The question was asked, “Did man invent mathematics or did he discover it?” We assume that mathematics springs from a universal source because the universe exhibits mathematical precision and patterns from the very start.
Before we can have a world, we need events. To have events we need an observer. To have an observation we need awareness of an object or an event. The essential quality for observation or interaction is to have awareness of an object. Observers are generally thought of as being people, but they can also be a system. An observer is a person or a system that observes.
Awareness, then, is the first cause. It is responsible for the recognition of an object and events. Objects and events exist in time and space. Awareness comes in myriads of forms and degrees. It is present in all living things. It is present as prehensions and in inanimate things. All things are produced by awareness in myriads of localized forms. When organized, awareness becomes consciousness. All things are formed from the eternal and non-material awareness which has always been present––as the eternal now is ever-present. This is where the concept of the world in the mind is most convincing. In order for there to have been an evolutionary path through the birthing of elements in stars, there had to be an observer.
Is the universe itself a brain? They certainly have a similar look in these pictures. That might not prove that it is a brain nor that it has intelligence, yet everything we know about the workings of nature and the universe, in general, seems to have a masterly and thoughtful aspect about it.
Mathematics are human tools used to calculate facts and events in the natural world, but the math systems themselves seem to work because they uncover pre-existing patterns that follow universal laws and principles. Does that mean that mathematics came first and we humans simply discover the underlying equations? This often appears to be the case.
We view the world emotionally. How we view our world and the universe about us plays an important part in our emotional well-being. It is impossible to envision a life without pain and suffering, as these things are natural tools essential to our survival. Without pain, we would not know what was bad for us. Without suffering and loss, we could not value happiness and gains properly.
To get to the actuality––I will not call it truth because we can only paint a local image of what we observe––to attempt to describe our world, we have to get beyond our emotional feeling. We need to throw out the dogmas our religions have created.
Our emotional natures reflect upon our own demise and often create negative emotions when we think about our temporal stays as existing beings.
I published an article in Helios about the near-death experience of a young girl who was certain that she was about to die. She put it his way:
“…when a vision of absolute nothingness rises before my eyes with the sudden damning conviction that there is nothing after death and our life is but a tiny spark in the midst of eternal meaningless darkness. The thought of such insignificance and meaninglessness is so daunting, and the idea of the world carrying on irrespective of our existence so unbearable, that our mind hurries to close the idea up again, with the result that the vision or realization disappears as soon as it appeared, leaving only the cold clammy feeling of an uncertain dread in its place. The realization of our minuscule existence in the enormous scheme of things can’t fail to be accompanied by a lack of faith in the meaningfulness of our insignificant lives. It’s an idea probed time and again by writers and artists alike, yet it is one that can yield no answers. It causes us to question the nature of existence itself, and the justification behind its repetitive mundane pursuits.”
I remember being a child when Jehovah’s Witnesses came knocking on the door to spread their gospel according to their teachings. They said that: “Millions now living will never die.” By this, they meant that the world as we knew it was coming to an end and a new world where death was vanquished for the faithful believers was just around the corner.
In one form or another, that is the message of most of the world’s religions. They offer either a heaven or an altered state of consciousness where death is no longer something to fear or fret about. Because people want to believe this, such religious dogmas take root and are used by organized religion to control the minds, emotions, and lives of the believers. The masses want a God of understanding and love who will want to keep their experiences in living memory. They want heaven for continued experience and Nirvana to be more than a rock group.
IS SOLACE EVEN POSSIBLE?
The question then, is there anything else that can give solace in our emotional quest for everlasting life? Would we even be pleased with an eternal life from which there is no escape from the essential suffering and loss that is built into existence itself?
Is it necessary for our life experience to be recorded infinitely or continue eternally for the soul to be happy with its lot?
We humans forget many things and our memories are often faulty. Some mundane events do not seem to be worth the remembering. Our own experiences disappear into memory and we lose track of the mundane details. In order to save our better experiences for later times, we developed writing, drawing pictures, and photography.
Is the physical matter that exists and in our world a record of events and actions that have occurred in time and space?
It seems obvious that this is so. We reconstruct our history from past events and experiences that left a physical mark on time and space.
