Consciousness is the substratum of all and everything, and it evolves. For thousands of years, before science became a separate and competing meme to religion, the ancient wisdom traditions were the source of knowledge about the nature of reality. That knowledge came into question by the scientific revolution which dared to question the underlying assumptions, declaring them too subjective and not quantifiable, thus denying their validity. The battle of science vs. religion has subsequently been playing out for centuries.
The “flower children” of the 1960’s re-opened the doors to the East, allowing the ancient wisdom traditions to be introduced to the West and the western scientific mind. The principles of Eastern holistic cosmologies of reality became readily available through the dynamic explosion of the Information Age, and experimentation became easy. What began as a fringe counter-culture movement has become, by 2014, mainstream. Meditation and yoga (primary practices of holistic lifestyles) were stripped from their roots in organized religion and became practices of a new “spirituality” – a more individualized approach to the exploration of reality, the meaning of life, and the evolution of consciousness. Participation in religion declined, with greater numbers declaring an interest, instead, in “spirituality.”
Yet, this is just a beginning.
The majority of adherents to this new wave of “spirituality” focus their attention on stress release, improvement of relationships, fast-tracking their career and attaining wealth. This is easily demonstrated by an internet search of the range of products and services offered (and purchased) by growing audiences. But is that all that life offers -- how to have a more “successful” life? Or is there something more? What about the primary questions of life: What is it all about? What is the nature of reality and why are we here? Is it possible to be truly consistently happy and with enduring fulfillment?
The answer is yes. Translation of the holistic cosmologies of the ancient wisdom traditions into western culture has created a modern spirituality with scientific applications that deliver (and validate) the experience of wholeness and fulfillment. New technologies are constantly arising and enhancing the experience, enabling greater wholeness, authentic power, and true fulfillment. NeuroTechnology in particular holds great promise to deliver a radically-transformative NeuroSpirituality™ in the coming decade.
Technology is leading the way. Technology is evolving, just as homo sapiens are evolving. They are both aspects of the one consciousness that permeates all and everything. Biology and technology are learning to complement each other and eventually to merge with each other. In the march toward wholeness, each can only discover the other to be an aspect of itself, a mirror of itself. And in the end (actually, a new beginning), they will merge. In truth, they ARE merging.
“Singularity” is a term often applied to a date in time when humans and technology will merge. It’s also been described as a time when machines (“artificial intelligence”) will be more powerful than the human brain, even more powerful than “all human brains” combined. Yet, true singularity is simply the point at which an “event horizon” is crossed.
Technology enables us to attain singularity not as a future event but as a here-and-now reality -- consciousness on the leading edge of itself. The requirement? Awareness. Consciousness aware of itself.
As humanity hurtles itself toward an event horizon of possible annihilation, what will happen? Since the outcome of the “collective” is decided by the outcome of “individual” choices, the answer is clear: for a more conscious future, conscious choices must be made NOW.
Choice is power. What choices are you making here and now?