Please join me in imagining origins and endings. Let us wonder...
Was there ever a time when the universe did not exist?
When there was nothing - no thing?
Is there a coming time when all physical existence ends, for everything?
Let us creatively imagine. Creative imagination is like wandering into virgin forest, or sailing uncharted waters. Let us work our visionary muscles for a while. Let's look over the walls of common, accepted knowledge and conventional beliefs, let our minds off the leash to run in the park. Our jumping off point will be what we presume to know, what science has told us, and what religion has hinted at. We will color the blank spots in our knowledge with creative perception. We're not asserting what we imagine to be true, just allowing ourselves to feel what imagined realities feel like. Freeing our minds for a while. Who knows what we will find.
So, please join me, let's wander into the most fundamental mystery mankind has ever known.
What if the universe has always existed, that there was never a time when the cosmos was not physically manifest. Let us contemplate past the boxed in polarities of science and the big bang, see beyond religion and let there be light beliefs.
Suppose it's neither? Suppose it's both?
The individual human mind is a finite quantity, it seems to be hard wired for limited experiences; birth-death, beginnings-endings, comings-goings. The individual mind operates in duality, polarities, and seems to see its own existence as an event, a circumstance, a temporary experience and even at that, humans will never use our whole personal mental capacity.
Some of us can envision and experience the universe as an infinite process that flourishes in time, and outside of the constraints of time.. As an eternal, timeless space of experience. The earth formed and will one day be gone. The sun formed and one day it will explode into a cinder and take our solar system with it.
Do those events mean consciousness ends?
Does the space earth, the Sun and solar system, everything the universe inhabits, including the empty space, dissipate into nothingness?
What does nothingness, the absence of any-thing, including space, look like?
How can anything form from the void, barren of any-thing, even space, if no-thing exists?
Here in time, and three dimensions that which is called 'space' is experienced as an emptiness, a vast nothingness. It is erroneously called 'a vacuum'.
The physical universe, even if we could see all of it, is only about five percent of what we could call 'normal matter'. Seventy percent is called 'dark energy' and about twenty five percent is 'dark matter'.
Nasa.gov says about dark energy - "More is unknown than is known. We know how much dark energy there is because we know how it affects the Universe's expansion. Other than that, it is a complete mystery."
About dark matter Nasa states - "We are much more certain what dark matter is not than we are what it is. . ."
Perhaps the five percent of the natural physical universe that we experience through our limited human senses and various instruments, is the product of eternal, infinite dark energy. What if there were no actual big bang?
What if physical, common matter simply emerges, or precipitates, or evolves out of dark energy and matter?
What if it is our limited intellectual, and sense capacity that hinders our experience and understanding of the whole universe?
What if this expansion of the universe is reflective of our expansion of consciousness? The more our conscious awareness and knowledge increases, the more the universe expands. That the universe and we are fundamentally connected
Can you hold a vision of a time when there was literally nothing, no-thing?
If you're theist (god created all), then isn't god something?
If you're a big banger (purely science based), if there was a big bang, then what was it that went boom?
Science speaks of the singularity, isn't that singularity a thing, something?
Was there ever a time when consciousness did not exist?
Did the emergence of matter birth consciousness, or did consciousness manifest the universe?
I'm simply asking...remember we're imagining here.
There is a universal conscious mind that was never created, and always existed. It is known by many names: God to theists, the singularity by materialists, the nature of its being is literally incomprehensible, but experiential. It is what the ancient mystics call - the ground of Being-. Everything that is, grows from the fertile soil of this ground of Being. So as you ponder the delicate reality that is your life; gaze inward occasionally and behold the ground your stalk of life emerges from, ponder the roots buried deeply into that ground of Being. Appreciate the eternal, ethereal nutrients that feed your Being-ness. You didn't just happen. You always were; I AM.
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Thank you for imagining with me.