COMING to its senses from seeming insanity, a new humanity is “raising its voice” Theosophy declares.
The words signaled Helena Blavatsky’s welcome to an expected New Age of humanity, written more than a hundred years ago.
The world is trending today as she envisioned: “in those authoritative tones to which the men of old listened in reverential silence through incalculable ages.”
Characterizing this new humanity she described in her article “The Tidal Wave” how “the Spirit in man has returned like King Lear, from seeming insanity to its senses.”
She was not the first to acknowledge the arrival of a newly awakened humanity.
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KNOWING oneself necessitates consciousness and self-awareness, both mysterious and elusive correlates of mind.
Consciousness is a hard nut to crack, because it comes down to the mind doing “metacognition” — i.e., thinking about thinking — equivalent to mentally lifting yourself up by your own bootstraps.
The special organ of consciousness is of course the brain, acknowledges H. P. Blavatsky. Nonetheless, she asserts:
“What consciousness is can never be defined psychologically.”
“We can analyse and classify its work and effects,” she says, but science cannot define it directly. That would require they “postulate an Ego distinct from the body.”
But the mainstream cognitive sciences, eschewing Eastern psychology, still strongly resist the idea that mind can have an independent reality. Continue reading
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