Everything is Conscious: We Are All One Being

Greek Goddess Demeter

The Greek Goddess Demeter

MOLECULAR biologist Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, and is studying how they communicate with one another.  But there is nothing new in this “revelation” for Theosophy. (How bacteria “talk”)

H. P. Blavatsky, author of The Secret Doctrine, her masterwork, summarized the underlying principle: “foremost of all, [is] the postulate that there is no such thing in Nature as inorganic substances or bodies.”

“Stones, minerals, rocks, and even chemical ‘atoms’ are simply organic units in profound lethargy.” (SD 1:626fn)

In her Summing Up section (The Secret Doctrine 1:269) she also had this fundamental covered, insisting that: “everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious,” and,”is endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception.”

“We men must remember,” she said plainly, challenging modern materialistic science, “that because we do not perceive any signs — which we can recognize of consciousness, say, in stones — we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there.” (See: The Third Fundamental of The Secret Doctrine).


“There is no such thing as either ‘dead’ or ‘blind’ matter — these find no place among the conceptions of Occult philosophy,” she wrote. “The latter never stops at surface appearances, and for it the noumenal essences have more reality than their objective counterparts.”

“There exists a body of research poised to rend apart our modern paradigms — revealing consciousness in places we might not have expected it, and connections between life forms that seem startling and impossible.” So wrote Ben Bendig in an interview with Cleve Backster, of “The Secret Life of Plants” fame, (July 22, 2013 The Epoch Times), echoing H. P. Blavatsky’s Fundamental axiom of universal mind. 

ESP of Plants

Consciousness is at the core of even the simplest entities on earth, from atoms to molecules. Cells at disparate locations in our bodies, for example, talk to one other. Trees are known to warn other trees of insect attacks over long distances says Larry Gedney in “Do Trees Communicate for Mutual Defense.” (Gedney is a seismologist at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks.)

Deities Within

Cosmic Soul or Mind are terms used by ancient sages who knew that the atoms, cells, and molecules of everything were endowed with mind and consciousness. Blavatsky notes that the ancient Hindus gave each entity a distinct name of a God or a Goddess, a Pantheon “composed of 30 crores (or 300 millions) of deities inside man.”

She explains further in her ground breaking article Kosmic Mind, how “the organs, and the whole body of man are composed of cells, and these cells are now being recognised as individual organisms, and – quien sabe 

will perhaps be recognized some day as an independent race of thinkers inhabiting the globe called man! It really looks like it.”

Highly magnified Amoeba proteus. Diameter: 120mm.

Highly magnified Amoeba proteus.
Diameter: 120mm.

It was thought, and materialistic science still does today, that all cellular action is mechanical. That “all the phenomena of assimilation and sucking in of food by the intestinal canal, could be explained by the laws of diffusion and endosmosis.”

Yet, “physiologists have come to learn,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote in her ground breaking article ‘Kosmic Mind’ — “that the action of the intestinal canal during the act of absorbing, is not identical with the action of the non-living membrane in the dialyser.”

Trees, More Than You See

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

Plants Sense Your Thoughts

Polygraph expert Cleve Baxter conducted  paradigm shifting experiments demonstrated that all cells, and plants and every life form he tested were in fact conscious thinkers.

Cleve Backster

Cleve Backster

“Grover Cleveland ‘Cleve’ Backster, Jr. (February 27, 1924 – June 24, 2013) was an interrogation specialist for the Central Investigation Agency (CIA), best known for his experiments with plants using a polygraph machine in the 1960s which led to his theory of ‘primary perception’ where he claimed that plants ‘feel pain’ and have extra sensory perception (ESP).” [Wikipedia]

“Primary Perception”

Baxter: “At thirteen minutes, fifty-five seconds chart time, the thought entered my mind to burn the leaf. I didn’t verbalize the idea; I didn’t touch the plant; I didn’t touch the equipment. Yet the plant went wild. The pen jumped right off the top of the chart. The only thing it could have been reacting to was the mental change. …

I have file drawers full of high-quality anecdotal data showing time and again how bacteria, plants, and so on are all fantastically in tune with each other. Human cells, too, have this primary-perception capability, but somehow it’s gotten lost at the conscious level. Or perhaps we never had such a talent.”

