Bridging the Gap – Theories on the nature of reality and how it interacts with consciousness.
Often we as humans view the universe as some large scale entity that exists independently of us and on some far off grandcosmic level. Yet the universe contains everything, all that has ever existed and all that ever will exist,so we must consider that we are a part of this larger system. We are an inseparable part of a much greater whole, however else it may appear.
The universe is the macrocosm of all existence and it is composed of many different layers. Each layer is subject to differing laws that govern what exists within that layer and therefore each layer achieves a state of continuity. Each layer of the macrocosm is known as a microcosm,that of a reflection of the larger reality that it is contained within. It is what existence as we know passes through.
Imagine that this picture represents the macrocosm. One microcosm is the individual circle, another is a line. One might assume that the triangle itself is the macrocosm yet that would be incorrect. The macrocosm is all levels simultaneously, each circle, line, triangle, and any shape or pattern that can be observed within the whole. Furthermore all things that do not appear to make up this system are still a part of the macrocosm. Within their exclusion from the system they are granted a status of existing through being excluded from what currently appears to exist.
The macrocosm is as a chain, with each microcosm being a link within that chain. Each link of the chain is then connected to another, and where two links connect there is overlap. Overlap is where different microcosms can interact with each other and are subject to perception. Most notably where different levels of the microcosm overlap we gain the ability to perceive the other worlds that exist within the macrocosm. The different worlds are often strange and alien, existing with different traits and laws that we have difficulty imagining.
For example we can begin with subatomic particles. They exhibit very strange characteristics that we humans do not yet fully understand. Together each subatomic particle unifies in a sense to create the level of the atomic. We seem to understand this layer of the macrocosm better. Atoms exhibit their own laws that govern their creation and destruction and how they behave. Together they coalesce to form compounds or molecules. These molecules behave differently from the separate atoms that create them, subject to new laws that emerge when the atoms come together. The molecules and compounds continue to combine and form the material world that we perceive. This world also appears to follow different guidelines then those of the molecules. As we continue to move up or down the chain, from subatomic to atomic to molecular to larger complex compounds to planets and stars and galaxies, it becomes increasingly difficult for us humans to perceive the laws that govern the interaction of matter and energy at those levels. The levels of space and time become far out of our limits.
It is important to note that on each new level of the macrocosm emergent properties arise. Subatomic particles come together to form atoms that have very different characteristics that depends upon the arrangement of the subatomic particles. Emergent properties arise. Different collections of atoms form compounds that have very different properties. Emergent properties once again. The why of this question eludes us still. Why do different arrangements of electrons, neutrons, and protons create Px7 primal flow such a wide variety of characteristics within this world? It is a perfect example how two different levels of the macrocosm exist simultaneously and dependent upon each other. For as the collections of atoms increase the forces of gravity increase and then rearrange the organization of the subatomic particles once again.
Why and how does different levels of the universe create emergent properties? Why does a collection of energy behave differently as a whole then that of those pieces that create it? How does our consciousness and perception seem to come from inanimate matter? Does our consciousness come from nothing?
Perhaps this could be explained if we look at matter in a different light. Matter seems to be large amounts of energy that has become somehow crystallized, as if in partial stasis. Well what if all energy embodied a sense of consciousness that exists without sensory perception organs? Such a consciousness would have no ability to know what goes on outside of itself; it would exist in a primal state of just being. If all energy and all matter had an inherent property of self-awareness then it is feasible that our consciousness forms from this primal conscious-matter. Furthermore it can even be posited that a guideline of this universe (similar to gravity) is that consciousness constantly innately strives to develop organs of perception. Organs of expression even. The universe expresses itself through the myriad of different things we perceive on a daily basis, is it not feasible that consciousness does the same thing? If the universe and consciousness itself are inseparably intertwined then it may be logical to assume the universe seeks to experience what it expresses itself as.
Time is the state of which existence in which a microcosm goes through the process of change. This is presented to our perception as a past-present-future model of sensory. We see that the past leads to what occurs in the present, the present spreads seeds for the possible futures, and the future will become the present depending upon which action we take in the present. To the macrocosm though, time does not exist as such. In the state of the macrocosm time exists in a permanent state of the present, existing within all possible time frames simultaneously. This is near impossible a concept for our human minds to wrap around. We must shed the use of language based thought patterns and feel out the truth in this case.