Consciousness is very difficult to define. There have been countless debates on the nature of consciousness and where it is located. There are those individuals who are convinced that mind and brain are one and the same, whilst others are equally convinced otherwise.
My own experiences have shown that our brain is the physical means through which non-physical thoughts and feelings are expressed; in other words, find outlet through the immense complexity of out brain. We might visualise ‘brain’ as being the hardware and ‘mind’ as the software; an interaction between two separate but dependent parts.
Although MRI scans can highlight areas of the brain relating to particulat activities, I do not think that technology will provide answers to the nature of consciousness. I suggest that the subtle nature of both the conscious and unconscious minds can only be observed through subjective experience; each person taking note of the different influences acting through them. A consensus could be reached if a wide range of people across all cultures, learned to observe how other people can affect them, alive or dead, causing them to act out another personality rather than their own. Of course to do this we need to be aware of our own temperament; be able to differentiate.
My own experience has pointed to consciousness being a ‘field’ fundamental throughout the universe. Similar to an electrical field, we experience the effects it has on us, rather than see it. My own experience also suggests that consciousness as a universal field, would have evolved as the universe has evolved, becoming a store of accumulated knowledge throughout time and space; this ‘store’ becoming the reference point that all life, from the simplest to the most complex, resonates like with like and according to need.
Understanding this fundamental field may well provide answers to many human questions, for example, just how we develop in the womb, which finger, which toe; our personality and our memories. It suggests a system of organisation that enables living systems to refer back to earlier, like systems in order to know how to proceed. I am reminded of how in our dreaming we are often reminded of our past, in order to project our future. Even the evolution of any species may well be partially due to a local need to survive, coupled with an influence from the future. What may appear to be the future to us, may well be past to other more advanced species within the universe.
I am not a scientist so have a very limited understanding of space/time. However my experiences indicate there is no time or distance within this field of consciousness. It is simply ‘now’.