We can experience the reality of this ourselves. Our movements and actions make changes in the outside world that are recorded in memory as events and experiences. Actions are recorded in the world outside ourselves as well, as we change our world physically every moment. We, ourselves, change physically from moment to moment.
We can––with a minimum of effort––reduce and simplify the world enough to show that we exist in a continuing process of conscious and unconscious awareness. This too is obvious by the nature of our minds and status as Homo Sapiens. That this is true of all of nature is my best-educated guess.
Giving the attribute of awareness to inanimate and non-living chemicals is a stretch for some people. We equate awareness to higher forms of life and intelligence to those mammals with brains and nervous systems. Yet, most processes are not what we would call conscious processes, but unconscious processes.
Underneath, the unconscious goes about creating processes independent from our intellectual understanding. There is a difference between that which we consciously know and that which is an unconscious process that keeps the intellectual consciousness alive and builds the world itself.
We need to redefine that which we term to be the mind. If the unconscious mind were actually non-conscious or unaware, it could not function with the degree of precision that we observe.
Transmissions of information and transformations of matter into energy and back again take place in the smallest of events from chemical bonding to electromagnetic attractions. To my way of thinking, this can and should be defined as being a mental process, something controlled and actuated by a mind that is obviously different from the human brain. Nature itself thinks and creates, apparently without the need for self-awareness.
Nature is constantly experimenting with new forms and redesigning the old. Nature itself is still learning, as there is an indefinite amount to learn. Nature has the urge to unite and compound, the propensity to create new elements for more advanced compounds––all this occurs and is nurtured by nature.
The instinctive and unconscious desire to be more than we can be by ourselves alone seems to be the driving force behind evolutionary change. Nature has been producing matter and life for billions of years, long before self-consciousness arose in the form of the human species. Our self-reflective species did not cause the universe to exist. Time and space arrived before human cognition.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This famous quote by Jefferson, the opening line of TheDeclaration of Independence, has long been the battle cry for freedom and equality.
Since the time I was a child, I felt chilled by the power and the wisdom in these words. I never doubted for a moment that these words were true because I wanted them to be true.
Is this really true?
Is it self-evident that all men are created equal? What if we substituted ‘gorillas’ instead of men. Are all gorillas created equal? Are all snakes created equal? What about women? Are all women created equal as well?
“She has a lot of potential,” someone said. That means that buried within her is a chance, a proclivity to succeed at a task. That potential is not something that exists in the present, but something that could come to exist in the future. Potential does not exist in the present except as a vision or concept, but is a chance of an action in the future. She can either fill her potential, or fail to do so.
Potentiality is the highway upon which evolution is built. From the appearance of the first bursts of energy to the choices we make on a moment-to-moment basis, we are guided and ruled by future potentiality. That is what brings the world to our senses.
I think it is quite important to find and relate a way that the physical world comes into being. Ontology is about the foundations of being itself.
If energy cannot be created, then all the energy that ever existed still exists, albeit in different forms. That in itself is quite humbling. We are not only made from stardust, but the very atoms in our bodies are ancient.
If the universe is a finite composite of existing things, then it too had a beginning––begging the question as to what was here before the universe.
If the universe is infinite and eternal, then we would not be here at all. Why? Because if energy cannot be created, the universe cannot forever expand into nothingness. Energy would be spread so thin that it could not interact in an eternity.
The other option, of course, is that energy can be created, but this runs counter to the 1st Law of Thermodynamics which declares it cannot be created.
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
We know now that it was primal energy that was present before the universe because it cannot be created. We do not know beyond doubt that mass of any kind was present. If mass were present, it would have been from a previous universe. However mass cannot travel at light speed, where energy can. It is easier to accept that there was no mass before the emergence of the universe, as matter is energy in a temporal form. Primal potential energy that existed before time and space, precipitated mass from the potential energy that has always existed.
Potentiality has no physical being. It is a property of a system, not of an individual body or particle. As such, it does not come into existence until it becomes kinetic energy. Energy is only manifest when it is released in time and space. Even space contains potential energy.
