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If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.
The door that locks you in is also the door that lets you out. I Am is the door. Stay with it until it opens.
It is always open, but you are not at it.
You are and I am, but only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell.
The world you can perceive is a very small world, entirely private.
The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it.
What you call survival is but the survival of a dream.
By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream.
Once you have seen that you are dreaming, you shall wake up, but you do not see because you want the dream to continue.
A day will come when you long for the ending of the dream. You become willing to pay any price.
The price will be dispassion and detachment, the loss of interest in the dream.
We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment.
The dreamer is one.
I Am beyond all dreams.
I Am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear.
The I Am in movement creates the world.
The I Am at peace becomes the Absolute.
You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.

What Is Consciousness aka Who Am I?

The only true thing anyone can say about consciousness is that it exists. It is the true nature of what I Am and everything is. Any attempt to describe or explain it is not true. Nothing else can be stated about the true nature of its existence except that it exists. Things that apparently exist as perceived by consciousness only exist in the sense of what appears in a dream as the dreamer dreams and perceives the dream. It is possible to say that in its ultimate or primordial undifferentiated and unlimited state consciousness exists as void or nothingness, but this is only a statement of negation that only tells us what consciousness isn’t and tells us nothing about what it really is.

There is only one consciousness but there are many different points of view within that one consciousness, each of which perceives its own mind and its own world on its own mental screen. Modern physics tells us the mental screen is a holographic screen that arises as a bounding surface of space or event horizon in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference as energy is expended, which limits the observer’s observations of things in space, and encodes bits of information. The observer is only a point of view of consciousness that arises in relation to the screen. Everything the observer can observe within the bounded space, even the space-time geometry of that bounded space, is a holographic projection from the screen to the observer’s point of view, and arises as a configuration state of information defined on the screen. Even the laws of physics that apparently determine what appears to happen in the observer’s world arise with the holographic screen. Everything spontaneously emerges in the flow of energy, but all of it arises from the one consciousness.

Universal Observer/Mind’s Eye

Consciousness has nothing to do with biology or complexity, but thinking does. Consciousness is not a thinker, but the mind is. The mind is a mental screen, which is a bounding surface of space that encodes bits of information. The mind is a holographic screen that encodes bits of information and upon which information spontaneously becomes organized into complex forms as energy flows. The mind is the thinker, but consciousness is only the observer and the knower, the mind’s eye that observes and knows about those complex forms of information, like an observer out in an audience that observes the images of a movie projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen. Thoughts are only like the narration of the movie.

Movie-in-the-Mind

The narration of the movie is always given by the central character of the movie and is always self-referential. A presence of consciousness only mistakenly or emotionally identifies itself with the central character of the movie it’s watching due to the emotionally energized self-referential thoughts it perceives that make the presence of consciousness feel emotionally self-limited to the self-replicating form of its character as it perceives the flow of animating emotional energy through that self-replicating form. Due to its self-identification, consciousness feels compelled to defend that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it. In reality, the existence of consciousness depends on nothing it perceives in the movie it’s watching. In reality, the apparent existence of the form of its character, like the apparent existence of everything else it perceives in the movie, depends on the independent existence of consciousness. In reality, the movie can only become created if consciousness focuses its attention on the movie, which is how it invests its animating emotional energy in the movie. Self-identification is like a hypnotic spell consciousness casts upon itself as it identifies itself with its character, and from which it must awaken to know its true nature.

One can only awaken from the hypnotic spell of self-identification if one sees the lie of one’s self-identification with one’s character as a lie, which is a false belief one believes about oneself, and if one stops believing it, loses interest in it, withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from it, stops emotionally animating it with one’s investment of emotional energy in it, and allows the lie to die away. Ego-death, which is the death of the lie of one’s self-identification with one’s character in the movie one is watching, is the only way one can shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness.

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The fundamental question about the creation of the world is how the primordial, undifferentiated and unlimited nature of Brahmanic consciousness, which is a void of nothingness that has zero energy, can become transformed into the energy that animates the world. In the framework of modern physics and cosmology, the key that unlocks this puzzle is dark energy, which is the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. If we understand the void as an empty space of potentiality, then it has the potential to undergo energetic expansion. Dark energy is the energy that puts the bang in the big bang event. The void then has the potential to give rise to the big bang event, and the observer is the presence of Atmanic consciousness at the singularity of the big bang.

Accelerated/Energetic Expansion of Space

The energetic expansion of space with the expression of dark energy gives rise to a cosmic horizon, which is a bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer and limits the observer’s observations of things in space. The observer’s cosmic horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the bits of information for everything that can appear in the bounded space of the observer’s world, which is everything the observer can observe in its world. The appearance of the observer’s world is a holographic projection from its holographic screen to its central point of view. This scientific explanation has the potential to explain everything that is scientifically known about the nature of the world.

Holographic Principle

If we understand Atmanic consciousness as our own consciousness, we really have the potential to do anything. There really are no limitations. It is then possible to say in a scientific way as Shankara stated long ago: Only Brahmanic consciousness is truly real, the world is an illusory appearance of Brahmanic consciousness, and ultimately there is no difference between the unlimited nature of Brahmanic consciousness and limited Atmanic consciousness.

Unlimited Brahmanic Consciousness and Limited Atmanic Consciousness

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The fundamental mistake that everyone makes who is looking for a scientific explanation for the nature of consciousness is to assume the world has some kind of independent existence and that the phenomena of consciousness is dependent on the world for coming into some kind of transient existence. This is flat out wrong. Only consciousness has independent existence. The transitory or temporal existence of the world is dependent on consciousness for coming into an apparent existence. This is the essential lesson of quantum theory. The world only exists in a quantum state of potentiality until observed. Only at the moment of observation, which is always now, can the world come into an actual or apparent state of existence. That apparent state of existence is observed by an observer, which fundamentally is a presence of consciousness, and the observer must be present now to observe its world. Being present means the observer must focus the attention of its own consciousness on its world. Not only does the form of its world come into an apparent existence, but the flow of energy that animates its world also comes into an apparent existence. Both the form of things and the flow of energy through those things are inherent in the quantum state of potentiality. The form of things is like a position variable and the flow of energy is like a momentum variable, which are non-commuting variables of the quantum state. These canonical variables are how the quantum state of potentiality is defined in terms of a sum over all possible paths through the information configuration space.

Quantum State of Potentiality

What we normally think of as physical forces, like gravity, arise with unbiased observations. The classical force of gravity arises as the path of least action, but the quantum state of potentiality includes a sum over all possible paths. In the sense of quantum probability, the classical path is most likely, but only arises as long as observations are made in an unbiased way. If bias arises in the way observations are made due to bias in the observer’s focus of attention, the quantum state loses its predictability. All bets are off when physical forces become unpredictable. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, this is like bending the law of gravity, which one would need to do if one wants to walk on water. Gravity apparently becomes nonphysical when an observer bends it with its biased focus of attention.

In terms of the holographic principle, the fundamental variables of any world in any bounded region of space that can be observed by an observer are non-commuting position coordinates defined on the bounding surface of that space. The bounding surface arises as an event horizon in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. This is a more fundamental description of the world than a point particle description in which particles are characterized by non-commuting position and momentum variables. The bounding surface of space arises as an event horizon whenever the observer is in an accelerated frame of reference, as with the expenditure of dark energy that gives rise to the accelerated expansion of space. The non-commuting position coordinates on the bounding surface, which define a quantized space-time geometry, define the quantum state of the observer’s world. Each non-commuting position coordinate acts like a pixel that encodes a bit of information.

Horizon Information

The radical nature of understanding the mind as a holographic screen cannot be overstated. The mind cannot arise from a brain inside the body of a person in the world because all of that stuff arises from the mind. Everything that is observed in the world is a holographic projection of the form of those things from a holographic screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen, like the projection of movie images from a movie screen to the point of view of an observer out in the movie audience. Things do not really exist in three dimensional space. The information configuration states for the form of all things are encoded on the holographic screen in terms of bits of information. Anything that appears to exist in any three dimensional region of space is only a holographic projection from the bounding surface of that space to the point of view of the observer. Things apparently existing as distinct three dimensional objects in three dimensional space is a holographic illusion. Those things include the observer’s body, brain and everything else that appears to exist in its world. The observer’s mind does not arise from its brain. The observer’s mind arises as a bounding surface of space, which is an event horizon that arises as energy is expended in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, and its mind acts as a holographic screen that encodes bits of information. The observer itself is nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness at a point of view in empty space.

The apparent existence of the observer’s world, which can only come into an actual state of existence as the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an actual observable state, is always a holographic projection of forms of information from the bounding surface of space that acts as a holographic screen to the observer’s point of view. This is just like a screen output from a computer screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. The observer observes the forms of things with each screen output, and over a sequence of screen outputs also observes the flow of energy that animates those forms. This is really no different than an observer watching the animated images of a movie projected from a computer screen, except the experience is more like a virtual reality since the observer always observes things through the organs of sensory perception of its character in the movie and also perceives the animating flow of energy through the animated form of its character.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The key point is the quantum state of the observer’s world can only come into an apparent state of existence if the observer is present to observe it, since that is how the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an actual observable state. The observer is always present now. Being present now means the observer focuses the attention of its consciousness on its world. The observer’s focus of attention on the life of its character in its world is what creates the hypnotic spell of self-identification with its character. The observer feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through the form of its character, which causes the observer to identify itself with the form of its character. That feeling of self-limitation is also what compels the observer to defend the survival of the self-replicating animated form of its character as though its existence depends on it. The hypnotic spell is only perpetuated since the observer’s focus of attention is emotionally biased to defend its character, which leads to the expression of more biased self-defensive emotions. The quantum state of potentiality includes the possibility of expressing personally biased emotions, and personal bias in the observer’s focus of attention leads to their expression. The more personally biased emotions that become expressed, the more self-limited the observer feels to the animated form of its character, and the hypnotic spell of self-identification is perpetuated.

Breaking the hypnotic spell always requires a refusal to express self-defensive emotions, which requires a shift in the observer’s focus of attention away from this state of emotional bias to an unbiased state. In religion, this is called surrender to divine will, which is inherently unbiased. All spiritual experiences are really nothing more than the observer experiencing the true nature of what it is, which is nothing but consciousness itself. The observer has to shift the focus of its attention away from the life of its character in its world and onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness to know what it really is.

In the awakening process, ego is in resistance until the very end. The expression of personally biased self-defensive emotions by its character perpetuates the emotional self-identification of a presence of consciousness with its character, which reinforces personal bias in the focus of its attention and leads to the expression of more biased emotions by its character. A presence of consciousness will not give up personal bias in the focus of its attention until its character stops expressing that personal bias. This is the fundamental reason that surrender is required in the awakening process. Before a presence of consciousness can give up personal bias in the focus of its attention, its character must stop expressing the personal bias of self-defensive emotions, which can only happen with its surrender to divine will. Surrender is a necessary step in the awakening process in which a presence of consciousness no longer feels self-limited and no longer emotionally identifies itself with the form of its character. The awakening process can only go forward concomitantly with surrender and with a presence of consciousness no longer believing the false beliefs of its personal self-identification with its character. Surrender is the natural state of a presence of consciousness that knows the true nature of what it really is. Since the true nature of its existence depends on nothing it perceives in its world, its existence requires no self-defense.

In reality, only the consciousness of the observer has an independent existence. The apparent existence of the observer’s world depends on the observer focusing its attention on the life of its character in its world. If the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world and is no longer present for its world, the quantum state of potentiality for that world remains in an unobserved state of potentiality and is not reduced to an actual observable state. Without the observer’s focus of attention on its world, its world is not observed. If the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, its apparent world disappears from existence from its own point of view. The observer’s world only appears to come into existence from its own point of view when it focuses its attention on it and it disappears from existence when the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from it. The appearance and disappearance of the observer’s world always occurs from its own point of view, since its world is always defined on a holographic screen that arises as a bounding surface of space as energy is expended in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. Every observer has its own holographic screen, but to observe its world the observer must be present for its world and focus its attention on it.

The disappearance of the observer’s world from its own point of view occurs each night when it withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world and its character appears to fall into a deep sleep from the point of view of other observers. We mistakenly say that we become unconscious in deep sleep, but the truth is we remain conscious in deep sleep because we are consciousness itself. Only one’s world disappears from existence in deep sleep when one no longer focuses one’s attention on it and is no longer present for it. One is still aware in deep sleep, but one is aware of nothing. This is the critically important distinction between what has independent existence and what doesn’t.

If we assume the world has independent existence and consciousness is dependent on the world for coming into some kind of transitory existence, then one must lose consciousness or become unconscious in deep sleep when one is aware of nothing. This is a wrong assumption. If consciousness has independent existence, then the world must disappear from existence when one is no longer present for it and no longer focuses one’s attention on it. It is possible to confirm this important distinction for oneself and confirm which of these possibilities is correct. It is possible to confirm for oneself that one still exists when everything in one’s world disappears from existence. The only real difference between deep sleep and awakening from the hypnotic spell of identifying oneself with one’s character in one’s world is the ability to bring oneself into focus and shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness. If one focuses one’s attention on one’s own existence as a presence of consciousness and remains aware of being present while one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and as one’s world disappears, then one can finally break the hypnotic spell of self-identification and know the true nature of what one really is.

This kind of awakening from delusion is called spiritual enlightenment.

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On the Nature of Delusion

Delusion is defined as a false belief that one believes about oneself. The delusion at the heart of individual existence is the false belief that one exists as an individual self. This is the false belief that an individual presence of consciousness believes about itself that it exists as an individual self, which only becomes further emotionally amplified and distorted when it believes that it is a personal self in a world that it perceives. That personal self is only like the central character of an emotionally energized movie the presence of consciousness is watching as animated images of the movie are projected from a mental screen to its central point of view. The false belief the presence of consciousness believes about itself that it is a personal self becomes emotionally reinforced as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through the self-replicating form of the person that makes it feel like it is self-limited to that emotionally animated form, and leads it to falsely or emotionally identify itself with the form of the person and feel compelled to defend the survival of that form as though its existence depends on it. The delusion of personal self-identification is only perpetuated because the presence of consciousness focuses its attention on defending the survival of that self-replicating form in an emotionally or personally biased way as though its existence depends on it. In reality, the existence of the presence of consciousness depends on nothing that appears to happen in the world it perceives anymore than the existence of an observer out in a audience depends on what appears to happen in a movie it is watching or in a virtual reality game that it is playing. In reality, the existence or spiritual being of the presence of consciousness depends on nothing that it perceives in its world, which is only a virtual reality.

The nugget at the core of delusion is the individual sense of being present, the sense of I Am-ness, the sense of being an individual self, which is the spiritual being of the Atmanic presence of consciousness that is called the Self. Only this individual self-consciousness can believe the false beliefs of a personal self its mind tells it about itself with the mental creation of the story of a character-based personal self. These false beliefs are all mental concepts of an individual personal identity, but like everything perceived in a virtual reality or a movie are no more real than emotionally energized images projected from a mental screen to the point of view of a presence of consciousness. These are false beliefs the presence of consciousness believes about itself, which can only have power over the presence of consciousness if they’re believed, and only the presence of consciousness with its own individual sense of being present can believe them. The power these false beliefs have over the presence of consciousness is to make it emotionally identify itself with a false personal self-concept and focus its attention in an emotionally biased way on defending the survival of that personal form as though its existence depends on it. The willingness the presence of consciousness has to believe these false beliefs about itself can only arise from its own sense of being an individual self, which is at the core of delusion.

In reality, the individual sense of being present or self-ness is only differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness as the false beliefs the presence of consciousness believes about itself are mentally created. Only the presence of consciousness can create these false beliefs for itself as it focuses its attention on them, which is the same as shining its own light of consciousness on its mental screen and projecting the mental images of the story of a personal self back to itself. This story of a personal self can come to an end at any moment the presence of consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from the story, thereby withdrawing its investment of emotional energy that is needed to project and animate the mental images, but without that animating emotional energy its entire world would disappear from existence and nothing would remain. When everything disappears from existence, including the story of a personal self, the only thing that remains is the undifferentiated nothingness from which the individual presence of consciousness is differentiated. Even that individual consciousness must ultimately dissolve back into its source of undifferentiated consciousness. Ultimately, all that exists is undifferentiated consciousness. Undifferentiated existence can only know itself as the unlimited nothingness or emptiness that it really is, which is the concept of No-self. To say I Am That is the same as saying I Am that unlimited nothingness, which is to say I Am NotI Am Not, only the unlimited nothingness of No-self Is, and yet that is what I Am.

If we understand the limited Atmanic consciousness of an observer observing its observable world as the Self, then the undifferentiated nothingness of unlimited Brahmanic consciousness is No-self.

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It’s All In The Mind

The conventional view of reality that we have of ourselves and the world is that each of us is a person in the world. We assume that a world of matter, energy, space and time has independent existence, and that each of us independently exists as a person in that world. We assume that each of us is an embodied person, and that our body has a brain that gives rise to our own mind that then gives rise to our own consciousness. The fact of the matter is this assumption has never been verified. Strangely, this kind of assumption is not supported by the scientific evidence we have about the nature of the world. There is another kind of assumption that we can make that gives rise to a paradigm shift in the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves. This alternative assumption is supported by the scientific evidence we have about the nature of the world, and leads to a very different view in the way we see ourselves and see the world.

To understand this paradigm shift all we have to do is turn the conventional view we have of the world and ourselves totally around. Instead of assuming the independent existence of the world, we assume the independent existence of our consciousness that perceives the world. Instead of assuming that our consciousness arises from a mind that arises from an embodied brain, we assume the mind arises from consciousness and the body and brain arise from the mind.

The need for a paradigm shift is already apparent in the contradictory and inconsistent ideas of neuroscience as it attempts to solve the mind-body problem. Neuroscientists assume the mind arises from the brain. They describe the perception of all the external sensory perceptions of the world, like sight and sound, and all the internal perceptions of the mind, like thoughts, memories, emotions and feelings, as the movie-in-the-mind. They imagine the mind is like a mental screen that projects all the external sensory perceptions of the world and internal mental perceptions of the mind to an observer that observes these perceptions, but then they have no explanation for the nature of the observer’s consciousness that perceives the perceptions. Due to their lack of an explanation for the nature of the observer’s consciousness, they describe the observer and its consciousness as an illusion of the mind. Incredibly, they deny that consciousness even exists.

Movie-in-the-Mind

The big problem with this denial by neuroscientists that consciousness exists is that each of us intuitively knows that we are a conscious presence. Each of us is intuitively aware that we exist as a conscious presence that perceives the external perceptions of the world and the internal perceptions of the mind. Each of us is aware of our own sense of being present as the observer.

Universal Observer

Neuroscientists would have us believe that the brain generates the movie-in-the-mind of sensory images of the external world and internal images of mental imagination, as though the images are projected from a mental screen to an observer that observes them. Even though each of us intuitive knows that we exist as a conscious presence with our own sense of being present as we observe these images, neuroscientists would have us believe that the consciousness of the observer is an illusion of the mind and is itself imaginary, This is such a strange contradiction to believe that it nicely demonstrates the whole logical fallacy and inconsistency of neuroscience.

Paradox of Self-Reference

If we really want to understand the nature of the world and the mind in a way that is not logically inconsistent, we have to appeal to recent discoveries in modern physics and cosmology that do not inherently suffer from logical inconsistencies and contradictions. The scientific discoveries of the last twenty-five years have opened up the way to allow us to understand the nature of the world, and also allow us to solve the mind-body problem and understand our own true nature.

The first thing we have to do to understand what recent discoveries in physics and cosmology are telling us is to broaden our concept of consciousness. The most important thing we can say about consciousness is that it exists, which each of us intuitively knows with our own sense of being present as a conscious presence that perceives all possible perceptions of the world and the mind. We can only solve the mind-body problem and achieve an understanding of the nature of the world and ourselves if we stop limiting our ideas about the nature of our consciousness.

The big question is what is the primordial or ultimate nature of consciousness? This is really a question about what exists before the world is created. In what form does consciousness exist before the world is created? What exists before anything is created? The answer is nothing exists.

Big Bang Event

The big scientific clue we have is all scientific theories of the creation of the universe along the lines of the big bang event assume that prior to the creation of the world nothing exists. This nothingness is not really nothing, since it is imagined as an empty space of potentiality with the potential to create the universe in a big bang event. This primordial state of existence prior to the creation of the world is often called the void or the true vacuum state. Although the void is imagined as an empty space, it does not have a dimensionality, but rather has the potential to create all dimensions. Along the lines of relativity theory and the curvature of space, the void does not have any curvature, but has the potential to create curved space. The void does not have any limitations in the sense of boundaries, but has the potential to create limitations. The void being nothingness does not have any energy, but has the potential to create energy. The void has no information, but has the potential to create information. The void does not have any observable things, but has the potential to create observable things. Most importantly, the void has the potential to give rise to the perceiving consciousness of the observer that perceives all the observable things.

There are two recent discoveries in modern physics and cosmology that allow us to understand what is really going on in the world. The first discovery is dark energy, which is the primordial energy that creates the world in the first place along the lines of the big bang event. In relativity theory, dark energy is understood as the accelerated expansion of space, which is a kind of curvature of space. In relativity theory, all forces are understood as the curvature of space. The attractive force of gravity is understood as the contraction of space, where all matter and energy cause a local contraction of space around the location of that matter and energy. The attractive force of gravity is understood as the tendency of things to accelerate in the direction of that contracted space, like water that flows downhill. In a similar way, the force of dark energy is like a repulsive force of anti-gravity understood as the accelerated expansion of space within which things tend to accelerate away from the central point of expansion. While the force of gravity is locally greatest in strength at the central point of contraction, the force of dark energy globally increases in strength with greater distance from the central point of expansion. In terms of the big bang event that creates the universe, the central point of the accelerated expansion of space is the singularity of the big bang event, just as the central point of the gravitational contraction of space of a black hole is the singularity of the black hole. The force of dark energy is understood as the primordial energy that creates the universe in a big bang event, which is the accelerated expansion of space that expands relative to the singularity or the central point of expansion.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

In relativity theory, the accelerated expansion of space that arises with the expression of dark energy is called an accelerated frame of reference. The concept of a frame of reference is the idea of an observer that observes things from the perspective of the central point of view or origin of a coordinate system. That particular perspective is the observer’s frame of reference. In relativity theory, the curvature of space, which is the nature of all forces, always occurs in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference. The fundamental postulate of relativity theory is the principle of equivalence, which says the exertion of any force is always equivalent to an observer’s accelerated frame of reference, such as the force of gravity which is equivalent to an observer in an accelerating rocket-ship. The observations an observer in the accelerating rocket-ship makes of things apparently falling toward the floor of the rocker-ship are indistinguishable from or equivalent to the observations an observer standing on the surface of the earth makes as things fall toward the ground under the influence of the force of gravity.

Principle of Equivalence

The principle of equivalence tells us that every accelerated frame of reference requires the expenditure of energy, just as the accelerating rocket-ship must expend energy through the force of its thrusters as it accelerates through space. The observer is only in an accelerated frame of reference because energy is expended. With the expression of dark energy, an observer at the central point of view of the accelerated expansion of space, which is the point of singularity, is in an accelerated frame of reference due to the expansion of space. In the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space, which is always relative to the observer’s central point of view at the point of singularity of the expansion of space.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

As dark energy is expended, space appears to expand away from an observer at the central point of view at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space. At some point in space, space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light. Due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, which is to say nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in three dimensional space, the point of space where space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light gives rise to an event horizon called a cosmic horizon. Nothing is observable to the observer at the central point of view beyond the cosmic horizon. The cosmic horizon is observer-dependent since it only arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference as dark energy is expended. The observer at the central point of view of the accelerated expansion of space has its own observer-dependent cosmic horizon which limits the observer’s observations of things to the space bounded within the observer’s cosmic horizon, which is a bounding surface of space.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference and Horizon

The observer’s cosmic horizon only arises because the observer is in an accelerated frame of reference due to the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space. If the expenditure of dark energy comes to an end and space no longer appears to expand relative to the observer’s central point of view, the observer no longer has a cosmic horizon that limits its observations of things within that bounded region of space, and the observer’s observations become unlimited. The frame of reference within which the acceleration comes to an end and energy is no longer expended is called a freely falling frame of reference. In a freely falling frame of reference, the observer experiences no acceleration or forces, no energy is expended, no observation-limiting event horizon arises, and the observations of things become unlimited, or so it would seem. The answer to this puzzle has to do with what gives rise to the observer’s observations of things in the first place. What is the true nature of observation? We already know the answer from neuroscience, which tells us the nature of observation is an observer observing the movie-in-the-mind. All we have to do is correctly identify the true nature of the observer and understand the nature of all the things that appear in the movie-in-the-mind.

The really big question is what allows for the observer’s observations of things? To give a definite answer to this question requires a clear distinction be made between the observer’s consciousness that perceives things and the nature of the things perceived. This is really a question about what is the primordial nature or source of the observer’s consciousness? As already discussed, the source or primordial nature of the observer’s consciousness can only be identified as the void or true vacuum state that gives rise to the creation of the observable universe. As the observable universe is created from the void, as in a big bang event, the observer’s perceiving consciousness must also in some mysterious way arise from the void in order to perceive that perceivable world. The primordial nature of the observer’s perceiving consciousness is not itself a perceivable thing, and like the void, can only be described as nothingness or no-thing. What then does this tell us about the nature of the perceivable things?

The answer is that the perceivable things are all composed of bits of information, like the bits of information encoded on pixels on a computer screen that projects images of things to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. This is exactly what quantum theory tells us about the nature of all things since the quantum state of anything is always reducible to quantized bits of information that are organized into information configuration states. In quantum theory, these quantized bits of information are called entropy. The long sought-after solution to the mystery of quantum theory is what is the ultimate nature of these quantized bits of information? It has long been accepted in physics that this solution will only be found after a way to unify quantum theory with relativity theory is discovered. The ultimate nature of the quantized bits of information that comprise the information configuration states of all the observable things, even the nature of all elementary particles, will only be discovered after space-time geometry is quantized. The irony that physicists did not expect is that the ultimate nature of the quantized bits of information not only can explain the nature of all the observable things, but they also explain the nature of quantized space-time geometry itself. The unexpected answer is that the quantized space-time geometry of any bounded region of space is a holographic projection from the fundamental quantized bits of information encoded on the bounding surface of that space. This answer which solves the mystery of how quantum theory is unified with relativity theory and how fundamental quantized bits of information arise is called the holographic principle.

Quantized Space-Time Geometry and Holographic Projection

It turns out that physicists have actually known the answer for the last twenty-five years since the holographic principle was discovered. The holographic principle is the second discovery of modern physics that allows us to understand what is really going on in the world. The two recent discoveries of dark energy and the holographic principle pretty much explain the whole thing. The holographic principle is actually pretty easy to explain. Whenever a bounding surface of space arises in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference, like an observation-limiting cosmic horizon that arises as dark energy is expended and space appears to expand at an accelerated rate relative to the observer’s central point of view, that bounding surface of space acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the fundamental quantized bits of information that comprise the information configuration states of everything the observer can observe within that bounded region of space. The fundamental quantized bits of information not only comprise information configuration states of all observable things, like elementary particles, but they also comprise information configuration states for the observable space-time geometry of that bounded region of space. Both the observable things, like elementary particles, and the observable space-time geometry are only holographic projections from the observer’s holographic screen, which is a bounding surface of space, to the observer’s central point of view. This holographic projection to the observer includes both the observable images of things observed within the bounded space and the observable space-time geometry of the bounded space. This holographic projection is like a computer projection that occurs in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs, like the animation of a movie displayed on a computer screen that is projected to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. This holographic projection and animation of everything in a bounded region of space to the observer at the central point of view, which even includes the space-time geometry of the bounded region of space, is the nature of the movie-in-the-mind.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The holographic principle simply says that all the fundamental quantized bits of information that comprise the information configuration states of all the observable things that can be observed in a bounded region of space, even the observable space-time geometry of that bounded region of space, are encoded on the bounding surface of that region of space. The bounding surface naturally arises as an event horizon whenever the observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, such as the observer at the central point of view of the accelerated expansion of space that occurs as dark energy is expended and a cosmic horizon arises. The bounding surface encodes bits of information much like a computer screen encodes bits of information, with one bit of information encoded in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s on each pixel defined on the screen. The holographic principle says that the fundamental pixel size is about a Planck area, which is incredibly small since the Planck area is defined in terms of the gravitational constant, G, the speed of light, c, and Planck’s constant, ħ, as 2=ћG/c3. The total number of pixels on the screen, which is also the total number of bits of information encoded on the screen, is given in terms of the surface area, A, of the bounding surface as n=A/4ℓ2, which is a huge number for any macroscopic region of space.

Holographic Principle

Where does the holographic principle come from? Historically, the holographic principle was first discovered by ‘t Hooft and Susskind when they tried to resolve the information loss paradox of a black hole that Hawking had discovered when he calculated the entropy of a black hole. A black hole is a region of space where the force of gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape away from this region of space. The black hole is a bounded region of space that is bounded by an event horizon. At the event horizon, the force of gravity becomes so strong that a light ray that originates inside the black hole cannot escape across the horizon, and so for an external observer outside the black hole, nothing is observable within the black hole.

Black Hole Event Horizon

The gravitational field of the black hole is generated by the mass and energy of all the things that fell into the black hole as it was formed. Those things are comprised of quantized bits of information and have entropy, and so the black hole has entropy. Hawking calculated the entropy of the black hole and found that the entropy was proportional to the surface area, A, of the event horizon exactly as the holographic principle says in terms of the number of bits of information encoded on the horizon as n=A/4ℓ2.

Black Hole Entropy

Hawking also found that the event horizon of the black hole had a temperature as observed by an external observer and radiated away a kind of thermal radiation that the external observer could observe, which is now called Hawking radiation. The external observer experiences the gravitational force of the black hole, and so the external observer is in an accelerated frame of reference which requires the expenditure of energy, just like an observer in an accelerating rocket-ship. The temperature of the event horizon that the external observer observes implies thermal energy, which is randomized kinetic energy. Where does this thermal energy come from? Hawking found that the horizon’s temperature or thermal energy is a kind of Unruh temperature, which is the observed temperature of an event horizon that arises in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference. The horizon’s thermal energy arises from the energy expended in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. This is purely a quantum phenomena that arises due to the separation of virtual particle-antiparticle pairs at the event horizon. Whenever virtual particle-antiparticle pairs separate at an event horizon, the separated particles on the observer’s side of the horizon become observable particles that the observer in the accelerated frame of reference can observe. The event horizon only arises because the observer is in an accelerated frame of reference that requires the expenditure of energy, which is where the thermal energy comes from. Virtual particle-antiparticle pairs that separate at the event horizon is the nature of the thermal radiation that Hawking discovered that is observed by the external observer in an accelerated frame of reference.

Hawking Radiation

The problem as Hawking soon discovered was the information loss paradox. If the temperature of the event horizon is hotter than the temperature of the surrounding space, the event horizon radiates away thermal radiation into space and can appear to evaporate away as observed by the external observer. The radiated thermal radiation carries away energy that is equivalent to mass, and so as thermal radiation is radiated away from the black hole, the mass of the black hole decreases and the black hole appears to evaporate away. As the mass of the black hole decreases, the size of the event horizon decreases. As the surface area of the event horizon decreases, the entropy given in terms of the number of bits of information encoded, n=A/4ℓ2, also decreases, but this entropy represents all the bits of information for all the things that fell into the black hole. Those things cannot escape away from the black hole because the force of gravity is so strong at the event horizon that even light cannot escape, and yet as the black hole radiates away Hawking radiation and appears to evaporate away, the surface area of the event horizon decreases and so the entropy of the black hole also decreases. What happens to all the bits of information for all the things that apparently fell into the black hole if those things cannot escape away from the black hole as the black hole appears to evaporate away and its entropy decreases? Where does the information go? This is the information loss paradox.

Horizon Information

Susskind and ‘t Hooft discovered that the only way to resolve the information loss paradox was to clearly distinguish what an external observer in an accelerated frame of reference observes from what a freely falling observer that falls across the event horizon observes. For the freely falling observer, there is no acceleration, there is no force of gravity, there is no event horizon, and there is no Hawking radiation. The freely falling observer observes none of it. These things only appear to exist for the external observer in an accelerated frame of reference. The problem is the external observer can never compare its observations with the observations of the freely falling observer since they inhabit regions of space on opposite sides of the event horizon, and so there is absolutely no possibility of communication between them.

Penrose Diagram

Susskind and ‘t Hooft realized that there really was no information loss paradox since from the perspective of the accelerated external observer nothing ever fell into the black hole in the first place. Due to gravitational time dilation which becomes infinite at the event horizon, it would take an infinite amount of time for anything to cross the event horizon from the perspective of the accelerated external observer. They also realized that all the bits of information for all the things that apparently fell into the black hole from the perspective of the accelerated external observer were encoded on the surface of event horizon, just as the holographic principle says. As these things appeared to approach the event horizon and fall into the black hole, all the bits of information became scrambled at the horizon, and then all the information was radiated away back into space with the Hawking radiation as the black hole appeared to evaporate away. They realized that the things that appeared to fall into the black hole from the perspective of the accelerated external observer did not really exist in space at all, as the appearance of these things was a holographic projection from the event horizon to the external point of view of the accelerated observer, much like a projection of images from a computer screen to an observer outside the screen. The event horizon acted like a holographic screen that encoded bits of information in a binary code, with one bit of information per pixel on the screen, and the images of things that arose from information configuration states encoded on the screen were projected from the screen to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. In a very real sense, the appearance of things existing in three dimensional space is only a holographic illusion.

The holographic principle is a radical idea, since it says that things do not really exist in three dimensional space, but rather the appearance of things in any three dimensional region of space is a holographic projection from the two dimensional bounding surface of that region of space to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. Not only is the appearance of all things in that bounded region of space a holographic projection to the observer, but even the space-time geometry of the bounded region of space is a holographic projection. At first this was only an idea based on intuition and a way to resolve the information loss paradox, but soon after it was proposed, string theory in anti-de Sitter space was discovered to explicitly demonstrate the holographic principle. String theory is not only a quantum theory of elementary particles, but also is a quantum theory of gravity. Anti-de Sitter space is a special kind of space-time geometry that arises from Einstein’s general theory of relativity with a negative cosmological constant, which gives rise to special kind of bounded region of space where the bounding surface is called an anti-de Sitter event horizon. The anti-de Sitter event horizon is much like the event horizon of a black hole. String theory explicitly demonstrates that all the things that appear within the space bounded by the anti-de Sitter horizon correspond to bits of information encoded on the horizon, just as the holographic principle says. Even the nature of gravity within the bounded region of space, which is described by the curvature of the space-time geometry of the bounded region of space, corresponds to bits of information encoded on the surface of the anti-de Sitter horizon. Everything observable within the bounded region of space, including the space-time geometry of the bounded region of space, corresponds to a holographic projection from the anti-de Sitter horizon, which acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the bits of information for those observable things, to an observer at the central point of view of the bounded region of space.

The problem with string theory is the kind of space we find ourselves within inside the physical universe is not anti-de Sitter space but de Sitter space. In relativity theory, anti-de Sitter space arises with a negative cosmological constant, which gives rise to a globally attractive force that corresponds to the accelerated contraction of space, while de Sitter space arises with a positive cosmological constant, which gives rise to a globally repulsive force that corresponds to the accelerated expansion of space. For various reasons, a positive cosmological constant is now called dark energy, and de Sitter space is understood as the accelerated expansion of space that arises as dark energy is expended. As dark energy is expended, the observer at the central point of view enters into an accelerated frame of reference and space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space. The observer is then surrounded by a cosmic or de Sitter horizon, which is a bounding surface of space that limits the observer’s observations of things within that bounded region of space. The holographic principle tells us that the observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the bits of information for all observable things the observer can observe in that bounded region of space. The observation of anything within that bounded region of space is a holographic projection from the screen to the observer’s central point of view outside the screen.

String theory explicitly demonstrates the holographic principle in anti-de Sitter space and for black holes, but for various technical reasons cannot be applied to de Sitter space. However, string theory is a special case of non-commutative geometry, and generic non-commutative geometry can be applied to de Sitter space, which is to say non-commutative geometry can be applied to the kind of space we find ourselves within inside the physical universe. Although it may seem like an arcane topic of discussion, non-commutative geometry is the natural way to understand how space-time geometry is quantized. The natural kind of geometry for which non-commutative geometry can be applied is a two dimensional bounding surface of space, like an event horizon. Instead of localizing an infinite number of infinitesimal points on the surface of the horizon, with non-commutative geometry a finite number of quantized position coordinates are defined on the surface. In effect, each quantized position coordinate defined on the surface is smeared out into an area element, like a pixel on a screen, with a well-defined mathematical procedure for defining quantized position coordinates in terms of non-commuting variables. In quantum gravity, the pixel size is about a Planck area, and the total number, n, of quantized position coordinates defined on the surface is given in terms of the surface area, A, as n=A/4ℓ2. Non-commutative geometry not only gives a mathematical procedure for how quantized position coordinates are defined on the surface in terms of non-commuting variables, but also explains how each quantized position coordinate acts like a pixel that encodes a bit of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s. The bounding surface encodes n bits of information typically as the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. Just as the two eigenvalues of an SU(2) matrix can explain how a spin variable is quantized into spin up and spin down states, like a computer switch that is either on or off and encodes information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix can explain how n non-commuting variables defined on the surface encode n bits of information.

Non-commutative geometry gives us a natural operational explanation of how the holographic principle comes into effect. Whenever non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space as a way to define n quantized position coordinates on the bounding surface, the holographic principle is automatically in effect and the bounding surface encodes n bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, typically as the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. Each non-commuting variable defined on the bounding surface acts like a pixel that encodes a bit of information. The bounding surface of space naturally arises as an event horizon whenever an observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, such as a cosmic or de Sitter horizon that arises whenever dark energy is expended and space appears to expand at an accelerated rate away from the central point of view of the observer at the central point of singularity. This operational explanation explains the nature of everything the observer can observe within the bounded space, which in effect defines the observer’s world. The nature of the observation of all things within the bounded space, which is the nature of everything the observer can observe within the bounded space that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, is a holographic projection from the observer’s holographic screen, which is a bounding surface of space, to the observer’s central point of view, which is a point of singularity in that bounded space. The nature of observation is then reduced to three components: a bounding surface of space that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference and acts as a holographic screen; the consciousness of the observer at the central point of view of that bounded region of space; and holographic projection of the images of all things the observer can observe in that bounded region of space. The observable things do not really exist in three dimensional space. The observable images of things arise from configuration states of information encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, which is a two dimensional bounding surface of space, and are projected from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view in that bounded region of space. In other words, the appearance of three dimensional objects in three dimensional space is only a holographic illusion.

The essential question of ontology is why is there something rather than nothing? Why does anything exist? The strange answer is that it doesn’t. Nothing really exists. The apparent existence of everything is really nothing in disguise. This is the holographic disguise of nothing appearing as something. This is the essential conclusion of the holographic principle that tells us that the appearance of all things is really a holographic projection from a bounding surface of space, which acts as a holographic screen that encodes all bits of information for those things, to the central point of view of an observer, which observes the holographic appearance of those things. This conclusion is supported by observations of modern cosmology that show the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. This is possible in cosmology since the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out all forms of positive energy like dark energy. From the limited point of view of any observer, the observable universe is bounded by a cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen. The fact the total energy of the observable universe exactly adds up to zero tells us that everything is ultimately nothing.

Yin-Yang Balance

Once holographic projection is understood as the nature of all things, especially in the context of dark energy that gives rise to a cosmic horizon that surrounds the central point of view of an observer, the only thing the mind can be is a limiting holographic screen, which is a mental screen that arises as a bounding surface of space and that encodes all the bits of information for everything the observer can observe in its own world, including all forms of mental imagination like thoughts and memories the observer can observe in its mind. The only thing the observer can be is a point of consciousness. This is the simplest possible explanation for the nature of the reality we perceive, which is really only a created virtual reality. Every point of view in the universe can be a point of consciousness, but there can only be one source of consciousness, which we can call unlimited universal consciousness. The entire universe is one totally integrated thing or the unity of all things with unlimited creative potential, for which there can only be one unlimited source of consciousness. This unlimited universal consciousness in and of itself cannot observe the entire universe since there is no universal perspective of the entire universe, only the limited perspectives that arise at limited points of view and that are always limited by a limiting bounding surface of space.

How is it possible that many observers arising at many different points of view can share a consensual reality? The answer is information sharing, like the information sharing we see in an overlapping network of screens, like the internet. Overlapping bounding surfaces of space that encode bits of information as holographic screens can share information for whatever appears to happen in their overlapping bounded spaces to the degree they overlap in the sense of a Venn diagram.

Overlapping Bounding Surfaces of Space

We now have a scientific explanation for the movie-in-the-mind. As the observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, which requires the expenditure of energy, a bounding surface of space or event horizon naturally arises that limits the observer’s observations of things in space. The observer itself is only the perceiving consciousness present at the central point of view of that bounded region of space. This part of the explanation may be difficult to accept, but that is all the observer really is: a point of perceiving consciousness. The bounding surface of space naturally acts as a holographic screen that encodes bits of information due to the application of non-commutative geometry as the natural way to localize a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the bounding surface, which explains how space-time geometry is quantized. Each quantized position coordinate on the bounding surface acts like a pixel that encodes a bit of information. Everything the observer can observe within the bounded region of space, which also includes the observable space-time geometry of the bounded region of space, corresponds to the holographic projection of the images of things from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view in that bounded region of space. The projected images of things correspond to configuration states of information encoded on the observer’s screen. Things do not really exist in three dimensional space. The appearance of three dimensional objects in three dimensional space is only a holographic illusion that arises with holographic projection.

This is obviously a radical idea, but it does explain the nature of the movie-in-the-mind. The movie screen is a holographic screen, which is a mental screen. The projected movie images include all external sensory images of the observer’s world, including the observable space-time geometry of that world. The projected movie images also include all internal mental images of mental imagination, like thoughts, memories, emotions and feelings. All of these projected movie images correspond to configuration states of information encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, which is a mental screen. Each projection of holographic images is like a screen output from a computer screen, and the animation of the images occurs over a sequence of screen outputs that arise in the flow of energy. The flow of energy is a necessary condition for the generation of the movie-in-the-mind, since the observer’s holographic screen only arises as a bounding surface of space when the observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, which requires the expenditure of energy. Holographic projection and animation of images must always occur together. Just like the projection and animation of a movie on a computer screen, the animated images are always projected to an observer outside the screen. The observer is only a presence of perceiving consciousness at the central point of view of the bounded region of space that is bounded by the observer’s holographic screen. The whole observation process can only begin when energy is expended and the observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference. If this does not happen, there is no observation of anything. The state in which no energy is expended is the state of a freely falling observer, within which there is no acceleration and no bounding surface of space. If energy is not expended, there is no movie-in-the-mind, and nothing is observed. If nothing is observed, there is no reason for an observer to be present.

Unlimited Brahmanic Consciousness and Limited Atmanic Consciousness

This brings us back to the original part of the argument about the need to broaden our concept of consciousness. It was argued that the void of nothingness or true vacuum state that gives rise to the creation of the physical universe in the first place is also the primordial nature or source of the observer’s perceiving consciousness that perceives everything in that world. The observer’s perceiving consciousness cannot arise from a brain inside a body, since a body is just another perceivable thing in that world, which is no more real than a holographic image projected from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. The source of the observer’s perceiving consciousness must be the very same void of nothingness that gives rise to the creation of the observer’s perceivable world. This void of nothingness is unlimited, and for lack of a better description can be called unlimited Brahmanic consciousness. In some inexplicable way, this nothingness is also infinite oneness. The void is the primordial or ultimate nature of existence. Unlimited existence is always an undifferentiated or formless existence. On the other hand, the observer’s perceiving consciousness and its holographically-generated perceivable world of forms is a limited kind of existence that arises with the limitation of consciousness to a bounded region of space. Limited existence is always a differentiated existence that inherently arises with a world of forms. This limited existence is like a virtual reality, since it consists of nothing more than the forms of holographic images projected from a screen. Only the perceiving consciousness of the observer has an ultimate reality, which is the ultimate and formless reality of the void. The virtual reality of a holographic world of forms is a lesser kind of reality. Again, for lack of a better description, this limited and differentiated state of existence can be called limited Atmanic consciousness. The limited and differentiated state of existence of the perceiving consciousness of an observer and its holographically-generated perceivable world of forms is the only possible logically consistent scientific solution of the mind-body problem that can also explain the nature of the movie-in-the-mind. Everything really is all in the mind. The mind is a mental screen that is an observation-limiting bounding surface of space that acts as a holographic screen. Without a mind, there is only the formless, infinite oneness or emptiness of nothingness, and yet this formless emptiness has the unlimited potential to holographically create a limited observable world of forms and perceive that world from the limited perspective of the central point of view of that world.

