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Ascended Consciousness Sees Everything, but Knows Nothing, except “I Am”

September 28, 2014

Let’s see if we can make sense of these two statements by Jed McKenna:

“I know that I Am, and I know that I know nothing else.”

“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.”

What can McKenna possibly mean with these two statements? The first thing to realize is that by “I Am”, McKenna refers to a presence of consciousness. Only that presence of consciousness has its own inherent sense of “being present”, which is its own sense of “I-am-ness”.

The second thing to realize is that presence of consciousness is always present at the central point of view of its own world. This is what McKenna means when he speaks of his “paradigm” or “worldview”, which is best summed up with this slogan from modern cosmology: “the one-world-per-observer paradigm”.

The one-world-per-observer paradigm is based on two recent discoveries in modern physics. The first discovery is the nature of a cosmic horizon that surrounds every observer at the central point of view. The cosmic horizon is a consequence of dark energy, which in relativity theory is called a cosmological constant. The force of dark energy is like a repulsive force of anti-gravity, which gives rise to the exponential expansion of space. Space appears to expand away from the central point of view of the observer at an accelerated rate. The farther out in space the observer looks, the faster space expands away from the observer. At the cosmic horizon, space expands away from the observer at the speed of light, and so things at the cosmic horizon appear to move away from the observer at the speed of light. Since nothing can travel faster than the speed of light the cosmic horizon is as far out in space as the observer can see things in space.

exponential expansion of space

The cosmic horizon is a bounding surface of space that limits the observer’s observations of things in space. Those limited observations of things in space are observed relative to the central point of view of the observer. The observer at the central point of view makes those limited observations. The bounding surface of a cosmic horizon always surrounds the observer at the central point of view.

expanding universe

How can space appear to expand? The answer is the curvature of space-time geometry. Space appears to contract with the attractive force of gravity, while space appears to expand with the repulsive force of dark energy. This contraction or expansion of space over the course of time occurs relative to the point of view of an observer, and is the nature of the curvature of space-time geometry in relativity theory. This is just like the distortion of images that appear on a computer screen in a computer animation. As we’re about to see, this is a very good analogy since the bounding surface of a cosmic horizon acts as a holographic screen that projects images to the point of view of an observer.

The second recent discovery of modern physics is the holographic principle. The bounding surface of space acts as a holographic screen that encodes all the bits of information that define all the observable things the observer can observe in the space limited by the bounding surface. Information is encoded on the screen in a pixelated way, with one bit of information encoded per pixel on the screen. Bits of information are encoded in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s.

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The screen always surrounds the observer at the central point of view, and the observation of anything in that bounded space is like a screen output from the screen to the central point of view of the observer. This is just like the kind of observations an observer makes on a digital computer screen. With a screen output, images of things are projected from the screen to the observer’s central point of view. All observable images of things are projected from the screen to the central point of view of the observer, which is a focal point of consciousness.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

Everything the observer can observe in the space bounded by the screen is like a holographic projection of images from the screen to the central point of view of the observer. Although the bits of information are encoded on a two dimensional screen, the projected images appear three dimensional since they’re holographic.

The holographic principle tells us all the bits of information for an observer’s world are encoded on a holographic screen. Everything the observer can observe in its world is like an image projected from the screen to the observer’s central point of view. The most generic way to understand how bits of information are encoded on the screen is in terms of matrices. A bit of information corresponds to an eigenvalue of the matrix.

Encoding bits of information in this way is very similar to how spin variables encode bits of information in quantum theory. We understand that spin variables can only point “up” or “down”, and so encode information in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s, just like a computer switch that is either “on” or “off”.

Modern physics tells us that each bit of information is encoded on a pixel defined on the screen, where the pixel size is about a Planck area. This is the natural way to understand how space-time geometry is quantized.

horizon information

The holographic principle says all the quantized bits of information that characterize a region of space are encoded on a surface bounding that space. The number of bits of information, n, is specified in terms of the surface area, A, and the Planck area, ℓ2, as n=A/4ℓ2, as though the surface is covered with n pixels, each about a Planck area in size and each encoding a bit of information. These n bits of information are defined by the n eigenvalues of an nxn matrix.

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In quantum theory, spin variables are represented by matrices, and so it is natural to understand how a holographic screen encodes bits of information in terms of matrices. Each eigenvalue of the matrix is like a bit of information that encodes information in a binary code. In the sense of quantum entanglement, the eigenvalues of a matrix are all entangled with each other, and so all of this information is entangled.

This entanglement of information allows for the coherent organization of information, which allows forms of information to self-replicate their forms over a sequence of events, where each event is like a screen output that projects images of things to the observer’s central point of view.

The projected images are best understood in the sense of coherently organized forms of information. These coherently organized forms of information can be understood in the sense of bound states of information that tend to hold together over a sequence of screen outputs. Coherent organization means the forms hold together as bound states of information. Each screen output is an observational event, and the projected images are animated over a sequence of events. This animation of images over a sequence of events always arises in the flow of energy.

How do we understand the flow of energy? Relativity theory gives the answer in terms of an accelerated frame of reference. Energy must be expended as an observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, just like a rocket-ship expends energy through the force of its thrusters as it accelerates through space.

gravity

In relativity theory, we understand an observer’s accelerated frame of reference as an accelerated world-line through space-time geometry. The holographic principle turns this understanding upside-down, since space-time geometry is a holographic projection from the observer’s holographic screen to the central point of view of the observer. The observer only appears to follow an accelerated world-line through the space-time geometry that is holographically projected from its holographic screen to the central point of view of the observer.

Observer's Horizon

An observer’s holographic screen is understood in the sense of an event horizon that arises because the observer is in an accelerated frame of reference. The event horizon only arises when the observer expends energy and enters into an accelerated frame of reference. The ultimate horizon that defines the observer’s world is its cosmic horizon, which arises with the expenditure of dark energy.

The key idea in the “one-world-per-observer paradigm” is each observer is at the central point of view of its own holographic screen that defines everything the observer can possibly observe in its own world. That boundary constructs a quantum state for all possible observations the observer can make in its world. Each observation reduces the quantum state of the screen to an actual configuration state of information defined on the screen, and is like a screen output. Each observational event on the observer’s accelerated world-line through its projected space-time geometry is another screen output.

The holographic principle tells us the boundary is an event horizon that can only arise when the observer enters into an accelerated frame of reference, which requires the expenditure of energy. What is the ultimate source of this energy?

Modern cosmology gives us the answer in terms of dark energy and the exponential expansion of space. Whenever dark energy is expended, space appears to expand at an accelerated rate relative to the observer’s central point of view, and a surrounding cosmic horizon arises that limits the observer’s observations of things in space.

