AWARENESS

by Kenneth Harper Finton

How do children develop a sense of self?

We assume that mathematics springs from a universal source because the universe, from the very start, exhibits mathematical precision and patterns. 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. In other words, 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. 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 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.

As the positive numbers in the mathematical universe continue endlessly, the negative numbers continue endlessly as well. The sum of all these numbers negative and positive are zero, that is, the total mathematical value of the mathematical universe is zero. It has no numerical value, as it is not a thing and needs no value. For example, the sum of 1+2+3+4 subtracted from the sum of -1-2-3-4 equals zero. It has no value because it comes from its source in the non-dimensional. All the mathematical universes must add up to zero as well. In order for that to occur physically—to add up to zero—negative values must be paired with positive values.

When change occurs in the dimensional universe, that change is recorded physically by changes in the physical matter of the universe. [Rock hits a rock, forms a crater. Cut your toe, feel the pain, see the injury.] My take is that the non-dimensional is both opposed to and complementary to the physical universe. It is the realm of thought, mathematics, and ideas. Data from the physical world is simultaneously coded and stored as data in the non-dimensional realm. Matter behaves like both a particle and a wave.

Matter is the temporal recording media of physical change. Events are coded physically and stored to form our mental experience. The non-dimensional process of thought and awareness constantly create our consciousness in the present moment. This is how the non-dimensional interacts with the dimensional. It has done so throughout the process of evolution. Non-dimensional activity is present in instincts and the workings of the unconscious mind. This activity is unfurled into finite chemical and electrical activities that evolve further and, in turn, record their changes back into the non-dimensional.

The dimensional universe creates a boundary that limits infinity to localized viewpoints.

My take is that In the non-dimensional realm, records of events are coded into wave frequencies that hold mathematical descriptions of their counterparts in the dimensional universe. The equations and formulas in the non-dimensional realm come to being in the physical world and guide the unfolding of the physical universe. Our physical changes may be coded in mathematical forms and also simultaneously recorded in the non-dimensional realm from which the physical universe is projected.

IS GOD SELF-AWARE?

by Kenneth Harper Finton ©2020

About 1,500 galaxies are visible in this deep view of the universe, taken by allowing the Hubble Space Telescope to stare at the same tiny patch of sky for 10 consecutive days in 1995. The image covers an area of sky only about the width of a dime viewed from 75 feet away.

“Who knows what is in the mind of God?”

People will tell us that “God knows all.

”The common conception of God is that of a divine being

that creates and governs the universe.

If God knows what everyone is thinking,

knows where everyone has been,

and knows what they all will be,

what a huge amount of information that would be.

We also must realize that the Earth

is a small speck of dust in a commonplace galaxy.

There are trillions of stars and billions of galaxies.

Try to imagine a mind that knows all this.What would it be like?

One thing is certain. It would not be like the human mind.

It would be more like universal consciousness.

But would God even have a self?

Is God self-aware?

What need would God have for self-awareness?

Self-awareness is a curse and a blessing.

It creates loneliness.

It creates unhappiness.

If God were self-aware, God would be lonely.

Does God get lonely?

The self can only be aware of its self by knowing

that something from the outside is not the self.

If God is everything, then what would exist outside God

for God to be self-aware?

If God isn’t everything then what is this thing outside

that is not God?

God does not need a brain.

If God is everything, then God is a brain.

An observer does not need to be self-aware.

A mouse observes the cheese with no sense of self.

The world existed before self-awareness.

So, as far as we can tell (and surely we know little),

the universe has only had self-awareness

for a minute fraction of an eternal epoch.

The universe has gotten along quite well

for billions of years without self-awareness.

Do we live in a fraction of an eon when the mud

stands up and sees that there are others?

Does that matter at all to the mind of God

that has no self and no need for a self?

After all, if God were present before anything existed,

then God will be present when everything has passed away.

19 October 2020, Arvada, Colorado

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HARMONY, THE SPY, AND HER PET, CHILLY

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.

Sky Felker is the author of THE TYPEWRITER AND THE PAPER https://kennethharperfinton.me/2019/06/04/the-typewriter-and-the-paper/

DOES THE UNIVERSE HAVE A BRAIN?

by Kenneth Harper Finton (©2015, ©2020)

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 seems 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 is 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 creates 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 if 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 experience. 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 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 but are unconscious processes.

