Matter and Consciousness
What is matter? These days, we think of the objects in our everyday world as being composed of an array of atoms in a fairly stable state of dynamic equilibrium, within the envelope of a material object. This means that all objects are composed mostly of space and time, the space and time between the atoms. If we were to stop at this point, we could say that matter is composed mostly of space and time. However, we would be left with “bits” of matter in the form of atoms floating around within this space and time and we would not be answering the question: What is matter? We must pursue this question further.
Within this more compacted space and time, we think of atoms as much smaller objects behaving in much the same way as objects in the normal space and time of our everyday world. (This is not strictly accurate but it will serve our purposes for the time being.) In turn, we think of atoms as consisting of still smaller objects in the form of a central nucleus surrounded by an array of electrons, also in a fairly stable state of dynamic equilibrium around the central nucleus—more stable, in fact. This means that atoms are composed mostly of space and time but more densely packed than that the space/time surrounding them.
We think of a nucleus as consisting of an array of protons and neutrons in a highly stable state of dynamic equilibrium within a still more densely compacted space and time. We proceed to think of protons and neutrons, etc., which make up the nucleus of an atom, as consisting of even smaller material objects called quarks existing within an even more densely compacted space and time, within the envelopes of the protons and neutrons and in an extremely stable state of dynamic equilibrium.
Electrons are “known” to have dimensions. This means that they too also consist of even smaller material objects within a more highly compacted space and time, within the envelope of the electron.
Continuing our train of thought to its logical conclusion, we will eventually arrive at the point where matter consists of an array of geometrical points in a state of dynamic equilibrium, a geometrical point which, although it has no dimensions and no mass, can be thought of as the ultimate smallest ‘particle.’ We could try to suggest, in keeping with the latest passion of science, that it is a very small point of energy and start talking about “strings,” but energy and mass are equivalent so it would not then be a geometrical point.
Introducing the Universal Belief
All of this implies that matter is composed entirely of space and time, which in turn means that the entire universe is composed of space and time, making it a logical system rather like ‘software’ running in a vast super-computer, the logic of which could, in theory at least, be expressed totally by some form of mathematics. But, in the context of this work, even this is not the total picture. We still need to include those elusive entities we experience as “consciousness” and “will.” With the addition of these important ingredients to space and time allows us to view the universe as a sort of mind: an entity incorporating everything, including each and every one of us, and functioning totally below awareness level.
It is actually the belief structure of our own individual minds from which stems the perception of the real world in which we live, the universe.
. This is what is referred to when the term “Universal Belief” (UB) used throughout this work. The Universal Belief is not conscious of the universe, it is the universe, and it functions on a purely unconscious level. When the UB, or more precisely, an instance of it, is perceived by the innate consciousness within an individual human brain it is perceived to be the world in which that brain together with its body – real self -- is living. It takes the total collective unconscious minds of humanity to contain the entire UB.
An unconscious belief is like software running within a computer but a computer has no innate consciousness with which to perceive its own belief. The UB ‘running’ below awareness level within a human brain is consciously perceived from instant to instant by the innate consciousness within a human brain as the real world in which the ‘brain/body’ – ‘real self’ -- is living, although it takes the whole collective mind of humanity to contain the entire UB as mentioned above. This implies that ‘real material objects’ in the so-called real world are actually made of the ‘stuff’ out of which ‘imaginary objects’ are made within a human imagination.
This being so, we need to ask the question: How can such ‘imaginary objects’ posses inertia, mass and feel solid to the tactile senses?
After all, when we are in a sleeping or hypnotically induced dream objects in that dream are solid to the tactile sense of touch and yet when we wake up from the dream we realize that it was all in our own head. However, reality is not a dream because the whole of humanity is involved in what amounts to 'dream-like' world even so, there is a way of 'waking up' from this as well.
The so-called laws of motion hence the property of matter called inertia is built into the UB just as we think that it is within the ‘objective universe.’ But in the former case the laws of motion, being a belief can be ‘enhanced’ which means ‘changed’ under certain circumstances. To understand how imaginary objects can possess tactile sensibility requires a different understanding of the so-called electrostatic field.
What we do not realize and can never be aware of directly is that there is a continuous unconscious interaction between all the minds of humanity and what I refer to as Reality and it is this interaction that creates the expanding reality of the world in which we live. It is from the cosmological point of view the so-called dark energy that fills the universe.
The book examines the answers to the ultimate questions and challenges us to think beyond the accepted ways of conscious belief.