Tao Te Ching
What is at rest is easily managed. What is not yet manifest is easy to prevent. What is rooted is easy to nourish. What is brittle is easy to break. What is small is easy to scatter.
Put things into order before they exist. Prevent trouble before it arises. The giant pine tree grows from a tiny seedling. A tower nine stories high starts with a single brick. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them. By forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe. People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care at the end as at the beginning, and there will be no failure.
The Master takes action by letting things take their course. He does not collect precious things; he learns not to hold onto ideas. He helps people find their true nature but does not venture to lead them by the nose.
“Cosmic Consciousness in the Real Universe” Nancy Ellen Abrams
Is there such a thing as higher consciousness?
For a small part of the global population, this is a spiritual reality. Most people consider this a hypothetical. However, every spiritual tradition asserts that there is a reality which can be sought through transcending – going beyond – the five senses.
So, while for the majority, issues related to consciousness in general and human mental processes in particular, remain a most difficult problem, let’s focus on progress. In science, quantum theory, unlike classical physics, assigns a fundamental role to the act of observation.
To discover a cosmic consciousness, such as its characteristics and whether it plays an active role in the universe, requires progress through hopeful developments of quantum theory, biology, neuroscience and philosophy of mind.
Developments in quantum theory to unify physical processes open profoundly a new vision of the cosmos, where observer, observed, and the act of observation are interrelating – a science of wholeness – going beyond purely physical emphasis of science. Interconnection of everything is evident in quantum universe non-local interaction. The very large and the very small are also interconnected.
Consciousness and matter are not fundamentally distinct. There are complementary aspects of one reality, embracing the micro and macro worlds. This is the challenge for modern science and faith – to unify toward discovery of interconnections. Mindful acts of observation play a crucial role at every level. Elementary particles themselves form a wave of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of thing or fact. Quantum theory then is not about the nature of reality. Reality shifts according to the observer’s conscious intent. Reality encompasses the observer’s free choices and nature’s “choices” as to discovering actual outcomes.
See also: Cosmic Consciousness by Richard Maurice Bucke 
In 1872, while in London, Bucke had the most important experience of his life — a fleeting mystical experience that he said consisted of a few moments of cosmic consciousness. He later described the characteristics and effects of the faculty of experiencing this type of consciousness as:
……….> its sudden appearance
……….> a subjective experience of light (“inner light”)
……….> moral elevation
……….> intellectual illumination
……….> a sense of immortality
……….> loss of a fear of death
……….> loss of a sense of sin
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