If we take the big bang theory seriously, we understand that at the moment of creation of the observer’s world, that world is about a Planck length in size, but that world then inflates in size because of an instability in dark energy. This instability in dark energy is like a process of burning that burns away the dark energy.

The expenditure of dark energy breaks the symmetry of empty space by constructing an observation-limiting cosmic horizon that surrounds the observer at the central point of view. The instability in dark energy is like a process of burning that burns away the dark energy and “undoes” this broken symmetry. As the dark energy burns away to zero, the cosmic horizon inflates in size to infinity, and the symmetry is restored. We understand that this “undoing” of symmetry breaking is like a phase transition from a false vacuum state to a true vacuum state. As the phase transition occurs, dark energy burns away.

quantum tunneling

This burning away of dark energy explains the normal flow of energy in the observer’s world in the sense of the second law of thermodynamics. This is easiest to understand in terms of a cosmological constant Λ. Relativity theory tells us the radius of the observer’s cosmic horizon is inversely related to the value of Λ. The holographic principle tells us the absolute temperature of the cosmic horizon is inversely related to its radius. At the moment of creation, the radius R of the cosmic horizon is about a Planck length, the cosmological constant Λ is about equal to 1, and the absolute temperature is about 1032 degrees Kelvin. As dark energy burns away, Λ decreases in value, R inflates in size, and the temperature cools. As Λ decreases to zero, the radius R inflates to infinity, and the temperature cools to absolute zero.

This understanding is not only consistent with our understanding of the big bang event, but also with the current measured value of the cosmological constant, based on the rate at which distant galaxies are observed to accelerate away from us. The current measured value of Λ is about 10−123, which corresponds to the size of the observable universe of about 15 billion light years.

accelerating universe

The second law of thermodynamics simply says that heat tends to flow from a hotter object to a colder object because the hotter object radiates away more heat, which is thermal radiation. The instability in dark energy explains the second law as dark energy burns away, the observer’s world inflates in size and cools, and heat tends to flow from hotter states of the observer’s world to colder states of the observer’s world.

normal-flow-of-energy

The normal flow of energy through the observer’s world simply reflects this normal flow of heat as the dark energy burns away and the observer’s world inflates in size and cools. This normal flow of energy naturally arises in a thermal gradient. One of the mysteries of the second law is understanding time’s arrow, or how the normal course of time is related to this normal flow of energy. The burning away of dark energy explains this mystery. As far as the holographic principle goes, a thermal gradient is also a temporal gradient. The holographic principle reduces concepts of temperature, the normal flow of energy and the course of time to geometry, and so these concepts are intrinsically related to each other.

Observations indicate that the total energy of the observable universe exactly adds up to zero. This is possible in relativity theory since the negative potential energy of gravitational attraction can exactly cancel out the total amount of dark energy and any other forms of positive energy that arise from dark energy. The fact that 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.

ying-yang

This gives a natural explanation for the one-world-per-observer paradigm, but how do we understand a consensual reality shared by many observers? The answer is the holographic principle. Each observer’s world is defined on its own holographic screen, but those bounding surfaces of space can overlap with each other and share information. Many observers can share a consensual reality together to the degree their holographic screens overlap and share information.

Overlapping bounded spaces

As an observer expends energy and follows an accelerated world-line through the space-time geometry projected from its own holographic screen, the observer makes observations of things in that bounded space. Each observation of things by the observer is like a screen output from the observer’s screen to the central point of view of the observer. With each screen output, the observable images of things are projected from the screen to the observer’s central point of view, and those projected images are animated over a sequence of observational events. Each event on the observer’s world-line is another screen output. These events arise in the flow of energy that characterizes the observer’s frame of reference.

To be clear about things, energy and information are the same thing. Information is what energy looks like when observed at an instant of time. Each coherently organized form of information is composed of bits of information, and those forms of information are animated over a sequence of events. Energy is what a form of information looks like when that form is animated over a sequence of events. Information is a static concept while energy is a dynamic concept.

The equivalence of energy and information has a deep connection in quantum theory and in the way quantum theory is unified with relativity theory. When we speak of bits of information encoded on a holographic screen, we’re speaking about the quantized bits of information that define everything in an observer’s world. The observer’s holographic screen is characterized by a quantum state of potentiality describing all possible ways in which bits of information can become encoded on the screen. This quantum state of potentiality defines everything the observer can possibly observe in its world. We can think of this quantum state of potentiality as a sum over all possible configuration states of information, where a configuration state specifies a specific configuration in the way bits of information are encoded on the screen. A screen output must chose a specific configuration state from the quantum state when the observation of anything is observed. In quantum theory, this observational choice is called a quantum state reduction.

Sum over all paths

The net effect of this state of affairs is the observation of any observable thing by an observer implies an observer-observation-observable relationship, while each observation implies a choice as the quantum state of potentiality is reduced to an actual configuration state. In this sense, each screen output is a choice.

Decision point

It’s instructive to examine how choice operates in quantum theory. The quantum state can always be formalized as a sum over all possible paths in some configuration space. Each path is weighted with a probability factor called the wave-function ψ. The quantum state is like a probability distribution of possible measurable states, and the wave-function ψ specifies the quantum probability of measurement of each possible measurable state.

The wave-function ψ is always determined in terms of a quantity called the action S. This determination of the wave-function in terms of the action is called the action principle. The action is specified in terms of the geometrical length of some path that connects two points in some configuration space, and the quantum state is constructed as a sum over all possible paths, each weighted with the wave-function ψ that depends on the geometrical length of the path. The wave-function specifies the quantum probability that any possible path is measured in any measurement.

The result of specifying the probability of measurement with a wave-function is an interference pattern, as is seen in the double slit experiment. When the probability waves are out of phase with each other, the wave amplitudes cancel out, and the probability of measurement is low. When the probability waves are in phase with each other, the wave amplitudes add together, and the probability of measurement is high. This wave addition and cancellation results in the interference pattern.

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This explains the so-called wave-particle duality of quantum theory. When we measure a particle at some position in space at some moment of time, that measurement is a choice in the sense of a quantum state reduction. The interference pattern that results from the probability wave addition and cancellation that occurs when we sum up all possible paths of the particle as it follows some possible trajectory through space over time only specifies the quantum probability of its measurement.

double slit

The net result of this wave addition and cancellation is the principle of least action. 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. The reason the shortest distance is not always a straight line has to do with the nature of geometrical curvature in the configuration space, like a curved space-time geometry. The shortest distance between two points in a curved geometry may not be a straight line, like the path of a geodesic or a great circle on the surface of a sphere.

There is another duality even more fundamental than the wave-particle duality. This duality is the holographic principle. When we measure a particle at some position in space at some moment of time, that measurement is like the holographic projection of an image of the particle from a holographic screen to the point of view of an observer.

