Ten Similarities between God and Consciousness

by Joshua Tilghman on December 23, 2014

God and Consciousness BrahmanWhat if we could strip away the dogma and literal interpretation of the Bible to reveal an underlying, profound mystery about the concept of God and consciousness? How many would be so daring to believe they could be one in the same?

I have found that what we consider as the attributes of God are also the attributes of our own individual and collective consciousness, and the Bible shouts it!

If you’ve been raised in traditional Judeo-Christian teachings, it can seem a bit terrifying at first, but once digested, it brings great awe, humility, and inspiration for the human condition, and finally, great contentment that your life has more meaning than you could have ever imagined.

I originally had this posted on another site but decided to repost it here since it is more relevant to this site. Below I share ten Biblical principles that support that consciousness is also what we consider the attributes of God. After reading, you decide!

  1. The mysteries of God are hidden from our understanding.

The mysteries of consciousness are also hidden from our understanding, even our most advanced science. We cannot find where it is localized in the brain. Many scientists are waking up to the possibility that consciousness isn’t produced in the brain at all, but rather that the brain is only a receiver of it. Doesn’t the Bible teach that we receive God?

  1. God’s omnipresence cannot be measured. God has no size, no weight, and no dimensions.

Consciousness cannot be measured. Consciousness has no size, no weight, and no dimensions.

  1. God is life.

The conscious experience is life.

  1. Our universe and souls are the light and expression of God.

The light and expression of consciousness is our soul.

  1. God is truth

Our conscious experience, while largely subjective, is still our truth. Yes, our consciousness is subject to change, but whatever we experience in the moment is still our truth. Look around you. It is the truth in this moment. Didn’t even God experience change in a moment? (See Genesis 6:6).

  1. God is ever growing, expanding, and creating. God even changes his mind, as revealed to Moses. (See Exodus 32:14).

Consciousness is ever growing, expanding, creating, through us. It learns and it grows. It is always changing, adapting, expanding.

  1. God is infinite potential

Consciousness is infinite potential, as man has proved over and over again. It was once man’s dream to fly like a bird. Now he flies to the moon. One day he will travel the stars.

  1. God states that he creates both light and darkness, evil and good. (See Isaiah 45;7). 

Consciousness had done the same throughout history. It is has the potential to produce the most profound aspects love, and hatred.

  1. God is a being of balance, both male and female, which extends beyond gender. (See Genesis 1:27). 

Consciousness has expressed itself through beings as both male and female, and beyond gender through opposites. Consider the entire universe.

  1. God just IS. He needs no explanation, because God can never be fully explained. (See Exodus 3:14).

Consciousness just IS. Neither does it need any explanation, because that’s not the purpose. We give it purpose because by its very nature it is the framework for purpose to come into being.

What does all this mean to me? It means that religion has given us a false concept about God and ourselves. It means that we are an intimate part of God right now, right where we are, no matter what we’ve done, thought, or felt. And that is most encouraging to any soul.

As the universe adapts, as consciousness adapts, so does God. God is in all, through all, and the All. Perhaps this is the real reason the writer of Ephesians wrote Ephesians 4:6.

This ought to knock the socks off of religion, as well as giving us the hope that we can always attain to being better individuals. What an awesome thing to consider!

Raymond Phelan December 26, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Josh,

This article fits beautifully with how consciousness becomes conscious awareness. First, Spirit enters the brain — enters the Pineal and Pituitry glands situated in the brain. The brain, thus, by way of the physical nervous system, is the screen through which Consciousness or Divine Awareness uses to project itself.

You write, Josh,
“The mysteries of consciousness are also hidden from our understanding, even our most advanced science. We cannot find where it is localized in the brain. Many scientists are waking up to the possibility that consciousness isn’t produced in the brain at all, but rather that the brain is only a receiver of it. Doesn’t the Bible teach that we receive God?”

The reason modern science cannot localize consciousness in the brain, is because we individually need to penetrate the virgin seal of the Pineal and Pituitry glands in the brain, and this we do through regular daily meditation. God, being Transcendental, cannot be isolated by a lower nature and measured separately. Transcendental nature can only be “known” through its own Nature — through a purified nervous system post Spirit entering and opening both glands in the brain. Otherwise “measurements” would amount to lower self ego examining Christ nature! How foolish does that sound! Yet, this I feel, is how many religions, by way of literal interpretation to explain symbolized Scripture, have been operating. And, science trying to measure or locate God from without is yet another branch of spiritual ignorance. Solution : Enter into Consciousness, (via the brain) thereby let awakened Awareness be our localizing instrument of Divine Nature into the hearts and minds of the scientific population.

Thank you, Josh, for this fine article.

Raymond

Joshua Tilghman December 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm

So true, Raymond. Thanks for the enlightening comment.

Robert December 27, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Raymond. I wish it were that easy. The creation scientists of our day, as well as the Jesuits who ridiculed Galileo, have ruined it for some of us, that we should trust in an argument that truth can be known by a spiritual process that is not observed or is counter to what is observed by the natural sciences. This distrust is not entirely unhealthy. I think many of the neuroscientists today who scan brains looking for evidence of changes due to spiritual activity, some of these guys actually do meditate and may know more than they let on, and are willing to acknowledge that higher consciousness “might” not be very directly observable, But the “might” is what keeps them looking for signs of something, even if it be only indirect manifestations. This kind of science does not limit us from trying the spiritual route. In fact, I think it encourages it. Still your point is well taken, that we should not confuse the investigations we perform using tools from lower levels of consciousness with searching for enlightenment using tools of higher levels of consciousness. Something like that.

Robert December 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

Josh,

One obstacle to embracing the concept that God is consciousness might be the need for an individual to have a tangible purpose and meaning. Why I am here? Where did everything come from? Where is it going? What happens after my body dies? Am I just an accident floating in the cosmos that glows for an instant and then becomes dark forever like an extinguished ember? We as individuals want answers to those type of questions that make us feel secure. If the answers given are too abstract or open ended, we begin to lose our sense of individual purpose and meaning, we start to become disorientated, and finally we may reject the abstract in favor of something more tangible.

Joshua Tilghman December 28, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Robert,

A very valid point. And not only may we become disorientated and chase after something more tangible, but the questions you point out can make us afraid. If we are accidents, then what’s the point and will anyone else ever be able to comfort me? This is why many Christians follow after God. But if there is truth into what has been provided through this article, there really isn’t any need to fear anything except fear itself. You already are have it within you to be sufficient in everything. The ego is then the blessing and the curse. It gives us a sense of individuality, but it also holds us back from the greater reality.

Robert December 28, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Josh,

“In his book, World of Psychic Research, Hereward Carrington describes how Dutch scientists succeeded in weighing the physical body before, during and after out-of-body experiences. They measured an average weight loss of 2 1/4 ounces (63 grams) during out-of-body experiences which is due to the self and subtle bodies leaving the physical body.”

Top of page 72, Lee Bladon’s “Science of Spirituality” (Chapter 6, paragraph 4), also see https://books.google.com/books?id=I1SyiWwIA1YC&pg=PA72&lpg=PA72&dq=weight+loss+during+out+of+body+experiences&source=bl&ots=pgcT2zxCS8&sig=fq0yRKKQoLYcnZZUBysTRNgy7eg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YmigVPh7zKDIBI6ggRA&ved=0CFEQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=weight%20loss%20during%20out%20of%20body%20experiences&f=false

Carrington’s book is at Amazon, but I have not been able to view it for free to check out this claim. Haven’t found any other info about it, except references to Carrington’s book, published in 1973.

Joshua Tilghman December 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Thanks for the resource, Robert.

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