There seems to be some confusion and misunderstanding regarding what is referred to as Higher Consciousness as it relates to God as if, somehow, God is uncomfortable with new terminology. On the contrary, an Infinite God has an unlimited vocabulary. That being said, it must also be realized that this same God is indefinable, incomprehensible, unsearchable and unknowable from any intellectual standpoint.
Whether we are talking about the intelligent design represented by Creationism or the energy/information construct which constitutes a Unified Field Theory, consciousness impacts how we define our entire existence. There really isn't any disparity between the findings of modern science, consciousness research and the precepts of ancient wisdom contained within various spiritual traditions. In fact, it is startling how many scientists are actually mystics when it comes to the realization that there are mysteries in the physical universe which are beyond definition.
In his book, The Self Aware Universe, Amit Goswami, a theoretical nuclear physicist and mystic, compares the reductionist worldview, which states that everything consists of matter and can be reduced to those basic material building blocks (particles, atoms, cells), with a new scientific paradigm which surmises that Consciousness is actually the ground of all being and the underlying causal power of the physical world. The primary difference he suggests is that matter operates in an evolutionary causation, whereas, consciousness functions by means of an involutionary causation.
Is it possible that Consciousness could be the underlying Essence of the perceivable universe?
Is there a quantifiable and verifiable Cosmic Unity or Energy connecting everything that can be validated by scientific investigation?
Dr. Robert Lanza, recognized by the NY Times as one of the three most important scientists alive, points to the fabric of the universe itself, stating that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe indicate that intelligence existed prior to matter. His theory concerning Biocentrism teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe, and that it is consciousness which creates the material universe, not the other way around.
Some of the biggest obstacles to the dawning of this collective realization in the conscious awareness of humanity are the static beliefs and antiquated belief systems embraced by many religious organizations. Most of whose ideologies are based on archaic, magic or mythic representations of an anthropomorphic deity who is actually more like the people that believe in Him/Her/It than they are willing to admit.
While some beliefs may have served humanity at one time, many of them are outmoded and limiting mental constructs which represent forms of truth that are no longer relevant. It must be clarified that while the Essence of Truth remains the same, forms of truth (terminology, concepts, paradigms etc..) change, transform, expand and evolve over time.
Is that really so hard to grasp?
According to progressive Christian pastor Jim Palmer,
"Inside the reality of “Universal Higher Consciousness” there is the dissolution of all spiritual ignorance, and there is only the Light of what is Real and True. Some refer to this “Universal Higher Consciousness” as “God.” Others see the references of Jesus to the “Kingdom of God” as this “Universal Higher Consciousness.”
So, don't be shocked when God is referred to as Energy, or the Force, or the Absolute, or the Infinite.....
God is both Immanent and Transcendent and yet is beyond conceptualization. God is big enough to contain IT ALL. This is not irreverence, it is simply a recognition of the fact that "with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE."
For the most part, those who are asking the hard questions and inquiring about the inconsistencies present between archaic belief systems and the nature of the Absolute are not questioning the Reality of God, nor are they trying to create a "New God" (as if that were possible), they are simply discovering new ways to understand, while providing new lenses with which to perceive, the same God that has been and always will be.
“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.” -Alan Wilson Watts
The questions raised by both scientific study and consciousness research regarding topics, such as, multiple dimensions, the quantum field, DNA coding and developmental levels of consciousness simply expose the limitations which have existed in human understanding. These findings have actually done more to validate the existence of God (Spirit) as the Ethereal Fabric and Energy by which everything is connected (i.e. the God Particle which is ultimately the Substance of All Form and the underlying Consciousness of All Being).
In the words of integral philosopher and author, Ken Wilber,
"Maybe the Evolutionary Sequence really is from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, each transcending and including, each with a greater depth and greater consciousness and wider embrace. And in the highest reaches of evolution, maybe, just maybe, an individual's consciousness does indeed touch Infinity - a total embrace of the entire Kosmos - a Kosmic Consciousness that IS Spirit Awakened to Its Own True Nature."
There is no reason to fear any question, discovery or new terminology. That simply proves that we are hiding something or have an unhealthy attachment to something we believe (and perhaps need to let go of). We should be thankful for all questions, in that, they expose and reveal the Substance of what is actually there.
Broaden your perspective, open your mind, allow yourself to experience the Reality of an Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent Being-ness which transcends the duality of all of your preconceptions and limited thought forms. If you are willing to surrender all your presumptions in order to honestly explore the profound vastness of the Cosmos, you will begin to discover an internal freedom of expanded awareness opening a portal into the Infinite domain of Higher Consciousness.....the Kingdom of Heaven IN earth.