The Brain Does NOT Create Consciousness

psychedelic-brainDebbie West, Contributor
Waking Times

In an interview with Waking Times, Dr. Eben Alexander, Harvard Neurosurgeon presents compelling scientific research in the field of consciousness that examines the unfolding reality that the brain does NOT create consciousness. Misleading concepts that focus on reductive materialism have kept us in the dark about the true nature of the human soul and its integral part in our evolution as spiritual beings.

“The old paradigm of birth to death represents an outdated concept that is woefully inadequate in defining the unfolding reality of expanded awareness,” he stated in the interview with Waking Times. “Materialist science is at the end of its days as most scientists are changing their views. The old concepts are soon to be relegated to the same dust bin as ‘the earth is flat’ as we develop a more mature understanding and transcend old beliefs.”

Supported by worldwide research that is now delving into the concepts of string theory that involves a complete reworking of our outdated and limited views of space/time means that we are now entering a phase where science will greatly expand its boundaries. The foundation of the research begins with the clear understanding of the “Soul”, or conscious spirit, that exists outside of the body and is eternal.

“Consciousness is at the core to unfolding all of reality”, states Alexander.

The brain operates the body based on input from the personality, but the higher intelligence, or subconscious, is the mechanism that controls the body, and that is the soul that we have yet to acknowledge or even begin to understand. That is the free will component that exists long after the body stops. Near-death, paranormal, mysticism, past life memories, and akashic records are now a common thread that drives home the conclusion that there exists a soul within the human body that transcends the human experience. As we acknowledge the essence of our soul, we let go of the limitations of the illusional earth-based mentality and reach out to the greater cosmos of life. Many additional realms exist beyond the earth and in other dimensions of time/space. As spiritual beings, we can easily access these places.

Edgar Cayce, the father of holistic medicine, pioneered the concept in modern times that we are indeed “spiritual beings having a human experience”, but this is only a reemergence of what our ancestors already knew.

This time on earth will be one where we all transcend the false boundaries that convince us that we are separate entities and develop the understanding of the oneness that we all share, meaning that we don’t have to be either scientific or spiritual. Merging science and spirituality creates a new foundation for our peaceful coexistence in the greater cosmos.

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About the Author

Deborah West worked in corporate public relations and media for over 20 years and is currently a freelancer, reporting on a wide variety of topics including disclosure, ancient and multidimensional civilizations, the the shift in humanity’s consciousness and brings truthful reporting to topics ranging from healthcare to energy. She writes a column called Lost Knowledge at The New Era Times and has a weekly radio show called Lost Knowledge on Tuesdays 3-5pm CST. To see her articles go to:

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  • joanne

    Consciousness is just the thing we use to observe the idea that there is something eternal that transcend life and death – that which we name, the soul.

    Subconscious is more to do with the actual brain, a part that people seem to believe to interact with the conscious mechanisms on the brain, ie those we have more control over. Although our subconscious may just be a network of our belief systems – that in turn is influenced my our conscious brain.

    Theres also awareness, what would the difference between consciousness and awareness be?

    When we think of these aspects of our being, I think we need to identify things that happen as an individual, and not get caught up in ideas like tuning into channels – although that it is a fine metaphor at the right time.

    I think the brain is a gateway in to the soul, it may not be a constituent of it but it may very well influence it, the thing that allow us to obtan the concept of a soul in the first place.

    Im not even going to go into religion, what the point? theyre all the same in essence.

    A scientific attitude is great, taking no assumptions, we might end up running in circles though…

  • mothman777

    correction 4th para;

    If you consider that each atomic-sized part of that nondivisible Supersoul God has the same QUALITY of quality of consciousness as the rest of God everywhere else, so that God is omnisentient, …

    • mothman777

      Oops; my eyes are not working today as they should; just getting ready to dash out to do something;

      4th para;

      If you consider that each atomic-sized part of that nondivisible Supersoul God has the same quality of consciousness as the rest of God everywhere else, so that God is omnisentient, …

  • P.TM

    What is the reason for mental retardation and other mental problems? If we are the soul/energy that is eternal and we can see the world in a “normal” way and interact in a “normal” way, then why are there some people that are retarded or are psychotic or have other mental problems and cannot interact “normally”, then is their soul/energy like that as well? I’m curious for the opinions on this!

