Cosmic Consciousness

The Corkboard in the Local Cafe

The Corkboard in the Local Cafe


March 13, 2016 2:39 PM

I believe the strength of the duplex personality should be considered an indicator of one’s awakening. In 1901, Richard Bucke listed numerous individuals with it, but even a few of today’s teachers seem to exhibit it in various strengths.

Years ago, in Fort Lauderdale, I went to see this odd little man—an unknown author called Eckhart Tolle give a talk. He had just come out with his first book, The Power of Now and there were only about 35 of us who came to hear what he had to say. Probably about three quarters of us (myself included) hadn’t even read his book yet. The first thing he said was, “I’m sitting here and I don’t know what I’m going to talk about,” and then for the next two hours, he proceeded to speak so profoundly and eloquently that practically all of us were left rapt and speechless.

He may not have known what he was going to talk about, but She sure did.

From my book, under the chapter, Living as a Mystic

Cosmic Consciousness

I suspect many spiritual seekers, when they start to “hear” TaoGod’s whispers, believe that they may be going insane—that they’ve taken their search too far, too seriously and that their brain, at worst has broken and at best has become self-delusional.

At first, luck increases (synchronicity), but soon the Insights begin—wisdom and knowledge that can only be glimpsed but not held onto. These Insights are so profound that they feel as if they come from some other Being, a Being who whispers them in the Mystic’s ear.

From Ken Wilber’s Grace and Grit, where in one of his first encounters with Cosmic Consciousness, he not only audibly hears Her, but sees and can read the insights She provides:

“What do you see?” The voice is unwavering.

I decide not to fight it, since it makes no sense anyway. I start reading out loud what few words and symbols and sentences I can understand, from the millions that seem to open up in front of my eyes, me looking at them, them looking at me.

Adyashanti speaks of fully realized individuals who have the ability to simply focus on a subject and the truth behind it is revealed. From the transcript of his March 7, 1999 lecture (emphasis mine):

…you come into something that your eyes start to open into a perspective and an ability to simply see What Is and seeing What Is, is always liberating.

And that’s you know, if you look back at the true realizers, this is always a vital component from Buddha where he talks about his realization and then he has this incredible realization that is under the experience, this incredible unloading of insight that came to him, of the cause of suffering, you know ? the cause of birth. Its just this incredible amount of insight came to him. Ramana, although he looks like he is always just out there in The Self, but you listen to him dialog with people and there is this pristine clarity and sharpness of someone who has truly gone in and understands. They don’t just experience, they know that territory. There is an ability to put the mind on anything and in that moment to instantly see what’s true and all the true realizers have had that ability and that’s where the real liberation lies, in that ability to nothing but see What Is.

“There is an ability to put the mind on anything and in that moment to instantly see what’s true….”

This control of Cosmic Consciousness shouldn’t be expected by the Mystic—not initially—but the gradual awakening of it should be. The awakening of Cosmic Consciousness—of the duplex personality—is a recurring pattern of spiritual development shared by all the great nondual sages down through history.

Initially, Cosmic Consciousness comes through simply as intuition—gut feelings—but soon it begins to feel as if a separate being—previously asleep and dormant—has woken up inside of you. From my November 8, 2014 blog entry, The Experience of Cosmic Consciousness:

When Cosmic Consciousness wakes up within you, you end up with what is called a duplex personality. Having a duplex personality simply means that there are two personalities operating within you: An individual consciousness (the Wayne-thing), and Cosmic Consciousness (TaoGodHer).

This is NOT like a split personality where only one consciousness functions at a time, nor like possession where one consciousness suppresses the other. Nor is it even like channeling, where one personality is allowed to function through the individual’s body.

With a duplex personality, there are two consciousnesses acting at the same time and largely in harmony (with practice). There is the louder, individual consciousness, and the quieter, often silent Cosmic Consciousness (what I refer to as Her).

This is NOT intuition, nor is it some psychic ability. Cosmic Consciousness is a separate Intelligence and Will functioning within the body—though it is much softer and quieter than the individual personality.

The boundaries between these two personalities eventually fade to the point of being practically indistinguishable from each other, yet the Mystic should never “own” the other personality for risk of acquiring a messiah complex. From December 11, 2014 of A Mystic’s Journal:

This morning, after coffee and an english muffin with Mom, I found myself getting ready to head out. Mom asked WHY I was going and I replied how I just do what She tells me to do. But it isn’t as if I hear God say, “Wayne, goeth thee out and part the Red Sea and smite the godless heathens and doeth righteous deeds and be blessed” or anything like that. I just find myself doing stuff before I even realize I’m doing it.

Cosmic Consciousness is quite simply the mythical “Divine within.” It is still quite rare in modern society, but nonetheless it is a very real, well documented quality of advanced spiritual development. The Divine within—TaoGod Herself—awakens with the Mystic Aspect and only grows stronger from there.

The less there is of you, the more there is of Her.

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7 thoughts on “Cosmic Consciousness

  1. This is a lovely post, Wayne. For some reason it brought to mind the extraordinary botanist, George Washington Carver.

    He said, “Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough. Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets, but I have found that when I silently commune with people they give up their secrets also – if you love them enough.”

    And also, “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

    Actually, Wayne, every one of your posts makes me happy in some way. Thank you!

  2. Wayne, your description of the duplex personality seems to be part of a much larger pattern in the evolution of consciousness. This thesis was explained in a book called The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Princeton University psychologist Julian Jaynes in 1976. It has been fully developed by Steve Taylor in a recent book called The Fall. Taylor explains how Jaynes hypothesized that “before the second millennium BCE, human beings had no sense of ego at all. They didn’t think in the same way that we do because they had no ‘I’ in their heads to think with. Instead of having thoughts, Jaynes believes, they heard voices inside their heads, stemming from the right hemisphere of their brains, telling them what to do.”

    The duplex personality (as you are describing it) would seem to be the same process but at a higher level, ie, from “I” consciousness to God consciousness. This, I think, is the progression suggested by Taylor, although he dances around a bit while you go straight to the heart with practical application.

    You can find a free pdf version of Jaynes book with a Google search using “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind”

    Eckhart Tolle calls the book by Steve Taylor “An important and fascinating book about the origin, history and impending demise of the ego – humanity’s collective dysfunction. The Fall is highly readable and enlightening, as the author’s acute mind is at all times imbued with the higher faculty of spiritual awareness.” You can find out more here

    • I love it when people far smarter than me come up with the same conclusions. Not only does it tell me I’m on the right track, but—as in this case—suggests that She’s doing the talking for a lot more of us than we may suspect. I’ll check out the books. Thanks!

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