Black hole projection

There is an important assumption lurking in quantum theory about the nature of measurement. The quantum state is a sum over all possible configuration states, each weighted with a probability factor called the wave-function. The quantum state is like a probability distribution that is measured through a process of choice. Each choice is a quantum state reduction, which reduces the quantum state to a specific configuration state. Each measurement is a choice. The sum over all possible paths tells us each choice chooses a specific path through the configuration space.

The problem is this process of measurement is only meaningful if choices are made in an unbiased way. The probability distribution is only accurately measured if the choices are unbiased. If there is bias in the way measurements are made, then all bets are off, and the whole concept of quantum probability loses meaning. If there is bias in the way choices are made, the laws of physics, as specified by an action principle, lose their predictability.

This is a huge problem in the formulation of quantum theory. Every law of physics is formulated by an action principle, where action is a measure of geometrical length of some path that connects two points in some configuration space. The quantum state is formulated as a sum over all possible paths in that configuration space, and each path is weighted with a probability factor called the wave-function that depends on the action. The most likely path in the sense of quantum probability is the path of least action, since this path has the maximal amount of wave reinforcement. The path of least action is like the shortest distance between two points in the configuration space, and so this concept of quantum probability makes perfectly good sense.

The problem is this concept of quantum probability only makes sense if measurements are made in an unbiased way. Since each measurement is a choice, this means the whole concept of measurement is only meaningful if choices are made in an unbiased way. If choices are made in a biased way, then all bets are off, and the laws of physics lose their predictability. This is a humongous problem in the formulation of quantum theory, since there is nothing in the laws of physics that rules out a biased process of choice, except for the desire of physicists that the laws of physics have predictability.

In order to examine this fatal flaw in the formulation of quantum theory, we need to examine how choices are really made. The answer is everyone is inherently biased to choose what they like and not to choose what they don’t like. Each of us knows we have a bias to choose what we like and to avoid what we don’t like. Even physicists choose what they like when they assume an unbiased process of choice so that their precious laws of physics have predictability. The problem we have is to understand how everyone is inherently biased to choose what they like and not to choose what they don’t like.

How are these choices made? The only possible answer is the focus of attention of consciousness. A presence of consciousness chooses what it observes in its world with its focus of attention on that world. This makes perfectly good sense, since a presence of consciousness is a focal point of consciousness. This focal point of consciousness is always at the central point of view of its own world, and that world is defined on a holographic screen surrounding the central focal point.

eternal observer

There are two mysteries about the nature of consciousness that this explanation helps us understand. The first mystery is about how choices are made, which is the nature of free will. The answer is a presence of consciousness chooses what it observes in its world with its focus of attention on that world. That presence of consciousness is always free to shift the focus of its attention into a different direction and observe something different, thereby expressing its free will.

The second mystery is about how meaning is given to those observations. The observation of anything occurs in a screen output, but the nature of that thing is only a coherently organized form of information defined on the screen in terms of how bits of information are encoded on the screen. These forms of information are composed of bits of information encoded in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s.

horizon information

How does a presence of consciousness give meaning to the forms of information it observes? The answer is all meaning is given in an energetic context, and this energetic context implies the expenditure of energy. The expenditure of energy is how a form of information is animated over a sequence of events, and only that animation of form creates the context within which meaning is given to the form.

In emotional terms, or in terms of the animation of a body, the expenditure of energy creates the emotional context within which meaning is given. As is well known from the study of emotions, all meaning is given in an emotional context. The expression of emotion is the expenditure of energy that animates the form of a body. Without this emotional expenditure of energy that animates the form of a body, meaning cannot be given to a form of information.

The solution to these two mysteries leads to an odd kind of emotional feedback loop. A presence of consciousness chooses what it observes in its world with its focus of attention on that world, but the meaning it gives to those observations always occurs in an emotional context as energy is expended to animate a form of information in that world. In a very peculiar way, this emotional feedback loop directs the focus of attention of a presence of consciousness on its world.

When we speak of an animated form of information in the observer’s world, we are speaking about a coherently organized form of information that is displayed on the observer’s holographic screen and self-replicated in form over a sequence of events. Each observational event is like a screen output.

Some of these observations are external sensory perceptions of the observer’s world, which includes perceptions of the animated form of the observer’s body, and some of these observations are internal perceptions that arise in mental imagination, like the perception of memories, emotions, thoughts, and other mentally constructed forms of information. The holographic principle tells us that there is really no difference in the nature of these external and internal perceptions, since all of these animated forms of information are displayed on the observer’s holographic screen. The observer is only a focal point of consciousness at the central point of view of its holographic screen.

Whether the observed form of information is an external or internal perception, the observer can only give meaning to its perception in an emotional context. This gives rise to an emotional feedback loop that directs the observer’s focus of attention.

How can this emotional feedback loop direct the focus of attention of a presence of consciousness? There are two important ways this direction can occur. The first has to do with the alignment of the flow of energy. When the flow of energy comes into alignment, feelings of connection are perceived, but when the flow of energy goes out of alignment, feelings of disconnection are perceived. Since feelings of connection feel “good” while feelings of disconnection feel “bad”, a presence of consciousness is naturally biased to choose feelings of connection.

This bias to feel “good” naturally directs the focus of attention of a presence of consciousness on its world in such a way as to keep the flow of energy through its world in alignment, thereby resulting in feelings of connection, which is the normal way in which the emotional feedback loop operates. This state of affairs is normal since the natural way for energy to flow through the world when choices are made in an unbiased way is for the flow of energy to come into alignment.

This natural alignment of the flow of energy is called the principle of least action. Quantum theory tells us that as long as choices are made in a unbiased way, the motion of all things tends to follow the path of least action, and in the process, the flow of energy through all things tends to come into alignment.

Principle of least action

The other way to understand the alignment of the flow of energy is in terms of the alignment of information. Bits of information encoded on a holographic screen are like spin variables that only point up or down, and since these spin variables are entangled with each other like the eigenvalues of a matrix, they tend to align together over the course of time, which is only a sequence of screen outputs. The flow of energy tends to come into alignment as the bits of information align together.

entanglement

The normal flow of energy can be understood in terms of the alignment of the flow of energy and the principle of least action, or in terms of the alignment of information and the entanglement of information. Entanglement is operative over all of space. Events that apparently occur on opposite sides of the universe are related if the information for those events is entangled. Not as well appreciated is that entanglement is also operative over all of time. Events that apparently occur at the beginning of the universe are related to events now if the information for those events is entangled. In some sense, this means that everything occurs “here and now”.

