Thursday, November 10, 2011
IS LIFE JUST AN ILLUSION, FANTASY OR REAL?
Funny thing about life, it's not all the same. Take for instance the experience of a flower as it grows in a sunny backyard and the experience of tube worm as it lives on the bottom of the open sea at depths where light cannot penetrate. The flower needs chlorophyl and sunlight to grow, yet the tube worm living needs none of that and grows quite nicely on chemicals emitted from volcanic emissions found along the perpetually dark ocean floor in areas of tectonic disturbances. There are unlimited kinds of life on earth, under the oceans and even thousands of feet underground in mines.
The point being that life is hard to describe since it will proliferate wherever it can find the necessary ingredients to get a foothold and support its development. With that in mind, and with the vast range of what would seem to be hostile yet life bearing conditions available on earth alone, it seems rather ludicrous to imagine that earth inhabitants could be so nearsighted to think that they are the only inhabitants of a universe as diverse as it seems to be.
But what is life really, what force causes a a seed, an egg or a fetus of any species to bloom from non-life into the stuff of living matter? It seems obvious that man only emerged on the planet quite recently, a very long time after the first life burst forth on a newly formed earth so man is the newcomer in the vast tapestry of earthly life. Evolution speaks to the wide diversity within species, but it does not account for the advent of modern man. There were various experiments along the way, some that took and some that did not.
Modern man was not the only version of man that gave it a try, and you have archeological evidence of some of the earlier versions of man, man/monkey, monkey/man and so forth that did not make it, so to speak. Modern man did not evolve from the chimpanzee as is supposed, but was the unique species of man that survived because it adapted so well to earthly conditions.
Life emerged on earth because earth was the ideal proving ground for a certain type of life envisioned by the entities/souls that sought that particular kind of specialization in a physical environment, a unique experiment since it required creating a world of something out of nothing, quite a feat when you think about it. In the beginning there was nothing except for prime energy that slowly, and I do mean very slowly, began to become aware of itself and as it looked around, found no other than itself. What happened here was an emergence of objective from subjective.
Energy, all energy, is conscious, but at first this consciousness was generalized, meaning it did not recognize itself as an identity, but as a force. The awakening represents the struggle of All That Is to know itself as an identity, and with that recognition came the insatiable desire to create. All That Is realized that it could only fully recognize itself as identity through its creations, and through these independent creations, other energy created identities could look back on themselves and say “I Am”, and through this affirmation know itself as individual identity.
This awakening of what you refer to as God, and I refer to as All That Is, is a process explained in some detail in other articles on this site under the title “The God Concept”, parts 1-6. You can imagine the perplexing problem this presented to an energy source that knew itself as the only one, but sought to become more and to know itself. This All That Is energy source began to realize that the only way this could be accomplished was through the act of infinite creations, a fracturing of itself into infinite creations, a compartmentalization of itself.
It is important to keep in mind that there was no Home Depot where All That Is could pop into and pick up a few trillion pounds of matter to begin constructing a universe and all things therein with, since matter was yet to be formed.
The answer was, of course the only answer; to create everything that was to be out of the nothing. So when we ask if reality is illusionary, we must keep in mind that there was nothing to begin with in the beginning and even today, if you ask the question properly; Is there any real bedrock, hard, concrete reality to be found anywhere in the universe, the answer is no.
All reality is mental creation taking on certain aspects of the consciousness that creates it in the first place, then using the same senses that created that reality, perceives it in its own unique perspective. In other words the underlying basic reality is an available source of malleable energy used by consciousness to form into some object or event meaningful to that particular species with those particular specialized senses. To others it would be meaningless.
With creativity and foresight beyond anything that will ever be imagined, All That Is released everything that it had created and held within its mind for so long and through this release, a psychic act of truly enormous proportions. This caused a truly universe creating psychic explosion and a process began that involved invisible, unseen, psychic particles of conscious energy with no mass or weight to gather together, gain impetus, form larger more complex affiliations and finally reaching a state of frenzy and excitement, something occurred that had never occurred before, a breakthrough into physical matter, or what would later fall into a range of perception that would give it the appearance of solid matter.
Subjective particles of consciousness, achieved a new state of being as they formed a new dimension that had not existed before this release. These particles of psychological origin in this new dimension began to take on characteristics unlike anything that had existed before. These characteristics included what would later be interpreted by conscious beings as mass, weight, length height and width. This was a mental act then, that took on properties that you now in your unique way interpret as physical objects and events and you choose to arbitrary call them solid and concrete.
And that is the reason that your unique system of reality is unique only to your species, and even the animals that share your planet interpret it differently than you do. Your tree is not the same tree that the birds see. Your table and chairs that you see and use are not the same table and chairs as other visitors to your house see or use. Each creates his own version of so called solid table and chairs.
Nothing that you would label hard, solid concrete objects including your physical body actually exists independently of consciousness. Each person creates his own version of his unique form through an automatic process that projects outward from the inner self, through the subconscious layers and utilizing the brain and nervous system of the personality causes this gathering together of cells, molecules and atoms to form out of atomic structure what you call a physical body.
One could play with words here and get lost in semantics concerning this subject and I am sure many have struggled with an explanation of this as I do, and in fact, the intellect and logic alone will never fully allow the human brain to fully understand this phenomenon. The existence of a physical body did not cause the infusion of consciousness or life. Pre-existing conscious identity formed the physical body through processes unknown by you and then asserted itself into the newly emerging fetus.
If you wanted to follow this process back in time, you could say that pre-existing earth elements were utilized in this formation, but these pre-existing elements were created by consciousness out of nothing in the beginning of your world.
The important thing here is to frame the question properly if you are going to come up with some basic understanding. For instance, if I say that the world is an illusion, on one hand that would be correct, since most other alien species do not perceive your world at all. If I say that your world is unreal, that would only be correct from the perspective of other species, but from your perspective, that would be incorrect, since the world was created and that which is created must be real.
In a way, the world and all of its contents, when viewed from your personal perspective, is certainly real and will function quite reliably as such within certain rules accepted by those in your world as long as you are focused in it. When you take leave of this world, it will no longer exist for you, but it will still exist for those focused in it. For those outside of your world, those you refer to as aliens, it does not exist in the same terms.
In another way, your world and your life are Your life experience in this world of reality and illusion is as if you were living in a deep hypnotic trance, experiencing that which is presented to your particular senses as hard, concrete objects and events, which on deeper levels are in no way hard, solid or concrete. Your consciousness is tuned to interpret the psychical system of reality in just this manner before you are born. In a way, you are physically conditioned to interpret a specific type of nothing as something.
An illusion is something that presents reality in a deceptive way other than it really is, and that certainly is true in this case, but it would be more appropriate to say that you hallucinate reality, thereby creating the deceptive illusion of solidity and permanence of objects and events from fields of energy that have been driven into certain specific patterns. Each person fills out those existing patterns automatically but unknowingly.
Even your scientists today, understand that your physical objects are not solid, but a conglomeration of atoms swirling about, more dense in some places than in others. When they seem to swarm and coagulate creating those denser areas, you call them objects and events, and as long as they function as you expect them to and suit your needs, who cares if they are real or a hallucinated illusion.
Here is a rather good analogy, if I must say so myself; if you could take a person, any person, and begin eliminating his available senses one at a time, first his sight, then his sense of hearing, then sense of touch, then sense of smell and lastly his sense of taste, his world would cease to exist, since it is created by the very senses that he would no longer possess. He could be kept alive, but he would exist without even the same sensual awareness as a vegetable, and in truth, even a cabbage reacts to heat, water, sunlight, and vibrations.
Just something to think about.