FIRST CAUSES

It is a normal thing to wonder about where the universe came from. “Why is it here?” “Why am I here?” These are questions that even children ask. Scientists have left these queries to religion and philosophers. Science demands repeated objective results, but an objective method to find answers to these questions seems impossible.

To attempt to solve that, we must first try to determine whether the universe is infinite or finite. An infinite universe would always exist, with no beginnings and no endings. The terms “infinite” and “eternal” both imply time and space. The eternal has no beginning in time while the infinite has no beginning in space.  The Big Bang Theory of universal formation would be a creation model, giving the universe a beginning, as do many genesis-type origin theories from around the world. 

Seeking out something that could be physically infinite is difficult. All things and events that take place in space and time have beginnings. That which has a place in time and space does not qualify as being in an infinite state. Infinity is that which is beyond space and time. For many people, infinity is unknowable. Others claim to have glimpsed it.

When contemplating infinity and the universe, there is no way to escape the concept of God. Most cultures have had gods since the beginning of civilization. Something in us wants to give a name to that which existed before the universe came to be and will continue after the universe has ended. 

That which existed before anything and after anything, even though it be nothing or voidness, is still another concept for God in the minds of many. Nothing is, of course, no thing. God is not a thing as well. There is a parallel here, but God cannot be nothing.

An empty void has no existence without a world in which to place it. We cannot see nothing because it is not there. If it is not there, then it logically does not exist.

We live in a universe of complementary states. We have bad and we have good. We have right, we have left. We have up, we have down. We cannot have a subject without an object. One needs the other like a child needs a mother.

Picture a place without time and space where thought has melted into a pool of undifferentiated possibilities, a seemingly endless ocean of events and experiences that have not yet occurred. 

All is still for the briefest of instants because when time stops, existence ceases and the one is no longer measured as being separate from the other. Measurement occurs in spacial dimensions, but not in primary dimensions where only points, lines, and possibilities exist.

Before we can have a world, we need events. To have events we need an observer to recognize that event. To have an observation we need to have awareness of an object or an event. The essential quality for observation or interaction is to have awareness of an object. Awareness, then, is the first cause for the existence of time and space. All things are not only produced by awareness in its myriads of localized forms but all things are formed from the eternal and non-material awareness which has always been –– as the eternal now is ever-present.

For some people, this primal awareness is called ‘God’ but there is a great social danger in calling anything holy and above natural law. Creation is a process and an act, not an unexplained miracle. The act of creation spreads knowledge and organization across the universe. This Universe is a system with properties that we define. 

Awareness is the cause of time and space, though it forever dwells outside of time and space.  Without awareness, nothing can be distinguished as separate. There is no essence of being without awareness. It is of another dimension that has no beginning nor end. This awareness is potentially infinite, yet responsible for the existence of the finite. It is beyond self, yet produces not only the act of consciousness but describes and brings to being a forever changing universe of unlimited potential.

We can describe the world as not only a work-in-progress, but a record of historical events and experiences where thoughts were made manifest and tangible by actions, recorded by the bricks and mortar of matter, and re-interpreted by the mind to formulate experience from contiguous entangled events.

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