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Brahman (the undifferentiated consciousness of the void) is the only truth, the world is illusion (an animation of images projected from a holographic screen to the central focal point of an observer), and there is ultimately no difference between Atman (the central point of differentiated consciousness of the observer) and Brahman (the undifferentiated consciousness of the void).
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 ultimate, underlying reality remains. The differentiated consciousness of the observer ultimately returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Who or What Am I?

Although we take ourselves to be human beings, in reality we are not. There is an animated human life-form in the world one perceives, but that is not what one really is. Modern physics, specifically in terms of the concept of the holographic principle, is telling us that what one really is isn’t a human being, but a spiritual being, which is nothing but a presence of consciousness or observer that arises at a point of view in relation to a holographic screen that projects all the animated images of one’s world, like a movie one is watching. One not only watches the movie from one’s point of view out in the audience of empty space, but one also partially directs the movie with one’s focus of attention on it, animates the movie with the expenditure of one’s own emotional energy in it, and projects the movie with one’s own light of consciousness. The movie is like a virtual reality game that one is playing. One’s character in the movie, which appears in the form of an animated life-form, in reality is just another projected and animated image of the movie. To really know this truth for oneself, to directly see it, one has to go through a process of spiritual awakening. Awakening is only about knowing oneself as one really is, which is one’s spiritual being. Before we can discuss spiritual being, we need to discuss the concept of energy, which is what creates all the confusion in the first place.

To really understand what science is telling us about reality, we have to take it to its logical conclusion, which requires the unification of quantum theory with relativity theory. Logical consistency requires that 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. For those not familiar with these new ideas, the recent book by Amanda Gefter: Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn, gives an excellent introduction to them in intuitive terms without the use of much mathematics.

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

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 the observer’s horizon encodes all the bits of information for its world in the sense of projecting images of things in that world from the observer’s holographic screen, which is a bounding surface of space, to the observer’s central point of view, which is the point of singularity.

The 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 in the sense of a Venn diagram, much like the kind of information sharing that 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? It’s fairly easy to show that 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, 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 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 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 inter-relationships between distinct forms to naturally develop is balanced out by the natural tendency for information to become disordered and for entropy to increase as heat flows in a thermal gradient. Organization and disorganization of objects and their inter-relationships are always in a balanced state of interplay in a holographic world.

Quantum Entanglement and 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.

The 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 law 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. 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.

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 Nisargadatta calls I Am, with 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 is equivalent to the idea of the observer’s own light of consciousness projecting images from the 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.

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 of 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.

The source of consciousness cannot be an object in consciousness. To know the source is to be the source-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

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

You are nothing perceivable or imaginable. Yet without you there can be neither perception nor imagination. The very act of perceiving shows that you are not what you perceive. What you are cannot be described except as total negation. It is enough to know what you are not. You need not know what you are-Nisargadatta

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.

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

Don’t you experience even when unconscious? Can you exist without knowing? Can you validly talk about your own nonexistence as an actual experience? A lapse in memory is not a proof of nonexistence-Nisargadatta

Remembering your Self is virtue, forgetting your Self is sin-Nisargadatta

To take appearance for reality is a grievous sin; the cause of all calamities-Nisargadatta

To identify oneself with the particular is all the sin there is-Nisargadatta

Realization is the opposite of ignorance. To take the world as real and one’s Self as unreal is ignorance, the cause of sorrow. To know the Self as the only reality and all else as temporal and transient is freedom-Nisargadatta

To know the world you forget the Self. To know the Self you forget the world-Nisargadatta

Before the world was, consciousness was. In consciousness it comes into being, and into pure consciousness it dissolves-Nisargadatta

You are and I am, but only as points in consciousness; we are nothing apart from consciousness. The world hangs on the tread of consciousness; no consciousness, no world-Nisargadatta

Whatever depends is not real. The real is truly independent. Since the existence of the person depends on the existence of the world, it cannot be real-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

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

Consciousness comes into being and goes out of being. When we are not conscious, it appears to us as a darkness-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

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

The supreme gives existence to the mind. The mind gives existence to the body. When you see the person and the witness, the observer, as one, and go beyond, you are in the supreme state-Nisargadatta

The witness-consciousness is the reflection of the real in the mind. The real is beyond. The witness is the door through which you pass beyond-Nisargadatta

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

All is a play in consciousness. All divisions are illusory. You can know the false only. The true you must yourself be-Nisargadatta

The supreme state is entirely one and indivisible. The only way of knowing it is to be it. The mind cannot reach it. To perceive it does not need the senses. To know it does not need the mind-Nisargadatta

Non-distinction speaks in silence. Words carry distinctions. The unmanifested has no name; all names refer to the manifested. It is useless to struggle with words to express what is beyond words. All division is in the mind; there is none in reality. By itself nothing moves, nothing rests. Nothing exists by itself-Nisargadatta

Beyond the mind there is no such thing as experience. Experience is a dual state. You cannot talk of reality as an experience. In reality-being and becoming-are one and inseparable. Both can exist only in the light of consciousness, which arises in the sense I Am-Nisargadatta

It is my own reality that I impart to the present event. The past is in memory, the future in imagination. I Am real for I Am always now, in the present, and what is with me now shares in my reality-Nisargadatta

At the level of the absolute there are no persons. The impersonal is real, the personal appears and disappears. I Am is the impersonal Being. ‘I am this’ is the person. The person is relative and the pure Being is fundamental-Nisargadatta

Enquire how real are the world and the person. Whatever depends is not real. The real is truly independent-Nisargadatta

Truth-realized beings like Nisargadatta confirm what science tells us as they describe the connection between ultimate reality and the world. 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. This is exactly how Nisargadatta describes things, where 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. Nisargadatta can’t explain how the screen or images arise, but he clearly describes it.

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 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.

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

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

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

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

You are the pure awareness that illuminates consciousness and its infinite content-Nisargadatta

Awareness is primordial; it is the original state, beginningless, endless, uncaused, unsupported, without parts, without change. Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface; a state of duality. There can be no consciousness without awareness, but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep. Awareness is absolute, consciousness is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something. Consciousness is partial and changeful. Awareness is total, changeless, calm and silent-Nisargadatta

Awareness is undivided-aware of itself-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.

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

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 world has no existence apart from you. At every moment it is but a reflection of your Self. You create it, you destroy it. It is a stage on which a world drama is being played. Your personal universe does not exist by itself. It is merely a limited and distorted view of the real. It is not the universe that needs improving, but your way of looking-Nisargadatta

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

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

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

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.

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

The objective universe is in constant movement, projecting and dissolving innumerable forms. Whenever a form is infused with life-energy, consciousness appears by reflection of awareness in matter-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

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

The ocean of consciousness is infinite and eternal-Nisargadatta

Just as the taste of salt pervades the great ocean and every single drop of sea-water, so every experience gives me the ever fresh realization of my own being-Nisargadatta

As salt dissolves in water, so does everything dissolve into pure being-Nisargadatta

A river is no more when it merges into the sea; the name, the shape are no more, but the water remains and becomes one with the ocean-Nisargadatta

There is only reality, in which no-thing has any being of its own. Like waves are inseparable from the ocean, so all existence is rooted in being-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

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

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

It is awareness that makes consciousness possible. There is awareness in every state of consciousness-Nisargadatta

The world and the mind are states of being. The supreme is not a state. It pervades all states, but it is not a state of something else. It is entirely uncaused, independent, complete in itself, beyond space and time, mind and matter-Nisargadatta

The supreme state is entirely one and indivisible. It is not perceivable because it is what makes perception possible. It is beyond being and not being. It is what is-the timeless reality. The only way of knowing it is to be it. The mind cannot reach it–Nisargadatta

All the objects of consciousness form the universe. What is beyond both, supporting both, is the supreme state, a state of utter stillness and silence. Whoever goes there disappears-Nisargadatta

Nothing happens. Something becomes nothing. Nothing was, nothing remains-Nisargadatta

You remain as pure being-Nisargadatta

Being nothing, I Am all. Being the world I Am not afraid of the world. I Am nothing that can experience fear. I have no shape nor name. It is attachment to a name and shape that breeds fear. I Am not attached. I Am nothing and nothing is afraid of no thing. Everything is afraid of the Nothing, for when a thing touches Nothing it becomes nothing. It is like a bottomless well, whatever falls into it disappears-Nisargadatta

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, and so everything in the observer’s world must disappear 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 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’s 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.

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

As I see it, you all are on a stage performing. There is no reality about your comings and goings. Your problems are so unreal. I did enter your dreamlike state to tell you-wake up-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 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.

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

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. Nisargadatta points out 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.

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

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.

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

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

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

You cannot find what you have not lost. It is taking your Self to be what you are not that binds you. The true knowledge of the Self is not a knowledge. It is not something you find by searching. It is not to be found in space or time. Being oneself is completely beyond all motivation. You cannot be your Self for some reason. You are your Self and no reason is needed-Nisargadatta

The relative cannot result in the absolute, but the relative can block the absolute-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

You are not what you think yourself to be. Your ideas about yourself change from day to day and from moment to moment. Your self-image is the most changeful thing you have-Nisargadatta

Experience is a state of mind, while being is not a state of mind. How can reality depend on experience when it is the very ground of experience-Nisargadatta

There is no such thing as peace of mind. Mind is restlessness itself. A thing essentially restless cannot be at peace. Only the mind is restless. The Self does not need to be put to rest. It is peace itself, not at peace-Nisargadatta

Anxiety and hope are born of imagination. I Am free of both. I Am being, and being needs nothing-Nisargadatta

Everybody sees the world through the idea he has of himself. As you think yourself to be, so you think your world to be. If you imagine yourself 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

It is all but a display in consciousness-Nisargadatta

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 projecting power is imagination prompted by desire. It is the real that creates the urge, the inner prompts the outer, and the outer responds. But ultimately there is no inner nor outer-Nisargadatta

In the great mirror of consciousness-in the mind only-images arise and disappear and only memory gives them continuity. On such flimsy foundations we build a sense of personal existence-vague, intermittent, dreamlike. This vague persuasion: ‘I-am-so-and-so’ obscures the changeless state of pure awareness and makes us believe that we are born to suffer and die. The mind blinded by the ‘I-am-the-body’ idea spins out endlessly its thread of illusion. The night of ignorance dissolves before the rising sun of wisdom. In reality nothing happens. The sun is always there-Nisargadatta

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

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

If you look into the living process closely, you will find cruelty everywhere, for life feeds on life. To the last day of your life you will compete for food, holding onto your body, fighting for its needs, wanting it to be secure, in a world of insecurity and death. If you believe your Self to be the body and mind and act on it, you are guilty of the greatest cruelty-cruelty to your own real being-Nisargadatta

It is not suffering and death that are your problem, but the meanness and madness at their root. Is not madness the misuse of the mind? Humanity’s problem lies in this misuse of the mind only-Nisargadatta

Fear and greed cause the misuse of the mind. The right use of the mind is in the service of love, of life, of truth, of beauty-Nisargadatta

The nature of the perfect mirror-the stainless mirror of pure awareness-is such that you cannot see it. Whatever you can see is bound to be a stain. All perceivables are stains. The entire world is a stain. Turn away from it, give it up, know it as unwanted. By going beyond it you realize your Self-Nisargadatta

Just as each flower has its own colour, but all colours are caused by the same light, so do many experiences appear in the undivided and indivisible awareness. This essence is the root, the foundation, the timeless and spaceless possibility of all experience-Nisargadatta

The light of consciousness is both the creator and the creation, the experiencer and the experience, the body and the embodied-Nisargadatta

The body and the embodied are not of the same order of reality. The body-mind is not the underlying reality. The body exists in time and space, transient and limited, while the dweller is timeless and spaceless, eternal and all-pervading. To identify the two is a grievous mistake and the cause of endless suffering-Nisargadatta

You cannot change the world before changing yourself. First realize that your world is only a reflection of your Self and stop finding fault with the reflection-Nisargadatta

Problems created by desires and fears and wrong ideas can be solved only on the level of the mind. You must conquer your own mind and for this you must go beyond it-Nisargadatta

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

The conviction I Am That is false-a mental state. In That there is no I Am. With the sense I Am emerging, That is obscured, as with the sun rising the stars are wiped out. With the sun comes light, so with the sense of Self comes bliss. The cause of bliss is sought in the false, and thus bondage begins-Nisargadatta

I do not need conviction. I live on courage. I have the courage to be as nothing and to see the world as nothing-Nisargadatta

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 those actions come to an end, which is a way of transcending one’s ego.

