The nature of consciousness: essays on the unity of mind and matter

“I’ve gained deeper understanding listening to Rupert Spira than I have from any various other exponent of modern spirituality. Reality is sending us a message we desperately need to hear, and also at this minute no messenger surpasses Spira and also the transformative words in his esstates.” —Deepak Chopra, writer of You Are the Universe, Spiroutine Solutions, and Super Brain Our human being society is founded on the assumption that the Big Bang provided climb to issue, which in time developed into the people, right into which the body was born, inside which a brain appeared, out of which consciousness at some late stage emerged. As a result of this “issue version,” most of us think that consciousness is a residential or commercial property of the body. We feel that it is “I,” this body, that knows or is conscious of the human being. We think and also feel that the learning via which we are mindful of our endure is situated in and also shares the borders and destiny of the body. This is the standard presumption of mind and also issue that underpins practically all our thoughts and also feelings and is expressed in our activities and relationships. The Nature of Consciousness says that the issue design has actually outlived its function and also is currently destroying the extremely worths it when sought to promote.For many people, the controversy as to the ultimate reality of the world is an scholastic one, much removed from the concerns and needs of everyday life. After all, life happens separately of our models of it. However before, The Nature of Consciousness will certainly clearly show that the materialist paradigm is a ideology of despair and, as such, the root cause of unhappiness in people. It is a viewpoint of problem and, as such, the root reason of hostilities between family members, communities, and nations. Far from being abstract and also thoughtful, its ramifications touch each one of us straight and intimately.An exploration of the nature of consciousness has actually the power to expose the tranquility and also happiness that truly lie at the heart of suffer. Our experience never before ceases to change, however the knowing facet in all experience—consciousness, or what we speak to “I”—itself never before alters. The knowing with which all endure is recognized is constantly the exact same knowing. Being the prevalent, unchanging aspect in all suffer, consciousness does not share the features of any particular experience: it is not qualified, conditioned, or limited by endure. The understanding through which a feeling of loneliness or sorrow is well-known is the very same knowing via which the thought of a friend, the sight of a suncollection, or the taste of ice cream is recognized. Just as a display is never before disturbed by the action in a movie, so consciousness is never before disturbed by experience; therefore it is naturally relaxed. The tranquility that is innate in us—indeed that is us—is not dependent on the cases or conditions we find ourselves in.In a series of esstates that draw you, through your own straight suffer, right into an exploration of the nature of this discovering aspect that each of us calls “I,” The Nature of Consciousness posits that consciousness is the standard fact of the noticeable duality of mind and issue. It shows that the overlooking or ignoring of this truth is the root cause of the existential unhappiness that pervades and motivates many people’s resides, as well as the larger disputes that exist in between neighborhoods and nations. Conversely, the book says that the recognition of the basic fact of consciousness is the first action in the quest for lasting happiness and the structure for world peace.

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From a very early age, Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality. At the age of seventeenager he learned to meditate, and also began a twenty-year period of study and also practice in the classic Advaita Vedanta heritage under the guidance of Dr. Francis Roles and also Shantananda Saraswati, the Shankaracharya of the north of India. During this time, he immersed himself in the teachings of P. D. Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta, and Robert Adams, till he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, in 1997. Lucille presented Spira to the Direct Path teachings of Atmananda Krishna Menon, the Tantric heritage of Kashmir Shaivism (which he had actually got from his teacher Jean Klein), and, more importantly, directly shown to him the true nature of experience. Spira resides in the UK and also holds constant meetings and retreats in Europe and the United States. For even more information, view www.rupertspira.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Deepak Chopra ixAcknowledgements xiiiIntroduction: The Hard Problem of Consciousness 1Chapter 1 The Nature of Mind 7Chapter 2 Only Awareness Is Aware 19Chapter 5 Panpsychism and the Consciousness-Only Model 29Chapter 4 The Inward-Facing Path: The Distinction between Consciousness and Objects 35Chapter 5 The Direct Path to Knowledge 43Chapter 6 Self-Enquiry and Self-Remembering 55Chapter 7 The Experience of Being Aware 67Chapter 8 The Essence of Meditation 79Chapter 9 The Outward-Facing Path: Collapsing the Distinction between Consciousness and also Objects 87Chapter 10 Existence Is Identical to Awareness 97Chapter 11 The White Radiance of Eternity 105Chapter 12 The Focusing of Consciousness 109Chapter 13 Tbelow Are No States of Consciousness 119Chapter 14 Wordsworth and the Longing for God 129Chapter 15 The Shared Medium of Mind 139Chapter 16 The Memory of Our Eternity 151Chapter 17 Consciousness"s Dream 167Chapter 18 The Search for Delight 183Afterword Bernardo Kastrup 197

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I’ve gained deeper expertise listening to Rupert Spira than I have from any type of other exponent of contemporary spirituality. Reality is sending us a message we desperately should hear, and also at this minute no messenger surpasses Spira and also the transdevelopmental words in his essays.” —Deepak Chopra, author of You Are the Universe, Spiritual Solutions, and Super Brain“Rupert Spira guides his reader on a delightful journey of discovery that uncovers and reveals what the Kashmiri Masters have referred to as ‘the greatest secret, more hidden than the many hidden and also yet even more obvious than the most noticeable of points,’ and also that is consciousness itself. Rupert deserves to be congratulated for the clarity and sensitivity via which he presents the teachings of the prehistoric and contemporary Masters concerning consciousness, and his very own deeply personal suffer, in such a way that it deserve to be both conveniently understood and applied.” —Mark Dyczkowski, writer of The Doctrine of Vibration: An Analysis of the Doctrines and also Practices of Kashmir Shaivism“In these esstates, Rupert Spira cracks the shell of materialism by elucidating the ‘calamitous assumption that lies at the root of our materialistic society,’ and he artistically and also persuasively leads us to the universal antidote: the realization of the primacy of consciousness. As a scientist, I extremely much appreciate Rupert’s discussing that scientists will never before truly succeed in their exploration of the human being till they efficiently investigate the nature of the subject well-known as ‘I.’” —Paul J. Mills, professor of family medication and also public health at the University of The golden state, San Diego“The Nature of Consciousness is a major contribution to our understanding of that we are. This is a book which I am certain will become among the excellent standards of our time. Please check out it, because as we evolve we will certainly all should understand non-duality.” —Peter Fenwick, neuropsychologist and writer of The Art of Dying and also The Truth in the Light: An Investigation of Over 300 Near-Death Experiences“The Nature of Consciousness is a exceptional book. You have actually only to view it and flip through a couple of pperiods to acquire a sense of the type of writer Rupert Spira is, and the nature of his discussion. The clean architecture inside and also out shows his creative sensitivity and also mastery as a ceramic artist, and also the paragraphs are well packed via syllables, enough vocabulary for a minutely argued demolition of the presumptions of the prevailing civilization culture. Perhaps never prior to has logical dispute been carried so successfully and also readably to a substantial investigation of consciousness.”—Tony Kenattracted, ScienceAndNonduality.com