The observer’s holographically-generated mind is like a virtual reality dream-state that casts a hypnotic spell over the observer. The observer identifies itself with the form of its character in the dream-state like an observer out in an audience identifying itself with the animated form of the central character in a movie it’s watching. This hypnotic spell of self-identification can only occur because the observer really feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of its character. Plato referred to an observer that emotionally identifies itself with its character as a prisoner.

The awakening process can only go forward through a self-destructive process of ego-death that Freud called the death-instinct. All expressions of self-destructiveness, whether suicidal with the destruction of one’s own body, or homicidal with the destruction of other bodies, arise from consciousness seeing the lie of consciousness falsely identifying itself with the central character of the virtual reality movie it’s watching as images of that movie are projected from a holographic mental screen to the central point of view of consciousness in the audience outside the screen. Expressions of self-defensiveness arise when consciousness believes the lie of self-identification and feels compelled to defend the survival of its character in the movie it’s watching as though its existence depends on it, while expressions of self-destructiveness arise when consciousness sees the lie as a lie, which results in hatred of the lie that fuels self-destructive expressions. One cannot free oneself from the emotional bondage of believing the lie with physical body death, since the body is just another image projected from the mental screen. What is necessary is ego-death, since the ego is at the root of the lie of self-identification as emotionally energized self-concepts are constructed in the mind and projected from the mental screen to one’s point of view. One only believes the lie of self-identification because one really feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of one’s body as one perceives the emotional energy that animates body-based self-concepts. The only way one can stop believing the lie and free oneself from the emotional bondage of self-identification while the body still lives is through a process of ego-death.

In psychoanalytic theory, the mentally-constructed self-concept is understood to arise within a dynamic relationship of mental imagination as a mentally-constructed body-based self-image is emotionally related to the mentally-constructed image of some other thing that appears in the world one perceives. The theory of mental construction of self-concepts is called object relations. All the psychological problems and conflicts of the personality are inherent in the mental construction of the self-concept. For example, the self-concept can come into conflict with itself, as the self-image at one moment of time can come into emotional conflict with the memory of the self-image from another moment of time. The purpose of psychoanalysis is to resolve emotional conflicts. The way conflicts are resolved is very interesting. Psychoanalytic theory assumes there is an observing ego that observes the mentally-constructed self-concept. There is no good explanation for the nature of the observing ego or where it comes from, only that everybody has one. It is the observing ego that becomes aware of the emotional conflicts inherent in the mental construction of the self-concept. As the observing ego becomes aware of emotional conflicts, it sees them as immature, like a baby that wants to control its mother to force her to satisfy its desires. It also sees them as futile, since nothing can ever really be controlled. It also comes to see all self-concepts as false beliefs, since the observing ego itself can never be any mentally-constructed self-concept it can observe. Once the immaturity, futility and inherent falseness of all self-concepts and the emotional conflicts that arise in them with the desire to control things is seen, the observing ego becomes willing to give up its desire to control things. The observing ego becomes willing to emotionally detach itself from things and sees things with a sense of distance from them. With emotional detachment, there is willingness to let go and relinquish the desire to control things. There is a sense of resignation as the observing ego becomes willing to allow things to play out in the normal way without any desire to control things or interfere with the normal flow of things. A sense of trust develops as one sees that things tend to play out for the best if one does not interfere with the normal flow of things in an emotionally-biased way. The desire to control, interfere or defend oneself in a personally-biased way can only create an emotional disturbance and make things worse. This willingness of the observing ego to detach itself from things, let go and give up the desire to control things is understood as a maturation or growing-up process that in psychoanalytic theory is called integration.

When the holographic principle is understood in the context of dark energy, which is the primordial energy that creates the universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event, the answers to the questions raised in this discussion of consciousness become very clear as long as we are clear about the unlimited primordial nature of consciousness. The important distinction is between unlimited Brahmanic consciousness, which is the nature of the formless void of undifferentiated infinite nothingness that exists prior to the creation of a limited world of forms but has unlimited potential to create limited worlds of forms, and limited Atmanic consciousness, which is the nature of an observer and its observable world. What limits Atmanic consciousness is a bounding surface of space that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference as energy is expended and acts as a limiting holographic screen that projects all images of the observer’s world to the observer’s limited central point of view of that world. This limiting holographic screen is really a mental screen, which is the nature of the movie-in-the-mind the observer observes. The mental screen projects all external sensory images of the observer’s world, like sight and sound, and all internal mental images, like thoughts and memories, to the observer’s central point of view. As quantum theory tells us, the observer must be present to observe these images, since that is the only way an unobserved quantum state of potentiality can become an observed state of actuality. The mental screen is what limits the observations of the observer’s consciousness. Without that limitation, consciousness becomes unlimited, which must ultimately occur when energy is no longer expended, the observer’s accelerated frame of reference comes to an end, the mental screen is no longer holographically constructed on an observation-limiting bounding surface of space, and the observer’s world and mind disappear from existence. When the observer is no longer present for its world and mind and its world and mind disappear from existence, the observer’s limited consciousness can only return to and reunite itself with unlimited consciousness. It is then possible to say in a scientific way as Shankara stated long ago: Ultimately there is no difference between Atman and Brahman.

Postscript: On the Nature of Delusion

Delusion is defined as a false belief that one believes about oneself. The delusion at the heart of individual existence is the false belief that one exists as an individual self. This is the false belief that an individual presence of consciousness believes about itself that it exists as an individual self, which only becomes further emotionally amplified and distorted when it believes that it is a personal self in a world that it perceives. That personal self is only like the central character of an emotionally energized movie the presence of consciousness is watching as animated images of the movie are projected from a mental screen to its central point of view. The false belief the presence of consciousness believes about itself that it is a personal self becomes emotionally reinforced as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through the self-replicating form of the person that makes it feel like it is self-limited to that emotionally animated form, and leads it to falsely or emotionally identify itself with the form of the person and feel compelled to defend the survival of that form as though its existence depends on it. The delusion of personal self-identification is only perpetuated because the presence of consciousness focuses its attention on defending the survival of that self-replicating form in an emotionally or personally biased way as though its existence depends on it. In reality, the existence of the presence of consciousness depends on nothing that appears to happen in the world it perceives anymore than the existence of an observer out in a audience depends on what appears to happen in a movie it is watching or in a virtual reality game that it is playing. In reality, the existence or spiritual being of the presence of consciousness depends on nothing that it perceives in its world, which is only a virtual reality.

The nugget at the core of delusion is the individual sense of being present, the sense of I Am-ness, the sense of being an individual self, which is the spiritual being of the Atmanic presence of consciousness that is called the Self. Only this individual self-consciousness can believe the false beliefs of a personal self its mind tells it about itself with the mental creation of the story of a character-based personal self. These false beliefs are all mental concepts of an individual personal identity, but like everything perceived in a virtual reality or a movie are no more real than emotionally energized images projected from a mental screen to the point of view of a presence of consciousness. These are false beliefs the presence of consciousness believes about itself, which can only have power over the presence of consciousness if they’re believed, and only the presence of consciousness with its own individual sense of being present can believe them. The power these false beliefs have over the presence of consciousness is to make it emotionally identify itself with a false personal self-concept and focus its attention in an emotionally biased way on defending the survival of that personal form as though its existence depends on it. The willingness the presence of consciousness has to believe these false beliefs about itself can only arise from its own sense of being an individual self, which is at the core of delusion.

In reality, the individual sense of being present or self-ness is only differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness as the false beliefs the presence of consciousness believes about itself are mentally created. Only the presence of consciousness can create these false beliefs for itself as it focuses its attention on them, which is the same as shining its own light of consciousness on its mental screen and projecting the mental images of the story of a personal self back to itself. This story of a personal self can come to an end at any moment the presence of consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from the story, thereby withdrawing its investment of emotional energy that is needed to project and animate the mental images, but without that animating emotional energy its entire world would disappear from existence and nothing would remain. When everything disappears from existence, including the story of a personal self, the only thing that remains is the undifferentiated nothingness from which the individual presence of consciousness is differentiated. Even that individual consciousness must ultimately dissolve back into its source of undifferentiated consciousness. Ultimately, all that exists is undifferentiated consciousness. Undifferentiated existence can only know itself as the unlimited nothingness or emptiness that it really is, which is the concept of No-self. To say I Am That is the same as saying I Am that unlimited nothingness, which is to say I Am Not. I Am Not, only the unlimited nothingness of No-self Is, and yet that is what I Am.

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What is Consciousness aka Who Am I?

The only true thing anyone can say about consciousness is that it exists. It is the true nature of what I Am and everything is. Any attempt to describe or explain it is not true. Nothing else can be stated about the true nature of its existence except that it exists. Things that apparently exist as perceived by consciousness only exist in the sense of what appears in a dream as the dreamer dreams and perceives the dream. It is possible to say that in its ultimate or primordial undifferentiated and unlimited state consciousness exists as void or nothingness, but this is only a statement of negation that only tells us what consciousness isn’t and tells us nothing about what it really is.

There is only one consciousness but there are many different points of view within that one consciousness, each of which perceives its own mind and its own world on its own mental screen. Modern physics tells us the mental screen is a holographic screen that arises as a bounding surface of space or event horizon in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference as energy is expended, limits the observer’s observations of things in space, and encodes bits of information. The observer is only a point of view of consciousness that arises in relation to the screen. Everything the observer can observe within the bounded space, even the space-time geometry of that bounded space, is a holographic projection from the screen to the observer’s point of view, and arises as a configuration state of information defined on the screen. Even the laws of physics that apparently determine what appears to happen in the observer’s world arise with the holographic screen. Everything spontaneously emerges in the flow of energy, but all of it arises from the one consciousness.

Consciousness has nothing to do with biology or complexity, but thinking does. Consciousness is not a thinker, but the mind is. The mind is a mental screen, which is a bounding surface of space that encodes bits of information. The mind is a holographic screen that encodes bits of information and upon which information spontaneously becomes organized into complex forms as energy flows. The mind is the thinker, but consciousness is only the observer and the knower, the mind’s eye that observes and knows about those complex forms of information, like an observer out in an audience that observes the images of a movie projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen. Thoughts are only like the narration of the movie.

The narration of the movie is always given by the central character of the movie and is always self-referential. Consciousness only mistakenly or emotionally identifies itself with the central character of the movie it’s watching due to the emotionally energized self-referential thoughts it perceives that make consciousness feel emotionally self-limited to the self-replicating form of its character as it perceives the flow of animating emotional energy through that self-replicating form. Due to its self-identification, consciousness feels compelled to defend that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it. In reality, the existence of consciousness depends on nothing it perceives in the movie it’s watching. In reality, the apparent existence of the form of its character, like the apparent existence of everything else it perceives in the movie, depends on the independent existence of consciousness. In reality, the movie can only become created if consciousness focuses its attention on the movie, which is how it invests its animating emotional energy in the movie. Self-identification is like a hypnotic spell consciousness casts upon itself as it identifies itself with its character, and from which it must awaken to know its true nature.

One can only awaken if one sees the lie of one’s self-identification with one’s character as a lie, which is a false belief one believes about oneself, and if one stops believing it, loses interest in it, withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from it, stops emotionally animating it with one’s investment of emotional energy in it, and allows the lie to die away. Ego-death, which is the death of the lie of one’s self-identification with one’s character in the movie, is the only way one can shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness.

The fundamental mistake that everyone makes who is looking for a scientific explanation for the nature of consciousness is to assume the world has some kind of independent existence and that the phenomena of consciousness is dependent on the world for coming into some kind of transient existence. This is flat out wrong. Only consciousness has independent existence. The transitory or temporal existence of the world is dependent on consciousness for coming into an apparent existence. This is the essential lesson of quantum theory. The world only exists in a quantum state of potentiality until observed. Only at the moment of observation, which is always now, can the world come into an actual or apparent state of existence. That apparent state of existence is observed by an observer, which fundamentally is a presence of consciousness, and the observer must be present now to observe the world. Being present means the observer must focus the attention of its consciousness on the world. Not only does the form of the world come into an apparent existence, but the flow of energy that animates the world also comes into an apparent existence. Both the form of things and the flow of energy through those things are inherent in the quantum state of potentiality. The form of things is like a position variable and the flow of energy is like a momentum variable, which are non-commuting variables of the quantum state. These canonical variables are how the quantum state is defined.

In terms of the holographic principle, which is a more fundamental description of the world than a point particle description of the world in which particles are characterized by non-commuting position and momentum variables, the fundamental variables are non-commuting position coordinates on a bounding surface of space. The bounding surface of space arises as an event horizon whenever the observer is in an accelerated frame of reference, as with the expenditure of dark energy that gives rise to the accelerated expansion of space. The non-commuting position coordinates on the bounding surface, which define a quantized space-time geometry, define the quantum state of the observer’s world. Each non-commuting position coordinate acts like a pixel that encodes a bit of information. The apparent existence of the observer’s world, which can only come into an actual state of existence as the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an actual observable state, is always a holographic projection of forms of information from the bounding surface of space that acts as a holographic screen to the observer’s point of view. This is just like a screen output from a computer screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. The observer observes the forms of things with each screen output, and over a sequence of screen outputs also observes the flow of energy that animates those forms. This is really no different than an observer watching the animated images of a movie projected from a computer screen, except the experience is more like a virtual reality since the observer always observes things through the organs of sensory perception of its character in the movie and also perceives the animating flow of energy through the animated form of its character.

The key point is the quantum state of the observer’s world can only come into an apparent state of existence if the observer is present to observe it, since that is how the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an actual observable state. The observer is always present now. Being present now means the observer focuses the attention of its consciousness on its world. The observer’s focus of attention on the life of its character in its world is what creates the hypnotic spell of self-identification with its character. The observer feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through the form of its character, which causes the observer to identify itself with the form of its character. That feeling of self-limitation is also what compels the observer to defend the survival of the self-replicating animated form of its character as though its existence depends on it. The hypnotic spell is only perpetuated since the observer’s focus of attention is emotionally biased to defend its character, which leads to the expression of more biased self-defensive emotions. The quantum state of potentiality includes the possibility of expressing personally biased emotions, and personal bias in the observer’s focus of attention leads to their expression. The more personally biased emotions that become expressed, the more self-limited the observer feels to the animated form of its character, and the hypnotic spell of self-identification is perpetuated.

Breaking the hypnotic spell always requires a refusal to express self-defensive emotions, which requires a shift in the observer’s focus of attention away from this state of emotional bias to an unbiased state. In religion, this is called surrender to divine will, which is inherently unbiased. All spiritual experiences are really nothing more than the observer experiencing the true nature of what it is, which is nothing but consciousness itself. The observer has to shift the focus of its attention away from the life of its character in its world and onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness to know what it really is.

In reality, only the consciousness of the observer has an independent existence. The apparent existence of the observer’s world depends on the observer focusing its attention on the life of its character in its world. If the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world and is no longer present for its world, the quantum state of potentiality for that world remains in an unobserved state of potentiality and is not reduced to an actual observable state. Without the observer’s focus of attention on its world, its world is not observed. If the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, its apparent world disappears from existence from its own point of view. The observer’s world only appears to come into existence from its own point of view when it focuses its attention on it and it disappears from existence when the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from it. The appearance and disappearance of the observer’s world always occurs from its own point of view, since its world is always defined on a holographic screen that arises as a bounding surface of space as energy is expended in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. Every observer has its own holographic screen, but to observe its world the observer must be present for its world and focus its attention on it.

The disappearance of the observer’s world from its own point of view occurs each night when it withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world and its character appears to fall into a deep sleep from the point of view of other observers. We mistakenly say that we become unconscious in deep sleep, but the truth is we remain conscious in deep sleep because we are consciousness itself. Only one’s world disappears from existence in deep sleep when one no longer focuses one’s attention on it and is no longer present for it. One is still aware in deep sleep, but one is aware of nothing. This is the critically important distinction between what has independent existence and what doesn’t.

If we assume the world has independent existence and consciousness is dependent on the world for coming into some kind of transitory existence, then one must lose consciousness or become unconscious in deep sleep when one is aware of nothing. This is a wrong assumption. If consciousness has independent existence, then the world must disappear from existence when one is no longer present for it and no longer focuses one’s attention on it. It is possible to confirm this important distinction for oneself and confirm which of these possibilities is correct. It is possible to confirm for oneself that one still exists when everything in one’s world disappears from existence. The only real difference between deep sleep and awakening from the hypnotic spell of identifying oneself with one’s character in one’s world is the ability to bring oneself into focus and shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness. If one focuses one’s attention on one’s own existence as a presence of consciousness and remains aware of being present while one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and as one’s world disappears, then one can finally break the hypnotic spell of self-identification and know the true nature of what one really is.

This kind of awakening from delusion is called spiritual enlightenment.

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Scientific References

Raphael Bousso (2002): The Holographic Principle. arXiv:hep-th/0203101
Amanda Gefter (2014): Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn (Random House)
Brian Greene (2000): The Elegant Universe (Vintage Books)
Gerard ‘t Hooft (2000): The Holographic Principle. arXiv:hep-th/0003004
Ted Jacobson (1995): Thermodynamics of Space-time. arXiv:gr-qc/9504004
J Madore (1999): Non-commutative Geometry for Pedestrians. arXiv:gr-qc/9906059
Roger Penrose (2005): The Road to Reality (Alfred A Knopf)
Lee Smolin (2001): Three Roads to Quantum Gravity (Basic Books)
Leonard Susskind (2008): The Black Hole War (Little, Brown and Company)
Leonard Susskind (1994): The World as a Hologram. arXiv:hep-th/9409089
A. Zee (2003): Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell (Princeton University Press)

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Consciousness Creates Reality

One of the great unsolved problems in science is a scientific explanation that would allow us to understand the nature of consciousness. Many attempts have been made, but all have failed badly. In face of this exercise in futility, most neuroscientists have reluctantly concluded that consciousness must be an illusion created in a biological brain that gives rise to a mind. Neuroscientists accept the physical reality of a world in which a biological organism with a brain emerges that is capable of generating this illusion of consciousness as an aspect of mind. They imagine consciousness as the illusion of an observer watching the movie-in-the-mind created inside a biological brain, as that movie-in-the-mind not only displays all sensory images of the external physical world but also all internal mental images like thoughts and memories. For neuroscientists, the physical world is real, the physical brain is real, and even the movie-in-the-mind generated by the brain is real, but the observer watching the movie as displayed on a mental screen is an illusion of the mind.

Movie-in-the-Mind

The situation in the physical sciences is not much better. For most physicists, the physical world with its matter, energy, elementary particles, and space-time geometry is the only reality they recognize as being real. They also accept that somehow a living biological organism with a brain emerges in this physical reality and somehow that brain generates a mind that includes the consciousness of an observer, but they really have no good idea how this happens. Unlike neuroscientists, the physicists have a few dilemmas that arise from the mathematical consistency, or lack thereof, of their theories. Although not well known, all conceptual progress in physics results from the resolution of paradoxes in the mathematical structure of physics.

Paradox

The first dilemma is all theories of the creation of the physical universe along the lines of the big bang event assume that there must be a state of existence that is prior to the creation of the world. For lack of a better description, this primordial state of reality is called the void or true vacuum state, which is only understood as a state of infinite, undifferentiated nothingness, like a state of pure empty space. The second dilemma is quantum theory tells physicists that all states of matter and energy, even the state of the entire physical universe with its space-time geometry, only exist in a quantum state of potentiality until measured or observed, at which moment of observation those states of potentiality come into an actual observable state of existence, and so it would seem that an observer would need to be present at that moment of observation to make the measurement. At this point in the argument many theoretical physicists begin to mumble some mumbo-jumbo about how there must be something called quantum consciousness that is necessary to reduce the quantum state of potentiality to an actual observable state as the measurement is made. The third dilemma physicists face is the entire mathematical formalism of relativity theory, which describes the space-time geometry of the physical universe, is based on the principle of equivalence, which inherently relates differing observations of different observers in different accelerated frames of reference. The mathematical consistency of relativity theory is fundamentally based on the idea that the observer is only a point of view located at the origin or central point of view of a coordinate system that defines an accelerated frame of reference. Just as quantum theory seems to require an observer to be present to make observations that reduce a quantum state of potentiality to an actual observable state, relativity theory also seems to require an observer to be present to make observations in differing accelerated frames of reference.

Universal Observer

These scientific dilemmas all come down to an assumption about the nature of consciousness. The conventional scientific assumption is that consciousness arises in a brain inside the body of a person that exists inside the physical universe. The problem with this assumption is it makes any possible scientific explanation of consciousness logically inconsistent if the nature of consciousness is itself what understands the scientific explanation of consciousness. This kind of assumption is a logical error in the sense of a paradox of self-reference. No scientific formalism that includes paradoxes of self-reference can be logically consistent. The assumption that consciousness can understand the scientific explanation of consciousness is a mistaken assumption. If consciousness creates reality, what creates consciousness? If everything in existence is created from consciousness, where does consciousness come from? The only possible answer is nothing creates consciousness. The ultimate nature of consciousness in-and-of itself must be uncreated. Any possible scientific explanation about the nature of consciousness we can imagine would have to be part of the reality that consciousness creates, which is logically impossible in the sense of a paradox of self-reference. The only correct assumption we can make about the existence of consciousness is that it is uncreated.

The fundamental reason neither neuroscience nor physics can explain consciousness is that we would need to understand such an explanation of consciousness. The big question is who would understand such a scientific explanation of consciousness? The only possible answer is our own consciousness would understand the scientific explanation of consciousness. That is logically impossible. The assumption a scientific explanation is possible is a logical error. This assumption is an example of a paradox of self-reference that would make the logical formalism of the science the explanation is based upon logically inconsistent.

What are we to make of all this confusion? The answer is all we have to do is turn the ideas of neuroscience inside-out, turn around, and see things from the perspective of the other-way-around. The first point is that consciousness does indeed exist and is not an illusion, but consciousness in-an-of itself is not part of the reality it creates. Consciousness is the ultimate nature of reality. It is possible to say consciousness creates reality, but the created reality of a physical world or a mind consciousness observes is a lesser form of reality, like a virtual reality. In some sense, only uncreated consciousness is really real, while the created reality of a physical world or mind is the real illusion, like the images of a virtual reality projected from a computer screen to an observer outside the screen. It is the projected sensory images of the external physical world and the internal images of mental imagination, the movie-in-the-mind, that are the illusion, which are no more real than the images of a virtual reality projected from a computer screen, while only the consciousness of the observer outside the screen has an ultimate reality.

Explaining how consciousness creates reality is not all that difficult once some basic concepts of quantum gravity are understood. Although quantum gravity sounds like an arcane topic for discussion, it’s fairly easy to understand intuitively without the use of much mathematics, since it’s all based on geometric concepts that can be understood intuitively. There’s something about geometry that’s fundamental to our existence as sentient beings, which allows for an intuitive understanding of geometric concepts. The basic outline of the explanation can be found in the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, as she surveys the landscape of modern physics and makes sense of recent discoveries in physics and cosmology.

The explanation can also be found in the concepts Nisargadatta Maharaj used to explain the true nature of reality in I Am That. For Nisargadatta this was not really an explanation, since he directly experienced the true nature of reality by breaking free of the emotional bonds of ignorance, and only described what he directly experienced. Throughout this essay essential quotes from Nisargadatta and other truth-realized or enlightened beings will be included to illuminate the basic concepts. Anyone who is open to these ideas will find it mind-blowing that the concepts of modern physics and cosmology are so closely correlated with the testimony of enlightened beings.

First Principle: Consciousness Exists

To say that consciousness exists is really the same as to say I Am. Everyone intuitively knows that they exist, but as what do they exist? If we understand the world as a virtual reality, like the images projected from a computer screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen, then to say that one exists as a person in the world is not true, since the observable form of the person is only another image of something in that world projected from the screen. It is much more accurate to say that one exists as the consciousness of the observer present at the point of view outside the screen to which the observable images of that person are projected.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The problem is the consciousness of the observer present at a point of view that arises in relation to a screen that projects the images of all things in an observable world cannot be the ultimate nature of reality or existence. There must be a source from which both the screen and the consciousness of the observer arise. The big scientific clue we have is that all theories of the creation of the physical universe along the lines of the big bang event tell us the world is created from a more fundamental state of existence called the void or true vacuum state, which can only be described in negative terms as unlimited, undifferentiated nothingness, or as an empty space of potentiality. The true vacuum state must have the potential to create the physical universe in a big bang event, but also must have the potential to give rise to the consciousness of the observer that observes images of that observable world, as images of that world are projected from a screen to the point of view at which the consciousness of the observer arises.

Universal Consciousness

This fundamentally tells us that consciousness in its ultimate or undifferentiated primordial state can only be described in negative terms as nothingness or an empty space of potentiality. This void of nothingness is the true vacuum state from which the physical universe arises. There is only confusion about this point because the consciousness of an observer that observes a world always arises at a limited point of view as that world is created. Consciousness always exists at a limited point of view whenever a world is created. Prior to the creation of that world, consciousness exists as an unlimited empty space of potentiality. Limitation of consciousness to a point of view inherently reflects the limited way in which a world is created. Without that limitation, consciousness is unlimited. Limited existence is inherently differentiated, while unlimited existence is undifferentiated.

Unlimited Brahmanic Consciousness and Limited Atmanic Consciousness

Second Principle: Energy is an Expression of Consciousness

Energy as expressed in the world is always an expression of consciousness. Consciousness at rest expresses no energy. Consciousness in motion expresses energy. Although this seems odd to say, this is exactly what relativity theory is telling us with the principle of equivalence. An observer in an accelerated frame of reference expresses energy. Relativity theory tells us that the exertion of every force, like gravity, is equivalent to an accelerated frame of reference. The exertion of a force always implies the expenditure of energy, like a rocket-ship that must expend energy through the force of its thrusters as it accelerates through space. The force of gravity is always equivalent to an observer in an accelerating frame of reference, which requires the expenditure of energy.

Principle of Equivalence

An observer in an accelerated frame of reference is consciousness in motion. An accelerated observer always experiences a force, which requires the expenditure of energy. The alternative is consciousness at rest, within which state the observer experiences no acceleration or force and expends no energy. In relativity theory, this state in which the observer experiences no force or acceleration is understood as an observer in a freely falling frame of reference. In relativity theory, an observer is understood to be located at the central point of view of a frame of reference or the origin of a coordinate system. From the observer’s own perspective, the observer does not move through space since its space is defined in its own coordinate system, but if that frame of reference is accelerated, the observer will experience a force, which implies the expenditure of energy. From the perspective of another observer in another frame of reference, the accelerating observer appears to follow an accelerated world-line through the space-time geometry of the other observer. The accelerating observer’s observations in space are always limited by an event horizon, which is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space. Since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light and even a light ray cannot cross the observer’s event horizon and reach the accelerating observer’s point of view, nothing is observable beyond the observer’s horizon. If the observer stops its acceleration and enters into a freely falling frame of reference, which implies energy is no longer expended, the observer’s horizon apparently disappears and the observer’s observations in space are no longer limited.

Accelerating Observer’s Horizon

The remarkable recent discovery of cosmology is dark energy, which is the energy that creates the physical universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event. All theories of the big bang assume dark energy, which is the energy that puts the bang in the big bang event. Dark energy is understood in relativity theory as the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer, which is literally the central point of singularity of the big bang event. Not only is dark energy an essential ingredient in all theories of the big bang, but dark energy is also measurable at the present time in terms of the rate with which distant galaxies are observed to accelerate away from us. Dark energy gives rise to the accelerated expansion of space where space appears to expand away from the central point of view of the observer at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

The accelerated expansion of space always appears to expand relative to the central point of view of an observer, faster the farther out the observer looks into space. At some point, space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light, and due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, which is to say nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, nothing is observable beyond that point. This limitation in observation defines a cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer’s central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. The observer’s cosmic horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space. This is the nature of the limitation that defines the observer’s world, since nothing is observable to the observer beyond the observer’s cosmic horizon.

Cosmic Horizon

The current measured value of dark energy in the physical universe is consistent with the size of the observable universe, which is about 15 billion light years. All theories of the big bang event assume the value of dark energy at the time of the big bang was much greater than its current value, and some kind of transition from a larger to a smaller value of dark energy took place as the physical universe evolved over the course of time. As this transition took place, the cosmic horizon inflated in size and the observable universe cooled in temperature.

Accelerating Universe

Third Principle: Information is a Consequence of the Expression of Energy

Information as encoded in the world is a direct consequence of the expression of energy by consciousness. The accelerated expansion of space that occurs as dark energy is expressed always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer, which is the central point of singularity of the big bang event. Due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, a cosmic horizon or bounding surface of space surrounds the observer’s central point of view and limits the observer’s observations of things within that bounded space. If non-commutative geometry is applied to the bounding surface as a way to specify a finite number n of quantized position coordinates on the surface, those position coordinates are no longer infinitesimal points but are smeared out into area elements like pixels on a computer screen that encode n bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. This way of encoding bits of information or entropy on a bounding surface of space is called the holographic principle.

Holographic Principle

The holographic principle is automatically in effect whenever non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space as a way to specify a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the surface. In quantum gravity, the pixel size is about a Planck area. The total number of encoded bits of information is given as n=(Horizon surface area)/4(Planck area) in terms of the surface area of the observer’s horizon. For any macroscopic bounded region of space, this is a huge number of bits of information since the Planck area is so incredibly small.

Horizon Information

How do we understand the physical universe in the context of an observer’s horizon and the holographic principle? The answer is shocking, but there is no other possible explanation. The observer’s horizon is understood to act as a holographic screen that projects images of the observer’s world to its central point of view, much like images projected from a computer screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. This is inherently an observer-centric view of the world, since every observer’s world is defined on its own holographic screen that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference as dark energy is expended. The projected images are the nature of imagination, which is the nature of the mind. Animation of images naturally arises in the flow of energy through the observer’s world, which is understood in the sense of the flow of heat. Organization of images into distinct forms that self-replicate their forms can be understood as due to bits of information tending to align together due to the entanglement of information, which is a natural consequence of the holographic encoding of bits of information, while disorganization of forms can be understood as the effect of the increase in entropy that arises as heat flows in a thermal gradient. The laws of physics are understood to emerge in the world as thermal averages or thermodynamic equations of state due to the way bits of information are encoded on a holographic screen and the absolute temperature of that bounding surface of space. The laws of physics are not encoded in reality, but spontaneously emerge in the world that is holographically defined within that bounded region of space as energy flows through that world, like everything else the observer can observe in its world.

Horizon Entropy

Why is the holographic principle the fundamental information building block of the physical universe? The answer is the logical consistency of the laws of physics when relativity theory is unified with quantum theory. This logical consistency is best demonstrated by the information loss paradox of a black hole. The holographic principle was first proposed by ‘t Hooft and Susskind as a way to unify relativity theory with quantum theory and explain the quantization of space-time geometry or the quantum gravity of a black hole in terms of how entropy or bits of information are encoded on the event horizon of a black hole. They discovered information or entropy is not encoded inside the black hole, but rather on the bounding surface of the event horizon, much like bits of information are encoded on the pixels of a computer screen.

Black Hole Entropy

The basic problem is that as observed by an accelerated observer outside the black hole, the black hole event horizon appears to have a temperature and radiate away into space a kind of thermal radiation called Hawking radiation. The holographic principle makes sense of Hawking radiation from the surface of the event horizon and resolves the paradox of information loss as the black hole appears to radiate away Hawking radiation and evaporate away into nothing. Nothing can escape from inside a black hole because the force of gravity is so strong at the event horizon that even light cannot escape. If the information for all the things that fell into the black hole were encoded inside the event horizon of the black hole, information would forever be trapped inside the black hole and could not escape away as Hawking radiation is radiated away from the event horizon, and so we have the information loss paradox.

Black Hole Horizon

What happens to all the bits of information for all the things that apparently fell into the black hole as the black hole appears to evaporate away into nothing? Where does all the information go? The answer is strange, but it is the only possible answer. In quantum gravity, we can only really speak about whatever any particular observer observes in any particular frame of reference. Comparing the differing observations of different observers in different frames of reference is strictly forbidden. The information loss paradox only arises when we try to compare the differing observations of an accelerated observer outside the black hole with a freely falling observer that falls into the black hole, and that kind of comparison is not permitted in quantum gravity. From the point of view of the accelerated observer outside the black hole, nothing ever really fell into the black hole in the first place, since gravitational time dilation at the surface of the event horizon is infinite, and it would take an infinite amount of time for anything to cross the event horizon from that accelerated perspective. From the perspective of the freely falling observer, things quickly cross the event horizon and fall into the black hole. Which perspective is correct? The answer is both perspectives are equally valid, but it is not permitted to compare them in quantum gravity, since the accelerated external observer can never communicate about its observations with a freely falling observer that crosses the event horizon.

Penrose Diagram

In quantum field theory, Hawking radiation as observed by an accelerated external observer is understood to arise as entangled virtual particle-antiparticle pairs that become separated at the event horizon. Through the mathematics of the event horizon, this separation turns separated virtual particles into observable particles that can be observed by the external observer. From the perspective of the external observer, the event horizon appears to have a temperature and radiate away the thermal radiation of Hawking radiation. The temperature of the event horizon implies thermal energy, which is randomized kinetic energy. What gives rise to this temperature or thermal energy? The answer is the apparent thermal energy of the event horizon arises from the energy expended in the external observer’s accelerated frame of reference, within which the event horizon appears to have a temperature. This only appears to happen from the external observer’s accelerated perspective. If that temperature is hotter than the temperature of the surrounding space, the black hole appears to radiate away thermal radiation into space and evaporates away into nothing, but what happens to all the bits of information for all the things that apparently fell into the black hole from the perspective of a freely falling observer? The holographic principle resolves the information loss paradox, since from the perspective of the accelerated external observer, all the bits of information are not encoded inside the black hole, but on the event horizon, and so all the information escapes away from the black hole with the Hawking radiation as the black hole evaporates away.

Hawking Radiation

The event horizon of a black hole is a bounding surface in space where from the perspective of an accelerated external observer the force of gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape from inside the black hole and reach the accelerated point of view of the external observer. Instead, the accelerated external observer observes the event horizon to radiate away Hawking radiation as a kind of thermal radiation. The information loss paradox fundamentally arises because from the perspective of a freely falling observer that falls through the event horizon, there is no force of gravity, the horizon is only an imaginary surface in space, and there is no Hawking radiation. The freely falling observer observes none of it. Which perspective is correct? The principle of equivalence says both perspectives are equally valid, but it is not permitted to compare them in quantum gravity. Due to the nature of the event horizon that limits the external observer’s observations of things in space, these apparently contradictory observations are mutually exclusive and cannot be compared. Only the holographic principle can resolve this paradox and make sense of these apparently contradictory observations, since it tells us all the bits of information for whatever the external accelerated observer can observe are encoded on the horizon, which acts as a holographic screen that projects observable images to the external observer’s point of view much like a computer screen projects images to an external observer.

Soon after proposed, string theory in anti-de Sitter space was explicitly shown to demonstrate the holographic principle. Anti-de Sitter space arises from Einstein’s theory of general relativity with a negative cosmological constant. String theory demonstrates the encoding of entropy on an anti-de Sitter event horizon is much like the encoding of entropy on a black hole horizon, and is equivalent to a theory of quantum gravity in the space bounded by the anti-de Sitter horizon. In other words, gravity in the bounded space is equivalent to entropy on the bounding surface of that bounded space. The holographic principle explains that the way one gets from entropy to gravity is through holographic projection from the bounding surface into the bounded space, much like the images of a movie are projected from a movie screen to an observer out in the audience. Unfortunately, string theory cannot be formulated in de Sitter space, which is the kind of space that we find ourselves to be within inside the physical universe. De Sitter space arises from Einstein’s theory of general relativity with a positive cosmological constant, which is like a force of anti-gravity that causes the accelerated expansion of space relative to the central point of view of an observer. For various reasons this repulsive force is now called dark energy. String theory is not compatible with dark energy. The good news is that string theory is a special case of non-commutative geometry, which is compatible with dark energy. All geometry is compatible with non-commutative geometry, even fractal geometry. Penrose tiling is an example of fractal geometry that is also a non-commutative geometry.

Penrose Tiling

All geometries are special or limiting cases of non-commutative geometry. The holographic principle is automatically in effect whenever non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space as a way to specify quantized position coordinates on the bounding surface. The quantized position coordinates on the bounding surface act like Planck size pixels that encode bits of information. The expression of dark energy gives rise to an observer’s cosmic horizon or bounding surface of space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the observer’s horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. The holographic principle is perfectly consistent with our physical universe and its de Sitter space, except it tells us every observer has its own physical universe defined on its own observer-dependent cosmic horizon. This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world. This scientific argument has no logical flaws, paradoxes or inconsistencies.

The holographic principle tells us the observer’s horizon encodes all the bits of information for whatever it observes in its world. The observer’s horizon is a bounding surface of space that acts as a holographic screen that projects all the images of things in that world to the observer’s central point of view, which is a point of singularity. Those projected images are holographic and appear to arise within the bounded space of the observer’s world, but just like with a computer generated virtual reality, the projected images are defined by bits of information encoded on pixels on the screen, and in reality are only projected to the observer’s central point of view. A consensual reality shared by many observers located at different points of view in empty space becomes possible with information sharing among overlapping screens, like in a Venn diagram. This kind of information sharing among overlapping bounded spaces and bounding surfaces of space is much like that which occurs in a network of overlapping screens, like the internet.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces and Bounding Surfaces of Space

What about the laws of physics that apparently govern events in the observer’s world? Ted Jacobson has shown Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity that describes the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space, arise as thermal averages or thermodynamic equations of state from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface of that space and the absolute temperature of the bounding surface. The basic reason is the second law of thermodynamics, which is really not a law of physics but a statistical average about the random flow of thermal energy. As heat flows across a bounding surface of space, the second law tells us the entropy of the bounded space changes. The holographic principle then tells us the bounding surface must change, which tells us the geometry of the bounded space must change. Since the geometry of the bounded space is described by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describe how space-time geometry is projected from the bounding surface like a screen output to an observer outside the screen and animated over a sequence of screen outputs like the frames of a movie the observer is watching, the space-time geometry of the bounded space only arises as a thermal average from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface and the average thermal energy or temperature of the bounding surface.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

The second law of thermodynamics follows directly from the idea of the equal partition of energy. The basic idea is that any isolated system no matter how complex is composed of a finite number of independent degrees of freedom, and that at thermal equilibrium, each degree of freedom is characterized by the same amount of thermal energy, which is understood as randomized kinetic energy. The absolute temperature of the system is defined in terms of the thermal energy per degree of freedom as E=kT. The total amount of thermal energy in the system is then given in terms of the total number of degrees of freedom as Q=nkT. The entropy of the system is defined in terms of the number of degrees of freedom as S=kn, and so S=Q/T. At constant temperature, a change in the thermal energy of the system gives rise to a change in entropy as ΔS=ΔQ/T. These ideas were developed before the fundamental nature of the degrees of freedom were understood. In classical physics, the degrees of freedom are taken to be continuous variables, like a position coordinate in space. In quantum theory, the degrees of freedom are quantized in discrete units, like quantized energy levels. Quantum theory is based on the idea of some sort of fundamental particles that are characterized by non-commuting position and momentum variables. It has long been known that non-commuting position and momentum variables of particles cannot be the fundamental degrees of freedom of a unified theory of quantum gravity, for which the isolated system of interest is some bounded region of space, otherwise known as the observable universe. It was expected that these fundamental degrees of freedom would arise from quantized space-time geometry, but what was not expected was that space-time geometry is not quantized in some three dimensional region of space, but rather on the two dimensional bounding surface of that region of space. The holographic principle is a direct result of quantizing space-time geometry on a bounding surface of space, where the fundamental degrees of freedom are non-commuting position coordinates on the surface. Each non-commuting position coordinate on the surface acts like a pixel on a computer screen that encodes a bit of information. If n non-commuting position variables are defined on the surface, the fundamental degrees of freedom are n bits of information, which are quantized in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s like a spin variable that can only point up or down and acts like a computer switch that is either on or off. Non-commutative geometry gives a specific mathematical representation for the n degrees of freedom in terms of the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix, and specifies the total number of bits of information encoded on the bounding surface in terms of the surface area A as n=A/4ℓ2, where ℓ2=ћG/c3. The holographic principle also specifies the absolute temperature of the bounding surface as observed by a distant observer. For a spherical surface of radius R the absolute temperature is given as kT=ħc/2πR. The holographic principle gives specific mathematical representations for both entropy and temperature in terms of geometric concepts, but the quantized space-time geometry that specifies the fundamental degrees of freedom of any bounded region of space is not three dimensional space but rather the two dimensional bounding surface of that space.

Every observer in an accelerated frame of reference has an event horizon, which is a bounding surface of space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the event horizon as a way to specify a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. This quantization of position coordinates on the horizon is the essence of quantum gravity, which explains how quantum theory is unified with relativity theory. The observer’s horizon then acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the quantized bits of information for whatever the observer observes in its world, which are the observable images projected from the observer’s screen to its central point of view. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity, naturally arise from the quantization of position coordinates on the horizon and the absolute temperature of the horizon as thermal averages for whatever is observed in the bounded space, and describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the observer’s world. The space-time metric is a measure of the curvature of the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-Time Metric

When the usual unifying mechanisms of super-symmetry and the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space are applied to Einstein’s field equations, all the standard quantum fields of the standard model of particle physics naturally arise as extra components of the space-time metric, which describe the electromagnetic and nuclear forces along with all the fermion and boson particles of the standard model. An elementary particle is understood as the quantum of the field, such as a photon which is the quantum of the electromagnetic field. The quantum of the field arises as a quantized wave-packet of field energy and momentum.

Wave-Packet

The quantum fields of the electromagnetic and nuclear forces are understood to arise as extra components of the space-time metric through the unification mechanisms of super-symmetry and extra compactified dimensions of space, which can be understood through the mechanism of non-commutative geometry. These geometric mechanisms give rise to all the usual laws of physics, which are not really laws as they only have the validity of thermal averages.

Extra Compactified Dimensions of Space

The remarkable discovery of modern cosmology is observations indicate the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. This is possible in relativity theory as the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out the total amount of dark energy and all forms of positive energy arising from dark energy. The fact the total energy of the observable universe exactly adds up to zero tells us something important. Since everything in the world is composed of energy and all energy ultimately adds up to zero, this tells us that everything is ultimately nothing.

Yin-Yang Balance

How do we understand that everything is ultimately nothing? The answer is found in all theories of the big bang. All theories of the creation of the physical universe along the lines of the big bang assume the creative energy is dark energy, which is the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer, which is the point of singularity of the big bang. In some mysterious way, the nothingness of the true vacuum state, which is like an empty space of potentiality, gives rise to the accelerated expansion of space. The positive energy of this accelerated expansion of space, which we call dark energy, is always exactly cancelled out by the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction, and so it is as though nothing happened. Everything ultimately adds up to zero.

The law of balance rules supreme-Nisargadatta

Every action creates a reaction, which balances and neutralizes the action. There is a continuous cancelling out, and in the end it is as if nothing happened-Nisargadatta

If we take the big bang event seriously, we understand that at the moment of creation of the observable universe a great deal of dark energy is expended. That world is initially only about a Planck length in size, but then inflates in size due to an instability in the amount of dark energy. This instability in dark energy is like a process that burns away dark energy. The big bang hypothesizes that at the moment of creation dark energy takes on a maximal value, but due to an instability in the amount of dark energy, the value transitions to a lower value. This transition is like a phase transition from a metastable false vacuum state to a more stable vacuum state of lower energy. The most stable state, the true vacuum state, is a state with zero dark energy.

Meta-Stable State

The instability in dark energy is like a process that burns away dark energy. The expenditure of dark energy breaks the symmetry of empty space by constructing an observation limiting cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view, and the transition to a lower value undoes this broken symmetry. As dark energy burns away to zero, the cosmic horizon inflates in size to infinity and the symmetry is restored. We understand this undoing of symmetry breaking is like a phase transition from a false vacuum state to a true vacuum state. As the phase transition occurs, dark energy burns away and heat is radiated away. This idea is also consistent with the current measured value of dark energy, based on the rate with which distant galaxies are observed to accelerate away from us, which corresponds to the size of the observable universe of about 15 billion light years.

Accelerating Universe

This burning away of dark energy also explains the normal flow of energy in the observer’s world in terms of the second law of thermodynamics. Relativity theory tells us the radius, R, of the observer’s cosmic horizon is inversely related to the density of dark energy, while the holographic principle tells us the absolute temperature of the observer’s horizon is inversely related to its radius. At the moment of creation, R is about a Planck length and the absolute temperature is maximal. As dark energy burns away to zero, R inflates in size to infinity, and the temperature cools to absolute zero. The second law simply says that heat tends to flow from hotter to colder objects because hotter objects radiate away more heat as thermal radiation. The instability in dark energy explains the second law as dark energy burns away, the observer’s world inflates in size and cools in temperature, and heat tends to flow from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world. The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world reflects this normal flow of heat as dark energy burns away and the observer’s world inflates in size and cools. This normal flow of energy naturally arises in a thermal gradient. This also explains the mystery of time’s arrow, as the normal course of time is related to the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world. As far as the holographic principle goes, a thermal gradient is also a temporal gradient.

