Cosmic Consciousness

The prime characteristic of cosmic consciousness is a consciousness of the cosmos, that is, of life and order of the universe. Along with the consciousness of the cosmos there occurs an intellectual enlightenment which alone would place the individual on a new plane of existence-would make him almost a member of a new species. To this is added a state of moral exaltation, an indescribable feeling of elevation, elation, and joyousness, and a quickening of the moral sense, which is fully as striking, and more important than is the enhanced intellectual power. With these come what may be called a sense of immortality, a consciousness of eternal life, not a conviction that there shall be this, but the consciousness that he has it already.

Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D. Cosmic Consciousness , A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind (1901).

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