    • mothman777

      According to vedic knowledge, the souls of everyone in all species, from microbe to ant to human to blue whale are eternally perfect and equal in spatial dimensions, no matter whether their bodies and brains are perfect or damaged or dysfunctional, but because each soul is a tiny jiva soul, such as each of us are, atomic sized, compared to the cosmic sized Oversoul, which is the communal head of the body, ‘Krishna’ (God has no name really, but Krishna just means; ‘the all-attractive’, and so that description of the nameless Being becomes used as a name itself).

      The Supreme soul is self-maintaining due to the enormity of it’s size, and never ‘runs down’, whereas we jiva souls are a marginal potency, in that when we turn towards God, we are able to know our eternal qualities and those of God and everyone else, but when we turn away from Him, we lose the light by which we can truly know ourselves, and even forget the quality of this communal oversoul, or Higher Self, and of all other souls too, a bit like walking out of the sunlight into a pitch black cave.

      So though He does not need us to remain conscious, we need Him to remain properly conscious, but according to the Vaishnava philosophy, each soul that turns back towards Him is given ‘sarshti’, as a part of God ourselves, and then we can see across the expanse of the spiritual cosmos with some shared potencies of Krishna Himself, a little like the way we see across the sky and into space to the stars right now, but in a totally alive manner, becoming sensitive to the living nature of all that we perceive also.

      If you consider that each atomic-sized part of that nondivisible Supersoul God has the same potential of quality of consciousness as the rest of God everywhere else, so that God is omnisentient, then when an atomic-sized jiva soul once again becomes dovetailed with that Being in consciousness, then in many ways it becomes as if that jiva shares aspects of the potencies of God, Krishna, Himself, experiencing an equal level of pleasure to Him also, so that we are indeed, parts of God, whilst yet still remaining eternal individuals in relation to that Supreme individual. This understanding is called Achintya Bhedabheda Tattva.

      Just like a paratrooper comes down and breaks his ankle sometimes, sometimes we have accidents when we incarnate and live here. Not everything is some kind of ‘karma’, as much is the result of spontanious madness in this world of others. If everything were just reaction for every action, precisely proportionate, then satya yuga would never stop and there would be no Kali yuga.

      As parts of God ourselves, God respects our wishes, and when we decide to vote crazy people into power who create (non) depleted uranium and chuck it all over the place, creating massive birth defects, then that is what we have wished for communally and He lets that become manifest as an expression of permitting our free will to manifest, but that suffering of those in other countries is also partly a concomitant of making the mistake of deciding to come to this world, full of crazy people, with all that it entails. Some is the karma too of slaughtering animals needlessly on an industrial scale for the simple pleasure of taste (they are sentient souls just like us, and God represents them also, by having us all kill each other for that trangression), and for the sin of maintaining the demonic Abrahamic belief systems that believe in the eternal segregation of all non-believers in some eternal hell or other, where they are burned alive repeatedly forever, whilst being beaten with iron rods and being forced to drink boiling water, or being boiled alive eternally in an ocean of boiling exrement. Such hatred, which is what it is, as it is definitely not spiritual, causes certain reactions.

      People in this world generally are not capable without vedic culture of appreciating their eternal relationshp to each other, seeing only a dog-eat-dog reality, and thus everyone tries to screw everyone else generally, acting as parasites even in so much as all creatures generally kill another in this world to survive, even as vegetarians, as plants too have souls, and souls in plants are actually higher in consciousness than souls in fish according to vedic knowledge. To avoid karma for killing plants, Krishna permits devotees to first offer Him the food that they intend to eat, and He kindly cancels the karmic reaction for killing those plants (He is ultimately all the bodies of the plants anyway, and the souls within those plants merely witness their lives within those bodies according to the Bhagavad gita).

      When we turn away from the Supersoul God when we are in the spiritual world, or mistakenly self-identify with Him in some inappropriate manner, we lose our cosmic consciousness within the Soul of God, as well as our own personal spiritual self-awareness. Thus we are no longer suitable to dwell amongst the eternally liberated souls in the spiritual world any longer until we fix our poor attitude. We are then given over to be attracted to the mahat tattva potency which results in our transfer to the highest material planet, Brahmaloka, which is extremely luxurious, for reformation, there having to dwell in external conditioning bodies, like wearing braces on our teeth, till we straighten up. If we persist in prevaricating, we are transferred to successively lower and lower planetary systems where the testing system is more suitable to inspire us to head back upwards.

