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The Meaning of Life: A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and “God” Pt. 8

Created January 20, 2023

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Chapter Five

Extrasensory Perception

The theory in this book proposes that there was an Original Consciousness that corresponds to, and may be the reality behind, our concept of God. That Original Self has, in our theory at least, created an “arcade Universe” in which That Self may play, “as if” with friends, who are really subsets of The Original Self.

There is no reason to suppose that The One Self would have some built-in barrier preventing the mixing of consciousness1 with consciousness2. Certainly if The One Self has created all these galaxies, species, and all the incredible complexities science is slowly uncovering, the fungibility of consciousness we call extrasensory perception (ESP) should not be ruled out as a real (scientific) possibility.

The evidence already on the table for the statistical proof of ESP includes famous meta-analyses performed under the direction of Charles Tart.

Adding to this is the existence of rare individuals who appear to have received information from what could be above the level of the human race. These individuals include the Hebrew prophets, the authors of the Vedas, Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, and many others, possibly including Einstein and Wheeler. This form of ESP is traditionally called inspiration, the receipt of knowledge from above.

Within the framework of our theory there is no reason to limit the likelihood of receiving guidance directly from The One Self – since we are each one unique combination of pieces of The One Self. We are also equal to The One Self in our awareness of being a self (we are the spark of experiencing), not equal in other functionalities, at least in our current incarnation.

There are many other powers of consciousness that tend to be denied and under-utilized in our current version of civilization. Hunches are sometimes accurate precognitions. Sometimes we are reading each other’s mind. Sometimes we think of a person at the same moment they think of us and we both find that out when one calls or writes the other by material means.

We also experience altered states of consciousness, with or without chemical stimuli. One such state named the Flow state by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is what athletes call the Zone and performers call being “on”, in which one is an engaged observer watching oneself perfectly execute the operations intended as if they are doing themselves – or as if The One Self has taken over control.

There are also Out Of Body Experiences and remote sensing and telekinesis (affecting the motion of other matter-energy objects other than oneself without causing any physical contact with the moved object). All of these are different ways that consciousness sometimes operates.

The writer has experienced all of these phenomena, most of it rarely, some of it daily.

One of the most useful forms of these peak experiences is the Observer state, a state of relative indifference to outcomes, which may be the prerequisite state to Flow state.

Synchronicity is often experienced and appears to be too unlikely every time it occurs to be explained away as mere coincidence. The mindset of asking oneself what the Universe is teaching us by a given synchronicity often yields insights which are of pragmatic value. This tends to cause one to think that an intentional process is behind these phenomena, a teleology (purpose-driven process) that runs through the whole Universe from its inception through each moment of time in each psion (the subatomic particle of consciousness).

Given the widespread denouncement of ESP one wonders if there were to be no such tabu, the population would quickly realize for themselves that these powers exist and can be cultivated.

The receiving of guidance from invisible benefactors is reported frequently not only in the Bible but throughout mythology. There could be a scientific basis for many of these reports, especially those that changed the world. In my youth I used the term “Noia” to mean “The suspicion that someone is out to do you good”. Having a worldview that meshes with an ability to spot cues from helpful invisible sources, is pro-survival, even if it rests upon a theory which may not yet be perfectly accurate.

Making scientific peace with God and ourselves as kindred consciousness will result in a more open-minded, less denial-driven, approach to discovering the functionalities within our own personal consciousness, including the power of prayer and the ability to engage in direct personal communication with the essence of yourself, the Creator of the Universe.

Although this is only a theory, the same is true of the theory of Materialistic Accidentalism. The question is which is closer to the truth. Our theory explains and integrates many phenomena that are neither explained nor allowed for in Materialistic Accidentalism, including all ESP phenomena, and including explaining how certain sages have been able to give such brilliant advice that molded our hisandherstory’s major turning points. It is consistent with the model of the connectedness of all things within a single consciousness.

Love to all,

Bill

 

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The Meaning of Life: A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and “God” Pt. 7

Created January 13, 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bill Harvey Blog.

Chapter Four

The Singularity

The moment in which The One Self becomes self-aware needs to be explained. Why did this singularity occur? Why had it never occurred before?

