Science and Consciousness, Part IV
How is it that when consciousness focuses, i.e. a being incarnates into a physical body, there is always a unique personality formed?
If you observe people closely enough, you notice that each and every person has a distinct personality. No two human beings are exactly alike, even identical twins. Therefore, there is an aspect of personalitfy which is not genetically caused, which is not dependent upon anything physical. Those who believe that it is DNA will argue that the slightly different DNA in each person is what causes the personality difference, but this is placing the cart before the horse, as I have already mentioned in Science and Consciousness part I . The horse is conscious, and draws the cart, causes it to move , gives it a direction, not the other way around! DNA differences are the result of differently focused consciousness.
What do we mean when we say consciousness is focused differently? Now that is a hell of a good question.
If consciousness is energy, and I believe it is (although energy that is so refined, of such a high frequency, that it may not be detectable), then there may be a unique geometry to this focused energy which causes each individual to perceive in a different way.
Others have advanced theories that consciousness itself is self-reflexive; that is, able to influence itself. The geometric shape used to describe the self-reflexive nature of consciousness is the torus. The torus allows a vortex of energy to form which bends back along itself and re-enters itself. It 'inside-outs', continuously flowing back into itself. Thus the energy of a torus is continually refreshing itself, continually influencing itself. Some amazing work has been done over the years by a controversial guy named Dan Winter (whose books are now out of print), who suggests with geometric diagrams that the only way self-reflexiveness can continue without breaking down is by using waveforms based on harmonics of the golden section, which we have talked about in the Geometry section of this website. He claims our very DNA is a helix formed by 2 rotating geometric figures called icosahedrons and dodecahedrons. A guy named Stan Tenen (MERU Foundation) has also done some great work along these lines, contradicting Winter's work and basing his own discoveries on the work of Arthur Young, who also worked with the torus.
Regardless of who is correct, the torus does seem to be the common denominator, the self-organizing way consciousness is designed.
The torus enables vortexes
to be formed. All torii create energy vortexes. Energy can funnel up or
through it; the rotating nature of a torus generates a flow of
through the torus, depending upon the speed of rotation of the torus
kind of torus it is (there are 3 kinds of standard torii). An
of the torus shows that its very construction forms energy funnels, or
Figure 1 -- energy flows through the opening in the ring torus, forming a vortex
For example, a tornado is an energy vortex. A tornado is actually a torus, of which we are observing only the top half (the bottom half is below ground level). We actually see, when we observe a tornado, only the atmosphere which is influenced by the energy which is forming the vortex. In other words, the atmosphere is being drawn in through the rotating funnel of the torus. The question is, what is the nature of the energy which forms the torus?
This energy must be very powerful indeed, to create such a massive atmospheric effect, yet invisible to our eyes, because we do not perceive it.
The energy of a torus is rotating up and down and horizontally, but always in a circular fashion. Actually the energy is traveling along the surface of the torus, through the torus, and inside the torus in a spiraling fashion (if while you draw a circle in any plane, and at the same time give it a third direction out of that plane, a spiral will be formed).
All particles in the universe are traveling in spirals, because all particles are in motion relative to other particles, and we do not observe straight lines in nature. It seems that everything in existence is traveling on a curved path. A path which appears to be a straight line to us is actually traveling on a curved trajectory, with a very large radius so that we don't perceive its curved nature . (2)
So lets get back to our original question: how is the energy of consciousness uniquely focused, to form unique personalities? Is there a geometry to consciousness? (other than saying it could be a torus, that is not specific enough). If so, what is the geometry of consciousness?
Science shows us that there are really no continuous surfaces in nature, because when we magnify these surfaces, they turn out to be composed of molecules, and atoms, which are discontinuous. Under an electron microscope, we see division into smaller and smaller elements (genes, chromosomes, DNA, etc.), but these elements are always curved (3). So I am speculating that the standard geometric figures, polyhedra, are not candidates for the geometry of consciousness, if there is such a thing, because they are based upon straight lines.