Underneath, the unconscious goes about creating process independent from our intellectual understanding. There is a difference between that 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.

THE UNCONSCIOUS MIND

The unconscious mind is much more powerful and capable than our conscious awareness. Procedural knowledge is a set of procedures, instructions, algorithms, and patterns that are capable of being implemented, but these processes are difficult to describe. The world remains very mysterious because of the sheer volume of information that is present in procedural action at any given moment of time.

In more technical terms, waking consciousness must process information serially, while the unconscious brain circuits can process many streams of information in parallel. The unconscious mind handles many tasks simultaneously.

People act in goal-directed and skilled ways without even being aware that they are doing so. Unconscious forms of perceiving and learning had to precede the first steps in human evolution.

Cognitive research has revealed that automatically, and clearly outside of conscious awareness, individuals register and acquire more information than what they can experience through their conscious thoughts. (See Augusto, 2010, for a recent comprehensive survey.)

To me this means that the universe does think. It is a part of the process of conscious awareness that has produced us. 

1) We cannot have the finite without an infinite. Something of some no thing has to have no beginning and no ending.  Is it a void of nothingness or a timeless and eternal intelligence that brews up the experience of existence? 

2) That within this mysterious and timeless eternity the universe has become actual and finite. 

3) From the beginning of the appearance of time and space, mathematical laws and principles of geometry were already formed.

4) Rudimentary emotions are feelings formed by the perception of pressure and temperatures. Every material mass feels and perceives because perception is essential to feeling. From waves to atoms the prehension of energy and mass governed the emergence of process including the conscious process. The laws of nature precede nature by necessity. They cannot develop or evolve gradually over time. They pre-exist nature. These mathematical laws, principles and geometries govern the appearance of matter and energy. Elements follow the laws dictating the geometry and physics of the universe; therefore, these physical laws must have existed first in a dimension that has no time nor space, no beginnings and no endings. The best way to comprehend such a dimension is to envision “timelessness”. It is the ability to experience and perceive without limits with no sense of duration. Both the first and second-dimension are eternal and timeless. Dimensions are viewpoints. A single viewpoint must immediately be made aware of other viewpoints by the second-dimension, in order to have the comparison of another before it can be made manifest. This creates the dual nature of the world.

5) The materials that build the universe, the matter that exists in our physical world, holds a record of events and actions that have occurred in time and space. Our movements and actions make changes in the outside world and are recorded as events and experience. We change our world physically every moment. It is recorded on objects and entities outside our personal selves as well; we know this from moving or breaking something. This influences the world about us.

6) Vibrating patterns makes up events and changes from energy to matter leaves a record of its temporal being. Though these events are temporal, yet they can potentially last eternally because time is a mirage. All time is in the present moment, including the past and the future.

Frequencies are in time and space, measured wave lengths that vibrate in certain patterns. Though they are manifest in time, time itself is still a mirage. Time and space are dimensions that appear within manifested natures. Manifest nature is the record of thought made actual.

All events and objects have frequencies, as they are vibratory in  nature. These frequencies are well named, as they are repetitive motions in waves in a particular time and space. Having entered into time and space, they paint not only a temporal event, but perhaps an Infinite event as well because one is the other.

Infinity is non-dimensional, without time and space, but time and space are recorded within it. You and I are living proof of that. We can be certain that all time is recorded and stored in the infinite dimension, since infinity has room for all probabilities and is the source of the actualities. The material world shares a common source in the infinite

Particles and waves, the building blocks of matter, are informational packets that only exist in actuality while being in relation to other particles. They must relate to one another to share in the material world.

The information in these packets passes into the unconscious mind working to organize and record experience. It is stored in material actualizations before the advent of life forms, as awareness forms conscious entities with different levels of awareness. Among these conscious forms of awareness are the intellectually self-aware forms that we call our ‘personal realities’.

Thought is information connected by electronic impulses. It is sourced and ultimately originates in that dimension where infinity dwells. This can be called the zero dimension. From zero dimension, there need be no passing of information as it is all contained there eternally. It is the mind and thought that organizes what is brought into being, as particles are not needed to understand the highest dimension (which is also the lowest, being non-dimensional). This is the place from which all information originally springs.

