Let’s begin by identifying the five dimensions. I would like to start by defining ‘dimension’ as meaning: an aspect of reality which can be experienced physically or mentally,which is measurable , and reproduceable., and experienced by all beings, depending on their levels of consciousness.
The first dimension of matter is direction expressed as length. Therefore an aspect of the first dimension is matter occupying space.
The introduction of width produces the opportunity for volume on one plane and constitutes the second dimension. An aspect of the second dimension is matter occupying space and having volume. The introduction of depth represents our third dimension of an object having matter, occupying length and width and depth constituting its existence on three planes: horizontal, vertical, and oblique or diagonal within the three planes.
So far we can conceptualize these three dimensions in our consciousness without there being any mass or substance to the three dimensions. As soon as we transform our mental construct called idea or thought into the physical materialistic realm we introduce the fourth dimension of space/time.
The object which is materialized is constrained by the space/time continuum which is local and not absolute. As soon as the object begins to move within the space/time continuum it manifests the qualities of mass, gravity, and relativity to other objects within its universe. The nature of space/time becomes manifest as a curved elastic reality where objects move in a non-linear reality or experience. They are affected by the mass and gravity of surrounding objects. Einstein’s special theory of relativity has demonstrated that light curves around objects having mass and gravity. Eddington’s astronomical experiment in South Africa during the solar eclipse in 1919 demonstrated that light bends in space and this is because of the influence of the mass and gravity of the sun and planets. This experiment supported Einstein’s understanding that objects which have mass and light which doesn’t have mass are equally affected by gravity when passing by an object have their trajectory curved by the space being affected by the gravity of that larger object. Gravity is relative to mass, and light, although it has no mass is subject to the effect of gravity on its trajectory. Light bends around objects with mass and surrounds them, like water which can’t flow through a rock will flow around it taking the path of least resistance.
The fifth dimension is ‘consciousness’ which doesn’t have mass or density, yet exists within the space/time continuum as the causal agent. The qualities of ‘consciousness’ are pervasiveness, elasticity, and not constrained by the space/time continuum like objects which have mass or physical substance.
The nature of ‘consciousness’ is even different than energy which has physical substance and is manifest as either radiation or electro-magnetic force. We can detect the existence of energy by its effects of the production of heat, fire, radiation burns, or molecular breakdown. Even though not physically visible energy is verifiable as having existence.
The same can’t be said for ‘consciousness’. It has no measurable or verifiable susbstance by which we can ascertain its existence. So what is this ‘consciousness’ made of? We define consciousness as this awareness of being, of experiencing reality as it exists inside the mind and outside of the observer through the senses. We talk of other beings as having consciousness, other animals, plants, even rocks having some consciousness of their existence. We often speak of the different levels of consciousness in terms of degrees or billions of degrees between a human, mammal, insect, plant, bacterium, or crystal.
I think of the dimension of consciousness as being beyond the boundaries which are restrictive for material substances. Consciousness can by its quality of non-materialism and elasticity or pervasiveness penetrate through substance and can exist beyond the space/time continuum. Consciousness has the ability to extend itself beyond the space/time continuum and make past, present, and future exist at the same moment and not be confined by space as material objects are confined by space and time. We know that material objects can only occupy one space and time. However, consciousness can exist in different times and different places. It’s like consciousness is not confined by the limitations of space/time continuum restrictions.
When we speak of consciousness being individual or collective it makes the conceptual assumption of the dualistic nature within the space/time continuum, of there being an inside and an outside; an upper and a lower; a bigger and a smaller.
Unfortunately consciousness doesn’t have such dualistic restrictions in its essence or behaviour. Consciousness is the same for all living beings, made of the same construct, capable of the same qualities, which begs the question of why there are different levels of consciousness or awareness of experience between different species or entities?
And what is the mechanism by which levels of consciousness evolve between species?
I don’t think the Charles Darwin has written on this subject with any wise insights other than to say that our environment has a major and significant influence on transformations in physical evolution.
The same theory must also apply to transformations in consciousness, that the more highly evolved souls must be able to achieve higher states of consciousness through spiritual and meditative practices.
Paramahansa Yogananda in his book “Autobiography of a yogi” speaks of the materialization and de-materilialization of his Master Babaji during his lifetime, also making reference to his Master Sri Yuketswar who could read minds from a distance. These are two examples of consciousness achieving superior states of ‘being’ which are not available to the general human masses. These anecdotes do not however deny the possibility of someone devoting their lives to raising their consciousness being capable of achieving such transformations.