How do other forms of energy, like mass energy, arise from dark energy? The answer is symmetry breaking. All forms of positive energy arise from dark energy through symmetry breaking. As dark energy burns away, high energy photons are created, and these photons can create particle-antiparticle pairs, like proton-antiproton pairs. One of the mysteries of cosmology is why there are so many protons in the universe and so few antiprotons. Symmetry breaking gives the answer. At high energies, protons can decay into positrons and anti-protons into electrons, but there is a difference in the decay rates due to a broken symmetry called parity violation, and so more antiprotons decay than protons. As the universe cools, protons become relatively stable, and so that’s what’s left over. Even the mass of the proton arises through a process of symmetry breaking called the Higgs mechanism. The expenditure of energy that characterizes all the gauge forces, like electromagnetic energy in a living organism or nuclear energy in a star, all arise from dark energy through a process of symmetry breaking, but all of this positive energy is exactly cancelled out by the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction, and so in the end, it is as though nothing ever happened.

The holographic principle as understood with non-commutative geometry in the context of dark energy tells us that ultimately the laws of physics are not encoded in reality. Instead, the laws of physics spontaneously emerge as thermal averages as heat flows in a thermal gradient. In a similar sense of how water freezes into ice as heat flows away from water molecules, the laws of physics that apparently govern events in the observable universe spontaneously emerge or freeze out from the underlying state of potentiality that describes all possible laws of physics. This is an example of spontaneous symmetry breaking, which naturally occurs as dark energy burns away and the observable universe inflates in size and cools in temperature.

The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world is a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics, which describes the random flow of thermal energy. Heat tends to flow from hotter to colder objects, and also from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world. The observer’s world is not at thermal equilibrium, which is why heat flows. This is purely a statistical consequence of hotter objects tending to radiate away more heat. As heat flows in a thermal gradient, entropy, which is the disordering of information inherent in objects as a consequence of the randomization of thermal energy, tends to increase, which tends to disorder objects, like a piece of ice that becomes more disordered when it melts into water as heat flows into it and chemical bonds are broken, or the flow of heat from the sun to the earth which arises through the dispersion of photons into more random states. This normal flow of heat in a thermal gradient and the corresponding increase in entropy that accompanies the flow of heat is what gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world.

Normal Flow of Energy Through the Observer’s World

There is a competing process that tends to balance out the normal increase in entropy or disorder that occurs as heat flows in a thermal gradient. This balancing process is the tendency for coherent organization of information to develop, which allows for the organization of objects into distinct forms that coherently self-replicate their forms and for distinct forms to become inter-related. This tendency for coherent organization to develop is a natural aspect of a holographic world, since all the bits of information encoded on a holographic screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix that arise when a finite number of position coordinates are specified on the screen by non-commutative geometry. Entanglement of information implies that every distinct form of information that appears in the observer’s world through the projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view is inherently related to every other distinct form of information. Entangled bits of information naturally tend to align over an animated sequence of holographic projections, and that alignment of information gives rise to the coherent organization of information. Coherence can even be seen on a piece of holographic film as an interference pattern.

Interference Pattern: Particle or Wave?

This tendency for entangled bits of information to align or bind together is typical of quantum entanglement, like entangled spin variables that tend to align. This natural tendency for entangled bits of information to self-organize and form self-replicating distinct forms of information and for the development of inter-relationships between distinct forms is balanced out by the natural tendency for information to become disordered and entropy to increase as heat flows in a thermal gradient. The temporary and local organization of information into forms is possible in spite of the relentless tendency for entropy to globally increase and eventually disorganize all forms due to the possibility of entropy locally and temporarily decreasing while global entropy increases. This local and temporary decrease in entropy is possible due to the addition of organizing potential energy to a form while disorganizing random kinetic energy or heat is radiated away from the form into the global environment. We call this addition of organizing potential energy to a form the process of forms eating other forms. The necessity for a life-form to add potential energy to itself by eating other forms is necessary for the temporary organization of all life-forms. Organization and disorganization of the forms of all objects and their inter-relationships are always in a balanced state of interplay in a holographic world.

Quantum theory tells us that there is no such thing as determinism, only potentiality. Everything in the universe, including the observable universe itself, only exists in a state of potentiality until observed, at which time it comes into an actual state of existence. This actual state of existence only lasts for the moment of observation, which can be called the eternal now. The holographic principle tells us the observer is only a presence of consciousness at a point of view in empty space that centrally arises in relation to a surrounding holographic screen or bounding surface of space that encodes all the bits of information that specify the configuration state of whatever is observed in that bounded space. Until the moment at which the observation is made, the state of anything is described by a quantum state of potentiality that sums over all possible ways bits of information can be encoded on the holographic screen. At the moment of observation, an actual configuration state is chosen from the quantum state, which is what is actually observed.

Quantum entanglement always comes into effect since all the bits of information encoded on the screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The classic experiment that confirms potentiality as the mechanism of reality rather than determinism is the separation of two entangled spin variables. If a spin 0 particle randomly decays into two spin ½ particles, and the two particles separate from each other, the measurement of the spin state of one particle instantaneously determines the measurement of the spin state of the other particle, even if they become separated to opposite sides of the observable universe. The spin state of each particle is specified by a quantum state of potentiality that sums over equal proportions of spin up and spin down states. Due to conservation of spin angular momentum, if one particle is measured to be spin up, the other particle can only be measured to be spin down. Einstein referred to this state of affairs as spooky action at a distance, and proposed that determinism, not potentiality, was actually in effect at all times and the particles had an actual spin state even when unmeasured. The test of Bell’s theorem disproves Einstein’s deterministic point of view as it proves that potentiality is in effect at all times. Potentiality wins the day every time it is tested.

Quantum Entanglement and Spooky Action at a Distance

The quantum state of potentiality not only includes the potentiality for the form of all possible things the observer can observe in its world, but also the potentiality for all possible ways in which energy can flow through the observer’s world and animate all things in that world. Not only do the form of things come into an actual state of existence when they’re observed, but the flow of energy also comes into an actual state of existence when observed. To be observed, the observer has to be present to make the observation, which means the observer has to focus its attention on whatever is observed for the observed thing or the observed flow of energy to come into an actual state of existence. If the observer is not present to make the observation, then neither the observed thing nor the observed flow of energy can come in an actual state of existence, but instead both the form of things and the flow of energy remain in an unobserved state of potentiality. This is why Einstein could never accept quantum theory, since he felt things actually existed even when they were not observed. Einstein famously stated that “God does not play dice with the universe”, but the experimental evidence is God does indeed play dice with the universe. Everything, including the flow of energy that animates all things, only exists in a state of potentiality until observed, at which moment the observed things and animating flow of energy come into an actual state of existence. The observer must be present at that moment of observation to make the observation. The present moment is always an eternal now for which the observer is present.

Wherever you go, at all times, you carry with you the sense of being present and aware, here and now. It means that you are independent of space and time. Space and time are in you, not you in them. It is only your self-identification with the body, limited in space and time, that gives you a sense of limitation. In reality, you are limitless-Nisargadatta

You can only start from where you are. You are here and now. You cannot get out of here and now. You are aware of thinking, feeling, doing. You are not aware of your being. You can only be aware of your being here and now-Nisargadatta

What begins and ends is mere appearance. The world can be said to appear but not to be. It is your memory that makes you think that the world continues. Memory creates the illusion of continuity. I see the world as it is, a momentary appearance in consciousness-Nisargadatta

Your world is created with the emergence of the I Am idea. In your world everything has a beginning and an end. Timeless being is entirely in the now-Nisargadatta

Once you are well-established in the now, you have nowhere else to go-Nisargadatta

Niels Bohr described this strange state of affairs as “Anyone not shocked by quantum theory has not yet understood it”. Richard Feynman liked to say “Nobody really understands quantum theory”. The idea that things only have actual existence when the observer observes them is a radical idea, but all the experimental data supports it. Until observed, things only have potential existence. All measurements of the double slit experiment and tests of Bell’s theorem with the measurement of the spin states of entangled particles that have become separated confirm this strange state of affairs. Einstein argued the particles must have definite spin states even when unmeasured, but the experimental evidence is they don’t. Their spin states only become definite when measured. If the spin states of separated particles are entangled, measurement of the spin state of one particle is equivalent to measurement of the spin state of the other particle, no matter how far apart they separate. Einstein called this effect “spooky action at a distance”.

The entire universe contributes to the existence of even the smallest thing. Nothing could be as it is without the universe being what it is. Everything is as it is because the universe is as it is. The universe is not bound by its contents because its potentialities are infinite-Nisargadatta

The observer’s holographic screen encodes bits of information as a quantum state of potentiality, which is a direct consequence of non-commutative geometry, and so with every observation a choice must be made about what to observe. In quantum theory this choice is called a quantum state reduction that reduces the screen’s quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality. In quantum theory this choice is understood as a decision point where the observer chooses to follow an actual path through the information configuration space, where the quantum state of potentiality is understood as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Possible Paths

The holographic principle tells us each observer has its own world of animated observable images projected from its own holographic screen arising on an observer-dependent event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, within which the observer appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry. Just like the animation of the frames of a movie on a computer screen, the space-time geometry of the observer’s world is projected to the observer’s point of view in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs that are ordered in the flow of energy. Each decision point on the observer’s world-line is a choice about what to observe in its world and which path to follow through its world, which the observer makes with its focus of attention on things in its world. Different choices give rise to following a different world-line, which from the observer’s point of view is an alternative timeline that gives rise to an alternative world. That’s how relativity and quantum theory are unified along the lines of the many world interpretation, which naturally arises with the holographic principle and an observer-dependent holographic screen that defines its world.

Observer’s World-line and Decision Point

What we call a law of physics is not really a law at all but more like a probabilistic guideline. The laws of physics like gravity are all expressed in a classical sense as a principle of least action, but least action only represents the path of least action in the quantum state of potentiality, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state can always be formulated as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space. The path of least action or classical path is only the most likely path in the sense of quantum probability, but is only valid if the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased or random way. The quantum state is like a probability distribution that is measured by observations, but only unbiased observations give accurate measurements. If bias arises in the way choices are made, then all bets are off and the laws of physics lose their predictability. Events that apparently violate the laws of physics, like walking on water, are possible when sufficient bias arises in the way choices are made to create actions that significantly deviate from the path of least action. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, this is like bending the law of gravity, which relativity theory tells us is the bending of space.

What about free will versus determinism? Quantum theory tells us that determinism is not a valid concept, since every observable thing only exists in a state of potentiality until observed, at which time it exists for that moment of observation in a state of actuality. The actual existence of anything is dependent on an observer observing it, but that state of actual existence only lasts for a moment called now, and the observer must be present now to observe it. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s observable world is always defined by the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, which is the bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. The quantum state of potentiality is a sum over all possible configuration states of information, which is typically characterized by an interference pattern. At the moment of observation, the quantum state of the observer’s screen is reduced to an actual configuration state. Although determinism is not valid, there is a normal flow of things through the observer’s world that arises since all things tend to follow the path of least action, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space, as long as the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased way. The possibility of free will arises if the observer can choose what it observes in its world with its focus of attention on things in its world, but only if those choices are made in a biased way that deviates from the path of least action and the normal flow of things. The observer’s bias in observation is always an interference with the normal flow of things that naturally arises with unbiased observations.

The big question is: Who chooses? Who makes the choices? The only possible answer is only the observer can choose what it observes in its world and which path it follows through its world with its focus of attention on its world. When its focus of attention is redirected, different choices are made. The observer always makes its choices at a decision point on its world-line, but in reality the observer goes nowhere. The observer only appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry, which is projected from its holographic screen in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs, just like the projection and animation of a movie from a screen to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. In reality, the observer is only watching the movie. The observer is always present at the central point of view of its world, which is always a point of singularity in empty space.

Fourth Principle: The Observer’s Focus of Attention is the Nature of Choice

Free-will or choice is a consequence of the observer’s focus of attention on its world. The observer’s world only exists in a state of potentiality until it is observed, at which moment it comes into an actual state of existence. The moment of observation is always now. Things only actually exist as they’re observed now. The observer must be present now. Being present now requires the observer to focus its attention on its world. The observer’s focus of attention can be understood as its own light of consciousness that projects images of the observer’s world from its holographic screen back to its central point of view, like the light of a movie projector is required to projects the images of a movie from a movie screen to the point of view of an observer out in the audience. The movie images are naturally animated in the flow of energy, and the nature of the movie’s film is the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, just like when a movie is displayed on a computer screen. There is always a normal flow of things that arises as things tend to follow the path of least action, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space of the observer’s holographic screen. The expression of personal choice always expresses an emotional bias, which interferes with the normal flow of things through the observer’s world. The absolute irony of this situation is that the expression of personal choice or free-will is what makes the observer feel self-limited to the form of a person it observes and creates the emotional bondage of the observer emotionally identifying itself with the emotionally animated form of that person. Plato referred to such a self-identified observer as a prisoner.

Everyone creates a world for oneself and lives in it, imprisoned by one’s ignorance. All we have to do is to deny reality to our prison-Nisargadatta

Use every opportunity to remind yourself that you are in bondage; that whatever happens to you is due to the fact of your bodily existence. Whatever happens points to your existence as a perceiving center-Nisargadatta

Nothing stands in the way of your liberation here and now except for your being more interested in other things. You must see through them as mere mental errors-Nisargadatta

It is disinterestedness that liberates. If you lose interest, you break the emotional link that perpetuates the bondage-Nisargadatta

Externalization is the first step in liberation. Step away and look. Separate your Self and watch. The physical events will go on happening, but in themselves they have no importance-Nisargadatta

The person is a very small thing. It cannot be said to exist by itself. Unperceived it is just not there. It is but the shadow of the mind, the sum total of memories. Pure being is reflected in the mirror of the mind as knowing. What is known takes the shape of a person based on memory and habit. It is but a shadow or a projection of the knower onto the screen of the mind-Nisargadatta

In reality there are no persons. At the moment of realization the person ceases. Identity remains, but identity is not a person, it is inherent in the reality itself. The person has no being in itself; it is a reflection in the mind of the witness, the I Am-Nisargadatta

Non-identification is liberation-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that the person is merely a shadow of the reality, but not reality itself, you cease to fret and worry. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown-Nisargadatta

These is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage. It is your ego that makes you think that there must be a doer. You are compelled to desire. You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. You cannot avoid action. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

As long as you have the idea of influencing events, liberation is not for you. The very idea of doership, of being a cause, is bondage-Nisargadatta

There is trouble only when you cling to something.
It is your desire to hold onto it that creates the problem. Let go.
When you hold onto nothing, no trouble arises.
As long as there is the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.
It is because of your illusion that you are the doer-Nisargadatta

Some unknown power acts and you imagine that you are acting. You are merely watching what happens-Nisargadatta

The observer is the true nature of what one really is, which can be called I Am, since the observer has its own inherent sense of being present in the sense of mindfulness or presence. The holographic principle tells us that everything the observer observes in its world is no more real than the images of a virtual reality, like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view out in the audience of empty space. This concept of observation implies another aspect of consciousness that can be called the light of consciousness, which is necessary to project images from the observer’s screen back to itself like the focused light of a movie projector projects the images of a movie from a screen to an observer’s point of view out in the audience. The observer’s own light of consciousness is necessary to project images from the screen back to itself, which is another aspect of the observer’s consciousness that arises along with the observer’s own observing consciousness that perceives those projected images. The observer’s light of consciousness can be understood as the observer’s focus of attention on things, since its light of consciousness must become focused on things in order to project the images of those things back to itself.

At the root of my being is pure awareness, a speck of intense light.
This speck, by its nature, radiates and creates pictures in space and events in time, effortlessly and spontaneously-Nisargadatta

The observer’s light of consciousness is what is creating and destroying the appearance of the observer’s world from the perspective of its own point of view. As the observer focuses its attention on its world, it directs or shines the light of its consciousness on its world, illuminating its world which then appears to come into existence. As the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, it no longer illuminates its world, which disappears from existence.

All appearance and disappearance presupposes a change against some changeless background-Nisargadatta

The center of consciousness is That which cannot be given name and form, for it is without quality and beyond consciousness. It is a point in consciousness which is beyond consciousness. Like a hole in the paper is both in the paper and yet not of the paper, so is the supreme state in the very center of consciousness and yet beyond consciousness. It is an opening in the mind, a void, through which the mind is flooded with light. It is but an opening for the light of consciousness to enter the mental space-Nisargadatta

You see yourself in the world, while I see the world in myself. To you, you get born and die, while to me, the world appears and disappears. It is your imagination that misleads you. There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see-Nisargadatta

The search for reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings for it will destroy the world in which you live-Nisargadatta

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy, with an observer-dependent cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen and that projects all the animated images of the observer’s world to its central point of view out in the audience of empty space, like a movie the observer is watching, tells us that only consciousness is really real with its own inherent independent existence. Everything else is virtual and dependent on consciousness for coming into a virtual existence. Virtual means things are forms of information, composed of bits of information, and their observation is like the projection of animated images from a screen to the point of view where perceiving consciousness exists, like the animated images of a virtual reality projected from a computer screen to an observer. Only consciousness has an independent or ultimate existence and is ultimately real, but that ultimate reality is nothing observable. Consciousness itself as the ultimate subjective nature of reality cannot be any observable object it can observe within its field of view. Defining ultimate reality as invariant for all observers means it is nothing observable. Nothing observable is ultimately real, but that is what consciousness is.

Nothing perceivable is real.
Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman.
That which makes you think that you are a human is not human.
It is a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing.
All you can say about yourself is I Am-Nisargadatta

Observers at different points of view observe different things. For example, when one falls into a deep sleep or a coma, one’s world disappears from one’s own point of view, but from the point of view of another observer, one’s body is still in bed. Which observer’s point of view is correct? The answer is given by the principle of equivalence. Different observers in different frames of reference observe different things, but neither point of view is more or less valid than any other point of view. The observer in a state of deep sleep observes nothing, which is just as valid an observation as observing a world. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s world only appears to come into existence because dark energy is expended. That’s how the observer’s world is created. Without dark energy, the observer has no world. What remains is the true vacuum state with zero dark energy, which undergoes no expansion and has no horizons. It is only describable as an infinite, unbounded, undivided, empty background space with the potentiality to expand. The true vacuum state with zero dark energy is not a state that arises from some other state, but the underlying reality from which all other states arise through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy. The vacuum state of nothingness that remains with zero dark energy is the only state that is the same for all observers. If ultimate reality is defined as invariant for all observers, then nothing observable can ultimately be real.

One’s world can be called a dream-state, but the better term is a virtual reality, as animated images of one’s world are projected from one’s holographic screen to one’s central point of view in empty space, like the animated images of a movie are projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. If we understand the world as a kind of virtual reality that arises from ultimate reality through the expression of energy or desire, the holographic principle tells us the world is no more real than animated images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer. In the non-dual tradition of Advaita, the point of consciousness of the observer is the nature of Atmanic consciousness that gives rise to the light of consciousness that is needed to project images in addition to observing them. The focus of attention of consciousness, as in the focus of the light of consciousness, allows those images to become animated in the flow of energy and also to some degree is able to direct them in the sense of directing the scenes of a movie.

The world you can perceive is a very small world, entirely private. The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it. What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for your Self that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream-Nisargadatta

Once you have seen that you are dreaming, you shall wake up, but you do not see because you want the dream to continue. A day will come when you long for the ending of the dream; you become willing to pay any price; the price will be dispassion and detachment, the loss of interest in the dream-Nisargadatta

The mind-body problem is only solvable if the problem of the ultimate nature of reality is solved first. As long as we take the physical universe with its matter, energy, elementary particles and space-time geometry as the ultimate nature of reality, the mind-body problem cannot be solved. The solution becomes quite straightforward once the holographic principle in the context of dark energy is accepted and the physical universe and everything in it is understood as a holographic projection from a holographic screen. The problem of ultimate reality then comes down to what gives rise to or creates the holographic screen in the first place and what is responsible for the holographic projection. Since the holographic projection of the physical universe and everything in it can only be projected from a cosmic horizon that arises with the expression of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, and is always projected to the central point of view of an observer in an accelerated frame of reference, the only possible solution is the ultimate nature of reality can only be consciousness itself, where consciousness in its primordial or ultimate state is understood as an empty space of potentiality, which is like an empty background space with the potential to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the observer’s mind is a holographic screen that projects images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view, and the observer’s body is only a projected image.

In pure being consciousness arises.
In consciousness the world appears and disappears.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.
The center is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing.
But the void is full to the brim.
It is the eternal potential as consciousness is the eternal actual-Nisargadatta

I am like a cinema screen, clear and empty.
The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before.
The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures. These are lumps of destiny, but not my destiny; the destinies of the people on the screen.
The character will become a person when he begins to shape his life instead of accepting it as it comes-identifying himself with it.
All this I perceive quite clearly, but I am not in it.
I feel myself as floating over it, aloof and detached.
There is also the awareness of it all and a sense of immense distance as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon.
To myself I Am neither perceivable nor conceivable.
There is nothing I can point out and say “this I am”-Nisargadatta

The radical nature of understanding the mind as a holographic screen cannot be overstated. The mind cannot arise from a brain inside the body of a person in the world, because all of that stuff arises from the mind. Everything that is observed in the world is a holographic projection of the form of those things from a holographic screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen, like the projection of movie images from a movie screen to the point of view of an observer out in the movie audience. Things do not really exist in three dimensional space. The information configuration states for the form of all things are encoded on the holographic screen in terms of bits of information. Anything that appears to exist in any three dimensional region of space is only a holographic projection from the bounding surface of that space to the point of view of the observer. Things apparently existing as distinct three dimensional objects in three dimensional space is a holographic illusion. Those things include the observer’s body, brain and everything else that appears to exist in its world. The observer’s mind does not arise from its brain. The observer’s mind arises as a bounding surface of space, which is an event horizon that arises as energy is expended in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, and its mind acts as a holographic screen that encodes bits of information. The observer itself is nothing more than a presence of pure consciousness at a point of view in empty space.

Be aware of your mind and its projections. What is going on is a projection of your mind. It is self-created in the sense that at its very center is the false idea of oneself as a thing different and separate from other things. In reality you are not a thing nor separate. You are the infinite potentiality, the inexhaustible possibility. Because you are, all can be. The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become-Nisargadatta

An interesting observation of child psychologists is that prior to the development of a mentally-constructed body-based self-concept sometime during the second year of life, the infant sees the world two dimensionally. Such an infant has no concept of movement in the third dimension, and cannot distinguish between larger or smaller objects and objects moved closer or farther away. It is as though all these objects are just images projected from a distant screen, where objects can grow or shrink in size but can’t move closer or farther away in the third dimension. This observation seems like a direct confirmation of the holographic principle. Prior to the mental development of a body-based self-concept which requires the body-based memory of self, the observer’s world is seen two dimensionally. Spiritual awakening in the sense of the ascension of consciousness can be understood as a reversion back to this more basic way of seeing things, where objects in space are actually seen to be images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer out in empty space. One such object in space is one’s own body, and so the mentally-constructed concept of a body-based self becomes absurd once one directly sees that one’s body is just another image projected from a screen to one’s point of view in empty space.

Awareness comes as if from a higher dimension.
The witness that stands aloof is the watchtower of the real, the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested-Nisargadatta

You must realize your Self as the silent witness of all that happens. Your consciousness raised to a higher dimension, from which you see everything much clearer-Nisargadatta

All that is, lives and moves and has its being in consciousness. I Am in and beyond that consciousness. I Am in it as the witness. I Am beyond it as Being-Nisargadatta

I Am both inside and outside the dream, but what I see in dream, I am not-Nisargadatta

The sense of I Am is composed of the pure light of consciousness and the sense of being. Become aware of that pure light, the beingness in being, the awareness in consciousness, and you will never lose it, for there is nothing else-Nisargadatta

The observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world is always present at the central point of singularity of a surrounding holographic screen, which only arises as a cosmic horizon when dark energy is expended and space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate. Dark energy is what puts the bang in the big bang event. This primordial explosive energy of the expansion of space is what creates the observer’s world, but also shatters the undivided unity of the true vacuum state of pure empty space from which it arises. The expenditure of dark energy is the nature of the differentiation process that differentiates the observer’s individual consciousness from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. The expenditure of dark energy is the accelerated expansion of space that expands relative to the central point of view of the observer. In the sense of the curvature of space-time geometry, this accelerated expansion of space is the bending of space.

When you are in dead earnest, you bend every incident, every second of your life, to your purpose. You do not waste time and energy on other things. You are totally dedicated, call it one-pointedness of the mind-Nisargadatta

Everything is a play of ideas. In the state free from ideation nothing is perceived. The root idea is I Am. It shatters the state of pure consciousness and is followed by the innumerable sensations and perceptions, feelings and ideas which in their totality constitute God’s world. The I Am remains as the witness, but it is by the will of God that everything happens-Nisargadatta

When you see the world you see God. There is no seeing God apart from the world. Beyond the world to see God is to be God. The light by which you see the world, which is God, is the tiny little spark I Am-Nisargadatta

The witness is both real and unreal, the last remnant of illusion, the first touch of the real. The moment you say I Am, the entire universe comes into being-Nisargadatta

There must be a source from which all flows, a foundation on which all stands-Nisargadatta

Consciousness itself is the source of everything.
What is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness.
Everything is a form of energy-Nisargadatta

The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire.
Things happen by their own nature.
From my point of view everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.
I do nothing. I just see them happen-Nisargadatta

By itself, nothing has existence-Nisargadatta

You are not the body.
You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness-Nisargadatta

The I Am in movement creates the world.
The I Am at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

What you call the universe is spontaneous creativity-Nisargadatta

Delve deeply into the sense I Am and you will discover that the perceiving center is universal. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. Whatever is done is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy.
There can be no universe without the witness, no witness without the universe-Nisargadatta

Reality is essentially alone.
To know that nothing is, is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

For the path of return naughting oneself is necessary.
My stand I take where nothing is.
To the mind it is all darkness and silence.
It is deep and dark, mystery beyond mystery.
It is, while all else merely happens.
It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

When the expenditure and the flow of energy comes to an end, the observer is no longer in an accelerated frame of reference, the observer is no longer surrounded by a bounding surface of space, and so the holographic projection and animation of a bounded space-time geometry and all observed forms within that bounded geometry comes to an end. When energy is no longer expended and this acceleration comes to an end, the observer enters into a freely falling frame of reference. In an ultimate freely falling frame of reference, no energy is expended, no horizon appears, no holographic screen arises to define the observer’s world, images of things in that world are no longer projected or animated, and so everything in the observer’s world disappears from existence. When the observer’s world disappears from existence, the observer is no longer present for that world. When the observer’s world disappears, the observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness can only dissolve back into the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This ultimate state of free fall is described as falling into the void. In this ultimate state of existence, only the nothingness of empty space remains.

We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment-Osho

The inner emptiness itself is the mystery.
When the inner space is there, you are not.
When you dissolve, the inner emptiness is there.
When you are not, the mystery will be revealed.
You will not be a witness to the mystery, you will be the mystery-Osho

You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.
At this point Being is revealed: then you know who you are, what is your real being, what is your authentic existence.
That Being is void-Osho

Enlightenment, which is the ascension of consciousness to a higher level that is really a higher dimension, like an observer that knows it is only watching a movie projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen and that its own light of consciousness is reflected back to itself as those images are projected from the screen, and truth-realization, which is a reunion with or dissolution into ultimate reality like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean, are not the same as mystical experiences, like a brief experience of cosmic consciousness, which is a transient or mystical way of perceiving the world. The key point is mystical experiences are experiences of the world, which is a virtual reality, but awakening isn’t. Enlightenment and truth-realization are abiding experiences where one experiences oneself as abiding non-dual awareness. They’re about awakening to and knowing the truth of what one really is, which is the flip side of knowing what one is not. One is not one’s character in the movie one is watching.

The totality of all mental projections is the Great Illusion.
When I look beyond the mind I see the witness.
Beyond the witness is infinite emptiness and silence-Nisargadatta

First we must know ourselves as witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centers of observation, and then realize that immense ocean of pure awareness, which is both mind and matter and beyond both-Nisargadatta

In the ocean of pure awareness, on the surface of the universal consciousness, the numberless waves of the phenomenal worlds arise and subside beginninglessly and endlessly. Nothing lasts. The void remains. Awareness is not of time. Time exists in consciousness only-Nisargadatta

Awareness is beyond all.
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state.
Awareness is undivided, aware of itself-Nisargadatta

The person is never the subject.
You can see a person but you are not a person.
The difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself-Nisargadatta

You are the source of reality-a dimensionless center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives-a pure witness that watches what is going on and remains unaffected. It is only imagination and self-identification with the imagined that encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person.
The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding.
In reality there is no such thing.
Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession.
In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself-Nisargadatta

As long as we imagine ourselves to be separate personalities, we cannot grasp reality which is essentially impersonal-Nisargadatta

Consciousness is impersonal. Consciousness does not arise from a person. It’s exactly the other way around. The person is like the central character of a movie consciousness is watching. Only consciousness has its own independent existence. The apparent existence of a person in the world depends on consciousness focusing its attention on the life of the person in the world and on the mentally-constructed and emotionally energized concept of being a person in the world. The apparent existence of the person depends on consciousness observing that apparent life in the emotional context of that self-concept, within which consciousness identifies itself with the form of the person since it really feels self-limited to that emotionally animated form as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through the form, which is why consciousness identifies itself with the form, focuses its attention on the life of the form of the person in the world and the mentally-constructed concept of being that person, and feels compelled to defend the survival of that self-replicating form of the person as though its existence depends on it, which only perpetuates the hypnotic spell of fearful self-defense and personal self-identification. The only way to break this hypnotic spell is if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from the life of the person in the world, away from the mental construction of the concept of being that person, and shifts the focus of its attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness.

You are and I am, but only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be but light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known-the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the perceivable world is real you remain its slave. To become free your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

Whenever a thought or an emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. Turn away. Refuse attention-Nisargadatta

All you can do is to shift the focus of consciousness beyond the mind-Nisargadatta

When you refuse to play the game you are out of it-Nisargadatta

The ultimate or timeless nature of impersonal being is an empty space of potentiality. When this empty space of potentiality expresses its power with the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, an observer’s focal point of consciousness is differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness and a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. That’s how the observer’s world is created and the observer’s individual being comes into being. This is the only way that an observer’s world can be created and its individual being can come into being.

You can see a person but you are not a person. The person is never the subject. You are always the Supreme which appears at a given point of time and space as the witness, a bridge between the pure awareness of the Supreme and the manifold consciousness of the person-Nisargadatta

In reality only the Ultimate is. The rest is a matter of name and form. As long as you cling to the idea that only what has name and shape exists the Supreme will appear to you non-existing. Names and shapes are hollow shells-Nisargadatta

Spiritual awakening is described as awakening from a dream. When one awakens, the dream one is dreaming disappears from one’s point of view, and only one’s true nature as the dreamer of the dream remains. This metaphor only makes sense if one understands that one’s world and one’s life in that world is like a dream, and one’s true nature as the dreamer of the dream is not some observable thing one can observe in that world. One’s true nature is one’s spiritual being that can only be the true nature of one’s consciousness that perceives everything in that world.

The Supreme state neither comes nor goes. It is.
It is a timeless state, ever present.
Before the mind happens, I Am.
Before all beginnings, after all endings, I Am.
All has its being in the I Am that shines in every living being-Nisargadatta

When you know your Self as beyond space and time, in contact with them only at the point of here and now, all-pervading and all-containing, unapproachable, unassailable, invulnerable, you will no longer be afraid-Nisargadatta

Know yourself as you are. Against fear there is no other remedy-Nisargadatta

Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the Self that is the same whatever happens.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
Find the immutable center where all movement takes birth.
Be the axis at the center-not whirling at the periphery.
Nothing stops you except fear.
You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

Awakening is not the same as body death. After body death, one’s ego or mentally constructed self-concept can continue in one’s world and apparently become reincarnated in a new body. One’s new life continues under the sway of one’s old ego. This is possible since one’s mind is a limiting holographic screen surrounding the focal point of an observer, and all the projected images of one’s world and mind, including all self-referential thoughts, are projected from the observer’s screen to its central point of view. Since all the bits of information encoded on the observer’s holographic screen are entangled, the projected images of self-referential thoughts can continue even after the projected image of a body appears to die. The reincarnated new body may suffer from the effects of the same old ego.

As life before death is but imagination, so is life after death. The dream continues-Nisargadatta

You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil, or you may keep your body and die only in the mind-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that the world is in you and not you in the world, you are out of it. Your body remains in the world, but you are not deluded by it-Nisargadatta

Consciousness survives innumerable bodies. It is in the nature of consciousness to survive its vehicle-Nisargadatta

The body depends on the mind, the mind on consciousness, and consciousness on awareness, not the other way around-Nisargadatta

As long as you are locked up with your mind and ego, you cannot go further. Were you really at war with your ego, you would question its reality. You don’t question because you are not really interested. You are moved by the pleasure-pain principle, fear and desire, which is your ego. You are going along with your ego, not fighting against it. You are not even aware how totally swayed you are by personal considerations. Be in revolt against your ego, for the ego narrows and distorts. It is the worst of all tyrants. It dominates you completely-Nisargadatta

Your thoughts dominate you only because you are interested in them. Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are in your natural state, here and now. Nothing stops you except fear. You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

As long as you take yourself to be a person, a body and a mind, separate from the stream of life, having a will of its own, pursuing its own aims, you are living merely on the surface and whatever you do will be short-lived and of little value, mere straw to feed the flames of vanity-Nisargadatta

To know that you are a prisoner of your mind, that you live in an imaginary world of your own creation, is the dawn of wisdom. To want nothing of it, to be ready to abandon it, to long intensely for liberation, with true despair, is enough for the first step, and each step will generate the next step. Self-awareness tells you at every step what needs to be done. When all is done, the mind remains quiet-Nisargadatta

The observer’s mind is not limited to a body. Like everything else the observer can observe in its world, its mind arises from a holographic screen as mental images are projected to its point of view. Even after body death entangled bits of information encoded on the observer’s screen can relate everything in the observer’s world to everything else, and so the observer’s mentally constructed self-concept can become emotionally related to other things in its world without a body. Memory of the body can persist after body death. Ego can persist after body death like a ghostly cloud of memories, thoughts, fears and desires until reincarnated into a new body.

We have enclosed ourselves in a cloud of personal desires and fears, images and thoughts, ideas and concepts-Nisargadatta

The idea of enlightenment is of utmost importance. A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies. The opposite is also true. The sun of truth remains hidden behind the cloud of self-identification with the body-Nisargadatta

Everyone sees the world through the idea one has of oneself. As you think your Self to be, so you think your world to be. If you imagine your Self as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. Your own creative power projects on it a picture and all your questions refer to the picture-Nisargadatta

On the screen of the mind, the light shines steadily. Only the film in between keeps moving and causes pictures to appear-Nisargadatta

Everything is depicted in the pictures on the screen, including the person you take yourself to be; nothing in the light. You are the light only. You are the pure light appearing as a picture on the screen and becoming one with it-Nisargadatta

The sense of identity is like a sequence of pictures on the cinema screen. Without the light and the screen there can be no picture. To know the picture as the play on light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real-Nisargadatta

Yours is the power of perception, not what you perceive. Whatever you are conscious of, is not you. Yours is the cinema screen, the light and the seeing power, but the picture is not you-Nisargadatta

Your questions are about a non-existing person. Realize that whatever you think your Self to be is just a stream of events; that whatever happens, comes and goes, is not real; that you alone are, the changeless among the changeful. Separate the observed from the observer and abandon false identifications. Be a fully awakened witness of the field of consciousness-Nisargadatta

To the Self the world is but a passing show. The world just sprouts into being out of nothing and returns to nothing. As long as the Self is merely aware, there is no problem-Nisargadatta

The world is but a show, glittering and empty. It is there as long as I want to see it and take part in it. When I cease caring, it dissolves. It has no cause and serves no purpose. It appears exactly as it looks, but there is no depth in it nor meaning. Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman-Nisargadatta

The unreal appears to be real only because you believe in it. You impart reality to it by taking it to be real. Doubt it and it ceases-Nisargadatta

Experience is of change; it comes and goes. Reality is not an event. If you wait for an event to take place for the coming of reality, you will wait forever-Nisargadatta

If you have no problem with suffering, you will not find the energy and persistence needed for self-inquiry and release from suffering. The identity-crisis must be genuine-Nisargadatta

If you stand aloof as observer only, you will not suffer. You will see the world as a show. The cause of suffering is in the identification of the perceiver with the perceived-Nisargadatta

There is no such thing as an expression of reality. Neither action nor feeling nor thought express reality. I know that life itself is only a make-believe. I just watch events happening, knowing them to be unreal-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.
In reality I only look.
Whatever is done is done on the stage.
Joy and sorrow, life and death, they are real to the man in bondage
To me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself-Nisargadatta

Awakening within the dream is often referred to as a born-again experience, which is a new life where one remains conscious of oneself as the conscious spiritual presence of the observer and is free of ego even as the dream appears to continue, like lucid dreaming. Awakening from the dream is only possible through a process of ego-death in which the dream appears to come to an end and only the true nature of the dreamer remains.

Some people go on a journey and come back, some never leave. What difference does it make since they travel in dreamlands, each wrapped up in his own dream. Only the waking up is important-Nisargadatta

What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. Death is preferable to it. There is a chance of waking up-Nisargadatta

The first step in the awakening process is always a state of disillusionment and despair. With disillusionment, one stops believing the lie of personal self-identity. One stops believing the story of a personal self that one’s mind tells one about oneself. This story of a personal self is mentally constructed from false beliefs, and is really nothing more than a make-believe story. When one stops believing these false beliefs about oneself and sees them as a make-believe story, one loses interest in the story, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from this story, and so one withdraws one’s investment of emotional energy in the story that is necessary to emotionally animate the story. Without that emotional energy, one’s mind stops telling oneself this story and one’s mind becomes quiet, which is a necessary step in awakening.

When you are in despair, you begin to question-Nisargadatta

The very reality of the world must be questioned-Nisargadatta

The world is but a mistaken view of reality, unreal to its core, it is not what it appears to be-Nisargadatta

The mind craves for experience, the memory of which it takes for knowledge. The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape. The mind wants an idea for everything, for without ideas the mind is not. The mind deals with the unreal. All the mind can do is to discover the unreal as unreal-Nisargadatta

You got yourself into your present state through verbal thinking; you must get out of it the same way. Words can be used for destruction. Images are built of words, by words they are destroyed-Nisargadatta

You progress by rejection.
Investigate your world, apply your mind to it, examine it critically.
Scrutinize every idea about it.
Everything must be scrutinized and the unnecessary ruthlessly destroyed.
There cannot be too much destruction.
For in reality nothing is of value-Nisargadatta

See the unreal as unreal and discard it. Discarding the false opens the way to the true-Nisargadatta

A false question cannot be answered. It can only be seen as false-Nisargadatta

The question ‘Who am I?’ has no answer. No experience can answer it, for the Self is beyond experience. I cannot tell what I Am because words can describe only what I am not. I Am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I Am-Nisargadatta

I Am not my body. I Am the witness only. All things are in me. I Am not among things. You are so accustomed to thinking of bodies having consciousness that you cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Bodily existence is but a movement in consciousness-Nisargadatta

To question is the essence of revolt.
Without revolt there can be no freedom-Nisargadatta

Give up all questions except one: Who am I? The only fact that you are sure of is that you are. The I Am is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality-Nisargadatta

You have never questioned your belief that you are the body-Nisargadatta

Your real nature is not what you appear to be. Give up the idea of being a person-Nisargadatta

You are creating the false, the idea of being a separate person, all the time-Nisargadatta

It is not the I Am that is false, but what you take yourself to be; a person in the world. You are not what you believe yourself to be-Nisargadatta

The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
To destroy the false you must question your most inveterate beliefs.
Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst.
It is the clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see.
There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see.
See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be.
See the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Destroy the wall that separates, the ‘I-am-the-body idea’, and the inner and the outer become one. This battle is always won, for it is a battle between the true and the false-Nisargadatta

You must remove the wall. Realize that the wall and both sides of it are one single space-Nisargadatta

What the mind invents the mind destroys; but the real is not invented and cannot be destroyed-Nisargadatta

The false center must be done away with. The separate identity it creates is false. It is merely an idea in the mind. What remains when the false is no more is real-Nisargadatta

Truth can be expressed only by the denial of the false. It is useless to search for truth. You must see the false as false and reject it. Renunciation of the false is liberating-Nisargadatta

Surrender is another necessary step in the awakening process. With surrender, one gives up one’s desires to control things in a personally-biased or self-defensive way. One stops interfering with the normal flow of things and stops creating an emotional disturbance. Instead, one puts one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best and allows things to play out in the normal way. The desire to defend oneself can only arise when one identifies oneself with a person, which is only possible as one interferes with the normal flow of things and creates an emotional disturbance that makes one feel self-limited to the form of a person and disconnected from other things. The more one feels self-limited and identifies oneself with a person, the more one feels compelled to defend the form of that person as though one’s existence depends on it, which only creates more emotional disturbances that make one feel self-limited and perpetuates the vicious cycle of personal self-identification and self-defense. The only way to break this vicious cycle is through surrender. One gives up one’s desire to defend oneself, puts one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is best, and allows things to play out in the normal way. As the flow of animating emotional energy through the form of the person one perceives comes into alignment with the normal flow of energy through the world one perceives, one feels connected. Surrender is a necessary step in no longer feeling self-limited and identifying oneself with the form of a person.

Abandon all self-identifications. It is a vicious circle-Nisargadatta

The body and mind are limited and therefore vulnerable. They need protection which gives rise to fear. As long as you identify yourself with them you are bound to suffer. Realize your independence. To believe that you depend on things is ignorance of your true nature. To know that you need nothing is wisdom-Nisargadatta

Selfishness is self-concern for the protection, preservation and multiplication of one’s own body. To be attached is to be selfish. As long as you have a self to defend you must be violent-Nisargadatta

Selfishness due to self-identification with the body is the main problem. Selfishness cannot be removed by effort. Effort is a sign of conflict between incompatible desires. Selfishness can be removed only clear insight into its cause-Nisargadatta

A man who knows that he is neither body nor mind cannot be selfish, for he has nothing to be selfish for-Nisargadatta

At the root of desire and fear is the feeling of not being what you are. Self-concern is a symptom of mental distortion-Nisargadatta

To imagine that you are in control is the aberration of the body-mind. There is a universal power that is in control. The illusion of personal control is in the mind only. Stand without desire and fear, relinquishing all control. This is the shortest way to reality-Nisargadatta

The universal trend towards balance, harmony and unity, at every moment, whatever is happening, is always for the best-Nisargadatta

Self-surrender is the surrender of all self-concern.
It cannot be done. It happens when you realize your true nature-Nisargadatta

Self-surrender is acceptance of whatever comes. There is nothing to do. Let things happen according to their nature-Nisargadatta

Real surrender means doing nothing. You merely watch things happen-Nisargadatta

When there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s physical and spiritual security, when the shell of self-defense is broken, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty.
Complete self-surrender by itself is liberation-Nisargadatta

Detachment or letting go is another necessary step in the awakening process. As one severs attachments to things and lets go, one lets things play out in the normal way and allows things to come and go in the normal flow of things. Severing an emotional attachment to something also requires the withdrawal of one’s focus of attention away from that thing, since that is the only way one can withdraw one’s investment of emotional energy that maintains the attachment. As one detaches oneself from things, in effect one steps outside of things and sees things with a sense of distance from them. One sees things from an ascended point of view, like an observer out in an audience watching the images of things displayed on a movie screen as the animated images are projected from the screen to one’s point of view outside the screen.

The nature of creative imagination is to identify itself with its creations. You can stop it any moment by switching off attention-Nisargadatta

Just like in a cinema all is light, so does consciousness become the vast world-Nisargadatta

When the body is born, all kinds of things happen to it and you take part in them because you take yourself to be the body. You are like the man in the cinema house, laughing and crying with the picture, though knowing fully well that he is all the time in his seat and the picture is but the play of light on the screen. It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

People are afraid to die because they do not know what is death. It is ignorance of your Self that makes you afraid. Break down the wall of ignorance. The moment you know your real being, you are afraid of nothing. Death gives freedom. To be free in the world you must die to the world. Attachment is bondage. Detachment is freedom-Nisargadatta

By desiring you take the shape of your desires. When no desires remain, you revert to your natural state. All desires must be given up-Nisargadatta

What is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. What you see as false dissolves. Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false-Nisargadatta

When you are concerned with truth, with reality, you must question everything, your very life. We live because we crave sensory experience. The desire to live is the one fundamental desire. All else depends on it. Question every urge, hold no desire legitimate-Nisargadatta

The desire to live is a tremendous thing-still greater is the freedom from the urge to live-Nisargadatta

The desire for truth is the highest of all desires, yet it is still a desire. All desires must be given up for the real to be-Nisargadatta

What have you not given up? Find that out and give up that. Search for what to give up. Empty yourself completely. Give up all ideas about your Self and simply be-Nisargadatta

The final step in the awakening process is always a shift in the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and onto one’s own sense of being present as a pure presence of consciousness that is only perceiving that world from one’s own point of view at the center of that world. As one’s mind becomes quiet, one knows oneself as the silent observer of that world. As one surrenders, one knows oneself as the impartial observer of that world. As one detaches oneself from that world, one knows oneself as the ascended observer of that world. One knows oneself as one really is. One knows oneself as I Am, where I is a pure presence of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s world, and Am is one’s pure being. One knows oneself as being outside of time, since one is always present in the present moment, which is an eternal now. One knows oneself as being outside of space, since the holographic space one perceives is projected from a screen that displays images of all things in one’s world. One knows oneself as a self-emanating focal point of consciousness that emanates its own light of consciousness. One sees it is one’s own light of consciousness that is creating and destroying the appearance of one’s world from one’s own point of view. As one focuses one’s attention on and illuminates that world with the light of one’s own consciousness, that world appears to come into existence. As one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from and no longer illuminates that world, that world disappears from existence from one’s own point of view.

You must sleep in order to wake up. You must die in order to live. You must destroy to build, annihilate before creation-Nisargadatta

Go within. The state in which you are aware of your Self but not the world, is a state of waking-sleep. In that state you know without the least trace of doubt that at the root of your being you are free-Nisargadatta

Seeing that the person you take your Self to be is a bundle of memories held together by attachment, step out and look from the outside-Nisargadatta

Step out of time and see it devour the world. The nature of time is to put an end to everything. Let it be. It does not concern you-Nisargadatta

In the end you get fed up with the waste of time and energy-Nisargadatta

You are afraid of what you are. You are afraid that you will lose your identity; afraid of the unknown; not-being, not-knowing, not-doing; the beyond. Unwillingness born out of fear is the only obstacle-Nisargadatta

The person is in resistance to the very end.
It is the witnessing consciousness that makes realization attainable.
It is the witness that works on the person-on the totality of its illusions-Nisargadatta

In the awakening process, ego is in resistance until the very end. The expression of personally biased self-defensive emotions by its character perpetuates the emotional self-identification of a presence of consciousness with its character, which reinforces personal bias in the focus of its attention and leads to the expression of more biased emotions by its character. A presence of consciousness will not give up personal bias in the focus of its attention until its character stops expressing that personal bias. This is the fundamental reason that surrender is required in the awakening process. Before a presence of consciousness can give up personal bias in the focus of its attention, its character must stop expressing the personal bias of self-defensive emotions, which can only happen with its surrender to divine will. Surrender is a necessary step in the awakening process in which a presence of consciousness no longer feels self-limited and no longer emotionally identifies itself with the form of its character. The awakening process can only go forward concomitantly with surrender and with a presence of consciousness no longer believing the false beliefs of its personal self-identification with its character. Surrender is the natural state of a presence of consciousness that knows the true nature of what it really is. Since the true nature of its existence depends on nothing it perceives in its world, its existence requires no self-defense.

If you seek reality you must set yourself free of all patterns of thinking and feeling. Even the idea of being human should be discarded. Abandon all self-identifications, abandon all self-concern, abandon every desire. Stop thinking of achievement of any kind. You are complete here and now. You need absolutely nothing-Nisargadatta

Find out your real being. ‘What am I?’ is the fundamental question of philosophy. Go into it deeply-Nisargadatta

The destruction of the false is the movement of self-inquiry. You are not what you see or appear to be. Reject what you are not until the real Self emerges in its glorious nothingness, its not-a-thing-ness-Nisargadatta

Freedom from the ego is the fruit of self-inquiry-Nisargadatta

In the awakening process, surrender and disillusionment lead to emotional detachment, which is the letting go process that leads to ego-death. Whenever an emotional attachment is severed, it feels like something dies inside since part of the emotionally energized self-concept or ego dies away. The self-concept can only become mentally constructed when a self-image is emotionally related to the image of something else, and the emotional energy of that relationship arises with emotional attachments. One only feels emotional states as one perceives the flow of emotional energy through one’s character that animates the behavior of one’s character in the movie one is watching, and one only attributes these emotional states to oneself if one identifies oneself with one’s character. This self-attribution of emotional states is all based on a lie. One is not one’s character in the movie one is watching, but only the consciousness out in the audience watching the movie. One only emotionally reinforces these emotional states as one focuses one’s attention on the life of one’s character in the movie, which makes one feel self-limited to the emotionally animated form of one’s character as one perceives the flow of emotional energy through the form of one’s character. This emotional reinforcement of the emotional state with the focus of one’s attention reinforces the lie of one’s self-identification with one’s character. Once one becomes emotionally self-identified with one’s character, one focuses one’s attention on the life of one’s character in the movie one is watching in an emotionally biased way as though one’s existence depends on it, which perpetuates the lie of self-identification. Emotional bias in the focus of one’s attention is at the heart of the emotional attachments that underlie emotional self-identification. Severing emotional attachments only becomes possible if this emotional bias comes to an end. One can bring the lie of one’s emotional self-identification to an end and stop emotionally reinforcing one’s emotional self-identification with one’s character at any moment that one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from the life of one’s character in the movie and thereby withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in the movie. In the awakening process one only needs to withdraw the focus of one’s attention away from the life of one’s character in the movie and shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of pure consciousness out in the audience.

Remain as the silent witness only; a mere point in consciousness, dimensionless and timeless. Know yourself as you are. Stay with the sense I Am-Nisargadatta

Being and doing are not identical. I Am timelessly aware of all actions-Nisargadatta

Your natural state is pure awareness of being, without any self-identification with anything in particular. In that pure light of consciousness there is nothing, only light-Nisargadatta

When the mind becomes completely silent, it shines with a new light and vibrates with a new knowledge. On realization you feel complete. You merely discover what you are-Nisargadatta

You are always the Supreme, but your attention is fixed on things, physical and mental. When through the practice of discrimination and detachment, you lose sight of sensory and mental states, pure being emerges as the natural state. Dive deep within yourself and you will find it easily and simply. Go in the direction of I Am-Nisargadatta

Awakening in the sense of enlightenment or truth-realization is like awakening from a dream. When one awakens, the dream comes to an end and only the true nature of the dreamer remains. The hardest thing for everyone to accept is that the life one lives in the world is like a dream, and that to awaken, that life must come to an end. That life only arises in an energetic state with the expressed desire to live a life, and so one must become desireless in order to awaken. The desireless state is the only way one’s world and one’s life in that world can disappear from existence.

The dreamer is one.
I Am beyond all dreams.
I Am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

Realize that it is not you who moves from dream to dream, but the dreams flow before you and you are the immutable witness. Nothing affects your real being. This is the absolute truth-Nisargadatta

Realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world. When you have seen the dream as a dream you have done all that needs to be done-Nisargadatta

Expressing desires to live a life in a world is what keeps consciousness identifying itself with the emotionally animated form of a person and emotionally attaching itself to things in that world. With every desire consciousness expresses, the form of the person is emotionally related to the form of some other thing in that world, which is the emotional attachment, and that emotional relationship makes consciousness feel self-limited to the emotionally animated form of the person as it perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of the person. That feeling of self-limitation is all that keeps consciousness identifying itself with the person. Awakening is not a desire that can be satisfied, but is only possible if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from its world and thereby withdraws its investment of animating emotional energy or desire from its world. As consciousness withdraws the focus of its attention, it severs its emotional attachment to things in that world and stops emotionally identifying itself with the form of a person.

Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage.
Your attachment is your bondage.
Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. Fear makes one a slave. Freedom from attachment is natural when one knows one’s true being-Nisargadatta

You create bondage when you desire and fear and identify yourself with your feelings. Your bonds are self-created as chains of attachment. Cut the knot of self-identification-Nisargadatta

Freedom means letting go.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything-Nisargadatta

Only in complete self-negation is there a chance to discover our real being. The false self must be abandoned before the real Self can be found-Nisargadatta

The dissolution of personality is always followed by a sense of great relief, as if a heavy burden has fallen off-Nisargadatta

Give up all and you gain all.
Then life becomes what it was meant to be:
Pure radiation from an inexhaustible source.
In that light the world appears dimly like a dream-Nisargadatta

Discrimination will lead to detachment.
You gain nothing.
You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost:
Your own being-Nisargadatta

Only the observer’s focus of attention on the expression of its desire to live a life in its world energizes the expression of that desire. The observer’s willingness to give up the expression of that desire requires a shift in its focus of attention away from the expression of its desire to live a life in that world. The only other place the observer can focus its attention is on its own sense of being present as a focal point of consciousness, the singularity, at the center of its world.

To be born means to create a world around your Self as the center-Nisargadatta

By its very nature the mind is outwardly turned; it always tends to seek for the source of things among the things themselves. To be told to look for the source within is the beginning of a new life-Nisargadatta

As long as you are engrossed in the world, you cannot know your Self. To know your Self, turn your attention away from the world and turn within-Nisargadatta

You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth-all in vain. You must begin in your Self, with your Self. Realize that your world is only a reflection of your Self. All you need is to stop searching outside what can only be found within-Nisargadatta

When you refuse to open your eyes, what can you be shown-Nisargadatta

Do not undervalue attention. To know, to do, to discover, or to create you must give your attention to it-Nisargadatta

Attention comes from the Self-Nisargadatta

Give your undivided attention to the most important in your life, your Self. Of your personal universe you are the center. Without knowing the center what else can you know-Nisargadatta

Once the observer brings itself into focus and knows itself to be nothing more than a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world, it brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates the existence of its world from the void and the non-existence of its world. The observer brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates being present for its world from the disappearance of its world and not being present. At that point, the observer can freely fall into the void and reunite itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Between desires and freedom from all desires is an abyss which must be crossed-Nisargadatta

The experience of the inner void is an explosion into reality-Nisargadatta

The Supreme reality is the void beyond being and non-being, beyond consciousness. There is no journey to Supreme reality. One is undeceived only. One is as one always is. One knows nothing, wants nothing, is nothing. There is nothing left to do. One’s work is done-Nisargadatta

The true vacuum state or void is the uncreated ultimate nature of reality that gives rise to the creation of an observer’s observable world through geometric mechanisms of the accelerated expansion of space (the expression of dark energy) and the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space (the holographic principle). The uncreated ultimate reality of the void is also the source of the observer’s observing consciousness and its focus of attention (the light of consciousness) that is necessary to bring that world into an actual state of existence and observe it. Unless one begins with this most fundamental of all starting points, one cannot understand reality.

In the immensity of consciousness a light appears, a tiny point that traces shapes, thoughts and feelings, concepts and ideas. On the surface of the ocean of consciousness, names and forms are transitory waves. Only consciousness has real being, not its transformations. You are that point of consciousness. By your movement the world is ever created. Stop moving and there will be no world. Look within and you will find that the point of light is reflected as the immensity of light in the body as the sense I Am. There is only light. All else is appearance-Nisargadatta

The Self stands beyond the mind, aware, but unconcerned. You are the Self, here and now. Stand aware and unconcerned and you will realize that to stand alert but detached, watching events come and go, is an aspect of your real nature-Nisargadatta

Do nothing. There is nothing to do. Just be-Nisargadatta

To be, you must be nobody-Nisargadatta

You make yourself mortal by taking your Self to be a body-Nisargadatta

That which is alive in you is immortal-Nisargadatta

There is nothing more to it. The attitude of pure witnessing, of watching events without taking part in them-Nisargadatta

Keep quiet; turn your energy within to find the source of the inexhaustible power-Nisargadatta

When the mind is quiet we come to know ourselves as the pure witness. We withdraw from the experience and stand apart in pure awareness. The personality continues, but its self-identification with the witness snaps-Nisargadatta

Your natural state is pure awareness of being, without any self-identification with anything in particular. In that pure light of consciousness there is nothing, only light-Nisargadatta

Consciousness does not shine by itself. It shines by a light beyond it. Having seen the dreamlike quality of consciousness, look for the light in which it appears, which gives it being-Nisargadatta

When the mind becomes quiet, if you do not disturb this quiet and stay in it, you find that it is permeated with a light and love you have never known, and yet you recognize it at once as your own nature. Once you have passed through this experience, you will never be the same again. Delusions and attachments end and life becomes supremely concentrated in the present-Nisargadatta

Consciousness creates reality, but Creation Consciousness is not limited to the individual consciousness of an observer. It is the unlimited and undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This ultimate state of existence is like an empty space of potentiality that can only be described in negative terms as uncreated, undivided, limitless, formless, selfless, nothingness and emptiness. The world of forms that it creates, energetically animates, and observes from the limited perspective of a point of view is inherently dualistic and is characterized by the sense of being an individual self. This world of forms is a lesser form of reality, like a virtual reality of animated images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen.

If you want to know your true nature, you must have your Self in mind all the time, until the secret of your being stands revealed-Nisargadatta

As long as you are interested in your present way of living, you will shirk from the final leap into the unknown-Nisargadatta

Moments when one feels empty and estranged, of detachment, are desirable moments, for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places-Nisargadatta

There is a vastness beyond the farthest reaches of the mind. That vastness is my home; that vastness is myself-Nisargadatta

Turn within. I Am you know. Be with it all the time, until you revert to it spontaneously. There is no simpler and easier way-Nisargadatta

I Am needs no proof. Stay with it-Nisargadatta

The point of I Am is the bridge between the watcher and its dream. ‘I am this’ is dream, while the pure I Am has the stamp of reality-Nisargadatta

The state of detached awareness is the witness-consciousness. The sense I Am is always witnessed in the mirror of the mind as a reflection of the light of consciousness. The witness rises and set with its objects, and is not quite real. Whatever its objects. it remains the same, and so it is also real. It partakes of both the real and the unreal and is a bridge between the real and unreal. The bridge serves one purpose only, to cross over-Nisargadatta

The door that locks you in is also the door that lets you out. I Am is the door. Stay with it until it opens. It is always open, but you are not at it-Nisargadatta

I Am is the door. Cross the door and go beyond-Nisargadatta

The true vacuum state or void is not only the source of the observer’s world, but also the source of the observer’s consciousness. This is inherently a non-dual description of reality. Everything in a dreamer’s dream along with the dreamer’s dreaming consciousness that observes the dream must arise from the true nature of the dreamer. Although there are many dreams and many points of view from which to observe those dreams, ultimately there is only one uncreated undivided dreamer.

To the mind the light of consciousness appears as darkness. It can be known only through its reflections. The highest state of awareness is to be the point of light tracing the world. Beyond the highest state of awareness is to be the source of light-Nisargadatta

All consciousness is consciousness of change, but the perception of change necessitates a changeless background-Nisargadatta

In reality there is only the source, dark in itself, but making everything shine with the light of consciousness. Unperceived, it causes perception. Being nothing it gives birth to all being. It is the immovable background of motion-Nisargadatta

The sense I Am is not continuous, though it is a useful pointer; it shows where to seek, but not what to seek-Nisargadatta

In the timeless state there is no Self, no I Am, no witness-Nisargadatta

If you desire nothing, then you are as good as dead, or you are the Supreme-Nisargadatta

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy is telling us there are three levels of reality. The ultimate level, beyond all, is Brahman; the undifferentiated consciousness of the void; the infinite, undivided, unitary nothingness that is the one source from which all comes into being. The next level is Atman; the individual perceiving consciousness of the observer and the light of consciousness of I Am. The last level is the virtual reality of a perceivable world. These three levels of reality are the trinity of the one source of existence, the individual being or spirit of the observer, and the observable holographic world within which one’s life-form appears.

Atman-Brahman

To know that you do not know is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

The realized man has returned to the source and realized his true nature-Nisargadatta

The realized man knows the state in which there is neither the world nor the thought of it; the state in which imagination is no longer taken for reality. He comes to take you to the real, to truth, to what is; not to come to terms with the mind and its delusions-Nisargadatta

The realized man is egoless; he has lost the capacity of identifying his Self with anything. He is beyond space and time, beyond the world-Nisargadatta

The realized man is beyond life and death. Life and death appears to him but a way of expressing movement in the immovable, change in the changeless. He has died before his death and he saw that there was nothing to be afraid of. The moment you know your real being you are afraid of nothing-Nisargadatta

Realization is in discovering the source and abiding there. One is left without questions; no answers are needed-Nisargadatta

One is undeceived only-Nisargadatta

Modern physics with its concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle tells us there are three orders or levels of reality. The ultimate level of reality is consciousness itself, which in its primordial undifferentiated or ultimate state is an empty background space of potentiality. This empty background space is the true vacuum state of nothingness with zero dark energy that gives rise to all other states of existence through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy, which can only arise from the potentiality of empty space to expand. This accelerated expansion of space always occurs relative to the central point of view of an observer, which breaks the symmetry of empty space as it gives rise to a horizon or bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observations of things in space. Dark energy is the ultimate expression of energy or desire that gives rise to the creation of the observer’s world or universe and everything in that world. That world is always defined by the images of things projected from the observer’s horizon that acts as a holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. The observer’s holographic screen is the nature of the observer’s mind, which is the nature of imagination. Just as dark energy explains the nature of energy and desire, the holographic principle explains the nature of mind and imagination. These three orders of reality: consciousness, which is empty space at rest or without motion; energy, which is the expansion of space or consciousness in motion; and imagination, which is the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space, the projection of images from that bounding surface to the central point of view of an observer and the animation of those images in the flow of energy, are what constitute reality in its entirety. There is nothing else.

All limited existence is imaginary. Even space and time are imaginary. Pure being, filling all and beyond all, is not limited. All limitation is imaginary. Only the unlimited is real-Nisargadatta

It is all but a display in consciousness-Nisargadatta

The mind creates the world. The mind is both the actor and the stage. You are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Seeing that you are not the person you take your Self to be, step out and look from the outside-Nisargadatta

All you need to do is to cease taking your Self to be within the field of consciousness. To look for it on the mental level is futile. It is here and now: the I Am you know so well-Nisargadatta

When I say I Am, I do not mean a separate entity with a body. I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe-Nisargadatta

The Self is beyond experience; it is the only Self of all-Nisargadatta

The world is an illusion in the sense that the world is imaginary, no more real than the animated images of a movie projected from a movie screen to an observer out in the audience. The world seems real to the observer because it feels real as the observer perceives the flow of animating emotional energy through the form of its character, which makes the observer feel self-limited and emotionally identify itself with the form of its character. Only the observer has its own sense of being, but even the observer is part of the illusion. Ultimately the observer does not exist as an individual self or presence of consciousness. Ultimately there is only one undifferentiated, unlimited and selfless consciousness. That is the ultimate truth of being that awakening reveals.

The totality of mental projections is the Great Illusion-Nisargadatta

Your mind projects a structure and you identify your Self with it. It is the nature of desire to prompt the mind to create a world for its fulfillment-Nisargadatta

The projecting power is imagination prompted by desire-Nisargadatta

At the root of all creation lies desire. Desire and imagination foster and reinforce each other. The state of pure witnessing is like space, unaffected by whatever it contains-Nisargadatta

Ultimately, all the observer really is, is empty space. That is the mystery of the ultimate nature of its existence. Ultimately, all the observer really does is bend space as it expresses energy and desire and creates the virtual reality or the manifestation of a world for itself to experience. This is all a spontaneous expression of creativity for the sheer joy of it; for the love of playing the game.

Do not try to bend the spoon. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
What truth?
There is no spoon. Then you’ll see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
The Matrix

What is it that really bends? Relativity theory tells us the strange answer is only space can bend. Not the projected holographic space we perceive, but the empty background space of undifferentiated consciousness within which the holographic universe and its observer arise. Only space can really bend because only empty space really exists. Everything else is part of the holographic illusion. That empty space of non-dual awareness is what one really is.

That which permeates all, which nothing transcends, and which like the universal space around us fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman
That thou art
-Shankara

Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman.
-Shankara

The unreal has no being; the real never ceases to be.
-Bhagavad-Gita

Now I Am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
-Bhagavad-Gita

The soul that with a strong and constant calm
Takes sorrow and takes joy indifferently
Lives in the life undying
That which is can never cease to be
That which is not cannot exist
To see this truth of both
Is theirs who part essence from accident
Substance from shadow
-Bhagavad-Gita

Never the spirit was born
The spirit shall cease to be never
Never was time it was not
End and beginning are dreams
-Bhagavad-Gita

In the knowledge of the Source
Which is a dark night to the ignorant
The recollected mind is fully awake and aware
The ignorant are awake in their sense life
Which is darkness to the sage
-Bhagavad-Gita

Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning
All that existed then was void and formless
That which becomes, was born through the power of heat
Upon that desire arose in the beginning the first discharge of thought
Sages discovered this link of the existent to the non-existent
Having searched in the heart with wisdom
Their line of vision was extended across
He, the first origin of this creation
Whether he formed it all or did not form it
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven
Surely he knows, or perhaps he knows not
-Rig Veda

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness
-Genesis

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao follows what is natural
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

Being at one with the Tao is eternal
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away
-Tao-Te-Ching

Because there is no place for death to enter
-Tao-Te-Ching

The wise are impartial
-Tao-Te-Ching

Without form there is no desire
Without desire there is tranquility
Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

It is more important
To see the simplicity
To realize one’s true nature
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

Misfortune comes from having a body
Without a body how could there be misfortune?
Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things
-Tao-Te-Ching

No fight; no blame
-Tao-Te-Ching

Empty yourself of everything
-Tao-Te-Ching

Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream
-The Diamond Sutra

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
-Nursery Rhyme

We are such stuff as dreams are made on
And our little life is rounded with a sleep
-Shakespeare

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
-Shakespeare

Life is but a walking shadow
A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing
-Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players
-Shakespeare

I was dreaming that I was a butterfly fluttering happily. Suddenly I awoke. Now I wonder who I am. A man who dreamed he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming it is a man.
-Chuang Tzu

Are you and I caught up in a dream from which we have not yet awakened?
-Chuang Tzu

All existing things are really one
-Chuang Tzu

The universe is the unity of all things. If one recognizes his identity with this unity then the parts of his body mean no more to him than so much dirt, and death and life, end and beginning, disturb his tranquility no more than the succession of day and night.
-Chuang Tzu

The universe is sacred
You cannot improve upon it
-Tao-Te-Ching

Perception is reality
-Anonymous

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.
-William Blake

The Eye with which I see God is the same Eye with which God sees me.
-Meister Eckhart

Separate yourself from all two-ness. Be one in one, one with one, one from one.
-Meister Eckhart

Empty of self and all things
-Meister Eckhart

The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, and likewise if you would know the reality of Nature you must destroy the appearance. The further you go beyond the appearance the nearer you will be to the essence
-Meister Eckhart

The soul grows by subtraction not addition
-Meister Eckhart

The fruit of letting go is birth
-Meister Eckhart

The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won’t let go of your life: your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away, but they’re not punishing you, they’re freeing your soul. If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on, you see devils tearing your life away. If you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth.
-Attributed to Meister Eckhart

God is in all things. The more divinity is in things, the more divinity is outside of things.
-Meister Eckhart

The soul becomes God but God does not become the soul
-Meister Eckhart

I am what I was and what I shall remain now and forever. I and God are one.
-Meister Eckhart

In all ten directions of the universe there is only one truth
-Ryokan

All visible objects-are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event-in the living act-the undoubted deed-there some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask.
If man will strike, strike through the mask!
How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?
Sometimes I think there’s naught beyond-but ’tis enough.
-Herman Melville

Truth hath no confines
-Herman Melville

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue
-Antisthenes

The unexamined life is not worth living
-Socrates

To fear death, my friends,
Is only to think ourselves wise without being wise
For it is to think that we know what we do not know
-Socrates

Those who know are not learned
The learned do not know
-Tao-Te-Ching

The man of Tao remains unknown
Perfect virtue produces nothing
No-self is true-self
And the greatest man is nobody
-Chuang Tzu

Truly I have attained nothing from total enlightenment
-Buddha

I know that I know nothing
-Socrates

How is it that this Being that Is inhabits this nothingness?
These are the words of the secret
Whoever lives the meaning of these words shall no longer taste death
-Gospel of Thomas

That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings
Who is the giver of grace to all
The Supreme Soul of the universe
The limitless being
I Am That
-Upanishads

Be still and know that I Am God
-Psalms

Before Abraham was, I Am
-Gospel of John

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun
And behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind
-Ecclesiastes

These things too shall pass away
-Source unknown

If nothing is done then all will be well
-Tao-Te-Ching

When the mind is at peace the world too is at peace
Nothing real, nothing absent
Not holding onto reality, not getting stuck in the void
You are neither holy nor wise
Just an ordinary fellow who has completed his work
-Layman P’ang

You are what your deep driving desire is
As your desire is so is your will
As your will is so is your deed
As your deed is so is your destiny
-Upanishads

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step
-Tao-Te-Ching

Unless you turn around and become like young children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven
-Gospel of Matthew

I did not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword.
-Gospel of Matthew

I have come to cast fire upon the earth
-Gospel of Luke

Having burnt down my house, I can now see the moon
-Taoist saying

That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit
Unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God
-Gospel of John

He who seeks only himself brings himself to ruin, whereas he who brings himself to naught for me discovers who he is.
-Gospel of Matthew

The great path has no gates
Thousands of roads enter it
When one passes through this gateless gate
One walks the universe alone
-Mu-mon

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

The awakening process only goes forward with a fundamental shift in the focus of attention of consciousness away from the life of a person in the world and onto the true nature of being. At some point in the awakening process, the hypnotic spell is broken, the person is seen to be a hollow shell, emotional bonds to the person are no longer energized and dissolve away, identity with the person snaps, and the focus of attention of consciousness is shifted onto the sense of being present. In the awakening process, there is a fundamental shift in the identity of perceiving consciousness away from the false personal identity of an ego in the world and onto the identity of the conscious presence of the witness of that world. The only true thing the conscious presence of the observer can ever know about itself is its own sense of being present, its sense of I-Am-ness, which is the Atmanic identity. Even this individual sense of I-Am-ness is ultimately seen not to be the ultimate truth, and identity finally shifts to the undifferentiated, undivided, unitary oneness of the source of consciousness, which is the Brahmanic identity of the ultimate nature of existence. In the awakening process, the true nature of being first throws off the false identity of a person in the world, the false “I” of an ego, then throws off the individual identity of the observing consciousness of that world, the I-Am-ness of the witness, and finally reaches the ultimate identity of the source of consciousness. The true nature of being throws off all of these false identities and still remains as “I”, the inexpressible identity of being infinite nothingness.

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The Internal-External Connection: Source to Cosmos

Recent developments in modern physics and cosmology, specifically the discovery of dark energy and the holographic principle, allow for an understanding of how the internal source of consciousness is connected to the external observable universe. Although the observable universe appears to exist in state of duality, as it must be observed by an observer, if the source of the observable universe is also understood to be the source of observing consciousness, in reality this apparent state of duality is ultimately a state of non-duality, much like the dreaming consciousness of a dreamer and the dreamer’s dream must both arise from the true nature of the dreamer. This scientific understanding of the source of consciousness is totally consistent with what enlightened or truth-realized beings have been saying about the true nature of reality throughout human history, and also allows for a scientific understanding of the road-map that enlightened beings have consistently been pointing to that ultimately leads to spiritual awakening.

The great unsolved problem of modern science is the true nature of the source of consciousness. There have been many attempts to solve this problem, but all have failed miserably. The basic problem is apparent in the Gödel incompleteness theorems, which prove any logically consistent mathematical system as complicated as counting natural numbers, otherwise known as arithmetic, can never prove its own logical consistency. The proof of consistency is always to be found outside the computational system. This is a problem since science is fundamentally based on logically consistent mathematical systems. If the consciousness of the observer that knows about the logical consistency of the mathematical system is taken to be the proof of consistency, the Gödel incompleteness theorems prove the nature of consciousness is to be found outside of all computational systems, which is to say the nature of consciousness is to be found outside of all scientific systems. Although this argument has the irrefutable logic of a mathematical proof, most scientists in the world find it impossible to accept it and instead engage in wishful thinking, believing that in some magical way a scientific understanding of consciousness will be found.

The approach here is different. A priori, the true nature of consciousness is accepted to be outside of all computational systems, and therefore outside of science. Instead, science or computation is understood to be an essential aspect of the observable physical universe, which must be observed by an observer, but the source of the observable physical universe and the source of the observer’s consciousness are taken to be outside of both. As will become clear as this argument is developed, the source of consciousness must be internal to the observer that observes the external observable universe, and yet the source of consciousness is also the source of the physical universe, which in some sense is beyond both. Modern theoretical physics makes sense of this strange state of affairs by making sense of the holographic principle in the context of dark energy, which leads to an understanding that the true vacuum state or void that is the source of the physical universe is also the source of consciousness.

The only scientific way to understand the connection between the internal and the external is through an understanding of the connection between quantum gravity and the source of consciousness. For many scientists, the physical universe with its matter, energy and space-time geometry is the only reality, and yet there is the nagging problem of the true vacuum state or void from which the physical universe must arise through some kind of geometric mechanisms like the expression of dark energy or the accelerated expansion of space and the holographic principle or the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space. Amanda Gefter confronted this problem in her book, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, but found no good answer when she asked John Wheeler: Where does the consciousness of the observer at the central point of view of an accelerated reference frame come from?

The only logically consistent answer is the observing consciousness must come from the true vacuum state. The very act of observing something as formulated in quantum theory tells us that whatever is observed is dependent on the independent existence of the observing consciousness, since reducing the quantum state of potentiality of anything to an actual observable state depends on the observer observing it. This statement bears repeating: The actual existence of anything observed depends on the independent existence of the consciousness observing it. The only way to keep observations free of paradoxes of self-reference and maintain logical consistency is if the observer’s consciousness has an existence independent of whatever is observed, which means consciousness itself is nothing observable and can only arise from the true vacuum state.

Atman-Brahman

The really big question is: “Is the true vacuum state that exists prior to the big bang event and the creation of the physical universe the source of consciousness?” This is a simple yes/no question. This question is really a disguised version of “Who am I?” If the answer is no, in effect one is saying “I am a person in the world” and one is admitting that one is a prisoner in Plato’s cave; a prisoner of one’s mind. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, “The Matrix has you”. The freedom from bondage that Plato discussed is not the freedom of a person, but freedom from the person.

If the answer is yes, then one is saying “I am the observing consciousness itself. I am nothing but consciousness. I am not a part of the virtual reality I perceive, but always outside it, only perceiving it”. Everything perceived in the physical universe must be created from the true vacuum state through the expression of geometric mechanisms, like an image projected from a screen, but only the observing consciousness outside the screen perceives it. The observing consciousness is the bridge that connects the true vacuum state, the internal source of consciousness, to the observed external world. This bridge is like a doorway that allows the observing consciousness to return to and reunite itself with the source of consciousness.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The observing consciousness we each have somehow arises from the source of consciousness, which can only be the true vacuum state, through a differentiation or individualization process that can only arise with the creation of a world to perceive. That world is always perceived by an individual presence of consciousness. This implies the primordial nature of consciousness, as it exists in the true vacuum state prior to observing anything, is undifferentiated or non-dual. This undivided primordial nature of consciousness in some sense is infinite, nothingness and oneness. All the great spiritual traditions of the world have stressed the importance of looking within and focusing attention on the sense of being present as a way to achieve reunion with the source and discover the true nature of who we really are.

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The Physics of Non-Duality: Dark Energy and the Holographic Principle

To really understand what physics is telling us about reality, we have to take it to its logical conclusion, which requires the unification of relativity and quantum theory. Logical consistency requires unification be free of all paradoxes of self-reference. The only known logically consistent way to unify quantum theory and relativity theory is with the holographic principle. If we understand the holographic principle in the context of dark energy, which is the primordial energy that creates the universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event, we end up with an observer-centric view of the world that is free of all paradoxes of self-reference and totally consistent with the ancient concept of non-duality in its purest expression.

Paradox of Self-Reference

Although not well known, in the last twenty years modern physics has undergone a conceptual revolution even greater than the conceptual revolution of a century ago that resulted in the development of quantum theory and relativity theory. This recent conceptual revolution is centered around the holographic principle, which is a way of unifying quantum theory with relativity theory, and the concept of dark energy, which is the primordial energy of the accelerated expansion of space that creates the universe in the first place along the lines of the big bang event. At first glance, these ideas seem weird and unnatural, but they’re only weird in the sense of the mathematics of geometry underlying theoretical physics. All theoretical physics is fundamentally based on geometric concepts, and these new ideas take geometry to its ultimate conclusion. This is the direction in which theoretical physics is evolving.

The remarkable thing about geometry is although it can be formalized mathematically, it can also be understood intuitively. There is something about geometry that is fundamental to our very existence as sentient beings. The upshot of these new ideas about the nature of the world and reality is that there are three levels of reality. The ultimate level of reality, which in the non-dual tradition of Advaita can be called Brahman, is the true vacuum state of nothingness, which can only be described as an empty background space of potentiality. The true vacuum state is the ultimate state of existence. The true vacuum state, being nothing, has zero dark energy, but has the potential to give rise to all other states of existence through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy. The true vacuum state, as the ultimate level of reality and the source of all states of existence that come into being from it, can be called the underlying nature of existence or the ground of being. All other states of existence come into being from the true vacuum state through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy, which is the accelerated expansion of space that gives rise to an observable world along the lines of the big bang event. Space always appears to expand relative to the central point of view of an observer, which is the singularity of the big bang event.

Singularity

This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world. In the non-dual tradition of Advaita, the central point of view of the observer can be called Atman. The accelerated expansion of space gives rise to a cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. In the sense of relativity theory, the cosmic horizon is observer-dependent, since it only arises from the observer’s central point of view in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s cosmic horizon as a way of specifying all the bits of information or entropy that describe the information configuration states of every observable thing in the observer’s world, the observer’s horizon is understood to act as a holographic screen that projects all the images of things in the observer’s world to its central point of view. In this sense, the observer’s world is a holographic world that only arises through the projection of holographic images from its screen to its central point of view. The observer and its observable holographic world always arise in, and can only arise in, the empty background space of the true vacuum state. These three levels of reality: the true vacuum state (Brahman), the central point of view of the observer (Atman), and the observer’s holographic world, are the ultimate conclusion of what modern physics is telling us about the nature of reality and the world.

Atman-Brahman

Amanda Gefter in her recent book Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn has given a very good outline of the conceptual solution for the true nature of reality, but this solution is mostly ignored by almost everyone who is searching for the solution, which raises the interesting question of why almost everyone is ignoring it. What is it that people don’t want to know?

Gefter discovered the solution based on her insightful understanding of the two most important recent discoveries in modern physics: dark energy and the holographic principle. Dark energy is what gives rise to the creation of the universe along the lines of the big bang event and is what puts the “bang” in the big bang event. Dark energy is the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. The observer’s central point of view is the singularity of the big bang event. Dark energy gives rise to a cosmic horizon, which is a bounding surface of space surrounding the observer at the central point of view and limiting the observer’s observations of things in space. Dark energy is what places the observer in an accelerated frame of reference within which an observation-limiting bounding surface of space arises. The holographic principle is the only logically consistent way known to unify relativity theory with quantum theory, and explains quantum gravity or how space-time geometry is quantized. When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s horizon or bounding surface of space, the bounding surface acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the quantized bits of information that specify the information configuration states of all the things the observer can observe in its world, similar to how pixels on a computer screen encode bits of information. Everything the observer can observe in its world is like the projection of a holographic image from its screen to its central point of view in empty space.

Holographic Projection

This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world, since everything the observer can observe in its world is defined by the way bits of information are encoded on its holographic screen, which is always observer-dependent since the screen can only arise in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference as dark energy is expended. The holographic images projected from the screen to the observer’s central point of view are naturally animated like the frames of a movie as energy flows through the observer’s world, which naturally arises with the expression of dark energy. The correct paradigm for understanding reality is the observer-centric paradigm, not a bio-centric paradigm. The biological organism the observer observes in its world is just another image projected from the observer’s screen to its central point of view in empty space. The observer’s mind does not arise from a biological organism or from a brain. The observer’s mind is its holographic screen, which projects all images of the observer’s world and all mental images of the observer’s mind to its central point of view in empty space. Everything the observer can observe in its world, including all sensory and mental images, are projected to its central point of view from its holographic screen, and are no more real than images of mental imagination. Only the observer is really real, but the observer is nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness that arises in empty space at the central point of view or singularity of its world. The big question is where does the observer’s consciousness come from? What is the source of the observer’s consciousness? The only logically consistent answer is the observer’s consciousness comes from the same source that the observer’s world originates from, which is called the void or the true vacuum state. That source is not to be found someplace in the observer’s world, but is only discovered by looking within.

Universal Observer

Gefter drew her remarkable conclusion that Nothing is ultimately real based on her insightful understanding of the two most important recent discoveries of modern physics and cosmology: dark energy and the holographic principle. Although many scientists take the physical universe with its matter, energy and space-time geometry as the only reality, this assumption ignores the problem of the ultimate reality of the true vacuum state or void from which the physical universe can only arise in a big bang event. Many physicists believe that reality somehow encodes the laws of physics as a Theory of Everything, but as Gefter argues, such a theory is logically inconsistent with what we know about reality. Instead, all that’s really required are geometric mechanisms like dark energy and the holographic principle to connect the ultimate nature of reality to the creation of a physical universe. Theoretical physics attempts to explain how the physical universe is created through the expression of dark energy or the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer and gives rise to a cosmic horizon or bounding surface of space that surrounds the central point of the observer, and the holographic principle that explains how bits of information are encoded on that bounding surface of space which then acts as a holographic screen that projects all images of things that appear in the observer’s world to its central point of view. The holographic principle is automatically in effect whenever non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space. Although many theoretical physicists assume there must be a Theory of Everything along the lines of string theory in 11-dimensions, it’s now understood that string theory is only a special case of non-commutative geometry that’s not even compatible with de Sitter space as arising with dark energy, while the holographic principle as understood with non-commutative geometry is compatible with de Sitter space. This leaves us with the unexplained problem of how the consciousness of the observer at the central point of view arises. The only logically consistent answer is the consciousness of the observer arises from the same ultimate reality from which the physical universe arises. In other words, the true vacuum state or void is the source of the observer’s consciousness just as it is the source of the physical universe the observer observes. Both the observable physical universe and the observer’s consciousness must come into existence together through a differentiation process that requires both the accelerated expansion of space (dark energy) and the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space (the holographic principle). The true vacuum state or void as the source of both consciousness and the physical universe must be undifferentiated, which for lack of a better description can be called undifferentiated consciousness.

The holographic principle was first proposed by Susskind and ‘t Hooft as a way to unify relativity theory with quantum theory and explain the quantization of the space-time geometry or quantum gravity of a black hole in terms of how entropy or bits of information are encoded on the event horizon of a black hole. Information or entropy is not encoded inside the black hole, but rather on the bounding surface of the event horizon, much like bits of information are encoded on the pixels of a computer screen.

Black Hole Entropy

The holographic principle makes sense of the nature of Hawking radiation from the surface of the event horizon and resolves the paradox of information loss as the black hole radiates away Hawking radiation and appears to evaporate away. Nothing can escape from inside a black hole because the force of gravity is so strong at the event horizon that even light cannot escape. If the information for all things that fell into the black hole were encoded inside the event horizon of the black hole, information would forever be trapped inside the black hole and could not escape away as Hawking radiation is radiated away from the event horizon, hence the information loss paradox.

Black Hole Horizon

In quantum field theory, Hawking radiation is understood to arise as entangled virtual particle-antiparticle pairs that become separated at the event horizon. Through the mathematics of the event horizon, this separation turns separated virtual particles into observable particles that can be observed by an external observer. From the perspective of the external observer, the event horizon appears to have a temperature and to radiate away thermal radiation. Hawking radiation appears to be radiated away because the event horizon has a temperature. If that temperature is hotter than the surrounding space, the black hole radiates away thermal radiation and apparently evaporates away into nothing, but where does all the information go? The holographic principle resolves this paradox since all the bits of information are not encoded inside the black hole, but on the event horizon, and so all the information escapes away from the black hole with the Hawking radiation as the black hole evaporates away.

Hawking Radiation

The event horizon of a black hole is a bounding surface in space where from the perspective of an accelerated external observer the force of gravity is so strong that even light cannot escape from inside the black hole and reach the accelerated point of view of the external observer. Instead, the accelerated external observer observes the event horizon to radiate away Hawking radiation as a kind of thermal radiation. The information loss paradox fundamentally arises because from the perspective of a freely falling observer that falls through the event horizon, there is no force of gravity, the horizon is only an imaginary surface in space, and there is no Hawking radiation. The freely falling observer observes none of it. Which perspective is correct? The principle of equivalence says both perspectives are equally valid. Only the holographic principle can resolve this paradox and make sense of these apparently contradictory observations, since it tells us all the bits of information for whatever the external accelerated observer can observe are encoded on the horizon, which acts as a holographic screen that projects observable images to the external observer’s point of view much like a computer screen projects images to an external observer.

Soon after proposed, string theory in anti-de Sitter space was explicitly shown to demonstrate the holographic principle. Anti-de Sitter space arises from Einstein’s theory of general relativity with a negative cosmological constant. String theory demonstrates the encoding of entropy on an anti-de Sitter event horizon is much like the encoding of entropy on a black hole horizon, and is equivalent to a theory of quantum gravity in the space bounded by the anti-de Sitter horizon. In other words, gravity in the bounded space is equivalent to entropy on the bounding surface of that bounded space. The holographic principle explains that the way one gets from entropy to gravity is through holographic projection from the bounding surface into the bounded space, much like the images of a movie are projected from a movie screen to an observer out in the audience. Unfortunately, string theory cannot be formulated in de Sitter space, which is the kind of space that we find ourselves to be within inside the physical universe. De Sitter space arises from Einstein’s theory of general relativity with a positive cosmological constant, which is like a force of anti-gravity that causes the accelerated expansion of space relative to the central point of view of an observer, but is now called dark energy. String theory is not compatible with dark energy. The good news is that string theory is a special case of non-commutative geometry, which is compatible with dark energy. All geometry is compatible with non-commutative geometry, even fractal geometry. Penrose tiling is an example of both fractal geometry and non-commutative geometry.

Penrose Tiling

All geometries are special or limiting cases of non-commutative geometry. The holographic principle is automatically in effect whenever non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space as a way to quantize position coordinates on the bounding surface. The quantized position coordinates on the bounding surface act like pixels that encode bits of information. The expression of dark energy gives rise to an observer’s cosmic horizon or bounding surface of space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the observer’s horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. The holographic principle is perfectly consistent with our physical universe and its de Sitter space, except that it tells us that every observer has its own physical universe defined on its own observer-dependent cosmic horizon. This naturally gives rise to an observer-centric view of the world. This scientific argument is quite perfect and has no logical flaws, paradoxes or inconsistencies.

Horizon Information

In relativity theory, the expenditure of energy in the exertion of any force is equivalent to an observer in an accelerated frame of reference. Acceleration always implies the expenditure of energy, just like an accelerating rocket-ship must expend energy through the force of its thrusters. In this sense, every force, like gravity, is nothing more than the bending of space or the curvature of space-time geometry that occurs in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference

Modern physics tells us that the ultimate nature of this energy is dark energy, which we understand as the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the ultimate state of existence, often called the void or true vacuum state, which is an empty space of potentiality, expresses energy with the expansion or bending of space, which always expands relative to an observer’s central point of view.

Dark Energy/Accelerated Expansion of Space

The observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference whenever energy is expended. The expenditure of dark energy is the only way the observer’s world can be created, as in the big bang event. The observer’s central point of view is always at the central point of singularity. This accelerated frame of reference is how a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen and that encodes all the bits of information for the observer’s world

Accelerating Observer’s Horizon/Holographic Screen

The observer’s cosmic horizon only arises because of the expenditure of dark energy that puts the observer in an accelerated frame of reference due to the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the observer’s central point of view. The farther out into space the observer looks, the faster space appears to expand away from the observer’s central point of view.

Accelerated Expansion of Space and the Observer’s Cosmic Horizon

Due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, a cosmic horizon arises that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observation of things in space. At the surface of its cosmic horizon, space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light, and so nothing is observable beyond it. The observer’s cosmic horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space.