The Conscious Microbiome

According to H. P. Blavatsky, the human being “acquires individuality, first by natural impulse, and then by self-induced and self-devised efforts (checked by its Karma), thus ascending through all the degrees of intelligence, from the lowest to the highest [mind], from mineral and plant, up to the holiest archangel (Dhyani-Buddha).” [The Secret Doctrine Vol. 1, Page  17]

Stem Cells

“It is now well demonstrated that ‘this wall is covered with epithelium cells, each of which is an organism per se, a living being, and with very complex functions.

“‘We know further, that such a cell assimilates food – by means of active contractions of its protoplasmic body – in a manner as mysterious as that which we notice in the independent Amœba …'”


“From a 21st-century scientific perspective, your body and brain are not just your body and brain,” according to the Huffington Post article Thinking Outside the (Skull) Box.  “You are also a teeming community composed of single-cell organisms.”

“A  tiny portion of the body are human cells (yours) while perhaps a hundred times more are mostly bacteria and archaea, known all together as the microbiome.” 

“In a very real sense, all the amoebas alive today are the first amoeba,” says the article, “and the same goes for all the trillions of micro-organisms that occupy your body and are necessary for it to survive. (They aren’t free riders).

All One Being

“As ‘you’ expand, boundaries melt away.  Since the entire mass of animal and plant life on earth traces back to single-cell creatures, ‘you’ are one enormous 3.5-billion-year-old being” [what the ancient teachers called Cosmic Mind].


The Huffington Post article concludes:

“The [Hindu] Vedas speak of Brahman (reality) being bigger than the biggest and smaller than the smallest.  In modern terminology, this means ‘you.'”

The opening Proposition of The Secret Doctrine established this critically important Theosophical idea of universal unity: the “fundamental One Existence, or Absolute Being, must be the REALITY in every form there is.”

“Existence is ONE THING, not any collection of things linked together. Fundamentally there is ONE BEING.”

How Bacteria “Talk”

Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

To watch on YouTube, click here for the TED Talk link: www.ted.com/talks/bonnie_bassler_on_how_bacteria_communicate.html

Occult Evolution

“A day of Brahma is made up of what are called Manvantaras — or period between two men — fourteen in number. These include four billion three hundred and twenty million mortal, or earth, years, which is one day of Brahma. [ancient Hindu Chronology]

“When this day opens, cosmic evolution, so far as relates to this solar system, begins and occupies between one and two billions of years in evolving the very ethereal first matter before the astral kingdoms of mineral, vegetable, animal and men are possible.”

Cosmic Evolution

“This second step,” according to ancient teachers, “takes some three hundred millions of years, and then still more material processes go forward for the production of the tangible kingdoms of nature, including man. This covers over one and one-half billions of years. And the number of solar years included in the present ‘human’ period is over eighteen millions of years.

“This cosmic and human chronology of the Hindus is laughed at by western Orientalists, yet they can furnish nothing better and are continually disagreeing with each other on the same subject.”


“The real age of the world is asserted by Theosophy to be almost incalculable, and that of man as he is now formed is over eighteen millions of years. What has become at last man is of vastly greater age, for before the present two sexes appeared the human creature was sometimes of one shape and sometimes of another, until the whole plan had been fully worked out into our present form, function, and capacity.

“This is found to be referred to in the ancient books … where man is said to have been at one time globular in shape.”

“This was at a time when the conditions favored such a form and of course it was longer ago than eighteen millions of years. And when this globular form was the rule the sexes as we know them had not differentiated and hence there was but one sex, or if you like, no sex at all.”


