of the fourteen that he considered to be definite examples of Cosmic Consciousness. Data common to these individuals included: A reported sudden experience of “illumination” after which they exhibited intellectual, moral and spiritual enlightenment. Each of them experienced an immense joy or bliss, impossible to adequately describe, but which imbued them with the realization that they were immortal souls who could not be touched by death. This state of ecstatic illumination, even if it did not last as a permanent state of consciousness for some of them, changed their lives forever. A few, like Moses, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, William Blake, and Walt Whitman, apparently enjoyed Cosmic Consciousness continuously from the time of their illumination onward.

The fact that I am writing about Cosmic Consciousness in this article, immediately raises the question of whether or not I am qualified to write authentically about it. I believe I am, by virtue of personal experience, and I will present my evidence, but it is up to you, the reader, to decide for yourself whether you believe what I report is authentic knowing, or the height of the proverbial “delusion of grandeur”.

The first time I felt compelled to write about my personal experiences of inner illumination was during the years of 1970 to 1977. During that time period, I was one of the seven charter members of the Department of Interior Systems Analysis Group with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. In my first published book, The Book of Atma, written mostly at night on an upright Underwood typewriter in a partially-finished attic room in my home in Falls Church, Virginia, and published by Libra Publishers of New York, in 1997, I described relevant personal experiences that occurred in 1951, in Texas County, Missouri, and in 1960 in Los Angeles California. I will describe those experiences briefly here, summarizing the details of the experiences, previously published elsewhere.

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Texas County Missouri, 1951
At twilight on a summer evening, I strolled out of the yard of my parents farm home located south of the small town of Raymondville, Missouri, past a row of large double-trunk catalpa trees to the bank of a small pond. I was fourteen, and would be entering high school in Houston, Missouri in the fall. I had been reading math and physics books that summer, and was taken by the ideas of Special Relativity expounded by Albert Einstein in his little book, Relativity the Special and General Theory, a Clear Explanation that Anyone can Understand, published in 1916. I did indeed understand the Special Theory, but had become bogged down in the General Theory, which presented ideas that required an understanding of mathematical physics beyond my ability to comprehend at that time. Frustrated, I stood on the pond bank, and as the reflections of the stars began to appear on the surface of the pond, I looked up at the sky and exclaimed: “God, I want to know everything!”

The response I received was totally unexpected. It seemed as if someone had flipped a switch that turned off the normal sounds of the evening countryside: frogs, crickets, birds, etc. Those sounds were replaced almost immediately by a deep humming sound, like the thrilling sound of rushing waters. Several years later, I would learn that that sound was something called the Aum, or Om Sound in esoteric Eastern religious philosophies. With the swelling of that deep sound of the internal workings of the universe, everything around me began to glow and throb with life, a life that I now experienced as part of the conscious awareness of my own being! I accepted that experience as my answer, and vowed to become a theoretical physicist like Albert Einstein. For more detail, see pp 43-49, of The Book of Atma.

Mount Washington, Los Angeles California, 1960
On the evening of September 17th, 1960, atop Mount Washington, an outlier of the Hollywood Hills, just north of downtown Los Angeles, at the Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) Mother Center, I was initiated into the venerable practice of Kriya Yoga by Sri Dayamata, then President of SRF, the organization founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920. What happened during the initiation cannot be told more succinctly than the brief description that was published as part of the description of the event on page 206 of Transcendental Physics, published by Gutenberg-Richter Press, in 1977, and by toExcel Press, iuniverse, in 2000:

I beheld an inner light like nothing I had ever seen before. There was nothing vague or dream-like about this light. It was just as real as any light I have ever seen from any external source. It was golden in color, spinning rapidly, and vividly three dimensional.…The reason I am describing this event in this book is because it is an example of inner objectivity, a clear observation of an objective aspect of consciousness that I have experienced myself.”

For more detail, see The Book of Atma, p 53, and Transcendental Physics, pp 205-209.

At the end of The Book of Atma, I returned to the subject of Cosmic Consciousness. Here are some relevant excerpts:

“Knowing is all it takes. If we find our present consciousness too structured and complex to allow true knowledge and understanding to dawn, we may start by making our total existence, our every instant of consciousness, in short, every aspect of our lives, a path to cosmic consciousness. Change your perspective to see each act, each breath, each now, as an opportunity to touch Reality or God.…Realize that the real, unthinkable, indescribable Reality is always there, waiting for you to recognize your own identity. … Rest in absolute assurance of your basic unity and oneness with the Infinite. Humanity has never been anything but God asleep, entertaining Itself with dreams of shadow and light, plus and minus, pleasure and pain!
            “Enlightenment! Satori! Samadhi! Paradox of paradoxes. Nothing has been attained, and nothing has been gained, for the realization has dawned that consciousness is, and always has been Bliss. I have only recognized what already was the case. In truth, only Truth exists! The mountain is just a mountain, the flower is simply a flower. There is no dilemma, there never has been. There is no pleasure or pain, no life separate from death. There is no separateness. I simply recognize my original state, which has never actually changed. Earth life passes, a stream of images, of events, all equally important, equally unimportant. Consciousness is Bliss.

