“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ― C.G. Jung
There are a lot of people on this planet beginning to wake up from an unconscious sleep - raising levels of consciousness to such an extent that cooperation and tolerance become obvious, and ignorance has no place to hide. Ignorance, not meaning uneducated, but being unaware of Universal reality.
I'm just one person, out of many, who has been on a path of trying to figure out if our little blue planet, and our place on it, is a random glitch in a vast emptiness, or if there is something else. What is It, Why are We Here? There is no class we can take. It is the school of Life, and whether anyone of us is consciously in it, or not, is up to each of us. Consciousness cannot be taught because it just IS. Therefore, we can't study it, in the sense that we cannot see our own eyes - only the reflection of ourselves in others, in nature and in silence. This personal philosophical journey has taken a lot of emotional tolls, because I'm not fully aware myself - All I know is that I've caught glimpses of it, in obscure moments, in religious teachings, in the malleability of time...
~ "Mothering Earth" by Ritchie Sinclair
...in trusting those intangible feelings of Oneness with animals, plants, water, fire, earth, air, stars, sun, moon, joy, people... We can study scientifically, to explain to each other, what's going on here in terms of mathematics - yet, just as music is felt through the creators, players and listeners, music theory pales in comparison to the beautiful sounds we create and the feelings it invokes.
In Science, new discoveries, as yet to be integrated with classical models, are beginning to point in this same direction - a matrix affected by emotion/awareness/words/ideas... In 1994, Dr. Masuru Emoto began his experiments, by observing frozen water molecules under a microscope before and after various forms of intentional words, prayers, music and the like were exposed to them.
~ the above links to a YouTube Video of Dr. Masaru Emoto's work...
Quantum Entanglement (http://www.livescience.com/28550-how-quantum-entanglement-works-infographic.html) describes the inherent quality of everything being connected, and the idea that an experiment is intrinsically affected by the intention, and the very presence of the experimenter - In essence, suggesting that whatever acts upon one particle/wave instantly influences another particle/wave far away.
“Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated "building blocks," but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole. These relations always include the observer in an essential way. The human observer constitute the final link in the chain of observational processes, and the properties of any atomic object can be understood only in terms of the object's interaction with the observer.”
― Fritjof Capra,
There is also evidence from ancient cultures (Mayans, Egyptians, Hopi...), pointing to this moment, in a larger cycle of Time, http://ancientexplorers.com/blog/lost-cycle-of-time/ , where humanity has the opportunity to grow exponentially, but we don't really know what that means while immersed in our daily grind. In the bible, there is talk about the return of the Christ (Christ Consciousness = Heightened Awareness). It is not the return of an individual who will save us - It is the return of ourselves, from a distance that our current concept of time doesn't touch.
Colossians 3:4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Consciousness allows for all sides to be valid, and does not need to convince, because consciousness IS, not Does. You are a human with individual willpower to act within this rising consciousness. You may be a genius with a 200 IQ, but, without heightened consciousness you are just as easily a fool. This may be hard to take - if you shrug or scowl or click your tongue - you are judging. This type of judgement is unable to happen through heightened consciousness. When we notice ourselves being smug in our righteousness, we are on the way to learning about ourselves in the light of our own darkness - it is when we are unaware of that smugness, clinging to being right, that we are still running at an unconscious level.
Esoteric knowledge, expressed in many forms - Astrology, Tarot, Archetypes, Ritual, Channeling etc.. also shows us how to tap into this immense awareness - http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/05/06/esoteric-knowledge-throughout-time/
- however, those of us with this understanding are either sloughed off as weirdos, or hold powerful positions preferring to keep this knowledge under wraps, in order to control the rest of us who are, as of yet, unaware. What I still can't figure out is why people with this knowledge would try to keep it from others - it's paradoxical. There are expressed notions surrounding why, conspiracies revolving around secret societies etc.. and you can research any number of them. It's strange stuff indeed, real nonetheless.
Regardless, we are now each waking up, and it is time to wipe the sleep from our opening third eyes, get out of the proverbial bed, and Live in the Divine.