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

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

Everything is as it is because the universe is as it is-Nisargadatta

All is God’s and all is for the best. Welcome all that comes with a glad and thankful heart, and love all creatures. This too will take you to your Self-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 perpetuating its state of emotionally identifying itself with its character.

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

The Self by its nature knows itself only. Whatever it perceives it takes to be itself. Self-identification with the limited-is suffering. It is the mind, bewildered by wrong ideas, addicted to thinking: ‘I am this’, ‘I am that’, that fears loss and craves gain and suffers when frustrated-Nisargadatta

All suffering is born of desire-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

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

I disapprove of the entire universe. Forgetting your Self is the greatest injury; all the calamities flow from it-Nisargadatta

Whatever you perceive is not you. It is there in the field of consciousness, but you are not the field and its contents-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

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 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

The personality is but a product of imagination. It is taking your Self to be what you are not that binds you. The person cannot be said to exist on its own rights; it is the Self that believes there is a person and is conscious of being it. There is no person, only a mental picture given a false reality. Beyond the Self lies the unmanifested, the causeless cause of everything-Nisargadatta

You do not come from somewhere, you do not go anywhere. You are timeless being and awareness-Nisargadatta

That which is there before the beginning and after the ending of everything; that immovable state, which is not affected by the birth and death of a body or a mind; that state you must perceive, which by its very nature is inexpressible-Nisargadatta

Being pervades and transcends consciousness. Objective consciousness is a part of pure consciousness, not beyond it-Nisargadatta

The witness only registers events. All experience subsides with the mind. Without the mind there can be no experiencer nor experience. In the abeyance of the mind even the sense I Am dissolves. There is no I Am without the mind-Nisargadatta

In silence or void or abeyance, the three: experiencer, experiencing, and experience, are not. Unidentified being remains-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

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

Are you a mere body, or something else, or maybe nothing at all-Nisargadatta

The body is an abstraction. The body is an integration in the mind of a vast number of sensory perceptions, each perception a mental state. The mind and body are intermittent states, a stream of sensations, perceptions, memories and ideations. The sum total of these flashes creates the illusion of existence-Nisargadatta

Desire for embodied existence is the root-cause of trouble. Desires are just waves in the mind. Freedom from desire means the compulsion to satisfy is absent. You know a wave when you see one. No action needs to be taken-Nisargadatta

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

At the root of consciousness lies desire, the urge to experience. All consciousness is limited and therefore painful-Nisargadatta

The only help worth giving is freeing from the need for further help. When you have understood that all existence, in separation and limitation, is painful, and when you are willing and able to live integrally, in oneness with all life as pure being, you have gone beyond all need of help-Nisargadatta

Happiness depends on something or other and can be lost; freedom from everything depends on nothing and cannot be lost-Nisargadatta

What is birth and death but the beginning and ending of a stream of events in consciousness? The idea of separation and limitation are painful. Momentary relief from pain we call pleasure, and we build castles in the air hoping for endless pleasure. It is all misunderstanding. Wake up, go beyond and live in reality-Nisargadatta

When a number of people are asleep, each dreams his own dream. Only on awakening the dreams-are seen as dreams; as something imagined. All you have to do is see the dream as dream-Nisargadatta

Just as a sleeping man forgets all and wakes up for another day, or he dies and emerges into another life, so do the worlds of desire and fear dissolve and disappear. The universal witness, the Supreme Self, never sleeps and never dies-Nisargadatta

The Self is beyond knowledge. The observable is in the mind. The nature of the Self is pure awareness, pure witnessing, unaffected by the presence of absence of knowledge-Nisargadatta

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

You are confused because you believe you are in the world, not the world in you-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

Bodies come and go in consciousness-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 you can be sure of is I Am. Stay with it and reject everything else-Nisargadatta

I know I Am not a body. I Am free from all description and identification. I Am free from being a percept or a concept. Whatever you may hear, see or think of, I Am not. The body may be there or not. What difference does it make? The body-mind is like a room. It is there, but I need not live in it all the time. I Am beyond-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

Your difficulty stems from the idea that reality is a state of consciousness-Nisargadatta

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

By itself, nothing has existence-Nisargadatta

What has a beginning must have an end. Only the beginningless is endless-Nisargadatta

The Supreme is both creation and dissolution; alone, the beingness of all beings, the ground from which all grows. Words do not reach there, nor mind-Nisargadatta

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

The seeker is he who is in search of himself-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

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

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. Yet, I Am. I Am, and because I Am, all is-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.

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

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

What you call destiny is but the result of your own will to live. People willingly die only when the alternative is worse than death. Readiness to die flows from the same source as the will to live, a source deeper than even life itself. To be a living being is not the ultimate state. There is something beyond, much more wonderful, which is neither being nor not-being, neither living nor not-living. It is a state of pure awareness, beyond the limitations of space and time. Once the illusion that the body-mind is oneself is abandoned, death loses its terror and becomes a part of living-Nisargadatta

Why do you fret at one man dying and care little for the millions dying every day? Entire universes are imploding and exploding every moment-am I to cry over them-Nisargadatta

Gods and their universes come and go, and in the end we are back at the source. I talk only of the timeless source of all the gods with all their universes, past, present and future. When a few boys stage a play for fun, what is there to see and remember-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

Brahma the Creator is the sum total of all desires. The world is the instrument for their fulfillment. The world is the abode of desires and fears. You cannot find peace in it. For peace you must go beyond the world. The root-cause of the world is self-love. Because of it we seek pleasure and avoid pain. Replace self-love by love of the Self and the picture changes. The roll of destiny unfolds itself and actualizes the inevitable. You cannot change the course of events, but you can change your attitude-Nisargadatta

You cannot speak of the beginning of consciousness. The very ideas of beginning and time are within consciousness. The moment you step out of it, you realize there is only reality, in which no-thing has any being of its own. Like waves are inseparable from the ocean, so is all existence rooted in being-Nisargadatta

Your past and future, your desires and fears, all have their roots in the world. All your life is connected with it. Without the world where are you, who are you? Find a foothold beyond and all will be clear-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

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.

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

With the realized man the experience: ‘I Am the world, the world is mine’ is supremely valid. He thinks, feels and acts integrally and in unity with all that lives-Nisargadatta

Things happen as they happen-not because I make them happen, but because I Am they happen. In reality nothing ever happens. It is all appearance-when the mind is restless-like the restless waters of the lake make the moon dance-Nisargadatta

The daily life is a life of action. Whatever you do for your own sake accumulates and becomes explosive: one day it goes off and plays havoc with you and your world. When you deceive yourself that you work for the good of all, it makes matters worse. A man who claims to know what is good for others is dangerous. Work neither for yourself nor for others, but for the work’s own sake. A thing worth doing is its own purpose. Bind not-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 big 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.

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

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

Consider the familiar way of thinking and see its falseness. What the mind created, the mind must destroy. Realize that there is no desire outside the mind and stay out. You are your only obstacle. The way through yourself is beyond yourself-Nisargadatta

Distrust your mind and go beyond. There are many starting points-they all lead to the same goal. You may begin with selfless work, abandoning the fruits of action. You may then give up thinking and end in giving up all desires. Giving up is the operative factor. You may not bother about anything you want or think or do and just stay put in the thought and the feeling I Am, focusing I Am firmly in your mind. All kinds of experience may come to you-remain unmoved in the knowledge that all perceivable is transient and only the I Am endures-Nisargadatta

By focusing the mind on I Am, on the sense of being, ‘I am so-and-so’ dissolves.
I Am a witness only remains and that too dissolves into I Am all. Then the all becomes the One and the One your Self-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

Everything dissolves into pure being. The Supreme is the great harmonizer, the guarantee of the ultimate and perfect balance-of life in freedom. It dissolves you and thus reasserts your true being. You must die in order to live-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.

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

Death is a change in the living process of a particular body. Integration ends and disintegration sets in. Just as the knower of the body appears at birth, so he disappears at death. Consciousness needs a vehicle and an instrument for its manifestation. When life produces another body, another knower comes into being. The link between successive body-minds may be called the memory body; a record of all that was thought, wanted and done, like a cloud of images held together-Nisargadatta

In death only the body dies; life does not; consciousness does not; reality does not. Life is never so alive as after death. It is a reflection in a separate body of the one reality. In this reflection the unlimited and the limited are confused and taken to be the same. To undo this confusion is the purpose of Yoga-Nisargadatta

Seeing the false as the false is meditation-Nisargadatta

Deliberate daily exercise in discrimination between the true and the false and renunciation of the false is meditation-Nisargadatta

We know the outer world of sensations and actions, but our inner world of thoughts and feelings we know very little. The primary purpose of meditation is to become conscious of our inner life. The ultimate purpose is to reach the source of life and consciousness. The practice of meditation affects deeply our character. Whatever we discover in ourselves and understand we overcome it by the very knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The dissolution of the unconscious releases energy; the mind becomes quiet. 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

When the mind stays in the I Am, without moving, you enter a state that cannot be verbalized but can be experienced. The sense I Am is always with you, only you have attached all kinds of things to it-body, feelings, thoughts, ideas. All these self-identifications are misleading; because of them you take your Self to be what you are not-Nisargadatta

It is enough to know what you are not. You need not know what you are. What you are cannot be described except as total negation. Let go of your attachment to the unreal-Nisargadatta

The witness consciousness is not permanent. The knower rises and sets with the known. That in which the knower and the known arise and set is beyond time.The words permanent or eternal do not apply-Nisargadatta

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

Have your being outside this body of birth and death and all your problems will be solved. They exist because you believe yourself born to die. Undeceive your Self and be free. You are not a person-Nisargadatta

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

I Am dead already. Physical death will make no difference. I Am timeless being-Nisargadatta

Death gives freedom. To be free in the world you must die to the world. Then the universe is your own-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.

You have to work for the fulfillment of your desires. Put in energy and wait for the results. The desire itself is energy. When your desire is not clear nor strong, it cannot take shape-Nisargadatta

You must be serious, intent, truly interested-Nisargadatta

First purify your vision. You must be eager to see. You need maturity. You need both clarity and earnestness for self-knowledge-Nisargadatta

Theories are neither right nor wrong. They are attempts at explaining the inexplicable. It is not the theory that matters, but the way it is being tested. You are being offered several plans of your prison, none quite true. They are all of some value, but only if you are in dead earnest. It is the earnestness that liberates and not the theory. Your sincerity will guide you. Devotion to the goal of freedom-will make you abandon all theories-and live by wisdom. Theories may be good as starting points, but must be abandoned, the sooner the better-Nisargadatta

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

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

It is all a matter of focus. Your mind is focused in the world; mine is focused in reality-Nisargadatta

I see what you too could see, here and now, but for the wrong focus of your attention. The only difference between us is that I am aware of my natural state, while you are bemused. We discover it by being earnest, by searching, enquiring, questioning daily and hourly, by giving one’s life to this discovery. What is supremely important is to be free from contradictions; the goal and the way must not be on different levels; life and light must not quarrel. Tenacity of purpose and honesty in pursuit will bring you to your goal. You come to it through earnestness. Earnestness is the only condition of success-Nisargadatta

The desire to find the Self will be surely fulfilled provided you want nothing else. You must be really honest with your Self and really want nothing else. If you want many other things and are engaged in their pursuit, torn between contradictory urges, your main purpose may be delayed until you grow wiser-Nisargadatta

Without trust there is no peace. Of all the people, the knower of the Self, the liberated man, is the most trustworthy. But merely to trust is not enough. You must also desire. Without desire for freedom of what use is the confidence that you can acquire freedom? Be devoted to your goal. If your desire and confidence are strong, they will take you to your goal-Nisargadatta

The greatest Guru is your inner Self. Truly, he is the supreme teacher. He alone can take you to your goal and he alone meets you at the end of the road. You must have the strong desire to find him and do nothing that will create obstacles and delays. Do not waste time and energy. Learn from your mistakes and do not repeat them-Nisargadatta

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

It is like traveling a long and arduous road in an unknown country. Of all the innumerable steps there is only the last which brings you to your destination. In reality each step brings you nearer to your goal, even when you had to turn back to by-pass an obstacle, because to be always on the move, learning, discovering, unfolding, is your eternal destiny-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

In the now you are the movable and the immovable. So far you took yourself to be the movable and overlooked the immovable. Turn your mind inside out. Overlook the movable and you’ll find your Self to be the ever-present, changeless reality-Nisargadatta

Past and future exist in the mind only. Time is in the mind. Space is in the mind. In reality all is here and now and all is one-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

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

There are many who take-a momentary experience for full realization-Nisargadatta

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

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

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

To know what you are you must first investigate and know what you are not. To know what you are not you must watch yourself carefully, rejecting all that does not necessarily go with the basic fact I Am. Separate consistently and perseveringly the I Am from this or that, and try to feel what it means to be, just to be, without being this or that. The clearer you understand that on the level of the mind you can be described in negative terms only, the quicker you will come to the end of your search and realize your limitless being-Nisargadatta

You give no attention to your Self. Your mind is all with things, people and ideas, never with your Self. Bring your Self into focus, become aware of your own existence. See how you function, watch the motives and the results of your actions. Study the prison you have built around your Self. By knowing what you are not, you come to know your Self. The way back to your Self is through refusal and rejection. The real is not imaginary, it is not a product of the mind-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

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

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

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

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

Once the observer brings itself into focus and knows itself to be nothing more than a point of consciousness, 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.

Atman-Brahman

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

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 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

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

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/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

Listen to the timeless wisdom of Nisargadatta’s words:

♦♦♦

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What Does Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower Mean?

After watching reruns of Ronald Moore’s Battlestar Galactica for the umpteenth time, I felt it was time to discuss what Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower actually refers to and means. The key idea that explains what Watchtower means is the concept of spiritual awakening and the ascension of consciousness to a higher level, which is actually more like a higher dimension.

Spiritual Being

Awakening is only about knowing oneself as one really is, which is one’s spiritual being. What one really is isn’t a human being, but a spiritual being, which is nothing but a presence or focal point of consciousness or observer that arises in relation to a holographic screen that projects all the animated images of one’s world, like a movie one is watching. One not only watches the movie from one’s point of view out in the audience of empty space, but one also partially directs the movie with one’s focus of attention on it, animates the movie with the expenditure of one’s own emotional energy in it, and projects the movie with one’s own light of consciousness. The movie is like a virtual reality game that one is playing. One’s character in the movie, which appears in the form of an animated life-form, is just another projected and animated image of the movie.

Universal Observer/Atmanic Consciousness

Although the above description seems odd, it’s completely consistent with what modern physics has to say about the nature of the world, and is also consistent with the basic concept of spiritual awakening discussed by Nisargadatta in I Am That. This is the concept that one is really nothing but a presence or focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s own world. This is the relativistic concept of the observer, which is fundamentally based on the Principle of Equivalence and is consistent with the concepts of the holographic principle and dark energy, which is the accelerated expansion of space that gives rise to a cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen and that encodes all the bits of information or entropy that characterize the observer’s world in a thermodynamic sense.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The scientific problem of unifying the relativistic and quantum observers has been solved in a very straightforward observer-centric way by the holographic principle in the context of dark energy and the relational interpretation of quantum theory, and is consistent with the non-dual tradition of Shankara and Nisargadatta. See Amanda Gefter’s book Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn for the scientific details of the solution, which will also be summarised below.

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.

The 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. 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

Once one accepts the scientific concept that the observer is the true nature of what one really is, which Nisargadatta calls I Am, with its own inherent sense of being present in the sense of mindfulness, and that everything one observes in one’s 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, the concept of observation becomes equivalent to the idea of the observer’s own light of consciousness that projects images from the screen like the focused light of a laser or a movie projector.

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

This idea fits in nicely with the observer’s focus of attention, which is a vast improvement over neuroscience, which really has no idea about where consciousness comes from or how the focus of attention of consciousness is generated. Consciousness is the true nature of what one really is, one’s true being, which is primordial and prior to whatever one happens to observe in one’s world, including the animated and projected form of one’s character, which is emotionally animated due to one’s focus of attention on it and projected from a screen like the animated image of a movie. The observable things including one’s character are created and appear to come into existence in a process of observing them, but the existence of the observer is not. The observer has its own independent primordial existence. Being is prior to becoming.

Being Before Becoming

The observer has its own world of animated observable images that are 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.

Observer’s Accelerated Frame of Reference and Horizon

Each decision point of that world-line is a choice about what to observe, 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.

Quantum State of Potentiality/Sum over all Possible Paths

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.

Observer’s Decision Point

The bottom line is creation or manifestation is possible because of the potentiality inherent in geometric mechanisms like the expression of dark energy that creates the observer’s world in the first place, but that creation becomes manifest through the observer’s focus of attention that allows the observer at least in part to direct how that creation actually occurs. Creation is only the manifestation of desires. A consensual reality shared by many different observers located at different points of view in empty space becomes possible due to information sharing among the overlapping screens in the sense of a Venn diagram, much like the kind of information sharing that occurs in a network of screens like the internet.

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

Miracles are actions or events that we perceive as outside or violating the laws of physics, but that’s not actually right. In the first place, the laws of physics only emerge as thermal averages from the holographic principle, and only have validity as thermal averages when the choices that reduce the quantum state are made in an unbiased or random way. When non-commutative geometry is applied to an event horizon to localize position coordinates on the horizon, which is a bounding surface of space that arises in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference, the holographic principle is automatically in effect. The observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes the 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 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.

Second Law of Thermodynamics

It’s fairly easy to show that Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric that describe 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, 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.

Extra Compactified Dimensions of Space

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, which describe the electromagnetic and nuclear forces along with all the fermion and boson particles of the standard model. These mechanisms give rise to all the usual laws of physics, which only have the validity of thermal averages, but the situation is actually more complicated.

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 law 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. If bias arises in the way choices are made, then all bets are off and the laws of physics lose their predictability. Miracles 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.

There is No Spoon

The holographic principle is completely consistent with the laws of physics as expressed by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the law of gravity, and the quantum field theories specifying the standard model of particle physics, which are the laws of the electromagnetic and nuclear forces. Not only is the holographic principle consistent with the laws of physics but it actually supersedes them and explains how the laws of physics arise in the world as thermal averages or thermodynamic equations of state. When dark energy or the accelerated expansion of space is expressed a cosmic horizon arises, which is a bounding surface of space with an observer at the central point of view. If non-commutative geometry is applied to the horizon in order to specify a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect, which implies Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric that arise in the bounded space as thermal averages, which is the nature of gravity and specifies the space-time geometry of the bounded space. Einstein’s field equations only describe the projected and animated space-time geometry of the bounded space, which is projected from the observer’s holographic screen and animated over a sequence of screen outputs. All the bits of information defining that space-time geometry are encoded on the screen, which is a bounding surface of space. If super-symmetry of space and extra compactified dimensions of space are applied to Einstein’s field equations, the standard model of particle physics arises with all the fundamental forces and particles.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-time Metric

This is all the laws of physics. There is nothing mysterious about how this happens, only complicated and weird in the sense of mathematical physics, which is at odds with common sense, but common sense is really common nonsense since it implies that consciousness somehow arises from the way matter and energy are organized in space and time into the complex form of a body, while the truth of the matter is exactly the other way around.

Illusion and Reality

Only consciousness is really real with its own 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. 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

It seems as though events in the world are magical, but that’s only because there is an element of unpredictability in addition to predictability. Unpredictability arises through the expression of desire by consciousness and the unpredictable choices consciousness makes. Predictability arises through geometrical mechanisms underlying expressions of desire, like the accelerated expansion of space with the expression of dark energy that gives rise to the creation of a world in a big bang event, and the mathematical constraints of these geometric mechanisms, which gives rise to the laws of physics that spontaneously emerge in that world as thermal averages when choices are made in an unbiased way. The initial expression of desire to create a world by consciousness and the choices consciousness makes in its world are inherently unpredictable.

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

There’s no such thing as quantum consciousness. There is quantum information, which are the bits of information encoded on an event horizon whenever energy is expended and an observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference. That’s the nature of the observer’s holographic screen that projects all the animated images of its world to its point of view. Observable images are coherently organized forms of information with the ability to self-replicate form, which arises from quantum entanglement. All the bits of information on the observer’s screen are entangled, which non-commutative geometry explains as the entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix.

Horizon Information/Entropy

The holographic principle is more fundamental than laws of physics since laws of physics only arise from the holographic principle as thermal averages like a thermodynamic equation of state. Underlying the holographic principle are geometric mechanisms like the expenditure of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, which gives rise to an observer’s horizon, and non-commutative geometry that localizes a finite number of position coordinates on the horizon and gives rise to the encoding of bits of information that characterize the space-time geometry of the observer’s world. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric only arise as thermal averages. The usual laws of particle physics then arise as quantum fields that are only extra components of the space-time metric that arise from the usual unification mechanisms of super-symmetry and extra compactified dimensions of space. The expression of geometric mechanisms is just an expression of creativity by consciousness that creates a virtual reality world for itself to experience like a make-believe virtual reality game. The only problem arises when consciousness identifies itself with its character in the virtual reality game it is playing.

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

The problem with most theoretical physics is the underlying assumptions of the theory haven’t been adequately examined in order to eliminate all paradoxes of self-reference from the theory. The only way to understand the connection between physics and consciousness is with the relativistic observer-centric description of the world. The observer must always come first and have its own primordial independent existence, but in the sense of relativity theory the observer is only a point of view or point of consciousness at the center of a frame of reference. Whenever the observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, which can always be understood as the accelerated expansion of space that occurs with the expression of dark energy that always expands relative to the observer’s central point of view, an event horizon arises that limits the observer’s observations in space. If non-commutative geometry is applied to the horizon as a way to localize a finite number of quantized position coordinates on the horizon, the holographic principle is automatically in effect and the observer’s horizon acts as a holographic screen that projects all the observable images of things in the observer’s world to its central point of view.

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

Consciousness always exists before a world appears to come into existence. Being before becoming. A world can only arise through geometric mechanisms, like the accelerated expansion of space, non-commutative geometry applied to the surface of an event horizon, super-symmetry, and extra compactified dimensions of space. Consciousness itself gives rise to the expression of all these geometric mechanisms since consciousness in its primordial, original, timeless state is undifferentiated and has the potential geometric properties of an empty space of potentiality.

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

It has to start with the expression of dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space that expands relative to the central point of view of an observer and gives rise to the observer’s accelerated frame of reference and the observer’s cosmic horizon that acts as a holographic screen when non-commutative geometry is applied to the horizon in order to specify a finite number n=(Horizon surface area)/4(Planck area) of position coordinates on the horizon which thereby encode n bits of information on the horizon as the n entangled eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix. The expression of dark energy as in the big bang event creates the observer’s world in the first place and allows for projection of all observable images of things in that world which are composed of entangled bits of information encoded on the screen.

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

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

These observable images of things are projected to the observer’s central point of view and are animated over a sequence of screen outputs in the flow of energy just like the animated images of a movie projected from a digital computer screen to the point of view of an observer outside the screen. Inherent in the expression of dark energy is the observer’s desire to create a world and manifest observable things in that world. This primordial desire to create observable things in the observer’s world is the underlying basis for creation. The creation process goes forward with the observer’s focus of attention on the observable things of its world. The observer not only observes things in its world, which are the observable images of things projected from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view like the projected images of a movie, but the observer also in part directs the actions of that movie with its focus of attention on things and projects those images with its own light of consciousness that emanates from the observer’s central point of view and is reflected back to the observer from the screen.

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

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

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. Whatever scenario we use as the basis for whatever ultimate reality is and how the world is created from ultimate reality, that scenario has to reduce down to conventional physics in the appropriate limit. The conventional physics of the world includes relativity theory, gravity, and Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric along with all the usual quantum field theories that describe the other fundamental forces and the standard model of particle physics. Only the holographic principle along with all the unifying geometric mechanisms that are basically a more robust idea about the nature of space-time geometry accomplishes this trick. The reason for this requirement is the incredible accuracy of the experimental confirmation of conventional physics in the world, at least when observations are made in an unbiased way.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Truth-realized beings like Nisargadatta Maharaj confirm what science tells us as they describe the connection between ultimate reality and the world. 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. This is exactly how Nisargadatta describes things, where 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. Nisargadatta can’t explain how the screen or images arise, but he clearly describes it.

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. This is basically what Plato described in the Allegory of the Cave.

Seeing the Truth Destroys Illusions

The holographic principle gives a perfectly good scientific explanation for how the screen arises as a horizon in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference as energy is expended or desires are expressed, and how images of the observer’s world arise from bits of information encoded on the screen. Nisargadatta also explains how spiritual enlightenment becomes possible when the observer withdraws its focus of attention away from its world, thereby detaching itself from its world by withdrawing its investment of animating emotional energy or desire in that world, and then shifts its focus of attention onto its own sense of being present, thereby knowing itself as it really is, as a presence of Atmanic consciousness that radiates the light of consciousness. In this sense, enlightenment can be understood as the ascension of Atmanic consciousness to a higher level when the observer no longer identifies itself with its character or attaches itself to the image of anything projected from the screen, but enlightenment is not the end of the story.

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

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

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

Nisargadatta also describes truth-realization, where all energy is withdrawn away the observer’s world, which then disappears from existence from the observer’s point of view since it’s no longer energetically animated. Truth-realization can be understood as an observer in a freely falling frame of reference, within which the observer returns to and reunites itself with its source of undifferentiated consciousness and directly experiences ultimate reality. This is not a perception per se, but more the nature of an experience of what one truly is or the ultimate nature of being.

Atman-Brahman

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

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

The ‘I am’ in movement creates the world.
The ‘I am’ at peace becomes the Absolute-Nisargadatta

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

Enlightenment, which is the ascension of consciousness to a higher level like an observer that knows it’s only watching a movie projected from a 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.

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 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

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

The only way one can make any progress in the awakening process is if one detaches oneself from the movie. One can only detach oneself from the movie by withdrawing one’s focus of attention away from it, which is the only way one can withdraw one’s investment of animating emotion energy in it. The ultimate goal is to shift the focus of one’s attention onto one’s own sense of being present for it, which is the only way one can know oneself as a timelessly existing presence of consciousness at the central point of view of one’s own projected and animated world. Detaching oneself from things in one’s world is critical to the awakening process. There’s no way one can awaken unless one becomes willing to sever one’s emotional attachments.

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

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

The emotionally biased desire to control things in a self-defensive or character-favored way reinforces and perpetuates emotional attachments. Nothing really wants to be controlled and all things eventually resist any attempts at control, which leads to frustration and anger as the expressed desire to control things must inevitably fail. That expression of anger makes the observer feel self-limited to the form of its character as the observer perceives the flow of emotional energy through the animated form of its character, which leads the observer to identify itself with its character. Self-identification with its character leads the observer to focus its attention on its character in a self-defensive way, which gives rise to the expression of fear as the survival of the self-replicating form of its character is defended as though the observer’s existence depends on it, perpetuating the vicious cycle of self-defense of and self-identification with form. This only reinforces the desire to control things deemed to be essential to the survival of the observer’s character and energetically reinforces its emotional attachment to those things.

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 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

The only possible way the observer can sever its emotional attachment to things is if it gives up its desire to control things, which in effect is letting go of its anger, which it can only do when it sees its desire to control is immature, counterproductive and serves no useful purpose. The observer’s self-defensive desire to control things inevitably leads to anger and frustration, which is not only futile since nothing really wants to be controlled and all things eventually resist those attempts at control, but is also immature like a needy baby that wants to control its mother to force its mother to satisfy its desires. The basic reason the observer becomes willing to let go of its anger and its desire to control things and becomes willing to sever its emotional attachment to things is because the observer sees the futility and immaturity of this self-defensive desire for control. Once it sees the essential futility and immaturity of its desire to control things, it naturally gives up its desire to control things and lets go of its anger, which in effect severs its emotional attachment to things. The emotional attachment was reinforced and perpetuated by its desire to control things. Severing the emotional attachment to something always feels like something dies inside since a part of the observer’s mentally constructed and emotionally energized character-based self-concept dies away when its self-concept is no longer emotionally related or attach to its concept of another thing in the world it perceives. This detachment process is the only way the observer can deconstruct its character-based concept of self and know itself as it really is, nothing but a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world.

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

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

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

Severing emotional attachments are necessary steps in the process of awakening to the true nature of what one really is. In this awakening process one has to first see what one is not. One has to see the lie of one falsely identifying oneself with one’s character, which leads one to hate the lie and eventually destroy the lie by deconstructing one’s self-concept. One can only deconstruct one’s mentally constructed character-based self-concept if one withdraws one’s emotional energy that constructs it in the first place, which one can only do if one severs emotional attachments. One’s character-based self-concept is only a false belief one believes about oneself, as one emotionally identifies oneself with one’s character. One only believes that false belief since it’s emotionally energized and feels real, which makes one feel self-limited to the animated form of one’s character as one perceives the flow of emotional energy through the form of one’s character in emotional relationship to the form of something else in the world one perceives. To stop believing this false belief about oneself and deconstruct it one has to stop emotionally energizing it, which one can only do if one withdraws one’s focus of attention from it. In the awakening process one has to sever emotional attachments to things, let go, and give up one’s emotionally biased desire to control things. To awaken to the true nature of what one really is, one has to become desireless and give up one’s false desire to live a life in one’s world in the animated form of one’s character.

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

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

Expressing desires to live a life is what keeps consciousness self-identified with its character and emotionally attached 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 all that 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 in its world, which is the same as dying and does not feel good. Consciousness can only awaken if the lie of its false self-identification with its character is hated so much that it would rather die and suffer ego-death than continue to live the life of a lie.

I am dead already. Physical death will make no difference. I am timeless being-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

Jed McKenna says: “To know the lie is to hate it, to see it is to slay it”. If one knows the lie of consciousness identifying itself with its character at a conceptual level one will hate it, but one has to see it directly to destroy it. Dylan describes seeing the lie directly in All Along the Watchtower, which is only about the ascension of consciousness to a higher level. Dylan understood the lie conceptually, which is why he was so angry in his songs, but he couldn’t see it directly. The companion piece to Watchtower is Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowland, which is about Joan Baez and her emotional attachment to things, which is a low level perspective.

With ascension one can see that the things one’s attached oneself to are no more real than animated images of a movie projected from a screen to one’s point of view out in the audience of empty space. If one identifies oneself with the image of one’s character in the movie rather than knowing oneself as a presence or point of consciousness, one is a prisoner.

Dylan refers to the ascension of consciousness along the lines of Plato’s Cave in I Shall Be Released as seeing his reflection so high above the wall. The wall of Plato’s cave is a movie screen. The images of the movie are shadows projected on the wall. His own light that he sees come shining forth is the light of consciousness, which shines the other way around, from the center to the outer, and then is reflected back to the center as the projected images of his own world.

One is only released from the bondage or prison of consciousness identifying itself with its character in the movie if one’s consciousness ascends to a higher level and one sees the movie for what it really is. That is the only true freedom. The way out of here as Watchtower says is with the ascension of consciousness. There’s too much confusion, because consciousness identifies itself with its character in the projected and animated world it’s watching. There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke, but consciousness plays this joke on itself like a make-believe virtual reality game it plays and then mistakenly believes the game is real. This is not our fate. The fate of the character in the virtual reality game is not the fate of the presence of consciousness that plays the game, which timelessly exists and really has no fate. Awakening is not the fate of consciousness. Only the illusion of consciousness identifying itself with character comes to an end when the desire to live a life comes to an end. So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.

