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LuminousBrainThe Synchronicity Holistic Model of Reality provides the foundation for the experience of Modern Spirituality. It is derived from thousands of years of wisdom expressed by traditional peoples and cultures from around the world and, more recently, studied and refined by science and academia.

The model is called “holistic” because it is based on the wholeness of One Source Consciousness. The model states that there is only one energy or consciousness which is the source of everything in the cosmos — whether good or bad, light or dark, seen or unseen. In addition, Source Consciousness is multi-dimensional, ranging from “dense” physical bodies and objects to “subtle” non-physical dimensions.

Source Consciousness has a primary intention which is to fully experience itself. To actualize this, it creates a relative field of experience since the only way it can experience what it is, is in relation to what it is not. All experience is relative.

The relative field has two polarities: “Being” at the positive end of the spectrum; and “Becoming” at the negative end. There are also vertical levels or dimensions of experience within this relative field that start at the very dense physical level and include everything we can see, touch or feel. Since consciousness is everything, it also includes more subtle levels such as emotions and thoughts. Beyond these three basic levels (often called the Primary Trinity), there are increasingly more subtle dimensions accessible only through intuition or trans-mental mystical experience.

Having a physical form would not be possible in pure formless Being. As Becoming dominates Being and as Source Consciousness becomes denser, physical forms appear. The negative (Becoming) must dominate the positive (Being).

Source Consciousness remains aware of itself and of its wholeness at the subtlest levels of experience where the relative field exists with balanced polarities. This enables source Consciousness to be aware of both polarities such as being and becoming, love and fear, without either dominating the other.

As Source Consciousness densifies within the Relative Field, it forfeits holistic awareness when the polarities become increasingly unbalanced by an increasing dominance of Becoming (the negative polarity) over Being (the positive polarity). At the densest levels of relative reality, holistic experience is minimal, and fragmented, negative-polarity dominant experience is maximum.

This is where the vast majority of humanity is anchored, with Source Consciousness at maximum densification expressing as a vast diversity of separate and limited forms including human beings, most of whom believe they are totally separate from everyone and everything else.

This cycle of creation – Source Consciousness moving from subtle to dense — is termed involution or diversification. When consciousness is complete in the experience of imbalance, fragmentation and illusion, something remarkable happens — the experience of Awakening. This experience almost always occurs under the auspices of an authentic spiritual master and heralds the completion of the involutionary cycle of individuated human experience (separation). It also marks the beginning of the evolutionary cycle termed unification or wholeness. Awakening is thus an experience to be celebrated.

From this point, the primary intention in Source Consciousness moves in the direction of evolution. During evolution, Source Consciousness begins the return to wholeness which is the journey from dense to subtle. Many individuals who are drawn to meditation and other balancing techniques find themselves on this “involutionary / evolutionary bridge,” and changing their fundamental direction.

This stage of the journey benefits from the guidance of a spiritual teacher or holistic master (who has already experienced and understands the journey), which then proceeds to increase balance and expand holistic awareness until Source Consciousness once again fully recognizes itself. This is called wholeness and constitutes human mastery or fulfillment.

Involution and evolution are the two cyclical processes in Source Consciousness that fulfill its primary intention to fully be itself. Termed the “Creation Game”, it is analogous to a game of hide and seek, in which Source Consciousness obscures itself from itself, only to delight in finding itself again. The challenge in being human is to play the game masterfully and enjoy the fulfillment of being fully human — in balance, wholeness, and fulfillment.

Source: Synchronicity

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Exactly what happens when people wake up from anesthesia or a coma has long baffled scientists, but now new research on rats suggests the path the brain takes to regain consciousness may be even more sophisticated than thought.

“It is commonly assumed that waking from anesthesia is a simple thing: The drugs leave the brain, and the effects they produced in the brain get washed out, and the brain somehow recovers,” said Dr. Alex Proekt, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. “But that ‘somehow’ part is poorly understood.”

The researchers looked at the brain’s activity patterns, hypothesizing that the activity follows a structured path, changing in a specific way as the brain moves toward consciousness. The researchers wanted to know whether the brain moves from one activity state to the next, in a stepwise fashion, or whether the brain can go from any given state to a number of other states, and therefore, that there are multiple routes to consciousness.

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To examine the brain’s trajectory while recovering consciousness, Proekt and colleagues recorded the electrical activity of certain brain regions in anesthetized rats. They slowly lowered the concentration of anesthetic vapor that the animals were breathing, until they eventually woke up.

The analysis of the rats’ brain activity suggested that the brain passes through several distinct activity states to become conscious. The researchers found that only certain transitions between activity states are possible, and some states do form hubs that connect groups of otherwise disconnected states. [10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Brain]

“Although many paths through the network are possible, to ultimately enter the activity state compatible with consciousness, the brain must first pass through these hubs in an orderly fashion,” the researchers wrote in their study published today (June 9) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Trapped in a coma

The researchers said the new findings could one day be used to help people in a coma. The brains of people under anesthesia as well as comatose patients show an electrical pattern known as burst suppression, which is characterized by periods of spikes in activity, alternating with periods of silence.

Both general anesthesia and coma are major perturbations to brain’s normal activity, and in some cases, the brain cannot find its way back to consciousness.

“Some people, after injury, will remain in some minimally conscious state forever, but some people can recover years after the injury,” Proekt said.

“One interesting possibility is that perhaps the injury can act to remove some of these loops, so in a sense you are trapped in one of these states,” Proekt told Live Science.

In order to help comatose patients, scientists will first have to examine whether the same phenomenon they observed in rats also exists in the human brain, and then explore how it may be possible to push the brain out of one state so it can proceed further toward recovery, Proekt said.

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Awake during surgery

Although anesthesiologists have long been able to successfully put people to sleep, they still can’t be 100 percent sure that a patient is truly unconscious, rather than just unable to respond.

Understanding the transitions between activity states that happen during the brain’s recovering from anesthesia may be the first step to finding a way to detect when someone is on the verge of waking up, Proekt said.

“It’s not a common problem, but it is a petrifying scenario to imagine — being paralyzed and awake for surgery,” he said.

Studies have suggested that a very small number of patients experience awaking during surgery, but it is also possible that a larger number of people have some awareness during surgery but don’t recall afterwards, Proekt said.

Source: Discovery

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