We know consciousness exists, because we have awareness of self. At first, this awareness is an acknowledgment of our autonomy of being. As our awareness matures, acknowledgment of our interdependence upon all consciousness is accepted. “All,” as in all human consciousness collectively exists as a universal pool of awareness. Although debated, often referred to as a “collective consciousness.”
It is this collective consciousness, which forms human awareness of being. Unified by consciousness, yet we acknowledge and accept our independent free will to experience life as self.
On the surface of human existence, we appear to be distantly separate and independent beings, separate from other entities within our environment. We are independent beings, interdependent upon the consciousness of all beings. I believe this unifying consciousness, this collective awareness, is of it self – interdependent upon an original consciousness. A perfected consciousness, which gives life existence where none exists.
Where does this perfected consciousness come from, this original consciousness from which our consciousness has its being? Explain? Please included references to source material(s) if applicable.
The answers received thus far are very impressive. Some provocative. All are greatly appreciated. Let me add this: I do not deny being a bit “mystic” about the matter, it’s the nature of question. It appears most of you, understand human consciousness is independent (self), while at same time interdependent (collective) on all human consciousness, which is connected to a perfected consciousness (God). Please add to your response. Continue to avoid the simplistic answer, i.e., “With God.” Such answers add as much illumination to the explanation, as the light of one candle adds brilliance to the sun. Again the question: Where does consciousness exist before self awareness?
All Creation is a Gift of the Creator… and that includes all consciousness…
consciousness is a very slippery concept that is extremely difficult to ‘grasp’… and i doubt that this question can be answered here. all we can do is speculate upon it. there has to be an underlying primal force or Being that has established all that we know… and we call the Creator of all… God Almighty.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
God existed prior to the Big Bang and will exist forever… and ever… as all Holy Scripture points out… this includes the Upanishads, Holy Bible (which contains the Holy Torah), Holy Qur’an and other Sacred Scripture…
one might say that these Scriptures have been channeled through prophets chosen by God… to bear and reveal this Holy Scripture which contains the secrets of life.
if you read Proverbs 8… you will find the following where it is discussing wisdom…
“The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth; While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, or the primal dust of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, when He established the clouds above; when He strengthened the fountains of the deep, when He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command and etc.
yes… there is much Scripture pointing to the Omnipotence of God… our beloved Creator.
The Attributes of God – The Urantia Book
Do you know your Creator? – Islamic Sermon
and God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” – exodus 3:14
best i can do. thanks for this question… it is intelligently worded and full of thought…
Allahu a’lam… God KNOWS best.