CONSCIOUSNESS AND SUBSTANCE—THE PRIMAL FORMS
By John White
There is a widespread notion among New Age-oriented people and spiritual seekers that consciousness is energy and that working with energy will per se change one's consciousness and bring enlightenment. This is a fallacy, and a spiritually dangerous one at that. States of consciousness can be correlated with states of energy, but they cannot be equated.
Consciousness is wholly outside the realm of matter and energy, although at the same time it is coextensive with the whole of it. As Da Love-Ananda put it in "The Hymn of the Master," "I AM smaller than the atom. I AM larger than the universe" (verse 97). Consciousness is omnipresent throughout manifest creation as a universal "field," yet it is not inherently a property of any part of that creation. As is classically (and paradoxically) said about enlightenment, consciousness is...: