Sunday, July 23, 2006

One Substance, Many Appearances by Louis Evan Palmer

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I'm convinced that the search for a single explanation for the universe, be it a unified field theory or super strings or branes, reflects a deeper, almost unconscious, knowledge on our part. And that knowledge is that there is one underlying substance out of which everything is made.

In the tradition of the ancient Greeks, we must ask: "How can anyone or anything create something that is different from itself, from the substance it has available to use?"

We can argue that whatever is created must perforce be less than what created it? It is something that is hived off from the source. It is something that is appears the way it is due to a limitation on the perceiver, on the perception of it.

We can then find ourselves directed to how the encumberance is constructed and how might it constitute a new "substance".

Awareness of any kind including perceiving and remembering must be part of the creator and therefore part of the creation. This would extend to every single object including stones and stars and "space". However, this also opens the question as to where does one thing begin and end versus any other "thing"?

Some have said that each and every thing is "god" experiencing different modes of being and exulting in them.

And where does "free will" and "choice" fit in with this act of creation? How is that ability to decide created? Since the creator has it and each of the creations is a part of the creator then each creation must have it. But why? Why does "god" feel this impulse to create? And, why does "god" put limitations on his creations which seem to generate the enormous suffering that we see and feel around us?

Or so it seems..

Maybe it's better to go back the first assertion - we are made of "god". Does the substance of "god" have extent or limitation? - No!

Therefore, any other conclusion is wrong and now our task is to figure out why.

Copyright Louis Evan Palmer
One Substance, Many Appearances, Louis Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be,


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