Originally posted by Mister.K.
Consciousness is not someone's personal property. We don't have it, it has us. Meaning, consciousness is conscious of us and not the other way round.
That is why even when someone dies or something gets destroyed, that event is still in memory because consciousness is conscious of it. Where as the person who died or the thing that got destroyed never "had" consciousness to begin with, that he/she/it could "take" that consciousness with them when they are no more.
Consciousness was conscious of the billions of stars that came before us. Consciousness was conscious of the billions of events that took place before us. Consciousness is conscious of the microscopic and the macroscopic.
I am not conscious of what happens in your life and you are not conscious of what happens in my life. Our collective consciousness is conscious of what happens in both our lives. That collective consciousness is also conscious of everything else in this universe. That collective consciousness doesn't belong to any one subject/object.
I would be curious to know what has been demonstrated to you (and if you were charged for that "experience")
Consciousness is also used interchangably with 'soul' at times. And while in your body, it does become your personal property atleast as long as it stays with you
. When you are asleep or under the influence of anastesia etc., your consciousness is not in line with your body. But this doesnt happen voluntarily. However, there are people who can voluntarily take their consciousness outside their body through meditation, like how someone described in this forum. They can travel outside the body and be present at various places they desire, especially places where physically they might have constraints.
I am sure all of us have heard about Maharishis and Munis who used to go into forests and meditate there and never come back, and those people were considered to have the ultimate knowledge about everything. Initially when I was small I used to think how can someone who sits with their eyes closed inside a forest have any worldly knowledge, as to have worldly knowledge you have to interact in the world right, so these things used to really confuse me. But now I understand what they do. They meditate in the forest and take their consciousness outside body which enables them to understand everything thats going on.
Regarding the experience I had, I met a guy who used to meditate regularly and after years of sincere meditation got this power to take his consciousness outside his body. He has some other abilities like being able to see aura of people, being able to sense energy, etc. He conducts free meditation classes also. So when I had spoken to him long back, he used to tell me about all this. He told me initially he was surprised that he could do this. He said initially he was able to expand his consciousness slightly, like sitting inside his room he was able to read the number plates of the cars parked outside his house. Then when he would go and check outside, he realised he was absolutely right! So similarly he continued with the process and is now able to do wonders with it.
Similar experiences aroused my curiousity and interests in spirituality and related things. Before I met this guy I never even used to believe in reincarnation. For me reincarnation, punar janam everything were just 'filmy' concepts. But today I believe in all that and am always curious and interested to learn more about these things.
Edited by *dewdrop~pearl* - 12 August 2010 at 4:05pm