As sentient beings, we are all conscious – to lesser or greater degrees. Animals have conscious awareness; all life forms in fact, have a rudimentary consciousness. But when we refer to consciousness here, we are talking about a higher consciousness. This is consciousness which is characterized by an awareness of our individuality and, more importantly, a simultaneous awareness of our connectedness with a greater whole; with the universe. As Einstein said:

“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

In this time period we are all lucky enough (?) to be living through, an intensification of consciousness is occurring. There is a massive ‘awakening’ happening. People everywhere, from all walks of life, are experiencing a shift that is invariably life changing. They are speaking of their experiences of ‘waking up’. And what are they waking up to? Actually it is more a case of waking up from. They are waking up from the trance; the trance the ego has held them in. It is the trance we have labeled ‘reality’. We are witnessing, or will do in the next few years, a change of reality – en masse.

There are cosmological correlates of this awakening as well, which we will discuss. And you may be aware of the prophecies and predictions hooked to the year 2012 – we will look at what all of this means. The consensus amongst the commentators seems to be, this time period is one of a massive amplification of consciousness. Undoubtedly, the changes we are seeing in the external world (the breaking down of existing structures and systems) are inextricably linked to this shift in consciousness. As above, so below, as without, so within.

David Icke, researcher of consciousness and the conspiracy (or the deception) writes:

“….We need to embrace the fact that we are Infinite Consciousness, or what I call Infinite Awareness. This is a level of consciousness that knows it is everything. It is the self-aware ALL. Think of the difference between a droplet of water and the ocean; the droplet symbolizes the sense of division, of being an individual ‘me’, unconnected to anything else……..But, put that droplet back in the ocean and where does the ocean end and the droplet begin? ……. We are always the ocean, always Infinite Awareness, and we cannot literally become disconnected from that.” *

The awakening that is occurring now, is about a growing awareness of exactly this – our essential connection with the ocean of Oneness, and a disconnection from the ‘illusion’ (of separation), or the trance we have been living under. This illusion is the one which tells us we are finite, physical beings. This illusion is the one which tells us we are our ‘body-computer’, and when it ceases to exist, when it dies, so will we.

Icke goes on to say:

“We are Infinite Awareness and not our bodies. We use the biological computer to experience this ‘world’ or reality, that’s all. If we didn’t we could not interact with our environment. What we call ‘creation’ is made up of a vast web of interconnecting frequencies, or ‘dimensions’, of life and experience.”

One of the symptoms of awakening, is a desire to ‘know oneself’; a need to understand why we are here, what is life, creation, our purpose. If we are even part way conscious (in the sense we are using the word here), then we will have no problem accepting the idea that we have a personality, a ‘biological computer’ and a higher self, or soul. We also have little difficulty with the notion that we are creating our own reality. The problem is, there is a gap, a hole in our consciousness that many of our creations seem to fall into. The hole represents the split between higher self and personality, between the illusion (programmed by the biological computer), and the truth (Infinite Consciousness)……. Waking up, means filling in the hole – and becoming whole.

Astrology, despite its less than brilliant reputation (since the rise of the scientific paradigm), is one of the most effective tools I know to connect personality with higher self. In short, to ‘know oneself’. It is through an awareness of this connection that we come to know our purpose here and to glean the intent of it all, within a wider framework. Our perspective is broadened through understanding the cosmos (Infinite Awareness) and how we interface with it; or how it interfaces with us. This knowledge doesn’t mean we become whole, by any means; but astrology can help us join some dots along the way…..

Glenn Perry, one of my teachers, has this to say on the subject:

“Physician and New Age sage, Deepak Chopra, who combines Hindu, Buddhist and Western thought with the latest research in quantum physics said “there are about 300 million things happening in my body every second when you measure all the biochemical activities. Each cell seems to know what the other cell is doing. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t be able to coordinate its activities. At the same time, the body is monitoring the movement of the stars. Biological movements are a function of planetary movements – circadian, seasonal, etc. There is an underlying intelligence that organizes the infinity of things happening in the Universe and connects all things with each other.” If this is true, and there is a mountain of scientific evidence and spiritual testimony to attest that it is, then surely the Universe is orchestrating my life in accordance with a divine plan….Given the stupendous intelligence that is operating behind the scenes, is it really necessary to advise our clients on what they should or should not do? For if we trust our fate, and realize it is purposeful in a way that transcends the petty concerns that plague our everyday lives, then much unnecessary suffering can be avoided…….I want to help people not only to know themselves but to trust in a process that is inexorably moving them towards greater realization of their fullest potential.” **

This intelligence, the God-force, the Infinite, is pushing us now, as it never has before, to wake up to the truth of who we are. Believing in our separation from the universe, nature, our planet, has wrecked havoc – on ourselves, nature, the planet and the time has come to let that go. We desperately need to get conscious. It has been said, if we do not, the coming shift will be challenging indeed.  Our very lives may depend on how conscious we are……  It is time to move from polartiy back to unity, from the illusion of our separateness, to the truth of our oneness.

* (The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy – (and how to end it), David Icke Books Ltd, 2007)

**(Glenn Perry Ph.D, astrologer and psychotherapist in ‘The Journal of Astro-Psychology’):

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