As long as a presence of consciousness makes its choices in its world by choosing feelings of connection, the flow of energy through its world tends to remain in alignment, which is the normal way for energy to flow through its world. McKenna refers to this alignment in the flow of energy as the integrated state, which naturally arises when the observer no longer interferes with the normal flow of things in its world. This kind of unbiased choice leads to the “best of all possible worlds”.

The willingness to no longer interfere with the normal flow of things is inherently a detachment process that arises with the willingness to “let go”, give up the fight, and no longer attempt to control things. This “surrender” is the only way the flow of energy can come back into alignment.

Problems can only arise when a presence of consciousness becomes biased to choose feelings of disconnection, and the flow of energy goes out of alignment. Since these feelings of disconnection feel “bad”, why would a presence of consciousness ever become biased to choose feelings of disconnection?

The answer to this question is called self-identification. Whenever a presence of consciousness identifies itself with an animated form of information it perceives in its world, it naturally becomes biased to defend the survival of that form as though its existence depends on it. The survival of a form of information is nothing more than the self-replication of that animated form over a sequence of screen outputs.

Self-defensive emotional expressions naturally arise out of self-identification with form and result in feelings of disconnection. Self-defensive expressions that arise out of self-identification with a form of information always interfere with the normal flow of things, and thereby lead to self-limited feelings of disconnection. A presence of consciousness focuses its attention on these self-defensive expressions due to its mistaken assumption that its existence depends on the survival of that form.

To be clear about things, as a presence of consciousness identifies itself with the form of its body it feels compelled to defend the survival of its body as though its existence depends on it, and so that is where its attention is focused. This kind of emotional feedback loop is established because the presence of consciousness really feels self-limited to the form of its body as it perceives the self-defensive emotions expressed by its body that defend the survival of its body.

This creates a vicious cycle. As more self-defensive expressions are expressed, the more a presence of consciousness feels self-limited to the form of its body, and the more it identifies itself with the form of its body, the more it feels compelled to defend the survival of its body as though its existence depends on it.

This self-defensive way of expending energy creates the emotional context within which a presence of consciousness identifies itself with the form of its body. This self-identified way of giving meaning in an emotional context directs the focus of attention of a presence of consciousness on its world, which is a self-limited way of perceiving that world as it identifies itself with the form of a body in that world.

Plato's cave

An observer expresses its free will with its focus of attention. The observer is always free to redirect its focus of attention and make different choices. To the extent that bias arises in the way choices are made, that bias is the nature of individual volition. This bias is always emotional in nature, such as the self-defensive bias to defend the survival of one’s body. The expression of an emotional bias is always an interference with the normal flow of energy that animates the behavior of all things.

It’s worth pointing out something about the expression of emotionally biased individual volition: its futility. Every biased expression of individual volition is an act of futility that interferes with the normal flow of things by creating a localized disturbance in the normal flow of things. This disturbance is always localized in space and time. The normal flow of things arises with the universal expression of dark energy, and is operative over all of space and time. The normal flow of energy through the universe is like the flow of a great river, while the biased expression of individual volition is always an act of futility, like trying to alter the course of the river by throwing a rock at it. The course of the river will not change with such a puny act; only some minor ripples are created in its flow. The best one can ever “do” is to bring oneself into alignment with the normal flow of things, stop creating one’s own disturbances, and avoid the disturbances created by others.

The principle of least action tells us that when choices are made in an unbiased way, the motion of all things tends to follow the path of least action and the flow of energy tends to come into alignment. This alignment is the natural way for energy to flow through the observer’s world. As long as there is no emotional bias in the way choices are made, the flow of energy tends to come into alignment, which is the natural way for energy to flow through the observer’s world and to animate the behavior of all things, including the behavior of the observer’s body.

This normal flow of things is what Wei Wu Wei means by “non-doing”. Everything one can do in the sense of individual volition is biased and is an interference with the normal flow of things, since biased behavior always expresses an emotional bias. When one is “non-doing”, one does nothing in an individual sense, and one no longer expresses any emotional bias. When one is “non-doing”, one allows all actions to play out in the normal way, and allows the flow of energy through all things to come into alignment, which is the normal way for energy to flow through all things in the observer’s world.

This state of “non-doing” is a kind of “surrender”, as one stops fighting for the survival of one’s self-identified form. This surrender is the willingness to no longer interfere with the normal flow of things. In this state of non-interference, there is no desire to fight against, control, defend, or hold onto anything. This willingness to surrender is a detachment process as one becomes willing to “let go” of things. This willingness to “let go” and enter into a state of non-interference is the only way one can bring oneself into alignment with the normal flow of things and stop identifying oneself with the form of one’s body.

What is the real significance of this timeless wisdom of “non-doing”? Wherever we look in the world of frenetic human behavior, we see the fear of non-existence and the insanity of self-identification and self-defense express itself in destructive ways. This insanity is Maya, the illusion of self-identification arising from the emotional intelligence of fear, run amok.

On the other hand, the alignment of the flow of energy that arises in a state of “non-doing” expresses itself in constructive ways. This is the difference between love and hate; the difference between creation and destruction. At the root of all hatred and destructive behavior is the irrational fear of non-existence, based on the mistaken self-identification of an observer with an observable form of information it perceives, as though consciousness itself could stop existing.

Ironically, once the nature of the self-concept that arises with this irrational fear of non-existence is seen, this same energy can energize a self-destructive process that deconstructs the self-concept. In the sense of spirituality, this self-destructive process leads to awakening from the dream of self-identification, a process that goes forward as one no longer identifies oneself with a self-concept. This awakening process can only begin if one looks within and examines one’s own mentally constructed self-concept, and if one becomes aware of one’s own sense of “being present” as a presence of consciousness that perceives but mistakenly identifies itself with that self-concept. The self-concept is finally deconstructed when self-defensive energy is no longer expended.

This is what Wei Wu Wei says about the unreality of the observer’s self-concept:

“There seem to two kinds of searchers: those who seek to make their ego something other than it is, i.e. holy, happy, unselfish (as though you could make a fish unfish), and those who understand that all such attempts are just gesticulation and play-acting, that there is only one thing that can be done, which is to disidentify themselves with their ego, by realizing its unreality, and by becoming aware of their eternal identity with pure being.”

Nisargadatta Maharaj says something very similar about the nature of “pure being”, which resonates deeply with the holographic principle:

“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.”

What does McKenna mean when he speaks of untruth-unrealization? The world that a presence of consciousness perceives is no more real than a virtual reality world displayed on a computer screen. The holographic principle tells us that everything the observer perceives in its world is no more real than an animated image projected from its screen to the central point of view of the observer. These images include the animated form of the observer’s body. The untruth that McKenna speaks of is the observer’s self-identification with the animated form of its body, which is the observer’s emotional sense of being self-limited to the form of that body.

