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The Meaning of Life: A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and “God” Pt. 9

Created January 27, 2023

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Chapter Six

Suffering

The Universe is its own art form. It is aesthetically beautiful.

Everywhere one looks – except for the apparent cruelty we see in human life and even as we surveil the fight for survival across all the species.

Why would The One Self put itself through such torture, since it is The One Self inside each of those creatures being waterboarded, electrocuted, stretched, or eaten alive?

It’s the price to pay for a game that enables surprise, drama, comedy, and learning. The One Self could prevent all suffering by making error impossible, however this would necessitate eliminating free will from the avatar. Probably The One Self is doing this elsewhere in the Universe, but Earth is an example of an area where free will is the game being played. Perhaps, to The One Self, the avoidance of error is not as valuable as going through error and learning from it. In the latter case, understanding has been gained, and one is potentially capable of not only preventing oneself from making the same type of error again, but also of explaining to others so that they are prepared to avoid the same type of errors.

Chapter Seven

Experimentation for Individuals

From the book You Are The Universe: Imagine That

THE EXPERIMENT

Try this experiment. Imagine for a second the possibility that the voice you hear in your head — which you think of as you — is sometimes actually not you. Imagine it is at least possible that sometimes this voice is God, living your experience through your body and mind. Perhaps when what you hear in your mind has the ring of truth and the power to change your life for the better, that is higher wisdom being sent to you.

If that seems too hard to accept because of the connotations you have with the word “God”, then call it something else. Call it the One Consciousness that has always existed. Or The One for short.

Just suspend your disbelief for a moment. It is not easy to do, but it is not that hard once you get the hang of it.

If it makes it easier to imagine, think of The One as not so different from a software program existing alone in spacetime, always having existed. An incredible self-aware software program. With so much computing power and memory storage that the entire universe we know of can fit within one tiny corner.

Why would such a software program exist? How could something have always existed? These are mind-boggling questions. But so are the questions: Why would anything exist? How could something that has never existed before come into existence? Either way, the material Big Bang model, or the always-existing software program, both are hard to imagine. The only difference is that we have become used to the material Big Bang model. We have forgotten how to be amazed at it. It has worn out its amazingness for us. But these are just feelings. And we should not base our view of reality merely on what we are used to, so that now it feels right.

We ought to tune our feelings back to a zero baseline in this regard and take a fresh look, start from scratch again. A blank slate. Suspending belief and disbelief.

Just imagine it is at least conceivable that God — an incredible software program — a consciousness — an experiencer — is looking out your eyes.

Love to all,

Bill

 

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

Created January 20, 2023

Welcome to this week’s Bill Harvey Blog.

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.

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Bill

 

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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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The Meaning of Life: A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and “God” Pt. 3

Created December 16, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Bill Harvey Blog.

Chapter One Continued

How Can We Reconcile “God” with Science?

Because of the habits of the human mind, especially in a culture in which humans have created more complexity than our minds can easily handle, we find that as a first step it may be useful to temporarily set aside the word “God” and speak only of a conscious, intelligent universe.

It is far easier for today’s human mind to deal objectively with the possibility that something as big and as filled with inanimate objects as the universe could itself have a mind, than to discuss a word so saddled with millennia of baggage associations. The word itself looses emotions, chemicals in the body, muscular reactions, imagery, feelings beyond description. Let’s park the word and continue the investigation of where we are at the crossroads of life and self-extermination and how it relates to our thinking and ways of being.

Wheeler again has theorized that consciousness is a real thing and has vast importance in the scheme of things in this universe we live in. Consciousness according to Wheeler transforms a universe of probabilities into a world of tangible matter and energy events. Science has not rejected Wheeler’s ideas.

It has largely ignored them. That is, science has ignored the Wheeler ideas that have a bearing on the existence of consciousness as an important aspect of the universe. Science has certainly not ignored Wheeler’s other ideas about black holes, nuclear fission, thermonuclear fusion, quantum foam, wormholes, etc.

