Universal mind

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Universal Mind is the universal higher consciousness or source of being in some forms of esoteric or New Thought and spiritual philosophy. It may be considered synonymous with the subjective mind or it may be referred to in the context of creative visualization, usually with religious or spiritual themes.


The word surfaced in eastern and western thought. In "The Huang Po Doctrine of Universal Mind", originated in around 857 C.E., the idea of mind was disconnected from soul in this buddhist school of thought.[1]

Chu Ch’an says, “Universal mind, therefore, is something to which nothing can be attributed. Being absolute, it is beyond attributes. If for example, it were to be described as infinite, that would exclude from it whatever is finite, but the whole argument of the book is that universal mind is the only reality and that everything we apprehend through our senses, is nothing else but this mind. Even to think of it in terms of existence or non-existence is to misapprehend it entirely.” pp. 8-9


The notion of universal mind came into the Western Canon through the Pre-Socratic philosopher Anaxagoras, who arrived in Athens some time after 480 BC. He taught that all things were created by Nous (Mind) and that Mind held the cosmos together and gave human beings a connection to the cosmos, or a pathway to the divine.[3]

The term surfaced again later in later philosophy such as Hegel but Hegel sought to reconcile the stages of mind and the connection with the soul:

The sphere of education is the individuals only: and its aim is to bring the universal mind to exist in them. But in the philosophic theory of mind, mind is studied as self−instruction and self−education in very essence; and its acts and utterances are stages in the process which brings it forward to itself, links it in unity with itself, and so makes it actual mind.



Universal mind may be described as the nonlocal [5] and atemporal hive mind.Persinger wrote on non-locality :

[a]s a human being, I am concerned about the illusionary explanations for human consciousness and the future of human existence.Consequently after writing the Neuropsychological Base of God Beliefs (1987), I began the systematic application of complex electromagnetic fields to discern the patterns that will induce experiences (sensed presence) that are attributed to the myriad of ego-alien intrusions which range from gods to aliens. The research is not to demean anyone's religious/mystical experience but instead to determine which portions of the brain or its electromagnetic patterns generate the experience""

Michael Persingerin Huping Hu & Maoxin Wu

The atemporal nature of consciousness is explored by Mansoor Malik & Maria Hipolito.[6] They summarise key theorists on the subject from different ontological perspectives:

Freud emphasized the timelessness of unconscious processes. He showed how unconscious ignores time and temporal progression. For example, in dreams and fantasy where past, present, and future are united in one representation, he showed that certain aspects of psychopathology are also essentially atemporal.

Malik Min Malik M,Hipolito M

Hameroff (1996) conceptualizes consciousness as successive quantum superposition of the tubulin protein conformations in the brain. He proposes that with each conscious moment, “a new organization of Planck scale geometry is selected irreversibly”. This leads to apparent illusion of time. Thus without consciousness, there would be no time.

Malik Min Malik M,Hipolito M

The nature of the Universal mind is omniscient, omnipotent, omnificent and omnipresent.[citation needed]

It's also the human nature. It's believed that one has access to all knowledge, known and unknown. Through the Universal Mind, people have access to an infinite power; one then is able to tap into the limitless creativity of the One. All these attributes are present within one at all times in their potential form.[citation needed]

Society and culture[edit]

  • "Universal mind" is the title of a song by The Doors .
  • 'Universal mind' theory was adapted in the therapeutic approach of Health realization
  • In Dan Brown’s book The Lost Symbol, the fictional character Katherine Solomon mentions “universal consciousness”

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Blofeld.,J.,under pseudonym Chu Ch'an,1947 "The Huang Po Doctrine of Universal Mind"
  2. ^ Blofeld.,J.,under pseudonym Chu Ch'an,1947 "The Huang Po Doctrine of Universal Mind"
  3. ^ Geldard.,R.,2008, "Anaxagoras and Universal Mind" , Ark Books . ISBN 1605854034
  4. ^ Hegel.GWF,1807 "Philosophy of mind"
  5. ^ Hu H,Wu M, (2013). "Human Consciousness as Limited Version of Universal Consciousness". Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research 4 (1): 52–68. 
  6. ^ Malik M,Hipolito M (2010). "Time and its Relationship to Consciousness An Overview". Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research 1 (5): 573–579. 


  • Robert Anthony, Beyond Positive Thinking: A No-Nonsense Formula for Getting the Results You Want
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedric Hegel, The Phenomenology of Mind
  • Martin E Moore, The Universal Mind & I: Intelligent Spiritual Philosophy
  • Charles Haanel, "Master Key System"