Our consciousness, soul and self
September 1, 2008
In spirituality, I believe something resides within us, an expansive loveliness, a growing lovingness, an indispensable sense of what is happening now. Maria Duval says this is the “core” of who you are, and has been called many names: consciousness, the field of infinite potentiality, the quantum dimension, the self, the soul, or your being. This is the oneness that is common to all human beings. It is the infinite unity beneath the surface of phenomena. You realize your intimate relationship with everything.
From this quantum field, consciousness encounters the fullness of life. This timeless factor, this being, knows only the now. Past and future are fictions, blips of memory, but underneath it all is the continuum of the now. Things change in our lives. We see phenomena pass before us and it appears to change us. But beneath it all is a constancy of consciousness.
Everything happens to this fundamental sense of identity. Despite the shifting matrix in your life, you remain yourself, and you remain the timeless observer.
This silent observer is subtle, never speaking aloud, yet undeniably awake.
This energy of precious awareness stays within you before and after your experience of being in a body and thinking about the world through the mind.
Mentally, we divide the now into past and future, but the only factor in which consciousness happens is now. Without now, nothing else exists.
What holds the now in place is you. While the mind flits here and there, mapping out phenomena, the vast power of consciousness holds everything together, and makes everything coherent.
The one factor that remains constant in your life is the present moment. And it is held by the field of consciousness. All phenomena arise from now in consciousness, and it’s you in your deepest sense.