Horizon Information

When non-commutative geometry is applied to the bounding surface of the horizon as a way of specifying a finite number n=(Horizon surface area)/4(Planck area) of position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect, and the bounding surface of the horizon encodes n bits of information as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. With non-commutative geometry the n position coordinates on the horizon’s surface are no longer infinitesimal points but are smeared out into area elements encoding bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, like pixels on a computer screen.

The Holographic Principle/Horizon Entropy

The holographic principle tells us that the observer’s horizon encodes all the bits of information for its world. The observer’s horizon is a bounding surface of space that acts as a holographic screen that projects all the images of things in that world to the observer’s central point of view, which is the point of singularity.

Observer’s Holographic Screen

Those projected images are holographic and appear to arise within the bounded space of the observer’s world, but just like a computer generated virtual reality, the projected images are defined by bits of information encoded on pixels on the screen, and in reality are only projected to the observer’s central point of view.

Universal Observer/Atmanic Consciousness

A consensual reality shared by many observers located at different points of view in empty space becomes possible with information sharing among overlapping screens, like in a Venn diagram. This kind of information sharing among overlapping bounded spaces is much like that which occurs in a network of screens like the internet.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

What about the laws of physics that apparently govern events in the observer’s world? Ted Jacobson has shown Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity that describes the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space, arise as a thermal average or thermodynamic equations of state from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface of that space and the absolute temperature of the bounding surface. The basic reason is the second law of thermodynamics, which is really not a law of physics but a statistical average about the random flow of thermal energy. As heat flows across a bounding surface of space, the second law tells us the entropy of the bounded space changes, and the holographic principle then tells us the bounding surface must change, which tells us the geometry of the bounded space must change. Since the geometry of the bounded space is described by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describe how space-time geometry is projected from the bounding surface like a screen output to an observer outside the screen and animated over a sequence of screen outputs like the frames of a movie the observer is watching, the space-time geometry of the bounded space only arises as a statistical thermal average from the way entropy or bits of information are encoded on the bounding surface and the average thermal energy or absolute temperature of the bounding surface.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

Every observer in an accelerated frame of reference has an event horizon, which is a bounding surface of space. When non-commutative geometry is applied to the event horizon as a way to localize a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. This quantization of position coordinates on the horizon is the essence of quantum gravity, which explains how quantum theory is unified with relativity theory. The observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the quantized bits of information about whatever the observer observes in its world, which are the observable images projected from the observer’s screen to the observer’s central point of view. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity, naturally arise from the quantization of position coordinates on the horizon as thermal averages for whatever is observed in the bounded space, and describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the observer’s world. The space-time metric is a measure of the curvature of the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-Time Metric

When the usual unifying mechanisms of super-symmetry of space and the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space are applied to Einstein’s field equations, all the standard quantum fields of the standard model of particle physics naturally arise as extra components of the space-time metric, which describe the electromagnetic and nuclear forces along with all the fermion and boson particles of the standard model. An elementary particle is understood as the quantum of the field, such as a photon which is the quantum of the electromagnetic field. The quantum of the field is understood to arise as a quantized wave-packet of field energy and momentum. The quantum fields of the electromagnetic and nuclear forces are understood to arise as extra components of the space-time metric through the unification mechanisms of super-symmetry and extra compactified dimensions of space, which can be understood through the mechanism of non-commutative geometry. These geometric mechanisms give rise to all the usual laws of physics, which are not really laws but only have the validity of thermal averages, but the situation is actually more complicated.

Extra Compactified Dimensions of Space

The remarkable discovery of modern cosmology is observations indicate the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. This is possible in relativity theory as the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out the total amount of dark energy and all forms of positive energy arising from dark energy. The fact the total energy of the observable universe exactly adds up to zero tells us something important. Since everything in the world is composed of energy and all energy ultimately adds up to zero, this tells us that everything is ultimately nothing.

Yin-Yang Balance

The law of balance rules supreme-Nisargadatta

Every action creates a reaction, which balances and neutralizes the action. There is a continuous cancelling out, and in the end it is as if nothing happened-Nisargadatta

If we take the big bang seriously, we understand that at the moment of creation of the observable universe a great deal of dark energy is expended. That world is initially only about a Planck length in size, but then inflates in size due to an instability in the amount of dark energy. This instability in dark energy is like a burning process that burns away dark energy. The big bang hypothesizes that at the moment of creation dark energy takes on a maximal value, but due to an instability in the amount of dark energy, the value transitions to a lower value. This transition is like a phase transition from a meta-stable false vacuum state to a more stable vacuum state of lower energy. The most stable state, the true vacuum, is a state with zero dark energy.

Meta-Stable State

The instability in dark energy is like a burning process that burns away dark energy. The expenditure of dark energy breaks the symmetry of empty space by constructing an observation limiting cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view, and the transition to a lower value undoes this broken symmetry. As dark energy burns away to zero, the cosmic horizon inflates in size to infinity, and the symmetry is restored. We understand this undoing of symmetry breaking is like a phase transition from a false vacuum state to a true vacuum state. Dark energy burns away and heat is radiated away as the phase transition occurs. This idea is consistent with the current measured value of dark energy, based on the rate with which distant galaxies are observed to accelerate away from us, which corresponds to the size of the observable universe of about 15 billion light years.

Accelerating Universe

This burning away of dark energy also explains the normal flow of energy in the observer’s world in terms of the second law of thermodynamics. Relativity theory tells us the radius, R, of the observer’s cosmic horizon is inversely related to the density of dark energy, while the holographic principle tells us the absolute temperature of the observer’s horizon is inversely related to its radius. At the moment of creation, R is about a Planck length and the absolute temperature is maximal. As dark energy burns away to zero, R inflates in size to infinity, and the temperature cools to absolute zero. The second law simply says that heat tends to flow from hotter to colder objects because hotter objects radiate away more heat as thermal radiation. The instability in dark energy explains the second law as dark energy burns away, the observer’s world inflates in size and cools in temperature, and heat tends to flow from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world. The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world reflects this normal flow of heat as dark energy burns away and the observer’s world inflates in size and cools. This normal flow of energy naturally arises in a thermal gradient. This also explains the mystery of “time’s arrow”, as the normal course of time is related to the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world. As far as the holographic principle goes, a thermal gradient is also a temporal gradient.

How do other forms of energy, like mass energy, arise from dark energy? The answer is symmetry breaking. All forms of positive energy arise from dark energy through symmetry breaking. As dark energy burns away, high energy photons are created, and these photons can create particle-antiparticle pairs, like proton-antiproton pairs. One of the mysteries of cosmology is why there are so many protons in the universe and so few antiprotons. Symmetry breaking gives the answer. At high energies, antiprotons can decay into electrons and protons into positrons, but there is a difference in the decay rates due to a broken symmetry called parity violation, and so more antiprotons decay than protons. As the universe cools, protons become relatively stable, and so that’s what’s left over. Even the mass of the proton arises through a process of symmetry breaking called the Higg’s mechanism. The expenditure of energy that characterizes all the gauge forces, like electromagnetic energy in a living organism or nuclear energy in a star, all arise from dark energy through a process of symmetry breaking, but all of this positive energy is exactly cancelled out by the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction.

The holographic principle as understood with non-commutative geometry in the context of dark energy tells us that ultimately the laws of physics are not encoded in reality. Instead, the laws of physics spontaneously emerge as thermal averages as heat flows in a thermal gradient. In a similar way to how water freezes into ice as heat flows away from water molecules, the laws of physics that apparently govern events in the observable universe spontaneously emerge or “freeze out” from the underlying state of potentiality that describes all possible laws of physics. This is another example of spontaneous symmetry breaking, which naturally occurs as dark energy burns away and the observable universe inflates in size and cools in temperature.

The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world is a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics, which describes the random flow of thermal energy. Heat tends to flow from hotter to colder objects, and also from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world. The observer’s world is not at thermal equilibrium, which is why heat flows. This is purely a statistical consequence of hotter objects tending to radiate away more heat. As heat flows in a thermal gradient, entropy, which is the disordering of information inherent in objects as a consequence of the randomization of thermal energy, tends to increase, which tends to disorder objects, like a piece of ice that becomes more disordered when it melts into water as heat flows into it and chemical bonds are broken, or the flow of heat from the sun to the earth which arises through the dispersion of photons into more random states. This normal flow of heat in a thermal gradient and the corresponding increase in entropy that accompanies the flow of heat is what gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world.

Normal Flow of Energy Through the Observer’s World

There is a competing process that tends to balance out the normal increase in entropy or disorder that occurs as heat flows in a thermal gradient. This balancing process is the tendency for coherent organization of information to develop, which allows for the organization of objects into distinct forms that coherently self-replicate their forms and for distinct forms to become inter-related. This tendency for coherent organization to develop is a natural aspect of a holographic world, since all the bits of information encoded on a holographic screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix that arise when a finite number of position coordinates are specified on the screen by non-commutative geometry. Entanglement of information implies that every distinct form of information that appears in the observer’s world through the projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view is inherently related to every other distinct form of information. Entangled bits of information naturally tend to align over an animated sequence of holographic projections, and that alignment of information gives rise to the coherent organization of information. Coherence can even be seen on a piece of holographic film as an interference pattern. This tendency for entangled bits of information to align or bind together is typical of quantum entanglement, like entangled spin variables that tend to align. This natural tendency for entangled bits of information to self-organize and form self-replicating distinct forms of information and for the development of inter-relationships between distinct forms is balanced out by the natural tendency for information to become disordered and entropy to increase as heat flows in a thermal gradient. The temporary and local organization of information into forms is possible in spite of the relentless tendency for entropy to globally increase and eventually disorganize all forms due to the possibility of entropy locally and temporarily decreasing while global entropy increases. This local and temporary decrease in entropy is possible due to the addition of organizing potential energy to a form while disorganizing random kinetic energy or heat is radiated away from the form into the global environment. We call this addition of organizing potential energy to a form the process of forms eating other forms, which is necessary for the temporary organization of all life-forms. Organization and disorganization of the forms of all objects and their inter-relationships are always in a balanced state of interplay in a holographic world.

Illusion and Reality

Quantum theory tells us that there is no such thing as determinism, only potentiality. Everything in the universe, including the observable universe itself, only exists in a state of potentiality until it is measured or observed, at which time it comes into an actual state of existence. This actual state of existence only lasts for the moment of observation, which can be called the eternal now. The holographic principle tells us the observer is only a presence of consciousness at a point of view in empty space that centrally arises in relation to a surrounding holographic screen or bounding surface of space that encodes all the bits of information that specify the configuration state of whatever is observed in that bounded space. Until the moment at which the observation is made, the state of anything is described by a quantum state of potentiality that sums over all possible ways bits of information can be encoded on the holographic screen. At the moment of observation, an actual configuration state is chosen from the quantum state, which is what is actually observed. Quantum entanglement always comes into effect since all the bits of information encoded on the screen are entangled, typically as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The classic experiment that confirms potentiality as the mechanism of reality rather than determinism is the separation of two entangled spin variables. If a spin 0 particle randomly decays into two spin ½ particles, and the two particles separate from each other, the measurement of the spin state of one particle instantaneously determines the measurement of the spin state of the other particle, even if they become separated to opposite sides of the observable universe. The spin state of each particle is specified by a quantum state of potentiality in terms of equal proportions of spin up and spin down states. Due to the conservation of spin angular momentum, if one particle is measured to be spin up, the other particle can only be measured to be spin down. Einstein referred to this state of affairs as spooky action at a distance, and proposed that determinism, not potentiality, was actually in effect at all times and the particles had an actual spin state even when unmeasured. The test of Bell’s theorem disproves Einstein’s deterministic point of view as it proves that potentiality is in effect at all times. Potentiality wins the day every time it is tested.

Quantum Entanglement and Spooky Action at a Distance

The quantum state of potentiality not only includes the potentiality for the form of all possible things the observer can possibly observe in its world, but also the potentiality for all possible ways in which energy can flow through the observer’s world and animate all things in that world. Not only do the form of things come into an actual state of existence when they’re observed, but the flow of energy also comes into an actual state of existence when observed. To be observed, the observer has to be present to make the observation, which means the observer has to focus its attention on whatever is observed for the observed thing or the observed flow of energy to come into an actual state of existence. If the observer is not present to make the observation, then neither the observed thing nor the observed flow of energy can come in an actual state of existence, but instead both the form of things and the flow of energy remain in an unobserved state of potentiality. This is why Einstein could never accept quantum theory, since he felt things actually existed even when they were not observed. Einstein famously stated that “God does not play dice with the universe”, but the experimental evidence is God does indeed play dice with the universe. Everything, including the flow of energy that animates all things, only exists in a state of potentiality until observed, at which moment the observed things and animating flow of energy come into an actual state of existence, but the observer must be present at that moment of observation to make the observation. In this sense, the present moment is always an eternal now. Niels Bohr described this strange state of affairs as “Anyone not shocked by quantum theory has not yet understood it”. Feynman liked to say “Nobody really understands quantum theory”. The idea that things only have actual existence when the observer observes them is a radical idea, but all the experimental data supports it. Until observed, things only have potential existence. All measurements of the double slit experiment and tests of Bell’s theorem with the measurement of the spin states of entangled particles that have become separated confirm this strange state of affairs. Einstein argued the particles must have definite spin states even when unmeasured, but the experimental evidence is they don’t. Their spin states only become definite when measured. If the spin states of separated particles are entangled, measurement of the spin state of one particle is equivalent to measurement of the spin state of the other particle, no matter how far apart they separate. Einstein called such measurements “spooky action at a distance”.

The observer’s holographic screen encodes bits of information as a quantum state of potentiality, which is a basic consequence of non-commutative geometry, and so with every observation a choice must be made about what to observe. In quantum theory this choice is a quantum state reduction that reduces the screen’s quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality. In quantum theory this choice is understood as a decision point where the observer chooses to follow an actual path through the information configuration space, where the quantum state of potentiality is understood as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Possible Paths

The holographic principle tells us each observer has its own world of animated observable images projected from its own holographic screen arising on an observer-dependent event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, within which the observer appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry. Just like the animation of the frames of a movie on a computer screen, the space-time geometry of the observer’s world is projected to the observer’s point of view in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs that are ordered in the flow of energy. Each decision point on the observer’s world-line is a choice about what to observe in its world and which path to follow through its world, which the observer makes with its focus of attention on things in its world. Different choices give rise to following a different world-line, which from the observer’s point of view is an alternative timeline that gives rise to an alternative world. That’s how relativity and quantum theory are unified along the lines of the many world interpretation, which naturally arises with the holographic principle and an observer-dependent holographic screen that defines its world.

Observer’s World-line and Decision Point

What we call a law of physics is not really a law at all but more like a probabilistic guideline. The laws of physics like gravity are all expressed in a classical sense as a principle of least action, but least action only represents the path of least action in the quantum state of potentiality, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state can always be formulated as a sum over all possible paths in the information configuration space. The path of least action or classical path is only the most likely path in the sense of quantum probability, but is only valid if the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased or random way. The quantum state is like a probability distribution that is measured by observations, but only unbiased observations give accurate measurements. If bias arises in the way choices are made, then all bets are off and the laws of physics lose their predictability. Events that apparently violate the laws of physics, like walking on water, are possible when sufficient bias arises in the way choices are made to create actions that significantly deviate from the path of least action. As Morpheus tells Neo in the Matrix, this is like bending the law of gravity, which relativity theory tells us is the bending of space.

What about free will versus determinism? Quantum theory tells us that determinism is not a valid concept, since every observable thing only exists in a state of potentiality until observed, at which time it exists for that moment of observation in a state of actuality. The actual existence of anything is dependent on an observer observing it, but that state of actual existence only lasts for a moment called now, and the observer must be present now to observe it. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s observable world is always defined by the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, which is the bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. The quantum state of potentiality is a sum over all possible configuration states of information, which is typically characterized by an interference pattern. At the moment of observation, the quantum state of the observer’s screen is reduced to an actual configuration state. Although determinism is not valid, there is a normal flow of things through the observer’s world that arises since all things tend to follow the path of least action, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space, as long as the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased way. The possibility of free will arises if the observer can choose what it observes in its world with its focus of attention on things in its world, but only if those choices are made in a biased way that deviates from the path of least action and the normal flow of things. The observer’s bias in observation is always an interference with the normal flow of things that naturally arises with unbiased observations.

The big question is: Who chooses? Who makes the choices? The answer is only the observer can choose what it observes in its world and which path it follows through its world with its focus of attention on its world. When its focus of attention is redirected, different choices are made. The observer always makes its choices at a decision point on its world-line, but in reality the observer goes nowhere. The observer only appears to follow a world-line through its projected and animated space-time geometry, which is projected from its holographic screen in a screen output and is animated over a sequence of screen outputs, just like the projection and animation of a movie from a screen to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. In reality, the observer is only watching the movie. The observer is always present at the central point of view of its world, which is a point of singularity in empty space.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The observer is the true nature of what one really is, which can be called I Am, since the observer has its own inherent sense of being present in the sense of mindfulness or presence. The holographic principle tells us that everything the observer observes in its world is no more real than the images of a virtual reality, like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view out in the audience of empty space. This concept of observation implies another aspect of consciousness that can be called the light of consciousness, which is necessary to project images from the observer’s screen back to itself like the focused light of a movie projector projects the images of a movie from a screen to an observer’s point of view out in the audience. The observer’s own light of consciousness is necessary to project images from the screen back to itself, which is another aspect of the observer’s consciousness that arises along with the observer’s own observing consciousness that perceives those projected images. The observer’s light of consciousness can be understood as the observer’s focus of attention on things, since its light of consciousness must become focused on things in order to project the images of those things back to itself.

At the root of my being is pure awareness, a speck of intense light.
This speck, by its nature, radiates and creates pictures in space and events in time, effortlessly and spontaneously-Nisargadatta

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy, with an observer-dependent cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen and that projects all the animated images of the observer’s world to its central point of view out in the audience of empty space, like a movie the observer is watching, tells us that only consciousness is really real with its own inherent independent existence. Everything else is virtual and dependent on consciousness for coming into a virtual existence. Virtual means things are forms of information, composed of bits of information, and their observation is like the projection of animated images from a screen to the point of view where perceiving consciousness exists, like the animated images of a virtual reality projected from a computer screen to an observer. Only consciousness has an independent or ultimate existence and is ultimately real, but that ultimate reality is nothing observable. Consciousness itself as the ultimate subjective nature of reality cannot be any observable object it can observe within its field of view. Defining ultimate reality as invariant for all observers means it is nothing observable. Nothing observable is ultimately real, but that is what consciousness is.

Nothing perceivable is real.
Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman.
That which makes you think that you are a human is not human.
It is a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing.
All you can say about yourself is I Am-Nisargadatta

Observers at different points of view observe different things. For example, when one falls into a deep sleep or a coma, one’s world disappears from one’s own point of view, but from the point of view of another observer, one’s body is still in bed. Which observer’s point of view is correct? The answer is given by the principle of equivalence. Different observers in different frames of reference observe different things, but neither point of view is more or less valid than any other point of view. The observer in a state of deep sleep observes nothing, which is just as valid an observation as observing a world. The holographic principle tells us the observer’s world only appears to come into existence because dark energy is expended. That’s how the observer’s world is created. Without dark energy, the observer has no world. What remains is the true vacuum state with zero dark energy, which undergoes no expansion and has no horizons. It is only describable as an infinite, unbounded, undivided, empty background space with the potentiality to expand. The true vacuum state with zero dark energy is not a state that arises from some other state, but the underlying reality from which all other states arise through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy. The vacuum state of nothingness that remains with zero dark energy is the only state that is the same for all observers. If ultimate reality is defined as invariant for all observers, then nothing observable can ultimately be real.

One’s world can be called a dream-state, but the better term is a virtual reality, as animated images of one’s world are projected from one’s holographic screen to one’s central point of view in empty space, like the animated images of a movie are projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. If we understand the world as a kind of virtual reality that arises from ultimate reality through the expression of energy or desire, the holographic principle tells us the world is no more real than animated images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer. In the non-dual tradition of Advaita, the point of consciousness of the observer is the nature of Atmanic consciousness that gives rise to the light of consciousness that is needed to project images in addition to observing them. The focus of attention of consciousness, as in the focus of the light of consciousness, allows those images to become animated in the flow of energy and also to some degree is able to direct them in the sense of directing the scenes of a movie.

The world you can perceive is a very small world, entirely private. The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it. What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for your Self that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream-Nisargadatta

Once you have seen that you are dreaming, you shall wake up, but you do not see because you want the dream to continue. A day will come when you long for the ending of the dream; you become willing to pay any price; the price will be dispassion and detachment, the loss of interest in the dream-Nisargadatta

The mind-body problem is only solvable if the problem of the ultimate nature of reality is solved first. As long as we take the physical universe with its matter, energy, elementary particles and space-time geometry as the ultimate nature of reality, the mind-body problem cannot be solved. The solution becomes quite straightforward once the holographic principle in the context of dark energy is accepted and the physical universe and everything in it is understood as a holographic projection from a holographic screen. The problem of ultimate reality then comes down to what gives rise to or creates the holographic screen in the first place and what is responsible for the holographic projection. Since the holographic projection of the physical universe and everything in it can only be projected from a cosmic horizon that arises with the expression of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, and is always projected to the central point of view of an observer in an accelerated frame of reference, the only possible solution is the ultimate nature of reality can only be consciousness itself, where consciousness in its primordial or ultimate state is understood as an empty space of potentiality, which is like an empty background space with the potential to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space. In this sense, the observer’s mind is a holographic screen that projects images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view, and the observer’s body is only a projected image.

In pure being consciousness arises.
In consciousness the world appears and disappears.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.
The center is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing.
But the void is full to the brim.
It is the eternal potential as consciousness is the eternal actual-Nisargadatta

I am like a cinema screen, clear and empty.
The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before.
The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures. These are lumps of destiny, but not my destiny; the destinies of the people on the screen.
The character will become a person when he begins to shape his life instead of accepting it as it comes-identifying himself with it.
All this I perceive quite clearly, but I am not in it.
I feel myself as floating over it, aloof and detached.
There is also the awareness of it all and a sense of immense distance as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon.
To myself I Am neither perceivable nor conceivable.
There is nothing I can point out and say “this I am”-Nisargadatta

An interesting observation of child psychologists is that prior to the development of a mentally-constructed body-based self-concept sometime during the second year of life the infant sees the world two dimensionally. Such an infant has no concept of movement in the third dimension, and cannot distinguish between larger or smaller objects and objects that are moved closer or farther away. It is as though all these objects are just images projected from a distant screen, where objects can grow or shrink in size but can’t move closer or farther away in the third dimension. This observation seems like a direct confirmation of the holographic principle. Prior to the mental development of a body-based self-concept which requires body-based memory of self the observer’s world is seen two dimensionally. Spiritual awakening in the sense of the ascension of consciousness can be understood as a reversion back to this more basic way of seeing things, where objects in space are actually seen to be images projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer out in empty space. One such object in space is one’s own body, and so the mentally-constructed concept of a body-based self becomes absurd once one directly sees that one’s body is just another image projected from a screen to one’s point of view in empty space.

Awareness comes as if from a higher dimension.
The witness that stands aloof is the watchtower of the real, the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested-Nisargadatta

The observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world is always present at the central point of singularity of a surrounding holographic screen, which only arises as a cosmic horizon when dark energy is expended and space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate. Dark energy is what puts the bang in the big bang event. This primordial explosive energy of the expansion of space is what creates the observer’s world, but also shatters the undivided unity of the true vacuum state of pure empty space from which it arises. The expenditure of dark energy is the nature of the differentiation process that differentiates the observer’s individual consciousness from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. We understand the expenditure of dark energy is the accelerated expansion of space, which expands at an accelerated rate relative to the central point of view of the observer. In the sense of the curvature of space-time geometry, this accelerated expansion of space is the bending of space.

Everything is a play of ideas. In the state free from ideation nothing is perceived. The root idea is I Am. It shatters the state of pure consciousness and is followed by the innumerable sensations and perceptions, feelings and ideas which in their totality constitute God’s world. The I Am remains as the witness, but it is by the will of God that everything happens-Nisargadatta

When you see the world you see God. There is no seeing God apart from the world. Beyond the world to see God is to be God. The light by which you see the world, which is God, is the tiny little spark I Am-Nisargadatta

The witness is both real and unreal, the last remnant of illusion, the first touch of the real. The moment you say I Am, the entire universe comes into being-Nisargadatta

There must be a source from which all flows, a foundation on which all stands-Nisargadatta

Consciousness itself is the source of everything.
What is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness.
Everything is a form of energy-Nisargadatta

By itself, nothing has existence-Nisargadatta

You are not the body.
You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness-Nisargadatta

The I Am in movement creates the world.
The I Am at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

What you call the universe is spontaneous creativity-Nisargadatta

Delve deeply into the sense I Am and you will discover that the perceiving center is universal. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. Whatever is done is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy.
There can be no universe without the witness, no witness without the universe-Nisargadatta

Reality is essentially alone.
To know that nothing is, is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

For the path of return naughting oneself is necessary.
My stand I take where nothing is.
To the mind it is all darkness and silence.
It is deep and dark, mystery beyond mystery.
It is, while all else merely happens.
It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

When the expenditure and flow of energy comes to an end and the observer is no longer in an accelerated frame of reference and is no longer surrounded by a bounding surface of space, the holographic projection and animation of a bounded space-time geometry to the observer and all observed forms within that bounded geometry also comes to an end. When energy is no longer expended and this acceleration comes to an end, the observer enters into a freely falling frame of reference. In an ultimate freely falling frame of reference, no energy is expended, no horizon arises, no holographic screen arises to define the observer’s world, images of things in that world are no longer projected or animated, and so everything in the observer’s world disappears from existence. When the observer’s world disappears from existence, the observer is no longer present for that world. When the observer’s world disappears, the observer’s differentiated focal point of consciousness can only dissolve back into the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This ultimate state of free fall is described as falling into the void. In this ultimate state of existence, only empty space remains.

We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment-Osho

The inner emptiness itself is the mystery.
When the inner space is there, you are not.
When you dissolve, the inner emptiness is there.
When you are not, the mystery will be revealed.
You will not be a witness to the mystery, you will be the mystery-Osho

You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.
At this point Being is revealed: then you know who you are, what is your real being, what is your authentic existence.
That Being is void-Osho

Enlightenment, which is the ascension of consciousness to a higher level that is really a higher dimension, like an observer that knows it is only watching a movie projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen and that its own light of consciousness is reflected back to itself as those images are projected from the screen, and truth-realization, which is a reunion with or dissolution into ultimate reality like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean, are not the same as mystical experiences, like a brief experience of cosmic consciousness, which is a transient mystical way of perceiving the world. The key point is mystical experiences are experiences of the world, which is a virtual reality, but awakening isn’t. Enlightenment and truth-realization are abiding experiences where one experiences oneself as abiding non-dual awareness. They’re about awakening to and knowing the truth or reality of what one really is, which is the flip side of knowing what one is not. One is not one’s character in the movie one is watching.

The totality of all mental projections is the Great Illusion.
When I look beyond the mind I see the witness.
Beyond the witness is infinite emptiness and silence-Nisargadatta

First we must know ourselves as witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centers of observation, and then realize that immense ocean of pure awareness, which is both mind and matter and beyond both-Nisargadatta

In the ocean of pure awareness, on the surface of the universal consciousness, the numberless waves of the phenomenal worlds arise and subside beginninglessly and endlessly. Nothing lasts. The void remains. Awareness is not of time. Time exists in consciousness only-Nisargadatta

Awareness is beyond all.
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state.
Awareness is undivided, aware of itself-Nisargadatta

The person is never the subject.
You can see a person but you are not a person.
The difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself-Nisargadatta

You are the source of reality-a dimensionless center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives-a pure witness that watches what is going on and remains unaffected. It is only imagination and self-identification with the imagined that encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person.
The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding.
In reality there is no such thing.
Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession.
In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself-Nisargadatta

As long as we imagine ourselves to be separate personalities, we cannot grasp reality which is essentially impersonal-Nisargadatta

Consciousness is impersonal. Consciousness does not arise from a person. It’s exactly the other way around. The person is like the central character of a movie consciousness is watching. Only consciousness has its own independent existence. The apparent existence of a person in the world depends on consciousness focusing its attention on the life of the person in the world and on the mentally constructed and emotionally energized concept of being a person in the world. The apparent existence of the person depends on consciousness observing that apparent life in the emotional context of that self-concept, within which consciousness identifies itself with the form of the person since it really feels self-limited to that emotionally animated form as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through the form, which is why consciousness identifies itself with the form, focuses its attention on the life of the form of the person in the world and the mentally constructed concept of being that person, and feels compelled to defend the survival of that self-replicating form of the person as though its existence depends on it, which only perpetuates the hypnotic spell of fearful self-defense and personal self-identification. The only way to break this hypnotic spell is if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from the life of the person in the world, away from the mental construction of the concept of being that person, and shifts the focus of its attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness.

You are and I am, but only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be but light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known-the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the perceivable world is real you remain its slave. To become free your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

The ultimate or timeless nature of impersonal being is an empty space of potentiality. When this empty space of potentiality expresses its power with the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, an observer’s focal point of consciousness is differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness and a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. That’s how the observer’s world is created and the observer’s individual being comes into being. This bending of space is the only way that the observer’s world can be created and its individual being can come into being.

You can see a person but you are not a person. The person is never the subject. You are always the Supreme which appears at a given point of time and space as the witness, a bridge between the pure awareness of the Supreme and the manifold consciousness of the person-Nisargadatta

The center of consciousness is That which cannot be given name and form, for it is without quality and beyond consciousness. It is a point in consciousness which is beyond consciousness. Like a hole in the paper is both in the paper and yet not of the paper, so is the supreme state in the very center of consciousness and yet beyond consciousness. It is an opening in the mind, a void, through which the mind is flooded with light. It is but an opening for the light of consciousness to enter the mental space-Nisargadatta

All appearance and disappearance presupposes a change against some changeless background-Nisargadatta

In reality only the Ultimate is. The rest is a matter of name and form. As long as you cling to the idea that only what has name and shape exists the Supreme will appear to you non-existing. Names and shapes are hollow shells-Nisargadatta

Spiritual awakening is described as awakening from a dream. When one awakens, the dream one is dreaming disappears from one’s point of view, and only one’s true nature as the dreamer of the dream remains. This metaphor only makes sense if one understands that one’s world and one’s life in that world is like a dream, and one’s true nature as the dreamer of the dream is not some observable thing one can observe in that world. One’s true nature is one’s spiritual being that can only be the true nature of one’s consciousness that perceives everything in that world.

The Supreme state neither comes nor goes. It is.
It is a timeless state, ever present.
Before the mind happens, I Am.
Before all beginnings, after all endings, I Am.
All has its being in the I Am that shines in every living being-Nisargadatta

Awakening is not the same as body death. After body death, one’s ego or mentally constructed self-concept can continue in one’s world and apparently become reincarnated in a new body. One’s new life continues under the sway of one’s old ego. This is possible since one’s mind is a limiting holographic screen surrounding the focal point of an observer, and all the projected images of one’s world and mind, including all self-referential thoughts, are projected from the observer’s screen to its central point of view. Since all the bits of information encoded on the observer’s holographic screen are entangled, the projected images of self-referential thoughts can continue even after the projected image of a body appears to die. The reincarnated new body may suffer from the effects of the same old ego.

As life before death is but imagination, so is life after death. The dream continues-Nisargadatta

You may die a hundred deaths without a break in the mental turmoil, or you may keep your body and die only in the mind-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that the world is in you and not you in the world, you are out of it. Your body remains in the world, but you are not deluded by it-Nisargadatta

The body depends on the mind, the mind on consciousness, and consciousness on awareness, not the other way around-Nisargadatta

The observer’s mind is not limited to a body. Like everything else the observer can observe in its world, its mind arises from a holographic screen as mental images are projected to its point of view. Even after body death entangled bits of information encoded on the observer’s screen can relate everything in the observer’s world to everything else, and so the observer’s mentally constructed self-concept can become emotionally related to other things in its world even without a body. Memory of the body can persist after body death. Ego can persist after body death like a ghostly cloud of memories, thoughts, fears and desires until reincarnated into a new body.

We have enclosed ourselves in a cloud of personal desires and fears, images and thoughts, ideas and concepts-Nisargadatta

Awakening within the dream is often referred to as a born-again experience, which is a new life where one remains conscious of oneself as the conscious spiritual presence of the observer and is free of ego even as the dream appears to continue, like lucid dreaming. Awakening from the dream is only possible through a process of ego-death in which the dream appears to come to an end.

Some people go on a journey and come back, some never leave. What difference does it make since they travel in dreamlands, each wrapped up in his own dream. Only the waking up is important-Nisargadatta

Awakening in the sense of enlightenment or truth-realization is like awakening from a dream. When one awakens, the dream comes to an end and only the true nature of the dreamer remains. The hardest thing for everyone to accept is that the life one lives in the world is like a dream, and that to awaken, that life must come to an end. That life only arises in an energetic state with the expressed desire to live a life, which means that one must become desireless in order to awaken. The desireless state is the only way that one’s world and one’s life in that world can disappear.

The dreamer is one.
I Am beyond all dreams.
I Am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

Realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world. When you have seen the dream as a dream you have done all that needs to be done-Nisargadatta

Only the observer’s focus of attention on the expression of its desire to live a life in its world energizes the expression of that desire. The observer’s willingness to give up the expression of that desire requires a shift in its focus of attention away from the expression of its desire to live a life. The only other place the observer can focus its attention is on its own sense of being present as a focal point of consciousness, the singularity, at the center of its world.

To be born means to create a world around your Self as the center-Nisargadatta

The big question is: Why doesn’t the observer shift its focus of attention away from its world and onto its own sense of being present at the center of its world?

The Vicious Cycle of Emotional Attachment, Self-Defense and Self-Identification

There is trouble only when you cling to something.
It is your desire to hold onto it that creates the problem. Let go.
When you hold onto nothing, no trouble arises.
As long as there is the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.
It is because of your illusion that you are the doer-Nisargadatta

Abandon all self-identifications. It is a vicious circle-Nisargadatta

Expressing desires to live a life in its world is what keeps consciousness identifying itself with its character and emotionally attaching itself to its world. With every desire consciousness expresses its character is emotionally related to some other thing in its world, which is the emotional attachment, and that emotional relationship makes consciousness feel self-limited to the emotionally animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of its character. That feeling of self-limitation is what keeps consciousness self-identified with its character. Awakening is not a desire that can be satisfied, but is only possible if consciousness withdraws its focus of attention away from its world and thereby withdraws its investment of animating emotional energy or desire from its world, which is the same as dying. Consciousness can only awaken if it would rather die and suffer ego-death than continue to live the life of the lie of falsely identifying itself with its character. Ego-death achieved through a process of severing emotional attachments, thereby deconstructing its emotionally energized mentally-constructed character-based self-concept, is the only way consciousness can shift its focus of attention onto its own true nature.

The process of letting go and severing emotional attachments can only go forward in a state of surrender. When one surrenders, one gives up one’s desire to control things in an emotionally-biased, self-defensive, character-favored way. One gives up one’s desire to express one’s emotionally-biased individual will and instead surrenders to unbiased divine will. With surrender to divine will, one no longer interferes with the normal flow of things with the expression of emotionally-biased, self-defensive individual will, but one allows oneself to come into alignment with the normal flow of things. Things cannot really be controlled since the normal flow of energy through one’s world is humongous, and trying to control the flow of things is like trying to stop a tsunami by holding up one’s hand. In addition, nothing really wants to be controlled and all things eventually resist any attempts at control. For the most part, actions do not change when one surrenders to divine will and puts oneself in alignment with the normal flow of things. One sees what needs to be done and one does it. Only the self-concerned and self-referential thoughts that emotionally bias and color actions come to an end, which is a way of transcending one’s ego.

Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage.
Your attachment is your bondage.
Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. Fear makes one a slave. Freedom from attachment is natural when one knows one’s true being-Nisargadatta

You create bondage when you desire and fear and identify yourself with your feelings. Your bonds are self-created as chains of attachment. Cut the knot of self-identification-Nisargadatta

Freedom means letting go.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything-Nisargadatta

Give up all and you gain all.
Then life becomes what it was meant to be:
Pure radiation from an inexhaustible source.
In that light the world appears dimly like a dream-Nisargadatta

Discrimination will lead to detachment.
You gain nothing.
You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost:
Your own being-Nisargadatta

Surrender gives rise to the integrated state, which is a transcendence of ego. Ego always wants to control things in an emotionally biased way because that is what ego does in order to survive as a self-replicating form of information. Ego utilizes fear as a way to defend its self-replicating form. Ego expresses fear because without that expression of fear ego cannot appear to come into existence in the form of a holographically projected and emotionally animated self-replicating image. The big question is to whom or what does that image appear to come into existence? The only possible answer is the image appears to the observer’s consciousness, but confusion arises when consciousness identifies itself with character. When ego expresses fear, the observer’s consciousness identifies itself with its character in the movie of the world it is watching as projected from its holographic screen to its central point of view. The observer really feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the animating flow of emotional energy through that form. Once the observer identifies itself with the form of its ego, its focus of attention is directed to defend the survival of that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it, which leads to the expression of more self-defensive emotions by its character that perpetuates its state of emotionally identifying itself with its character.

To imagine that you are in control is the aberration of the body-mind. There is a universal power that is in control. The illusion of personal control is in the mind only. Stand without desire and fear, relinquishing all control. This is the shortest way to reality-Nisargadatta

Why are you so anxious about a mere body? Because you think you are the body. Yours is a make-believe talk. All hangs on suppositions and assumptions. You speak with assurance about things you are not sure of. You give reality to concepts, while concepts are distortions of reality. Abandon all conceptualization and stay silent and attentive. Be content with what you are sure of. The only thing that you can be sure of is I Am. Stay with it and reject everything else-Nisargadatta

At the root of desire and fear is the feeling of not being what you are. Self-concern is a symptom of mental distortion-Nisargadatta

Expressing self-defensive emotions makes one feel self-limited to the form of a body and leads one to identify oneself with a body-based self-concept, which then gives rise to the expression of more self-defensive emotions to defend the survival of the body as though one’s existence depends on it. The more one identifies oneself, the more self-defensive emotions are expressed. This vicious cycle perpetuates one’s identification with the form of the body and results in the amplification, distortion and exaggeration of self-concerned thoughts and the self-defensive emotions energizing self-concerned thoughts like an out-of-control positive feedback loop. This emotionally biased out-of-control positive feedback loop leads to the exaggerated and distorted creation of more self-defensive expressions of fear and desire and more emotionally energized self-concerned thoughts.

Selfishness is self-concern for the protection, preservation and multiplication of one’s own body. To be attached is to be selfish. As long as you have a self to defend you must be violent-Nisargadatta

Selfishness due to self-identification with the body is the main problem. Selfishness cannot be removed by effort. Effort is a sign of conflict between incompatible desires. Selfishness can be removed only clear insight into its cause-Nisargadatta

A man who knows that he is neither body nor mind cannot be selfish, for he has nothing to be selfish for-Nisargadatta

Only surrender to divine will breaks the vicious cycle of consciousness emotionally identifying itself with the self-replicating form of its character and emotionally defending the survival of that self-replicating form as though its existence depends on it. When one acts from fear, which is acting from ego, one feels self-limited to the form of one’s character, one feels disconnected from all other things, and one falsely knows oneself to be one’s character. The only other option one has in terms of actions is to act in a state of surrender to unbiased divine will and allow one’s actions to come into alignment with the normal flow of things. When one surrenders, one acts in a state of devotion to the divine. One puts one’s trust in divine will to sort out what is for the best, one allows things to play out in the normal way, and one does not attach oneself to the outcome of one’s actions. Ego is always emotionally invested in and attached to the outcome of its actions, but that emotional investment in the outcome of its actions can only lead to feelings of frustration, disappointment and a sense of futility, as the outcome doesn’t give ego what it wants and is not to its liking. The only way the ego can be transcended while actions still occur is through one’s surrender to divine will.

The entire universe contributes to the existence of even the smallest thing; nothing could be as it is without the universe being what it is. A thing is as it is because the universe is as it is. When the source and ground of everything is the only cause of everything, to speak of causality as a universal law is wrong. The universe is not bound by its contents because its potentialities are infinite; it is a manifestation or expression of a principle fundamentally and totally free-Nisargadatta

The universal trend towards balance, harmony and unity, at every moment, whatever is happening, is always for the best-Nisargadatta

As one stops acting from ego and starts acting in a state of surrender and devotion, one enters into the integrated state. One no longer feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of one’s character, which is the essence of acting from a state of ego, but instead feels expansive and unbounded, as though one is everywhere. One no longer feels disconnected from things, but instead feels connected to everything. One no longer falsely knows oneself to be an ego or the emotionally animated central character of the movie one is watching, but instead knows oneself only to be a presence of consciousness, the witness, at the center of one’s world. Only this state of surrender allows one to transcend one’s ego and shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s true nature as the witness of one’s world.

When there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s physical and spiritual security, when the shell of self-defense is broken, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty.
Complete self-surrender by itself is liberation-Nisargadatta

The detachment process only goes forward in a state of surrender. The ego is only mentally constructed as a concept of self when one’s character is emotionally related to some other thing in one’s world. This emotional relationship can either take the form of an emotional attachment to that thing or a self-defensive expression. Surrender deals with the self-defensive expressions, but the emotional attachments still need to be severed for the awakening process to go forward to its ultimate conclusion. When an emotional attachment is severed, it feels like something dies inside since part of the mentally-constructed emotionally energized character-based self-concept or ego dies away. Severing emotional attachments is a self-destructive process as the self-concept is deconstructed. The detachment process can only go forward with the observer’s willingness to suffer ego-death, since ego is the false belief, the lie, the observer falsely believes about itself. The awakening process can only go forward if the observer would rather suffer ego-death than continue to the live the life of the lie of falsely identifying itself with its ego.

Self-surrender is the surrender of all self-concern.
It cannot be done. It happens when you realize your true nature-Nisargadatta

Self-surrender is acceptance of whatever comes. There is nothing to do. Let things happen according to their nature-Nisargadatta

Real surrender means doing nothing. You merely watch things happen-Nisargadatta

One only detaches oneself from things and stops identifying oneself with things when one sees what one really is and knows what one is not. One discriminates the non-self from oneself, the false self from the truth of one’s being, and destroys the false self by severing emotional attachments. This discrimination and discernment of one’s true nature naturally occurs in a state of surrender to divine will.

Some unknown power acts and you imagine that you are acting. You are merely watching what happens-Nisargadatta

You are compelled to act. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

Your mind projects a structure and you identify your Self with it. It is the nature of desire to prompt the mind to create a world for its fulfillment-Nisargadatta

The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire.
Things happen by their own nature.
From my point of view everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.
I do nothing. I just see them happen-Nisargadatta

These is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage. It is your ego that makes you think that there must be a doer. You are compelled to desire. You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. You cannot avoid action. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

As long as you have the idea of influencing events, liberation is not for you. The very idea of doership, of being a cause, is bondage-Nisargadatta

One is never some thing that can attach itself to another thing. One is the perceiver of things, and the perceiver of the emotional relationships between things that make one feel like one is self-limited to the form of a thing that is emotionally related to the form of another thing. That feeling of self-limitation makes one identify oneself with a thing and defend the survival of the form of that thing as though one’s existence depends on it, which perpetuates the vicious cycle of identifying oneself with the form of that thing and expressing self-defensive emotions to defend the survival of that form. The desire to control things is always in the service of self-defense, which is defending the survival of a form one identifies oneself with, but one’s self-identification with form is only a make-believe game that one is playing and self-defense is an act of futility. The desire to interfere with things or control things only creates an emotional disturbance in the normal flow of things.

Only in complete self-negation is there a chance to discover our real being. The false self must be abandoned before the real Self can be found-Nisargadatta

The dissolution of personality is always followed by a sense of great relief, as if a heavy burden has fallen off-Nisargadatta

One only lets go and detaches oneself from things when one gives up one’s desire to control things, which one does when one sees that one’s desire to attach oneself to things and control things is immature, like a baby that wants to control its mother to force her to satisfy its desires, and futile, since nothing can ever really be controlled. Seeing the futility and immaturity of one’s desire to attach oneself to things and control things is a necessary step in giving up one’s desire to control things and severing the emotional attachment to things, which always feels like something dies inside. The next necessary step is seeing the falseness of all attachments, since one is never something that can attach itself to another thing. One is the perceiver of things and the perceiver of the emotional relationships between things that makes one feel like one is a thing, and makes one feel self-limited to a thing and believe that one is a thing. One becomes willing to give up one’s desire to control things and sever one’s emotional attachments to things when one sees that the life one lives in one’s world is an illusory make-believe life, no more real than animated images projected from a screen to one’s point of view out in the audience, like a virtual reality game one is playing or a movie one is watching. The only thing that ever appears to die is one’s character in the movie one is watching. One’s being doesn’t die. One’s consciousness out in the audience doesn’t die when the movie character appears to die. Seeing the illusory nature of that make-believe world and life is a necessary step in losing interest in living a make-believe life in that make-believe world and beginning the search for the truth of what one really is. Disillusionment is a necessary step in becoming disinterested in that illusory world and life and searching for the truth of one’s being.