And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him
He said all men shall be sailors then until the sea shall free them
-L Cohen

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Postscript

Awakening is knowing oneself as one really is, one’s true being, which is the differentiated Atmanic consciousness of I Am, as one observes one’s own world from the central point of view of that world, or the undifferentiated Brahmanic consciousness of the void, as one’s world disappears from existence and one returns to, unites oneself with, and dissolves into the One Source of existence. In the words of Shankara: Brahman is the only truth, and there is ultimately no difference between Atman and Brahman. The Atmanic observer only identifies itself with and believes it is its character in the world it perceives because that’s the way it feels to the observer as the observer perceives the animating emotional energy that animates the projected form of its character and makes the observer feel self-limited to that emotionally animated form.

This false belief of self-identification, emotionally created as the observer identifies itself with its character in the world it perceives, is mentally constructed as an emotionally energized character-based self-concept. The mentally constructed self-concept is like the self-referential narration of a movie the observer is watching from its seat out in the audience. The narration of the movie by the central character of the movie is a mental story-of-self the central character tells about how the central character is emotionally related or attached to other things in the world the observer perceives. The observer only believes this self-referential narration of the movie is about itself because that’s the way it feels as the observer perceives the emotional energy that animates the movie. The observer really feels like it is self-limited to the emotionally animated form of the central character. The self-referential narration of the movie takes the form of emotionally energized thoughts about self, where each self-referential thought emotionally relates the central character to some other thing in the world the observer perceives. Inherent in each self-referential thought are fears, worries and concerns about a character-centered past that’s mentally remembered or a character-centered future that’s mentally anticipated.

In the awakening process the observer deconstructs its self-concept by no longer emotionally energizing it, which it can only do by withdrawing its focus of attention away from its mind, and in the process withdrawing its investment of animating emotional energy from its mind that emotionally constructs a character-based self-concept. The key point is the observer’s mind is only a holographic screen that projects animated images of the observer’s world, like a movie the observer is watching from the audience of empty space. The withdrawal of its focus of attention is the only way the observer can stop its mind from constructing a character-based story-of-self. The ultimate goal of this withdrawal of the observer’s focus of attention from its mind is not to get lost in the void or become catatonic, but to shift the focus of its attention onto its own sense of being present as a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its own world. The observer’s world disappears from existence from the observer’s point of view when it’s no longer animated or emotionally energized. Only then can the observer’s I Am/Consciousness return to and reunite itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void through a dissolution. Once the observer can sustain its focus of attention on its own presence/being and totally detach itself from its world, it can then freely fall into the void while still being present. That’s the only way it can experience the true nature of its being/existence and what it really is.

The awakening process can only go forward through a process of emotional detachment and ego-death. The mentally constructed character-based self-concept only becomes constructed through the expenditure of emotional energy that emotionally relates or attaches the observer’s character to other things in its world. The willingness to suffer ego-death and die to a mentally constructed emotionally energized character-based concept of a separate-self can only occur as emotional attachments are severed, which only occurs as the observer withdraws the focus of its attention away from those emotionally energized and animated forms and withdraws its investment of animating emotional energy from them. This willingness to die at the level of ego is the willingness to give up everything, sever emotional attachments to everything, let go and surrender. The observer must become willing to give up, let go and die. It does this because it sees the absolute futility of continuing to fight for the survival of the self-replicating form of its character as though its existence depends on it. That false belief is the big lie the observer believes about itself when it identifies itself with its character. The observer’s character is just another animated form it perceives in its world. Awakening only becomes possible when the observer would rather die and suffer ego-death than continue to live the lie of falsely identifying itself with its character. When it surrenders it gives up the fight for the survival of its character and becomes willing to die. It sees the futility and falseness of that fight and becomes willing to stop fighting for the survival of its character. Giving up all desires to live an incarnated life in the animated self-replicating form of its character is the nature of becoming desireless, which is the same as dying.

When the observer totally surrenders, gives up and stops fighting for its character’s survival, a door opens into empty space, the observer freely falls into empty space through that doorway, and its world disappears from existence. The observer continues to exist even though its world and character have disappeared from existence, but that existence is the pure being of pure non-dual awareness or undifferentiated consciousness. Once the true nature of its existence is experienced, the observer can never again identify itself with its character in any world that it perceives. It can only know itself as the presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world with its own sense of being present and as the light of consciousness that emanates from its central point of view and is reflected back to itself as the projected images of its world, like the light of a movie projector is reflected back from a screen to an observer out in the audience.

That’s the nature of enlightenment and ascension. The observer sees everything it perceives is no more real than the projected images of a movie animated in the energetic flow of things, and its true being, what it really is, is a presence of consciousness at the central point of view of its world arising within empty space, which is always outside the screen that projects the images. Truth realization is the direct experience of what it is when the movie disappears from existence and all that’s left of existence is the empty background space or void, which is undifferentiated/non-dual consciousness/awareness. With truth realization, the observer’s differentiated consciousness at the central point of view of its world returns to and dissolves back into the undifferentiated consciousness of the empty background space when its world is no longer projected, animated or energized and disappears from existence, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean.

Here are a few more testimonies of the awakening process:

Until my thirtieth year, I lived in a state of almost continuous anxiety interspersed with periods of suicidal depression…One night after my twenty-ninth birthday, I woke up in the early hours with a feeling of absolute dread. I had woken up with such a feeling many times before, but this time it was more intense…everything felt so alien, so hostile, and so utterly meaningless that it created in me a deep loathing of the world. The most loathsome thing of all, however, was my own existence. What was the point in continuing to live with this burden of misery? Why carry on with this continuous struggle? I could feel that a deep longing for annihilation, for nonexistence, was now becoming much stronger that the instinctive desire to continue to live…”I cannot live with myself any longer.” This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. “Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live with.” “Maybe,” I thought, “only one of them is real.” I was so stunned by this strange realization that my mind stopped. I was fully conscious, but there were no more thoughts. Then I felt drawn into what seemed like a vortex of energy. It was a slow movement at first and then accelerated. I was gripped by an intense fear, and my body started to shake. I heard the words “resist nothing,” as if spoken inside my chest. I could feel myself being sucked into a void. It felt as if the void was inside myself rather than outside. Suddenly, there was no more fear, and I let myself fall into that void. I have no recollection of what happened after that…For the next five months, I lived in a state of uninterrupted deep peace and bliss…I knew, of course, that something profoundly significant has happened to me, but I didn’t understand it at all. I wasn’t until several years later…I understood that the intense pressure of suffering that night must have forced my consciousness to withdraw from its identification with the unhappy and deeply fearful self, which is ultimately a fiction of the mind. This withdrawal must have been so complete that this false, suffering self immediately collapsed…What was left then was my true nature as the ever-present I Am: consciousness in its pure state prior to identification with form. Later I also learned to go into the inner timeless and deathless realm that I had originally perceived as a void and remain fully conscious. I dwelt in states of such indescribable bliss and sacredness that even the original experience I just described pales in comparison. A time came when, for a while, I was left with nothing on the physical plane-Eckhart Tolle

Now she’s in free-fall…the planet will disappear, and nothing will take its place. Her free-fall won’t end, but it was no longer feel like falling because there will no longer be anything to reference it against…This is where dual awareness ends. From then on she’ll live in boundless awareness, never again able to differentiate between self and non-self. Abiding non-dual awareness-Jed McKenna

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

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 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

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

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Epilogue

Relativity theory describes the expenditure of energy as an observer in an accelerated frame of reference. Acceleration always implies the expenditure of energy, just like an accelerating rocket ship that expends energy through the force of its thrusters. In this sense, every force, like gravity, is nothing more than the bending of space 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 Absolute (empty space) expresses energy with the 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 point of singularity. This accelerated frame of reference is how a cosmic horizon arises that acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the bits of information for the observer’s world.

Accelerating Observer’s Horizon/Holographic Screen

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

Horizon Information

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 a screen, and in reality are only projected to the observer’s central point of view.

Observer’s Holographic Screen

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. 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.

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, and so everything in the observer’s world must disappear 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 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.

The Absolute or timeless nature of 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 is how the observer’s world is created and how the observer’s individual being comes into being. This bending of space is the only way the observer’s world can be created and the observer’s individual being can come into being.

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. Nisargadatta points out the observer’s willingness to give up the expression of that desire requires a shift in the focus of its attention away from the expression of its desire to live to a life in its 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.

Once the observer brings itself into focus and knows itself to be nothing more than a point of consciousness, 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 dissolve into the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Ultimately, all the observer really is, is empty space. That is the ultimate nature of its existence. Ultimately, all the observer really does is bend space as it expresses its energy and creates the virtual reality of a world for itself to experience.

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

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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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What Is The Star Wars Force?

We Are Spiritual Beings Having a Human Experience
-Teilhard de Chardin

A natural affinity for the Star Wars saga arises out of the spiritual longing of spiritual beings to return to or reconnect with their spiritual source of existence. When Obi Wan Kenobi tells Luke “Use the Force” he’s speaking about spiritual reconnection. This spiritual longing of spiritual beings to reconnect with their spiritual source of being underlies the enduring popularity of the Star Wars saga. The spiritual source of being is the “ground of being” or underlying reality that underlies the existence of spiritual beings. The spiritual longing to return to, reconnect with, or reunite oneself with that spiritual source of existence is what resonates with spiritual beings.

Spiritual Being

How does this help us understand the nature of the Force? The first thing to be clear about is the true nature of spiritual being has something to do with the nature of consciousness, not with a life-form like a human life-form, or even a human mind that somehow arises with a human life-form. The basic distinction is between the content of consciousness and the observing consciousness that observes that content. The content of consciousness is what is observable, while observing consciousness is the observer. There’s an odd trinity relation at work. The observable content of consciousness always arises in relationship to the observing consciousness of the observer observing that observable content. The content of consciousness includes everything that can be observed in the observable world, but it also includes mental content like thoughts and memories that can be observed in the mind. Mental content observed in our minds like thoughts and memories are complicated since they’re internally generated, but so too are our 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. No matter how information becomes conveyed or processed into perceptions, there’s no credible scientific or brain explanation for how organized forms of information or mental images are perceived by observing consciousness. There’s no scientific or brain theory of the observer.

Universal Observer

When we speak about spiritual being we’re really speaking about the existence of the observer, which has a spiritual existence that is independent of whatever the observer observes in the observable world or in an observable mind. That observable world includes the life-form that the observer identifies itself with, just as the observable mind that arises with that life-form includes mental self-concepts of what the observer is that are life-form based. If we think of the observable world as a movie the observer is watching as animated images of that movie are projected from a screen to the observer’s point of view out in the audience, and the thoughts and self-concepts that arise in the mind as a self-referential narration of the movie, then the mentally constructed life-form based self-concept is really only a false belief the observer believes about itself. In effect, the observer only mistakenly identifies itself with the central character of the movie it is watching because that’s what the self-referential narration of the movie tells the observer about itself. The narration of the movie tells the observer: “This is who you are”, and the observer believes it.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

If the observer is not life-from based, then what is the observer and where does it come from? The answer as Teilhard de Chardin tells us is the observer is a spiritual being that arises from the spiritual source of existence. Since the purpose of the posts on this website is to explore the connection between science and spirituality, we’d like another kind of answer that’s scientifically based. 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 the observing consciousness of an observer is, but that central point of view is where the observer is always present. Whatever the observer observes in the observable world, according to relativity theory the observer is always present at the origin or central point of view of a coordinate system of space and time or frame of reference, through which the observer appears to follow a world-line.

