Exploring the evolution of the unconscious is perhaps the same as asking how consciousness emerged. Fossil excavations don’t offer much in the way of information. We are left with perhaps three windows into this journey: individual ontogeny (observing children); exploring the consciousness manifestations of disorders characterized by developmental or maturational delay; recalling personal experience.

In many ways, ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny. The unfolding of an individual from conception to adult reproduces the physical manifestations, genetic triggering mechanisms, and hormonal processes characteristic of ancient precursor species. We might assume that ontogeny also recapitulates consciousness. Hence, the three pathways noted, all ontogenetically related.

A fourth path is available, but this path offers mysteries and is little understood. Hypnosis is a tool hypnotherapists use to form alliances with a person’s alternative decision-making center, the unconscious. A hypnotherapist can suggest to a person’s alternative mind that the subject feels hot on one side of the body and cold on the other. Measurements confirm the changes. A hypnotherapist can suggest welts appear at particular places, and so they do. Suggestions can be made to modify the physical form in specific noninvasive ways, and form modifies.

What are the limits to how an unconscious, subconscious or alternative consciousness can transform in the physical sphere? Can different enzymes be produced? Evidently, yes. Can suggestion change the color of a person’s hair? Can more or fewer sperm be made? Can the genetics of those sperm be modified?

Can mind modify genetics?

Which begs the question: What is mind?

If the consciousness of a therapist asking the mind of a person in a trance to change bodily function succeeds in change, then that person without suggestion from an outside source, on his or her own, no doubt, can have the same effect. The connection between mind and health is now well documented. Mind or the unconscious have the ability to transform health, change the body, modify ways the physical form displays.

Can that person modify his or her own genetic template? If that is possible, then how do we define consciousness if animals might do the same? We’re not talking about animals consciously causing these transformations. Animals don’t have a conscious mind. But they do have an unconscious mind. Or maybe it would make more sense to say that they have a mind with no consciousness split. That is what makes them animals. Can an animal’s unconscious mind or nonsplit mind modify its own genetics?

I am suggesting that evolution and consciousness might be so closely tied as to be indistinguishable. If that suggestion is reality, then maybe science and spirituality are the same.


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