Since the dawn of time, we humans have sought to find a greater purpose in our existence. Unlike most other animals out there, we find comfort in knowing that there could be something greater than us that needs us to fulfill a purpose, and we jump at the opportunity to be more than just a person living out a small life without reason. We long to create purpose for ourselves, to find the value in our own consciousness, in whatever way necessary, so we can feel needed and relevant. And the second we feel helpless, we turn to the ‘god /s’ to try and foretell what is to come.
In fact, humans have always celebrated one religion or another, creating festivals to ensure prosperity for the future. From civilization to civilization, every ancient and modern grouping of people has been ruled by one religion or another (with very few tribes surfacing without any identifiable cults or rites). Even today, we see God (or our version of a god) around us in basically everything out of our control. If something can be left to chance, it’s a good opportunity for us to believe that God or some greater force could intervene and show us a message. Humans have longed for this since the dawn of time. Ancient civilizations read messages in fires and in tea leaves. We use divination stones, tarot cards, and crystal balls even still today. Our want for purpose or to believe that there is guidance out there aiding us is extremely prominent, and it’s one of the major things that separates us from other life forms.
Of course, it’s led me to wonder why. In fact, this desire to know what ancient civilizations believed and why has brought me into my studies of anthropology, folklore, occult, and mythology. I think that our natural desire to believe in magic and to create celebrations, rituals, and traditions that fit into our lives is really quite special. Our desire and curiosity to find out what exists beyond is not only important, but for me, it defines the idea that we are our own consciousness, a consciousness that is uniquely our own. While we can all agree that ‘consciousness’ can be defined as ‘the state of being aware’, it is such a subjective idea that still requires so much studying to understand. We all have our own consciousness, and each one is completely and fully different from one another. Despite all of us having an awareness, that does not mean that we perceive reality in the same way or process it in the same way. My existence will never be the same as yours, and who is to say if I even see things the same way that you do. And while we still have many studies to conduct to help us define and fill in the full map of human consciousness, I think our deep instinctual desire to connect with guides and a higher purpose and our want to rationalize and manifest truly serves as a basis to show us that we do have our own individual forms of consciousness, and it’s a wonderfully complex thing.
This is why I attend programs at the Monroe Institute, write for their blog, and study metaphysical topics. This is why I study ancient rites and rituals, occult studies, and mythology, as a way to understand how people used to perceive the world and how that differs from the way we see the world today. What is the human consciousness? Has it always been the same since the dawn of time or has it grown and evolved? Is there a global consciousness? How is my consciousness and perception of reality different from yours? I’m only just beginning my studies to understand and begin to partially answer these questions, and I hope you’ll stick with me on my journey. I’ll continue to keep you posted, as I feel it may be a vibrant, wild, and exciting ride.