I have been told, and it is generally believed, that consciousness is located exclusively in the brain. I cannot say that I have a complete picture, at this point, but I do know that is not accurate. Various people, including myself, have disassociated at times of extreme pain or some sort of extreme emotional or physical upset, and at least part of the consciousness moves nearby but detached, physically and emotionally, from the event. There is also a similar situation with, what is generally called, “remote viewing”, when a person “views” a distant location without physically being there. Also when I go into deep meditation, my consciousness shifts to an existence where I feel total peace, total love, am not disabled and have no pain, I suspect that my consciousness moves away from my body and toward, what I call, the God place. Finally, through meditation, my understanding is that when a person dies his/her consciousness expands and moves with the soul to the “other side”, giving up its temporary home in the body.
To me, the location of consciousness is not a simple, academic question. My meditation and contemplation time with God has made it quite clear to me that I am more than I thought I was, which is a wonderful realization, but it also makes me uneasy and challenges me to become more. With God’s help and guidance, I wish to become that person. It seems important to understand this sort of thing because I do not wish to limit myself with my own beliefs. Unfortunately, I know I can do that!