Religion. Who is (was) God? Atheism. What if there is no God (now)? Nature. Nature’s laws, forces and powers. Life. Purpose. Meaning. How to become conscious of this intelligent nature. – There are answers.
Once upon a time…
“I was born free.
In a nature of intricate beauty.
And dismaying upheavals….”. (A Natural philosophy… (the book)… Introduction.)
I wanted to know the story of “creation”.
Who were we? What were we? Where were we? What was the where where we were? What Who or what What not only created but also sustained and moved forward breaths, heartbeats, ocean waves, thoughts, feelings, good and bad, beauty and upheaval?
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The origin of existence: All that exists, all that exists as it exists… matter and mind… is under the control of a “mechanism” of operation. Most people on this human planet are taught that creation’s mechanism of operation was crafted and set in motion in the faraway past by a God (or by some other unknown external Force). But what if no such originating God or Force ever existed? Are we then… sleeping… dream walking… under instructions that do not apply? that do not define us as we are?
Setting the alarm clock: The idea that a God/ Force is creation’s originating Architect is propagated via two teaching platforms. A religious platform and a scientific platform. A thousand voices coming from the past preach that a God exists. But dissonance and discordance in the ancient voices cause alarm bells to ring; and some wake up. Still rubbing their eyes, wanting to confirm the validity of their suspicions they turn to science for explanations, answers, and guidance. Science, with caution and hesitation, states that, as far and as distant that their instruments can sense… there probably is no God. But, the evidence gleamed thus far is inconclusive… either way. (We are not there yet, advise science. Please take a seat in the waiting room.)
When looking at a grain of sand… should there not be an answer? Are we, unknowingly, unwittingly, still sleeping, still dreaming. (A dream within a dream.) (A scientific dream within a religious dream.) – To awaken is to know that we are no longer sleeping and dreaming but that we were sleeping and dreaming and that the dream was not real.
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Here is a brief overview of a path to awakening, knowledge, and freedom.
(Along the years, I have set discoveries, “new” knowledge, and reflections in a book: A Natural Philosophy.)
(A Natural Philosophy is available on Amazon.)
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TRUTH: (Not chasing metaphors):
“… While I was in the midst of the exiled people by the river Chebar, that the heavens were open… And I began to see, and look… coming from the north, a great cloud mass and quivering fire… … four wings… the wings were joining one to the other… there was one wheel on the earth… As for the appearance of the wheels and their structure… as for their rims… lifted up from the earth, the wheels would be lifted up… And I got to hear the sound of their wings … the likeness of a throne (seat)… And upon the likeness of the throne there was a likeness of someone in appearance of an earthling man upon it, up above… I fell upon my face, and I began to hear the voice of one speaking… ‘Son of man, stand up upon your feet that I may speak with you.” Genesis: Ezekiel 1:28-2:3
What was a flying craft piloted by “someone in appearance of an earthling man” doing in ancient times?
1): HOW HAVE WE COME TO BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF A “GOD”?
Who was God? God did not crawl from under a rock and into our mind. There is a page in history when and where it is noted that a God came down from the heavens onto earth. Was that page real? Was the God visitor real? Who was He? To make sense of our own selves, our planet, our world, we must first understand that ancient moment. It cannot be bypassed. It cannot be discarded. Our present day existence is woven by and with the treads of that event.
“I know of our attachments to a “God”, of hopes for an after-life “paradise”, of fulfilling “spiritual” promises, of the glow of recognition, of the pleasure of belonging to a group, of the fear of a “Hell”, of unquestioning adherence to dogmas, of doubt, of guilt… I know of the power of our “God” story. The “God” story – upon which words we formulate our “philosophy of existence” . The story is real… but inaccurate.
“If we come out of hiding from behind a thousand sleeps and take the time to follow the threads of our story to the date of its occurrence, here on earth, we will become able to read its content without having to worship its words or its authors. At present, it is the most important step demanded of all human beings. For, only upon understanding the truth of these events, can we clarify and identify our “real” roots.
“The first fact we face when we begin to survey the historical documents is that there was not only one “God” but many gods, present on earth, in those days. Yet, we have made it dogmatically “untouchable” to admit to the existence of other gods; we have brushed them under the truth’s carpet. We want all these gods to be imaginary. Our history books present them as mythological figures. Images in dreams. – We have turned a magnificent past into illusions and fairy tales. The second fact that becomes quickly evident when examining the ancient documents is that the gods, including our “God”, were beings of flesh, blood, and bones. It is only with the passage of the millennia that the gods became ethereal figures. And the third fact that the same texts make clear – the truth that confuses us so much and has sent us into astronomical loops over the millennia – is that the gods descended unto earth, from the heavens. The heavens being the skies above our heads. A Natural philosophy p. 190, 191.”
