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The Coin

Everything is happening as it should
All possibilities exist now
All past and future exist now
I am the observer
Everything external is internal
Separation at physical level
Two sides of one coin
But both are the same coin

Perceived reality is not permanent
Thought is not permanent
Reality cannot be controlled
Thoughts and feelings of reality cannot be controlled
But both can be accepted
To categorize something is to limit it
It is then either viewed as heads or tails, but never both

Observation of Time

Can time exist without an observer.  Time could be defined as events that occur and our perception of some unit of measurement that has passed between those events.  Perceived time varies per observer and is based on internal and external events.  If I look forward to some event happening, time may be perceived to progress slower coming up to the event and then quicker afterwards.  That same event may be something that someone else dreads, so time may be perceived to be quicker coming up to the event and slower afterwards.  Which observed movement of time is correct?  So, can there be independent, non-observed time.

One image, as the observer, observes dozens of other images around himself and inside himself … there is a central image put together by all the other images, and this central image, the observer, is the censor, the experiencer, the evaluator, the judge who wants to conquer or subjugate the other images or destroy them altogether. But other images are the results of judgments, opinions and conclusions of the observer, and the observer is the result of all the other images—therefore the observer is the observed.

Krishnamurti

Measuring change of state of particles makes assumptions about how time affects the particles.  Consider the zen koan “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, then does it make a sound”?  Without someone to perceive the sound, does the sound exist?  OR “If no one is around to see the tree at all, did it fall?” Are we making assumptions about how it got into that state based on our prior experiences or has the tree always existed in that state.  We observe and then make up a story that fits our observations.

Water flows on and on
but it never flows away.
The moon waxes and wanes,
and yet in the end it is the same moon.
If we look at things through the eyes of change,
then there’s not a single instant of stillness in all creation.
But if we observe the changelessness of things,
then we, and all beings alike
have no end.

Su Shih

If time only exists when perceived, does it really exist at all?  Is everything just a possibility in flux (null) waiting for an observer to flip the switch and lock it into something meaningful to that observer?  And if that is true for “physical” matter, what about thought or feeling?  Can thought or feeling exist without an observer and if it is being observed who/what is that observer?

The moment you realize you are not present, you **ARE** present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

We are not viewing physical matter, we are viewing our perceptions (thoughts/feelings) of physical matter.  Obviously thoughts and feelings can be influenced by subtle things that we are not even aware of, but if it is all part of our perception then we should have ultimate control of it.  It is awareness that breaks the illusion.

Like you, I am a luminous stardust being that has become self-aware, and we are two pieces of stardust that are having a conversation. But that is just a spacetime event. Our real nature is beyond space and time.

Deepak Chopra

Matter and Mind

Matter box size comparison

What is something if it is not perceived?  If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to experience it, did it really even exist at all?  When we saw evidence that we think indicates a fallen tree, are we making up a story of how it got to that state?  We assume that at one point it was seed, grew over the course of decades, and then fell.

I guess it depends on what is considered matter and what is considered a product of the mind.  Again we are removed from reality and interpreting through our senses what is matter.  So is mind matter or is matter mind?

What is mindNo matter. What is matterNever mind.

George Berkeley

Who am I?

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I am a seeker, but at the same time, I realize that there is nothing to seek because it is already here. I am a finder. I am a realizer. When I seek, there is nothing, but when I am still there is everything. I flop between paths and I am slowly landing on one now. I am realizing that action is required and not just sitting. Sitting is good for peace and calibration, but it is not the same as action. At some point I feel that non-action is all that is required, but for now I feel that I must make the change. And the change is in the present. Can action and non-action be the same?

Is there really anything that I am doing or am I just thinking it? Is there really anything to do, or is it all just a thought? If it is just a thought, then what? Does that change anything? Does physical world vs. thought world make a difference? If something is in its physical form, then aren’t I still thinking about it in thought form. Is it ever physical? Is anything physical more than thought?

Even to touch something is to feel it and label it. It is a thought. If I feel something hard and I think of something hard, is there a difference between a feeling of hard which is labeled and thus a thought, and just the simple thought of something hard? How many thoughts are there in feeling something? The sensations and spacial reasoning. I know what parts of my body are in contact with an object. So it is more than just a thought of something being a certain way. It is the thought of that something in relation to myself. The physical world is defined as being in relation to myself. There is always that reference point.  I look around the room and everything I see is described and labeled to me based on my past experiences. Everything I see, in a way reminds me of everything I am. I am it and it is me.  And yet, that is not true.It seems absurd.

All of that is a thought.  I am the thought.  I am not the thought.  Let go or be dragged.

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