EP, I must confess: I hate to explain something I said while free associating , here's something. The Hindu notion of "Atman" is the universe's--or to objectify the totality with an anthropomorphic metaphor, Brahman's--mechanism for Self awareness. Brahman is the general and all His/Her Atman's make up the network of particulars.
At the phenomenal level of our experience--yours and mine--there is the illusion of self or mind; but in reality there is "no-mind" (Japanese: "mushin"), or the negation of atman, which is, Anatman.
That's what I referred to with the phrase: "Consciousness, awareness, perspective, etc. are the univserse [Brahman] in process, not just [our methodological research] marks on a graph or lights in a skull."