Potential energy need not to have EXISTED before the universe, but being a property of a natural system, it comes into existence when movement occurs. Primal energy is timeless (immortal), because it cannot be created, and exists only when in motion. At rest, it is a potentiality that needs no measures of space or time until movement occurs. It is the movement that requires energy to materialize from the potential to the actionably manifest. Potential energy in its pure form requires no time nor space. It is the perception of movement that actuates the chain of evolution.
That which is beyond the boundary of the universe is voidness itself. It is not anything. It is not in time and space. Voidness can be infinite because there is nothing there at all. You cannot travel there because it it not there.You cannot see it because it is invisible. Voidness is not simply the stillness of quantum fields without movement. Voidness is the infinity of nothingness, the original state of non-existence.
But is there something that can be eternally held in the nothingness of the void? Can the void hold potentiality? Potentiality is not something real––not something that exists. It has no definite time and occupies no space. It is the seed of something that can possibly exist.
If the void is capable of holding potentiality (as must be the case), then it must have the ability to store it both the potentiality of energy and the potentiality of awareness.
Potentiality is not actuality. It need not be in time and space. It can, like the void, be infinite. From the beginning, to begin the unveiling of a universe, potential energy must exist within the void. This potentiality of the void would take up no time or occupy any space because neither space nor time exists in either the non-dimensional. Further, if the void can hold potential energy, then it can hold potential awareness and the potential intellect of the natural mind. The void’s potential information can serve as a two-dimensional blueprint for the unveiling of a universe.
We must then suspect that awareness and infinite energy have their origin in the void. They do not exist there, but the probability that they can exist must be harbored in the void.
The third fundamental for universe formation is information––energy, awareness, and information. These are the three fundamentals. All are invisible and all are infinite––without form or body.
With these three fundamentals, the void has the ability to bring the universe into existence within a single point. An excitation in the potential eternal energy creates an eigenstate in the zero-dimension, a dimension similar to the void––in that it is outside space and time––but unlike the void in that the newly-released energy became kinetic instead of potential and was perceived by the potential for awareness in the void.
The zero-dimension is infinite in that it sprang from the void by actuating the void’s potentiality.
When I was very young, I did not know the world. The world made itself known to me quite gradually, in small steps that I can now only imagine. I cannot remember these steps. They happened before memory was born. I felt these steps.
Discomfort was a feeling that I learned quickly to correct. My first feelings were those untenable positions which caused me to turn away from irritation into a position of familiarity and contentment.
I kicked and moved to find my snugness, not knowing or caring that my attempt to find relief caused pain to another.
The experience of the world of the womb was lost to me. The world was making itself known, but I knew nothing of the world. I knew nothing about myself for I was not a self. I was as close to being nothing as I have ever been.
Yet in this nothing there was feeling. There was touch. There were senses. I could hear the world making music and the sounds of the body in which I was immersed. Because I did not breath, I could not smell. Because I had no smell, I could not taste. Because I had no eyes I could not see. But there was touch and there was sound and there was feeling. The rest would come later.
The world makes itself known to us slowly.
The distress that I felt at the moment of my birth was sudden and momentous. I left the familiar world of water and warmth, felt the pressure of extreme movement that I had never felt before. The world made me know of constriction and limits. I felt movement and the pressures of my movement, then release to an alien place that made me feel misery. I longed briefly to return to what I had forever known and felt the strange coldness that I had never felt before. Air replaced water. I opened my mouth and tasted of the air. The air forced its way into me and I smelled the horrid stench of it for the first time. I became so agonizingly uncomfortable that I cried.
Since that first forlorn cry that expressed both my surprise and extreme distress, the world has continued to make itself known to me.
That process has not changed much.
The instinct to recoil from aggravation and hurt and return to a known luxury has been retained, but the added senses produced a curiosity to know more about that which caused me displeasure.
In giant strides of courage, I accepted some irritation and began to realize that there was more to everything than I had learned.
Some learning produced not only pleasure but sensations that I welcomed with bright smiles. I knew nothing of time and little of space. I was immersed fully in the now. Then I opened my eyes and the world came roaring in.
It takes both awareness and information processing for dimensions to come into view. To see something in three dimensions, one has to view from outside and above the apparent dimensions. A circle on a plane—like a drawing on paper—does not appear as a sphere until viewed from above the plane. The added property of the height, added to the width and length, creates an object in space that becomes manifest in three dimensions, where height and width, and length are experienced.
