The word “consciousness” describes a state of awareness of our internal and external existence. It has been debated, explored, analyzed, and written about across philosophical, spiritual, and psychological traditions and throughout human history—and still remains largely mysterious, despite the fact that so much of animate life possesses it. Our search to understand consciousness—both our own and others’—can be described as the most quintessential human action that we can take in our existence.
Paul Chek shares a mix of current scientific opinion, metaphysics, and my experiences with tai-chi, Qi-gong, meditation, and my experiences in shamanism as a means of explaining what he personally feels unconditional love (UCL) is, and how that relates to consciousness.
Psychedelics were the subject of serious medical research in the 1940s to the 1960s, when many scientists believed some of the mind-bending compounds held tremendous therapeutic promise for treating a number of conditions including severe mental health problems and alcohol addiction.