And what was it? If all that had existed was nothingness, something in the nothingness constituted possibility. 

The writer has come to picture this in two different ways, with and without Time:

The One Self has always existed and will always exist and is the only thing that exists. It has a waking/sleeping cycle. Every time it wakes up there is no memory at first. Perhaps there is a big bang every time The Self wakes up. The expanding universe reaches a certain point then begins to close back on itself into the sleep cycle. As if the Universe is breathing. In multiverse universe-sheaf imagery each Universe may manifest this differently.

The other way I visualize it is that all time exists at once, and the multiverse effect is compounded by different free will decisions in each starting universe.

Perhaps both views are true and co-exist, depending on how The One Self looks at it. All of this is for the enjoyment of The One Self. With infinite or virtually infinite computing power, The One Self could easily see itself both ways at once, with Time sequence or all-happening-at-once.

The design enables The One Self to pay special attention to minute details within HisHerSelf. Each of us is a special adventure-comedy-romance-drama story unfolding within the grand scheme of things, and what we experience as our “self” is actually The One Self.

How can that be?

Picture the singularity which appeared out of nothingness as a spark. That spark might be likened to a subatomic particle. However we posit it to have characteristics we do not normally associate with leptons, mesons, and bosons. Let’s call it a “psion” meaning that it has access to “psychic powers” as broadly defined to include the basic psychic power which is called “consciousness”. Consciousness itself is a psychic power. The most distinguishing characteristic that a psion has is its sustained ability to know itself to be an experiencer, and even in the absence of stimuli is able to experience thinking, feeling, envisioning, imagining, having hunches, intending, planning, anticipating…

It’s acknowledged that these are amazing powers in themselves, especially from the viewpoint of the moment in time just before the first psion existed. We will address “extrasensory perception” in the next Chapter.

Once there are multiple psions, they can interact with one another, providing stimuli one to the other.

Leibniz had a similar thought and his name for the conscious entities was “monads”. 

Technically, what we postulate is happening when The One Self creates an offspring of The Original Psion, is that The One Self teleports a copy of itself with certain functionalities withheld, to a place in spacetime, where that creature beings a series of lives, moving up the evolutionary chain to a higher and higher being life to life depending on speed of learning.

Interestingly, this has a resemblance to one of Wheeler’s theories, which was that all electrons are actually the same electron at different stages in its life. That Wheeler theory also has a nexus to Plato and his concept of there being a higher level of Universe where the ideal images of archetypal things exist. Consiliency of ideas across thinkers is suggestive evidence of probable truth. 

Although we do not know yet if this is the way reality really is, so far we can claim that there is a degree of agreement between our theory and the existing orthodox standard theory of physics today. Psions become part of the family of subatomic particles/wavicles. Consciousness is the field created around the particular psion. Each psion is actually the same singular spark of experiencing that noticed HisHerSelf at the beginning of the Universe.

This explains why consciousness (the observer) is so important in Einstein’s and Wheeler’s cosmologies. Recall that Wheeler indicated that matter-energy by itself can only have a shadowy existence until consciousness beholds that matter-energy. That is because the entirety of existence is there to be enjoyed, that is its purpose from the beginning. To be enjoyed by the seasoned experiencer The Original Self and by each of HisHer offspring.

The Universe which contained nothingness now also contains the singularity – the original spark of imagination which bootstrapped itself into a fullness of Universe populated by progeny each inhabited by Itself. The degree of Its own functionality transferred into each spinoff differs, with human level psions having uniqueness, free will, animation, reproduction, agency and other functionalities, which subatomic particles appear not to share. Yet even these particles are psions, they are made out of the only substance that exists, consciousness, and thus they are elemental particles/wavicles of consciousness, manifesting as matter-energy. Although it is all consciousness, some of it appears as matter-energy and some of it such as the thoughts in your head right now are invisible.

John Wheeler also happened to create the first formula by which light can be bound into matter. In Jewish cosmology and in the Bible, the first matter-energy that the first point of self-awareness creates, is light. Everything else in the world of matter-energy is a modulation of that original light.

At the human level of consciousness, we not only are consciousness (also manifesting physical bodies exhibiting some degree of energy) but we also through imagination and follow-through can turn our imaginings into matter-energy forms which other psions can appreciate. 