Accelerated Frame of Reference/Observer’s World-line

In quantum theory the observer is a means by which a 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 the choice there is the potential 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 of any event 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 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 considers the problem of how the holographic principle can unify relativity and quantum theory and how it can be combined with modern cosmology to explain the nature of the world. Gefter interviewed many of 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 the line of reasoning of her logical analysis that leads to this conclusion.

Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn

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? Why do we have to resort to a spiritual explanation for the nature of 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 is the field that specifies the curvature of space-time geometry, which is the nature of gravity. Although this may seem very odd, gravity is nothing more than the contraction of space and the dilation of time that arises whenever there is matter and energy in the space-time geometry of a world. That’s what gives rise to what we observe as the attractive force 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 only 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 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 all 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. This transfer of electromagnetic signals between neurons is much like the kind of information processing that occurs inside a computer as computer switches turn on and off. 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 can never 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 ever explain the nature of the observer outside the screen.

Screen Output/The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The laws of physics can only explain how information becomes organized within the world into 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, 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 the sensory perceptions of that world and all the mental images like thoughts and memories of its mind, 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 described 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 world. It only appears that 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 its world from its holographic screen to its central point of view. Each holographic projection is the observer’s choice in terms of 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 at 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 into space 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 in three dimensional space, nothing is observable beyond the observer’s 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. The total number of pixels, n, is given in terms of the surface area of the horizon as n=(Surface area)/4(Planck area). This is a natural way of quantizing space-time geometry. 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 on the holographic screen as a configuration state of information. 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 project 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.

Observer’s Point of 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 since 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, which is a bounding surface of space. In the same way, the quantum field theories of the standard model of particle physics 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 only localized wave-packets of field energy. 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 flow of time arises with 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 so 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 of animation just 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 temperature is inversely related to 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 cosmic 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 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

An odd aspect of the holographic principle in the context of modern cosmology and dark energy is the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. This is possible since the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out dark energy and all forms of positive energy like mass energy that arise from dark energy through some kind of a symmetry breaking process. The two remarkable discoveries of modern cosmology are: the accelerated expansion of space in the universe as distant galaxies are observed to accelerate away from us faster the farther out in space they appear; and that the curvature of the universe is asymptotically flat, which tells us the total energy of the universe is exactly zero. In other words, everything that appears in the observable world is really nothing in disguise, which tells us that everything is in perfect balance.

Yin Yang Balance

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 emanating from this focal point of consciousness that projects the observable images from the observer’s holographic screen back to its point of view. 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 is independent of the apparent existence of whatever appears to occur in its observable world.

Sacred Intuitive Mind

In actuality, we have a trinity of perceiving consciousness, which is an observer observing images its 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 due to the emanation of the observer’s own light of consciousness like the light of a movie projector that projects images from a movie 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 all matter and energy and space-time geometry are only about what appears to happen in the world in terms of how bits of information are encoded 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. Science really has nothing to say about the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer or how the holographic projection of observable images occurs from the screen to the observer.

Hero’s Journey

This is what science is really telling us about the nature of the observing consciousness of the observer. 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 in a holographic world.

Illusion and Reality

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 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 really 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 emotionally energized character-based self-concept is always dualistic and self-referential. The mentally constructed character-based self-concept is false since the observer cannot be any observable thing it can perceive in its world or mind. It’s really not a part of the show it perceives, but is always out in the audience only watching the show.

Plato’s Cave

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 feelings arise from irrational emotions.

Self-referential Paradox

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 it. This leads to a vicious cycle. The expression of self-defensive emotions only perpetuates the observer’s tendency to identify itself with the life-form, which directs the observer’s focus of attention in self-defensive ways, leading to the expression of more self-defensive emotions. 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 its own light of consciousness projects the animated images of that world from its own screen.

Truth Destroys Illusion

Science has absolutely nothing to say about the nature of the observing consciousness of an observer 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 always the observer’s choice about what to observe in its world and which path to follow through its world. The observing consciousness 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 observable world. The independent existence of the observer’s consciousness isn’t scientifically explainable, but it is always present to observe whatever appears in its observable world. The only possible explanation for the observer’s consciousness is a spiritual explanation. The true nature of our spiritual being is the light of consciousness that emanates from our own focal point of consciousness and that projects the images of the world that we observe.

Luminous Beings Are We

We’ve finally come to the point where we can begin to grasp the nature of the Star Wars Force. Each decision point on the observer’s path is a choice that can only arise with the observer’s own focus of attention on the projected images of things in its world. If the observer focuses its attention in different ways, it makes different choices. Whatever choices it makes leads to the path it appears to actually follow through its world and to whatever observable things it actually observes in its world. Choice is an aspect of potentiality. With each choice the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an observable state of actuality. If we think of the observable images of things in the observer’s world like movie images projected from a screen to the observer’s point of view, in effect the observer is directing that movie through its focus of attention on the movie even as the observer is observing that movie, but it doesn’t end there. The observer is also projecting the images of that movie. Just like the light of a movie projector is needed to project movie images from a screen to the point of view of an observer, or the light of a laser is needed to project the images of a physical hologram, another kind of light is needed to project images from an observer’s holographic screen to its point of view in the process of observing those images. This light is the observer’s own light of consciousness that emanates from the observer’s own focal point of consciousness. The observer’s own light of consciousness is what projects images of things from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s point of view in the process of observing them. This is an aspect of the observer’s focus of attention on images of things that allows the observer to make choices and direct how the events of its world will play out.

Luminous Beings Are We

The observer’s focus of attention on things in its world as directed by the observer’s own light of consciousness that emanates from its own focal point of consciousness and projects images of things from its own holographic screen to its own point of view in the process of observing them explains the connection between how the observer directs the focus of its attention on things and how it directs the flow of energy through things. There’s always a connection between how the observer’s focus of attention is directed on things and how energy flows through things. This connection is between the way the observer focuses its attention on things in its world and how emotional energy flows through its world and animates the behavior of its own character in its world. There’s always a connection between how the observer’s focus of attention is emotionally directed and its investment of emotional energy in its world that animates the behavior of its own character in that world. The observer’s focus of attention is what allows it to direct its time and energy through its world. This connection between the observer’s focus of attention on things in its world and the flow of energy through things in its world is the nature of the Star Wars Force.

A problem only arises when the observer’s focus of attention is directed in emotionally biased ways that interfere with the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world. As long as no emotional bias is expressed and no interference in the normal flow of things arises, things tend to play out in the normal way, which leads to the best of all possible worlds. This unbiased state of non-interference can be called the integrated state, which is characterized by feelings of connection, expressions of creativity and correctness of actions that arise as the normal flow of energy through all things come into alignment. A problem only arises when the observer’s focus of attention is directed in emotionally biased ways that interferes with the normal flow of things, which leads to feelings of disconnection and incorrectness of actions. This emotional bias is always directed in a character-favored or self-defensive way. This interference with the normal flow of things is the emotionally biased desire to control things in a self-defensive way, which is an attempt to defend the survival of the observer’s character as though the observer’s existence depends on it. This problem can only arise if the observer identifies itself with its character. The observer feels self-limited to the emotionally animated form of its character as it perceives the expression of biased emotions. At the heart of its self-identification is an assumption on the observer’s part that its existence depends on the survival of its character. The expression of this kind of character identified self-defensiveness through the expression of fear, anger, hatred, attachment, jealousy and greed is what’s meant by the dark side of the force. Since this is always an interference with the normal flow of things, it can only lead to suffering.

Dark Side of the Force

Acceptance of death is natural when one identifies oneself only with consciousness, which is the nature of spiritual being. Surrender and the acceptance of death are the only way one can avoid suffering. Surrender is the willingness to give up one’s emotionally biased desire to control things in a self-defensive way. With surrender one puts one’s trust in the normal flow of things to sort out what is for the best. This leads one to come into alignment with the normal flow of things and gives rise to feelings of connection and the best of all possible worlds. Surrender leads to a death/rebirth transformation in which one’s character-based concept of self dies away and one is reborn to the true spiritual identity of what one really is, which is consciousness itself. With surrender one also becomes willing to let go and detach oneself from things. This allows one to see things with a sense of distance and leads to the ascension of one’s consciousness. Detachment also leads to one’s enlightenment as one sees that it is one’s own light of consciousness that projects the images of things in one’s world from one’s own screen to one’s own point of view. The final step in the awakening process is when one’s spiritual being returns to and reunites itself with the One Source of all spiritual being. This spiritual reunion is described as a dissolution, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean. One’s individual consciousness reunites itself with the undivided One Source of Consciousness. The light of consciousness returns to the Darkness. Another description for this reunion is an ultimate state of free-fall as the expenditure of one’s energy comes to an end. When the observer’s accelerated frame of reference comes to an end, so too does holographic projection and animation. The individual consciousness of an observer is only necessary for an observer to observe the observable things of its world. In the final state of its reunion and dissolution, the observer’s world disappears and only its underlying reality remains. There is nothing to observe, there is no individual observer or self, and yet the One Source of Consciousness is aware of its undivided infinite oneness. Once one has the experience of one’s true spiritual being and the undivided oneness of the One Source of existence, it is no longer possible to fear death. There is really nothing to fear. No one really dies. The fear of death is seen to only be an aspect of the illusion of what one really is. Only an illusion dies and comes to an end. Spiritual being cannot die. Spiritual being can only be present for its world or reunite itself with the undivided One Source of existence.

Death is a Natural Part of Life

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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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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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 character-based 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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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 has come out of the show and can only know itself as a silent observer perceiving the show. The ultimate awakening only occurs when the show comes to an end and the differentiated consciousness of the observer returns to and reunites itself with the undifferentiated consciousness of the void.

Plato’s Cave

4. Understanding the observer’s world is a holographic world explains how the observer’s world is created in the first place and why that world appears to be governed by the laws of physics. There are no laws of physics in ultimate reality. There’s no such thing as a Theory of Everything. The laws of physics emerge in the world as the observer’s world is created. That’s part of the differentiation process. This creation process is understood in terms of geometric mechanisms. It all has to begin with the expression of dark energy, which is the energy that puts the “bang” in the big bang event. In relativity theory, dark energy is understood as the accelerated expansion of space that always appears to expand relative to the central point of view of an observer. Relativity theory also tells us this central point of view is the 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 arises that 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. If non-commutative geometry is applied to the observer’s horizon as a way of specifying position coordinates on the horizon, those position coordinates are no longer points but are smeared out into area elements like pixels on a screen. This is a way of quantizing position coordinates on the screen. Non-commutative geometry tells us that each pixel encodes a bit of information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s like pixels on a computer screen. This gives a natural explanation for how the holographic principle comes into effect. There’s one last idea needed to fully understand the holographic principle, which is the idea of holographic projection. Everything the observer can observe in its world is like a projection of images from the observer’s holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view. We understand those observable images are specified by configuration states of information encoded on the screen, but the images can only be observed through a process of projection from the screen. Just as the light of a movie projector is required to project the images of a movie from a screen, the observer’s own light of consciousness is required to project images from the observer’s holographic screen to its point of view.