What does this mean and how can it effect our emotional lives? Does any of this impact our fear of death and change?

Perhaps we have lost the idea of heaven but gained the concept of eternity. At any given moment we can learn to manipulate our negative emotions and ease our sense of loss and helplessness by realizing that we live in a pseudo-reality common to all things living and non-living. Our thoughts are neither positive nor negative. We are the ones who give them value by arbitrarily assigning them value. At any moment, we can invoke and still our thoughts to quiet the duality of our existence and peek into the eternal dimension where all of nature is one and divisions are non-existent.

The world of ideas and thoughts is infinite. All things exist in a field of probability that contains all possible actualities. Like a hologram, all pieces of the big picture are contained in the smallest part of the picture. When an action is made, that field of probability collapses upon itself to become an actuality. That actuality is made manifest in nature and the record of it is nothing but a vibrational mirage that is can be observed from infinite points in space and time.

In this manner experience is born in a timeless dimension and brought into the world by interconnected series of events that continue to experience being long before and long after our temporal existences became evident and actual. Ultimately, we are the experience and the experience is eternal.

Memory is a tool of awareness, a process that continually blinks in and out of existence with observation and relationship to other temporal events. Our world and universe is the physical counterpart of an infinite experience that never will never end.

WHAT IS THE ZERO DIMENSION?

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.

RUMORS

by Kenneth Harper Finton ©2014




Who started that rumor

a man shouldn’t cry?

When he’s done all he can,

tried all he can try?

Who started that rumor

a man shouldn’t cry?

Tears grease the passage

while endings pass by.


			

COSMIC ORIGINS

Scientists tell us that the universe was born about 13.8 billion years ago. Through the eons that passed, our modern lives evolved from nothing into the complex situations that we find ourselves immersed in and call the present time. Everyone seems to have a theory of why this is so. Some ideas seem much better than others, yet all lead that same demise that our emotional states want desperately to reject, the cessation of being itself. 

We try to contemplate the nature of the world—develop ideas about the building blocks of nature that create this world around us—by looking into the atoms that make our physical universe searching for the smallest particles.

Is there such a thing as the smallest particles? How could there be? Something would always be smaller than the smallest until it disappeared into infinity—which is exactly what matter seems to do. 

Matter seems to be made of vibrating wave frequencies. Electrons have different states of energy. We see solidity in our immediate world, but the micro world seems to be a sea of informational energy that creates the appearance of solidity, while most of the manifest universe is a vacuum in space. We do not live in the micro-world. We know that if we crash into these solid mountains of elemental rocks, it will injure or destroy us. 

Donald Hoffman—professor of cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine—wrote: “On the other side are quantum physicists, marveling at the strange fact that quantum systems don’t seem to be definite objects localized in space until we come along to observe them—whether we are conscious humans or inanimate measuring devices. Experiment after experiment has shown—defying common sense—that if we assume that the particles that make up ordinary objects have an objective, observer-independent existence, we get the wrong answers. The central lesson of quantum physics is clear: There are no public objects sitting out there in some preexisting space. As the physicist John Wheeler put it, “Useful as it is under ordinary circumstances to say that the world exists ‘out there’ independent of us, that view can no longer be upheld.”

Hoffman continues: “Not only are they ignoring the progress in fundamental physics, they are often explicit about it. They’ll say openly that quantum physics is not relevant to the aspects of brain function that are causally involved in consciousness. They are certain that it’s got to be classical properties of neural activity, which exist independent of any observers—spiking rates, connection strengths at synapses, perhaps dynamical properties as well. These are all very classical notions under Newtonian physics, where time is absolute and objects exist absolutely. And then [neuroscientists] are mystified as to why they don’t make progress. They don’t avail themselves of the incredible insights and breakthroughs that physics has made. Those insights are out there for us to use, and yet my field says, “We’ll stick with Newton, thank you. We’ll stay 300 years behind in our physics.”

In other words, Hoffman thinks that the universe itself if a mental conception composed of independent conscious agents with varying degrees of complexity, all of which are but informational viewpoints that communicate with one another. From the smallest to the largest, all are composed of the same non-material—awareness and consciousness. Communicating conscious agents can merge to form other conscious agents.

DOES IT MATTER?

