20 Wise Quotes from the Conscious Universe (by James Lynn Page)

20 Wise Quotes from the Conscious Universe (by James Lynn Page)

There is a previous collection of wise quotes here on Healthy Tree Frog; this new one is a taster for my freely downloadable EBook, Thoughts From The Conscious Universe. It’s a special, themed collection that alludes to the Conscious Universe theory – that all of nature, to paraphrase Newton, is fully alive. This means even inanimate objects, as when the astronomer Sir Arthur Eddington declared that ‘the stuff of the world is mind-stuff’ For what is ‘in here’ (our minds) is like that which is ‘out there’ (nature, the Universe and everything else.) I should mention that isn’t just fluffy New Age mysticism – the underlying theme is actually ‘pan-psychism’, the philosophical theory which states that everything in nature has a soul. Put more prosaically, both organic and even non-organic matter possess a kind of rudimentary, basic consciousness – even down to the level of the atom. We know that the physical world is not solid, not made of matter, it consists of patterns of energy that we call atoms and sub-atomic particles. But whilst we know what matter does, we don’t really know what it is!

If you’re curious to learn more about Panpsychism, check out these excellent posts from the HighExistence and Aeon websites. Now for the exciting bit: Panpsychism suggests that matter itself is Consciousness – indeed, modern physicists now talk about the ultimate nature of the world as being comprised of a field of information, or knowledge, or Consciousness. This builds on the observation of Sir James Jeans when he remarked that the world is really more like a Great Thought than a Great Machine. (And I’ve already mentioned Eddington’s ‘world as mind-stuff’.) Pan-psychism has also been at the core of many utterances from the ‘great minds’ of science or philosophy – which is why I’ve included job descriptions of many of these individuals. (Some may be obscure to the general reader.)

And so, Consciousness is the Universe’s intrinsic nature. This is what it is from the inside-out, so to speak. Consequently, everything in nature – and I do mean everything – participates in this universal sea of Consciousness. It is the hidden factor in evolution, it is nature’s purpose, its soul, its reason to be. Put simply, we inhabit a Conscious Universe. What follows is a selection of its many and varied, venerable and multifarious Thoughts. So – without further ado – here are those 20 wise quotes.


There is a continuum of cosmic consciousness . . . into which our several minds plunge as into a mother-sea or reservoir. . . . Not only psychic research, but metaphysical philosophy, and speculative biology are led in their own ways to look with favour on some such ‘panpsychic’ view of the universe as this.

– William James (philosopher/psychologist)


Whenever coincidences present themselves, you can dismiss them as meaningless or choose to recognize their amazing potential. In reality, life’s coincidences aren’t random occurrences in a chaotic universe – they are clues to fulfilling your deepest dreams and desires.

– Deepak Chopra


All parts of Nature, even the inanimate, have an innate and fixt self-knowledge, [and] it is probable that they may also have an interior self-knowledge of the existency of the Eternal and Omnipotent God, as the Author of Nature.

– Margaret Cavendish (philosopher)


Whilst I study to find out how I am a Microcosm, or little world, I find myself something more than the great. There is surely a piece of Divinity in us, something that was before the Elements, and owes no homage unto the Sun.

– Sir Thomas Browne


The life of things is none other than a spiritual essence, an invisible and impalpable thing, a spirit and a spiritual thing. On this account there is nothing corporeal but has latent within itself a spirit and life.

– Paracelsus (Renaissance Magus)


We and the cosmos are one. The cosmos is a vast body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great gleaming nerve-centre from which we quiver forever. Who knows the power that Saturn has over us or Venus But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time.

– D. H. Lawrence


[I]t is reasonable to believe in the existence of a third level of mind, a mental component of the universe. If we believe in this … and call it God, then we can say that we are small pieces of God’s mental apparatus.

– Freeman Dyson (physicist) 1


Among conscious activities, the unique characteristic of self-observation cannot exist in any type of machine. Human thought has a mechanism that computers cannot compute or be programmed to do.

– Professor Daegene Song 2


I regard matter as derivative from consciousness … Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.

– Max Planck (physicist)


If you want to understand all the Buddhas of the past, present and future, then you should view the nature of the whole universe, as being created by Mind-only

– Avatamsaka sutra


There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.

– Max Planck


The universe is a great organism, controlled by a dynamism of the psychical order. Mind gleams through its every atom.

– Flammarion


Are we not forced to conclude that even in the simplest inanimate things there is something which belongs to the same realm of being as self-awareness? . . . Something must go on in the simplest inanimate things which can be described in the same language as would be used to describe our self-awareness. 3

C. H . Waddington (biologist)


Just as the power of the lily breaks forth in perfume which is invisible, so, the invisible body sends forth its healing influence. Just as in the visible body are wonderful activities which the senses can perceive so, too, lie powers in the invisible body which can work great wonders.

– Paracelsus


Consciousness exists already, behind the scenes, coeval with the world … A medium, for example, will show knowledge of his sitter’s private affairs which it seems impossible he should have acquired through sight or hearing, or inference therefrom … On the transmission-theory, the[se impressions] don’t have to be produced —they exist ready-made in the transcendental world, and all that is needed is an abnormal lowering of the brain-threshold to let them through.

– William James


Looking for consciousness in the brain is like looking in the radio for the announcer.

– Nassim Haramein


There probably is a God. Many things are easier to explain if there is than if there isn’t.

– John von Neumann (mathematician)4


A kind of walking trance I have frequently had, quite up from boyhood, when I have been all alone. This has often come upon me through repeating my own name to myself silently till, all at once, as it were, out of the intensity of the consciousness of individuality, the individuality itself seemed to dissolve and fade away into boundless being; and this not a confused state, but the clearest of the clearest, utterly beyond words, where death was an almost laughable impossibility, the loss of personality (if so it were) seeming no extinction, but the only true life.

– Alfred, Lord Tennyson


What doesn’t make sense—and which many atheistic evolutionists are conceding—is the idea of getting a mind to squirt into existence by starting with brute, dead, mindless matter. That’s why some of them are trying to get rid of consciousness by saying that it’s not real and that we’re just computers.

– J. P. Moreland (philosopher) 5


Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.

– Sir James Jeans (physicist, mathematician)


My website is: www.astro.nu

1. Disturbing The Universe, Harper & Row, 1979.

2. http://www.unknowncountry.com/news/quantum-physicist-consciousness-arises-outside-brain#ixzz4xUU0qeHT

3. The Nature of Life, Allen and Unwin, 1961.

4. The Scientific Genius Who Pioneered the Modern Computer, Game Theory, Nuclear Deterrence and Much More, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 1999.

5. The Case for a Creator: a Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence that Points Toward God (Panpsychism dialogue), Zondervan, 2009.

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