I & the Other

So, I just finished watching a documentary named "The Quantum Activist."
Amit Gotswami, a celebrated physicist is expounding his theories about quantum mehanics, non-local consciousness, God and so on - anyway, go see it, it's well worth it.
He is actually saying the same things that mystics like Jesus, Buddha, Bayazid and others, have been saying for thousands of years.
These teachings are not that complicated, it is just that most of humanity is not willing to take the necessary steps in order to understand them.

Dr. Gotswami says that at a quantum level, matter can only be thought of as potentially manifesting at a certain place at a specified time. He then posits the idea that there is a Universal non-local consciousness that manifests that matter continuously - think of it as God if it is easier for you - I call it Love.

The problem that I always had with this kind of thinking is that it appears incomplete. I wish Gurdjieff, Ouspenski and others like them were not that oblique and obfuscated and that Crowley's writing didn't bore the crap out of me - it is possible that they explain the part that I keep missing.
Here's the thing, I accept that on a basic level we are all part of one thing - we are all God if you like. So the problem is always, how do we reconcile that basic idea with the personal "I" that we inhabit?

When we meditate, it is easy to accept universal Love, God and feel one with "the Other" but we do live in a material enclosure that has all kinds of other needs, so meditating can only be done for short periods of time.

Whether we do, or do not meditate, there is a major chasm between the "I" and "the Other" - it has been dug by generations upon generations of us trying to interact with each other while placing the "I" over "the Other." Most of the systems that we have in place today, seem to have been developed for that exact purpose - just think: religion, politics, economics, morals, language, etc.

I do about things like "do unto others" derogatively most of the time, even though it is not such a bad idea. What is missing from that phrase is Love - Crowley's law: "Do what thou Wilst - with Love - is all of the Law!" is a lot simpler and more complete.

Most bible thumpers are missing some important parts of their creed - I think Jesus said that "... He died for your sins just as you will die for His" (and somebody chopped off the second part of the statement) - he also said "Love thine enemy as you would thyself" (I actually find this very difficult to do even though it is quite logical - I'll explain that thought some other time) because he knew that you and your enemy are One. The truth is that if one human doesn't get to go to Heaven, none of us will.

This is what this Gotswami dude recommends:
In order for the world to become a better place we need to "BE" in a meditational state once in while so that we can feel ous connection to each other and to the entire non-local system that we are a part of.
Other times we have to "DO" things which is what he calls our active every day mode. Alternating the two states he is channelling Sinatra as he advises: DO-BE-DO-BE-DO.
I'm with you pal though I'd rather you were channeling Bowie, but here's the thing:
If matter is just a potential manifestation in the mind of God - once this non-local consciousness (God) stops thinking of me - do "I" dissappear? am "I" then un-created?
And what about my own consciousness? Is that also a direct result of the non-local program? Does that also vanish when the matter does?

Here's what I think:
The matter (of your body) does most certainly not vanish when you die - it just gets transformed into other kinds of matter - some of it quite living thank you vey much!
The consciousness that is generated through the interaction of your brain, your body and the assorted chemical processes they go through is actually some kind of energy - and again, I don't see how energy can possibly be destroyed - it can only be transformed. (and another thing, just how does this consciousness relate to that other non-local consciousness - is it of the same kind?)
So, just because we have not yet devised a "scientific" method to track the exact path this energy takes does not imply that it vanishes into thin air.

My recommendation to everyone:
If you want to understand the Universe and our current existence a little better meditate more and think less (do not give that up - just don't expect science to come up with it all.)

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