Does it matter much if the universe is a mental conception or a physical reality? Are the results not the same? Both lead to the same questions and dilemmas either way. Saying that nothing really exists does not change anything because it still exists. Notions that awareness can sleep, wake, be unaware, and dream again through infinity is the most interesting mythos. 

Can an understanding of the cosmos as a mental conception be an emotional solace to existential anxiety?

Life becomes one riddle after another for the thinking person. Solving one riddle creates many more to take their place. Debunking one myth leads to another, as the world is both mystic and mythic.

We peer into the universe with our telescopes and our probes and find awe-inspiring beauty of all kinds. Who can object to the beauty of Saturn’s rings set in the blackness of the sky or the wonderful things that nature provides for our eyes and ears to hear and see? At the same time, we wonder why these things even exist for us to see. Why should the beauty of the world go unseen and unappreciated for billions of years, waiting to be seen and appreciated for billions of years while intelligent life on Earth evolves enough to care about it? Who or what experienced these wonders before the dawn of time or the emergence of living things? What was the observer that brought our universe into view?

This is where the idea of a mental conception of the world is most convincing. In order for there to have been an evolutionary past through the birthing of elements in stars, there had to be an observer.

Many believe that God is the creator of the universe and experienced the void of the universe alone long before the world came into being, but everyone has their own conception of what this God might be. The Abrahamic religions give God a male gender, a father figure—though giving birth to the universe seems to be a female attribute. Cultures create their own myths to explain their existence.

In the long run, does it matter whether God created the universe (as some religions claim) or physicality came into being and evolved into the present (as some scientists believe). Either point of view is obsolete with quantum mechanics. Yet, both views point to an event from an undefinable zero dimension. Whether we call it Creation or the Big Bang, we refer to the same event that came from beyond time and space. 

Some assume our universe came from the remnants of a previous universe. Some think it came from nothing at all, and some say something cannot come from nothing. 

I, for one, find it much easier to visualize timelessness than to envision the beginnings and endings of time. I also find it easy to visualize timelessness as having no concept of duration yet is focused on experience instead. The timelessness of the dimensions above our own experience seems to perfectly balance our mortal experiences with the immortal potential of our existence. Duration is a concept stamped upon experience by intellectual branders. Someone dreamed up the idea of measuring time but did not really comprehend the nature of timelessness and pure experience. How long the experience is felt is not nearly as important as the experience itself.

Where did our consciousness reside before we came to be born? Is it possibly the same non-place in which we dwell when we die? We have all experienced the place where our awareness of ourselves was blank and united with everything. Before we began to exist in this time and space, we all experienced a blank infinity of time and memory. On a personal level, eternity is that which your consciousness was before this life experience. Eternity can be pictured as a sleeping form of awareness that—when  awakened—develops sensory experience such as  touch and perceptions. In time, the subconscious and the self-conscious carry out the business of life and survival. 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. That there is structure in the lower dimensions has some experimental evidence. 

“So far, there may already be one piece of experimental evidence for the existence of a lower-dimensional structure at a higher energy scale. When observing families of cosmic ray particles in space, scientists found that, at energies higher than 1 TeV, the main energy fluxes appear to align in a two-dimensional plane. This means that, above a certain energy level, particles propagate in two dimensions rather than three dimensions.” (https://phys.org/news/2011-03-physicists-dimensions-universe.html#jCp)

The appearance of first and second dimensions begin the structure of our physical universe. Time is of no concern in these dimensions. The second dimension creates space where energies can move and react, physical fields can form universally in this dimension. The third dimension ads depth and height and the fourth expands space by creating the duration that we know as time.

Everything in the universe is projected in three dimensions from its zero dimensional source. It has been called the Void, God, Infinity, First Cause, The Great Spirit, Universal Mind, or many other such name devised to express the idea of an unknowable non-thing that is beyond existence, being and conception.

Infinity, since it contains all things and all events began from within it, must be the source of the physical laws that we discover in nature. The finite is contained within infinity. 

INFINITY AND THE UNIVERSE

There are those who cannot accept that there is such a thing as infinity. They consider infinity a simple conception or a mathematical symbol. For some people, the dogmatic religious world hurt them emotionally when they  came realize that that the dogma the world fed them is false. 

But it is not that easy to dismiss infinity. If something is finite, then there must be something that is not finite. That would be the infinite. 

