Over 13 billion years ago our Universe began. From what, how, and why are questions that we’re still trying to figure out. Scientists can tell us with ever increasing levels of detail what happened and how the Universe grew, but the more metaphysical questions remain not only unanswered but unaddressed. Science, however, is sure of one thing. The only component of the Big Bang was energy, formed and not-formed into matter. There was no consciousness or conscious intent of any kind involved.

I call this belief – the creation myth of science. And it’s pretty good. It satisfies most of the requirements of good science. But not all, as we shall see.

Fast forward 13+ billion years and here we are. We have self-awareness as a result of consciousness, as some other animals do. But we also notice that throughout the thousands of years of the recorded growth of humanity there has been a small but constant record of people with unusual mental powers. They could communicate telepathically, or see things in their mind that were a great distance away, or exhibit other skills that indicated that their mind was operating non-locally (out of see, hear smell, taste or touch range).

Mainstream science responded to these claims as “bogus, junk, impossible” and restated their position that consciousness was an outgrowth of evolution and is confined to our brain. Our mind is happy to help us feel important by faking telepathy or insights, scientists said, but it’s just an illusion.

Fortunately, there are scientists who take the position, “Let’s not argue about it, let’s run an experiment.” One of the earliest of these in the modern scientific era was Dr J. B. Rhine at Duke University, who pioneered the application of rigorous statistical techniques to the evaluation of data from well-designed parapsychology experiments.

His legacy lives on, especially in the work of Dr Dean Radin at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. IONS was founded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who may be the only person who ever conducted a parapsychology experiment from lunar orbit. He describes it in his book, “The Way of the Explorer.” Radin has written 3 books describing the research at IONS, which has shown, over and over, that our mind has out-of-body awareness. It’s small, but it’s definitely there.

In addition, British biologist Rupert Sheldrake has written two books about the telepathic powers of animals, and humans, “Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home” and “The Sense Of Being Stared At.” He includes simple experiments that you can do to test the power of telepathy. Both books are well worth your read. Naturally he’s taken a lot of abuse from the fundamentalist science community for offering experiments that even non-scientists can try out.

All of this research shows us without a doubt that consciousness is a fundamental component of the Universe, not a mental illusion. The fact that we see it in animals makes it even more universal. So we have to change the creation myth of science to include consciousness along with matter as something that was here right from the very beginning.

If we do live in a Universe in which we are all connected through a field of thought, how does that change things? Maybe this is what most of the great spiritual teachers down through the ages have been trying to tell us. We are all One.

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