Holographic Projection

5. Holographic projection tells us that everything the observer can observe in its world is only a projection from its own holographic screen. This includes the dynamical space-time geometry of the observer’s world. That is the essence of the holographic principle. The space-time geometry of the observer’s world is only a holographic projection. This dynamical space-time geometry appears to obey Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric, which is the nature of gravity. It’s fairly easy to show that Einstein’s field equations for the metric arise from the holographic principle as thermal averages or thermodynamic equations of state due to the way bits of information (entropy) are encoded on the holographic screen and the absolute temperature of the screen. This is an emergent property of the holographic principle. The dynamical space-time geometry of the observer’s world is an observable aspect of the bulk 3+1 dimensional holographic world that is projected from the observer’s two dimensional holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view over a sequence of holographic projections, where each projection is like a screen output from a computer screen. A sequence of screen outputs explains the nature of animation, which is the nature of time. Even the idea of an elementary particle like an electron is a holographic projection. In quantum field theory, we understand an elementary particle is a wave-packet of field energy, but unification of the laws of physics tells us these quantum fields are really only extra components of the space-time metric that arise through the usual unification mechanisms of super-symmetry and the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space. Since Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric only arise as thermal averages, the quantum fields for the electromagnetic, strong and weak nuclear forces also arise as thermal averages. What we observe as elementary particles are only a thermal average description of the world that arise as holographic projections.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-time Metric

Does an omniscient God contradict free will? The answer is no, but this is really an incorrect question. The nature of free will has to do with the focus of attention of consciousness. The first few lines of Genesis state the individual consciousness of the observer is the Spirit of God. The nature of divine will is an unbiased expression of God’s will, which gives rise to the normal flow of energy through the world that animates all things. The critical point is that divine will is always unbiased, while the expression of individual will becomes emotionally biased. If the focus of attention of an observer’s individual consciousness becomes emotionally biased in favor of its self-concept or ego, this is an interference with the normal flow of energy through all things that interferes with the expression of divine will. Emotional bias in an observer’s focus of attention has a scientific basis in terms of quantum theory. The quantum state of potentiality is a sum over all possible outcomes, which gives rise to an interference pattern. An actual outcome is always a choice that must choose one of these possible outcomes from the quantum state.

Decision-point

The normal flow of energy through the world is what allows things to obey the laws of physics in the sense of following the path of least action, but that can only occur with unbiased or random choice. If there is emotional bias in the way the choices are made due to emotional bias in an observer’s focus of attention, then this expression of emotionally biased free will is always an interference with the expression of divine will and the normal flow of energy through all things. This kind of emotionally biased interference is always an expression of ego that obstructs the normal flow of things. If you want to lose your ego, then you must surrender to and put your trust in divine will. Genesis says the normal flow of things is good, since it leads to the best of all possible worlds. Only one’s surrender to divine will can lead to freedom from one’s ego and give rise to feelings of connection and unconditional love that arise as the flow of energy comes into alignment. This kind of death/rebirth transformation is what it means to die to one’s false character-based self-concept and be reborn to one’s true spiritual identity.

If God is truly omniscient and all knowing, then God is the totality of all consciousness. This kind of omniscient knowledge doesn’t just include past, present and future, but all possible outcomes in the sense of a quantum state of potentiality. On the other hand, individual consciousness can only know about whatever outcome is actually chosen from the quantum state right now. This may seem confusing since the actual outcome chosen right now includes memory of the past and anticipation of the future, but it’s still a right now choice. Individual consciousness and the expression of free will is only about the actual choice that is made right now, while omniscient consciousness is about all possible choices that can be made at all possible times. Omniscient consciousness is about the potentiality of all possible choices while individual consciousness and free will are only about the actuality of a given choice, so there is no contradiction between them. Actuality is only a subset of potentiality, and so it makes no sense to try to reconcile them. Genesis tells us that the individual consciousness of the observer is always differentiated from the totality of undifferentiated consciousness of God in the sense that the light of consciousness of the observer is divided from the darkness of the void. God as One can truly be omniscient and yet God as Three can express free will. This is possible since God as One is outside of time, beyond the time-bound world, and makes no choices, while God as Three expresses its choices within time and the world. However, God as Three can only reunite itself with God as One if it gives up its desire to express free will and surrenders to the divine will of God as One.

If these ideas don’t blow your mind away, I don’t know what will.

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Consciousness and the Thermodynamics of Life

It’s important to examine our assumptions when discussing the behavior of a living biological organism in terms of entropy, energy, or any other thermodynamic concept. It’s widely accepted that the most fundamental scientific concept we have in physics is the holographic principle. This isn’t just a string theory idea. Gerard ‘t Hooft has expressed open hostility toward string theory and yet he accepts the holographic principle as the most fundamental scientific concept we have (Susskind). There is general agreement among people who work in string theory (Bousso) and most people who work in loop quantum gravity (Smolin) that the holographic principle is our most fundamental principle. This conclusion is quite general and is not dependent on any particular theory. As both ‘t Hooft and Tom Banks have argued (Gefter), the holographic principle is automatically in effect when non-commutative geometry is applied to a bounding surface of space, which in the sense of relativity theory is an event horizon that arises in an observer’s accelerated frame of reference (Madore). String theory, loop quantum gravity and all possible theories of quantum gravity are probably special cases of non-commutative geometry. The only possible way to put the quantum in space-time geometry is to express space-time coordinates as non-commuting variables. These non-commuting space-time coordinates give rise to the bits of information encoded on a bounding surface of space that we call entropy.

Horizon Information

This is important when we discuss the entropy of a living biological organism with the ability to express all the complex behaviors we call emotions. Not only is the behavior of a biological organism far away from thermodynamic equilibrium, but that behavior can only arise through some kind of critical phenomena or symmetry breaking, like a phase transition. Unlike a physical phase transition, like the freezing of water or the melting of ice, which is dependent on the flow of heat in a thermal gradient, biological symmetry breaking is more complex because it also depends on the addition of potential energy to the organism (Kauffman). The flow of heat is nothing more than kinetic energy at a microscopic level, which we tend to conceptualize as the motion of point particles, like the electron and photon. We also conceptualize potential energy as the tendency of particles to bind together under the influence of a fundamental force, like an electron that binds to the composite particle we call a proton under the influence of the electromagnetic force, or the quarks that bind together into a proton under the influence of the strong nuclear force. We then attribute entropy to these point particles, which is the idea of quantum information. The problem is this conceptualization can at best be an approximation of the holographic principle, which tells us that all the fundamental bits of information are really encoded on a bounding surface of space in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s. Kinetic energy arises from the tendency of bits of information to flip back and forth between 1 and 0, like spin variables that tend to flip back and forth between the up and down spin positions due to their thermal energy, while potential energy arises from the tendency of bits of information to align. This tendency for alignment is a natural consequence of non-commutative geometry, which typically formalizes the n bits of information encoded on a bounding surface of space in terms of the n eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix (Madore). Since these n bits of information are entangled, they naturally tend to align, like in a spin network (Penrose).

Entanglement and Spooky Action at a Distance

We can understand the complex behavior of living biological organisms as arising through the phenomena of symmetry breaking due to the alignment of these bits of information, but there is always a balance between competing critical phenomena. For example, photosynthesis in a plant involves both the construction of carbohydrate molecules, as the energy of an absorbed photon is converted into a high energy chemical bond, and the burning of carbohydrate molecules, as the energy of that chemical bond is released and utilized to perform useful work, like the plant turning toward the sun so that it can absorb more photons and grow.

Normal Flow of Energy

The construction of the carbohydrate molecule is an example of biological symmetry breaking that requires the addition of potential energy to the organism, which is obtained through the absorption of the photon. The plant is then able to express a desire to absorb more photons and grow as it burns the carbohydrate molecule and uses some of that released energy to turn toward the sun, which is the performance of useful work in terms of the growth of the plant. The expressed desire to turn toward the sun has a useful purpose for the plant, which is to absorb more photons and grow. That’s really the only significant difference between a physical phase transition, which is solely dependent on the flow of heat, and an example of biological symmetry breaking, which always requires the addition of potential energy. The emotional behavior of a living biological organism is complex because there is always a balance between competing critical phenomena, which in the example of the plant is the balance between the construction and burning of carbohydrate molecules, but this behavior is emotionally directed toward the growth of the plant, which is necessary for the plant’s survival. Although we can conceptualize this process in terms the motion and organized behavior of point particles, like electrons and photons, the more fundamental description is in terms of the holographic principle.

Holographic Principle

The holographic principle tells us the point particle description is at best a thermal average with a limited range of validity. This fundamental principle tells us the n bits of information encoded on a bounding surface of space are specified in terms of the surface area A of the bounding surface as n=A/4(Planck area), where the Planck area is ℓ²=ħG/c³. The bounding surface also has an absolute temperature, which for a spherical surface of radius R is given as kT=ħc/2πR. The maximal entropy of everything that can be observed within that bounded space is given as S=kn. Ted Jacobson has shown using the fundamental relation between the flow of heat and a change in entropy, ΔQ=TΔS, that the observable space-time geometry of that bounded region of space is only described by Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric in the sense of a thermal average or a thermodynamic equation of state valid near thermal equilibrium (Jacobson).

Horizon Entropy

The reason Einstein’s field equations arise from the holographic principle as a thermal average is quite simple. As heat flows across a bounding surface of space, the maximal entropy of that bounded region of space must change, which implies a change in the surface area of the bounding surface, which implies a change in the space-time geometry of the bounded space. Einstein’s field equations for the space-time metric only describe the space-time geometry of that bounded region of space in the sense of a thermal average. The holographic principle is more fundamental than gravity as it implies that gravity only arises as a thermal average. If we apply the usual unification mechanisms of supersymmetry and the Kaluza-Klein mechanism of extra compactified dimensions of space to Einstein’s field equations for the metric (Zee), we then end up with a field theory that looks like 11-dimensional super-gravity (Greene), which includes the fundamental forces of gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear interactions. All the usual quantum fields of the standard model of particle physics are included in this description. The problem is this point particle description is only a thermal average with a limited range of validity, which is a low energy limit. The quantum field for any point particle is understood as an extra component of the space-time metric, and a particle excitation is understood as a wave-packet of field energy. The point particles of electrons and photons, which are the quantums of the Dirac and electromagnetic fields, are in reality no more fundamental than phonons or the quantum of sound waves.

