Consciousness evolves towards peace and. unity, Unity consciousness is the end of duality as being its primary consciousness, the only consciousness or awareness. Unity Consciousness (or non-duality) is our natural primary consciousness, and duality (or I-IT) is a secondary evolution necessary to make tools. But we have been so successful in making tools, that it has become our primary awareness, and we have lost touch with our natural awareness of unity. This gets projecting into future but the I-IT awareness and then we chase our own true awareness in time. It is only when we put up and hand and say STOP does our nature awareness kick in as Insight or Satori.
Well, we will see from the contents where we fall in the understanding of evolution and consciousness. Neo-Darwin has it all figured out when the view is objective and materialistic. Consciousness is created by the brain, or matter of a thing. So…does that feel true? Does that ring true. Am I created by my brain, which is a machine, or computer? Am I determined by my brain, which is the past. Am I determined by the past? Then how is the evolution of consciousness possible if the brain is a material thing. Matter only changes when the context that holds it changes, matter changes when some external force in introduced. Otherwise matter would not change. So am I the effect of the electrical charges in the neurons of the brain. Modern science is going in that direction because it fits the map and they can tinker with the brain with drugs to effect consciousness. But when it comes to solving the problem of suffering. Why do I hurt. This answer is not very helpful….THE BRAIN DID IT.
I recommend the Evolution of Human Nature (from a zen point of view) by Albert Low. His basic premises is the nature has intention. Nature is not blind. And everything that existed now, like consciousness had to exist at the beginning. Nothing new can be added to the mix late in the game. If we believe that then we either say God injected consciousness into man or aliens did it. But this view creates equal problems.
So this is like Obamacare. Evolution must not be repealed and replaced but fixed so purpose and value can be introduced, without having to source it to God and a particular religion that by its position rejects science. The either/or cannot be science or religion. This is like choosing between the bare facts and value. What we have lost in the materialistic view of reality as nothing but objective facts is value. This is why religion has stepped in, along with the Republican Party, but it drove a wedge between value and science.
When Descartes drew the map for the modern world, he said science get to have the objective world of empirical facts, and religion gets the world of value. But the objective view was so powerful and successful that now it is the only view, so religion in order to compete entered the field of objectivity and began to fight with science in the field of objective science. So we end up with physicals artifacts proving the existence of Noah’s ark…if religion can’t be proven by historical facts it fears people will doubt it. But like Art, religion is the language of metaphor and subjective value, not objective scientific truth.
But I digress. We can see today that the lock of consciousness by the objective view of everything as being just things bumping around in space is cracking up. Take Trump for instance. His reality is subjective and value driven. Facts fits his values; so there are now two realities, Trumps and Fake News. This is a form of national schizophrenia.
Low connects evolution to the Heart Sutra of Zen. When forced to the end of the pirates plank, we make a leap of Fatih, not knowing if there are sharks there or not. That is evolution of consciousness. But we are not talking about objective consciousness, that of mankind. We are talking about my consciousness, your conscious which what you are. There is no way to evolve my consciousness from the outside, like you fix a computer from a utility disc. There is no way to try and evolve. There is no way to fix my consciousness. There is no way to follow the way to fix my consciousness. All that is objective.
Buddhas Dharma is the instruction on how to transcend, not fix. Buddha Dharma pushes. you to the end of the rope…where you either cut it or die. But when you cut it, there is no guarantee that you won’t drop into the sharks mouth. Evolution is the awakening of Faith Mind..not belief mind, which retards evolution, which stops evolution, but Faith Mind, a mind that doesn’t rest on any form, inner or outer.