Thursday, November 5, 2009
Being versus Existence
Being versus Existence
"Let's try not to get lost in the semantics."
Non-Existence / Pre-Existence / Low-Level Existence / High-Level Existence
Non-Existence / Beingness
Pre-Existence / the Consciousness
Low-Level Existence / NRJ
High-Level Existence / the observable universe
High-Level Existence is from [the quantum level] up - quarks, atoms, elephants, trees and rocks etc are examples of High-Level Existence. At this point, science kicks in.
Some fundamental questions
The principal questions of ontology are "What can be said to exist?" and "Into what categories, if any, can we sort existing things?"
Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality in general, as well as of the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.
Ontology is inquiry into being in so much as it is being, or into being in general, beyond any particular thing which is or exists; and the study of beings insofar as they exist, and not insofar as, for instance, particular facts obtained about them or particular properties relating to them. Take anything you can find in the world, and look at it, not as a puppy or a slice of pizza or a folding chair or a president, but just as something that is. More specifically, ontology concerns determining what categories of being are fundamental and asks whether, and in what sense, the items in those categories can be said to "be".
Ontology is the study of that which is common to all things which exist.
Examples of ontological questions include:
* What is existence?
* Is existence a property?
* Which entities are fundamental?
* How do the properties of an object relate to the object itself?
* What features are the essential, as opposed to merely accidental, attributes of a given object?
* How many levels of existence or ontological levels are there?
* What is a physical object?
* Can one give an account of what it means to say that a physical object exists?
* Can one give an account of what it means to say that a non-physical entity exists?
* What constitutes the identity of an object?
* When does an object go out of existence, as opposed to merely changing?
* Why does anything exist rather than nothing? (This overlaps with questions in cosmology.)
The An'Kareen -
Everything that we can apprehend is but one part of a single entity. This idea somewhat anticipates the modern concept of an ultimate grand unification theory that finally explains all of reality in terms of one inter-related sub-atomic reality which applies to everything.
Forms must exist not only of Being, but also of Negation and of non-Being (or Difference)
Being (unique and unchanging)
Becoming - The dynamic aspect of being.
With Existence, 'Being' becomes 'Becoming'.
Becoming can be used as a term for potentiality.
Essence versus Substance
Beingness versus Existence
Awareness versus the Consciousness
NRJ = Difference = Substance
Awareness contains Difference but the Difference is Undifferentiated.
The Process of Involution -
There is no First Cause; there is only opportunity, potentiality, circumstance that is not accidental but merely unspecified. The Chance of Possibility.
Wher did Awareness come from?
There was no first cause, no reason [intellect] or purpose involved. There was Circumstance and the Chance of Possibility; not accidental but merely unspecified. The Chance of Possibility was/is the Potential for Something to appear out of Nothing. The Circumstance was/is Chaotic Nothingness about which we can know nothing.
This is [all] the Chance of Possibility that all this could actually happen.
The Consciousness [recognizes/detects] Difference - makes Difference possible. It is an enabler like the etheric and the Spirit. It forms an envelope/environment in which there can be Difference. It displaces Awareness/Beingness and [sets up the circumstance for Pre-Existence] through recognition of NRJ [modes of Difference].
It's a form of simulation real to the participants for as long as they remain within the simulation.
Awareness looks inward at itself. The Mind asks, "What Am I?" and answers, "I Am the Mind." To go beyond that, to the Source of Mind - Chaotic Nothingness about which we can know nothing - of necessity, dissolves the Mind.
Awareness [the Mind] explores Difference. Difference is Complexity.
In philosophy, essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an object or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity.
Essence is defined as the essential part of a thing; its Beingness or Awareness. The Mind. In order for us to experience a thing, it must first have Beingness. Non-Beingness is the Chaotic Nothingness of which we can know nothing - it is beyond our comprehesion. Why? Because it is Non-Beingness. There is nothing for us to grab onto either physically or mentally.
Existence 'appears' to the Mind through the Consciousness. The Consciousness establishes the circumstance for Difference. It does this by stating, "I Am Not That," meaning Awareness. NRJ is the Difference. It is an extention of the thought, "I Am Not That," which is itself a variation on the Original Thought, "I Am" - NRJ states, "I Am That" / "I Am Not That" / "I Am Also That".
"I Am Also That" - the Consciousness ultimately realizes that for a complete definition of itself, it needs to include Awareness as the thing it pushes away from.
The Consciousness references another thing; something outside itself that gives it definition - "I Am Not That". Awareness is self-referencing - "I Am".
It may be said that NRJ is the dynamic aspect of being - "I Am That" / "I Am Not That" / "I Am Also That" - or - Awareness / Not Awareness / Awareness. NRJ is the Mind becoming the Mind by an elimination of Difference through Inclusion. Awareness becoming Awareness with a Difference. The Difference progresses in Complexity until it becomes indistiguishable from Chaotic Nothingness. The Mind finally declares that it is the Chaotic Nothingness of which it can have no comprehension, and dissolves.
When you manipulate something, you open it up and access the "I Am Also That" of it - the thing's Spirit. That is your handle. Your Spirit makes a connection with the thing's Spirit. There is no spoon because the spoon becomes an extension of your own self.
Whenever there is change, there is a corresponding release of NRJ. Harmonious releases of NRJ appear as instances of synchronicity. Rapid, abrupt or forced change, appears as light and heat on the physical realm; it is usually accompanied with unpredictable violence. Events are unexpected and sudden.
"I Am Also That" is as close to Beingness as Existence can come. "I Am Also That" is Spirit.
So if Beingness is the basis for everything, what is Beingness defined as being?
Beingness is defined as being something that is not nothing. In other words, Beingness is not the Chaos of Nothingness. Anything not the Chaos of Nothingness is Beingness. We cannot comprehend Chaotic Nothingness, but we can comprehend Beingness. We do this by exploring the states of Beingness - "I Am That" / "I Am Not That" / "I Am Also That" - called Existence. Anything that is other than Beingness/Awareness/Mind or Nothingness/Chaos is Existence/NRJ/the Consciousness. Exploring Existence to understand Beingness is called Becoming or Evolution. The Consciousness developing as Low-Level Existence [NRJ] through the process of Complexity is called Involution.
"I Am" is the identification of an individual who is not Chaotic Nothingness. "I Am That" / "I Am Not That" / "I Am Also That" is identification of an individual in reference to other individuals.
Time is a thing of High-Level existence.
These things of Low-Level Existence do not happen within a time frame. They happen within a Sequence of Circumstance. The Circumstance provides the opportunity for further Compexity by opening or widening the potential for something to compare itself to something else. This is tricky; it is a function of the Mind. As soon as the thought is produced, "I Am Not That" there is a potential established in which something can be seen as 'not being' another thing which states, "I Am Not That [first thing]" and so on. The Original First Thought, "I Am" establishes the Circumstances for "I Am Not That" if only in referencing Chaotic Nothingness.
In order to fully understand what it is, Awareness must realize that it is indeed "Also That" - in referencing Chaotic Nothingness - at which point Awareness dissolves back into its Source and becomes Chaotic Nothingness. This is the culmination of the evolutionary process. Upon recognition of Source, the evolving identity dissolves into and becomes its identified Source. This is called Fusion of the Spirit - "I Am Also That". When this happens to Beingness, there is a state of Non-Beingness beyond which we can know nothing.