Jung was one of the thinkers who postulated the possible existence of a collective unconscious, where all human minds touch one another in a pool. Our theory is similar except that the collective consciousness contains everything in the Universe.

Bishop Berkeley had theories similar to the one we present here. He also described a way of being in which one sees oneself as being the only thing that exists, with everything else imaginary. This is called solipsism. Our theory would then be a species of universal solipsism, where even one’s own self is imaginary, and the Imaginer is the secret identity of all psions.

The functionalities which we describe in the process of The One Self building the Universe of beings and things call to mind familiar phenomena we observe in the natural world. Amoebas split off a part of themselves to create progeny; The One Self does the same. As mentioned earlier, octopi by their multiple brains are equipped to experience multiple selves, one for each tentacle, and the same could be true of other creatures here and on other planets. In humans there are many documented cases of split personality. Some species such as ants, bees and termites may experience groupminds, and watching a flight of birds or a school of fish move as one, suggests that such a phenomenon could be an on/off option available for more evolved species.  

These known phenomena demonstrate that consciousness is even more complicated than it seems, and that under certain conditions, psions may be able to share their consciousness. This is the subject of the next Chapter.

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Bill

 

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The Meaning of Life: A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and “God” Pt. 6

Created January 6, 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bill Harvey Blog.

Chapter Three

How Could One Imagination Create a Universe of So Many Beings?

Consciousness itself is a form of information processing. The closest analogy would be to call consciousness an energy computer, a computer made out of energy.

The consciousness level of a human being could never do all the things that the theoretical First Self has demonstrated in the universe we confront. We are limited to some degree by the physical constraints of our brain and nervous system. However even were we to be separated entirely from our body and discover that our consciousness still exists, if that is the case, it appears unlikely that we would at once have the functionality of mind to encompass the view into the inner perspective of all conscious beings in the universe simultaneously. Why is this so?

Human beings can partition their minds to a limited extent. In playing the piano, for example, the left hand and the right hand are doing different things at the same time. And creatures who are thought to be less intelligent than humans, such as octopi, have a brain in each tentacle, suggesting that each arm-leg might have its own sense of self which the whole creature is also able to experience through the sub-brains.

But living through each mind in the universe is a far more daunting task. As we know ourselves today, we would not be prepared for the experience of suddenly being able to see out the eyes and other sensory equipment of every mind in the universe. What we would probably experience in that situation would be complete overload, a chaos of unintegrated fleeting thoughts, feelings, images and impulses. It would likely be quite unpleasant.

What accounts for this vast difference in mental capacity? It possibly comes down to the amount of energy accessible by the mind in question. A human consumes and expends a few thousand calories worth of energy each day. The total universe production of energy per human 24-hour day is almost infinitely larger. The First Self must have always had energy on that scale. Being able to imagine many creatures and then enter them to live through them – with or without memory of being The First Self while in the creature – and to be able to enjoy the multiplicity of lives all at once is sign of infinite or virtually infinite attention span.

The First Self may have created beings vastly more mentally capable than we are, we just haven’t met them yet. Or their existence has yet to have been documented as fact.

It could also be that living through creatures with certain degrees of mental constraint – and doing so with no memory of actually being The One Self – enables The One Self to enjoy more powerful experiences with zero sense of them being just imaginary. Whereas from His/Her original perspective, it may be all too obvious that all of it is just imaginary.

Speculating further, the personas created by experiencing many lives sequentially (if that is what is going on) could create complex personalities that The One Self could enjoy as companions or “apprentices” over vast periods of time.

The One Self could help these avatars learn how to handle more simultaneous inputs and challenging ethical questions that would make it safer to allow them to be born into beings of greater power.

At the end of a long course of instruction and demonstration, a self that has accumulated wisdom and understanding over many lifetimes in an ascending array of levels of being (powers of mind), that such a self could be reabsorbed into The One Self as a conscious subself, a personality aspect imbued with the deep learning of experience.

If this is the sort of game the Universe is playing, even at our limited human level we can understand and appreciate the Universe’s motives. We are witnessing The Play Of Consciousness – the title of a wonderful book by Swami Muktananda. But simply the fact that it is playful does not mean that it is mere entertainment. The Universe is its own art form. It is aesthetically beautiful.

