At one point or another we all realize that we are expressions of consciousness. The question of consciousness has been debated for as long as we became aware. There are certainly many terms for consciousness, here are a few: awareness, soul, spirit, God, nirvana, transcendent, the way, oneness, pure Qi, and of course consciousness. The list is certainly not exhaustive. Consciousness has usually be described as the most subtle aspect of our minds, although recent thinking in quantum physics also can lead to the understanding that consciousness is also literally everything. Here is an interesting blog by Peter Russell on the subject of mind and consciousness: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-russell/brain-consciousness_b_873595.html
His discussion, although inconclusive, points to an important philosophical question, does the mind "create" consciousness, or does it "reflect" consciousness? Why is this important? As Pangu Shengong practitioners we speak of experiencing Qi. From the materialist point of view one could say that our minds are "creating" the experience, a sort of self induced state. But if the mind is not the creator of consciousness, but rather the reflector, then we are "surrendering to" or "embracing" the experience. The difference is important. If the mind is creating the experience, then it is an expression of the ego. But if the mind is letting go to experience the consciousness that forms its basis, then it is surrender. Surrender by the ego to its creator is far different then the ego producing a bigger version of itself.
Here is where we must all be humble in our path of life. It is easy for the ego to claim it is responsible for doing great things, such as remarkable healings or some other notable accomplishments. In reality our joy is in letting the ego aside and having divine energy do the work, and even get the credit. A walk through the ruins of Rome, China, the Americas always puts mankind's accomplishments in perspective. If we are anything important in the cosmic scheme of events, it is that we have the ability to reflect consciousness for expressing divine love. Sadly, the world has been much more a place of ego, and today's market comodification of all things draws our awareness out into the material world and away from our source. A quote by a famous poet, Rumi:
There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?
I believe that this is what we all seek through Pangu, to realize the fullness of our souls. Once the soul is filled, all miracles are possible, including the realization that we do not create the consciousness of the universe, we reflect it, it is already there waiting for us to know itself. Of course, there is another possible reality, we do not even reflect consciousness, we are consciousness.