The third-dimension requires conscious awareness in that it must be seen from above the plane to become an independent object. Two-dimensional objects are not distinguished from their background until they are observed from above the plane.
Duration is not only an element of time but an element of length. “Length” commonly refers to physical size, as in the length, width, and depth of an object. Duration measures the time period, but the term length is also used to define a period of time as in: “How long have you been waiting?”
Being equals existence. Nothing cannot exist because nothing has no being. Nothing was always a human conception, not a natural fact. The Arabian people, Babylonians, and the Mayans all came up with the conception of zero.
The ideas of infinities and endless eternities are foreign to human thought. To believe that one can travel on forever and never see an edge of the universe feels intuitively preposterous. To believe that time goes on infinitely forward and eternally backward is an awkward conception. We all have a hard time coming to terms with infinity. The idea that space is infinite means that infinitely huge sections of space can never be seen. What would be the point in that? We always need a point on which to anchor.
The same holds true for the universe. All things in space and time have beginnings and ends. They are finite. Yet, because the finite exists, then there must be that which is not finite. It is called the infinite. The ‘undefined’ is an even better term.
The same is true of nothing. Nothing does not exist. It is the opposite of existence in its ‘non-existence’.
Yet, nothing exists. It also does not exist. Or is it in a ‘superposition’ where it is both?
The reason infinity can go on forever is that there is nothing there at all. Without time and space, there are no things… nothing.
If the infinite does not exist in time and space, does it exist at all? Is there a geometric plane above time and space where awareness can experience no time and no space and still be aware?
I believe the answer to that is, yes. There is the point… the universal point, the invisible center of every circle in the universe. That point is one-dimensional because it is all there is––just one single point that contains the entire universe. No matter how large or small this point is thought to be, it is still all there is and it is the center of everything everywhere.
We can only speculate about the original point and how the physical world emerges from this super-positioned point that is every place and at the center of everything. The infinite includes the finite, the indefinite, and all that all exists.
I think it is imperative to come to terms with infinity. We need to understand that which is beyond time and space. It is the obvious source of existence and the physical universe. We cannot get away from a first cause that came from nothing. For explanation, some turn to the idea of an eternal universe. Yet, that theory cannot take wing and fly as a conception in the temporal world where all begins and ends. Even if energy is fundamental, the question remains: “From what did it spring?” Is energy eternal? Did it come from nothing?
The zero-dimension must be indefinite. It cannot be more than a point or it would be two-dimensional. It cannot be less than a point or it would have no existence. As such, the indefinite holds everything within it, including the finite. The indefinite is not limited by dimensional views. The indefinite has no reason to distinguish between the realms of physical and mental being for they are molded as one.
Consciousness creates the idea of time, then measures the duration as well. We need to understand that the realization of our world is both a mental conception and a physical reality. The world around us has myriads of viewpoints that change as our consciousness moves through the now. The person I call myself is but a collection of memories, hereditary information, experiences, learning, emotions, and patterns of thinking. We are here in the now because this is the only place for us to be. We cannot be in the past or the future except in mental processes. The physicality of our existence changes as the mental universe changes. Being in the now is a conscious and continuous mental state.
Our self-consciousness creates the dichotomy between mental being and physical being. They are two separate states of awareness. Each is equally welcome and both have their own dimensional viewpoints, complete duplicates of one another except one is coded into the physical state and the other is informational and coded into the mental state. The informational data of the universe is coded in the mental aspect (2-D). It is a part of the infinite while simultaneously, through entanglement, the data is physically encoded in the temporal world of physicality.
We are always in the middle. We create the ideas of time and motion and eternity and project them into a timeless era where they do not belong. Timelessness must exist, though we can barely imagine it. Experience, we deduce, cannot be had without events in time. How, then, can timelessness be possible?
It is possible because the now is always present. To be present in the now requires no thought or action at all. It simply is. Physical change occurs in time but time is not the cause of the change. It is the movement of conscious awareness through the eternal line of the electric now that creates change. Change is a movement that when measured, becomes time. But it is the conscious awareness that is doing the movement. It is the awareness that creates the change we call movement. The physical counterpoint of awareness is pressure, the force responsible for all physical movement.