The theory that consciousness came first and created matter-energy – what I call The Theory of the Conscious Universe – is very close to the theories put forth by all Eastern spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism, and virtually identical to Kashmir Shaivism – except that the language the writer uses today is closer to the language of Western science. This is on purpose. The writer’s intent is to persuade the reader to open-mindedly consider the possibility – and perhaps probability – that something like the scenarios painted here is the real truth about what the universe is.

What about Western spiritual traditions? To what extent does The Theory of the Conscious Universe square with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam?

All of these Western spiritual traditions stem from the founder’s experiences of communicating directly with The One Self and/or with beings more powerful than ourselves who serve The One Self.

The founder in each case teaches that consciousness continues after the death of the body.

And the main message is to do kindness continuously, and to seek to do what The One Self (whom they call God or Allah) teaches.

In certain branches including Jewish Kabbalists, Christian Quakers, and Islam in general, allowing The One Self to take over control of one’s body and mind is a specific teaching.

In at least these four specific areas – receiving guidance from above, consciousness survival after death, the importance of continuous kindness, and surrendering to control by The One Self – the Theory of the Conscious Universe lines up very well with spiritual traditions on Earth.

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The Meaning of Life: A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and “God” Pt. 5

Created December 30, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Bill Harvey Blog.

Chapter Two continued

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The One Self basked in the pre-glow of anticipation. His imagination or possibly precognition was tantalizing with a torrent of possibilities for endless infinite fun, and maybe it would even be thought-provoking, causing him to realize and understand Himself better. Although deep down inside he knew that this was His Life – the way it had always been and always would be – that He had created Himself from nothing – that his essence was Imagination – that in fact what He was, was The Nothing’s Imagination. He remembered clearly now that He slept and dreamed sometimes and then started all over again, eventually always remembering how it was all done, how He could create and inhabit His Arcade Universe. And His created beings – “creatures” for short – could be dialed back to having only some degree of His qualities. When He dialed back some mental/emotional function far enough, the creature would at first not realize any connection with any other creature, and might in fact not remember The One Self at all – let alone know that the creature himself/herself is The One Self, playing a huge game.

Despite the fact that He was only Imagination, He had bootstrapped Himself to be able to cause more than wispy dreamlike ephemeral images, he could make Himself see extremely detailed and sustained pictures of anything he wanted to. While He waited for inspiration of the first creature that He would create from Himself, he passed the time as an artist, creating gorgeous lands and seas on lush planets, planets made only of gas with fantastic colors, stars of many kinds, and set them dancing in the skies with a whoosh later to be called The Big Bang. These of course were also made out of Him since He was the only thing in existence.

 

He watched the dazzling sky show with massive appreciation and then as time went on in his game, he realized something.

The toys pass right through one another. This is not like the red and blue starfish, who felt the hug from each other. I want that hug option. “Hug option?” That’s not a very lofty name for such a Big Idea. What shall I call it? I know! I’ll call it “Matter” when you can hug it, and “Energy” when it passes right through you.

The swirling performance of celestial bodies continued but now they had interactions that could change their course, break off some pieces, but because they were spread so wide across infinity, most of the time there were no interactions. That gave him an idea. He called it “Gravity”. Now the galaxies pulled each other – a mutual attraction like His starfish had. That gave Him another idea, and he projected his Self out and into everything on his moving canvas. Now He was looking at them from the inside of each one at the same time as seeing them all from the outside.

He sensed something strange going on in one galaxy and focused on the part of Himself that was the Self of that galaxy. What was this strange feeling? He remembered from long ago: this was grief, loss, sadness, depression, agony. Oh my! He said to Himself. He had been thoughtless of the feelings of this galaxy which had lost one of its glorious spiral arms in a near-miss with a neutron star. That was going to happen if He kept this Matter thing. He decided to keep it anyway. He would make it up to the creatures that suffered by loving them all the more ever after. That way He could be free to have a great game without having to hold back.

