Have you ever heard the phrase “Cosmic Consciousness”? Ever wonder what it means? Believe it or not, there’s actually a definition of it in Wikipedia – among many other places. We thought we’d take a look at this divine idea through our trusty FinerMinds specs …

Cosmic Conscious Defined

As much as anyone can define something as far out as the word cosmic, here’s the basics: Cosmic consciousness is a concept founded on the belief that the entire universe is connected. And that means you, me the birds, bees and even Betelgeuse.

Cosmic Origins

Or should we say, the cosmic origins of the “Cosmic Consciousness” concept? The term itself was dubbed  back in 1902 by a Canadian psychologist named Richard M. Bucke. In fact, it was the title of his book about things like a universal mind, and transpersonal perception. (talk about being ahead of your time).

Cosmically Conscious YOU

You’ve heard about them through history, and these days, some of them even write books, teach classes or go on Oprah. Yep, the living, breathing, cosmically conscious walk among us and we call them ‘Enlightened’. The good news? These chill folks with their finger on the pulse of immortality say anyone can experience this, even you, even me :)

Cosmic Lingo

Historically, there’s been plenty of efforts to name and explain the cosmic. Here are a few phrases, ideas and famous peeps you may have heard of

  • “Universal Unity”
  • “Conscious Connectivity”
  • “Unity Consciousness”
  • Buddhism’s concept called “Indra’s Net”
  • Teilhard de Chardin’s “Noosphere”
  • “Absolute Idealism” from the 18th century Philosopher Hegel
  • Zen’s “Sartori”
  • Hinduism’s “Nirvana”
  • Psychoanalyst C.G. Jung’s “Collective Unconscious”
  • Numerous ancient, pantheist beliefs, and …
  • psychedelic-imbibers’ many reported experiences of “Oneness”

Cosmically Speaking

If you had to pick a ‘language’ of cosmic-speak, it would have to be quantum physics. The uber-brilliant scientists who study waves, particles and all that darn empty space inside every cell, seem to say the same thing that spiritualists, mystics and philosophers have been saying all along: Everything is energy and everything is connected. In other words – we’re all one.

Have you ever had an experience of Cosmic Consciousness? What was it like? Did it ‘stick’? Does that experience stay with you when you face challenges now? Leave a comment and let us know.

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10 Comments

  • Serge says:

    I am not sure about an experience of cosmic consciousness. I did and do feel, a love for everything that breathes and grows. Sometimes though, i find it hard to stay in that mindset. I guess i still have a lot to learn.

  • Serena says:

    While meditating or just having calmer thoughts with my eyes closed, I often experience a large, stretched canopy lowering down over my head or a long string of cloud heading towards my third eye but maybe I get a little scared (or maybe not exactly that), I open my eyes so it doesn't stay long.

  • 8CC8 says:

    I have had a couple experiences with cosmic consciousness and they do remain to this day. These involved either being with other people and being on an exact same wavelength and mindset in terms of thoughts and actions and also individually. This happened about 7 years ago. My observation has been that life events, desires, goals, and ambitions as time progresses can commonly get in the way of some of the most important truths that some of us experience throughout life. An interesting concept that I have seen is that at times in our life we seek enlightenment and if we are to ever experience enlightenment (this happened once to me and was an incredibly powerful awesome experience that charged my tactile sensations and mind to a whole different level for several hours) it is up to us to uphold what we have learned and not revert to previous behaviors. Perhaps the never ending battle is that man is rarely totallly satisfied here is a quote off the cuff "give me enlightenment and I seek material satisfaction, give me material satisfactionand I seek enlightenment." Thought is that is the reason for living in the "NOW" with 100% gratitude of the moment is the key to experience the full richness of life.

    • Irene says:

      Interesting line of thought. I love the last sentence about the NOW with 100% Gratitude….. What a miraculous Universe we are experiencing!!

  • 8CC8 says:

    I have had a couple experiences with cosmic consciousness and they do remain to this day. These involved either being with other people and being on an exact same wavelength and mindset in terms of thoughts and actions and also individually. This happened about 7 years ago. My observation has been that life events, desires, goals, and ambitions as time progresses can commonly get in the way of some of the most important truths that some of us experience throughout life. An interesting concept that I have seen is that at times in our life we seek enlightenment and if we are to ever experience enlightenment (this happened once to me and was an incredibly powerful awesome experience that charged my tactile sensations and mind to a whole different level for several hours) it is up to us to uphold what we have learned and not revert to previous behaviors. Perhaps the never ending battle is that man is rarely totallly satisfied here is a quote off the cuff “give me enlightenment and I seek material satisfaction, give me material satisfactionand I seek enlightenment.” Thought is that is the reason for living in the “NOW” with 100% gratitude of the moment is the key to experience the full richness of life.

  • Ruth says:

    My experience of cosmic consciousness happened around 1970. Although I was on a natural psychedelic, the thing that actually triggered the experience was listening to the first anthropological recording of African rainforest pygmies – the profound connection between the primal and the universal. I can honestly say it was the most important experience of my life. For the duration of the experience – and it could have been 5 minutes or 2 hours, I'll never know – I understood everything and everything was perfect. All questions were answered and everythig made perfect sense. This experience has been the guiding light of my life. No matter what dark, or confusing experiences life handed me, I always knew there was a perspective I needed to find or remember since I know, at the deepest level, that life, God, the Universe, is perfect. I've often felt that I was given the privilege of the total "download" and I have spent the rest of my life trying to understand it and how to live it.

  • Ruth says:

    My experience of cosmic consciousness happened around 1970. Although I was on a natural psychedelic, the thing that actually triggered the experience was listening to the first anthropological recording of African rainforest pygmies – the profound connection between the primal and the universal. I can honestly say it was the most important experience of my life. For the duration of the experience – and it could have been 5 minutes or 2 hours, I'll never know – I understood everything and everything was perfect. All questions were answered and everythig made perfect sense. This experience has been the guiding light of my life. No matter what dark, or confusing experiences life handed me, I always knew there was a perspective I needed to find or remember since I know, at the deepest level, that life, God, the Universe, is perfect. I've often felt that I was given the privilege of the total “download” and I have spent the rest of my life trying to understand it and how to live it.

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