The personality is only an obstacle. Self-identification with the body may be good for an infant, but true growing up depends on getting the body out of the way. Normally, one should outgrow body-based desires early in life-Nisargadatta

Clinging to desires and fears, opinions and ideas is childish. Give it all up and be ready for the real to assert itself. This self-assertion is best expressed in words I Am. Nothing else has being-Nisargadatta

When you are in despair, you begin to question-Nisargadatta

The first step in the awakening process is always a state of disillusionment and despair that arises when the life one apparently lives in the world is seen to be nothing more than an illusion, like a movie that one is watching. One is not one’s character in the movie. One sees that one’s apparent life in the world is a make-believe life. At the depth of this despair, grace arrives, and one realizes there is something real beyond the illusion of living a life in the world. There is something real about the observer’s consciousness that is out in the audience watching the movie. Once this is realized, the awakening process can go forward in earnest to its ultimate conclusion.

The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
To destroy the false you must question your most inveterate beliefs.
Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst.
It is the clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see.
There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see.
See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be.
See the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Destroy the wall that separates, the ‘I-am-the-body idea’, and the inner and the outer become one. This battle is always won, for it is a battle between the true and the false-Nisargadatta

You must remove the wall. Realize that the wall and both sides of it are one single space-Nisargadatta

What the mind invents the mind destroys; but the real is not invented and cannot be destroyed-Nisargadatta

The false center must be done away with. The separate identity it creates is false. It is merely an idea in the mind. What remains when the false is no more is real-Nisargadatta

Truth can be expressed only by the denial of the false. It is useless to search for truth. You must see the false as false and reject it. Renunciation of the false is liberating-Nisargadatta

The loss of interest in living that make-believe life is the only way the emotional bonds of attachment can become severed, and this state of emotional bondage can come to an end. Disillusionment leads one to become disinterested in living that make-believe life. With the withdrawal of one’s focus of attention on that life and the withdrawal of emotional energy from that life, the emotional bonds are severed. Detachment allows one to see things with a sense of distance from them or from a higher level, which is really a higher dimension. Detachment ultimately leads to the disappearance of one’s world. The withdrawal of one’s focus of attention away from one’s world is a way of switching off one’s attention on one’s world and thereby switching off the light of consciousness necessary for the projection and animation of all images of one’s world, like switching off the light of a movie projector. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world, one turns off one’s world like turning off a light switch.

The nature of creative imagination is to identify itself with its creations. You can stop it any moment by switching off attention-Nisargadatta

Just like in a cinema all is light, so does consciousness become the vast world-Nisargadatta

When the body is born, all kinds of things happen to it and you take part in them because you take yourself to be the body. You are like the man in the cinema house, laughing and crying with the picture, though knowing fully well that he is all the time in his seat and the picture is but the play of light on the screen. It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

Severing emotional attachments is like a process of death and dying. Before one can really let go, one has to grieve and accept the loss. Every step in the self-destructive process of severing emotional attachments is a loss, and that loss always feels like something dies inside. As long as there is more to lose, there are more steps to take. Every step is a loss, and nothing is gained. Everything is lost. Awakening only goes forward through the detachment process, but the spiritual freedom thus gained is only another word for nothing left to lose.

It is the person you imagine yourself to be that suffers, not you-Nisargadatta

Realize that what you are cannot be born nor die, and with the fear gone, all suffering ends-Nisargadatta

The detachment process goes forward in a state of surrender, but also requires focus and intent. One must express a clear intent and focus one’s time, energy and attention on manifesting that intention. One must become serious about the process, and work toward one’s goal in a serious way without distractions, diversions, conflicts or contradictions. The absolute irony of the detachment process is that by severing emotional attachments the outcome of manifesting the desire to awaken is to become desireless, which is to say one must become willing to die at the level of ego-death.

It takes all your energy and time to break the wall your mind has built around you-Nisargadatta

You have never questioned your belief that you are the body-Nisargadatta

Your real nature is not what you appear to be. Give up the idea of being a person-Nisargadatta

You are creating the false, the idea of being a separate person, all the time-Nisargadatta

It is not the I Am that is false, but what you take yourself to be; a person in the world. You are not what you believe yourself to be-Nisargadatta

The detachment process requires one’s willingness to look within as one examines one’s own mentally-constructed ego structure and as one deconstructs that ego structure. The awakening process only goes forward with the observer’s willingness to look within and examine its ego structure. This mentally-constructed ego structure has to die away or become deconstructed before the observer can shift the focus of its attention on its own sense of being present as the witness at the center of its world. This ego deconstruction process is really a withdrawal of animating emotional energy away from its world as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world and refocuses its attention on its own true nature.

By its very nature the mind is outwardly turned; it always tends to seek for the source of things among the things themselves. To be told to look for the source within is the beginning of a new life-Nisargadatta

As long as you are engrossed in the world, you cannot know yourself. To know yourself, turn your attention away from the world and turn within-Nisargadatta

When you refuse to open your eyes, what can you be shown-Nisargadatta

In reality there is only perception. The Absolute makes perception possible-Nisargadatta

You can spend an eternity looking elsewhere for truth-all in vain. You must begin in your Self, with your Self. Realize that your world is only a reflection of your Self. All you need is to stop searching outside what can only be found within-Nisargadatta

The awakening process only goes forward with one’s willingness to look within and examine one’s own mentally constructed ego structure. One can only awaken if one deconstructs one’s own ego structure, which is a self-destructive process. The true nature of what one really is can never be destroyed, only the false beliefs that one believes about oneself. One’s true being is what one really is, and that being can never stop existing. The only things that can apparently cease to exist or stop having an apparent existence are the false beliefs one believes about oneself. In totality, those false beliefs constitute one’s mentally constructed self-concept, but this mentally constructed self-concept constantly changes in a reactive way to the course of events in one’s life, and is inherently contradictory and often in conflict with itself. The mentally constructed self-concept or ego structure is only a false belief about oneself constructed in one’s mind, which is what one takes oneself to be.

This mentally constructed self-concept is emotionally energized and body-based. One really feels self-limited to the form of one’s body as one perceives the flow of emotional energy that relates one’s body to the form of other things in the world that one perceives. The self-concept only has power over oneself if one believes it, but only the emotional energy inherent in its mental construction makes it believable when one feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of one’s body. The form of the self-image inherent in self-concepts is body-based. The feeling of self-limitation to the form of a self-image arises with all self-concept reinforcing emotional expressions.

Everyone sees the world through the idea one has of oneself. As you think your Self to be, so you think your world to be. If you imagine your Self as separate from the world, the world will appear as separate from you and you will experience desire and fear. Your own creative power projects on it a picture and all your questions refer to the picture-Nisargadatta

The unreal appears to be real only because you believe in it. You impart reality to it by taking it to be real. Doubt it and it ceases-Nisargadatta

There are two critically important emotional forces involved in creating the false beliefs inherent in the mental construction of a self-concept. The first force is emotional attachments and the second is self-defensive emotional expressions. The force of emotional attachment can be understood as the tendency of the body to move toward something else, and the self-defensive force as the tendency of the body to move away from or against something else. These dynamic emotional tendencies are critically important for the biological survival of a body in the world, as the body must move toward whatever promotes its survival and away from or against whatever threatens its survival. The body moves toward whatever it desires and away from or against whatever it fears. These survival behaviors are all about the self-replication of the form of the body. In stark biological terms, a body cannot survive or self-replicate its form unless it expresses desire and fear. In simplest biological terms, the body moves toward whatever it wants to eat, as eating promotes its survival, and moves away from or against whatever wants to eat it, as being eaten threatens its survival.

The body and mind are limited and therefore vulnerable. They need protection which gives rise to fear. As long as you identify yourself with them you are bound to suffer. Realize your independence. To believe that you depend of things is ignorance of your true nature. To know that you need nothing is wisdom-Nisargadatta

People are afraid to die because they do not know what is death. It is ignorance of your Self that makes you afraid. Break down the wall of ignorance. The moment you know your real being, you are afraid of nothing. Death gives freedom. To be free in the world you must die to the world. Attachment is bondage. Detachment is freedom-Nisargadatta

Conflicts inevitably arise when the body wants to eat something that also wants to eat it, but that kind of conflict is the nature of bodies surviving in the world. We call this conflict the survival of the fittest body, which is an inevitable natural law that characterizes the survival behavior of biological bodies in the world. If a body doesn’t express this kind of survival behavior in an efficient way, it won’t survive in the world for very long. Another fitter body will eat it. Survival behavior must automatically begin with the conception or birth of a body, continue throughout the life-span of the body, and can only come to an end with the death of the body. If this kind of survival behavior does not occur, the body will not survive for very long. Without survival behavior, the body will die.

All suffering is born of desire-Nisargadatta

If you stand aloof as observer only, you will not suffer. You will see the world as a show. The cause of suffering is in the identification of the perceiver with the perceived, out of which desire is born and with desire blind action-Nisargadatta

Just like in a good play you have all sorts of characters and situations. Nobody suffers in a play unless one identifies oneself with it. Don’t identify your Self with the world and you will not suffer-Nisargadatta

If you have no problem with suffering, you will not find the energy and persistence needed for self-inquiry and release from suffering. The identity-crisis must be genuine-Nisargadatta

To the Self the world is but a passing show. The world just sprouts into being out of nothing and returns to nothing. As long as the Self is merely aware, there is no problem-Nisargadatta

The world is but a show, glittering and empty. It is there as long as I want to see it and take part in it. When I cease caring, it dissolves. It has no cause and serves no purpose. It appears exactly as it looks, but there is no depth in it nor meaning. Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman-Nisargadatta

What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. Death is preferable to it. There is a chance of waking up-Nisargadatta

The emotional forces of emotional attachments and self-defensive emotional expressions are critically important not only for the survival of the form of a body in the world, but also for the mental construction of a body-based self-concept, since these emotional forces are how the self-concept is emotionally energized. The self-concept is mentally constructed as thoughts. All self-concepts are mentally created as thoughts that inherently relate the form of a body-based self-image to the form of some other thing in the world. That relationship is always an emotional relationship. Unlike the emotional relationships that relate the form of a body to the form of some other thing in the world in the present moment event, the emotional relationships of the mentally constructed self-concept tend to relate the body-based form of a self-image to the form of some other thing in the past or the future through the utilization of memory and anticipation of events.

What begins and ends is mere appearance. The world can be said to appear but not to be. It is your memory that makes you think that the world continues. Memory creates the illusion of continuity. I see the world as it is, a momentary appearance in consciousness-Nisargadatta

The dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation allow the mind to remember past events and anticipate future events. Although it seems like the images of things are held in memory, the more accurate description is the recalled images are recreated through the dynamic mechanism of memory every time memory is utilized. This is much like the kind of memory that is stored in a computer through the mechanism of information processing, except the mind is like a quantum computer that has the physical nature of a holographic screen, which not only encodes bits of information in the form of 1’s and 0’s, but also makes use of quantum entanglement to give rise to the coherent organization of information. The coherent organization of information inherent on a holographic screen not only allows for the spontaneous creation of images projected from the screen in the present moment event, but also allows for the reconstruction of images pertaining to past and future events, which are projected from the screen in the present moment event to the perceiving one that is present now to perceive those events.

Your world is created with the emergence of the ‘I am’ idea. In your world everything has a beginning and an end. Timeless being is entirely in the now-Nisargadatta

Once you are well-established in the now, you have nowhere else to go-Nisargadatta

Wherever you go, at all times, you carry with you the sense of being present and aware, here and now. It means that you are independent of space and time. Space and time are in you, not you in them. It is only your self-identification with the body, limited in space and time, that gives you a sense of limitation. In reality, you are limitless-Nisargadatta

You can only start from where you are. You are here and now. You cannot get out of here and now. You are aware of thinking, feeling, doing. You are not aware of your being. You can only be aware of your being here and now-Nisargadatta

Memory and anticipation of events are possible because of the emotional forces that relate the projected images. The projected form of the image is like an object in space that moves over the course of time, and the emotional forces are like the dynamic energy of the object that causes the object to move from one position in space at one moment of time to another position in space at another moment of time. As long as the object appears to follow the path of least action, which is the normal path that arises with unbiased observations of the object, it becomes possible to project the path of the object backwards in time, which is the nature of memory, and forwards in time, which is the nature of anticipation. This is exactly how we anticipate the trajectory of a rocket ship traveling to the moon or a comet traveling to the sun. We not only can project the trajectory forward in time, which is anticipation, but we also can project the trajectory backward in time, which is memory. Memory and anticipation of events are dynamic mechanisms that reconstruct images that were perceived in past events and anticipate the images that will be perceived in future events.

Be aware of your mind and its projections. What is going on is a projection of your mind. It is self-created in the sense that at its very center is the false idea of oneself as a thing different and separate from other things. In reality you are not a thing nor separate. You are the infinite potentiality, the inexhaustible possibility. Because you are, all can be. The universe is but a partial manifestation of your limitless capacity to become-Nisargadatta

The behavior of living organisms is conditioned or learned. Conditioned behavior typically occurs in a pattern of stimulus and response. Not only is the behavior of living organisms conditioned to occur in a pattern of stimulus and response, but the mentally constructed concepts or thoughts that arise in the mind are also conditioned. For the human life-form, the development of language or thought, including the development of a mentally constructed self-concept, develops primarily during the first three years of life. This mental development is highly conditioned and is learned in the emotional context of a society. A human child learns behavior from its caregivers. With this kind of conditioning, a certain kind of stimulus results in a fairly typical emotional response. There is really nothing more mysterious about how this occurs than understanding that ringing a bell results in a high-pitched vibration.

Experience is of change; it comes and goes. Reality is not an event. If you wait for an event to take place for the coming of reality, you will wait forever-Nisargadatta

The best way to understand this kind of phenomena is with the concept of attractors and basins of attraction. An attractor is like a river that drains the landscape of a mountain range, and the basin of attraction is like the drainage basin. This is best understood with the dynamical concept of phase space. For the motion of a particle, phase space is defined by the particle’s position in space at a moment of time and its velocity through space. The mind is much more complicated than a particle, but can be understood with the concept of a holographic screen encoding bits of information. The phase space for the holographic screen includes the configuration states for all the bits of information and the flow of energy that gives rise to the flow of information from one moment to the next moment. The information configuration space that includes the configuration states for all the bits of information at any moment of time and the flow of information from one moment to the next moment is the relevant mental phase space that determines how conditioned behavior occurs in a pattern of stimulus and response. The stimulus is the initial condition that falls somewhere within a basin of attraction, and the response is the nature of the attractor to which that initial condition flows, just like the rainwater that falls on a mountain range flows toward a river that drains the water. Both the attractors and the basins of attraction are conditioned in the sense that the landscape of the mountain range develops through a process of learning. Both the nature of the initial conditions or stimuli that result in a certain kind of response and the nature of the resulting emotional response are learned or conditioned through the development of the mental landscape that results in conditioned behavior. In some sense, the nature of the conditioned mental landscape is the nature of memory. The mental landscape develops during critical periods of early childhood development from some kind of critical phenomena that results in the coherent organization of information, and just like water freezes into ice, the mental landscape freezes out. This is only a classical or deterministic explanation that corresponds to the path of least action through the information configuration space. A more accurate explanation would also need to take into account the potentiality of all possible paths through the information configuration space.

Seeing that the person you take your Self to be is a bundle of memories held together by attachment, step out and look from the outside-Nisargadatta

Memory and anticipation of events are utilized in the mental construction of the self-concept to emotionally relate the body-based form of the self-image to the form of other things as those forms are recalled or anticipated for past or future events. When we fear or desire something, we are fearing or desiring something that we remember or anticipate. We don’t need to use memory or anticipation for the emotional relationships that characterize present moment events, only for the past events we recall or the future events we anticipate. The dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation are the inherent nature of the mental construction of a self-concept that emotionally relates the form of a body-based self-image to the form of something else.

Those who make plans will be born to carry them out. Those who make no plans need not be born; for he is not bound for a destination; he has nowhere to go, nothing to do, nothing to become-Nisargadatta

Step out of time and see it devour the world. The nature of time is to put an end to everything. Let it be. It does not concern you-Nisargadatta

The irony is that the recalled or anticipated images of things that are emotionally related to the self-image with the mental construction of the self-concept are all reconstructed and projected in the present moment event, not in past or future events. When we utilize the mechanisms of memory and anticipation of events, we are not perceiving past or future events. We are only imagining events as we reconstruct what happened in past events or what might happen in future events. This reconstruction of events occurs in the mind through the dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation of events, but is always perceived in the present moment event.

It’s not surprising that anticipation of future events is inaccurate, since no one can really predict the unpredictable future, but what might be surprising is that memory of past events is just as unreliable and inaccurate as anticipation of future events. Memory is notoriously unreliable and inaccurate. This is because both memory and anticipation of events are dynamic mechanisms that rely on emotional energy to make projections to past or future events from the present moment event. Mental images are not really held in memory. Personal memory is a form of mental imagination where mental images are reconstructed based on emotional projections to past events. If emotional bias enters into the expression of the emotions inherent in that emotional projection, the reconstructed images are contaminated by this emotional bias. Persons are inherently emotionally biased, since emotional bias, which is always personal bias, is an essential aspect of what makes one a person. A person only remembers what they want to remember, and they remember events the way they want to remember events, which is always under the influence of their emotional bias.

Between the body and the Self is the mind, in which the Self is reflected as I Am. Due to lack of insight, the mind takes itself to be the body, not the Self. All that is needed is to purify the mind so it can realize its identity with the Self-Nisargadatta

When you know yourself as beyond space and time, in contact with them only at the point of here and now, all-pervading and all-containing, unapproachable, unassailable, invulnerable, you will no longer be afraid-Nisargadatta

Know yourself as you are. Against fear there is no other remedy-Nisargadatta

Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the Self that is the same whatever happens.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
Find the immutable center where all movement takes birth.
Be the axis at the center-not whirling at the periphery.
Nothing stops you except fear.
You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

The mentally constructed concept of personal self, as emotionally energized with expressions of fear and desire and emotionally constructed with the projection mechanisms of memory of past events and anticipation of future events, tells a story of personal self. This story of self is all about past and future events, as the concept of a personal self is emotionally projected to past or future events. The irony is the perceiving one that perceives this story of self is always present in the present moment, which is an eternal now. When the focus of attention of the perceiving one is focused on this story of a personal self, and its attention is focused on and emotionally concerned with this story of self with all the hopes and fears that can arise through its false belief that its existence depends on telling this story of self, the perceiving one is not aware of its own sense of being present in the eternal now. The perceiving one loses itself in this hypnotic spell of not being present for its own presence.

The very reality of the world must be questioned-Nisargadatta

To question is the essence of revolt.
Without revolt there can be no freedom-Nisargadatta

Give up all questions except one: Who am I? The only fact that you are sure of is that you are. The I Am is certain. The ‘I am this’ is not. Struggle to find out what you are in reality-Nisargadatta

When you are concerned with truth, with reality, you must question everything, your very life. We live because we crave sensory experience. The desire to live is the one fundamental desire. All else depends on it. Question every urge, hold no desire legitimate-Nisargadatta

The desire to live is a tremendous thing-still greater is the freedom from the urge to live-Nisargadatta

There is no such thing as an expression of reality. Neither action nor feeling nor thought express reality. I know that life itself is only a make-believe. I just watch events happening, knowing them to be unreal-Nisargadatta

When one sees the illusory nature of the story of a personal self and stops believing it, one loses interest in it, withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from it, and one no longer emotionally animates it. When one stops believing the story of self, one also stops telling the story. This is the only way the hypnotic spell that the story of self casts over oneself can come to an end and the perceiving one can become aware of its own sense of being present in the present moment.

Your questions are about a non-existing person. Realize that whatever you think your Self to be is just a stream of events; that whatever happens, comes and goes, is not real; that you alone are, the changeless among the changeful. Separate the observed from the observer and abandon false identifications. Be a fully awakened witness of the field of consciousness-Nisargadatta

These dynamic mechanisms of memory and anticipation are the inherent nature of the mentally constructed self-concept, as the body-based self-image is emotionally related to the image of some other thing in the world one perceives. Whatever we fear and desire as we think about things in a self-concerned way is not actually present in the present moment, but is a mental image we reconstruct out of memory and anticipation of events. As the mind uses the mental imagination of memory and anticipation of events to construct a self-concept, the self-image is related with expressions of fear and desire to something only imagined to exist in past or future events. The irony of this state of mental imagination is the self-image does not necessarily have to become emotionally related to the image of some other thing in the world one perceives, but can become emotionally related to the form of the self-image as recalled from past events or as anticipated in future events. This emotional relationship of the self-image to a reconstructed past or future form of a similar self-image is what makes people go crazy, as they become afraid of themselves or come to hate themselves. This is the mentally constructed self-concept in emotional conflict with itself, which can only occur due to the mental imagination that arises with memory and anticipation of events.

You see yourself in the world, while I see the world in myself. To you, you get born and die, while to me, the world appears and disappears. It is your imagination that misleads you. There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see-Nisargadatta

Although it appears as though the self-concept in conflict with itself becomes an object to itself, in reality, the mentally constructed self-concept is always an object to the one that is present now to perceive it. The perceiving one, in-and-of-itself, is never an object that it can perceive, but always remains as the unperceived perceiver of all objects, including its own mentally constructed self-concept.

The person is in resistance to the very end.
It is the witnessing consciousness that makes realization attainable.
It is the witness that works on the person-on the totality of its illusions-Nisargadatta

Truth Destroys Illusion

The term ignorance is used to describe someone who does not know who one really is. There is both a passive and an active aspect of ignorance. The passive aspect is simply not knowing who one is. This is seen in spiritual seekers who appear to be lost, as they are in the process of giving up their personal identity but have not yet realized a spiritual identity. There is a sadness to their seeking that reflects the loss of something of great value, which is one’s spiritual identity. There is also an active and toxic aspect of ignorance seen in people who express the arrogance of believing that they know who they are. They believe themselves to be a person in the world, and act with all the arrogance of a selfish self-centered ego as they express their biased personality in the world. They act with both arrogance and stupidity, since their biased emotional expressions of fear and desire can only create more trouble for themselves as they interfere with the normal flow of things and create an emotional disturbance in the world.

In ignorance the seer becomes the seen and in wisdom he is the seeing.
In reality all is one, the outer being merely a projection of the inner.
The objects in the world are many but the eye that sees them is one-Nisargadatta

This is where all the troubles that one creates for oneself begin. With the mental construction of emotionally energized self-referential thoughts that make use of memory and anticipation of events to recall past events and imagine future events, one identifies oneself with a mortal creature one perceives in one’s world, and one begins to contemplate one’s own mortality. One begins to fear one’s own anticipated death and nonexistence. As Shakespeare expresses in Hamlet’s soliloquy: “To be or not to be, that is the question”, but a second question needs to be asked to resolve the inherent contradictions and inconsistencies of the self-concept implied by this first question: What does one take oneself to be?

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.
In reality I only look.
Whatever is done is done on the stage.
Joy and sorrow, life and death, they are real to the man in bondage
To me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself-Nisargadatta

Appearances are deceiving. One is only deceived by appearances if one believes false beliefs about oneself as one perceives those false beliefs. It all depends on what one takes oneself to be. What one really is does not change whether one is deceived and believes those false beliefs about oneself or not. When the false beliefs of a self-concept are removed from one’s mental field of view, one is only undeceived. Only an illusion comes to an end.

Everyone creates a world for oneself and lives in it, imprisoned by one’s ignorance. All we have to do is to deny reality to our prison-Nisargadatta

Use every opportunity to remind yourself that you are in bondage; that whatever happens to you is due to the fact of your bodily existence. Whatever happens points to your existence as a perceiving center-Nisargadatta

The person is a very small thing. It cannot be said to exist by itself. Unperceived it is just not there. It is but the shadow of the mind, the sum total of memories. Pure being is reflected in the mirror of the mind as knowing. What is known takes the shape of a person based on memory and habit. It is but a shadow or a projection of the knower onto the screen of the mind-Nisargadatta

In reality there are no persons. At the moment of realization the person ceases. Identity remains, but identity is not a person, it is inherent in the reality itself. The person has no being in itself; it is a reflection in the mind of the witness, the I Am-Nisargadatta

Non-identification is liberation-Nisargadatta

Once you realize that the person is merely a shadow of the reality, but not reality itself, you cease to fret and worry. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown-Nisargadatta

One can only awaken if one goes to war with one’s own ego. The only thing that stands in the way or between one and one’s awakening is one’s own ego, which is the mentally constructed false self-concept that one emotionally identifies oneself with as one perceives it. The awakening process is really just a process of removing this false self-image from one’s mental field of view. One has to destroy one’s own false self-image, which occurs through a process of ego-death.

As long as you are locked up with your mind and ego, you cannot go further. Were you really at war with your ego, you would question its reality. You don’t question because you are not really interested. You are moved by the pleasure-pain principle, fear and desire, which is your ego. You are going along with your ego, not fighting against it. You are not even aware how totally swayed you are by personal considerations. Be in revolt against your ego, for the ego narrows and distorts. It is the worst of all tyrants. It dominates you completely-Nisargadatta

Clear the mind by watching it relentlessly. Inattention obscures, attention clarifies-Nisargadatta

Your thoughts dominate you only because you are interested in them. Turn away from your desires and fears and from the thoughts they create and you are in your natural state, here and now. Nothing stops you except fear. You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

In the Bhagavad-Gita, when the great warrior Arjuna was about to give the order to launch the great war, he saw that everyone he loved was on the other side, and he fell to the ground in a state of emotional paralysis rather than give that order. This is only a metaphor for one’s war with one’s ego. One does not have to go to war with the world or destroy anything in the world to awaken. Whatever appears to happen in the world is mostly irrelevant in terms of the awakening process. What needs to be destroyed is one’s emotional attachments to whatever one loves in the world, which goes forward in a process of severing emotional attachments and surrender to divine will. Arjuna eventually got back up and gave the order to launch the great war. Again, this is a metaphor. Arjuna got back up because he saw that the world he was living in was a illusory make-believe world, that everything he loved in that world was a part of the illusion, and that he was only living a make-believe life. One can only go to war with one’s ego in that state of mind.

The world is but a mistaken view of reality, unreal to its core, it is not what it appears to be-Nisargadatta

The mind craves for experience, the memory of which it takes for knowledge. The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape. The mind wants an idea for everything, for without ideas the mind is not. The mind deals with the unreal. All the mind can do is to discover the unreal as unreal-Nisargadatta

One’s ego is what makes one a prisoner of one’s mind, living in a state of emotional bondage, as one identifies oneself with the emotionally animated form of one’s ego, which one only does because one feels emotionally self-limited to that animated form. The more one emotionally identifies oneself with one’s ego, the stronger the emotional bonds become, as one becomes emotionally biased to defend the survival of that form as though one’s existence depends on it.

To know that you are a prisoner of your mind, that you live in an imaginary world of your own creation, is the dawn of wisdom. To want nothing of it, to be ready to abandon it, to long intensely for liberation, with true despair, is enough for the first step, and each step will generate the next step. Self-awareness tells you at every step what needs to be done. When all is done, the mind remains quiet-Nisargadatta

One has to clearly see the falseness and the illusory nature of this mental state of emotional bondage before the awakening process can even begin and freedom from emotional bondage becomes a real possibility. Only then will one go to war with one’s ego and vanquish it. One has to bring to an end the expression of the emotionally biased ego-reinforcing emotions of fear and desire that perpetuate the vicious cycle of this state of emotional bondage. Fear arises with self-defensive emotions and desire arises with emotional attachments. One can only free oneself from the emotional bonds of one’s ego through a process of severing emotional attachments and surrender to divine will. One does not really have to destroy one’s ego as much as make it irrelevant. One only has to clearly see the ego as an illusion and lose interest in it. When one loses interest in its mental construction, one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from it, and thereby withdrawals one’s investment of emotional energy in its construction. Ego is not so much destroyed as it dies a natural death from lack of animating emotional energy.

Whenever a thought or an emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. Turn away. Refuse attention-Nisargadatta

All you can do is to shift the focus of consciousness beyond the mind-Nisargadatta

When you refuse to play the game you are out of it-Nisargadatta

When one goes to war with one’s own ego, one uses concepts to attack and destroy one’s emotionally energized self-concept. One’s self-concept is what keeps one a prisoner of one’s mind, in a state of emotional bondage. This state is like a hypnotic spell, as one focuses one’s attention on one’s self-concept as though one’s existence depends on it. The only way to break this hypnotic spell is to remove the self-concept from one’s mental field of view. One uses concepts to expose the contradictions and inconsistencies of the self-concept, thereby attacking and ultimately destroying it. In this attack on one’s own self-concept, one ultimately comes to see it as an illusion and loses interest in it. Without one’s focus of attention on it, the self-concept is no longer emotionally energized and disappears from one’s mental field of view.

You got yourself into your present state through verbal thinking; you must get out of it the same way. Words can be used for destruction. Images are built of words, by words they are destroyed-Nisargadatta

You progress by rejection.
Investigate your world, apply your mind to it, examine it critically.
Scrutinize every idea about it.
Everything must be scrutinized and the unnecessary ruthlessly destroyed.
There cannot be too much destruction.
For in reality nothing is of value-Nisargadatta

See the unreal as unreal and discard it. Discarding the false opens the way to the true-Nisargadatta

A false question cannot be answered. It can only be seen as false-Nisargadatta

The question ‘Who am I?’ has no answer. No experience can answer it, for the Self is beyond experience. I cannot tell what I Am because words can describe only what I am not. I Am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I Am-Nisargadatta

In the war against one’s own ego, one has to become totally fed up with living the false life of a phony person in the world. One has to see for oneself that living this false life of a phony person is only an illusion and lose interest in living it before one can withdraw one’s focus of attention away from it and bring that phony life to an end.

In the end you get fed up with the waste of time and energy-Nisargadatta

It is your mind that separates the world outside your skin from the world inside and puts them in opposition. This creates fear and hatred-Nisargadatta

Desire and fear are self-centered states. Between desire and fear anger arises, and with anger hatred-Nisargadatta

As long as you take yourself to be a person, a body and a mind, separate from the stream of life, having a will of its own, pursuing its own aims, you are living merely on the surface and whatever you do will be short-lived and of little value, mere straw to feed the flames of vanity-Nisargadatta

The dark side of the human personality expresses fearful self-defensiveness and selfish emotional attachment, inevitably leading to anger and resentment whenever the personality is threatened. The desire for admiration or approval of others expresses the desire to control others. The expression of a narcissistic self-image expresses the desire for the approval of others, while the expression of a grandiose self-image expresses the desire to make others subservient. All these emotional expressions are in defense of a personal self-image and express the desire to have power over and control others. These emotional forces only perpetuate the hypnotic spell of personal self-identification.

You are afraid of what you are. You are afraid that you will lose your identity; afraid of the unknown; not-being, not-knowing, not-doing; the beyond. Unwillingness born out of fear is the only obstacle-Nisargadatta

The destruction of the false is the movement of self-inquiry. You are not what you see or appear to be. Reject what you are not until the real Self emerges in its glorious nothingness, its not-a-thing-ness-Nisargadatta

Freedom from the ego is the fruit of self-inquiry-Nisargadatta

Ego is all about expressing the emotionally biased power of a person in the world. Ego is like a power-hungry tyrant that rules through divide-and-conquer. Expressing that emotional power inevitably leads to a state of emotional bondage, as one apparently becomes a person in the world expressing an emotionally biased personality. One identifies oneself with that person. Awakening really has nothing to do with the world. Awakening is only about freedom. One frees oneself from this state of emotional bondage in the world.

It is disinterestedness that liberates. If you lose interest, you break the emotional link that perpetuates the bondage-Nisargadatta

Attention liberates. You have put so much energy into building a prison for yourself. Now spend as much on demolishing it-Nisargadatta

As long as one exists as a divided presence of consciousness that observes its own world from its own point of view, the only real power one has is one’s focus of attention. If one focuses one’s attention on the emotionally animated life of a person in that world and on the mentally constructed and emotionally energized concept of being a person in that world, then one is wasting one’s power to awaken to the true nature of one’s being. This waste of energy is the meaning of the wasteland in the grail legend. The meaning of the grail is the true nature of one’s being. One only discovers the grail if one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from the life of the person in the world and away from the mentally constructed concept of being a person and shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a pure presence of consciousness.

The natural state of the pure awareness of a detached silent observer is immediate knowing that arises with direct seeing. The only things that can block this natural state of pure awareness are the mental distortions created in the observer’s mind. These mental distortions typically take the form of self-concerned thoughts that are emotionally constructed whenever fear and desire are expressed as the observer focuses its attention on form and emotionally attaches itself to form or identifies itself with form. These mental distortions are emotionally conditioned and occur in a pattern of stimulus and response, but they only become learned in the emotional context of a society within which the observer’s mind develops. For a human mind, this process of emotional conditioning and learning largely develops during the first three years of life. This is the major period of mental development during which time language and a mentally constructed self-concept develop. Once these mental distortions develop, their mental functioning blocks the normal direct seeing and immediate knowing of the natural state of pure awareness. The only way that one can return to one’s natural state of pure awareness is if one unlearns these mental distortions. One has to become unconditioned. The only way one can unlearn these mental distortions and become unconditioned is if one goes through a self-destructive process of deconstructing one’s self-concept. This self-destructive process only goes forward by bringing to an end the expression of the personally-biased emotions of fear and desire that emotionally energize these mental distortions, which requires the willingness to surrender to divine will and sever emotional attachments.

If you seek reality you must set yourself free of all patterns of thinking and feeling. Even the idea of being human should be discarded. Abandon all self-identifications, abandon all self-concern, abandon every desire. Stop thinking of achievement of any kind. You are complete here and now. You need absolutely nothing-Nisargadatta

The only way one can awaken and know the true nature of what one really is, is to detach oneself from everything one has become emotionally attached to with the mental construction of a self-concept. When one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s self-concept, one also withdraws one’s investment of emotional energy in its mental construction. When one sees the illusory or make-believe nature of one’s self-concept and loses interest in its mental construction, one also severs the emotional bonds that reinforce it, which naturally occurs as one looks within and focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present. One has to shift the focus of one’s attention away from everything one perceives in one’s world, away from one’s own life in that world, and onto one’s own sense of being present. One has to lose interest in one’s world, lose interest in everything in that world, and lose interest in living a life in that world. One only does this because one sees that one’s life in one’s world is a make-believe life, an illusory life like a virtual reality game that one is playing or a movie that one is watching, no more real than animated images projected from a screen to one’s point of view out in the audience. One has to become willing to bring that illusory life to an end before one can know the truth of what one really is. Losing interest in that illusory life is a way of ending that life and becoming desireless. The only thing that can die is one’s animated character in the movie one is watching. One’s being cannot die. The consciousness of the observer out in the audience doesn’t die when the movie character appears to die.

Everything is depicted in the pictures on the screen, including the person you take yourself to be; nothing in the light. You are the light only. You are the pure light appearing as a picture on the screen and becoming one with it-Nisargadatta

The sense of identity is like a sequence of pictures on the cinema screen. Without the light and the screen there can be no picture. To know the picture as the play on light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real-Nisargadatta

Yours is the power of perception, not what you perceive. Whatever you are conscious of, is not you. Yours is the cinema screen, the light and the seeing power, but the picture is not you-Nisargadatta

The Virtuous Cycle of Presence, Detachment and the Non-Identified Impartial Silent Observer

The Self stands beyond the mind, aware, but unconcerned. You are the Self, here and now. Stand aware and unconcerned and you will realize that to stand alert but detached, watching events come and go, is an aspect of your real nature-Nisargadatta

Do nothing. There is nothing to do. Just be-Nisargadatta

To be, you must be nobody-Nisargadatta

There is nothing more to it. The attitude of pure witnessing, of watching events without taking part in them-Nisargadatta

When the mind is quiet we come to know ourselves as the pure witness. We withdraw from the experience and stand apart in pure awareness. The personality continues, but its self-identification with the witness snaps-Nisargadatta

The antidote to the vicious cycle of one identifying oneself with the form of a body that one perceives and defending the survival of that form as though one’s existence depends on it is the virtuous cycle of one focusing one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present and the ascension of one’s consciousness to a higher level. This virtuous cycle can only go forward through a process of surrender and detachment. As one focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from the world of forms that one perceives. This happens naturally when one sees that world is an illusory make-believe world and one loses interest in it. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world, one also withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in it, which is how one severs one’s emotional attachments to things in that world by no longer emotionally energizing them and no longer feeling connected or self-limited to them.

You must realize yourself as the silent witness of all that happens. Your consciousness raised to a higher dimension, from which you see everything much clearer-Nisargadatta

All that is, lives and moves and has its being in consciousness. I Am in and beyond that consciousness. I Am in it as the witness. I Am beyond it as Being-Nisargadatta

I Am both inside and outside the dream, but what I see in dream, I am not-Nisargadatta

The sense of I Am is composed of the pure light of consciousness and the sense of being. Become aware of that pure light, the beingness in being, the awareness in consciousness, and you will never lose it, for there is nothing else-Nisargadatta

The more one detaches oneself, the more one is able to shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present, and one’s consciousness ascends to a higher level as one sees things with a sense of distance from them. In a state of detached silent observing of things, one also enters into a state of surrender as one allows things to come and go in the normal flow of things without any desire to hold onto things, fight against or run away from things, control things, defend the form of things, or interfere with the normal flow of things. One’s thoughts are also things that come and go, mere mental images projected from a screen. In a state of detached silent observing of things one just watches things come and go according to their own nature in the normal flow of things, while one focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present as the impartial silent observer of things. This is the natural state of one’s being. This is who one really is, not something that one observes.

Remain as the silent witness only; a mere point in consciousness, dimensionless and timeless. Know yourself as you are. Stay with the sense I Am-Nisargadatta

When the mind becomes completely silent, it shines with a new light and vibrates with a new knowledge. On realization you feel complete. You merely discover what you are-Nisargadatta

You are always the Supreme, but your attention is fixed on things, physical and mental. When through the practice of discrimination and detachment, you lose sight of sensory and mental states, pure being emerges as the natural state. Dive deep within yourself and you will find it easily and simply. Go in the direction of I Am-Nisargadatta

Focusing one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present as a silent impartial observer of things reinforces this state of detached silent observing in which one does nothing except observe the normal flow of things. One doesn’t do anything. Being is not the same as doing. One observes doing but one is never really a doer. One exists only as a silent observer of things. Things appear to do things in the normal flow of things, but one is none of those things. One can only feel like one is a thing when one feels self-limited to the form of a thing, but feelings of self-limitation come to an end as one becomes a detached silent observer of things, which is what one really is.

Being and doing are not identical. I Am timelessly aware of all actions-Nisargadatta

Your natural state is pure awareness of being, without any self-identification with anything in particular. In that pure light of consciousness there is nothing, only light-Nisargadatta

As one focuses one’s attention on the sense of being present, one becomes aware of what one really is, which is one’s being. Being is not the same as doing. The goal is to become aware of oneself as a silent impartial observer of events without attachment to or identification with whatever appears to happen in those events. One knows oneself only as a detached silent observer of events, nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness that arises at a point of view, and simply observes the events without participating in them. Those events really have nothing more to do with oneself than images of a movie projected from a screen to one’s point of view in the audience outside the screen. Doing still happens and things appear to happen in the normal flow of things, but those events are external to oneself and really have nothing to do with the true nature of oneself. One simply watches the events play out without participating in them. One does nothing. One is watching only. This state of detached silent observing is the natural state of being oneself, of being nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness.

When the mind becomes quiet, if you do not disturb this quiet and stay in it, you find that it is permeated with a light and love you have never known, and yet you recognize it at once as your own nature. Once you have passed through this experience, you will never be the same again. Delusions and attachments end and life becomes supremely concentrated in the present-Nisargadatta

As one continues to look within while one’s ego structure dies away, one shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as a pure presence of consciousness at the central point of view of the world one perceives. That is the only way one can ever reach the final destination of one’s journey, which is to discover the true nature of what one really is, the true nature of one’s being.

The idea of enlightenment is of utmost importance. A spark of truth can burn up a mountain of lies. The opposite is also true. The sun of truth remains hidden behind the cloud of self-identification with the body-Nisargadatta

Nothing stands in the way of your liberation here and now except for your being more interested in other things. You must see through them as mere mental errors-Nisargadatta

One’s focus of attention on things in the world one perceives is one’s life-force. One’s focus of attention arises with one’s light of consciousness that emanates from one’s focal point of consciousness and is focused on whatever one perceives in one’s world, as images of that world are reflected back from one’s holographic screen to one’s point of view. One’s light of consciousness is required to project images back to one’s point of view from one’s screen. Although the normal flow of energy through one’s world arises as a spontaneous expression of creativity and is not really under one’s control, one’s focus of attention on things in that world is required to allow energy to flow through one’s world and animate things in that world from the perspective of one’s own point of view. To the degree that one can direct the events of that world, one is only interfering with the normal flow of things.

Keep quiet; turn your energy within to find the source of the inexhaustible power-Nisargadatta

Realize that it is not you who moves from dream to dream, but the dreams flow before you and you are the immutable witness. Nothing affects your real being. This is the absolute truth-Nisargadatta

Like everything else the observer can possibly observe in its world, the flow of energy through its world only exists in a state of potentiality until observed. At the moment of observation, the flow of energy comes into a state of actuality, but the observer must be present at that moment of observation. The flow of energy only comes into an actual state of existence if the observer focuses its attention on the observation, which requires the observer’s light of consciousness to emanate from its focal point of consciousness and to project images of the observer’s world from its holographic screen to its central point of view, just like the light of a movie projector projects the images of a movie from a movie screen to the point of view of an observer out in the audience. Those images are animated in the flow of energy, but just like the observed images, the flow of energy only comes into an actual state of existence if observed. If the observer’s focus of attention is not present to observe both the projected images and the animating flow of energy, then both the projection of images and the animation of images comes to an end. When the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from its world, in effect it also withdraws the energy of its life-force away from its world and brings the animation of its world to an end.

Externalization is the first step in liberation. Step away and look. Separate your Self and watch. The physical events will go on happening, but in themselves they have no importance-Nisargadatta

The observer has to be present and focus its attention on the flow of energy through its world for the flow of energy to come into an actual state of existence. If the observer withdraws its focus of attention, the flow of energy does not come into an actual state of existence, which is to say the observer withdraws its life-force away from its world when the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from its world. This explains why one is aware of nothing when one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world and falls into a deep sleep or goes into a trance or enters into a deep state of meditation. All these states arise when one’s focus of attention is withdrawn away from one’s world.

Find out your real being. ‘What am I?’ is the fundamental question of philosophy. Go into it deeply-Nisargadatta

For one to engage one’s life-force into action, one has to be present as the observer and engage the focus of one’s attention. One’s life-force is not engaged into action when one is not present as the observer. Energy still flows through the world, but not from one’s own point of view.

If you want to know your true nature, you must have your Self in mind all the time, until the secret of your being stands revealed-Nisargadatta

There is a vastness beyond the farthest reaches of the mind. That vastness is my home; that vastness is myself-Nisargadatta

The flow of energy through the observer’s world only comes into an actual state of existence when observed. If the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from its world, it also withdraws the expression of its life-force from its world. From the perspective of the observer’s own point of view, its world disappears from existence when it withdraws its focus of attention away from its world, but life goes on from the perspective of other observers that focus their attention on different aspects of the world. The life of the observer’s body goes on even when the observer falls into a state of deep sleep, is not present for its life, and is aware of nothing. The life of the body goes on since other observers are observing that life. Every distinct form or particle in the universe has its own observer. All the observers are ultimately the same observer, but observe things from the perspective of different points of view.

I Am not my body. I Am the witness only. All things are in me. I Am not among things. You are so accustomed to thinking of bodies having consciousness that you cannot imagine consciousness as having bodies. Bodily existence is but a movement in consciousness-Nisargadatta

Body death can only occur when one permanently withdraws one’s focus of attention and life-force away from the life of one’s body in the world that one observes. When one permanently withdraws one’s attention and life-force away from that body, that particular body is no longer animated as a living body in the flow of energy. When one is reincarnated into a new body, one refocuses one’s attention on the life of that new body. That refocusing of one’s attention is really no different than waking up from a deep sleep. In the time interval that one was in a deep sleep, one’s body changed, so it really isn’t the same body when one awakens. Reincarnation is much the same, except it involves a much bigger change in one’s body.