Infinity | Definition of Infinity by Merriam-Webster

1 a: the quality of being infinite. b: unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity: boundlessness. 2: an indefinitely great number or amount such as an infinity of stars.

When we think about how the world about us came to be, we have only two choices. It has a beginning or it is endless and has no beginning. Having no beginning leaves us in a quandary, as the universe should have run out of energy and depleted itself long, long ago. There would have to be a continual creation of new energy to replace that which was lost to the entropy of dissipation for a universe to be eternal. 

If no universe existed before the Big Bang, then what was there? What was in its place when there was no place? Nothing? But nothing cannot exist because it has no being. The ‘it’ we seek cannot be anything but infinite and boundless nothingness which cannot have existence. 

The world, it is said, cannot come from nothing. ‘Nothingness’ may not operate under the same laws of physics by which ‘somethingness’ operates. We cannot assume anything about the physics within nothingness. We cannot really say anything about what nothing is.

However, there are potentially satisfactory answers to the puzzle of eternity, infinity and first causes. These answers are simple to understand by any person that is able to shed his or her preconceptions that have been fostered by the cultural experience.

That answer is that physical reality is built in dimensional layers. The first dimension is infinite and eternal—no beginning nor endings—no particular spot in space nor place in time.

The first dimension is an infinite point that contains all that is possible to exist within it because it is all that exists. It is much like the singularity that the Big Bang theorists posit as the infinity dense point from which all came. The universe always exists within this eternal first-dimension, but not in physical form. 

The second dimension is a flat plane which spreads in all directions from the infinite point. Being infinite as well, this dimension has no beginnings and endings.This second-dimension is without the perception of time, but originates all further dimensional experience. It is the foundation for the concept of space. 

Ultimately, dimensions are viewpoints. Viewpoints are mental constructions. Each dimension contains all the information from the previous dimension while adding important new perceptions.

The two-dimensional line, for example, is the point replicating itself over and over, appearing to travel in a straight line, a vector from the original infinite point. The universal lines that form the universal field is the repetition of the infinite point throughout space. The point is endless and timelessly recurrent. By the expansion of its being, the point fuses with those primal copies of itself to form space and a second dimension.That fusion releases vast amounts of virtual energy that radiates from the original point to form myriads of universal fields. As this radiation spreads there is an expansion of space in the second-dimension.

It is the second dimension that contains the blueprint for the three-dimensional world we see with height, length and width. The two-dimensional universe is flat, like a blueprint. The beginning of the universe is easily comprehended if we hold the view that the physical laws which determine the mathematics, probabilities and shapes essential to universal existence exists in the second dimension. We do not create these laws and principles. We discover them.

As a picture of the natural world can be recorded on flat surfaces like paper and film from the artists perspective, the second dimension can hold our three-dimensional viewpoint in an encoded series of digital bits. 

The third and fourth dimensions limit the space of the second, changing its physicality to a closed, temporal space where duration, height, volume, and depth become apparent. The process can be visualized as similar to the Japanese art of origami  where three dimensional space is unfolded from the two dimensional patterns. By the folding of space, volume, height, and width emerge in a three-dimensional universe, but some space is lost in the process, the same way that some paper is lost on origamic folds. The three-dimensional universe is finite.

The step to physical reality comes through events in four-dimensional space.

Four-dimensional space combines time and duration with three dimensional space. It is the basis for the theory of relativity. Time and space are fused and effect one another as the fourth-dimension emerges and posits another aspect to the third dimensional viewpoint.

In this simple explanation of dimensions, there is a missing ingredient of vital importance to the universe—the mental component of the observation. 

THE MENTAL UNIVERSE

Awareness precedes physical existence in quantum mechanics. Awareness is invisible. It cannot be touched or measured, yet it is ever present even when we are not conscious of it. Awareness builds consciousness through the fusion of random information into organized information. 

The cosmos is projected into being from a non-dimensional and timeless zero dimension. Even if the remains of previous universes should form the present incarnation, those first universes have to start somewhere. That somewhere is beyond time. It has to come from the non-dimensional.

What we experience comes from our personal consciousness—our awareness of being in the  moment. What is this awareness? Is it a sense that arises from our human brains and nervous systems? If so, then awareness dies when we die. Are plants are aware? Are microbes aware? If you think they are not, perhaps you have the wrong conception of what awareness is.