Given the respect for Wheeler and the non-rejection of his theories about consciousness and the universe, it should not be too difficult to get scientists to accept the possibility that Wheeler was right about everything, except perhaps the sequence of early universe events. The writer’s own theory is that Wheeler was incorrect about consciousness coming after the beginning of the universe. It makes more sense to the writer that consciousness was there before matter and energy, and compelled them to come into existence.

How to Defend the Idea that Consciousness Came First

Any cosmological theory faces the challenge of explaining why there is a universe at all. Logic suggests that nothing should ever have existed. Something cannot come from nothing. Therefore, there must always have been something.

In scientific thought today, it is Wheeler’s quantum foam of probabilities that was always there. Then the big bang came from that, and eventually crashing matter and energy led to self-reproducing complex structures accidentally, and those eventually became life, and life eventually brought forth brains, and brains generated consciousness.

Is the writer the only one who feels that this picture seems overly optimistic about what accidents can do?

Not to mention the question of where did the quantum foam of probabilities come from.

Science has made it a tradition to dodge these questions of how things started.

Glimmers of light appear from time to time. Today most physicists acknowledge that “the hard question” is how to incorporate consciousness properly in the unified theory of everything. This is the direction from which science can begin to theorize about the start of the universe.

A Possibility to Consider

Let’s imagine what it could have been like before what we experience as the universe existed.

Imagine total nothingness. No quantum foam probabilities, no anything. Just endless nothingness.

Imagine that after the passage of unimaginable amounts of time, that the nothingness realizes itself as a self, noticing a persistent experience of nothingness.

The time that has passed is merely the subjective experience of nothingness that has always existed in the mind of the Noticer.

“The nothingness has always existed, it exists right now, and will probably go on existing forever,” might have been the first intuition of the Noticer.

“I AM THAT nothingness” might have been the next intuition the Noticer had.

“I am the Nothing’s imagination”, might have been the third intuition.

That Consciousness could have continued to think and found it to be more fun than just watching nothing happen forever.

Why did the writer just slip in initial capital letters to “Noticer” and “Consciousness”? If we are considering a scientific proposition regarding a theoretical consciousness of the universe itself, it seems proper respect to use initial caps.

Does this automatically mean that all of the connotations of “God” are to be assumed of the consciousness of the universe? Not necessarily.

What we are suggesting is that it is if nothing else simpler to assume that a persistent experience of nothingness could lead to the experiencer realizing that it exists as an observer – than to imagine that a quantum foam of probabilities existed, exploded, and things slammed against each other until this world we see around us in lightyears in all directions came to be in all its wondrous complexity, eventually created consciousness, the ability to perceive oneself as a persistent entity which experiences things.

The Better of Two Bootstraps

The standard model at the moment is that a complex physical form evolved from random collisions we call The Replicator Molecule, and thus life came to exist.

The model we present here is similar in that it starts with random information bits representing nothingness, assembling a self-referential viewpoint, a permanent memory-creating self.

One would argue that it is less implausible to envision random information becoming a self-organizing system than it is to envision random collisions of matter-energy building any complex physical thing let alone one that is also a factory for others of its kind.

What Would You Do If You Were the First Self?

There you are, you just realized that you exist at all, and you are alone amidst nothingness.

You might think and think and think and at some point, come to the conclusion that you and imagination are one and the same.

This might lead to experimentation as to how far you could go just by imagining things. How intensely could you visualize something else besides nothingness. How real could you make your imaginings seem to you.

After all, once having become consciously self-aware, were you going to simply accept nothingness as your way of life forever? Or would you want to at least try for other things?

What else was there to do but to explore one’s own capabilities? How far could imagination be pushed?

Never A Beginning

Although the better of two bootstraps appeals to me, a simpler theory is that it has always been this way. There never was a beginning.

In the writer’s present theory, time itself is not intrinsic to the One Consciousness, who has the computing power to experience all time at once. Time is part of the imaginary world the One Consciousness creates and inhabits through its avatars.

The expanding universe since the Big Bang suggests a cycle similar to an inbreath alternating with an outbreath, with all of creation sucked back into the Creator for what might be a sleep cycle, followed by a reawakening.

Love to all,

Bill

 

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