Consciousness survives innumerable bodies. It is in the nature of consciousness to survive its vehicle-Nisargadatta

One’s life-force can only arise with one’s focus of attention, since the flow of energy through one’s world can only come into an actual state of existence if one is present for the observation and actually observes it. The potentiality for the expression of the life-force is always there in a potential state of existence as a spontaneous expression of creativity, but one’s life-force can only come into an actual state of existence when the observer focuses its attention on it and actually observes it. The observer’s focus of attention arises as the observer’s own light of consciousness that is directed or focused on whatever the observer observes in its world, as projected images of its world are reflected back to itself from its own holographic screen.

On the screen of the mind, the light shines steadily. Only the film in between keeps moving and causes pictures to appear-Nisargadatta

The observer’s light of consciousness is what is creating and destroying the appearance of the observer’s world from the perspective of its own point of view. As the observer focuses its attention on its world, it directs or shines the light of its consciousness on its world, illuminating its world which then appears to come into existence. As the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, it no longer illuminates its world, which disappears from existence.

The search for reality is the most dangerous of all undertakings for it will destroy the world in which you live-Nisargadatta

Consciousness does not shine by itself. It shines by a light beyond it. Having seen the dreamlike quality of consciousness, look for the light in which it appears, which gives it being-Nisargadatta

Enlightenment would not be possible unless the observer’s own light of consciousness is what is illuminating the observer’s world from the perspective of its own point of view as it focuses its attention on its world. Whatever the observer observes in its world is only a reflection of its own light of consciousness, as images of its world are projected from its holographic screen to its point of view. If the observer shifts the focus of its attention away from its world and onto the source of the light of consciousness, the observer becomes enlightened.

In the immensity of consciousness a light appears, a tiny point that traces shapes, thoughts and feelings, concepts and ideas. On the surface of the ocean of consciousness, names and forms are transitory waves. Only consciousness has real being, not its transformations. You are that point of consciousness. By your movement the world is ever created. Stop moving and there will be no world. Look within and you will find that the point of light is reflected as the immensity of light in the body as the sense I Am. There is only light. All else is appearance-Nisargadatta

Love says I Am everything. Wisdom says I Am nothing-Nisargadatta

By desiring you take the shape of your desires. When no desires remain, you revert to your natural state. All desires must be given up-Nisargadatta

What is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. What you see as false dissolves. Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false-Nisargadatta

The desire for truth is the highest of all desires, yet it is still a desire. All desires must be given up for the real to be-Nisargadatta

What have you not given up? Find that out and give up that. Search for what to give up. Empty yourself completely. Give up all ideas about your Self and simply be-Nisargadatta

As long as you are interested in your present way of living, you will shirk from the final leap into the unknown-Nisargadatta

Moments when one feels empty and estranged, of detachment, are desirable moments, for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places-Nisargadatta

In the awakening process, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world and shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present as the observer at the central point of view of one’s world. Only the conscious presence of the observer has its own inherent sense of being, which is called I Am. In the awakening process, one is really withdrawing one’s life-force energy away from one’s world and shifting the focus of one’s attention/life-force onto one’s own focal point of observing consciousness. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world and away from all the shiny objects of one’s world, one also withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy, which is one’s life-force. In shifting the focus of one’s attention/life-force onto one’s focal point of observing consciousness and focusing one’s light of consciousness on one’s sense of being, one brings oneself into a state of being a single point of self-emanating consciousness.

When you are in dead earnest, you bend every incident, every second of your life, to your purpose. You do not waste time and energy on other things. You are totally dedicated, call it one-pointedness of the mind-Nisargadatta

Once one knows oneself to be a self-emanating focal point of consciousness at the central point of singularity of one’s world, one directly sees that it is one’s own light of consciousness emanating from that focal point as one’s focuses one’s attention on one’s world that creates and destroys one’s world from the perspective of one’s own point of view. One’s world only appears to come into existence or appears to become created from one’s point of view as one focuses one’s attention on it and shines the light of one’s consciousness on it. As one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from it and no longer shines the light of one’s consciousness on it, that world disappears from existence or appears to become destroyed from one’s point of view.

You must sleep in order to wake up. You must die in order to live. You must destroy to build, annihilate before creation-Nisargadatta

To the mind the light of consciousness appears as darkness. It can be known only through its reflections. The highest state of awareness is to be the point of light tracing the world. Beyond the highest state of awareness is to be the source of light-Nisargadatta

Go within. The state in which you are aware of your Self but not the world, is a state of waking-sleep. In that state you know without the least trace of doubt that at the root of your being you are free-Nisargadatta

Awakening is described as a state of waking-sleep. As one falls into a deep sleep, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world which disappears from the perspective of one’s point of view, and one is aware of nothing. As one awakens to oneself, one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from one’s world which disappears from the perspective of one’s point of view, but one shifts the focus of one’s attention onto one’s sense of being present and becomes aware of oneself as a pure presence of self-emanating consciousness at the central point of singularity of one’s world.

Do not undervalue attention. To know, to do, to discover, or to create you must give your attention to it-Nisargadatta

Attention comes from the Self-Nisargadatta

Give your undivided attention to the most important in your life, your Self. Of your personal universe you are the center. Without knowing the center what else can you know-Nisargadatta

That which is alive in you is immortal-Nisargadatta

You make yourself mortal by taking your Self to be a body-Nisargadatta

To be, you must be nobody-Nisargadatta

In the awakening process, one looks within and focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present as a conscious presence at the central point of singularity of one’s world. In this process, one is no longer under the hypnotic spell of focusing one’s attention on one’s mentally constructed self-concept as though one’s existence depends on it. One no longer allows one’s focus of attention to wander around and become distracted by all the distractions of shiny objects in one’s world. One’s attention is focused on one’s own sense of being present like a laser beam. One shifts the focus of one’s attention/life-force onto one’s own focal point of observing consciousness and brings them into a unified state of being one consciousness. One ultimately goes beyond being this unified state and becomes one with the source of consciousness, which is the ultimate state of reunion. This ultimate state of reunion is beyond the observing consciousness of an observer and its observable world. It is called non-dual awareness, which in some inexpressible sense is being nothing.

All consciousness is consciousness of change, but the perception of change necessitates a changeless background-Nisargadatta

In reality there is only the source, dark in itself, but making everything shine with the light of consciousness. Unperceived, it causes perception. Being nothing it gives birth to all being. It is the immovable background of motion-Nisargadatta

The sense I Am is not continuous, though it is a useful pointer; it shows where to seek, but not what to seek-Nisargadatta

In the timeless state there is no Self, no I Am, no witness-Nisargadatta

If you desire nothing, then you are as good as dead, or you are the Supreme-Nisargadatta

The only truth one can ever know about oneself is that one exists, but as what does one exist? As long as one perceives one’s own world, one can only exist as the silent observer of one’s world. The silent witness is the Atmanic consciousness at the center of one’s world. To awaken to one’s true nature, one has to come to know oneself as being that pure presence of consciousness at the center of one’s world. When one focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present, one knows oneself as being the silent observer. One knows oneself as being the awareness itself. One has to bring one’s attention onto one’s awareness and see that one’s attention and one’s awareness are one consciousness. One does this by withdrawing one’s attention away from one’s world. The only thing that stands between one knowing oneself as being the awareness itself and stands in the way of one focusing one’s attention on one’s awareness and seeing them as being one, is one’s own ego, which are the false beliefs one believes about oneself that one is a person in the world one perceives. When one focuses one’s attention on one’s own ego and on these false beliefs one believes about oneself that one is an embodied person in the world with a body that needs to be defended as though one’s existence depends on the survival of the body, then one makes oneself a prisoner of one’s mind as one identifies oneself with this false self-concept of being an embodied person.

To know that you do not know is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

The realized man has returned to the source and realized his true nature-Nisargadatta

The realized man knows the state in which there is neither the world nor the thought of it; the state in which imagination is no longer taken for reality. He comes to take you to the real, to truth, to what is; not to come to terms with the mind and its delusions-Nisargadatta

The realized man is egoless; he has lost the capacity of identifying his Self with anything. He is beyond space and time, beyond the world-Nisargadatta

The realized man is beyond life and death. Life and death appears to him but a way of expressing movement in the immovable, change in the changeless. He has died before his death and he saw that there was nothing to be afraid of. The moment you know your real being you are afraid of nothing-Nisargadatta

Realization is in discovering the source and abiding there. One is left without questions; no answers are needed-Nisargadatta

One is undeceived only-Nisargadatta

The false self-concept is nothing but false beliefs that one believes about oneself. To stop believing these false beliefs, one has to stop emotionally constructing them in one’s mind, which one can only do if one withdraws one’s focus of attention away from them. One can only remove them from one’s mental field of view if one sees them as illusions and loses interest in them, and if one stops focusing one’s attention on them and stops emotionally energizing them. This happens naturally as one shifts the focus of one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present and knows oneself as being the silent observer or the conscious presence itself. One brings the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own awareness and sees them as being one consciousness. Through the single-pointedness of one’s focus of attention, one brings one’s attention and awareness into a single point of consciousness. One brings oneself into a point of singularity.

Turn within. I Am you know. Be with it all the time, until you revert to it spontaneously. There is no simpler and easier way-Nisargadatta

Being needs no proof; it proves all else. Being is the one incontrovertible factor-Nisargadatta

I Am needs no proof. Stay with it-Nisargadatta

The point of I Am is the bridge between the watcher and its dream. ‘I am this’ is dream, while the pure I Am has the stamp of reality-Nisargadatta

The state of detached awareness is the witness-consciousness. The sense I Am is always witnessed in the mirror of the mind as a reflection of the light of consciousness. The witness rises and set with its objects, and is not quite real. Whatever its objects. it remains the same, and so it is also real. It partakes of both the real and the unreal and is a bridge between the real and unreal. The bridge serves one purpose only, to cross over-Nisargadatta

The door that locks you in is also the door that lets you out. I Am is the door. Stay with it until it opens. It is always open, but you are not at it-Nisargadatta

I Am is the door. Cross the door and go beyond-Nisargadatta

That sense of conscious presence is itself the doorway through which one ultimately passes that allows one to return to and reunite oneself with the source of one’s consciousness. In this ultimate state of reunion, the conscious presence of the observer and the source of consciousness become one, and the undivided awareness of the source becomes aware of the conscious presence of the observer even as the observer perceives its own world. One not only knows oneself to be the conscious presence of the observer, but one also knows oneself to be the source of consciousness. One knows oneself to be the nothingness of the source. One knows the truth of being nothing. The only truth one can ever know about oneself is that one exists, but ultimately one exists as nothingness.

Between desires and freedom from all desires is an abyss which must be crossed-Nisargadatta

Once the observer brings itself into focus and knows itself to be nothing more than a pure presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world, it brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates the existence of its world from the void and the non-existence of its world. The observer brings itself right to the edge of the abyss that separates being present for its world from the disappearance of its world and not being present. At that point, the observer can freely fall into the void and reunite itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

The experience of the inner void is an explosion into reality-Nisargadatta

The Supreme reality is the void beyond being and non-being, beyond consciousness. There is no journey to Supreme reality. One is undeceived only. One is as one always is. One knows nothing, wants nothing, is nothing. There is nothing left to do. One’s work is done-Nisargadatta

The holographic principle in the context of dark energy is telling us there are three levels of reality. The ultimate level, beyond all, is Brahman; the undifferentiated consciousness of the void; the infinite, undivided, unitary nothingness that is the one source from which all comes into being. The next level is Atman; the individual perceiving consciousness of the observer and the light of consciousness of I Am. The last level is the virtual reality of a perceivable world. These three levels of reality are the trinity of the one source of existence, the individual being or spirit of the observer, and the observable holographic world within which one’s life-form appears.

Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman.
-Shankara

The unreal has no being; the real never ceases to be.
-Bhagavad-Gita

Now I Am become death, the destroyer of worlds.
-Bhagavad-Gita

The soul that with a strong and constant calm
Takes sorrow and takes joy indifferently
Lives in the life undying
That which is can never cease to be
That which is not cannot exist
To see this truth of both
Is theirs who part essence from accident
Substance from shadow
-Bhagavad-Gita

Never the spirit was born
The spirit shall cease to be never
Never was time it was not
End and beginning are dreams
-Bhagavad-Gita

In the knowledge of the Source
Which is a dark night to the ignorant
The recollected mind is fully awake and aware
The ignorant are awake in their sense life
Which is darkness to the sage
-Bhagavad-Gita

Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning
All that existed then was void and formless
That which becomes, was born through the power of heat
Upon that desire arose in the beginning the first discharge of thought
Sages discovered this link of the existent to the non-existent
Having searched in the heart with wisdom
Their line of vision was extended across
He, the first origin of this creation
Whether he formed it all or did not form it
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven
Surely he knows, or perhaps he knows not
-Rig Veda

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness
-Genesis

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao follows what is natural
-Tao-Te-Ching

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

Being at one with the Tao is eternal
And though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away
-Tao-Te-Ching

Because there is no place for death to enter
-Tao-Te-Ching

The wise are impartial
-Tao-Te-Ching

Without form there is no desire
Without desire there is tranquility
Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

It is more important
To see the simplicity
To realize one’s true nature
To cast off selfishness
And temper desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

Misfortune comes from having a body
Without a body how could there be misfortune?
Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things
-Tao-Te-Ching

No fight; no blame
-Tao-Te-Ching

Empty yourself of everything
-Tao-Te-Ching

Thus shall ye think of all this fleeting world
A star at dawn, a bubble in a stream
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud
A flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream
-The Diamond Sutra

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
-Nursery Rhyme

We are such stuff as dreams are made on
And our little life is rounded with a sleep
-Shakespeare

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil
-Shakespeare

Life is but a walking shadow
A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing
-Shakespeare

All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players
-Shakespeare

I was dreaming that I was a butterfly fluttering happily. Suddenly I awoke. Now I wonder who I am. A man who dreamed he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming it is a man.
-Chuang Tzu

Are you and I caught up in a dream from which we have not yet awakened?
-Chuang Tzu

All existing things are really one
-Chuang Tzu

The universe is the unity of all things. If one recognizes his identity with this unity then the parts of his body mean no more to him than so much dirt, and death and life, end and beginning, disturb his tranquility no more than the succession of day and night.
-Chuang Tzu

The universe is sacred
You cannot improve upon it
-Tao-Te-Ching

Perception is reality
-Anonymous

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is: Infinite.
-William Blake

The Eye with which I see God is the same Eye with which God sees me.
-Meister Eckhart

Separate yourself from all two-ness. Be one in one, one with one, one from one.
-Meister Eckhart

Empty of self and all things
-Meister Eckhart

The shell must be cracked apart if what is in it is to come out, and likewise if you would know the reality of Nature you must destroy the appearance. The further you go beyond the appearance the nearer you will be to the essence
-Meister Eckhart

The soul grows by subtraction not addition
-Meister Eckhart

The fruit of letting go is birth
-Meister Eckhart

The only thing that burns in hell is the part of you that won’t let go of your life: your memories, your attachments. They burn them all away, but they’re not punishing you, they’re freeing your soul. If you’re frightened of dying and you’re holding on, you see devils tearing your life away. If you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth.
-Attributed to Meister Eckhart

God is in all things. The more divinity is in things, the more divinity is outside of things.
-Meister Eckhart

The soul becomes God but God does not become the soul
-Meister Eckhart

I am what I was and what I shall remain now and forever. I and God are one.
-Meister Eckhart

In all ten directions of the universe there is only one truth
-Ryokan

All visible objects-are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event-in the living act-the undoubted deed-there some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask.
If man will strike, strike through the mask!
How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall?
Sometimes I think there’s naught beyond-but ’tis enough.
-Herman Melville

Truth hath no confines
-Herman Melville

The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue
-Antisthenes

The unexamined life is not worth living
-Socrates

To fear death, my friends,
Is only to think ourselves wise without being wise
For it is to think that we know what we do not know
-Socrates

Those who know are not learned
The learned do not know
-Tao-Te-Ching

The man of Tao remains unknown
Perfect virtue produces nothing
No-self is true-self
And the greatest man is nobody
-Chuang Tzu

Truly I have attained nothing from total enlightenment
-Buddha

I know that I know nothing
-Socrates

How is it that this Being that Is inhabits this nothingness?
These are the words of the secret
Whoever lives the meaning of these words shall no longer taste death
-Gospel of Thomas

That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings
Who is the giver of grace to all
The Supreme Soul of the universe
The limitless being
I Am That
-Upanishads

Be still and know that I Am God
-Psalms

Before Abraham was, I Am
-Gospel of John

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun
And behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind
-Ecclesiastes

These things too shall pass away
-Source unknown

If nothing is done then all will be well
-Tao-Te-Ching

When the mind is at peace the world too is at peace
Nothing real, nothing absent
Not holding onto reality, not getting stuck in the void
You are neither holy nor wise
Just an ordinary fellow who has completed his work
-Layman P’ang

What did your face look like before you were born?
-Zen koan

Nothing is sacred
-Zen saying

Nobody is perfect
-Common saying

You are what your deep driving desire is
As your desire is so is your will
As your will is so is your deed
As your deed is so is your destiny
-Upanishads

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step
-Tao-Te-Ching

Unless you turn around and become like young children you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven
-Gospel of Matthew

I did not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword.
-Gospel of Matthew

I have come to cast fire upon the earth
-Gospel of Luke

Having burnt down my house, I can now see the moon
-Taoist saying

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.
-Corinthians

That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the spirit is spirit
Unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God
-Gospel of John

He who seeks only himself brings himself to ruin, whereas he who brings himself to naught for me discovers who he is.
-Gospel of Matthew

The great path has no gates
Thousands of roads enter it
When one passes through this gateless gate
One walks the universe alone
-Mu-mon

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

Modern physics with the concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle is telling us there are three orders or levels of reality. The ultimate level of reality is consciousness itself, which in its primordial undifferentiated or ultimate state is an empty background space of potentiality. This empty background space is the true vacuum state of nothingness with zero dark energy that gives rise to all other states of existence through the expression of a non-zero value of dark energy, which can only arise from the potentiality of empty space to expand. This accelerated expansion of space always occurs relative to the central point of view of an observer, which breaks the symmetry of empty space as it gives rise to a horizon or bounding surface of space that surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observations of things in space. Dark energy is the ultimate expression of energy or desire that gives rise to the creation of the observer’s world or universe and everything in that world. That world is always defined by the images of things projected from the observer’s horizon that acts as a holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. The observer’s holographic screen is the nature of the observer’s mind, which is the nature of imagination. Just as dark energy explains the nature of energy and desire, the holographic principle explains the nature of mind and imagination. These three orders of reality: consciousness, which is empty space at rest or without motion; energy, which is the expansion of space or consciousness in motion; and imagination, which is the encoding of bits of information on a bounding surface of space, the projection of images from that bounding surface to the central point of view of an observer and the animation of those images in the flow of energy, are what constitutes reality in its entirety. There is nothing else.

All limited existence is imaginary. Even space and time are imaginary. Pure being, filling all and beyond all, is not limited. All limitation is imaginary. Only the unlimited is real-Nisargadatta

It is all but a display in consciousness-Nisargadatta

The mind creates the world. The mind is both the actor and the stage. You are not the mind-Nisargadatta

Seeing that you are not the person you take your Self to be, step out and look from the outside-Nisargadatta

All you need to do is to cease taking your Self to be within the field of consciousness. To look for it on the mental level is futile. It is here and now: the I Am you know so well-Nisargadatta

When I say I Am, I do not mean a separate entity with a body. I mean the totality of being, the ocean of consciousness, the entire universe-Nisargadatta

The Self is beyond experience; it is the only Self of all-Nisargadatta

The totality of mental projections is the Great Illusion-Nisargadatta

Your mind projects a structure and you identify your Self with it. It is the nature of desire to prompt the mind to create a world for its fulfillment-Nisargadatta

The projecting power is imagination prompted by desire-Nisargadatta

At the root of all creation lies desire. Desire and imagination foster and reinforce each other. The state of pure witnessing is like space, unaffected by whatever it contains-Nisargadatta

Ultimately, all the observer really is, is empty space. That is the mystery of the ultimate nature of its existence. Ultimately, all the observer really does is bend space as it expresses its energy and desire and creates the virtual reality, or the manifestation, of a world for itself to experience. This is all a spontaneous expression of creativity for the sheer joy of it; for the love of playing the game.

Do not try to bend the spoon. That is impossible. Instead, only try to realize the truth.
What truth?
There is no spoon. Then you’ll see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.
The Matrix

What is it that really bends? Relativity theory tells us the strange answer is only space can bend. Not the projected holographic space we perceive, but the empty background space of undifferentiated consciousness within which the holographic universe and its observer arise. Only space can really bend because only empty space really exists. Everything else is part of the holographic illusion. That empty space of non-dual awareness is what one really is.

That which permeates all, which nothing transcends, and which like the universal space around us fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman
That thou art
-Shankara

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Postscript

The scientific concepts discussed here about the nature of reality are mutually exclusive with one’s direct experience of the true nature of one’s ultimate reality. All concepts, including all scientific concepts, require a mind to construct those concepts, and the perceiving one must perceive the concepts constructed in that mind. Modern physics tells us that one’s mind is only a limiting holographic screen that encodes bits of information and projects mental images to one’s central point of view. That projection is animated as energy flows through one’s world. Those mental images include all images of one’s world, one’s thoughts, and all forms of mental imagination like memory and anticipation of events that allow for construction of a self-concept. Everything one can conceptualize inherently makes use of one’s mind. This mental process of conceptualization is mutually exclusive with one’s direct experience of one’s true nature. One can only experience one’s true nature in a state of no-mind. When one has no mind, one has no limiting holographic screen on which concepts can become constructed, animated and projected to one’s point of view.

When one has no mind, all projected images of one’s world disappear from existence, and with the disappearance of one’s world, all thoughts, concepts and other forms of mental imagination also disappear from existence. All that remains is the ultimate nature of one’s existence. The ultimate nature of one’s existence can only be described in negative terms as limitless, timeless, formless, selfless, emptiness and nothingness. The ultimate nature of one’s existence is the source of consciousness from which the observing consciousness of all observers at all points of view arise, and as such can also be referred to as undifferentiated consciousness or non-dual awareness, which in some inexpressible sense is awareness aware of nothing but undivided awareness.

In this ultimate state of one’s existence, one has no mind or concepts and one knows nothing. In this ultimate state of one’s existence, one is nothing and one does nothing. One simply is. One can only conceptualize what one is by apparently becoming something as one expends one’s energy and constructs a limiting holographic screen that is the nature of one’s mind that projects all images of one’s world and mind to one’s central point of view. In the process of apparently becoming something, one has to become an individual presence of observing consciousness. For one to directly experience the true nature of what one really is, this state of becoming has to come to an end. With the direct experience of the ultimate nature of one’s being, one directly experiences the inexpressible limitless experience of no-mind in which one is nothing, knows nothing and does nothing.

The individual perceiving consciousness of the observer is always present at the central point of view of its own world with its own inherent sense of being present as a conscious presence. The conscious presence of the observer is itself the bridge that connects the source of consciousness to its observable world. This bridge is like a doorway through which the observer’s individual perceiving consciousness ultimately passes as it returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the source. In this ultimate state of reunion, the conscious presence of the observer and the source of consciousness become one, and the undivided awareness of the source becomes aware of the conscious presence of the observer even as the observer perceives its own world. One not only knows oneself to be the conscious presence of the observer, but one also knows oneself to be the source of consciousness. One knows oneself to be the nothingness of the source. One knows the truth of being nothing. The only truth one can ever know about oneself is that one exists, but ultimately one exists as nothingness.

Spiritual awakening is like a spiritual maturation or growing-up process. Whenever the individual Atmanic consciousness of an observer becomes differentiated from the undifferentiated Brahmanic consciousness of the void, the observer always observes its own world from the point of view of its own life-form in that world, which is like the central character of a movie it is watching. When that life-form is born, the observer really knows nothing more about itself than I Am. As that life-form matures and develops, the observer knows more, but most of what it knows are false self-concepts that pertain to the life-form living its life in the world. As the life-form matures and develops its self-concepts, it inevitably goes through many rambunctious and troublesome phases of development. Each such phase can be characterized as an identity crisis within which the observer takes on a false identity, which is a mentally constructed and emotionally energized self-concept. Spiritual awakening can be understood as the ultimate identity crisis where all false identities are thrown off as the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from them and the observer detaches itself and lets go of everything. The observer finally realizes the true nature of what it really is, and achieves a state of spiritual maturity.

The awakening process only goes forward with a fundamental shift in the focus of attention of consciousness away from the life of a person in the world and onto the true nature of being. At some point in the awakening process, the hypnotic spell is broken, the person is seen to be a hollow shell, emotional bonds to the person are no longer energized and dissolve away, identity with the person snaps, and the focus of attention of consciousness is shifted onto the sense of being present. In the awakening process, there is a fundamental shift in the identity of the perceiving consciousness away from the false personal identity of an ego in the world and onto the identity of the conscious presence of the witness of that world. The only true thing the conscious presence of the observer can ever know about itself is its own sense of being present, its sense of I-Am-ness, which is the Atmanic identity. Even this individual sense of I-Am-ness is ultimately seen not to be the ultimate truth, and identity finally shifts to the undifferentiated, undivided, unitary oneness of the source of consciousness, which is the Brahmanic identity of the ultimate nature of existence. In the awakening process, the true nature of being first throws off the false identity of a person in the world, the false “I” of an ego, then throws off the individual identity of the observing consciousness of that world, the I-Am-ness of the witness, and finally reaches the ultimate identity of the source of consciousness. The true nature of being throws off all of these false identities and still remains as “I”, the inexpressible identity of being infinite nothingness.

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What Is Spiritual Awakening?

All concepts of spiritual awakening presented in the following discussion are adapted from Jed McKenna’s Enlightenment Trilogy and Nisargadatta Maharaj’s I Am That.

We call Buddha the awakened one.
This awakening is really the cessation of inner dreaming.
When there is no dreaming you become pure space.
This non-dreaming consciousness is what is known as enlightenment-Osho

Awareness is beyond all.
Awareness is primordial; it is the original state.
Awareness is undivided-aware of itself-Nisargadatta

And then, one day, there is it. Nothing.
Without warning, you’re launched into empty space, and before too long, empty space becomes your reality.
The void. No-self.
That’s where I am now.
I abide in non-dual, non-relative awareness-Jed McKenna

The dreamer is one.
I am beyond all dreams.
I am the light in which all dreams appear and disappear-Nisargadatta

The truth of the situation is that eventually, there’s nothing.
Infinity. Eternity. The void.
Time and space come and go but what’s true is true and all the rest is but a dream-Jed McKenna

The world you can perceive is a very small world-entirely private. The world is but a reflection of imagination. Take it to be a dream and be done with it. What you call survival is but the survival of a dream. By forgetting who you are and imagining yourself a mortal creature you create so much trouble for yourself that you have to wake up, like from a bad dream-Nisargadatta

In the void of undifferentiated consciousness: awake is awake-Jed McKenna

Shankara tells us Brahman is the only truth, the world is illusion, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman. Brahman is understood as the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, the illusion of the world is energetically created in the sense of modern physics as an animation of observable images projected from a holographic screen to the central point of view of an observer, and Atman is the central point of differentiated consciousness of the observer.

Nothing perceivable is real.
Only the onlooker is real, call him Self or Atman.
That which makes you think that you are a human is not human.
It is a dimensionless point of consciousness, a conscious nothing.
All you can say about yourself is ‘I am’-Nisargadatta

Truth is one, is non-dual, is infinite, is one-without-other.
Truth is dissolution, no-self, unity.
You are true or you’re a lie, as in ego-bound, as in dual, as in asleep-Jed McKenna

Delve deeply into the sense ‘I am’ and you will discover that the perceiving center is universal. All that happens in the universe happens to you, the silent witness. Whatever is done is done by you, the universal and inexhaustible energy.
There can be no universe without the witness, no witness without the universe-Nisargadatta

You, the reader, are at the exact center of the universe; your universe. It’s all yours, it’s all about you, and you are all alone in it. Anything that tells you otherwise is a belief, and no belief is true-Jed McKenna

Realize that you are dreaming a dream you call the world. When you have seen the dream as a dream you have done all that needs to be done-Nisargadatta

Atman-Brahman

The individual Atmanic consciousness of the observer in some mysterious way arises at a point of view from what can be called the undifferentiated Brahmanic consciousness of the void. Conscious intention expressed in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference energetically creates the observer’s world, while the withdrawal of that energy in a freely falling reference frame, which happens as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, implies the disappearance of its world. This scenario only makes sense if every observer has its own observable world, which can appear to come into existence in an accelerated reference frame or disappear from existence in a freely falling reference frame, but always from the observer’s own point of view. Only the observer’s accelerated frame of reference or point of view can give rise to the observer’s horizon that acts as a holographic screen and projects all observable images of the observer’s world to its central point of view.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference/World-line/Horizon

Once you realize that there is nothing in this world which you can call your own you look at it from the outside as you look at a play on the stage or a picture on the screen. To know the picture as the play of light on the screen gives freedom from the idea that the picture is real.
In reality I only look.
Whatever is done is done on the stage.
Joy and sorrow, life and death, they are real to the man in bondage
To me they are all in the show, as unreal as the show itself-Nisargadatta

The enlightened view life as a dream.
You wake up and the dream is gone as if it never was.
All the characters and events that seemed so real have simply vanished.
The enlightened may walk and talk in the dream world, but they don’t mistake the dream for reality.
Members of movie audiences don’t leap out of their seats to save characters in the film. If they did, they would be hauled off to the nearest mental health facility and treated for a delusional disorder-Jed McKenna

I am like a cinema screen-clear and empty.
The pictures pass over it and disappear, leaving it as clear and empty as before.
The screen intercepts and reflects the pictures. These are lumps of destiny, but not my destiny; the destinies of the people on the screen.
The character will become a person when he begins to shape his life instead of accepting it as it comes-identifying himself with it.
All this I perceive quite clearly, but I am not in it.
I feel myself as floating over it, aloof and detached.
There is also the awareness of it all and a sense of immense distance as if the body and the mind and all that happens to them were somewhere far out on the horizon.
To myself I am neither perceivable nor conceivable.
There is nothing I can point out and say “this I am”-Nisargadatta

Enlightenment is about truth.
It’s not about becoming a better or happier person. It’s not about personal growth or spiritual evolution. There is no higher stakes game in this world or any other, in this dimension or any other. The price of truth is everything, but no one knows what everything means until they’re paying it-Jed McKenna

Awakening is only about the focus of attention of consciousness. If the observer’s focus of attention is focused on its character and its world in an emotionally biased, character-favored, controlling, interfering, self-centered and self-defensive way, the observer feels self-limited to the animated form of its character as it perceives the flow of animating emotional energy that gives rise to the emotional body feelings expressed by its character, and mistakenly identifies itself with the animated form of its character even though that emotionally animated form is no more real than an animated image projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view. If the observer surrenders and puts its trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best, stops trying to defend its character or control or interfere with the normal flow of things, and allows the actions of its character to come into alignment with the normal flow of things, the observer enters into the integrated state with its feelings of connection and expressions of creativity. If the observer turns the focus of its attention away from its world and character and shifts its focus of attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world, ultimately de-animating its world as the withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention from its world is also the withdrawal of its investment of animating emotional energy in its world, the observer awakens to the true nature of what it is.

In pure being consciousness arises.
In consciousness the world appears and disappears.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality.
The center is a point of void and the witness a point of pure awareness; they know themselves to be as nothing.
But the void is full to the brim.
It is the eternal potential as consciousness is the eternal actual-Nisargadatta

Ignorance isn’t an aspect of self; it’s the essence of self.
It’s not nothing where there should be something.
It’s the delicate weaving of something from nothing.
That nothingness woven into somethingness is what you call reality.
The part you call you is ego-Jed McKenna

In ignorance the seer becomes the seen and in wisdom he is the seeing.
In reality all is one, the outer being merely a projection of the inner.
The objects in the world are many but the eye that sees them is one-Nisargadatta

Before enlightenment I believed my ego was me, then enlightenment comes along and no more ego, only the underlying reality. Now it’s after enlightenment and this ego might be slightly uncomfortable or ill-fitting at times, but it’s all I’ve got. The idea that your ego is destroyed in the process of becoming enlightened is roughly correct, but it’s not complete. Before enlightenment, you’re a human being in the world, just like everyone you see. During enlightenment you realize the human being you thought you were is just a character in a play, and that the world you thought you were in is just a stage, so you go through a process of radical deconstruction of your character to see what’s left when it’s gone. The result isn’t enlightened-self or true-self, it’s no-self.
When it’s all over it’s time to be a human being in the world again, and that means slipping back into costume and getting back on stage.
Now you’re actually in the audience, watching the drama. I could never mistake the play for reality again, or my character for my true state-Jed McKenna

Observer’s Holographic Screen

The process of surrender is integrally related to the process of detachment. With surrender, one becomes willing to give up one’s desire to defend one’s character-based self-concept in an emotionally biased and controlling way. With detachment, one becomes willing to give up one’s desire to hold onto things in an emotionally biased and possessive way. With detachment, one becomes willing to let go and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. Detachment leads to the end of possessive love just as surrender leads to the experience of non-possessive love. Detachment also allows the observer to shift the focus of its attention away from its world and character and onto its own sense of being present for its world at the central point of view of its world. This withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention on its world is also the withdrawal of the observer’s investment of animating emotional energy in its world.

Freedom means letting go.
Spiritual maturity lies in the readiness to let go of everything.
Discrimination will lead to detachment.
You gain nothing.
You leave behind what is not your own and find what you have never lost:
Your own being-Nisargadatta

All attachments to the dreamstate are made of energy.
That energy is called emotion.
All emotions, positive and negative, are attachments-Jed McKenna

There is trouble only when you cling to something.
It is your desire to hold onto it that creates the problem. Let go.
When you hold onto nothing, no trouble arises.
As long as there is the sense of identity with the body, frustration is inevitable.
It is because of your illusion that you are the doer-Nisargadatta

The person who arrives at this point is not the person who goes beyond.
In this process, resistance is conquered and non-resistance takes its place; acceptance, recognition, surrender.
The segregated self is slain and the integrated self is born.
To the onlooker it looks like one thing becomes the other, but to the participant it is quite unmistakably the end of one thing and the beginning of another.
The necessary letting-go is itself a kind of death. It’s the primary death/birth process, and nothing proceeds until it happens-Jed McKenna

You progress by rejection.
Investigate your world, apply your mind to it, examine it critically.
Scrutinize every idea about it.
Everything must be scrutinized and the unnecessary ruthlessly destroyed.
There cannot be too much destruction.
For in reality nothing is of value-Nisargadatta

With this process you tear away layer after layer of untruth masquerading as truth. It burns bridges that can never be rebuilt, and the only real reason to do it is because you can no longer stand not to-Jed McKenna

All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. Fear makes one a slave. Freedom from attachment is natural when one knows one’s true being-Nisargadatta

Truth Destroys Illusion

Surrender and detachment are like a dying process that leads to a death/rebirth transformation. Whenever an emotional attachment is severed, it feels like something dies inside. What dies is the observer’s emotional or false self-identification with its character, and what is reborn is the observer’s realization that the true nature of its identity is with consciousness itself.

To surrender is to relinquish the illusion of control, which initiates the death part of the death/rebirth process.
No faith or belief is required to accomplish this act of surrender only clear-seeing.
When one begins to understand ego and fear for what they really are, then this process becomes as easy and natural as dropping a heavy weight-Jed McKenna

These is no such thing as free will. Will is bondage. It is your ego that makes you think that there must be a doer. You are compelled to desire. You identify yourself with your desires and become their slave. You cannot avoid action. You make it possible by giving it attention-Nisargadatta

Ego is obstruction, surrender is flow.
Surrender is the basis and precursor of growth.
There is no growth possible within egoic constraints, only the illusion of growth.
Once we free ourselves we come into alignment-Jed McKenna

When there is total surrender, complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s physical and spiritual security, when the shell of self-defense is broken, a new life dawns, full of love and beauty.
Complete self-surrender by itself is liberation-Nisargadatta

Detachment allows the observer to see things with a sense of distance from them, which is the ascension of the observer’s consciousness. With the ascension of its consciousness, the observer sees every observable thing in its world, including the animated form of its character and all character-based self-concepts it has about itself as emotionally constructed in its mind, is like an animated image projected from a screen to its point of view outside the screen. The only thing the observer can take with itself with the ascension of its consciousness to an ascended point of view is its own sense of being present.

Awareness comes as if from a higher dimension.
The witness that stands aloof-is the watchtower of the real-the point at which awareness, inherent in the unmanifested, contacts the manifested-Nisargadatta

Having undergone the process of untruth-unrealization, I am left not in an elevated state of superior knowledge, but in a knowledgeless state of superior elevation.
I see everything, I understand everything, I know nothing.
I know that I Am, and I know that I know nothing else-Jed McKenna

Contemplation is all about looking within. When one looks within the first thing one sees is one’s own self-referential thoughts, which are the basis for one’s character-based concept of self as the self-concept is emotionally related to the concept of some other thing in one’s world with some kind of an emotional response to that thing. There are really only two kinds of emotional responses: emotional attachments to the things we want to possess, control and hold onto, which are the things that reinforce and promote our concept of self as something important, powerful and admired by others; and self-defensive responses to or against whatever threatens our concept of self, which are responses of fear, anger and ways of defending the self-concept against those threats by attempting to defeat, resist or control them. These self-referential thoughts are always dualistic in nature since they require a concept of self and other.

Self-identifications are patently false and the cause of bondage.
Your attachment is your bondage.
Liberation is never of the person, it is always from the person-Nisargadatta

The you that you think of as you is not you.
The you that thinks of you as you is not you.
It’s just the character the underlying truth of you is dreaming into brief existence.
Enlightenment isn’t in the character, it’s in the underlying truth-Jed McKenna

You are the source of reality-a dimensionless center of perception that imparts reality to whatever it perceives-a pure witness that watches what is going on and remains unaffected. It is only imagination and self-identification with the imagined that encloses and converts the inner watcher into a person.
The person is merely the result of a misunderstanding.
In reality there is no such thing.
Feelings, thoughts and actions race before the watcher in endless succession.
In reality there is no person, only the watcher identifying itself-Nisargadatta

We erect ego to compensate for the lack of direct self-knowledge. There is no true self to perceive. There is only false self and no-self. One looks for true self and finds nothing. It’s the dread of that nothingness that keeps one’s attention outwardly fixed-Jed McKenna

Abandon all self-identifications. It is a vicious circle-Nisargadatta

There’s nothing wrong with being a dream character, unless it’s your goal to wake up, in which case the dream character must be ruthlessly annihilated.
If your desire is to become the best dang person you can be, then rejoice, you’re in the right place, the dreamstate, the dualistic universe.
If your interest is to cut the crap and figure out what is true then you’re in the wrong place and you’ve got a very messy fight ahead and there’s no point in pretending otherwise-Jed McKenna

Self-referential thoughts and the self-concept can only arise in an antagonistic, possessive or controlling emotional relationship between self and other, where the concept of self is always character-based. The expression of fear and anger are all about the desire to fight against and blame others in the defense of self, while the expression of the desire to possess and control things are all about the desire to have power over others, force their subservience, or gain their admiration and recognition. These dualistic self-referential thoughts are what one first sees when one looks within. The path of awakening is to reject and stop expressing dualistic self-referential thoughts. One rejects them when one sees their inherent falseness as a concept of self. One cannot be what one can observe. One cannot be the animated character one observes in one’s world and therefore no character-based emotionally animated concept of self can be true. One can only be the observer of one’s world, but the observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer of a movie can be an animated image projected from a movie screen to the observer’s point of view outside the screen in the audience. This naturally leads to a shift in one’s focus of attention as one focuses on one’s own sense of being present as an observer of one’s world, which is only a point of view at the center of one’s world.

First we must know ourselves as witnesses only, dimensionless and timeless centers of observation, and then realize that immense ocean of pure awareness, which is both mind and matter and beyond both-Nisargadatta

All belief systems are just the stories we create in order to deal with the void.
Ego abhors a vacuum, so everybody’s scrambling to create the illusion of something where there’s nothing. Belief systems are simply the devices we use to explain away the unthinkable horror of no-self-Jed McKenna

The person is never the subject.
You can see a person but you are not a person.
The difference between the person and the witness is as between not knowing and knowing oneself-Nisargadatta

It’s not a trust business, it’s a self-verification business-Jed McKenna

Mere knowledge is not enough; the knower must be known.
Without knowledge of the knower there can be no peace.
I know myself as I am in reality.
I am neither the body nor the mind. I am beyond all these.
You are accustomed to deal with things, physical and mental. I am not a thing, nor are you. We are neither matter nor energy, neither body nor mind. Once you have a glimpse of your own being you will not find me difficult to understand.
You must gain your own experience.
We believe so many things on hearsay.
We never cared to verify-Nisargadatta

If you want to be more true, then the way to do that is by becoming less false.
Go inside yourself with the spotlight of discrimination and illuminate it.
Illumination destroys it.
Lies disappear when you really look at them because they never had real substance, they were only imagined-Jed McKenna

To question is the essence of revolt.
Without revolt there can be no freedom-Nisargadatta

Universal Observer

The observer is always a silent observer and does not really think any thoughts. Mentally constructed self-referential thoughts are just another emotionally energized image projected from the screen to the observer. Only emotional bias in one’s focus of attention can emotionally energize and reinforce the mental construction of one’s self-concept with the expression of biased emotions. In order for one to shift one’s focus of attention onto one’s own sense of being present, it is not enough to reject one’s emotionally energized dualistic self-referential thoughts as false, but one must also stop emotionally energizing and expressing them. One must become willing to surrender, stop defending one’s concept of self, and become willing to detach oneself and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. One surrenders when one puts one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best, stops trying to control things, and stops interfering with the normal flow of things in an emotionally biased way. One detaches oneself from things when one becomes willing to let go and sever one’s emotional attachments to things. Surrender and detachment in the process of looking within are the only way that one can shift one’s focus of attention onto one’s own sense of being present and know oneself as a silent observer. Surrender, detachment and looking within are the only way that one can:

Be still and know who I am.

The observer can only identify itself with its character if its focus of attention is focused on its world and character in an emotionally biased, self-defensive and character-favored way. The detachment and surrender processes allow the observer to know itself only as a focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its world. These processes also lead to the ascension of the observer’s consciousness as the observer sees that all the images of its world are projected from a screen like the animated images of a movie projected from a screen to the observer’s central point of view outside the screen. The observer becomes aware that it is not really in the movie, but always outside, only perceiving the movie.

The totality of all mental projections is the Great Illusion.
When I look beyond the mind I see the witness.
Beyond the witness is infinite emptiness and silence-Nisargadatta

This trajectory I’m on will take me as close to nonexistence as anyone can get and still have a body. Even now it takes a conscious effort to maintain my false self, my dream character, to animate it, to keep it running-Jed McKenna

Observer’s Point of Singularity/Light of Consciousness

The observer also becomes aware that it is its own light of consciousness emanating from its own point of view that projects the images of the movie from the screen like the light of a movie projector. With this enlightenment experience, the observer is no longer able to emotionally identify itself with the projected and emotionally animated image of its character. When the surrender and detachment processes are finished, the observer finally awakens to the true nature of what it really is. The observer’s consciousness ultimately returns to the one source of consciousness.

Whatever happens, I remain.
At the root of my being is pure awareness, a speck of intense light.
This speck, by its nature, radiates and creates pictures in space and events in time, effortlessly and spontaneously-Nisargadatta

We need the boundaries ego provides.
They’re a necessary part of life in the amusement park.
Self is the complex, shifting set of dimensions that give us shape and form and which distinguish us from other shapes and forms.
The amusement park isn’t ‘come as you are’-it’s a costume party.
Who you come as doesn’t matter, only that you come as someone.
You can’t come as no one-Jed McKenna

As long as there is consciousness of something, its witness is also there. The two appear and disappear together. Give attention to the witness to break the spell of the known-the illusion that only the perceivable is real. As long as you believe that only the perceivable world is real you remain its slave. To become free your attention must be drawn to the witness-Nisargadatta

Everyone’s world is an illusion created by the expenditure of energy and the expression of emotion. When that expenditure of energy comes to an end, which it does when one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in one’s world, that world disappears. Nothing remains. The creating animating energy is consciousness in motion, which can be scientifically understood as an observer in an accelerated frame of reference or the accelerated expansion of space that arises with the expression of dark energy and that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. Only that expression of energy and desire can give rise to the illusion of a world and the illusion of living a life in the world. The illusion of one’s world is only created because one’s consciousness is restless. When one’s consciousness comes to rest, no more energy is expended, one’s world disappears, and the illusion of living a life in one’s world comes to an end.

