However, there is growing evidence that consciousness is simply experienced in the body, not of the brain at all. That our bodies and brains are receivers of consciousness, like radios or televisions. That consciousness is not contained to a location, this is called non-local consciousness. Non-local consciousness is the theory that conscious awareness is not contained in the self, but experienced by the self. That the self (brain, mind and body) are focal points of conscious awareness, perception points if you will. That the universe is not something that conscious beings behold, but that the universe is consciousness itself.
Not only our brains, but our whole bodies are consciousness receptors. There is very compelling evidence that our brains are not even the most important receptors of conscious awareness in our bodies, but that our hearts are. That our hearts are the nexus of the energy sensing network which is our being-ness.
The heart has neurons, just like the brain. Your digestive tract contains neurons also, and the spinal column contains gray matter. These are not simply receptors of brain signals, they also perceive in and of themselves. The brain receives signals from the heart, gut and spinal column and forms an image of the energetic environment. Consciousness is perceived in the heart and brain, consciousness is not housed in the brain. In short, we are Universal consciousness contained in a flesh body. Our hearts, gut and brain are perceptors of Universal conscious energy. We create our individual identity via our ego/mind.
Our minds are like a tool, a cognizant tool for living in four dimensions and relating to our environment and others. If we can observe our minds at work, which we can; then who is the observer?
We often hear of someone being "stuck in their head". Meaning they over think things, are in the incessant loop of mentality. We forget our capacity to also feel our way through this life. The mind and heart are meant to work in concert, not independent of one another. This is what 'wholeness' is.
You will not think your way to an enlightened state. Many speak of 'transcendence', but few actually know what it is they are transcending. For many of us (myself included), transcendence is simply a mental exercise, when in actuality it is the mental aspect we need to transcend, transcending of course being to 'see past' or 'seeing over'. I have to remind myself of this constantly. The mind's, and it's instrument the brain's purpose is to perceive this environment, in four dimensions, with limited color and sonic range. The mind doesn't feel, the brain cannot sense anything not physically or materially tangible. The heart is needed to sense the energy, to feel the spirit of being. I would theorize that those bodily sensations we experience...the butterflies in the gut, the tingle in the spine, the flutter we feel in our hearts, are of our heart, our hearts trying to communicate something that is past mind, sensing the higher dimensional and environmental energy. Every cell in your body is an independent, sentient organism that lives, breathes and has its being as a component of the whole, which Universal consciousness inhabits.
When you're in your mind, simply using your intellectual perception, you are being your ego/mind, not a bad thing, just limited perceptually. When you have transcended your intellect, when you are feeling the subtler energies of your being. When you're sensing your esoteric connection to all...when you're 'seeing God', then you've transcended your mind. You're using your whole being to know. This in turn expands your mind, gives that tool more power. It's like installing or upgrading your computer's RAM.
Watch your mind work, as you're watching this; ask yourself...Who is the 'watcher'?
"“One may ask, ‘Does the heart reflect the mind or the mind the heart?’ In the first place it must be known that the mind is the surface of the heart and the heart is the depth of the mind. Therefore mind and heart are one and the same thing.” ~ Sufi mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan
Be Whole, Be One