Consciousness - Level One

It is this school’s opinion that many spiritual practitioners of this age get bogged down by intellectualization of spiritual topics. You may discover in your journeys that Spirit is well beyond the grasp of mere intellect. For this reason, we place the developmental stage of knowledge acquisition, terminology, and intellectual cultivation at Level One. We also suggest you do not linger forever at this level. Study each Module until you feel familiar, and then move to the next. Once you have completed all Modules, self-progress to Level Two, where your true training will begin.

To put it another way, this stage matters a great deal now, but will mean little later. Do not over contemplate this.

Course Title: Consciousness Level One

Course Description:

This course provides an introductory understanding of consciousness, exploring various philosophical perspectives. Participants will learn about the nature of consciousness, theories of mind, and how different philosophical approaches perceive consciousness and its implications.

Duration:

4 weeks

Module 1: Foundations of Consciousness

Lesson 1: Introduction to Consciousness
  • Topics:
    • Definition and historical perspectives on consciousness
    • Understanding consciousness as an evolving concept
    • Ethical considerations and societal impact of consciousness studies
Lesson 2: States of Consciousness
  • Topics:
    • Exploring different states of consciousness (e.g., waking, dreaming, altered states)
    • Understanding the spectrum of consciousness experiences
    • Analyzing the shifts in consciousness and their impact on human perception
Lesson 3: Theories of Consciousness
  • Topics:
    • Introducing major theories of consciousness (e.g., dualism, monism, panpsychism)
    • Comparing and contrasting theories on the mind-body relationship
    • Examining how culture and history shape theories of consciousness

Module 2: Philosophical Approaches to Consciousness

Lesson 1: Cartesian Dualism and Mind-Body Problem
  • Topics:
    • Understanding Cartesian dualism and its influence on consciousness philosophy
    • Analyzing the mind-body problem and its implications
    • Evaluating contemporary perspectives on the mind-body relationship
Lesson 2: Materialism and Physicalism
  • Topics:
    • Exploring materialistic and physicalist philosophies of consciousness
    • Understanding the reductionist approach to consciousness
    • Analyzing the challenges and criticisms of materialism
Lesson 3: Idealism and Panpsychism
  • Topics:
    • Introducing idealism and panpsychism as philosophies of consciousness
    • Understanding the implications of consciousness being fundamental to reality
    • Exploring how Eastern philosophies align with idealism and panpsychism

Module 3: Contemporary Views and Debates

Lesson 1: Emergence and Holism
  • Topics:
    • Understanding emergentism and holistic philosophies of consciousness
    • Exploring the notion of collective consciousness and global awareness
    • Analyzing the interconnectedness of consciousness and its implications
Lesson 2: Phenomenal Consciousness and Qualia
  • Topics:
    • Defining phenomenal consciousness and qualia
    • Examining how subjective experiences contribute to our understanding of consciousness
    • Analyzing the hard problem of consciousness and its significance
Lesson 3: Non-Dual Consciousness and Eastern Philosophy
  • Topics:
    • Introducing non-dual consciousness from an Eastern philosophical perspective
    • Understanding the unity of self and its relation to consciousness
    • Analyzing meditation and mindfulness practices as means to experience non-dual consciousness

Module 4: Integration and Practical Application

Lesson 1: Consciousness and Ethics
  • Topics:
    • Exploring the ethical implications of different theories of consciousness
    • Understanding how consciousness theories influence ethical decision-making
    • Analyzing the role of consciousness in social justice and collective well-being
Lesson 2: Consciousness and Spirituality
  • Topics:
    • Investigating the spiritual dimensions of consciousness
    • Exploring how consciousness is perceived in spiritual and religious traditions
    • Analyzing the relationship between consciousness and transcendence
Lesson 3: Personal Philosophy of Consciousness
  • Topics:
    • Encouraging participants to develop their philosophy of consciousness
    • Reflecting on how the course has influenced their understanding of consciousness
    • Sharing personal insights and perspectives on the nature of consciousness