Many people think that awareness emerges late in evolutionary history. To some, it is unthinkable that awareness should precede evolutionary development. Consider an unthinking rock or an ignorant chemical reaction. Where is this awareness in primal nature? What causes awareness to rise in the first place? Is it inherent in the natural order? Are reactions awareness, or are we mincing words? Are interactions aware?

In quantum physics an observer and an interaction is the same thing. Only objects interact. Even a particle colliding with another particle is an interaction and therefore an observation as well. Observations and interactions do not need to have to have concepts to produce effects and events. They are the events.

Our awareness uses the tools of perception to identity itself and the outer world. Were dinosaurs unaware? Are single-celled life forms unaware? A better question is to ask if they have any form of perception. Obviously, if they react to stimuli they  have some form of perception. If they have perception, they have awareness—not on the grand scale that mammals have developed, but their reaction to observation and touch shows that they have awareness built into their systems.  

Quantum mechanics posits that the universe is a connected unit, each part having an effect upon another. Everything in space and time has a cause and an effect. If it has no cause and effect, it is not in space and time. Quantum mechanics also posits that events must have an observer/interaction to be an event. The event itself would not happen unless and until it is observed.The interaction itself is an observation.

This is another clue that the world might be a mental system with a physical component. Observers are generally thought of as being people, but they can also be a system. An observer is person or a system that observes. In other words, 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 an observation or an 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 present in the eternal now.

Something has to be a first cause for the parade of time and space to exist. This first cause cannot be material, yet the material world was produced from it. Our dreams are not material nor real, but the fields involved in neural synapses produce what appear as images in our minds. This is similar to the construction of the universe as well. 

Awareness is invisible. It is not something that we can touch or measure, yet it is ever present even when we are not consciously aware of anything.

Awareness is the observer that is awakened by reactions to objects from within and outside ourselves. These reactions to our inner and outer worlds create information that eventually organizes itself and becomes experience.

Awareness does not need the concept of time and space. It creates time and space when it awakens to stimulus from another. 

Awareness is all that is necessary for the building of a universe. 

Awareness is the proper name for the concept of the mind of God. 

Nature is the child of awareness.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE:
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/coming-to-grips-with-the-implications-of-quantum-mechanics/

WORDS

© 2014 Kenneth Harper Finton

LINK TO MUSIC ABOVE, THE LYRICS BELOW, AND THE STORY BELOW THAT.

Driving down the road I’ve got no secrets,
no one with me nothing to conceal.
I don’t know why I even stopped to call her.
I was feeling good behind the wheel.

My words, said in anger brought her tears
while words, said thoughtfully bring cheer.
Words can make a smile come to her face
or words can bring disgrace.

There’s something on my mind that makes my words come out that way.
I didn’t want to hurt that girl, she knew I’d like to stay.
Sometimes I need to talk about the trouble that I find
and there within the darkness I can then begin to shine!

Words, said in anger brought her tears,
while words said thoughtfully bring cheer.
Words can make a smile come to her face
or words can bring disgrace.

So I’ll go home and try again to make a better day.
Pleasant smiles require such little effort from my face.
I didn’t mean to let my troubles get me down inside.
My duty is to wisdom and my downfall is my pride.

Words, said in anger brought her tears,
while words said thoughtfully bring cheer.
Words can make a smile come to her face
or words can bring disgrace.


