Consciousness explained to engineers
As our culture careens towards almost entirely coded realities, the spiritual consciousness of the hands behind those codes has become ever more vital. It may not have mattered — until now — how backend developers code the systems that run our day-to-day lives. But now, there is no backend. Or put another way, it’s all backend. Not just email and online banking, but every micro detail of our very perceptions and abilities are in the hands of code developers. It’s upfront now.
What if they themselves are not self-aware? What happens to progress if technologists don’t also become experts of consciousness? Technology professions constantly update and refine their areas’ knowledge for the best outcomes. Adding consciousness teachings to these “updates” is crucial to our progress.
Not all sensory knowledge is science
The science we think of from our days in school is the science of a physical world. Frog experiments and the smell of cold lab tables = science. It’s no surprise that we grow up to be more reliant upon what is observable. That we recognize concepts of “limit” and “material”. And that we even create our very lives around what looks possible. The way we choose a profession, the way we nurture our children, and the way we socialize are all based on the limitations of the materialistic world. We choose schools based on a professional material system instead of the way they might educate us in the spiritual arts. We give each other material gifts to celebrate happiness. We position materially wealthy people as superior to those without material goods. We “have fun” by buying things and call it “retail therapy”. We socialize using attire and showcase it all in the material spaces of restaurants and country clubs. It’s all limited to what is physical.
So let’s get past Newtonian notions of empirical and analytical to arrive closer to what is sensory. Human nature becomes so much more alive when sensory awareness is activated. Aesthetic impact, inspiration, awe, or love are as “real” as the auto wrench. Ken Wilder in his book Eye To Eye: The Quest for The New Paradigm identifies three ways of “seeing”: the eye of the flesh (material/physical world), the eye of reason (philosophy), and the eye of contemplation (consciousness/transcendence). He states:
When one eye tries to usurp the role of any of the other eyes, a category error occurs…the eye of contemplation is as ill-equipped to disclose the facts of the eye of the flesh as the eye of the flesh is incapable of grasping the truths of the eye of contemplation. Sensation, reason, and contemplation disclose their truths in their realms, and any time one eye tries to see for another eye, blurred vision results.
Science basically just recognizes non-empirical input while also denying its existence. Simple. This article presents a series of inventions inspired by the dreams of engineers and scientists. The most important discoveries of our time, including the theory of relativity, DNA, the periodic table, the structure of the atom, and Google were discovered by their respective inventors while they were in a mental state outside of their empirical scientific realm. Doesn’t it follow then that there exists an “inspiration, imagination” realm that is accessible to us? Yes. I call it class Rainbow() and we can access it during transcendental states, dreams being one of them.
The Strainer Metaphor
We measure, compare and quantify to make sense of the world so it’s no wonder we’re struggling to define high concepts such as consciousness, God, and spirituality. Just because we are conscious doesn’t mean our consciousness levels are the same. Different human capacities have different consciousness levels. A businessman who is loved by his staff and partners can at the same be a poor father to his children at home. His consciousness is flowing in one area but depressingly sere in another, why can’t it all be flush?
To explain, I came up with the Strainer Metaphor. The strainer is your mind, its holes are sized according to your conscious awareness. The smaller they are, the further they limit your consciousness. Whereas the Rainbow(), its properties have unlimited max values for integers like consciousness, inspiration, love, opportunity, wealth, goodness, positivity, and imagination available to you.
What shrinks the holes of our strainer?
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will rule your life and you will call it Fate”. Carl Yung changed my life with this one sentence and since 2017, I’ve worked with a teacher to make that which is unconscious. She’s helping me bring forth what is stored deep in the subterranean chambers of my psyche. The subconscious is a filing cabinet that records major life moments in our childhood and teenage years to morph our minds into believing that these experiences define who we are, define our perception of the world and shape our character.
While working with A.I. art I again discovered a powerful metaphor for my own conscious clarity. Input/Output. Unless we change the input of childhood data, we cannot change our consciousness, our personality, or our self-esteem. This is how our consciousness and subconsciousness work. Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) below illustrate the concept.
The left part of the chart below showcases three images from our custom sunflowers GAN dataset as input and a flower GAN still as output. We cannot create a dataset of cars expecting a GAN result of sunflowers. In the same way, we cannot expect a child who grew up amid fear, anxiety, stress, worry, guilt, and shame to become an adult with high self-esteem.
Take a moment to self-examine. What were the repetitive sentences you heard in your household from your parents? What were the traumas of your childhood? Mine included: “artists are poor”, “only size zero women are beautiful” and “rich people are superior.” Hence, I grew up being a poor artist with body issues who constantly felt inferior in the presence of wealthy people. I am no longer identifying with these belief systems that my parents and society coded in me, as I learned to expand my consciousness, I changed my dataset and coded new information in my subconsciousness about who I actually am.
