Universe came into being as light which slowed to sound which slowed to matter and here on earth the return process began – life force in matter developed organs to respond to light, to sound, to smell, to taste; and all of those are the touch of energy vibration upon a material receptor. Consciousness and universe are not separate.
In the end it makes no difference to anything – i just wish people wouldn’t argue about god. It is science confirming the mystic aperception. Too sad that peaceful Sufis were killed but truly the climate is going to whack us into a gratefulness for being alive. Humans will again be very aware of nature and will once again know that we live in a web of being. Whether there will be anything left of it remains to be seen but consciousness has created itself into form over and over again.
If humans cannot become conscious at a universal level we will go extinct and fungi, mushrooms, maybe spiders, jelly fish, and also different and new combinations of micro organisms will populate Earth, and her experiment with a large brain and clever hands will go away – just as the large boned dinosaurs did. The model was not feasible, a small lighter creature took over.
There is a possibility we will make our planet waterless – then i expect life will focus on a different locus – it may be doing that already. no doubt is. Just as we are tiny and becoming aware of Universe, maybe universe is one tiny among many , becoming aware of themselves…
Universe is conscious with all our consciousnesses and the sum of them all, which is greater than the parts. Mountain is conscious. Earth has her own consciousness. Human arrogance thinks only we are conscious. We are conscious as humans, and that is not all that consciousness is.
As for what is outside the whole, or what happened before the Big Bang. It is necessary to “grok” moebius strip conceptualisation:
The end is the beginning;
There is no end;
The beginning is wherever you decide to put it;
There are infinite beginning places along the way.
Linearity is an illusion of materialisation. Consciousness is not material.
Brains are receivers which shape the output for their own observation. Outward focus is (aware of) material existence, inward ( silent or bhakti) focus is conscious existence, unaware of or unattached to ego boundary. Brains are receivers which shape the input for their own creation of reality. There is a greater or lesser consensual reality, a story common to some or many arising from identical material though each one’s input from the identical material is more or less unique.
God is a heuristic , a teaching device, not a measurable physical reality. Heuristics are simplifications to make a point, they are not literal truths. They are the signpost, not the route; the map not the territory; the word bread, not bread itself, etc.
God is a conceptualisation of that which IS plus that which is not.
A concept is a named idea. A name divides the named from the whole.
“God’s” centre is everywhere, “god’s” circumference is nowhere = now here; or here now.
God is an irrational word. Like Irrational numbers e.g. the square root of minus one, it does not exist but it is a helpful device for thinking.
We are the god mind thinking about itself, knowing itself to be universe eternal.
Another heuristic: Just as drop “is” ocean, of the same stuff… transcendant ego “is” ( aware of itself as) whole, an integral part of a whole…. my finger “is” ( part of / one with) my body.
The meniscus, the skin of the drop and the “dreary ego in a bag of skin” , the “local ego”, are a temporary, linearly existing illusion created by force fields, eg life force aka soul ; an illusion which holds the drop together before it either rejoins ocean or diffuses completely into gaseous air.
Consciousness is one as the space around the tree is the same yet different from the space within the branches.
The big bang is happening all the time. We know this at the level of particle physics; particles come into and pop out of being in nano seconds. At this “gross” material level, the time it takes for this universe to pop in and out of being seems infinite, neverthless the microcosm reflects the macrocosm. Many universes are in this space. We are all our own universe, in this material dimension we share much of the same material, each one of us has our own boundary ( an illusion , yet real for us) and the boundaries intersect. We have our seeming separate skin, in fact at the same time, matter is constantly exchanged. It is hard to grok it all at once as the heuristic devices used to explain create contradictory images.
I lean against tree. I merge with tree. Tree IS, most beautifully. My mind is aware, in words, of spider, of my awareness of insect and plant life, of how plant and animal are lungs breathing together, of sunlight. My awareness is divine. No separation. As tree gives me awareness of being I give tree human awareness of human reality because there is no separation. My mind is Humantree.
My late beloved mother and father are in all my divine thoughts, all our sorrows are buried with us, all our human delights are universally human. They still exist as me, in my delight at clouds, in my fe/male mind, in my cells, my quantum wiggle, my particular DNA which is theirs.
I see the rising and falling of waves of life, humans heading to extinction like dinosaurs. Yet something of that one “eternal” life force remains, here now as me, and I am spider creating the net. Spider this morning in my yoga, movements of my spine recreating web building. It is impossible to explain.
I AM life force.
Truth is simple. Truth is easily understood. Truth must be experienced by each one for themself.
Many of us are part of the human brain which longs to know ( itself as) god. God – a human concept of a reality greater than ourselves. We are material beings and limited by that. Our mind, that divine and hellish action, must evolve and yet is constantly born anew with all potential: just words now, silence is golden. The stories we tell ourselves create our lives.
For me , consciousness is our awareness of Life Force. Our awareness that we are alive, that we exist. Everything has that to some degree. I believe our universe is one of many that came into being, just as we come into being and each one of us is a droplet of that same universe. As we will die , eventually our universe will also – that is the will to live in a particular form evaporates, like a stick that makes an eddy in a stream being pulled from the stream, now the water flows without forming in that particular pattern. Many universes make up one whole which is constantly cycling in and out of being.
Universe came into being as light which slowed to sound which slowed to matter and here on earth the return process began – life force in matter developed organs to respond to light, to sound, to smell, to taste and all of those are the touch of energy vibration upon a material receptor. Consciousness and universe are not separate.
Ego forgotten, mind at play in many heads at once, witnessed by consciousness itself as itself not only in thought but also simultaneously outside of thought, limited by current state of human awareness, limitless in silence.
Elizabeth E Mitchell
Silk Painting and Studio Experiences.