      In this world, without Krishna, people are literally insane, and panic, hopelessly trying to find that same degree of consciousness that they had previously from Krishna, but now mistakenly only try to access through association with other souls, who are all forgetful, ignorant, and panicking just like they themselves, but of course, another ignorant and fallen atomic sized soul like themselves cannot illuminate one to have spiritual self-cognizance or cosmic consciousness, due to their tiny spatial dimensions, and only the one soul that literally has cosmic, or infinite spatial dimension is truly suitable to enable the true fulfilment of that, as we are all parts of God, not less, but subjective parts nonetheless.

      Above and beyond even all eternal spiritual (nitya) siddhic states of consciousness, association with Krishna, Govinda Himself is the most satisfying to the jiva soul.

  • Tim

    The Earth was considered round in the Middle Ages. The myth of the “Flat Earth” was invented in the 1940’s by a historical society.

  • miriam

    Good article!! thanks! To me the brain is just a switching station, that is thoughts are of the mind which is using the brain, but not nessecarily part of it and is part of our spiritual/energy field makeup.

  • Dzyan

    I don’t get it. Why does nobody read science. Alain Aspect of the university of Paris (a physicist) has proven (a monologue prove that is) that consciousness is a form of matter. Life science people read not enough papers outward of their field obviously. But any physicist should know that E = mc2 = f(Consciousness) its simple like that.

    Warm greetings,


    • mothman777

      That is exactly it, matter IS consciousness, at least on the spiritual awakened level, and even when the Higher Self God Krishna manifests in His non-disclosed form as the physical universe and even the impersonal formless Brahman light, He is still fully conscious of exactly who and what He Himself really is, even whilst posing in our minds as the merely dead physical substance of this world, beyond the limited percepts of His real eternal nature that He may create in the minds of other souls for various purposes whilst they remain either under the dream of material maya in this world, or when they are ‘liberated’ beyond material karma whilst they reside in the formless impersonal Brahman light, which, though being entirely spiritual itself, is still not revealing the true nature of itself as Krishna Himself, so it remains outside the spiritual planets themselves, as the demarcation zone (though extending throughout infinity on one level of perception) between the gross and subtle material worlds, and the spiritual planets ‘above’, which also extend throughout infinity on their level of perception.

      In the spiritual world, ALL is pure consciousness, throughout all infinity, even the spiritual planets themselves, and the spiritual sky in which they exist, and that is the natural state of infinity, of matter without any beginning, the entirety of it all being a multitude of distinct eternal spiritual egos (or selves), all existing timelessly in an eternal cosmic community, with the central Godhead Krishna (Govinda) illuminating the consciousness of all other souls there.

    • 999 xxx

      consciousness is a RESULT of parts inside the physical proponent, which is the brain. And matter is OBVIOUSLY not consciousness. Consciousness is a result of the brain, it got nothing to do with matter, at ALL.

  • Folcrom Tafazah

    The author has is backwards.
    We do not have a Soul.
    That which we are, the Soul, is immersed within the physical body for the purposes of spiritual evolution, growth and development.
    The body is nothing more than a garment (a physical encounter suit if you will) purposely grown for this purpose from the moment of conception, through birth and finally its demise at which point we shed it.
    Folcrom Tafazah

    • 999 xxx

      we have a soul.

  • keldoone

    Read the books of Dr. Michael Newton or for a shorter work read Richard Martini’s Flipside, a tourists guide on how to navigate the afterlife. Michael Newton has documented over seven thousand life between life experiences… that is called statistically relevent.. There is more to us than just our present environment.

  • heinouscanis

    so where does this “consciousness” end up when you’re a dead piece of meat? The brain thinks up this stuff but doesn’t answer to it when the electrical impulses cease.

    • hp

      Bhagavad Gita 15.8


      The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas. Thus he takes one kind of body and again quits it to take another.

  • mothman777

    But by what valid spiritual reasoning can one reliably assert that ‘we are all one’?

    If we were all one originally, surely, when one part fell, all would forget and fall as one, and the other consideration is that if all infinity is filled with our consciousness as one Being, there where would a forgetful piece of that one Being go to? Surely, there would only be Brahman white light all around, so such a piece of the Brahman light would have only that to return to.