The holographic principle also tells us that the consensual reality shared by many observers is very much like an interactive computer network generated virtual reality world displayed on multiple computer screens and observed by many observers. Each observer observes its own world on its own holographic screen, but those screens overlap with each other and share information. The complexity of this kind of an interactive virtual reality world in no way makes it any more real than the perception of animated images projected from a digital computer screen.

Each observer’s world also shares in the normal flow of energy that energizes the entire network of screens. The consensual reality shared by many observers can share information to the degree their screens overlap with each other, but each observer’s holographic screen is ultimately defined by a cosmic horizon arising from the expenditure of dark energy that all the observers share with each other.

Again, the inherent complexity of this kind of interactive virtual reality world in no way makes it any more real than the perception of animated images projected from a digital computer screen to the central point of view of an observer.

What is real? Is the observer real? If the observer isn’t real, does the observer have an underlying reality? What’s left when the observer’s world disappears?

How can the observer’s world disappear? The thing to be clear about is the observer’s world can only appear from the central point of view of the observer. The observer’s world can only appear when the observer expends energy and enters into an accelerated frame of reference, since that is the only way an event horizon can arise that surrounds the observer at the central point of view.

If the observer does not enter into an accelerated frame of reference and expend energy, then no event horizon arises and the observer has no holographic screen surrounding itself that defines everything in its world. If no energy is expended, then no information is encoded and the observer’s world must disappear.

What’s left when the observer’s world disappears? McKenna calls the observer’s world an untruth, no more real than the images of a virtual reality world, and calls the disappearance of that world untruth-unrealization. The other way to discuss truth-realization is in terms of the underlying reality that’s left when energy is no longer expended and the observer’s world disappears.

Atman Brahman

What is the nature of this underlying reality? McKenna has many names for it, sometimes calling it the void, empty space, no-self, non-dual awareness, or Brahmanic consciousness. Probably the best name for it is undifferentiated consciousness. In physical terms there is nothing in it, which is why it’s called the void or empty space. Since it is the source of consciousness and the source of energy, it’s also called the Source.

The hardest thing to understand about this underlying reality is that the source of consciousness is undifferentiated consciousness. The kind of consciousness that is characteristic of an observer and its world is a differentiated kind of consciousness, which can be called Atmanic consciousness. The differentiation of a point of consciousness from the “void of undifferentiated consciousness” occurs at a focal point, which is the central point of view of a world that is holographically defined on a bounding surface of space. The differentiation process is the construction of that boundary. The relationship of a differentiated focal point of consciousness to the totality of undifferentiated consciousness is the relation of a point to the totality of an infinite empty space.

To be clear about things, this infinite empty space is an “empty space of potentiality”. The nature of this “space” is not defined by the boundary or by the bounded space that arises inside the boundary. The bounding surface of space is a holographic screen that projects an observable space-time geometry to the central point of view of the observer. This observable space-time geometry is defined by properties like dimensionality and curvature, but these properties arise from the nature of the boundary, which is an event horizon that arises in an accelerated frame of reference. This accelerated reference frame characterizes the nature of the event horizon and the observer’s world, but does not in any way characterize the empty space of potentiality within which the boundary arises. This empty space of potentiality cannot be characterized in terms of a dimensionality or any other physical properties. It is the source of all dimensions and physical laws.

The empty space of potentiality is the source of all dimensions, the source of all laws of physics, the source of all space-time geometries, the source of all reference frames, the source of all energy, and the source of all information. The holographic principle explains how all these things arise in an accelerated frame of reference as energy is expended and the boundary of an event horizon arises. This boundary characterizes every aspect of the world bounded by that boundary, including its space-time geometry, but tells us nothing about the nature of the empty space of potentiality within which the boundary arises.

Another way to understand the nature of this empty space of potentiality is as a “void of undifferentiated consciousness”. As energy is expended in an accelerated reference frame and the boundary of an event horizon arises, a focal point of consciousness at the central point of view is differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness. The differentiation process is the construction of this boundary within empty space, which requires the expenditure of energy. Empty space itself is the source of this energy, which we call dark energy and understand as the exponential expansion of space. In this sense, the expansion of space is the expansion of consciousness.

Why does space expand in the first place? Why is dark energy expended? The only possible answer is this is how the “empty space of potentiality” that gives rise to the expansion of space expresses itself. This is how it expresses its power. The “bending of space” that arises with the expansion of space is how it “flexes its muscles”. It expresses its power because it can, and because it “feels good”. At the end of the day, the expression of its power is only about the manifestation and the fulfillment of its expressed desires.

The expenditure of this energy causes a boundary to arise that surrounds the central focal point, which is the nature of the differentiation process. Encoding of information for the observer’s world only occurs when energy is expended.

The nature of an observer and its world is a constructed reality, which is to say it is a bounded reality. The boundary only arises when energy is expended. Information for the observer’s world is only encoded on this boundary when energy is expended. The observer’s world can only appear when energy is expended and a boundary arises. When energy is no longer expended, there is no longer a boundary, information is no longer encoded, and the observer’s world must disappear. Disappearance of the observer’s world always occurs relative to the central point of view of the observer.

What happens to the observer when the observer’s world disappears? What happens to this differentiated focal point of consciousness? The answer is the observer’s consciousness is no longer differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness. The differentiated consciousness of the observer rejoins undifferentiated consciousness. This is often described as a dissolution, like a drop of water that dissolves back into the ocean. In the Tao this is referred to as “returning”, and in many religions as a “reunion”. This dissolution or reunion into undifferentiated consciousness is what McKenna means by untruth-unrealization.

This underlying reality is what’s left when the untruth of an observer and its world disappears from existence. It’s not that the differentiated consciousness of an observer stops existing, but timelessly exists as undifferentiated consciousness.

Something wonderful happens after truth-realization, which McKenna calls ascension. After truth-realization, an observer observes its world again, but from a higher level of consciousness, which is like a higher dimension. Ascension is often described in terms of an observer that observes the animated images of its world on a two dimensional screen from a higher dimension outside the screen. It is as though the observer has come out of its world, but it never really was in its world in the first place. There was only a holographic illusion that the observer was a part of that world. That illusion is the nature of self-identification.

The observer is always present at a focal point of consciousness at the center of its world, while the animated images of that world are projected from a surrounding holographic screen to the observer. If the observer identifies itself with the form of an image that appears in its world, it seems as though the observer is a part of that world. This illusion comes to an end when the observer ascends to a higher level of consciousness and sees these images are only displayed on a screen.

