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A wider sense of self

We can understand aspects of the evolution of structure. We cannot even begin to imagine the evolution of experience that manifests that structure. The universe is truly and deeply creative in ways that transcend any attempts to comprehend it. God as this creative process is beyond anything any being will ever be able to imagine. For God is becoming and not being.

Man naturally thinks of himself as being at the center of the universe and the focal point of creation. But that arrogance has repeatedly been proven mistaken. We may represent the leading edge of evolution on one minute planet in one solar system in one galaxy. We are an incomprehensibly tiny speck in the universe. It is likely that we are far from being at the leading edge of evolution in our galaxy let alone the universe. Mathematics teaches us a lesson similar to astronomy. In the grand scheme of what will be we are not even at the beginning. The levels of consciousness that may evolve are beyond anything we can imagine.

One might object to identifying conscious experience with physical structure by arguing that spirituality transcend space and time. Spirituality takes us outside of ourselves to a deeper and wider identity. It sees our oneness with our fellow humans, with all sentient creatures and with the creative process itself. Identifying conscious experience with physical structure is not in conflict with this ancient wisdom. On the contrary it deepens our understanding of these spiritual realities.

For it shows how artificial our sense of self is. It is created for practical reasons as a baby learns the difference between self (that which responds directly to ones wishes and can hurt) and not self (everything else). It is not the result of some unique soul each of us is infused with. We create our sense of identity and we can expand it as widely as we choose. We are the universe becoming conscious of itself. As we begin to feel that this is true we literally become who we truly are.

Have you ever become so taken by a book that the experience described was more real than your everyday life? Sandburg's Lincoln had that effect for me. The people the poet described lived again in the writing and live over and over in the reading. Our consciousness is not individual and unique but universal and all encompassing. For it to exist at all it must be specific but the boundaries that make it specific are not limits on our experience put pathways to unbounded consciousness. Each movement in time leads to the next. Each experience leads to other places other people and ultimately the creative evolution of the universe.


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