Einstein’s Field Equations for the Space-time Metric

There is a big mystery about the holographic principle that we need to address if we really want to understand the complex emotional behaviors of living biological organisms. This mystery is the nature of dark energy, which is the accelerated or exponential expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of an observer (Gefter). Due to the limitation of the speed of light, which is like the maximal rate of information transfer in three dimensional space, a cosmic horizon surrounds the observer at the central point of view and limits the observer’s observations within that bounded space. The cosmic horizon acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the fundamental bits of information for everything the observer at the central point of view can observe in that bounded region of space. Everything the observer can observe in that bounded region of space is like a projection of an image from the holographic screen to the observer’s central point of view (Susskind). This holographic projection process can be called a screen output. Not only is the image of every perceivable thing projected from the screen, but those images are also animated over a sequence of screen outputs, just like the animation of a movie on a computer screen. This holographic projection and animation process requires energy.

Accelerated Expansion of Space

This energy must come from dark energy (Gefter), which is the energy that puts the “bang” in the big bang event and creates the observer’s world in the first place. In the sense of inflationary cosmology, the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world, which animates all projected images, can only arise as dark energy burns away and heat is radiated away to infinity. We understand this burning away of dark energy as an example of symmetry breaking. A non-zero value of dark energy is always defined in a metastable or false vacuum state, and the burning away of dark energy occurs in a phase transition, as the value of dark energy transitions to a more stable state of lower energy. This is really no different than burning a carbohydrate molecule.

Ying Yang Balance

The total energy of this dark energy burning process always adds up to zero, since the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction exactly cancels out dark energy and all other forms of positive energy like mass energy. Cosmic observations indicate not only a non-zero value for dark energy but also the total energy of the observable universe is exactly zero. In this burning process, heat is radiated away, and the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size and cools in temperature. This burning process is what gives rise to the thermal gradient that drives the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world. The complex emotional behavior of biological organisms arise in the normal flow of this animating energy. We really have no good explanation for the nature of these metastable or false vacuum states, except life and the complex emotional behaviors of living organisms could not occur without them.

Metastable State

Amanda Gefter has argued (Gefter) that ultimate reality must be invariant for all observers. Based on this self-evident axiom she has then concluded: Nothing is ultimately real. This conclusion is irrefutable in a holographic world where everything an observer can possibly observe arises from configuration states of information encoded on a holographic screen, which is always an observer-dependent event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated frame of reference. Since the observer’s world is ultimately defined on an observer-dependent cosmic horizon that arises with dark energy and the accelerated expansion of space, every possible observable thing in the observer’s world is observer-dependent and depends on the observer’s frame of reference. Nothing observable in that world can then be invariant for all observers, and so Nothing is ultimately real. This statement can be read like an optical illusion. Either there is no such thing as ultimate reality, or ultimate reality does exist, but it can only be described as the primordial nothingness. This primordial nothingness must be infinite and undifferentiated. The big mysteries are: how does dark energy arise from the primordial nothingness in the first place to create the observer’s world in a big bang event, and how does the differentiated consciousness of the observer arise at the central point of view in relation to the observer’s horizon? The absolutely mysterious thing about the observer’s consciousness is that relativity theory tells us the observer’s central point of view is the singularity of the big bang.

Singularity

Trying to explain reality in terms of the laws of physics is putting the cart before the horse. The laws of physics describe the behavior of the world in a probabilistic sense, but they can only emerge as thermal averages from the holographic principle, which in turn can only come into effect when bits of information are encoded on a bounding surface of space when non-commutative geometry is applied to the surface. This is always an observer-centric description of the world. The bounding surface of space is an event horizon that arises in the observer’s accelerated reference frame, which for an observer’s world can only be understood as a cosmic horizon that arises with dark energy and the exponential expansion of space that always expands relative to the central point of view of the observer. Dark energy is the horse and the laws of physics are the cart.

Paradox

The big mysteries are: how does dark energy arise from the primordial nothingness and create the observer’s world in the first place, and how does the differentiated consciousness of the observer arise from this primordial undifferentiated nothingness at the central point of view of the observer’s world as that observable world is holographically constructed on the observer’s cosmic horizon? The primordial nothingness is the beginning and the end. It is what exists before dark energy is expended and the observer’s world appears to come into existence and begins, and it is what exists after all dark energy burns away and the observer’s world appears to go out of existence and ends.

Atman-Brahman

There is another mystery that needs to be discussed. The observer’s holographic screen is always described by a quantum state of potentiality that is like a sum over all possible configuration states or ways bits of information can become encoded on the screen. In any screen output, a choice must be made as a particular configuration state of information is chosen from the quantum state. In physics this is called a quantum state reduction. Who chooses? Physics assumes the choices are made randomly or in an unbiased way. Random choice is the only thing that gives the laws of physics their predictability. If bias arises in the way choices are made, then all bets are off and the laws of physics lose their predictability. If we conceptualize the quantum state as a sum over all possible paths through the information configuration space, then only random choice can give rise to the path of least action as the most likely path in the sense of quantum probability. The path of least action is the classical limit, which is like the shortest distance between two points in a curved space-time geometry. Even the idea of a thermal average relies on random choice.

Sum Over all Possible Paths

What if bias arises in the way choices are made? Who would make those biased choices? Only the observer at the central point of view of its own world can make choices with its focus of attention on things. All the bits of information for everything the observer can observe in its world are encoded on the observer’s holographic screen. Images of things are projected to the observer’s central point of view in a screen output and are animated over a sequence of screen outputs. Each screen output is a choice that chooses a particular configuration state of information from the quantum state. If emotional bias arises in the observer’s focus of attention on those observable things, there is the possibility that bias can arise in the way the choices are made. Emotional bias in the observer’s focus of attention could give rise to the expression of biased emotions, which like a positive feedback loop could then further bias the observer’s focus of attention on things.

Universal Observer

Things are more complicated than this scenario, since there is the possibility of information sharing among many observers, like the kind of information sharing we see in a network of screens, like the internet. Each observer’s 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 since every observer is at the central point of view of its own cosmic horizon, and the horizons of many different observers can overlap and share information (Gefter).

Overlapping Bounded Spaces

The universe is not at thermal equilibrium. We can’t even really speak about the universe per se, only about an observer’s world (Gefter). Each observer’s world is defined on its own holographic screen that encodes all the bits of information that specify the configuration states of everything the observer can observe in its world. The observable images of those things are projected from the observer’s screen to the observer’s central point of view in a screen output and animated over a sequence of screen outputs, just like the animation of a movie on a computer screen.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The observer itself is only a focal point of perceiving consciousness at the central point of view of its world. Everything the observer can perceive in its world, including the animated image of its character in that world, is projected from its screen. This holographic projection and animation process is only possible because of the flow of energy through the observer’s world. That flow of energy naturally arises as dark energy burns away and the observer’s cosmic horizon inflates in size, cools in temperature, and encodes more bits of information. This energetic process is not at thermal equilibrium. The burning away of dark energy is actually more like a phase transition. The fact that things are not at thermal equilibrium is obvious when we look towards the hot sun and see the burning of nuclear fuels inside the sun that give rise to the radiation of hot high energy photons, and then turn around and look at the coldness of cold outer space. The flow of energy through the observer’s world is driven by the thermal gradient created as dark energy burns away, just like the flow of sunlight is driven by a thermal gradient. There is no need to violate the second law of thermodynamics with this flow of heat since the observer’s cosmic horizon encodes more bits of information as it inflates in size and cools in temperature, which happens naturally as dark energy burns away. The development of coherently organized forms of information in the observer’s world, like the biological organism of its observable character, occurs naturally as energy flows in this thermal gradient. Coherent organization of form naturally develops because all the bits of information encoded on the observer’s holographic screen are entangled like the eigenvalues of an SU(n) matrix, and those entangled bits of information naturally tend to align.

Accelerated Observer’s Horizon

Everything in the observer’s world can only begin when the observer, which is a differentiated point of consciousness, arises at a central point of view in relation to a holographic screen, which is an event horizon that encodes all the bits of information for everything observable in the observer’s world and projects the animated images of things in the observer’s world like images of a movie. This holographic projection and animation process requires energy, which is what we perceive as animating emotional energy. At the center of this animating emotional energy is the projected image of a central character, just like the central character of a movie. This central character is a biological organism that arises from the way bits of information encoded on the holographic screen are coherently organized into form with the potential to self-replicate their forms over an animated sequence of screen outputs. All of these perceivable images are projected to the central point of view of the observer, who not only observes the images of things, but also perceives the flow of emotional energy that animates those things. The observer not only perceives the animated form of the organism but also “feels” the emotional feelings expressed by the biological organism as the animation process goes forward. The animation of “inanimate objects” like a rock is limited to the flow of heat, which is kinetic energy at a microscopic level, while the biological organism also has the ability to add potential energy to its form. The addition of potential energy not only occurs when we eat something, but also when we learn something. All knowledge is based on the organization of information, and that organizing process requires the addition of potential energy.

Illusion and Reality

The animated form of biological organisms are characterized by the ability to express emotions, which are desires to add potential energy to their forms. This expression of emotions by the organism is what makes the observer “feel” self-limited to the form of the organism as the observer perceives the flow of animating emotional energy through that form. This feeling of self-limitation allows the observer to emotionally identify itself with the form, which leads to emotional bias in the observer’s focus of attention, which leads to the expression of biased emotions, which leads to a vicious cycle of self-identification of the observer with its character and self-defense of the animated form of the character with the biased expression of emotions, which is the emotional expression of ego that can be called the self-identified state (Damasio).

The emotional bias of the self-identified state creates feelings of self-limitation, which is a state of emotional bondage. This self-limited state of emotional bondage is why Plato called an observer that identifies itself with the emotionally animated form of its character, like a shadow projected on a wall, a prisoner.

Signpost to the Truth

There is another possible way to live, which is free of the emotional bias of ego. This possibility can be called the integrated state. To live an integrated life requires surrender and the willingness to come into alignment with the normal flow of things. Surrender leads directly to the integrated state, as the animating flow of energy through one’s character comes into alignment with the normal flow of energy through one’s world, which leads to feelings of connection, expressions of creativity and correctness of actions. Surrender is not really possible unless we become aware of the true nature of what we really are, which is consciousness (Nisargadatta). As long as we live in a fearful state of self-identification with character, we won’t surrender.

Truth Destroys Illusions

The big mystery is where does the differentiated consciousness of the observer at the central point of view of its world come from when this whole holographic projection and animation process begins? Where does the dark energy come from that puts the “bang” in the big bang event and that creates the observer’s world in the first place? The value in thinking about things in a logically consistent way is it drives us to the fundamental questions. These questions don’t really have answers in a conventional scientific sense. To really answer these questions requires that we go beyond what we call knowledge and beyond what we call information, to consciousness itself. Only the consciousness of the observer at the central point of view of its own world can know about the meaning of the knowledge energetically constructed out of information in that world. Only the observer can know what it all means. This journey to consciousness itself always requires a shift in the observer’s focus of attention away from its observable world and onto its own sense of being present for that world (Nisargadatta). The journey to consciousness itself, which is a journey beyond all possible knowledge to the true nature of what we are, is the real mystery.

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