Hereby is another explanation of the same consciousness-subconscious mechanics but explained in the computing language Python:
In short: the negative teachings and traumas we had in our childhood narrow our consciousness by defining a limit on who we are.
What enlarges the holes of our strainer?
There really is one easy step! Unconditional love for the self which naturally flows into unconditional love for everything in existence. Only that one answer with no room for interpretation but with a variety of different ways to get there. The journey of loving oneself has no date/time limitations nor precise geolocation. Until our last breath, we can always learn to love ourselves more. In other words, we can enlarge the holes of our strainers so much that we can make the holes of the strainer completely disappear.
Some people find self-love in religion, some find it in nature or ashram retreats, some in near-death experiences, and others find it in transcendental meditation or during journeys of psychoactive drugs. I tried and experienced everything in these examples (except near-death) and did not succeed until my consciousness teacher mapped out a subconsciousness map to transcend every limiting negative belief system I held and that gave way to unconditional love for the self — Rainbow() — that I am within. If you are an engineer, a scientist, or someone who identifies with their dominant left brain, I urge you to watch the film Interstellar. The director Christopher Nolan worked with the Nobel Prize-winning American theoretical physicist Kip Thorne to legitimize the science behind the plot of the film. Brand, a NASA scientist (played by Anne Hathaway), defines love as a force that transcends all time and space. She goes on to say that it may be evidence, an artifact, and something of a higher dimension that we cannot yet consciously perceive.
As this Psychology Today article explains; your heart is your superpower. “With an electrical component about 60 times greater and an electromagnetic energy field 5000 times greater than the brain’s, the heart has a significant influence on the body down to the cellular level.”
In short: we can expand our consciousness by replacing the traumas and conditional teachings of our childhood with unconditional love for the self.
The syntax of consciousness
The first principle is that everything that has ever been created is comprised in The Law of One* consciousness; meaning there is One God, One creation, and we are different POVs of this One consciousness experiencing itself. Our neighbor, boss, family member, friend, or rival is actually “us.” When we look at life from this perspective, we realize that all separation is an illusion. How can we hate a flower or a tree when they create a holistic garden of beauty made up of differences?
For the explanation of the rest of the consciousness principles, I’ll base myself on The Kybalion: A Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece. The hermetic classic states that there are seven fundamental alchemical, astrological, and theosophical rules to the universe. The titles are borrowed from the book and the explanations are given by me.
1. Mentalism: Mind over matter. We can manipulate matter with our minds. Just because we have not yet tapped into this capacity, doesn’t mean it’s not there. As Nikola Tesla states: “To create and to annihilate material substance, cause it to aggregate in forms according to his desire, would be the supreme manifestation of the power of Man’s mind, his most complete triumph over the physical world, his crowning achievement, which would place him beside his Creator, make him fulfill his Ultimate Destiny.”
2. Correspondence: As above, so below. There is a mathematical formula from the microcosm to the macrocosm, a certain sacred geometry that generates everything in existence. For example, the pattern and shapes of the human body can be observed in nature. This award-winning A.I. film Seyhan Lee made for Beko explains this principle beautifully.
3. Vibration: Says Tesla, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” The more we limit our understanding of the world to the physical realm, the more we miss the opportunity to transcend ourselves.
4. Polarity: All emotions derive from either love (positive) or fear (negative). While anger, hatred, guilt, shame, and victimhood derive from the root of fear, patience, understanding, mercy, forgiveness, happiness and joy derive from love. In consciousness, there is no judgment for the negative, as each polarity creates the other, i.e. after making a “mistake” such as breaking the heart of a friend by falling short, we can learn from our experience to never repeat the same negative behavior.
5. Rhythm: Nature has a certain rhythm. We cannot expect to harvest our crops in winter nor can we expect to sunbathe in winter. We would be more conscious if we were to understand the rhythms of universal and human cycles and act accordingly.
6. Cause and effect. You create your reality with your beliefs. The vibration that you exude, hits others to reflect onto you. No one grants you anything, nor does anyone take anything away from you. You go and open every door with your own might, while you consciously or unconsciously allow others to take what you have. Sentences such as “he made me do it”, “she left me”, and “they fired me” are irrelevant from the POV of consciousness as there is only I AM.
7. Gender: Directly quoting from Kybalion “Gender is in everything; everything has its Masculine and Feminine Principles; Gender manifests on all planes.” The book is not only talking about gender in humans but everything in existence. In physics, this is the underlying principle that makes the magnets work. It is also the Yin (F) and the Yang (M) from ancient Chinese philosophy.
The people coding our society for tomorrow have the power to create a better tomorrow but we need to empower them with the knowledge. Wisdom about human consciousness is there for application but we do need to apply it and empower those actively advocating for it. Imagine the possibilities of education when human consciousness becomes as vital to innovation and progress as….Chemistry.
*Further reading: The Ra Material: An Ancient Astronaut Speaks (The Law of One)