The Ocean of Theosophy – (Excerpts from Chapter 2)
by William Q. Judge
Theosophical University Press Online Edition


14 responses to “Everything is Conscious: We Are All One Being

  1. I would offer these two quotes:
    The first re The OneLife and Lifeforms
    See http://www.lucistrust.org/world_goodwill/newsletter/recent_issues__1/2006_3_what_is_life and http://www.lucistrust.org/the_electric_bridge/electric_climate2
    The Metaphysical perspective sees Life as a distinct, all-pervasive electrical energy that interpenetrates and animates all forms from the minute atom of substance to a human being to the planet as a whole and to all forms within the Cosmos. … Esoteric philosophy regards Life as a constant flow of electrical energy with lifeforms being temporary expressions through which life manifests at the dense physical level. … Life, from this perspective, does not arise or originate from a particular form. … It is the one Life that breathes into all forms.

    The second from David Talbott and Wallace Thornhill ~ Thunderbolts of the Gods
    See http://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/eu-guides/beginners-guide/ to Electric Universe Theory
    From the smallest particle to the largest galactic formation, a web of electrical circuitry connects and unifies all of nature, organizing galaxies, energising stars, giving birth to planets and, on our own world, controlling weather and animating biological organisms. There are no isolated islands in an electric universe.


    • Wonderful comments, thanks Annie! Namaste!


    • I couldn’t agree more with the common electromagnetic field of all physical existence. David Talbott is a friend. However, the question remains. Are inanimate objects “self aware”? We just don’t know yet. Plus, fundamental consciousness is not electromagnetic. EM exists like all quantum wave-particle dualities in consciousness. Consciousness does not exist in them as far as we know. There are no electrons, protons, neutrons, photons, neutrinos, or quarks in infinite consciousness. Those are natural limitations of physical space-time all of which exist in consciousness. Not of consciousness. Consciousness is spaceless, timeless, matterless, and even energyless. It simply is. Language is so difficult for me.


      • Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception. We men must remember that because we do not perceive any signs — which we can recognise — of consciousness, say, in stones, we have no right to say that no consciousness exists there. There is no such thing as either “dead” or “blind” matter, as there is no “Blind” or “Unconscious” Law. These find no place among the conceptions of Occult philosophy. The latter never stops at surface appearances, and for it the noumenal essences have more reality than their objective counterparts; it resembles therein the mediaeval Nominalists, for whom it was the Universals that were the realities and the particulars which existed only in name and human fancy.
        – The Secret Doctrine 1:274

        “Occult philosophy teaches us, everything which changes is organic; it has the life principle in it, and it has all the potentiality of the higher lives. If, as we say, all in nature is an aspect of the one element, and life is universal, how can there be such a thing as an inorganic atom!”
        — H.P. Blavatsky, Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge, p.123-124

        From The Mahatma Letters: “Modern science is our best ally. Yet it is generally that same science which is made the weapon to break our heads with. However you will have to bear in mind (a) that we recognise but one element in Nature (whether spiritual or physical) outside which there can be no Nature since it is Nature itself (1), and which as the Akasa pervades our solar system every atom being part of itself pervades throughout space and is space in fact, which pulsates as in profound sleep during the pralayas and the universal Proteus, the ever active Nature during the Manwantaras; (b) that consequently spirit and matter are one, being but a differentiation of states not essences . . . our notions of “cosmic matter” are diametrically opposed to those of western science.”



        • I respect your position that inanimate things are self aware. I would love to read any original writings from you about your personal experience of this phenomena. However, I must rest on my personal experiences in meditation in infinite consciousness. This is my rock (no pun intended) of knowledge beyond all the teachings I’ve read from around the world over the last 60 years.


          • I have no problem with your belief or your own internal evidence, I respect that. We differ in that I “feel” the presence of life and perceptive power in everything we humans touch, whether a dog, a tree, or a stone. “The opposite poles of subject and object, spirit and matter,” Blavatsky wrote in The Secret Doctrine (1:16), “are but aspects of the One Unity in which they are synthesized.” I respect her and her Masters such that I hold to this teaching until proved otherwise. Please read more about “biocentrism” at the following link. The concept agrees with your premise that consciousness rules.



