CONSCIOUSNESS is at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives.
Knowing nothing of its spiritual essence, we reduce consciousness to its various ‘states’ — waking, sleeping, intuitive, meditating, angry, depressed, happy or sad.
We experience perhaps hundreds of such random cognitive and emotional states every day.
But because nature is only judged by science “through her appearance,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote, “that appearance is always deceitful on the physical plane.”
She adds that Science “refuses to blend physics with metaphysics, the body with its informing soul and spirit, which they prefer ignoring.”
Nevertheless, physics and metaphysics were once deeply entwined, resulting in the natural philosophy of the Greeks — now given the cold shoulder by a science that defers to computer simulations, and giant machines.