Have you ever wondered what is ultimately real? Everything in front of you that you can see, smell, hear, touch and taste seems to be there, but is actually changing.
Physicists tell us that what we see as matter are only patterns of energy, continually changing, including the very rocks and mountains. What is most solid can eventually be all ground up into powder, blowing in the wind.
Mystics remind us of the observer, that we can’t make an observation without someone to observe. They would say that ultimately the Observer, the Observed and even the Process of Observation, itself, is ONE.
They might modify Einstein’s famous equation to read: Matter = Energy = Consciousness.
What, then, are we talking about?
When we speak of consciousness, we are speaking of the most fundamental awareness, of thought, feeling, sensation of raw experience.
We usually interpret this as an “I.” I think, I feel, I sense.
We notice in the world around us, not merely quantity, but also quality. Not only do I have 10 marbles to play with, but also each marble offers a slightly different color and pattern, including red, yellow, orange, green, blue and violet. In the real world, all solids seem to have form or shape.
When we experience life, we do so from a subjective standpoint. We relate to inside and outside, one and many. With eyes closed, we speak of our inner self. We can speak of the pure subject, aware only of itself as subject. Pure being, pure consciousness, pure bliss.
Think of it this way. Without YOU, there is nothing you can talk about in YOUR universe, and no one to talk about it.
Our eyes can’t process this fluctuation fast enough, so things seem solid and real. What we call a “thing” is actually a pattern of energy that we can label and about which we can speak.
All our senses register different vibrations translated as sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. They are contained within the spectrum of light, much like a rainbow.
The thought of sensing something without movement or vibration is a contradiction in terms. Our very planet rotates 24,000 miles per day, hurdling through space thousands of miles an hour.
You might think of energy as a simple wiggle in a vast field of vibration. It is astonishing that the earliest records of God, both in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition and in the Hindu-Jain-Buddhist tradition refer to our Source literally speaking out creation.
We see this remarkably expressed in Genesis: God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light.
The underlying truth is that you can’t have consciousness without energy, or energy without consciousness.
They comprise a spectrum where every state is conscious, and every state is energetic. Wherever we find ourselves within the spectrum, we find conscious energy.
The Hindus delightfully portray this in the figure of the dancing Shiva, where God goes in and out of being a myriad times a second, each time with a clap of the cymbal and the beat of the drum. As T.S. Eliot put it in The Four Quartets:
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance. (Read more...)
We are God’s dream. And there is only God (Supreme Being / Energy). We, therefore, find God as our only true and ultimate Self.
We are the dreamer. In order to have a dream, we need characters and a world to go with it. We can even have them eventually get highly sophisticated, and invent science, so that they can measure everything.
The moment we identify with one of the characters, we totally become that character until we let go. And if we truly love that character, we can bring him/her back at any moment, simply by remembering.
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If you are still wondering if conscious energy is a 'thing'… read on.
From an experiential perspective, we need the experience of love to justify life. We don’t want to be all-alone. We are creators within our creation, and we want to play. In order to play, we need playmates.
The world of form is very dear to us, because that is all we rationally know.
We can intuit the truth, but need the world to anchor us. If we jump off a bridge within our dream, we as dream characters most definitely suffer the consequences. This is no joke to the living.
What seems to transcend it is the experience of absolute, unconditional Love, That which we identify as sacred and divine.
In this light, we experience ourselves as infinitely precious. We are honored as the Creator. If we choose to continue in the dream, we do so from a standpoint of bliss.
Ultimately, we are in the dream to awaken, create, play and celebrate.
We will all find that this is all ultimately pure celebration of THE ONE (Supreme Being). This is exactly what religious people call worship. It is just that they like to be sanctimonious about it. They are reluctant to call it what it is, divine “WHOOPEE.”
Here is a short video on Consciousness versus Energy:
Consciousness is energy, and energy is consciousness. They are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other. Everything you interpret as a “thing” is just a form or pattern within the interchange of the two.
And when you are conscious, you can actually feel energy all around you. You can feel energy of every person you meet; you can feel energy surrounding every decision you make and every place you visit. Tune in and you’ll surprise yourself.
The most powerful energy you can experience is pure love. This type of love is NOT ego-driven; it has no boundaries, requirements or attachments.
As human being, only transcendent Love will satisfy us. When we have tasted this Love even once, we can relish the paradox: No Matter. Never Mind.