The night is black and only the streaming glow of his headlights light the road ahead. White dashes––dotted lines of lane dividers––rush by in a stream.
He drives by rote. Traffic is light and he is thinking of what he should do now.
The argument had not been that serious…  or was it? She had made what he thought was a snotty remark.
“What is the matter with you, girl,” he had said. “You are really beginning to piss me off. I was not flirting with that woman. We were just talking.”
“And that’s why you asked for her ‘Facebook’ address?”
“She’s a world traveler, woman. She goes places. She’s headed to the Himalayas in a month. It would be good to follow her trip.”
“Follow her butt,” you mean, she has said.
The road curves ahead and he slows down. “Follow her butt,” he thinks. “Maybe I do. I follow all the butts. My God, if you can’t appreciate the rounded hips of life, then what in the hell can you appreciate?”
He should have told her that. Instead, he just got mad.
Walking out the door mad.
It really didn’t occur to him to think about a destination––a place to head toward––until he started the engine. Then he realized he needed to pick a road.
He had headed to the mountains. The mountains always make him view himself from a height. The world he left below is becoming visible now, but viewed from afar in a rearview mirror.
He knows the problem. He makes her feel unwanted too much. He’s so damned busy with himself and his own concerns that he does not take enough time to express the appreciation she needs.
She begins to feel uncertain of his love.
It doesn’t take much to go from that thought to: “He is looking for a replacement for me.”
“As though there could be a replacement,” he thinks. They had made a decision a long time ago that there was to be no replacement. They were always there for one another. That was the pledge.
Still, he was a man. Men look at women with lust in their hearts and desire in their loins. They were made that way. Nature herself seems to think it should be so.
Who was he to question nature? Who was she to question nature as well?
“How would you like it if I looked down the trousers of every man I see in the street?” she had said,
The truth is, he would not like it. It would make him feel insecure.
The highway is quite dark now. A startled deer stands at the side of the road as his car swishes by.
“ So I want to possess her?” he asks himself. But it seems to him that she wants to possess him equally.
“Women do not think that way,” he tells himself. “They do not want sex with every man they meet. They have a certain criteria. A woman is the one that makes the choice to possess.”
He seriously doubts that she would lust after every man she meets. That was an important character trait that he looked for in women.
“She’s too snotty,” he thinks. “She is very opinionated. Most men cannot live up to her expectations.”
He suddenly realizes that he is not living up to her expectations either. Regret sits down upon him like the first clod of dirt thrown into his grave.
“Besides,” he thought, “I would not really pursue another woman. One is trouble enough.”
“So it was all about nothing. Much ado about nothing,” he thought. “Someday I’ll have to read that play. It’s a great title.”
To him, it seemed easy. He could do it. At least he could try. He could do better. “We all can,” he thought. He has to love her a little more. He has to give her a little more time and focus.
That being decided, he turns the car around on the deserted highway and heads back down to the valley.

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THE ROLE OF DIMENSIONS IN THE UNIVERSE

by Kenneth Harper Finton

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    Something has to come into being within a dimension before it can exist. Otherwise, it would still be in the realm of dimensionless infinity.

At the very beginning of an idea, the universe has a point. This point has a purpose. It becomes the first-dimension. The point exists everywhere at once because that is all there is. The entire universe resides in it. The point exists even now in every corner of the universe. It is the eternal first-dimension. It is the foundation of experience from a timeless realm without a location. Space itself is unborn and appears in the second dimension. The point has the ability to be omnipresent by the simple fact that it is the only thing that exists.

Yet, our shared awareness cannot recognize or react to one thing alone because there is nothing to reference. At the very least, a singularity is unstable if not impossible.

A second-dimension only comes into being with the existence of at least two points—but the essential ingredient of awareness must present for observing, interpreting, and recording this information. This fact becomes even more obvious in the three-dimensional view where awareness is essential to separate the flat two-dimensional image of a circle from its background to envision a sphere with height, length, and width. In order to see a sphere, we have to see it from above and outside the image. It takes conscious awareness to do this. The second dimension requires dimensional awareness to exist. It exists upon a timeless plane with the entire universe and all its structure written in every part of space and every qubit of information by the first-dimensional point.

We have been taught to understand awareness as a product of evolutionary biology. Many think awareness is something that occurred from a chemical soup after molecules began to replicate and divide. Our ideas of awareness and consciousness are built around the idea of living beings, especially those with nervous systems. Some do not believe that plants have awareness, though they react to sunlight and propagate themselves. It takes subconscious mental powers to grow DNA into something that can be passed to offspring—and this does not necessarily mean the world is formed from intelligent design from a divine creator. Most awareness is subconscious. It is not necessarily produced from a self-reflective mind unless we consider the mid of nature itself is self-aware. Awareness comes before the mind.

Let us picture a mental universe that coexists with the physical universe. The physical universe is not a solid block of physical mass any more than the mental universe is a unified universal mind. Neither is true. The physical universe is composed of entities unique to themselves, just as the mental universe is made from separate levels of individual awareness each unique to themselves. Awareness is that which holds the knowledge of interactions and observations. As such, awareness precedes existence itself.

