Para Consciousness

DR. A. R. M. PANDAY
Ph.D.
Cosmic Integration Meditation

One thing we certainly KNOW that there is consciousness involved in some way in all phenomena. In physics there is a quantity called 'field'. It is nonmaterial but pervades the entire space.

The most familiar are the electromagnetic and gravitational fields. These are basically energy fields. Para-Consciousness is also a field in the same sense.

The interaction between two entities occurs only through their respective consciousness fields. In the case of humans, parapsychologists call it the human energy field, but every object in the universe has its own energy field. Everything interacts with everything else. In most cases the interaction is very weak and negligible but in some cases it may be perceptible or even strong.

The predominant and everlasting knowledge , practice and experience of the sustained , alive and ever conscious interactions among the manifold and versatile energy fields all across the entire universe; is called Para-Consciousness.

If we take the holistic view of the universe, everything in it is interconnected because the Ultimate Reality underlying all existence is one and the same.

Where does the universe come from and where does it go?

These are questions for which philosophers have sought answers for ages past and to which modern science also has devoted much attention.

An objective analysis leads us to believe that this underlying reality is universal consciousness. Everything in the universe (matter, space, time) emerges from it.

Since the source is one, everything shares consciousness and it forms a common bond. Contrary to the common belief, consciousness is not limited to living organisms.

How do we decide what objects have consciousness?

We always tend to see consciousness from a human perspective associating it with subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, and so on.

How can we be sure that an inanimate object like stone does not have these attributes?

Strictly speaking consciousness cannot even be defined because we can define things only in the realm of the known. But everything that is known is known only through consciousness and thus consciousness is outside the realm of the known.

We know that matter and energy are equivalent. Energy cannot be passive; in matter in any form elementary particles like electrons are in constant motion.

When atoms combine to form molecules they exchange electrons. When an electron goes into an atom (or ion) it somehow knows which orbit it can enter, and which not.

This is a fundamental principle that governs the structure of matter. It implies that the electron knows enough about the other electrons that are already there. And no known physical force is responsible for enforcing this behavior.

It would seem therefore that elementary particles are in some way interconnected through consciousness. If consciousness manifests itself at this elementary level, it is reasonable to assume that it is present (as energy) in all forms of matter.

In quantum physics there is also a phenomenon called 'quantum entanglement'. Two particles having a common origin react to each other instantaneously irrespective of the distance and time separating them.

If this idea is extended to objects, the interaction through the consciousness fields becomes understandable. The strength of the interaction would depend on that of the common bond at some point of origin in space-time however remote.

Currently this type of discussion lies in the realm of parapsychology but quantum entanglement has brought it into mainstream science as well.

Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently of the others, even when the particles are separated by a large distance—instead, a quantum state must be described for the system as a whole.

Measurements of physical properties such as position, momentum, spin, and polarization, performed on entangled particles are found to be appropriately correlated.

For example, if a pair of particles are generated in such a way that their total spin is known to be zero, and one particle is found to have clockwise spin on a certain axis, the spin of the other particle, measured on the same axis, will be found to be counterclockwise, as to be expected due to their entanglement.

However, this behavior gives rise to paradoxical effects: any measurement of a property of a particle can be seen as acting on that particle (e.g., by collapsing a number of superposed states) and will change the original quantum property by some unknown amount; and in the case of entangled particles, such a measurement will be on the entangled system as a whole. It thus appears that one particle of an entangled pair "knows" what measurement has been performed on the other, and with what outcome, even though there is no known means for such information to be communicated between the particles, which at the time of measurement may be separated by arbitrarily large distances.

Such phenomena were the subject of a 1935 paper by Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen, and several papers by Erwin Schrödinger shortly thereafter, describing what came to be known as the EPR paradox. Einstein and others considered such behavior to be impossible, as it violated the local realist view of causality (Einstein referring to it as "spooky action at a distance") and argued that the accepted formulation of quantum mechanics must therefore be incomplete.

Later, however, the counterintuitive predictions of quantum mechanics were verified experimentally. Experiments have been performed involving measuring the polarization or spin of entangled particles in different directions, which—by producing violations of Bell's inequality—demonstrate statistically that the local realist view cannot be correct.

This has been shown to occur even when the measurements are performed more quickly than light could travel between the sites of measurement: there is no light speed or slower influence that can pass between the entangled particles.

Recent experiments have measured entangled particles within less than one hundredth of a percent of the travel time of light between them.

According to the formalism of quantum theory, the effect of measurement happens instantly. It is not possible, however, to use this effect to transmit classical information at faster-than-light speeds.

Quantum entanglement is an area of extremely active research by the physics community, and its effects have been demonstrated experimentally with photons, neutrinos, electrons, molecules the size of Bucky balls, and even small diamonds.

Research is also focused on the utilization of entanglement effects in communication and computation.