Note: This is not about U.F.O.’s or alien conspiracies…. it is simply about re-reading… as it is written… what the ancients inked on paper, papyrus, clay tablets and stone works. Megalithic stone works erected in the middle east as well as on almost all continent from granite blocks, cut, polished, carried for miles, over sand, rivers, mountains, some weighing more that a million pounds and at a time when mankind was just discovering the wheel and a few primitive implements. After a time on earth, the “gods” departed. People lifted their eyes upward and scrutinized the heavens. And, they waited… prayed… remembered… offered sacrifices…Thus began… and the long wait for the return of the magnificent ones… and the transformation of facts into memories, into reconfigured stories, into religions. – Over the generations, over the millennia, the descent of gods from the sky unto earth, their accomplishments, their relationship with humanity and their “words” have been reinterpreted and distorted to the point of being completely unrecognizable. And, with more time, more isolation, more reinterpretation, more refining, one of the many gods, a being issued from the womb of nature, was raised to the high post of “Supernatural” Supreme Being: (God).
And that was God. That is God. Which means: There is no God.
The consequence: God was Cause. The Cause contained the why, the how, the purpose, and the meaning… of existence. Except that that preexisting Cause never existed. Which means… in everything, about everything… we pretend, we invent. We are rudderless. (For proof, take a look at the state of our human planet.)
“Awakening from the god’s (God’s) dependency is not easy. The sleep is deep and the trance profound. And, as we awaken, we lament not being able to sleep anymore. We mourn the loss of comforting memories. And we feel empty, anxious and scared. About the present. About the future. It passes. Nature has equipped us for survival.” (A Natural Philosophy p. 206 )
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2): THE PARADIGM SHIFT:
The game of the past and the future is played in the present.
(Only in the present.)
No preexisting First Instant/ Cause/ God/ Hand ever existed (or exists) because…
CREATION HAS ALWAYS BEEN.
In this “present” instant.
Think about it… it is now. It is now.
It is now.
It is always now.
It has always been now.
It will always be now.
The only “moment” that has ever existed, that will ever exist, that exists… is this instant.
The date and time of creation is NOW.
A “Now” has always been.
The Now is the Primal Source.
The Now is the Universal Creator.
The Now is the primary foundation.
The Now creates all that exists.
All that exists creates the Now.
The when is Now.
The where is Everywhere.
Everywhere is the center of the Now. All that exists is a center at the center of the Now. (You are a center at the center of the Now.) “That you are sitting on a chair; that you are lying on a bed; that you are walking in a forest; that you are harvesting wheat; that you are eating an apple; that you are travelling around the world; that you are working in a factory; that you are giving birth; that you are planting seeds in a garden; wherever you are, you are at the center of the Now”. (A Natural Philosophy p. 11)
Having always been, the Now is eternal. Being everywhere, the Now is infinite. The Now comprehends beginning, middle, and end… past, present, and future. All that is essence has always existed. All that is substance has always existed. Form and formlessness are all that is essence and that is substance.
The crucible of creation: The Now, in its totality, completeness, wholeness, is ONE. Yet, we observe that this Oneness is not monolithic, nor static; it is made of a multiplicity of parts, the (all). The parts/ forms/ all appear to be (is) in perpetual motion. All incessantly, infinitely. divides, multiplies. It would appear then that “time” is on a linear trek moving from past to future. Except, the Now implies stillness. The Now cannot jump ahead of itself; it must remain in its “nowness-ness”; it must remain still. The mechanism stillness is maintain all the while engaging the all in motion: as One divides/ multiplies into all… at the very same time… all collapses into One. A pulse is emitted… Life… simultaneously… a counter pulse is emitted… Death. Thus, everywhere, incessantly, Life/Death, Life/Death, Life/Death. Life/Death is the motor, the matrix, the Grand Designer, the choreographer of what is and of the way what is is. Life/Death is the first universal cosmic Principle/ Law.