Poetic description comes closest to describing the exalted state of Cosmic Consciousness. One thinks, for instance, of William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence:

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake was one of the prime individuals that Bucke identified as examples of Cosmic Consciousness. I would argue that not only does the beginning couplets of this poem give us a hint of the vision of an enlightened soul, but the rest of the poem, as the title suggests, implies that thoughtless actions harming other sentient beings are sure to bring about dire consequences to individuals and civilizations alike. For example, later in the poem we find:

A Horse misused upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood 
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear …

And, common to the thoughts of those enlightened beings is the resolution of opposites as suggested by the following lines:

A Truth that’s told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent 
It is right it should be so 
Man was made for Joy & Woe 

And when this we rightly know 
Through  the World we safely go 
Joy & Woe are woven fine 
A Clothing for the Soul Devine

The American poet, Walt Whitman was one of the poets who inspired Richard Bucke and may have been the primary influence triggering Bucke’s personal experience of illumination. Bucke was said to be able to recite the entirety of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass from memory. Here are a few excerpts from Leaves of Grass:

Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin
of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions
of suns left,)

You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look
through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in
books,
I have said that the soul is not more than the body,
And I have said that the body is not more than the soul,
And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one's self is,
And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own
funeral drest in his shroud,

And I or you pocketless of a dime may purchase the pick of the
earth,
And to glance with an eye or show a bean in its pod confounds
the learning of all times,
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following
it may become a hero,
And there is no object so soft, but it makes a hub for the wheel'd
universe,
And I say to any man or woman, Let your soul stand cool and
composed before a million universes.

And I say to mankind, Be not curious about God,
For I who am curious about each, am not curious about God,
(No array of terms can say how much I am at peace about God
and about death.)

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not
in the least,
Nor do I understand who there can be more wonderful than
myself.

Why should I wish to see God better than this day?
I see something of God each hour of the twenty-four, and each
moment then,
In the faces of men and women I see God, and in my own face in
the glass,
I find letters from God dropt in the street, and everyone is sign'd
by God's name,
And I leave them where they are, for I know that wheresoe'er I go,
Others will punctually come for ever and ever.

You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.

Comment: Having read Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass several times, I think that I can summarize it as follows:
I am Walt Whitman and he is me,
I am in everything, and everything is in me.

Finally, to make this discussion complete, I include the following discussion, relating gimmel, the necessary third form of reality (which is non-physical) to Cosmic Consciousness. This discussion was previously posted in part on this blog site on Sunday, September 4th, 2016, under the heading THE ECSTASY OF COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS:

Is Cosmic Consciousness real? Is it something everyone can experience? The short answer is YES! The spiritual geniuses of all ages have extolled the ecstasy of Oneness with the Infinite, and now, science is at long last on the threshold of confirming the reality of their revelations. The ultimate paradigm shift is here. But most scientists are unaware of it and, in some cases, opposed to it, because science education has slipped farther and farther in the last 50 years toward abject materialism and atheism. As a result, contemporary science has very little to say about consciousness, and virtually no awareness of the reality of the existence of Cosmic Consciousness shining forth eternally behind the façade of the physical universe.

Why has science missed the true essence of reality? The truth is, it hasn’t, - not entirely. Many hints have been there, bursting forth in the brilliance of the occasional genius, like Pythagoras, Poincare, Cantor, Fermat, Newton, Leibniz, Planck, Schrödinger and Einstein. Compelling clues are there, in the results of the insights of such geniuses; most noticeably in pure mathematics, relativity and quantum physics. Most contemporary scientists, however, blinded by the lesser light of the material success of the technological applications, miss the brilliance of the very real light of Cosmic Consciousness, shining behind all things. But this is about to change.

Why is this about to change? It is about to change because the fundamental nature of science is the search for truth, and the truth cannot be hidden by the superficial metaphysical cloud of materialism. The truth is that no physical universe could exist without the third, non-physical substance, and this third form of reality is the ray of light that illuminates new science beyond the dead-end of materialism. We call this new science the Triadic Dimensional Vortical Paradigm (TDVP). The nature of this third form is not theoretical: it is derived from particle physics data and pure mathematics. We have called this third form, possessing no mass and no energy, gimmel. The measure of the three forms, gimmel, matter and energy, is the Triadic Rotational Unit of Equivalence (TRUE), discovered by this writer and discussed on this blog and defined in Neppe-Close publications, including the e-book Reality Begins with Consciousness, available on www.BrainVoyage.com, and in a peer-reviewed article published in the IQ Nexus Journal.

It comes as no surprise to me that the ratios of ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ to baryonic (normal physical matter and energy) found by the Hubble probe are virtually the same (within the limits of measurement error) as the ratios of electron and nuclear gimmel to matter and energy in the natural elements of the universe. The mathematical details of this, worked out by Dr. Neppe, are published in our IQ Nexus Journal article.

Reality is composed of TRUE quantum units of mass, energy and consciousness, these triadic structures are the building blocks of the universe, and the source of TRUE is the infinite substrate of Cosmic Consciousness, as informed by the Conveyance Equations, derived and described in several Close-Neppe, and Neppe-Close publications, including the book Reality Begins with Consciousness. The bottom line is: Reality is Consciousness, and the realization that every spark of individualized consciousness is actually a temporarily limited bubble of Cosmic Consciousness, reveals the fact that the goal of finite existence in the physical universe is the full realization of Cosmic Consciousness. And that realization is pure Ecstasy.