Straight lines are instantaneous pathways of communication between elements of a structure. They represent Pure Awareness (see The Creation of a Universe). Energy cannot exist in straight line form, it must be curved, a waveform. For something to have existence, it must be persistent. In order for persistence to manifest, there must be stops along the way, possibilities of new direction. A straight line does not provide this opportunity.
Instantaneity is not a condition for existence.
However, a curved line means a continuous change of direction. There is a certain time-lag that is required to negotiate the continuously new change of direction, which leads to persistence, and thus time. That is the reason everything in existence is curved, and the reason why all things are in motion relative to everything else, and thus travel in spirals.
Persistence, existence itself, is curved, not straight.
The sphere/torus is the fundamental geometric unit of this universe. (The sphere and the torus are made the same way. Just take a circle and rotate it around an axis such that the distance from the axis to the center of the circle is constant. If you split the circle down the middle and rotate the circle around itself, you get a sphere. If you place the axis anywhere but through the center of the circle, you get some kind of torus).
The torus can explain how consciousness can sustain itself, how it can learn from observation and experience and integrate that new energy into itself. But this is too general to account for the uniqueness of each individual personality.
Rather than focus on the complexities of the 'geometry of consciousness', as if each individual had a unique energy pattern 'built in' to him or her when he or she incarnated into a body, rather we take the perspective that consciousness gradually determines this unique personality as we go along. This is not the familiar 'blank sheet' idea, because in that conception we are simply vessels waiting to be filled up with experience. There is no causative aspect assigned to a new-born, for instance. It is thought that babies are just little blobs, soaking up experience from the world around them until their personalities become developed. While this is true to a certain degree, we say here that consciousness incarnates into a body with full knowledge of itself as an aspect of universal, source energy. It is relishing the opportunity to experience intensely. As we said before, consciousness gives up a broader awareness (perspective) in order to focus intensely in the physical.
In other words, a being does not incarnate somehow truncated from its true self! Just because consciousness enters a body which is not fully formed, does not mean that the consciousness inhabiting it is in the same condition! It just appears to an outside observer that the child is not a causative thinker, but it really is. Of course it is soaking in experience from those around it, but it is always the choice of the consciousness inhabiting the body, to decide whether to agree with that which is happening around it, and mold its beliefs accordingly.
We have all known headstrong children who will hold to their point of view no matter what the 'big people' say or think. This is the default condition for consciousness -- awareness of self. We won't get into the discussion of what beliefs and goals the incarnating consciousness comes in with -- that would be something impossible to know and personal to each being.
But we do say that the consciousness is learning, creating, and experiencing new things, which gives him or her an opportunity to develop his or her personality.
When consciousness focuses, like the point of light from the magnifying glass, it gives up awareness.
Consciousness is energy. A point of light (energy) perceives far less than, say, a mist on a cloudy day (assuming, of course, that these things could be conscious on some level). The mist pervades everything within its 'body', square miles of awareness, whereas the point has only its little point of perception. Therefore there is a possibility for expansion, for growth (literally) for the energy of consciousness when it is focused into a body.
The development of personality is simply the expansion of consciousness.
It is actually the unfocusing, or broadening, of the awareness of the focused being to encompass more and more of life, and therefore discover true self.
That is why so much of ancient wisdom talks about releasing, letting go, of earthbound cares and worries. In order to develop the personality, the being has to experience new things. In order to do that, a being must 'open up' to life, literally!
Now we said earlier that a
being incarnates with full knowledge of self. That seems contradictory,
have also just explained how a being loses awareness during the
But the point of light is always connected to the broader energy all around it. In fact, the point of light IS the broader energy which surrounds it, just as the unfocused light IS the focused light. So there really is no separation, even though the focused light is limited to a narrower viewpoint.
So we have come full circle, which is appropriate when discussing consciousness. If consciousness is circular, toroidal, then it must always come back in on itself, as we have done in this essay.
(1) from http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Torus.html, "Eric Weisstein's World of
(2) Buckminster Fuller, 'Synergetics', sections 811 - 814.
(3) For a good idea of this, check out