There is another aspect of truth-realization called enlightenment. The “light of consciousness” is what “illuminates” the holographic screen and allows the images of things in the observer’s world to become projected from the screen to the central point of view of the observer. The observer’s world is only a hologram, and the light of consciousness illuminates the hologram. Just like the illumination of the images of a movie on a screen, the projection of the images of things is like the reflection of the light of consciousness off the screen to the observer’s point of view. In a very real sense, it is the observer’s own light of consciousness that is reflected off the screen.

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McKenna describes that a truth-realized observer can turn its world on and off like a child flicking a light switch, but a better analogy is turning off the power to a computer screen. The observer can turn off the expenditure of energy that constructs a boundary on which its world is displayed. When that expenditure of energy is turned off, the observer’s world disappears and the observer’s consciousness rejoins undifferentiated consciousness.

When energy is no longer expended, the observer is no longer in an accelerated frame of reference, the observer’s holographic screen is no longer constructed, the observer’s world disappears, and the observer is no longer present for that world. In relativity theory, such a non-accelerated frame of reference is called a freely falling frame of reference.

A truth-realized observer can enter into an “ultimate freely falling frame of reference” at will. This is how Osho describes this “ultimate state of being”:

“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.”

In some sense, the fear of non-being is the emotional barrier separating the self-identified state of being from the ultimate state of being, like a potential barrier separating a false vacuum state from the true vacuum state. In the same sense, the expression of the emotional energy of this fear of non-being is the energy that animates one’s self-concept.

The expenditure of energy creates the emotional context within which the observer gives meaning to all the forms of information it perceives in its world. All worldly knowledge is a form of information, but meaning can only be given to knowledge in an emotional context. In the process of expressing self-limiting emotions and identifying itself with a form of information, the observer gives meaning to self-limiting emotional expressions that create the emotional context. The observer expresses emotions as it expends energy, and then gives meaning to its emotional expressions as they create the emotional context. Without that emotional context, all forms of self-knowledge become meaningless, and the observer becomes “knowledgeless”. A truth-realized observer “knows nothing” about itself, except for the timeless nature of its existence.

Without the expression of self-limiting emotions, no meaning can be given to the forms of information that create the observer’s self-concept. Without the expenditure of energy that constructs a boundary on which these forms of information are displayed, there is nothing to know. This is why McKenna says he “sees everything”, since his consciousness is ascended, but he “knows nothing”, since his consciousness is unbounded. The only true thing that a presence of consciousness can ever know about itself is “I Am”.

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Once this truth is seen, all concepts of self and other, all subject/object relationships, are seen to be illusions. The true nature of the “subject” is nothing more than a focal point of consciousness that is differentiated from the primordial nothingness of undifferentiated consciousness. All “objects” in space are seen to be no more real than images of things projected from a screen to the central point of view of the “subject”. Since these “objects” are only projected when the “subject” expends energy, and since these “objects” are only animated and are in relationship with each other when the “subject” expends energy, they are no more real than images of things that appear in the subject’s dream, a dream that disappears when the subject awakens and stops dreaming.

This is where dual awareness ends. Once this truth is seen, from then on the “subject” will live in boundless non-dual awareness, never again able to differentiate between self and non-self.

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Since every observable thing in a world is composed of energy, but the total energy of an observable world must add up to zero, everything is ultimately nothing. The primordial nothingness creates a world out of itself by expending energy, but the total expenditure of energy in that world must add up to zero, and so “everything” in that world is really “nothing” in a disguised form, which is to say “nothing appears to become something”.

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The other way to describe this state of affairs is the primordial nothingness creates a virtual reality world out of itself, or the primordial nothingness is the dreamer that dreams a dream world out of itself. The dream world is always dreamer-dependent, and belongs to the dreamer. That dream world is always displayed on a boundary that arises within the midst of the dreamer, like animated images of a movie displayed on a screen, and the dreamer always perceives everything in its dream world from a focal point of consciousness at the center of that boundary.

The Observer, the Screen and the Thing

The dream world is a finite part of the dreamer, which is to say the dream world is the dreamer in disguised form. Since the true “formless” form of the dreamer is infinite undifferentiated nothingness, or infinite undifferentiated consciousness, the only true thing the dreamer can ever say about itself is “I Am”, and so it is equally valid for the dreamer to say “I am everything” as it is for the dreamer to say “I am nothing”. The only false statement the dreamer can ever utter about itself is “I am some perceivable thing that I perceive in a world that I create within my imagination”, which is the false nature of self-identification. As long as we understand the true nature of “I” as the “eternal eye”, and the true nature of “I Am” as “pure being”, then the mystery that Wei Wu Wei refers to: the mystery of “eternal identity with pure being” is solved.

The “primordial nothingness” of undifferentiated consciousness is the primordial nature of existence; the “pure being” or “timeless being” that dreams a time-bound dream world into brief existence.

The Bhagavad-Gita summarizes this timeless wisdom distinguishing between the “ultimate reality” of “pure being” and the “unreality” of a time-bound world the dreamer dreams into brief existence:

The unreal has no being
The real never ceases to be

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there is no spoon

To understand the nature of reality, it’s necessary to understand the nature of four aspects of reality: (1) forms of information, (2) the flow of energy, (3) perceiving consciousness, and (4) the Source of information, energy and perceiving consciousness. We must begin with the Source, which can only be described as an infinite empty space of potentiality, the void, nothingness, undifferentiated consciousness, or pure absolute timeless being.

When energy is expended within this empty space, which we understand as dark energy or the exponential expansion of space, a boundary arises in space that limits observations within that bounded space. We understand the boundary as a cosmic horizon. Information is encoded on the boundary in a binary code of 1’s and 0’s in a pixelated way, with one bit of information encoded per pixel on the boundary. These bits of information are coherently organized into forms of information and are animated over a sequence of events, just like the images displayed on a computer screen, where each event is like a screen output.

At the same time the boundary arises, a focal point of consciousness is differentiated from undifferentiated consciousness at the central point of view of the boundary, and the images of things, which are animated forms of information, are projected to the central focal point, where the images are observed. The construction of the boundary, the encoding of information, the organization of information into forms, the animation of those forms, and the projection of those images to the central focal point, all occurs in the flow of energy. This energetic process, as it creates the animation, describes the nature of an observer and its world. A consensual reality shared by many observers can arise when many boundaries overlap and share information.

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The self-identified state arises when an observer identifies itself with an animated form of information it perceives in its world. Only the observer, the differentiated focal point of consciousness at the center of its world, has its own inherent sense of being present, its own sense of I-Am-ness, but when the observer perceives the self-limited flow of energy that animates the form of its character in the animation, the observer really feels self-limited to the form of its character, identifies itself with its character, and defends the survival of its character as though its existence depends on it. This vicious cycle of self-identification and self-defense is perpetuated based on the mistaken assumption of the observer that its existence depends on the survival of its character. Self-identification is only possible when energy is expended in a self-limiting or self-defensive way. This is always an interference with the normal flow of energy through the observer’s world and creates a localized disturbance.