We can surmise that the tool called mathematics springs from a natural source because the universe exhibits mathematical precision and patterns from the very start. Perhaps human minds create mathematics, but the muse is Nature itself. Mathematics and equations are commonly used to define what physical changes can produce.
In order to be useful, knowledge and information must be stored. Genetics and the nervous system are where we store our personal data. I think that the totality of this information and experience is stored mentally in the second dimension and physically in the third. The infinite plane of the second-dimension is similar to a universal soft drive that records all reality perpetually. Alas, this can probably never be proved, but it makes for great hope. It would answer the question as to why the universe destroys and recreates its parts.
Knowledge and experience form our four-dimensional viewpoints. Modern viewpoints revolve around the physical aspects of the mind. These scientific interpretations often hold that the mind is roughly identical to the brain and is reducible to physical phenomena such as the firing of neurons and the chemical encodings of memory.
Yet, we did not always think in this manner. Throughout the age of human reasoning, the mind has been connected to the psyche. The term “soul” is often used synonymously with the psyche—which includes the totality of the human mind, both the conscious and unconscious elements. The soul has long been thought to be the immortal aspect of the human condition, a ghostly spirit where the personality and moral compass resides.
Carl Jung used the words ‘soul’ and ‘psyche’ as they are the same word in the German language. Of this he wrote: “I have been compelled, in my investigations into the structure of the unconscious, to make a conceptual distinction between soul and psyche. By psyche, I understand the totality of all psychic processes, conscious as well as unconscious. By soul, on the other hand, I understand a clearly demarcated functional complex that can best be described as a “personality”. (Jung, 1971: Def. 48 par. 797)
In a universe paired with a mental aspect and a physical aspect, would the realities in each pair be different? The first dimension of the one point would be the same in both, but the second dimension of the two points becoming connected to form a line would be different. It is through this difference that they come to be independent entities. If one point is infinite and the other is temporal, then the world line of the eternal second dimension would be a straight line to infinity in the mental state. Meanwhile, the world line of the finite point would curve and eventually return to its own starting point, creating an orbit—a geometric figure. It would be temporal and physical because it had a beginning and an ending.
Infinity is not one thing. Even infinity must be paired to its opposite, the finite. Infinity simply has no beginning nor end. There can be many infinities in a larger infinity because small infinities, like endless numbers, take up no space at all and are not in time.
Objects exist beyond my personal awareness—such as the place I dwell, the people I know, and the universe I inhabit. They too exist in the now. They are a product of consciousness, but they cannot be of my consciousness alone. They are in the consciousness of all.
We all have a similar basic vision of the world about us. A common sharing of conscious knowledge between existing entities and objects obviously occurs––though much of nature works through an unconscious mental process. Our conceptions reside in the mental state and deal directly with the infinite process of energy transformation and electrical connections. This mental state has to be of universal proportion—just as the physical state is of universal proportion.
When we realize that objective awareness is essential for the very existence of objects, we come to understand the unity of all. We are all objects. We are mental conceptions, dreams that are molded together in the one universe that provides adventure, knowledge, and experience for all from the interactions of its individual parts.
Written by Sky Felker, Age 10; illustrations by Sky
It was a dark and stormy night when suddenly the phone rang at Harmony’s. Harmony is a smart girl with brown hair. She is 10-years-old. She has a pet cat named Chilly. Harmony is a spy. Harmony anxiously ran down the stairs with her cat other shoulder. Chilly has orange fur and black triangles on her face. Chilly has black paws an is also a spy, like Harmony.
Harmony picked up the phone. “Hello… who is this?” she asked.
“It is Martin,” he answered. Martin was Harmony’s boss. Martin is also a spy. He has red hair and his name is not really Martin. His name id CoSpy303. Martin is his code name.
“I have a mission for you,” said Martin. “There have been reports of animals and cheese disappearing.”
“Doctor McAfee,” said Harmony and Martin together.
Doctor McAfee is the worst villain of all.
Oh, by the way, Harmony was still wearing her pajamas.
“Who but Doctor McAfee,” she exclaimed. “He’s the only villain who steals pets and cheese.
“I’ll start looking at files in the morning,” said Harmony as she went upstairs to bed.