            • Very good. I know Robert Lanza’s work well in Biocentrism. I feel we’re saying the same things in different ways. That’s normal. I find language so difficult sometimes. Here’s a short video of my experience of what I think you’re describing. Please let me know if I’m incorrect. Thank you.
              Watch “Dream Theory of Reality” on YouTube


              • Yes thanks, good presentation. You might be interested in “New Experiments Show Consciousness Affects Matter ~ Dean Radin Ph.D”.


                Blavatsky has a great piece on “reality” in The Secret Doctrine 1:39-40:

                “Maya or illusion is an element which enters into all finite things, for everything that exists has only a relative, not an absolute, reality, since the appearance which the hidden noumenon assumes for any observer depends upon his power of cognition. To the untrained eye of the savage, a painting is at first an unmeaning confusion of streaks and daubs of colour, while an educated eye sees instantly a face or a landscape. Nothing is permanent except the one hidden absolute existence which contains in itself the noumena of all realities. The existences belonging to every plane of being, up to the highest Dhyan-Chohans, are, in degree, of the nature of shadows cast by a magic lantern on a colourless screen; but all things are relatively real, for the cogniser is also a reflection, and the things cognised are therefore as real to him as himself. Whatever reality things possess must be looked for in them before or after they have passed like a flash through the material world; but we cannot cognise any such existence directly, so long as we have sense-instruments which bring only material existence into the field of our consciousness. Whatever plane our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities. As we rise in the scale of development we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities, and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached “reality;” but only when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by Maya.



  2. This is an unresloved important difference among Non-dualists. My experience tells me non biological things are not “self aware” (conscious). They don’t eat, rest, or reproduce, and have no DNA. Even a single cell organism does this. Are inanimate objects in consciousness? Yes. But, are they self aware on some level?????? The discussion continues.
    Watch “All is in consciousness, but not necessarily conscious” on YouTube


    • You are quite the deep thinker, thanks for the comments. Blavatsky speaks of the same paradox of consciousness. As to your idea of “panpsychism” I found the following in the Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, p. 238:

      This relates to the greatest problem of philosophy — the physical and substantial nature of life, the independent nature of which is denied by modern science because that science is unable to comprehend it. The reincarnationists and believers in Karma alone dimly perceive that the whole secret of Life is in the unbroken series of its manifestations: whether in, or apart from, the physical body. Because if —

      “Life, like a dome of many-coloured glass,
      Stains the white radiance of Eternity” —

      yet it is itself part and parcel of that Eternity; for life alone can understand life.



      • Hi. Thank you for your reply. I’m a monist idealist. We believe in one infinite consciousness of which everything is a manifestation of, animate and inanimate alike. For us, consciousness is the only reality. All other manifestations such as space, time, matter, and energy, are all illusionary within consciousness, like we experience when dreaming.
        Recently, the Panpsychists have tried to “piggy back” onto this Non-dualism by claiming not only consciousness as fundamental but matter too. They say, All matter is conscious. We see this as an escape route for Materialists unable to solve the “hard problem” of consciousness. It makes no sense.
        For us, the appearance of matter requires consciousness. But, consciousness itself requires nothing. It is spaceless, timeless, and matterless. This is our experience in meditation.


        • We are in agreement about consciousness as universal and substratum.

          Mahat, literally meaning “The Great,” is a Hindu term for the Universal Mind and it is taught in Theosophy that every human mind is a ray of that Divine Universal Mind and of the same intrinsic essence as It. As the Universal Soul, Alaya is the Universal Consciousness, “the basis or root of all things,” “the basis of every visible and invisible thing,” “eternal and immutable in its essence” and yet reflecting itself “in every object of the Universe.” But the Universal Soul is not the same as the ONE Supreme Absolute Reality. The Absolute is that Paramartha in which “the Alaya of the Universe” lies latent during the unimaginably lengthy period of Universal Pralaya.



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