Bubbles in the stream…

We exist not as separate entities.

Although we appear to do so, we are not persons moving through time/space. Rather we are expressions of the multiplicity of process that is the universe, and define ourselves as distinct solely due to the abstracting neural functioning which characterizes our particular mode of energy/matter.

This is the basis for unbelief in a universe composed of ‘things’.

Despite the apparent perception of a multiplicity of objects, I must inevitably recognize all objects depend ultimately on ultimate subject. Therefore ‘I’ cannot be object. Since subject cannot exist in the absence of object, nor object in the absence of subject, it follows neither exists apart from the convenient illusion invented by the neural process of perception/thought.

I do not, therefore, believe in my ‘self’ as a being, and I certainly don’t believe in a God-being.

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2 Responses to Bubbles in the stream…

  1. moseswilbur says:

    “In Tertium Organum (1911), P.D. Ouspensky, a Russian mathematician and philosopher, describes how circumscribed entities existing in two dimensions can be part of a unity in the third dimension. Observe from one side of a pane of frosted glass the prints left by the tips of someone’s fingers touching the opposite side. A two-dimensional investigator, counting five separate circles, would conclude that each fingerprint is a separate entity. But we who can appreciate the third dimension of depth, know that the five separate fingerprints belong to one unified object in three dimensions: a hand. We also know that the three-dimensional hand is attached to a being that generates mind when time is added to the vectors of space. By extrapolation, this is exactly the example that illustrates how our separate, individual minds, existing in our limited perceptual apparatus using two coordinates, space and time, could also be part of a universal mind that is a unified entity in the higher dimension of the space-time continuum.”

  2. taliesin says:

    What we call perception of separate entities is actually interpretation.

    Entities are defined by our preconceptions, our experience, our memories, which form perceptual rulesets.
    In effect, our perceptions are inescapably biased.
    Distinct entities do not exist, save as useful and unfortunately sometimes lethal abstractions.
    Ouspensky’s ‘unified entity’ could not, therefore, be distinct from the space/time continuum.
    Talking about a ‘universal mind’ is like saying, ‘God is love’: Very nice, but essentially meaningless.

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