I woke up in the middle of the night after a very inspiring dinner conversation with a friend. I woke up from deep sleep, a state of consciousness, in which thereâ€™s only the formless ground of being, the source of all forms.
â€œSo as the body goes to sleep, the subtle mind and soul appear vividly in dreams, visions, images, ad occasionally archetypal illumiationsâ€”the typical dreaming state. At some point the subtle then also goes to sleepâ€”the mind goes to sleep, the soul goes to sleepâ€”and that leaves only formlessness, or deep dreamless sleep, which is actually the Witness or primordial Self in its own naked nature, with no objects of any sort.â€ (One Taste by Ken Wilber)
An intriguing after-the-fact awareness of that state has been occurring with increasing frequency in the last couple of weeks. Itâ€™s like as if I lent my bodyâ€™s CPU to a higher form of intelligence to use it for whatever it wants it; my reward is getting glimpses of its intent, just by sensing–in the minutes of waking up–what has just passed through that CPU in the deep, dreamless sleep.
Iâ€™m wondering whether that higher intelligence, our collective consciousness, is not a â€œpeer to peerâ€ phenomenon, in which each of us is not only a filter or switch for one another as Nova Spivack wrote in his The Metaweb: The Global Mind Just Got Smarter but also processors for the collective consciousness of Emergence itself. Can it be that we are sharing â€œfilesâ€ created by It, and doing so, weâ€™re giving a distributed yet increasingly coherent voice to It, each of us with the unique timbre that we are? It is delightful to notice (online ad off-line) that there are more and more of us picking up the tune 🙂
Whether that collective consciousess is a p-2-p phenomenon or not, accessing–and reading it with some degree of reliability–certainly is. See “Step 3. Comparing notes” in The emergence of CI, an online experiment.