Yes, awareness comes first. For eons, this awareness may have held nothing at all because there was nothing of which to be aware. Each of us experiences the truth of this first hand. We come from a place that has no memories, no experience, and no existence until we are conceived, grow aware, and begin to form our identity. What we are before we are born is a field of awareness that has not come into identifiable form. Because awareness existed before we did, we were able to recognize, learn, and eventually become that which we are now. If our awareness did not exist before our birth, our birth would never have happened. So it is with all interactions and observations in nature and beyond. It takes awareness for anything to have physicality. That is why there are two states in existence, the mental and the physical. Both are separate aspects of the same reality.

To connect two points and form a line, information must pass between these points. Something or some non-thing must become aware of both points. Yet, this line is infinite because it has no length. We can see that there must be a form of knowing in the non-dimensional realm. It is not some void dimension that is without knowledge or thought of any kind. Left to itself, the vector of this line could go on forever or curve back upon itself to form an orbit. In the second dimension, there is no duration nor speed.

Because awareness is the one pre-existing condition essential for any form of energy to be perceived, awareness must be the original state of the universe. Awareness precedes essence. Awareness evolves into subconsciousness and consciousness.

A mental dimension for the positive point and a physical dimension for the negative point is part of the pairing of opposite states. These points are entangled. What happens to one happens to the other instantly because these points are still eternal and not in the dimension of time. Without time, no speed or duration exists. Each point, though duplicates of another, have different spins. Separate viewpoints evolve from that spin.

Awareness evolves into higher consciousness. This is confirmed by examination of the evolution of conscious life. This does not mean that awareness constantly knows everything in the universe, nor does it mean that there is a universal plan for advanced consciousness to inherit or evolve into a super-intelligence that is reserved for the attributes of a god. Self-awareness often rests. We sleep and we dream. We are not always consciously aware. We can conclude this is so by examining our awareness. Subconscious awareness is in charge of our autonomous systems that continue with or without self-awareness. The universe has evolved without self-consciousness for billions of years.

-Kenneth Harper Finton
Thursday, August 1, 2019, revised 8/29/2020

The Typewriter and the Paper

written and illustrated by Sky Felker, age 8

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In a state called Carrot, in a town called Bamboo, in a library, a woman named Martha was closing for the night.

After Martha went home, a typewriter that sat unused in the library,  saw a  paper lying next to it. “Climb into my head,” said the typewriter.

“Why?” asked the paper.

“We can type something together,” said the typewriter. “It’s only temporary.”

“All right, then,” said the paper, “but what will we type?”

“Let’s type Martha a letter,” the typewriter said.

And they did.

The next morning when Martha came back, she saw the letter. The letter read:

“Dear Martha,

Did you have a wonderful night? We are tired of not getting used.”

It was signed “your Typewriter and Paper.”

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At the end of the day, Martha closed as usual. When she returned the next morning, she found another letter that read:

“Dear Martha, Are you going to respond?”

“-Your Typewriter and the Paper.”

“That’s the end. I’m going to the doctor,” said Martha.

When the doctor examined her, he said, “There’s nothing wrong with you, Martha.”

“I must be losing my mind, then,” said Martha.”I am going back to the library,”

When she got back to the library, she stared at the typewriter and the paper for a little bit, then put some books up, closed and went back home.

“I must be seeing things,” Martha said.

During the night the typewriter and the paper typed out another letter to Martha.

“Dear Martha,

We are so bored just sitting here and doing nothing all day.

-Your Typewriter and Paper.”

The next day there was only a note that said, “Goodbye, Martha.”

“What does that mean?” asked Martha.

Martha thought and thought and thought some more. “Aha! Some people are coming here to take the typewriter,” she thought. Martha took the paper and put it in the typewriter to make a note. “FINALLY,” the note said. “I will use you guys.”

“Thank you, said the typewriter and the paper.”

“AHHHH,” screamed Martha, “You two can actually talk.”

“Yes, it’s our little secret,” said the paper.

“We need to be useful,” said the typewriter.

“Not being useful is bad for us,” said the paper.”

THE END

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sky writes, “Sky is 8-years-old. When she is not wrighting stories, she is with her family and likes to work with horses. This book is dedecated to my family. Thanks for incuraging  me to wright stories and not fight with my sister.”