Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Division by Louis Evan Palmer


The thing about creation the way we see it now is that we're looking at the end result of a massive, possibly infinite, amount of prior creation. Or that is what it appears to be.

Physics is the only realm of science where we seem to be seeking the original cause or the original creation. However, even that arduous search is only focused on the universe in which we appear to exist. It does not venture into what might have existed before. Or other potential universes.

Mathematics and Philosophy are the endeavors which seem to apply the most in this pursuit. The primal source usually being cast as a single fabric, a single emanation, a single something out of which everything else derived. The single something being either out of nothing or always existing.

The question being - if you have only one single something out of which to create, how can you create anything which is not made of that something. This is above what it might be made of, if anything. This is, can one single thing ever end up being more than that one single something?

If the answer is no, which aligns with what every mystic from time immemorial has stated, then everything that we perceive as separate and different is some kind of contrivance and that, in fact, it is all the same something and always has been. Time is as much a contrivance as anything else and could not exist in an undivided universe.

The question then morphs again into exactly how does creation take place? Creation in the sense of creating something new. How does one thing which is everything ever produce anything which is different from itself. Especially, when all it has with which to create is its own single something.

Then we have to wonder, if that's true, if everything is the one something then why do we seem to see a world of separate somethings set in motion through time and space? Or, how do you make a single something appear to be many somethings?

By limiting perception and memory. Somehow you allow parts of yourself to shield and buffer themselves from the rest of yourself and experience and live in what appears to be a world of multiplicity. Why do you do that?
Is it an experiment in free will gone bad? Is it a way to differentiate experiences through myriad creations?

If it's a disguise then why do we wear it? How did we apparently split off from the original single something?

Maybe this is what Parmenides was getting at when he said, it was an error to think that "things exist at one time and not another" or "at one place and not another" or "to a greater or lesser degree" and that Time and Space were illusions.

And what his pupil Zeno was trying to manifest in his paradoxes. That you could not divide your way into understanding this existence. That the greatest insight was that no division was possible - no space, no time, no movement, no separate entities.

Division, Louis Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be,
Copyright Louis Evan Palmer


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