The integrated state arises when an observer knows itself to be nothing more than a focal point of consciousness that perceives its world, always present at the center of its world with its own inherent sense of being present. Integration is only possible when the observer stops interfering with the normal flow of energy through its world and stops creating a localized disturbance in that flow. This state of non-interference is always a surrender that occurs with the willingness to no longer attempt to defend or control things, and with the willingness to let go of things and allow things to play out in the normal way, which is always a detachment from things.

The integrated state naturally arises when energy is no longer expended in a self-limiting or self-defensive way. This is the difference between individual volition, which only arises with the emotionally biased focus of attention of a presence of consciousness on things in its world, and the normal flow of things in the observer’s world, which is always unbiased.

Only emotional bias can create a disturbance in the normal flow of things, which is the desire to defend, control or hold onto things. In a state of non-interference, no emotional bias is expressed, and things play out in the normal way. This is a state of detachment, as the observer no longer mistakenly identifies itself with its character in the animation, but knows itself only as a presence of consciousness at the center of its world. This state of non-interference is characterized by feelings of connection that arise as the flow of energy through all things in the observer’s world, including the animated form of the observer’s character, come into alignment.

The ultimate state is what remains when energy is no longer expended, the boundary is no longer constructed, information is no longer encoded, forms of information are no longer organized or animated, the observer’s world disappears, and the observer is no longer present for that world. In this ultimate state of being, the differentiated focal point of consciousness dissolves back into its source of undifferentiated consciousness.

What about individual existence? Individual existence is an illusion. There is only One Being, One Consciousness, but One Being becomes fragmented into many different points of view, each point of view an observer observing its own world from the center of its world, always centered in the body of a life-form in that world. This fragmentation of consciousness into many points of view creates the illusion of individual existence, as each observer has its own sense of being present and its own sense of I-am-ness.

The illusion only gets worse as the observer identifies itself with the life-form with an assumption that its existence depends on the survival of the life-form, which in a twisted way it does. The sense of individual existence is an illusion that depends on the observer identifying itself with the life-form. The life-form itself is an illusion, like an animated image displayed on a screen that the observer observes from its point of view outside the screen. The life-form is animated with the expression of emotional energy, which makes the observer feel self-limited to the life-form as this flow of animating energy is perceived by the observer.

Once the observer identifies itself with the life-form, the observer becomes emotionally biased to defend the survival of the life-form as though its existence depends on it, which in a twisted way it does, since that sense of individual existence is an illusion. Only an illusion is defended. The observer expresses its emotional bias with its biased focus of attention, which is directed at defending the survival of the life-form. These self-defensive expressions only make the observer feel more self-limited to the life-form, and in the process reinforce its self-identification. That is how the illusion of individual existence is created.

Why does this happen? It’s the story of the prodigal son. The observer goes on an adventure in a virtual reality world amusement park. It’s in the Matrix. There is only the Matrix and the void. Those are the only two options the observer has. It chooses the Matrix because it wants something rather than nothing. It doesn’t remember making this choice, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t make it. Even if it moves to a higher plane of existence, that’s only another level of the Matrix. The only real choice it ever has is to inhabit the Matrix or dissolve back into the void.

This is called the story of the prodigal son because as the observer spends its time and energy defending its character in the animation, as it focuses its attention on self-defense, it’s only wasting its time and energy. It is defending its illusion of individual existence. It does this because it doesn’t know who it really is, and it doesn’t want to stop existing at the level of individual existence. It doesn’t want to exist as One Being, as One Consciousness, because if it chooses that kind of undifferentiated existence, it trades away everything for nothing. As McKenna likes to say, “the price of Truth is everything”. It gets nothing in return.

The process of awakening from the dream of individual existence isn’t about truth, it’s about falseness. It’s about bringing the illusion to an end. The observer sees the falseness of self-identification and self-defense, the falseness of the illusion of individual existence and the illusion of its character, and it hates it. That is why it wants to destroy it. The irony is, if it destroys it, it is left with nothing.

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McKenna describes the first step in the journey of awakening as a state of disillusionment, where one first sees that one’s world and one’s self as a part of that world is all an illusion. He describes the integrated state as a state of surrender, where one stops defending one’s self and stops trying to control things, where one stops interfering with the normal flow of things and stops creating a localized disturbance, and where one allows the flow of energy through one’s body to come into alignment with that normal flow.

McKenna describes the born again state as a state where the presence of consciousness for that world, the I Am presence, no longer mistakenly identifies itself with the central form of a body in that world, but knows itself only to be a focal point of consciousness at the center of its world with its own sense of being present.

McKenna correctly characterizes all of these states as states of the world; as states of consciousness. The ultimate state isn’t a state of the world and isn’t a state of consciousness. In the ultimate state of being, there is no world and there is no presence of consciousness present to perceive that world.

McKenna correctly states that to reach the ultimate state, one’s world has to disappear and one has to die. That is why he calls it a process of “ego death as a means to no-self”. One has to go through a self-destructive process that deconstructs one’s ego. This is a deconstructive process that dismantles one’s self-concept. Part of that process is surrender, as one no longer expends self-defensive energy, one no longer attempts to control things or express individual volition, one no longer makes biased choices with the focus of one’s attention, and one no longer expresses an emotional bias.

McKenna makes it clear that to reach the ultimate state of being requires one to go further than surrender. One not only has to stop expending self-defensive energy; one has to stop expending all energy. One has to die. As long as one has a life-defining purpose and expends the energy of one’s life-force, one cannot reach the ultimate state of being.

McKenna states that the only way anyone makes any progress in this journey of awakening is if one stops squandering one’s energy in self-limiting or self-defensive ways, and if one stops becoming distracted by distractions, but as McKenna puts it, “that’s a mighty big if”. One has to focus one’s attention and energy on the process, and the only process that ever wakes anyone up is a self-destructive process. One has to expend one’s energy deconstructing and dismantling one’s self-concept.

McKenna states that it’s only one’s heart, what one loves, that stands in the way of one’s awakening. To awaken, one has to give it all up and let go of whatever one loves. Whatever one loves, whether that thing is a person, a place, an object, or a concept, that thing is only a coherently organized form of information animated in the flow of energy. To love a person is really no different than to love a concept. These are all forms of information animated in the flow of energy. Even to love work is only to love the creative process that develops forms of information. McKenna makes it clear that whatever one loves, one is expending one’s energy on that creative process.

