is like looking inside a radio for the announcer."
It also related to the
video posted at the end of this article.
Ancient yogic, Hindu, and
Buddhist texts claim that we are fundamentally connected to
everything, a concept commonly referred to as "oneness," but only
now is science proving the truth of these claims.
These are the questions the scientific community are finally starting to ask.
Many scientists typically just relate consciousness to the mind, confusing it with self-awareness, whereas others recognize that these elements are all interconnected.
Researchers at Harvard University believe that they've finally pinpointed the physical source of consciousness in human beings.
The team found that there are three particular regions of the human brain that appear to be fundamental to consciousness.
In terms of arousal, researchers had already determined that it's regulated by the brainstem, the part of the brain that's connected to the spinal cord, which regulates sleep cycle, heart rate, and breath.
When you think about the spinal cord's relation to the chakra system and Kundalini energy, it's not surprising that this is suspected to be a fundamental part of human consciousness in the physical body.
Awareness, on the other hand, has proven to be much more difficult to pinpoint in the past, although it's been speculated that it lies somewhere in the cortex, or the outer layer of the brain.
However, the Harvard team has located two cortex regions that appear to work together to essentially "create consciousness."
36 hospital patients with brainstem lesions participated in the study, 12 of whom were in comas. The scientists mapped their brainstems in order to figure out why some people stayed conscious despite their injuries, while others became comatose.
Their findings suggest that the rostral dorsolateral pontine tegmentum, an area of the brainstem, is associated with comas, as 10 out of the 12 coma patients suffered injuries to this area.
They then compared the cortex to this area of the brainstem and identified which parts were connected to it.
They found that two parts of the cortex are connected to this part of the brainstem, thus concluding that they'd be the most likely areas to play an important role in consciousness.
The first was in the left, ventral, anterior insula (AI), and the other was in the pregenual anterior cingulate cortex (pACC).
The team also looked at fMRI scans of 45 other coma patients, all of which indicated that the patients suffered some sort of injury or disruption between these three integral regions of the brain.
To the researchers, this suggests that these three regions play a fundamental role in consciousness.
Perhaps this study will bring us one step closer to understanding why coma patients lose their conscious awareness!
How Does This Relate to Oneness?
Is consciousness really being created, or are we simply developing a greater awareness of how it relates to the physical body?
Scientists often confuse consciousness with awareness, which are two very different things.
The Harvard scientists may have tried to pinpoint where our awareness lies, but consciousness isn't simply a construct of the mind - it's far greater than that.
When you really think about it, a human being can never be devoid of consciousness even if they're comatose, and some scientists have started to prove this.
If you're unfamiliar with HeartMath's work, they've scientifically proven how the heart gives off a certain message depending on how we're feeling because it emits an electromagnetic field that other people can pick up on.
According to Rolin McCratey, Ph.D, the director of research at HeartMath:
You can read more about their work in What Science is Telling us about the Heart's Intuitive Intelligence.
The researchers in this particular study analyzed the responses the coma patients had to people seated beside them in an identified state of compassion.
Their findings showed that the participants and the coma patients exhibited responses simultaneously and that the patients responded to both intentions, meditation, and prayers.
When you consider the fact that all of our thoughts are sent into the collective consciousness and that our hearts literally exude an electromagnetic field or "aura" that others can pick up on, this isn't necessarily surprising!
At the end of the day, everything in existence is made up of consciousness.
Coma patients aren't devoid of consciousness because that's literally impossible. You are connected to everything and everyone in the universe, even if the person lacks awareness.
Human beings aren't what makes consciousness consciousness, we are simply an aspect of the collective consciousness. Consciousness is what connects all of us and everything to the universe or Source.
So, perhaps this study brings the scientific community closer to understanding how awareness relates to coma patients, but scientists still have a long way to go to fully understand consciousness!
The source of consciousness cannot be attributed to one physical aspect of the human body because consciousness embodies everything.
Is Consciousness Even A Product of the Brain or Is The Brain The Receiver of Consciousness?
Below is a great video from Dr. Gary Schwartz, Professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona, discussing whether consciousness is the product of the brain or a receiver of it.