The inner emptiness itself is the mystery.
When the inner space is there, you are not.
When you dissolve, the inner emptiness is there.
When you are not, the mystery will be revealed.
You will not be a witness to the mystery, you will be the mystery-Osho

Consciousness itself is the source of everything.
What is real is nameless and formless, pure energy of life and light of consciousness.
Everything is a form of energy.
You are not the body.
You are the immensity and infinity of consciousness-Nisargadatta

All there really is, is consciousness and energy.
They’re the same thing, and what they really are, is what we really are, which is just another way of saying: life is but a dream.
There is nothing else-Jed McKenna

The very purpose of creation is the fulfillment of desire.
Things happen by their own nature.
From my point of view everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously.
I do nothing. I just see them happen-Nisargadatta

One’s world only appears and feels real because the perception of the flow of animating energy feels real, which is consciousness perceiving its own restless motion. When consciousness comes to rest only the nothingness remains. Only consciousness is really real, whether it is restless and in motion creating the illusion of a world or it is at rest and remaining as nothingness.

The ‘I am’ in movement creates the world.
The ‘I am’ at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

It doesn’t require knowledge to be enlightened any more than it requires knowledge to obey the law of gravity or to be bathed in sunlight.
Enlightenment is nothing more than truth realization.
If anything requires knowledge and effort and seemingly superhuman powers of imagination it’s not truth but delusion-Jed McKenna

Awakening never happens because one wants it to happen. One can’t desire the desireless state. One can only reject the alternative, which is the illusion of living a life in one’s world that’s created through the expression of one’s own restless desire. One can only reject one’s illusion of living a life in one’s world that’s created through one’s expression of one’s own restless desire to live that life.

Spiritual awakening is about discovering what’s true.
Anything that’s not about getting to the truth must be discarded.
Truth isn’t about knowing things. It’s about unknowing.
It’s not about becoming true.
It’s about un-becoming false so that all that’s left is truth-Jed McKenna

The Supreme state neither comes nor goes. It is.
It is a timeless state, ever present.
Before the mind happens, I am.
Before all beginnings, after all endings, I am.
All has its being in the ‘I am’ that shines in every living being-Nisargadatta

Waking up isn’t a theoretical subject one masters through study and comprehension, it’s a journey one makes, a battle one fights.
Spiritual enlightenment is self-defeating.
It is a battle we wage upon ourselves.
Truth is a uniquely challenging pursuit because the very thing that wants it is the only thing in the way of it.
It’s a battle we must die to win.
The great enemy is the very self that wages the war.
When self is destroyed, who wins?-Jed McKenna

The way to truth lies through the destruction of the false.
To destroy the false you must question your most inveterate beliefs.
Of these the idea that you are the body is the worst.
It is the clinging to the false that makes the truth so difficult to see.
There is a deep contradiction in your attitude which you do not see.
See your world as it is, not as you imagine it to be.
See the person you imagine yourself to be as a part of the world you perceive within your mind and look at the mind from the outside, for you are not the mind-Nisargadatta

The deepest truth of any person is no-person.
You don’t wake up by perfecting your dream character.
You wake up by breaking free of it.
There’s no truth to the ego so no degree of mastery over it results in anything true.
Putting attention on the ego merely reinforces it-Jed McKenna

Whenever a thought or an emotion of desire or fear comes to your mind, just turn away from it. Turn away. Refuse attention-Nisargadatta

One can only reject the illusion when one sees its falseness. That is the only way awakening ever happens. One rejects one’s own restless desire to live a life in one’s world when one sees that life is a lie and the world that life is lived in is an illusion. One’s restless desire to live a life in one’s world is one’s own consciousness in motion. Only that expression of energy and desire can give rise to the illusion of one’s world and the illusion of living a life in that world. When one rejects the expression of that restless desire one comes to rest and the illusion of living a life in that world disappears. One’s entire world disappears. All that one is left with is the reality of one’s consciousness at rest, which is nothingness. The end of that illusion is the end of living a life in the world and the end of expressing the restless desire to live a life in the world, which is the same as dying. One has to become willing to die in order to awaken. One has to become desireless. One can only awaken if one would rather die than continue to live the life of a lie.

To know the lie is to hate it; to see it is to slay it-Jed McKenna

The person is in resistance to the very end.
It is the witnessing consciousness that makes realization attainable.
It is the witness that works on the person-on the totality of its illusions-Nisargadatta

Success in realizing one’s true nature is absolutely assured because it’s one’s true nature. The greatest wonder isn’t that you’ll make it back; it’s that you made it away.
Struggling to achieve truth is as preposterous as struggling to achieve death.
What’s the point? Both will find you when it’s time.
Everyone will end up fully enlightened regardless of the path they take-Jed McKenna

I am beyond consciousness and therefore in consciousness I cannot say what I am.
There is nothing wrong in the idea of a body, but limiting oneself to one body only is a mistake. In reality all existence, every form, is my own, within my consciousness-Nisargadatta

The process of awakening looks like it’s about destroying ego, but that’s not really accurate. You never completely rid yourself of ego-the false self-as long as you’re alive, and it’s not important that you do.
What matters is the emotional tethers that anchor us to the dreamstate; that hold us in place and make us feel that we’re a part of something real.
We send out energetic tendrils from the nexus of ego like roots to attach ourselves to the dreamstate, and to detach from it we must sever them.
In this sense, freeing ourselves from attachment is indeed the process of awakening, but such attachments aren’t what we have, they’re what we are-Jed McKenna

What is caused by desire can be undone only in freedom from desire. What you see as false dissolves. Desirelessness comes on its own when desire is recognized as false-Nisargadatta

Spiritual awakening doesn’t require physical body death, but requires something much more difficult. Spiritual awakening requires ego-death. Only the mentally constructed emotionally energized body-based self-concept has to die away. This last statement is not quite right. Spiritual awakening only requires consciousness to stop identifying itself with its mentally constructed self-concept, but that requires consciousness to stop emotionally constructing its self-concept.

Battling past the ego to get to the truth has been at the heart of countless spiritual teachings. Ego-death as a means to no-self is what this journey is all about.
Anyone headed for truth is going to get there over ego’s dead body or not at all.
The caterpillar doesn’t become a butterfly, it enters a death process that becomes the birth process of the butterfly.
One thing ends and another begins-Jed McKenna

When you refuse to play the game you are out of it-Nisargadatta

Ego doesn’t need to be killed because it was never really alive.
You don’t have to destroy your false self because it’s not real, which is really the whole point. It’s just a character we play.
What needs to be killed is that part of us that identifies with the character.
Once that’s done-really done, and it can take years-then you can wear the costume and play the character as it suits you to do so, now in the character but not of the character-Jed McKenna

Destroy the wall that separates, the ‘I-am-the-body-idea’, and the inner and the outer become one. This battle is always won, for it is a battle between the true and the false-Nisargadatta

The wall separating the awakened and unawakened states is a force field empowered by the emotional energy of fear.
Only ego death defeats the barrier because the barrier is ego itself.
The prize to be won in this battle is not wealth or fame or power, but the transition from untrue to true, from dream to awake, from delusion to reality-Jed McKenna

I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference. I am timeless being-Nisargadatta

If one wants to awaken, and that’s a mighty big if, these are the basic instructions:

Focus and Intent. One has to express a serious, unconflicted and clear intent for what one really wants and focus one’s time, energy and attention on the awakening process without distractions or diversions. One has to become serious about the process and work for it.

Ask yourself what you want, and what you’re willing to give for it.
Dreams are highly flammable things.
Not all fires are started by conscious intent.
Sometimes they just flare up and then you learn two things fast; fire doesn’t negotiate and nothing doesn’t burn-Jed McKenna

Surrender. One has to give up one’s emotionally biased character-favored desire to defend the survival of one’s character as though one’s existence depends on it. One has to clearly see that one is only defending an illusion of what one really is. One is defending the animated image of one’s character in the movie that one is watching as those self-replicating images are projected from one’s screen to one’s point of view in the audience outside the screen. One is not the character in the movie that one is watching. One is the presence of consciousness in the audience that is watching the movie. One has to become willing to surrender instead of resisting the normal flow of things, fighting for the survival of one’s character as though one’s existence depends on it, and trying to control the events of the movie in a self-defensive way. One must accept the true nature of one’s existence depends on nothing one perceives in the movie. One has to put one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best and accept that outcome as for the best. One’s surrender allows the actions of one’s character to come into alignment with the normal flow of things, and so allows one to feel connected and integrated.

Surrender follows naturally from seeing what is-Jed McKenna

Self-surrender is the surrender of all self-concern.
It cannot be done-it happens when you realize your true nature-Nisargadatta

Humans are emotion-based creatures and all emotions derive their energy from one core emotion; fear.
Fear cannot be confronted or slain because it is fear of nothing, of no-self.
Fear can only be surrendered to; the thing feared, entered-Jed McKenna

Detachment. One has to become willing to let go, sever one’s emotional attachments to things, and detach oneself from one’s character and everything else in one’s world. This becomes possible when one sees that one’s world is only the movie that one is watching. One allows things to come and go without any desire to hold onto them or control them. One sees things with a sense of distance from them which is the ascension of one’s consciousness, as one sees that one is not really in the movie that one is watching, but is always outside at a point of view in the audience.

Give up all and you gain all.
Then life becomes what it was meant to be:
Pure radiation from an inexhaustible source.
In that light the world appears dimly like a dream-Nisargadatta

The dreamstate is a big amusement park and I would never encourage anyone to try to escape. That would be as absurd as suggesting that you commit suicide for your own good-Jed McKenna

Go beyond, go back to the source, go to the Self that is the same whatever happens.
See everything as emanating from the light which is the source of your own being.
Find the immutable center where all movement takes birth.
Be the axis at the center-not whirling at the periphery.
Nothing stops you except fear.
You are afraid of impersonal being-Nisargadatta

It is the emotional energy of fear that erects and maintains the egoic shell.
We are madly, desperately, insanely afraid of the truth, and it is that fear that walls us off from our unbounded nature.
Fear of what? Fear of no-self. The nameless, faceless dread of non-being.
Not just fear of death, which anyone can deny or explain away, but fear of nothingness, which no fairytale can fix-Jed McKenna

Look within. Shift the focus of one’s attention away from one’s world and character and onto one’s own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s world. As one withdraws the focus of one’s attention from one’s world and character, one also withdraws one’s investment of animating emotional energy in that world that makes one feel self-limited to the animated form of one’s character and leads one to falsely identify oneself with one’s character. This withdrawal of animating emotional energy deconstructs one’s emotionally energized mentally constructed character-based self-concept or ego, and leads to ego-death. With this shift in awareness, one knows oneself only as the consciousness present at the central point of view of one’s world and sees that it is one’s own radiating light of consciousness that projects the images of one’s world and character from one’s screen to one’s point of view outside the screen at the center of one’s world.

You are and I am only as points in consciousness.
I see only consciousness, and know everything to be but consciousness, as you know the pictures on the cinema screen to be but light.
It is enough to shift attention from the screen onto oneself to break the spell-Nisargadatta

Spiritual enlightenment is the state in which the self is free of all delusion, including self itself. The process of becoming enlightened is a deliberate act of self-annihilation. It is the false self that does the killing and the false self that dies; a suicide in all but the physical sense. Because there is no true self to fill the vacancy created by the passing of the false self, no self remains.
It is not possible to knowledgeably choose or want spiritual enlightenment.
To desire it is to misunderstand it. Ego cannot desire egolessness.
One does not undergo the process of awakening out of love for the true but out of hatred for the false; a hatred so intense that it burns everything and spares nothing-Jed McKenna

For the path of return naughting oneself is necessary.
My stand I take where nothing is.
To the mind it is all darkness and silence.
It is deep and dark, mystery beyond mystery.
It is, while all else merely happens.
It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

There is the place where all the paradoxes disappear and where no questions remain, but there’s no point trying to describe this place.
Like a child flicking a switch that turns the world off like a light.
What can you say when the thing that ends isn’t within a context, but context itself?
Come see for yourself-Jed McKenna

Reality is essentially alone.
To know that nothing is, is true knowledge-Nisargadatta

With every step we leave behind that which we move beyond. Every step is a loss and as long as there’s more to lose, there are more steps to take.
Everything is lost. Nothing is gained-Jed McKenna

Further. These steps are enough to become enlightened and fully awakened within one’s world. One knows the true nature of one’s being is an enlightened presence of consciousness at the center of one’s world, which is like becoming lucid as one awakens within one’s dream. If one wants to awaken from one’s world and return to the one source of consciousness, one has to go further. Even when one ascends to the highest possible level of consciousness, there is still further. One’s world has to disappear and come to an end, which is like awakening from one’s dream. One has to become willing to return to and reunite one’s spiritual being with the one source of all being and consciousness through a desireless process of dissolution, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean. This dissolution into nothingness is also described as falling into the void, like freely falling through a wormhole that connects the observer’s point of singularity to the empty space of the void. One has to become willing to die, give up everything, and accept nothing in return.

Truly, I have attained nothing from total enlightenment-Buddha

Done. No further.

You are nothing but consciousness-Jed McKenna

With full awakening, when the dreamer finally awakens from its dream, everything in the dreamer’s dream-world disappears and only the true nature of the dreamer remains. Nothing remains. Only the dreamer’s ultimate, underlying reality remains. The differentiated consciousness of the observer ultimately returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

You fall into an abyss, and the abyss is bottomless: you go on falling.
That is why Buddha has called this nothingness emptiness.
There is no end to it. Once you know it, you also have become endless.
At this point Being is revealed: then you know who you are, what is your real being, what is your authentic existence.
That Being is void-Osho

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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness
-Genesis

In the silence and the void
Standing alone and unchanging
Ever present and in motion
I do not know its name
Call it Tao
-Tao-Te-Ching

That One thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature
Apart from it, there was nothing
Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning
All that existed then was void and formless
-Rig-Veda

The unreal has no being
The real never ceases to be
-Bhagavad-Gita

Never the spirit was born
The spirit shall cease to be never
Never was time it was not
End and beginning are dreams
-Bhagavad-Gita

That which becomes, was born through the power of heat
Upon that desire arose in the beginning the first discharge of thought
-Rig-Veda

Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea
-Tao-Te-Ching

Returning is the motion of the Tao
It returns to nothingness
It leads all things back
Toward the great oneness
-Tao-Te-Ching

The man of Tao remains unknown
Perfect virtue produces nothing
No-self is true-self
And the greatest man is nobody
-Chuang-Tzu

He, the first origin of this creation
Whether he formed it all or did not form it
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven
Surely he knows, or perhaps he knows not
-Rig-Veda

In the knowledge of the Source
Which is a dark night to the ignorant
The recollected mind is fully awake and aware
The ignorant are awake in their sense life
Which is darkness to the sage
-Bhagavad-Gita

Without form there is no desire
Without desire there is tranquility
Therefore the sage seeks freedom from desire
-Tao-Te-Ching

Ever desireless, one can see the mystery
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations
These two spring from the same source
This appears as darkness
Darkness within darkness
The gate to all mystery
-Tao-Te-Ching

The great path has no gates
Thousands of roads enter it
When one passes through this gateless gate
One walks the universe alone
-Mu-mon

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Consciousness Isn’t Scientifically Explainable

There’s a lot of confusion about what consciousness is because the content of consciousness is often confused with the nature of observing consciousness. The content of consciousness is what is observable, while observing consciousness is the observer. The content of consciousness includes everything that can be observed in the observable world, but it also includes mental content like thoughts and memories. Mental content that can be observed in our minds like thoughts and memories are complicated since they’re internally or brain generated, but so too are sensory perceptions of the external world. It all gets filtered through our brains, which act like information processors, while organs of sensory perception in our bodies act like information conduits. The problem is no matter how information is conveyed or processed into perceptions, there’s no credible scientific brain explanation for how organized forms of information or mental images are perceived by observing consciousness. There’s no brain theory of the observer.

Universal Observer

Only theoretical physics has anything meaningful to say about the nature of the observer in a scientific sense. In relativity theory, the observer is only a point of view, specifically the point of origin of a coordinate system or frame of reference. Relativity theory can’t say what observing consciousness is, but that point of view is where the observer is present. In quantum theory, the observer is a means by which the quantum state of potentiality, which is a sum over all possible outcomes of any event, is reduced to an observable state of actuality, which is the outcome that is actually observed. When you come to a fork in the road, you have to take one path or the other. You have to make a choice. Until you make that choice there is the potentiality to choose either path. Once you make the choice you’ve chosen to follow an actual path. Quantum theory implicitly assumes that it is the observer that makes the choice. Once the choice is made, that outcome is what is actually observed. In quantum theory this sum over all possible outcomes can also be expressed as a sum over all possible paths.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Paths

How can we reconcile the nature of the relativistic observer with the quantum observer? The answer is the unification of quantum theory with relativity theory. There is only one known way to unify quantum theory with relativity theory, which is called the holographic principle of modern physics. The holographic principle is the fundamental basis for all theories of quantum gravity that accomplish this unification. For those not familiar with the holographic principle, the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn explains why this must be so. Gefter interviewed the best theoretical physicists in the world that work in the area of quantum gravity, and after much deep thought about what they told her, came to the logical conclusion that only the holographic principle allows for unification. It’s a worthwhile exercise to read her book and follow her line of reasoning and logical analysis that leads to this conclusion.

Why is this relevant to a discussion of the observing consciousness of an observer and why there can never be a scientific or brain theory for the observer? The problem boils down to the nature of the world and the laws of physics that govern the behavior of things in the world. The space-time geometry of the world is governed by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric. The space-time metric specifies the curvature of space-time geometry, which is the nature of gravity. The other fundamental forces of nature, which are the electromagnetic and the strong and weak nuclear forces, are governed by a set of quantum field theories that are called the standard model of particle physics. The usual method of unification goes forward through the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space and super-symmetry, in which all the fundamental forces are understood to arise from Einstein’s field equations as extra components of the space-time metric. What we understand as an elementary particle is really a quantum field that arises as an extra component of the space-time metric. We understand that an elementary particle is a quantum excitation of the field, which is a wave-packet of field energy localized in space and time. The force of gravity arises due to the curvature of space-time geometry in the extended 3+1 dimensions of space-time, while elementary particles and the fundamental forces of electromagnetism and the nuclear forces arise due to the curvature of space-time geometry with extra compactified dimensions of space and with super-symmetry. This explains the nature of the space-time geometry of the world and the matter and energy in the world.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-time Metric

The big unsolvable problem is to try to explain the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer from these scientific theories of the physical world. Elementary particles can bind together into atoms and molecules, which can bind together into the brain cells we call neurons, which can bind together into the structures of the brain. The synaptic activity of the brain is really nothing more than electromagnetic signals exchanged between neurons, which arise in the flow of electromagnetic energy through the brain. All this synaptic activity is governed by the laws of physics. This may explain the nature of information processing in the brain that gives rise to organized forms of information or mental images, like the kind of information processing that occurs inside a computer, but it doesn’t explain the nature of the observer of those mental images. A computer can generate images based on the way information becomes organized inside the computer, but a computer can never observe those images. A computer screen can display those images based on the way bits of information are organized within pixels on the screen, but the computer screen can never observe those images The only way the computer images are ever observed is if the computer screen projects the images to an observer outside the screen. This projection of images from a screen to an observer outside the screen is called a screen output. Nothing that occurs inside the computer can explain the nature of the observer.

Screen Output/The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The laws of physics can only explain how information becomes organized within the world into the observable forms of information or images, but can never explain the nature of the observer of those images, no more than the way information becomes organized in a computer can explain the nature of the observer outside a computer screen that observes the images projected from the screen to the observer, and yet physics has something important to tell us about the nature of the observer. The fantastic thing about the holographic principle is it reconciles the relativistic observer with the quantum observer. Whenever an observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, an event horizon arises that limits the observer’s observation of things in space. An accelerated observer’s horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space.

Accelerated Frame of Reference/Observer’s Horizon

When the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s event horizon, the horizon acts like a holographic screen that encodes bits of information like a computer screen, and like a computer screen projects observable images to the point of view of the observer outside the screen. Everything the observer can observe in its world, including all sensory perceptions of that world and all mental images like thoughts and memories, are projected from the observer’s holographic screen to its point of view outside the screen. Not only is the nature of all matter and energy in that world projected from the screen, but the space-time geometry of that world is also projected from the screen to the observer’s point of view. Each projection of observable images from the screen to the observer is like a screen output from a computer screen. The observer’s point of view is always outside the screen at the central point of view of its own world.

Universal Observer

The observer’s accelerated frame of reference is often represented by an accelerated world-line, which is the path the observer appears to follow through the space-time geometry of its world. In reality, the observer goes nowhere. The observer is always present at the central point of view of its own world. It only appears the observer follows the path of a world-line through its world due to the projection of the space-time geometry of its world and all the images of things in its world from its holographic screen to its central point of view. Each holographic projection is the observer’s choice about what to observe and which path to follow. With each choice, the observer chooses to follow an actual path and make actual observations of things as the quantum state of potentiality of its holographic screen is reduced to an observable state of actuality. The observer only makes its choices with its focus of attention on the observable images of its world. The observer’s focus of attention is what allows it to make its choices. Each choice is a decision point on its path.

Decision Point

To understand why the observer’s point of view is the central point of view of its own world it’s necessary to discuss how the observer’s world is created in the first place. All theories of the big bang event rely on the idea of dark energy. In relativity theory dark energy or a cosmological constant is understood to give rise to the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. Dark energy is what puts the “bang” in the big bang event, which gives rise to the accelerated expansion of the universe. Due to dark energy, space appears to expand away from the observer at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space. Due to the limitation of the speed of light, which is the maximal rate of information transfer in three dimensional space, the two dimensional surface of a cosmic horizon arises that limits the observer’s observation of things in three dimensional space. At the surface of the cosmic horizon space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light. Since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light through three dimensional space, nothing is observable beyond the observer’s cosmic horizon. The odd thing about the accelerated expansion of space that arises with dark energy is every observer is at the central point of view of its own world, which is the singularity of its own big bang event.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

If the holographic principle is applied to the observer’s cosmic horizon, the horizon encodes bits of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s. It’s as though the horizon is covered with pixels, where each pixel encodes a bit of information like a computer screen. The holographic principle arises naturally with non-commutative geometry, which is a way of specifying a finite number, n, of position coordinates on the horizon. These n position coordinates are no longer infinitesimal points, but are smeared out into area elements like pixels, where the natural pixel size is about a Planck area. This is a natural way of quantizing space-time geometry. The total number of pixels is given in terms of the surface area of the horizon as n=(Surface area)/4(Planck area). In non-commutative geometry the n bits of information encoded on the horizon are specified by the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. Each bit of information is like a spin variable that can only point up or down, and like a computer switch that can only turn on or off, encodes information in a binary code.

Holographic Principle

When the holographic principle is applied to an observer’s cosmic horizon, the horizon acts like a holographic screen that projects all the three dimensional images of the observer’s world to the observer’s central point of view. This tells us that every observer is at the central point of view of its own world, which is the singularity of its own big bang event. Everything the observer can observe in its own world is a projection of images from its own holographic screen. Every observable thing the observer can observe in its world reduces down to a configuration state of information encoded on its own holographic screen, but there is a big problem with this analysis.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

What projects the images from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view? The answer can’t be physical light or electromagnetic radiation since physical light is only an organized form of information encoded as a configuration state of information on the holographic screen. A photon is a quantum of electromagnetic field energy, and all the bits of information for this observable form are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen along with all the bits of information for everything else the observer can observe in its world. There must be another kind of light that projects the images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view. This other kind of light can be called the light of consciousness, which can be understood as the observer’s focus of attention on the projected images of its world. The observer’s own light of consciousness must emanate from its own focal point of consciousness and become projected back to itself in the process of observing the observable images of its world as those images are projected from its own holographic screen to its own point of view.

Singularity/Light of Consciousness

If each observer has its own observable world defined by the way bits of information are encoded on its own holographic screen, then how can we understand a consensual reality shared by many observers? The answer is the kind of information sharing we see in a network of overlapping screens like the internet. Each observer’s own holographic screen can share information with the screens of other observers to the degree those screens overlap in the sense of a Venn diagram. This is possible because the cosmic horizons of different observers can overlap. Many observers can only share a consensual reality because of information sharing.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

How do the laws of physics arise that apparently govern the behavior of everything the observer can possibly observe in its own world? The answer is the laws of physics only emerge in that world as thermal averages, which are called thermodynamic equations of state. It’s fairly easy to show that Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric arise as thermal averages from the holographic principle based on the way bits of information are encoded on the observer’s horizon, which is the nature of entropy, and the absolute temperature of the horizon. Einstein’s field equations for the metric describe the behavior of the dynamical space-time geometry of the observer’s world, which is an observable aspect of that world. Einstein’s field equations only apply to the bulk 3+1 dimensional space-time geometry of that world, which can only arise as a holographic projection from the observer’s holographic screen. In the same way, the quantum field theories of the standard model of particle physics also arise as thermal averages when the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space and super-symmetry are applied to Einstein’s field equations. What we observe as elementary particles are really only localized wave-packets of field energy, and these quantum fields are only extra components of the space-time metric, which arise as thermal averages. All of these observable things are in reality only the holographic projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view. That’s the nature of a holographic world.

Elementary Particle/Localized Wave-packet of Field Energy

How do we understand the flow of time? The answer is the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world that animates everything in its world. The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world is what allows things to obey the laws of physics in the sense of following the path of least action. The path of least action is like the shortest distance between two points in the information configuration space. The quantum state of potentiality for the observer’s holographic screen is defined by all possible ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the screen, and the path of least action is the natural path or world-line for the observer to follow. This happens naturally as long as the choices the observer makes that reduce the quantum state of potentiality to an observable state of actuality are made in an unbiased or random way. The normal flow of energy is what animates the observer’s world in the sense of a sequence of holographic projections or screen outputs that become ordered in the flow of energy. An ordered sequence of holographic projections is the normal course of time, which naturally arises in the sense animation like the animation of the images of a movie projected from a computer screen to an observer over a sequence of screen outputs.

Normal Flow of Energy

How does the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world arise? All theories of the big bang event assume an instability in the nature of dark energy that gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the world. Each state of the world is characterized by a non-zero value of dark energy that gives rise to the observer’s cosmic horizon. These are not stable states, but are only metastable states. The only truly stable state has a zero value for dark energy. The transition from a higher value of dark energy to a lower value is like a phase transition in which some dark energy burns away and heat is radiated away. As dark energy transitions to a lower value, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size, since the radius of the cosmic horizon is inversely related to the amount of dark energy in the observer’s world. The absolute temperature of the observer’s horizon also cools in temperature as it inflates in size since its temperature is inversely related to its radius. This phase transition is like a transition from a metastable false vacuum state to a more stable vacuum state of lower energy. As the transition goes forward, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size and cools in temperature. This temperature gradient is what drives the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world as dark energy burns away, heat is radiated away, and the observer’s horizon inflates in size and cools in temperature. The normal flow of energy arises as heat flows from hotter states to colder states of the observer’s world, which naturally occurs as dark energy transitions to a lower value. The true vacuum state, which has absolute stability, is characterized by a zero value of dark energy. As dark energy in the observer’s world burns away to zero and heat is radiated away to infinity, the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size to infinity and cools in temperature to absolute zero, which leads to a state of absolute stability. This state of absolute stability, which is the true vacuum state, is the end of holographic projection, the end of animation, and the end of time.

Metastable False Vacuum State

The holographic principle is able to explain the nature of everything observable in the world, but it cannot explain the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer of that world or how the observable images of that world are projected from the observer’s holographic screen to its central point of view outside the screen. We have to assume the independent existence of the observer at the central point of view and the observer’s own light of consciousness that emanates from this focal point of consciousness and projects observable images from the observer’s holographic screen to its point of view in the process of observing them. There is no other way around this quandary except to give the observing consciousness of the observer and the observer’s light of consciousness its own independent existence. The existence of the observing consciousness of the observer must be independent of the apparent existence of whatever appears to occur in its observable world.

In actuality, we have a trinity of perceiving consciousness, which is an observer observing images its own observable world and mind. The observable images are defined by the way bits of information are organized into the form of configuration states of information on the observer’s holographic screen; an observing event like a screen output is defined by the projection of images from the observer’s screen to the observer’s point of view with the emanation of the observer’s own light of consciousness like the light of a movie projector that projects movie images from a screen to an observer out in the audience; and the observing consciousness of the observer is present at its own central point of view outside the screen. The whole science of physics is only about the way bits of information are encoded on the screen and organized into form. Relativity theory and quantum theory as they describe the nature of space-time geometry and all matter and energy are only about what appears to happen in the world in terms of how bits of information are encoded and organized on the screen. The remarkable thing is the holographic principle implies Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which describes the nature of the space-time geometry of the observer’s world, and implies the standard model of particle physics in terms of quantum field theory, which describes the nature of matter and energy in that world, but space-time geometry and matter and energy are only a holographic projection from the screen to the observer. Science really has nothing to say about the nature of the observer’s observing consciousness or the holographic projection of observable images from the screen to the observer.

Illusion and Reality

This is what science is really telling us about the nature of the observer’s observing consciousness. The observing consciousness of the observer cannot be scientifically explained. It isn’t scientifically explainable. Scientific explanations are limited to how information is encoded and organized on an observer’s holographic screen. That’s the nature of what’s observable. The nature of the observer’s observing consciousness isn’t scientifically explainable.

Hero’s Journey

The observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer out in an audience is a part of a movie it observes as animated images of the movie are projected from the screen to the observer. The observer only falsely believes that it is part of the observable world it observes. That false belief is called a self-concept, which is only mentally constructed as the observer falsely identifies itself with the animated form of its character that it observes in its world. This false process of self-identification is inherently emotional in nature, as the perception of emotions is what makes the observer feel self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character. Inherent in every self-concept is emotional energy that keeps the observer identifying itself with its character. This can only occur because the observer feels self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character as it perceives the self-limiting emotions that relate its character to other things in its world. The character-based emotionally energized self-concept is always dualistic and self-referential. The emotionally energized mentally-constructed self-concept is false since the observer cannot be any observable thing that it can perceive in its world. It’s really not a part of the show it perceives, but is always out in the audience only watching the show.

Why does the observer believe this false belief about itself and identify itself with its character? The observer only believes it is a part of the world it perceives and identifies itself with its character in that world because that’s the way it feels as it perceives the flow of emotional energy that animates the form of its character, which makes it feel self-limited to that animated form. Logic tells it that it cannot be anything that it can perceive, but it trusts its emotions and believes them even though they’re irrational. Believing a false belief is delusional. The only thing that makes delusional beliefs believable is the irrational emotions that energize them. Just as seeing is believing, feeling is believing, especially when those feelings arise from irrational emotions.

If self-identification of consciousness with form is false, why does it even happen? An observer becomes self-identified with form as an inevitable consequence of being alive. The only way a living life-form can self-replicate its form is if the life-form expresses self-defensive emotions. The expression of self-defensive emotions has to become built into the system of the living organism for the life-form to live. This leads the presence of consciousness that observes the behavior of the life-form and that perceives the flow of animating emotional energy through the life-form to identify itself with the life-form, since the observer really feels self-limited to the life-form rather than the observer knowing itself only as the presence of consciousness at a point of view outside the screen to which that animated self-replicating form is projected. Once the observer identifies itself with the life-form, it becomes a prisoner. The focus of its attention becomes directed in emotionally biased ways on defending the survival of the life-form as though its existence depends on. This leads to a vicious cycle. Self-defensive emotions are constantly expressed, which perpetuates the observer’s tendency to identify itself with the life-form. This emotional bias gives rise to the mental construction and expression of emotionally energized, delusional, dualistic, self-referential thoughts from which a character-based self-concept arises in relation to the concept of other things in the observer’s world. In reality, the observer is never a part of its world, but is always outside in the audience, only observing events in that world from its own point of view to which it projects the animated images of that world from its own screen.

Truth Destroys Illusions

Science has absolutely nothing to say about the nature of an observer’s observing consciousness except that it arises at the central point of view of its world in relation to the observer’s holographic screen, which is an event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference, and that the observer is a means by which the quantum state of potentiality of the observer’s holographic screen is reduced to an observable state of actuality, which is the observer’s choice about what to observe in its world. The observing consciousness of the observer and the light of consciousness of the observer have an existence that is independent of the apparent existence of whatever appears to happen in the observer’s world. The independent existence of the observer’s consciousness isn’t scientifically explainable, but it is always present to observe its observable world.

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Is God One or Three?

Richard Rohr has written a book about the Trinity, where he states God is both One and Three. He also states this idea of God cannot be understood conceptually, but at some level can be directly experienced. How is it possible that something is beyond understanding but can be experienced? Rohr is also very interested in the connection between science and spirituality. Remarkably, there is a scientific way to understand how God can be both One and Three.

Universal Observer

The idea of the Trinity is found in both eastern and western thought, as is the idea God as One. What’s truly remarkable is that there is a fairly straightforward, natural and scientific way to conceptualize God as One and Three in terms of the holographic principle of modern physics.

Horizon Information

Although not generally recognized, modern physics as formulated in terms of the concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle can explain this connection in a way that’s consistent with everything we scientifically know about the world. For those not familiar with the concepts of dark energy and the holographic principle, the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn discusses the holographic principle in the context of dark energy and modern cosmology and explores the logical implications of these concepts at a very deep level. This brief article will also explore these ideas and give an overview of what they imply in terms of science and spirituality. The upshot is that God is both One and Three, just as Rohr says.

Measure of All Things

The basic problem is that when we say God is One we mean that in some sense God is the undifferentiated source of everything. Along the same lines of reasoning that Gefter uses to understand this source in the context of modern physics and cosmology, this source must be infinite and undifferentiated. Everything that we can observe in the observable world in some sense is differentiated from this source. Since this source of everything observable in the world cannot itself be some observable thing that we can observe in the world, it must be nothing observable, which can only be described as the primordial nothingness or void from which everything arises through some kind of a differentiation process. When we say God is One we’re referring to this primordial, undifferentiated, infinite nothingness that is the source of everything observable in the world including the world itself. This primordial nothingness is God in its ultimate, infinite, undifferentiated, formless form. Since this primordial nothingness must also be the source of the perceiving consciousness that we have that allows us to observe the observable things in the world, and since our perceiving consciousness must somehow become differentiated from the primordial nothingness as we perceive things in the world, it’s natural to understand the primordial nothingness as undifferentiated consciousness. Our own individual consciousness, as observers of the observable things, must in some sense become differentiated from this source of undifferentiated consciousness just as the observable things in some way are differentiated from the source.

Motion of the Spheres

So what does it mean to say God is Three? The answer is that in the process of the creation of an observable world, the differentiated consciousness of the observer must arise in relation to the observable things in that world through a process of observing them. This defines the Trinity of perceiving consciousness in the relation of the observer observing the observable things. This Trinity of perceiving consciousness is differentiated from its source of undifferentiated consciousness in the process of creating and observing an observable world. Since this Trinity of perceiving consciousness itself becomes differentiated from its source of undifferentiated consciousness, it’s natural to say God is One in its ultimate, infinite, undifferentiated, formless form, while God is Three in its differentiated, finite form. This process of differentiation naturally occurs with the creation and energetic animation of an observable world and with the differentiation of an observer’s consciousness observing that world. In the non-dualistic language of Advaita, the ultimate nature of God as One is the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, which can be called Brahmanic consciousness, while the nature of God as Three can be called the Atmanic consciousness of an individual observer observing its observable world. In the famous words of Shankara: “Ultimately there is no difference between Atman and Brahman”.

Atman-Brahman

As Gefter explains in her book, the key to understanding these ideas in terms of modern physics is to apply the holographic principle to modern cosmology. The basic idea is to understand that before the big bang creation event that creates an observable world and that simultaneously gives rise to the differentiated consciousness of the observer of that world, only the infinite primordial nothingness of the void exists, which is to say only undifferentiated consciousness exists before the world is created. All theories of the big bang creation event rely on the idea of dark energy. In relativity theory dark energy is understood as the accelerated expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer. In relativity theory the force of gravity is understood in the sense of the curvature of space-time geometry as the contraction of space, while the force of dark energy is understood as the accelerated expansion of space, which is a kind of anti-gravity. In the sense of the big bang, the central point of view of the observer is understood as the singularity of the big bang event. Due to dark energy space appears to expand away from the observer at the central point of view at an accelerated rate, faster the farther out the observer looks into space. At some point space appears to expand away from the observer at the speed of light, but due to the limitation of the speed of light as a means of information transfer in three dimensional space, that point is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space. This point defines the two dimensional surface of a cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. Nothing is observable to the observer beyond the cosmic horizon.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

The holographic principle naturally arises if we apply non-commutative geometry to the surface of the cosmic horizon, which is a natural way of quantizing space-time geometry. Instead of locating position coordinates on the horizon with infinitesimal points, non-commutative geometry smears out those position coordinates into area elements that act like pixels on the surface. The natural pixel size is about a Planck area. Just like the pixels on a computer screen, each area element on the surface of the horizon encodes a bit of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s. This happens naturally in non-commutative geometry since the normal way to define bits of information is in terms of the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix, where the value of n is specified in terms of the horizon surface area as n=(Surface area)/4(Planck area). Each bit of information is like a spin variable that can either point up or down, which is like a computer switch that is either on or off, thereby encoding information in a binary code.

Holographic Principle

The holographic principle is a radical idea since it implies that all observations of things in our apparent three dimensional world are like the projection of holographic images from a two dimensional screen to an observer at the central point of view, much like the observation of images projected from a computer screen to the point of view of an observer. Those images arise from configuration states of information defined on the screen. Holography is only possible since there is a kind of coherent organization of information that arises from the entanglement of information. All the bits of information encoded on the screen are entangled since they arise as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The other radical aspect of the holographic principle is it implies that each observer has its own holographic screen defined by the way bits of information are encoded on its own cosmic horizon. In other words, every observer observes its own observable world as images of that world are projected from its own holographic screen.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

How then is it possible for many observers to share a consensual reality? The answer is the kind of information sharing that we see in a network of overlapping screens like the internet. Each observer can share information with other observers to the degree their respective holographic screens overlap in the sense of a Venn diagram, which is possible because their cosmic horizons overlap. We only share a consensual reality because of information sharing.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

In the sense of relativity theory, Gefter defines the observer as an accelerated frame of reference, which occurs naturally in the context of the big bang creation event due to the accelerated expansion of space that occurs with the expenditure of dark energy that gives rise to an observer’s cosmic horizon. The cosmic horizon always arises relative to the central point of view of the observer. This central point of view is the origin of the observer’s frame of reference, which is the singularity of the big bang creation event. In the sense of relativity theory the observer is an accelerated frame of reference that can only arise with the expenditure of dark energy.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference

In the sense of quantum theory the observer is a means by which the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an observable state of actuality. The quantum state of potentiality is defined by all ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the observer’s holographic screen, while the observable state of actuality is defined by the actual configuration state of information that gives rise to the observable images projected from the screen to the observer’s central point of view. The sum over all ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the screen is equivalent to a sum over all possible paths through the information configuration space, where each possible path is an observer’s world-line. The most likely path in the sense of quantum probability is the path of least action, which is like the shortest distance between two points in the configuration space and is the normal path for the observer to follow. In some mysterious way, the perceiving consciousness of the observer arises at this point of view while the observable images are projected from the screen in a process of observing them.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Paths

But there is even a bigger mystery. What projects the images? Just like the light of a movie projector is needed to project the images of a movie from a screen to an observer, or the light of laser is needed to project the images of a physical hologram, another kind of light is needed to project the images from a holographic screen to the central point of view of the observer. This light can be called the light of consciousness that emanates from the observer’s own central point of view. Another way to describe the light of consciousness is as the observer’s focus of attention on the images of its world, which emanates from its own focal point of consciousness and is reflected back to itself in the process of projecting images from its own holographic screen. But the biggest mystery of all is what gives rise to the observer’s holographic screen and the differentiated consciousness of the observer at the central point of view, which can only arise in an accelerated frame of reference with the accelerated expansion of space as dark energy is expended. The only possible answer is the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Singularity/Light of Consciousness

Remarkably, all of these ideas are represented in the first few lines of Genesis:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was upon the face of the deep
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said ‘Let there be light’; and there was light
And God saw the light, that it was good
And God divided the light from the darkness

Scientific Translation:

God in its primordial infinite, undifferentiated, ultimate formless form is the undifferentiated consciousness of the void. This is God as One. The void is the darkness, the deep or the abyss. The creation of the world in a big bang event only occurs with the expenditure of dark energy. The face of the deep is a cosmic horizon that arises with this expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, which is the nature of the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. The observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that projects the observable images of its world to the observer’s central point of view. The differentiated consciousness of the observer is the Spirit of God, which is God as Three or the Trinity of the observer observing its observable world. The motion of the Spirit of God is an observer in an accelerated frame of reference. That accelerated frame of reference or motion is what gives rise to the observer’s cosmic horizon. Emanating from the observer’s focal point of consciousness is the observer’s focus of attention on the projected images of its world, which is the light of consciousness that is reflected back to the observer in the process of projecting images from its holographic screen and observing them. The light of consciousness is good because of the feelings of connection or unconditional love that naturally arise with the creation of a holographic world These feelings of connection are due to the alignment of the flow of energy through all things in that world, which naturally arises due to the entanglement of information on the observer’s holographic screen, which is to say everything is connected to everything else. This is the normal way for energy to flow through the observer’s world.

Normal Flow of Energy

This experience of love for the creation is why God the One created a world for God the Three to love. In the process of that creation, God the One divided the light of consciousness of the observer from the darkness of the void through the differentiation of the observer’s consciousness. When this differentiation process comes to an end, God the Three must return to God the One. In physics this is called a freely falling frame of reference that must occur when the expenditure of all energy comes to an end. Ultimately, God the Three must return to and reunite itself with God the One.

God the One is the beginning and the end. God the One is what exists before an observable world is created and appears to come into existence, and God the One is what exists after an observable world comes to an end and disappears from existence. God the Three is only present to observe that observable world during the time span of its creation, which is only for as long as energy continues to flow through that world and animate things in that world.

The Hero’s Journey

There are a number of interesting points that are worth making about this analysis:

1. God the One, which can only be understood as the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, is the ultimate nature of reality, but is beyond the reality of an observer and its observable world, sort of like a higher dimension is beyond a lower dimension. The reality of an observer observing an observable world is more like a virtual reality that arises within ultimate reality. The analogy of the world as a virtual reality is quite perfect, since all the observable images of the observer’s world are projected from a holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. The process of observing those images is a process of holographic projection, which tells us the projection process can only arise with the observer’s own light of consciousness that projects the images from the screen back to the observer’s point of view like the projected images of a movie projected from a screen to the point of view of an observer out in the audience.

Illusion and Reality

2. Understanding that an observable world can only arise within God the One explains why all things are within God. The exception to this statement is the observer itself, which as Genesis says is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God can return to and reunite itself with God the One for the simple reason that the individual consciousness of the observer is differentiated from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void, and that reunion must occur when that process of differentiation comes to an end. This reunion always occurs through a process of looking within, which makes sense once we understand the observer’s world is a holographic world. In the same way, the observer is not really a part of its world anymore than an observer out in an audience is a part of a movie it is watching as animated images of the movie are projected from the screen to the observer. The observer only falsely believes that it is part of the observable world that it observes. That false belief is called a self-concept, which can only arise as the observer falsely identifies itself with the animated image of its character in its world. This false process of self-identification is inherently emotional in nature, as the perception of emotions is what makes the observer feel self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character.

Truth Destroys Illusion

3. Inherent in every self-concept is emotional energy that keeps the observer identifying itself with its character. The process of looking within is the only way of bringing that expression of self-identifying emotional energy to an end, which is the only way the Spirit of God can reunite itself with God the One. When one looks within the first things one sees are false self-concepts that lead the observer to emotionally and falsely identify itself with its character. This can only occur because the observer feels self-limited to the emotionally energized form of its character as it perceives the expression of self-limiting emotions that relate its character to other things in its world. The mentally constructed character-based emotionally energized self-concept is always dualistic and self-referential. The process of awakening only begins when the observer clearly sees the falseness of emotionally energized self-concepts. The observer cannot be any observable thing that it can perceive in its world. Awakening only goes forward through a process of surrender and detachment in the process of looking within, which ultimately results in a shift in the observer’s focus of attention away from the mental construction of its character-based self-concept and onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness. As the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from its world, it also withdraws its investment of emotional energy that mentally constructs and animates its character-based self-concept. This awakening process only goes forward with surrender and detachment, which is the observer’s willingness to give up and let go. With surrender the observer gives up its desire to control things in an emotionally biased and character-favored or self-defensive way. The observer stops interfering with the normal flow of things and allows the flow of energy to come into alignment, which it perceives as feelings of connection. With detachment the observer severs its emotional attachment to things, lets go, and allows things to freely come and go. The observer sees things with a sense of distance, which is the ascension of its consciousness to a higher level. The observer no longer sees itself as something that is a part of the show it perceives, but h