To establish the purpose of consciousness, we would first need to understand what consciousness is.
This very question has mystified philosophers, physicists and spiritual seekers since time immemorial.
As it stands, there is no universally agreed-upon definition of consciousness. It remains a mystery that can only be pointed at.
My answer, therefore, acts as a pointer, based on my personal experience of awakening to the dream-like nature of reality…
Consciousness serves no purpose other than the one we create out of it.
On that basis, one could argue that the purpose of consciousness is to be our playing field.
An interactive interrelated multidimensional “playing field” is about as close as I can get to describing what consciousness is.
Another way I could describe it would be, art.
In my endeavour to define consciousness in words, I spent several days looking at it in a somewhat comical attempt to pin it down.
Funny thing happened…
Every time I looked at consciousness, it looked right back at me.
In our face-off, consciousness mutated, transformed and reconstructed itself around my ‘seeing’ of it.
In the dawning realisation that I was no longer looking at consciousness but a reflection of myself, consciousness gave me a cheeky wink and (seemingly) vanished from view!
And therein lies the truth of consciousness 😉
Perhaps therefore the purpose of consciousness is quite simply, play.