3. Overview of a panpsychist cosmology

Panpsychism holds, in general, that all that exists is consciousness and is aware. To the materialist, this is patently ridiculous. The property of awareness is obviously associated only with beings that have brains and can communicate. However, this constraint may be too limiting. Plants do not have a nervous system, yet some can respond intelligently to messages sent by other plants (Mancuso et al., 2015; see book review here). Even simpler physical systems appear to show behaviours that might be interpreted as awareness when they self-organize in response to changes in the environment.

According to a Zeta, humans do not recognize consciousness in inanimate objects simply because the objects have no organs with which to communicate. He said, “These supposedly inanimate objects are conscious things, and the difference is in the level that you communicate with them, as you are only a construct of matter as they are a construct of matter … Matter at its basic level is consciousness.” Further, there are different kinds of consciousness in that some entities are self-aware; that is, they know that they are aware. These are entities we call spirits or souls. All are facets of what is known as source consciousness, organized hierarchically in an infinite information space.

All things that exist, including our familiar three-dimensional spatial environment, are configurations in an abstract, multidimensional consciousness space. According to the Zetas, this space in all its complexity is analogous to a single waveform that represents all that is. A new creation alters the properties of the one waveform. Individual things are created by a non-physical entity’s intention, and are encoded as components of the waveform. They can be recovered by the entity’s perceptual process; that is, the act of perception decodes the waveform into separate things to be experienced by the entity’s consciousness.

The process of creation by consciousness may be compared to making a simple hologram in our physical reality. States of consciousness have the property of vibration, and are ordered according to their vibrational state. These ordered states are analogous to the spectrum of light. The vibrational energy of a being’s highest possible state of consciousness corresponds to the particular colour of light used to make the hologram. Its highest possible vibrational energy is modulated by the being’s intention to create the desired object. The modulated energy is combined with the original energy to produce a representation analogous to the interference pattern of the hologram. The representation is preserved in a construct of consciousness analogous to the hologram’s photographic plate. The Zetas describe this construct as a multidimensional grid.

Consciousness space has many different kinds of potentials that can be actualized when the creative process is invoked by a being’s intention. A Zeta said, for example, “Light is potential, a light is a, depending on who you are, what race, will then define what potential it will provide. For the humans, they are able to see a certain energy within a framework and the perception is light.” Also, matter is “a development of consciousness … a conjoined process of smaller levels of potentials. Potentials are used as the device mechanisms for experiential processes.

So light and matter are instantiations of certain potentials in consciousness. Matter has a spectrum of granularity. It appears first in consciousness as fine matter, and finer matter becomes familiar coarse matter when it forms the contents of the physical universe. The electron is an example of finer matter in a “non-combined state”. The finest matter has “always existed as part of the fabric of this universe”, and is formed from the “smaller levels of potentials” which are features of consciousness space.

Also in consciousness space, parallel to the physical realm, is a non-physical etheric realm. All bodies of matter have corresponding bodies in the etheric realm. These etheric bodies are themselves non-physical creations represented in the grid, and specify the detailed properties of the physical bodies. The etheric bodies are templates that guide the coalescence of fine matter from consciousness into coarse matter. A change in a template via the creative process is immediately reflected in a property of the physical object. For example, an altered position of an etheric body would be seen by a physical being as an anomalous movement of the physical object. We refer to such an event as psychokinesis or teleportation.

This brief summary of the Zeta cosmology will be elaborated upon in subsequent chapters.