Friday, November 18, 2011

Energy Enriched Reality

Let me pass to a very cognate philosophic problem, the question of design in nature. God’s existence has from time immemorial been held to be proved by certain natural facts. Many facts appear as if expressly designed in view of one another. Thus the woodpecker’s bill, tongue, feet, tail, etc., fit him wondrously for a world of trees with grubs hid in their bark to feed upon. The parts of the eye fit the laws of light to perfection, leading its rays to a sharp picture on our retina. Such mutual fitting of things diverse in origin argued design, it was held; and the designer was always treated as a man-loving deity.

The first step in these arguments was to prove that the design existed. Nature was ransacked for results obtained through separate things being co-adapted. Our eyes, for instance, originate in intrauterine darkness, and the light originates in the sun, yet see how they fit each other. They are evidently made for each other. Vision is the end design, light and eyes the separate means devised for its attainment.

It is strange, considering how unanimously our ancestors felt the force of this argument, to see how little it counts for since the triumph of the Darwinian Theory. Darwin opened our minds to the power of chance-happenings to bring forth ‘fit’ results if only they have time to add themselves together. He showed the enormous waste of nature in producing results that get destroyed because of their unfitness. He also emphasized the number of adaptations which, if designed, would argue an evil rather than a good designer. Here all depends upon the point of view. To the grub under the bark the exquisite fitness of the woodpecker’s organism to extract him would certainly argue a diabolical designer.

Theologians have by this time stretched their minds so as to embrace the Darwinian facts, and yet to interpret them as still showing divine purpose. It used to be a question of purpose against mechanism, of one or the other. We know now they are both. Without nature’s stupendous laws and counterforces, man’s creation and perfection, we might suppose, would be too insipid achievements for God to have designed them.

William James in his 1907 essay, Some Metaphysical Problems Pragmatically Considered brings the lava of religion to a boil with his thoughts about nature and man. The question of evolution and man’s place in the scheme of nature has been a hot topic for centuries. We like to separate our humanness from nature, but when we take a closer look, we see that nature is an extension of our consciousness. The qualities of humanness and nature manifest from a stream of consciousness where all consciousness flows in a tub of probabilities. Quantum mechanics shows us that our reality is based on probabilities.

The vision of us as creators is blasphemy to some. There’s a God out there somewhere and we are always putting words in his or her mouth. But when we pull the controlling powers of religion out of focus, we realize that this God figure is in nature as well as in our psyche and our psyche is in God as well as in nature. They can not be separated, but religion does a good job by fueling a reality full of guilt and contrition. Western as well as Eastern religions are pushing the envelop of separation to the point where God is a two-headed judgmental figure that has distinct likes and dislikes. We project our beliefs about separatism into this reality, and we find ourselves caught in guilt-ridden mental masturbation. God has turned into an extension of our ego and is dipped into this fear based reality as a savior. In certain beliefs God is a diabolic savior that chooses between good and evil even though man is the creator of these dualistic choices.

We ignore the fact that we live in the psyche in almost the same way we live in the world. There are many languages and substances and a master essence, which we can call God in our psyche. This psychological reality is filled with interconnected consciousness and everything in this energy enriched reality is in a state of expansion. The energy within our interconnected consciousness never denies the validity or the expansion of what we consider God.

All life forms are consciousness and manifest from our non-physical cellular attuned consciousness. The purpose of physical consciousness is expansion and physical reality is the playing field for that expansion. The players are different, and yet they are the same. Consciousness is not limited by our distorted concepts of what it is. Each of us is part of a living God, which shows us the meaning of life through the incredible diversity in nature.

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