McKenna makes it clear the awakening process is not a creative process. It is a self-destructive process. It is a tearing down process, a process of negation, that ultimately culminates in one no longer expending any energy at all. It is the antithesis of love. As long as one focuses one’s attention and energy on what one loves, one cannot awaken.

McKenna makes it clear that to awaken, one has to focus one’s attention and energy on what one hates, on one’s own false self-concept, and use self-destructive energy to deconstruct all the false self-concepts that define who one is. Who one is cannot be defined, except in negative terms, as nothingness or no-self. The only way one can ever reach this ultimate state of being is through a process of ego death, which is a self-destructive process.

As McKenna says “to know the lie is to hate it, to see it is to slay it”. To make progress in this process, one has to give up everything one loves; one has to be willing to let go of everything; one has to be willing to lose everything one loves and receive nothing in return. One has to be willing to die. The only way one ever makes any progress in this journey of awakening is if one focuses one’s attention and energy on the self-destructive process.

The expression of self-defensive emotion by one’s character in the animation is only the energetic way the character is organized to respond to stimuli, but one must focus one’s attention on the expression of emotion to animated it. If one withdraws the focus of one’s attention, the expression of emotion is de-animated.

An essential aspect of the deconstruction of one’s character is the withdrawal of the focus of attention of one’s consciousness. One’s character is only animated with the expression of emotion if one focuses one’s attention on one’s character. If one withdraws the focus of one’s attention away from one’s character, one’s character is de-animated. This happens naturally as one withdraws one’s attention away from one’s world and focuses one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present for that world. This shift in the focus of one’s attention is often called turning around, but McKenna calls it looking within.

As one looks within, one first sees one’s own false self-concept, and the process of deconstructing that false self-concept begins, but the ultimate goal of this process is to focus one’s attention on one’s own sense of being present.

The character suffers physical death when it’s disorganized, but the kind of ego death McKenna speaks of isn’t physical death, it’s de-animation. The ego is de-animated when the observer’s focus of attention is withdrawn away from the ego. This is the difference between physical disorganization and de-animation. Organization of information always occurs within the flow of energy, but animation is even more fundamental than organization, since if the expenditure of energy stops, there is no animation, and if there is no animation, there can be no organization of information.

McKenna makes it clear the journey of awakening is all about energy. One’s expression of emotion is one’s expenditure of energy, which he calls one’s life-force. The difference between the self-identified and integrated states is the difference between conditional and unconditional love. The difference between these states is attachment. If one expresses conditional love, one is attached and self-identified. If one expresses unconditional love, one is unattached and non-identified. In the first case, one creates a disturbance in the normal flow of energy and identifies oneself with that disturbance. In the second case, one brings oneself into alignment with the normal flow of energy and doesn’t identify oneself. In the first case, one suffers from the illusion of self-identification as one identifies oneself with one’s character in the animation. In the second case, one is lucid since one knows that one is only watching the animation.

McKenna makes it clear that whatever one loves conditionally, whatever one attaches oneself to, whatever one attempts to defend, control or hold onto, whatever one identifies oneself with, that thing is one’s obstruction that prevents one from moving forward and awakening. The emotional energy one expends as one loves something conditionally is one’s life-defining purpose; one’s life-force.

McKenna makes it clear that to awaken from the dream, one must be willing to die; one must be willing to stop expending all energy. Life requires energy because it’s animated. The ultimate state of being doesn’t require energy because it’s not animated. It is timeless being. This state of timeless being is only describable as nothingness or undifferentiated consciousness. Differentiated perceiving consciousness, like the flow of energy, is only required for the animation.

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  1. Excellent! At least I would think so if I were to put any energy into what I just read and then have an emotional response to it. Further.

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  2. DeBloch permalink

    Oh the tortured soul who wrote that …
    God=Love=pure ecstatic energy

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    • This site is called science and non-duality precisely because it is based on the intersection between scientific concepts and non-dual concepts. The only reason we can communicate in this way is because we are using concepts. As McKenna makes clear, non-dual concepts are based on the direct experience of the true nature of reality (just as scientific concepts are based on direct observations of worldly phenomena). If we want a scientific way to describe non-dual concepts, we need to explore this intersection. We also need to begin with a conceptual understanding of the true nature of reality. Based on both scientific concepts (as arise with the unification of relativity theory with quantum theory along the lines of the holographic principle) and non-dual concepts (as described in the writings of McKenna, Nisargadatta or Osho), the true nature of reality can only be described as an empty space of potentiality (called the void), but with the understanding that this potentiality (the potentiality to both create a world and observe that world) is undifferentiated consciousness (called Brahmanic consciousness).

      The holographic principle explains how this creation/observation occurs, as a holographic screen projects images of a world to the central point of view of an observer (which is the nature of differentiated Atmanic consciousness). The holographic screen can only arise in the flow of energy. The holographic screen (encoding bits of information and projecting images of that world to the observer at the central point of view) is understood as a cosmic horizon that arises with the expansion of space (the expression of dark energy). Fundamentally, the flow of energy (that energizes a world) arises with the expansion of space, and it is the empty space of potentiality (the void) that expresses its energy in this way with the expansion of space. If the void does not express its energy in this way, there is no flow of energy, no world, no observer, and no observation of anything, just the direct experience of the nothingness (the undifferentiated consciousness) of the void by the void. This direct experience of the void by the void (the direct experience of the true nature of reality by itself) is what McKenna, Nisargadatta and Osho call truth-realization. It is an experience of dissolution (of individual consciousness dissolving into undifferentiated consciousness), and is described as an experience of falling into the void.

      What you call the experience of love are energetic feelings of connection that arise in the flow of energy (the energy that energizes a world). McKenna calls this experience (of feelings of connection) the integrated state. McKenna makes it clear that the integrated state (like other transformative experiences of the world) really has nothing to do with truth-realization (and uses the standard analogy that the integrated state is like lucid dreaming while truth-realization is like awakening from the dream). When one awakens from one’s dream, the dream disappears and only the true nature of one’s underlying reality remains.

      As Jed McKenna summarizes these non-dual concepts:

      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.

      The expenditure of this energy (dark energy) experienced with feelings of connection can only arise with the expansion of space that creates a world, and it is the empty space of potentiality (the void) that must express itself in this way (with the expansion of space). The expenditure of this energy is how the void creates a world (how a holographic screen arises that projects images of things in that world to the central point of view of an observer, and how the Atmanic consciousness of the observer is differentiated from the undifferentiated consciousness of the void). If the void does not express itself in this way, there is only the nothingness (the undifferentiated consciousness) of the void.

      As Nisargadatta says:

      Love says “I am everything”.
      Wisdom says “I am nothing”.
      By itself nothing has existence.
      Your true home is in nothingness.

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  3. Bartek permalink

    Very nice these Nisargadatta words

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