In the morning, she went downstairs to eat breakfast and get an early start on the files. When she was done with breakfast, she went up to her room.
Later, she walked around the block and talked to all of the victims. She stopped at Mrs. McRuddy’s house first.
“Hello, Mrs. McRuddy. Can you tell me what happened? asked Harmony.
“Well, I was going to the grocery store and when I came back my sloth Fefe was gone and so was all my cheese.”
“Can you tell me what time it was?” asked Harmony.
“It was on Thursday at 3PM.” Mrs. McRuddy. replied.
“Thank you,” said Harmony. Then she went around and asked all the people about the crime, then she went home with the data,
“Hmmm, look, Chilly. “Mrs. McRuddy and Mr. Landry and Lilly all have something in common, but I can’t quite put my finger on it,” said Harmony.
“Meow,” said Chilly.
“I know. I’m hungry too,” said Harmony, so they went out to lunch and got an ice cream.
“Oh, Chilly, I’ve got it. What they have on common is the date and the time. All of their pets and cheese went missing on the same day and at the same time,” exclaimed Harmony.
“Meow,” said Chilly.
“That means he will go to Mr. Zack’s house next on Thursday at 3:00.”
On Thursday they went to Mr. Zack’s house at three, but Doctor McAfee did not show up.
“Maybe we were wrong. Maybe that’s not the pattern,” said Harmony.
She went to Mrs. McRuddy’s house and asked. “What did your pet have to eat just before you left?”
“She got cheese, but that was strange cheese,” said Mrs. McRuddy.
“Can you tell me what it looked like?” asked Harmony.
“It looked like cheese, but with red flashy things.” explained Mrs. McRuddy.
“Very strange,” said Harmony, She decided visit the other houses once more, then went home.
“I don’t see anything wrong with the cheeses,” Harmony said.
“Meow,” said Chilly.
“Don’t be silly, Chilly… wait a minute. They do look like robots… zoom in close and they ARE robots,” said Harmony. “We must run to Mr. Zack’s house.”
At Mr. Zack’s, they found Doctor McAfee switching the cheese so that Mr. Zack’s cat would go to Doctor McAfee.
“I hope you have fun in jail because that’s where you are headed,” said Harmony. Then she called the police and they were there in two minutes.
“Thank you, Harmony,” said the police.
“You’re welcome.” said Harmony.
And so, that is how Harmony defeated Doctor McAfee.
Dimensions are mental constructs. A dimension is a measurement of something. These measurements are in the mental world of conscious awareness. We can only measure things with our conscious intellect. When we become aware of a dimension, it is a viewpoint.
This parade of dimensions begins with the zero-dimension, a non-dimensional viewpoint without material content. For dimensions to come into view, both awareness and information processing is required. That is why the zero-dimension is a mental world of awareness. It precedes the existence of being. This non-material zero-dimension is without time, without space and is eternally present everywhere at once. The zero dimension is the source of the awareness that projects the universe into being.
This is where each of us came from before birth and possibly the same non-place that we dwell in when we die. We all remember this place. Since we have all experienced the place where our awareness of ourselves was united with everything before we began to exist in this time and space. Everyone has experienced an infinity of endlessness.
Timelessness can be pictured as a sleeping form of awareness that—when awakened—develops into the recognition of sensory touches and perceptions. In time, awareness births the subconsciousness and the self-consciousness.
As the universe is born from infinity, we are as well. Infinity is that which was before this life experience. The world about us is similar to a continuous dream that is made real by our consciousness awareness.
Because the zero dimension is static and unchanging, the first and second dimensional structures are also timeless in that they are everywhere at once.
To see something in three dimensions, one has to view from outside and above the apparent dimensions. A circle on a plane—like a drawing on paper—does not appear as a sphere until viewed from above the plane. The added dimensions of height, width, length, and duration create a space that becomes visible in three dimensions while height, width, and length are being experienced.
Duration is not only an element of time but it is also an element of length. “Length” commonly refers to physical size, as in the length, the width, and depth of an object. Duration measures the time period, but the term length is also used to define a period of time as in: “How long have you been waiting?”
When and space and time are molded into a common dimension, they become that fourth-dimensional viewpoint which Einstein called spacetime.