    And how could any area within that oneness of perception forget it’s own true eternal nature, having sameness of perception throughout the full entirety of it’s own infinitude, and that infinitude of itself to constantly remind itself. Surely, the very idea is utterly impossible.

    I have even seen it stated that in order to experience more pleasure, the infinite oneness has become many to enjoy finding itself again, but that too is utterly impossible, as the misery of childrem suffering horrific deformities from ‘depleted’ uranium in Iraq in utterly insane and pointless military conflicts and so on surely proves.

    And even the philosophical proposal that such a thing as the Brahman light choosing to forget itself occurs, neccessarily demonstrates that the ‘Supreme’ Brahman white light bliss is not so blissful after all, if the Brahman white light must reject even itself to find even greater happiness.

    Krishna has stated that the impersonal Brahman level of consciousness is an inferior state of spiritual fulfilment in comparison with residing with Krishna Himself, and even Shankaracharya himself has stated that ultimately, those who choose the Brahman light through advaitist philosophy have in fact not chosen wisely.

    Surely, the very fact that we are all separate people, but interdependent beings in this realm should surely be accepted as indicating the far more obvious truth that we are all eternal individuals, that ultimately form parts of one beginingless and eternal cosmic spiritual body, just as the Bhagavad Gita states.

    The ancient vedic philosophy of Achintya Bhedabheda Tattva elaborates on this idea, as Lord Krishna Himself states in the Bhagavad Gita, that we are all eternal individuals, all sharing an eternal communal body with the Lord Krishna as the communal Godhead and Supersoul, who resides in the anahata or heart chakra in every being in the material cosmos, and actually within the soul itself also of every individual being throughout both material and spiritual worlds, so that it is as if all souls are strung on Krishna like a set of pearls upon a thread.

    Krishna is the best friend and constant companion of all souls, whether they be incarnate in a tiny microbe, or whether they live in the body of a blue whale or a cosmic-sized angel or demigod, with Krishna Himself providing the makings of the bodies that each of us inhabits from the substance of His own soul, which in this world is mainly only revealed as the substance of the gross and subtle material elements that comprise all the planets we live on, and all the gross and subtle bodies we live in, though He is also present here in His spiritual nature, sometimes appearing as an avatar from the spiritual worlds, like Lord Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu did in 1486 in Mayapur in West Bengal.

    And He is also constantly present with us in many other ways, such as prasadam, or food that has been offered to deities of Him that are wood or stone or paintings that His presence has transcendentalized to be non-different to Him to the awakened spiritual eye. He is present also in the knowledge of His philosophy, or in the chanting of His spiritual names.

    In fact the Bhagavad Gita lists many things that are Lord Krishna Himself here in this world, and the eye of the soul tinged with devotion can perceive the true nature of these things.

    Even the scent and colour of a beautiful flower are all transcendental spiritual things in truth. Ultimately, one can come to recognize that all material matter in this entire dimension is in fact non other than the soul of Krishna Himself, who is all the spiritual planets also when we return to our eternal constitutional positions.

    God has no name actually, but He does exist as an eternal person with many eternal spiritual forms and personalities, and possesses unique qualities that no other individual has, so the description of these unique qualities becomes a kind of name when He is described and identified by them, so Krishna means ‘the all-attractive’ in Sanskrit, and this is because only the Supersoul God has a cosmic-sized soul that is attractive to all other souls, as Krishna vitalizes all the other souls, like the sunlight attracts the attention of all beings in this material universe, whilst each of us is only a tiny entity by comparison, though we can look through the soul of Krishna when we look across the sky in this world or the spiritual world, but we ourselves are not that sky, as Krishna must first dovetail some aspect of His senses with ours to give us greater perception of the cosmos.

    When our spiritual attitudes are perfect once again, and our eternal perfect spiritual personalities have been fully awakened once again by Krishna, then he gives each devotee parity in terms of enjoyment with Him, so that even though He is immeasurably larger than us, we can experience an equal degree of pleasure to the level of pleasure that He Himself experiences, and He shares many other potencies also with the inhabitants of the spiritual world, Vaikuntha, so the concept of ‘all being one’ to achieve sameness of degree of pleasure with the Supreme becomes redundant by the higher philosophy.