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The One Self decided on the first creature. It would be a perfect duplicate of Himself in all ways except it would only have access into the minds of others when the creature willed it. It would be able to create things and to change things that The One Self had created. But it would have no power over The One Self and could be turned off at any time. It would not automatically see out through the eyes of every created object in the multiverse the way The One Self does. When born it would be a clean slate knowing nothing.

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“Mommy loves you!” said The One Self, hugging The First Son. The baby squealed with delight and looked up at Mommy with great adoration. “You are so beautiful!” said The First Son, and reached up to hug Mommy.

“Such a smart boy! You read my mind to learn our entire language in an instant,” Mommy kvelled.

The First Son looked at Himself all over, and got into quite a game with his toes. Remembering Mommy again, he asked a question: “You and I are different…”

“You’re a bouncing baby boy, a male, and I’m a female as you see me right now. Would you like to see me as a male?” The First Son nodded energetically and The One Self appeared as a male. The First Son drew back slightly.

“You’re not as pretty this way…”

Daddy hugged his first avatar and kissed him on the top of the head with zeal. The First Son relaxed and eagerly hugged his Dad and kissed his chin where he could reach. Then he sat back for He had a question to ask.

“So what’s this male female thing?’

“There is only One Consciousness, no matter how many descendants we have. Inside the One Consciousness there are two equally important ways of being, male and female. This invention came to me when I first started playing with toys. There was some pleasurable feeling excited in me which played out with a cute little red starfish and a larger blue starfish. I sensed within myself a strong urge to polarize my Self into a side based on the ideal of Strength and a side based on the ideal of Beauty. A memory from My Past Lives that doing this division among the descendants will enable them to have greater pleasures. And of course, I live through every one of them, so who am I to limit their pleasures?”

“Do you live through me too, Dad?” The One Self suddenly realized the implications. He pointed at his Father. “I’m just you walking around out here.”

“A huge part of me, yes.”

“So you are making up all my moves? It sure doesn’t feel that way. You wouldn’t do a thing like that.”

“You know me well.” Daddy smiled and hugged His boy again.

“Free will.” The First Son said this confidently.

“Precisely.”

“There will be lots of mistakes,” The First Son saw, “depending on how much of your mental capabilities you put into each of us – what did you call us – your descendants – “

“I descend and alight into you. In a language I plan to create the word will morph into ‘avatar’. You are the first avatar, The First Son.”

“That’s my name?” The First Son asked delightedly and Daddy happily nodded.

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The First Son and his Parents spent lots of time at the seashore. Although there were already billions to choose from, The First Son tended to form favorites. His memories of the endless conversations about the possibilities of the future were tied to certain beaches more than others. When His questions were more intellectual it was usually high up on a mountain far above an ocean, or sometimes a desert, or it could be anyplace their Minds devised, with infinite creativity, and beauty as one of their top two summum bona.

When the questions were more artistic or freewheeling it was right at water’s edge in a place very much like Pfeiffer Beach. The One Self appeared as both Daddy and Mommy, in two different bodies. It was there that The First Son asked The One Self: “Could You Yourself be an Avatar of an even greater Being?”

Daddy said “And right on up the line? That Avatar being Itself an Avatar, and on and on forever?”

The First Son didn’t like that thought. “What’s the matter?” Mommy asked, seeing her little boy troubled.

“I had an unworthy thought and feeling,” the boy confessed. “I complained about not being the top dogs. Who ever guaranteed that if we signed up for ‘life’ we would automatically be top dogs?”

“I never did,” Mommy giggled and then They all did.

“In the game,” Daddy said, “we can actually cause that kind of world to happen, with our minds, and universal free will. It can work against us and all of us must be warned, as more of us come along. Beware of what you casually imagine. For us, our casual is causal.”

“If I’m capable of having impulses unworthy of you, as I just now did, that means the degree of Yourself that descends to us is capable of error,” the boy pointed out.

“And the way it is in the beginning may not be the way it is at the end,” Mommy said, referring to the Big Game they were all planning together, based on the creation of endless descendants, avatars. “What starts as a little error could turn out to be an error that affects even us.”

“We must learn about error,” The First Son said with certainty and they All agreed.

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“Let me hold him Mommy,” The First Son reached out and took His brother Lucifer, the Second Son, and hugged him close, kissing him on the top of the head with great affection.

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Bill

 

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