Dr. Miller, Chairperson of the APRT’s Research Committee, is in the forefront of the field of Consciousness Studies and is developing new models of consciousness. Here he suggests a constantly changing, homeodynamic integration of energy, information, and memory (including past-life memories) that has survival value and that may work well or badly.
Definitions and Basic Dynamics
Reformulating our ideas about how information and energy contribute to the complex, dynamic activity of consciousness can help us to understand their relationship to current memory, past-life therapy and mind-body medicine. What follows may help to clarify how and why this three-legged stool — information, energy, and consciousness — fit so well together to explain the somewhat mysterious functioning of memories in one’s current and past lives, their recall in regression therapy, and their effectiveness in mind-body medicine.
Consciousness is a central part of this synthesis of concepts, and I want to distinguish it from mind because it is the faculty closer to the daily life of the person. While it may be receptive to information absorbed from the spiritual dimension (from the mind), consciousness is more involved with a person’s functioning in relation to reality, which ultimately impinges on survival. Consciousness is constructed out of the events in one’s life that also structure the self-concept. The self-concept becomes created and organized developmentally from current life events in response to positive and negative behavioral effects (and affects). The self-concept is therefore closely allied to the contents of consciousness while maintaining a strong feedback relationship to emotions and to the reality-survival axis.