    Nonetheless, those who still wish to enter into the thoughtless state of the impersonal Brahman white light, just outside the actual spiritual world itself, will find that Krishna kindly maintains the manifestation of the Brahman state for all who wish to forget all about personal existence, and all about personal responsibility, and in that given level of pereption, afforded by a partial potency of Krishna, they can experience a pleasant thoughtless waking dream of being infinite white light bliss for as long as they wish, though ultimately, any soul dwelling there will get bored, realizing that they are not really fully awake to their true potential of more pleasureable experience in the association of Krishna Himself, and then Krishna, dwelling eternally in the heart of all souls, sees this, and lifts such a soul back out of the Brahman white light bliss, and from there the soul may yet still choose to attempt to enjoy pleasure once again in the material world, or if they have really chosen wisely, they will re-enter their true eternal spiritual homeland with Krishna once again to be truly happy.

    The real nectar is to remain in association with Krishna as His devotee though, and in the association of His other devotees, rather than possession of any mystical spiritual potency even in the spiritual world. A Brahman white light bliss devoid of the loving personality of Krishna Himself is truly only a barren place indeed.

  • [ Smiles ] For a very long time, I knew that the brain doesn’t create consciousness.

    Great article!

  • Paul Rowlandson

    Consciousness is what everything is made of. There is nothing else.

    • 999 xxx

      consciousness is a result of what the brain does.

  • dimitri

    I’m OK with the Soul as existing outside of the body. But the brain and personality driven “idea” that the Soul is “eternal” has always struck me as a bit of a wish fulfillment strategy. What if it isn’t? What is “eternal”? Isn’t it that which is infinite? And we humans cannot understand “infinite” without it’s opposite, “finite”. Ergo, the Soul also has to be finite. What I always ask myself is what dimension is it that is beyond Finite.

    • Anonymous

      I think what you think of as finite might actually be cycles. I just read something on Milisians just yesterday and it seems to apply. We live we die-our lives are for a finite time, but energy never dies it is just recycled. Matter is returned to its simpliest state. I guess in this way it is infinite.

    • consciousman

      The unified field of consciousness which is the essential constituent of everything in material existence is infinite and eternal. Not meaning never-ending space and time but outside of the dimension of space and time. It transcends this space-time bound material manifestation that we experience and is everything that has happened or will happen.

    • Robert

      Well, I am not disagreeing with you but how else would one explain past live experiences, regressive hypnosis experiences and so on. Volumes have been written about people subjected to hypnosis speaking foreign languages and so on, I am sure you are aware of that. I have read quite a bit about pineal gland and DMT. What I find absolutely incredible is that everybody is describing the same thing during the DMT experience. I saw a YouTube video with Sting and he said that DMT experience convinced him that there is the ultimate intelligence behind everything around us. I don’t want to give it a name or call it God because God immediately and mistakenly implies religion and IMHO, God and religion have nothing to do with one another. What I believe, for those that want to read, is that we are born as a fraction of that ultimate intelligence and we are here for that intelligence to have physical manifestation on this earth. When we leave the body (when we die) we go back to the source where we came from and the cycle continues. I would say that our goal, in this earthly life, is to remember who we are and where we come from, to liberate ourselves from the ego. Some call it enlightenment, one can call it whatever one feels comfortable with but I would say that little chunk of universal intelligence is the only thing remaining when we die so if one wants to call it a soul then I would say that yes, we are eternal.

  • Zabelisa

    Obviously the brain does not create consciousness.. The brain is merely an organ that allows us to perceive various frequencies. Consciousness is all that there is in terms of sound and light or energy frequencies (like say, all the channels on the radio). You can tune in whatever you chose or sometimes just by accident or because of an alternate state. I think we already know what consciousness is. Something like the whole part of the universe that we can perceive at one level or another (conscious or subconscious). The brain never stops picking up signals even when we sleep. This is where the good stuff happens because we have no way to distract ourselves in that state, no resistance so to speak. Just my 2 cents..

    • Sweed

      Maybe…BUT….Consciousness is more than the random sum of all the parts we are able to perceive….Consciousness will always be “that” conundrum… we will never be able to grasp fully as it even now expanding on its own….we will never fully catch up, not as living/breathing beings…..PEACE & RESPECT

    • Anonymous

      nicely said

    • 999 xxx

      Prove it.

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