Contrary to the opinion of Western scientific materialism, Consciousness is the primary reality. This insight can be experienced directly, and has been for thousands of years in many of our most advanced spiritual traditions.
When asked what was the one question he most wanted to see answered, the British scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins said it was “How does subjective consciousness work, how does it evolve, and what is going on?”
Consciousness remains a mystery to Western science because scientific materialism is based on some false assumptions.
The great fundamental flaw in Western scientific materialism is the belief that consciousness is a mere by-product of the physical brain, and that it ceases to exist upon the death of the physical body. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Consciousness itself is the Ultimate Reality. It creates all reality, including physical reality.
The physical brain acts as an interface, connecting non-physical Consciousness to the physical body.
Consciousness is ultimately one in number. Everything that exists is this One Consciousness appearing in countless forms, perceiving the universe through each particular form.
Our most sophisticated religions have always known this. Many other terms have been given for this One Consciousness, including Brahman, Source, the Tao, and the Self.
We are all the One Consciousness perceiving the Universe through different forms - for the sheer experience of it.
When the physical body dies we re-merge with our Higher Self, and regain the perspective of the One Consciousness.
“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” - Max Planck