The Nature of Existence

Please refer to The Nature of Thought.

By observing the emergence of thought, one may somewhat grasp the nature of existence. With the manifestation of thought we have some form of existence, no matter how flimsy.

Thus, existence comes about with a manifestation. A manifestation basically means that “something is being.” This fact of being, or existing, may be referred to by a new word BEINGNESS.

The fact of manifestation makes it immediately knowable. The fact that something can be known implies AWARENESS. Thus, beingness and awareness occur together. They are the essence of existence.

BEINGNESS AND AWARENESS MAY BE REGARDED AS THE SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF THIS UNIVERSE.

The awareness of beingness comes about in terms of space, energy, matter and time as described below.

A manifestation imposes a distinct awareness of itself in terms of its scope, extent or dimension. This overall sense of a manifestation may be referred to as SPACE.

A manifestation is alive. It has come into being. It changes and evolves. These changes are part and parcel of its nature. This sense of activity of a manifestation may be referred to as ENERGY.

Through that activity, a manifestation may acquire relatively static structure at certain locations in space. This structure may give a recognizable form to that manifestation. This sense of definiteness of a manifestation may be referred to as MATTER.

Space-energy-matter may continue to evolve throughout the cycle from beginning to end. This sense of persistence and continuous evolution of a manifestation may be referred to as TIME.

SPACE, ENERGY, MATTER AND TIME MAY BE REGARDED AS THE PHYSICAL ASPECTS OF THE UNIVERSE.

Beingness, awareness, space, energy, matter and time may completely define this system called the UNIVERSE.

“Spiritual” and “physical” are not two different universes. They are two different aspects of the same universe.

BEFORE THE BEGINNING, THERE SEEMS TO BE NEITHER BEINGNESS NOR AWARENESS. THUS, THERE WOULD BE NO SPACE, ENERGY, MATTER, AND TIME EITHER.

WHAT IS BEFORE THE BEGINNING IS UNKNOWABLE. BEFORE THE BEGINNING THERE IS NO BEINGNESS OR AWARENESS; THERE ARE NO DIMENSIONS, ACTIVITY OR FORM; AND THERE IS NO PERSISTENCE EITHER. WHAT IS BEFORE THE BEGINNING SIMPLY CANNOT BE DEFINED, COMMUNICATED, OR VIEWED.

This is the simplest supposition one arrives at based on pure observation and thought.

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Glossary

Existence
Any thing that can be sensed and perceived has existence. It is part of the universe.

Beingness
A manifestation means that it has a beingness. Every bit of existence is being, and it is aware of other bits of existence as part of the same universe. In humans, the beingness is very complex and sophisticated. A human being is a bundle of abilities.

Space
Space is the scope and dimensions of the beingness. That means what is being has extents and properties.

Energy
Energy is the changeability of the beingness. That means what is being is changing continually.

Matter
Matter is the solidity of the beingness. That means what is being is staying fixed. 

Time
Time denotes the persistence of the beingness and the successive changes it undergoes. That means what is being is existing and evolving. 

Awareness
Awareness arises on a gradient from associations among the perceptual elements of the universe as sensations, perceptions and knowingness.

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Comments

  • Ian Waxler  On October 19, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Perhaps already addressed previously?? …but I’m curious to know your take on if there was indeed an actual “beginning” to existence or beingness? …do u think it is necessary that there was a ‘creation’ or a ‘creator’? Or is this simply man’s tiny effort to bring a sliver of perpective into a universe that is well beyond his miniscule ability to visualize vast or infinite concepts?

  • vinaire  On October 19, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    We may only theorize that there was an actual “beginning” to existence or beingness or that there was not. The only requirement is that any such theory must be totally consistent. These five essays, so far, are consistent in my opinion. Read them in sequence and I shall be happy to address any inconsistency you may find.

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  • vinaire  On October 19, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Nothing is necessary where the beginning of existence is concerned. Both “creation” and “creator” are afterthoughts. Essay #4 THE NATURE OF THOUGHT may clue you in to the answer to your question. Both “creation” and “creator” are products of thought, or manifestation of thought, and therefore, a part of existence.

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  • vinaire  On December 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    I have revised the following paragraph to make it more clear:

    “WHAT IS BEFORE THE BEGINNING IS UNKNOWABLE. BEFORE THE BEGINNING THERE IS NO BEINGNESS OR AWARENESS; THERE ARE NO DIMENSIONS, ACTIVITY OR FORM; AND THERE IS NO PERSISTANCE EITHER. WHAT IS BEFORE THE BEGINNING SIMPLY CANNOT BE DEFINED, COMMUNICATED, OR VIEWED.”

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  • vinaire  On December 30, 2020 at 6:36 AM

    It is my understanding today that the beginning of awareness started when the evolution reached the state of humans. Prior to that the universe was there but without awareness.

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