“To and fro, every human being dances until body and mind fold back… into One. To and fro, every tree, every flower, and every blade of grass dance until water, soil, and sun run no longer through their roots and leaves. To and fro, every sun dance until it can no longer separate morning from night and all that was under its care has dried up. To and fro, every life-form dances until the thought that conceived it, fades into the Source. And then, all begins anew. And in this instant.” (A Natural Philosophy p. 44 )
There is more: The Now, in order to exist, needs to fill its everywhere. The Life/Death mechanism makes the Now simultaneously become and disappear. But we know that something remains. But the Now cannot move. A middle, creation/ existence, is created. The middle is a battle for form and duration. Incessantly, continuously, streams of Life/Death, Life/Death, Life/Death. Then… as if awakening… the Life part of the Life/Death principle stretches a space between itself and Death… we inhale… and, quickly, the Death part fights back and collapses the space… we exhale. The Eternal and the Infinite become temporal and finite…. and at the same time the temporal and finite becomes Eternal and Infinite. Fragments by fragments… Life pushing Forces… forms becoming, holding… for an instant, an hour, a decade, a century, a millennium…. Death pulling Forces… collapsing universes, rivers, grains of sand, thoughts, people. In a single present instant.
Life/Death is a game of the past and the future played (in-situ) in the present.
We behave as the Now behaves. The ways (Principles/ Laws/ Forces) of the Now are the ways (laws) of nature. And the laws of nature are our “root” laws. Yet, we think ourselves above the laws of nature. We fault them for our “shortcomings”. We are told to remove nature out of ourselves; to reconstruct ourselves. Nonsense! We are what nature is. Through and through.
“Nature is the many forms travelling every which way within the Source. Nature is the “manner of being” of the many forms of the Source. Nature is the way of the Source. The nature of the Source is the nature of all things. Your nature is of the nature of the Source. Your nature is of the ways of the Source. All of the Source’s ways are natural. There is no such thing as an unnatural Source or an unnatural way. There are no unnatural dreams. There are no unnatural thoughts. There are no unnatural words. There are no unnatural acts. There are no unnatural paths. There are no unnatural travelers. Nothing is unnatural. Nothing. Not good. Not bad. Not evil. Nothing. All phenomenons, all levels of consciousness, and all things, approved of or disapproved of, explained or unexplained, are of nature. And what is unexplained is just that: unexplained. Not understood. No more can you operate outside of nature than can a grain of sand, a tree, or a lion. You can never act outside of nature’s ways. Period. (A Natural Philosophy p. 45)
But… everybody will kill each others!
So, we write agreements of mutual respect.
(“Intelligence” is infinite.)
When we seek atonement… ” A human “being”, no matter the debilitating tempests, the gales, the squalls, the physical deformities, the mental illnesses, the antisocial behaviors, the bent ways, the lack of money, the vulgarity of the tongue, the crookedness of the thoughts and even the evilness of the deeds – a human being is always a complete human being. If you think that you are bent and would like to stretch, from the ground up to the light, do so. But, if the storms have been too severe, if the trunk, branches, and leaves are too damaged to be straitened, and you want to be whole, you need do nothing, for, as you are, you are One”. (A Natural Philosophy p. 74 )
It is in at-One-ment that the Now reveals its qualities of intelligence, consciousness, and meaning. Qualities that, in essence and substance, in thoughts and in forms, are infinite.
There is not another Now. There is not another moment. Children can pass their whole childhood believing in Santa…. never experiencing the connection of knowing their real gift giver(s). Adults can spend their entire existence waiting to get to the enchanted garden of the gods… never recognizing that they and this earth is are “final” gifts of presence. Conclusive evidence seekers may strain their eyes and minds through telescopes and microscopes till the end of time for signs of an external preexisting Source…. never realizing that they as well as what they see, hear, smell, taste, touch, is that very Source.
The idea that no one can know who we are or what anything is is the result of the thought that all was created in the distant past. Which means someone or something was/is the author of creation. To form meaning and purpose, we need to know the nature of the Who or What of the originating “Source”. A Source that we will never get to for it never was. When we move the date of creation to this instant, beginning, middle, and end, we come to see that even a grain of sand holds the answers to all of the “mysteries” of creation.
You, me, ants and spiders on a forest floor, raindrops falling on seeds in a marsh, dreams that are becoming thoughts… all that is in becoming, in a march forward, at the edge of energy, weave the fabric of the universe. The weaving and tearing up of the “fabric” are battles for “presence”. The battles are as much within us as they are outside of us. We are all fighters. We are all players. The game is serious, all-encompassing. It has rules. It has laws. It has a why which conditions the hows. That we are aware of the rules, that we play by other rules, the game plays on. The game comes with Forces. And those Forces are our battle tools. Knowing the ways of the game has its advantages and rewards. Unawareness, unconsciousness does not work in our favor, does not work in your favor.
Meaning: When we look at a grain of sand with reverence, life begins to have meaning. Not because the grain of sand is a creation of… but because it is life, life itself. Creation (is) life. Now.
A Natural Philosophy… (the book) is available on Amazon