Content: Etheric Studies

Etheric Studies

Not If But What If

A Cosmology Abstract The current discussion amongst established religious leaders and members of the scientific community, concerning physical reality and ...

A Strange and Perplexing Characteristic of Our Extended Community

Previously published in the Winter 2014 ATransC  NewsJournal   Dr. Ferdinando Bersani reported on the work of the Bologna Center ...

Norms of Paranormal Phenomena

Normal Paranormal Here is an interesting idea. Many forms of psychokinesis are seen as resulting from the influence of intention on ...

Failure to Replicate ITC

Abstract This essay is a critiquing of two ITC Articles written by Imants Barušs which were published in the Journal ...

Metaphysical View of John 14

According to the Bible, Jesus spoke of himself as a person who embodied three aspects of the teacher. That is: ...

Notes on Survival

Consciousness Quantum Mysticism: The idea of quantum mysticism appears came from mainstream thinker's efforts to identify people who are trying ...

Debunking Survival Under Cover of False Academic Authority

Also see: The Arrogance of Scientific Authority Update: See Felix Experimental Group in the Society of Psychical Research (SPR) new online encyclopedia ...

Arrogance of Scientific Authority

In this essay, I express my concerns about how one of our own has been treated by supposed scientists. The ...

Let’s talk About God

Introduction This essay introduces a metaphysical model for god that satisfies current understanding of the nature of reality based on ...

The Hermes Concepts

Introduction Western metaphysical thought is greatly influenced by a wayshower known as Hermes, who is thought to have lived in ...

Notes on Survival

Consciousness

Quantum Mysticism: The idea of quantum mysticism appears came from mainstream thinker’s efforts to identify people who are trying to use quantum theory to explain the existence of psi and survival of sentient consciousness. The threshold for pseudoscience is whatever mainstream thinkers says it is, and quantum mysticism is used as a synonym.

Types of Consciousness

A part of the communications problem amongst scientists and laypeople alike is the meaning of consciousness. Let’s say there are three dominant meanings:
1. Local Biological Consciousness: This is the hard problem which is based on the assumption that the physical is all there is and consciousness is a product of some still unknown biological process. This version of consciousness ceases to exist at death of the body. The organism produces consciousness. Point of view: Normalists; Anomalistic Psychology.
2. Nonlocal Biological Consciousness: This is the same as Local Biological Consciousness but extends outside of the body into the psi field. This consciousness ceases to exist at death, but memory traces continues to exist indefinitely. Here, nonlocal means here is everywhere. The organism produces consciousness. Point of view: Psi+ Normalists; Exceptional Experiences Psychology.
3. Nonlocal, Non-Biological Consciousness: Consciousness is a sentient, self-aware life form which coexists with the organism during a physical lifetime experience. It existed before the organism and exists after the organism dies. It is native to the psi field. Here, nonlocal means everywhere is here. Point of view: Dualists; Etheric Studies; Survival Studies.
There are three theories modeling the evolution for consciousness:
a. Biological Evolution: As a biological product, consciousness evolved with the organism. Point of view: Normalists; Anomalistic Psychology.
b. Survived Biological Evolution: As a biological product, consciousness evolved with the organism, but as a survived form of consciousness which has evolved alongside the organism. See Ron Pearson’s Survival Physics. Michael Roll often writes about Pearson’s theory. To be clear, this is physically evolved consciousness. The arrow of creation for consciousness points parallel with the arrow of biological creation. Point of view: Psi+ Normalists; Exceptional Experiences Psychology.
 
c. Etheric Origin of Consciousness: Consciousness originated with the Source of reality. The physical is an expression of this source by way of consciousness. The model in Your Immortal Self is my attempt to make sense of this concept. The arrow of creation points from Source to the present physical expression. Point of view: Dualists; anyone who thinks long dead Uncle John is still alive.
When mainstream academics speak of consciousness, they are referring to 1a. Most Normalist parapsychologists refer to 2a. Most Psi+ Normalist parapsychologists refer to 2b. Most layperson paranormalists refer to 3c.
Sometimes I have to read an entire article, and maybe a few references, to understand which of the survival concepts is being referenced. The most difficult to distinguish is the Pearson-like survival theories, as the terminology is so similar to that used for immortal self (3c). The litmus test for me is whether, in a theory, consciousness is said to precede this lifetime and continue after in a sentient form, and if it is said to have had an etheric (nonphysical) origin.
As a general (but probably always true) statement, people discussing survival in the context of quantum theory are referring to 1a, 1b or 2a, 2b.