Love how you link up your connection to your cat and wider issues about Life and Consciousness...

If you explore Indigenous thinking and philosophy, and the pre-capitalism era of Europe, you will see permutations of an awareness that each of us - as a collectivity of cells, intrinsically shaped by Culture and Nature, are part of a Universal consciousness, which the more enlightened amongst us, become aware of and those ones are often respected as 'seers', shamans', wise women'.

Hindu and ancient sanskrit writings and practices such as Yoga, (er... not the ugly, for profit, ego-driven, body-displaying monster it's become in its Western derivation) for example , with its body-based practices (asanas, chants that initiate vibrations) change matter on a cellular level. Thenas important is the concept of seva, your service , which links you to your community and then there are the moral precepts ad practices, all combining for the. purpose of feeling and becoming conscious of our self as a particle of the Whole. And that is the enlightened Being , or Guru. Sadly there are too many imposters... but that does not devalue those with sincere aspirtions.