David Bohm on Consciousness

“Deep down, the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum, matter is one; and if we don’t see this, it’s because we are blinding ourselves to it.

Consciousness is a coherent whole, which is never static or complete, but which is in an unending process of movement and unfoldment.

Consciousness is much more of the implicate order than is matter . . . Yet at a deeper level [matter and consciousness] are actually inseparable and interwoven , just as in the computer game the player and the screen are united by participation.

We are internally related to everything, not [just] externally related. Consciousness is an internal relationship to the whole, we take in the whole, and we act toward the whole. Whatever we have taken in determines basically what we are. Wholeness is a kind of attitude or approach to the whole of life. If we can have a coherent approach to reality then reality will respond coherently to us.”

From a very young age I wondered how I know what I know. It had to be consciousness, right? What then is consciousness? Do the above quotes help in understanding what it is? I am not sure.

Then, there is the following extract from ‘The physicist as mystic’ by David Lewis in ‘Forbidden History’ by Douglas Kenyon (ed).

“In his plasma experiments at the Berkeley Laboratory, Bohm found that individual electrons act as part of an interconnected whole.

In plasma, a gas composed of electrons and positive ions in high concentration, electrons more or less assume the nature of a self-regulating organism, as if they were intelligent. Bohm found, to his amazement, that the subatomic sea he created was conscious.”

Reality, at this level, is most confusing.