Some who claim to have transcended individual consciousness speak of God being like an ocean, and each individual is like a wave; a wave that is always a part of the ocean, even when crashing about separately. This week we read about God sharing the knowledge, “I am that what am” with Moses. What is am? Is this “am” what is unchanging about all, or is it all that the mind perceives to be? Maybe it is both and more. Hegel believed that reality is simply mind or spirit, a claim that contributed to his philosophy he called, “absolute idealism.” Hegel’s reasoning and insight led him to perceive a reality in which the mind is constantly creating, supporting, and structuring all that we believe exists, in his words: “This unity is consequently the absolute and all truth, the Idea which thinks itself.” In his Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, he speaks of a time when all knowledge was knowledge of God. If we believe that God created everything; that God is Consciousness; the Life Force in every being; the very energy that motivates and is constantly creating what we call life, all around us and within, then all knowledge is always knowledge of God. Maybe everything is meant to guide us, to provide answers. The senses, internal, and external worlds all have various offerings of knowledge. Science, religion, spirituality, and philosophy all offer a greater contribution to the puzzle of life when applying their knowledge collectively. Hegel saw religion and philosophy as one, with one object in goal, the way to attain knowledge of what is eternal, what is really real. He claimed, “The result of the study of philosophy is that these walls of separation, which are supposed to divide absolutely, become transparent; and that when we go to the root of things we find that there is absolute accordance where it was believed that there was the greatest opposition.”
The more we understand the truths of matter and of the physical world, the better we are able to reason. As our growth in knowledge of the sciences continues to expand, so grows our intellect and understanding of ourselves and the world. Two studies that provide more insight into the matter of things are The Wave Structure of Matter, which I came across while researching Hegel, and the DNA Phantom Effect, an experiment that was conducted over thirty years ago and could drastically change the way we heal, and view our reality. The Wave Structure of Matter assists in explaining the interconnectedness of the Universe: electrons act as waves instead of separate particles as they orbit the nucleus of an atom. The electron is composed of two spherical waves which converge to the center and then become outward waves. Meaning matter consists of waves of energy converging and pulsating outwards. Brainwaves can be measured and watched during an EEG. We can watch the brain in action and see that it is constantly creating waves of energy. Despite this evidence against separate particles as the basis of all matter, the ancient Greek notion of a point particle, is still in use today; Einstein rejected point particle and stated that “matter must be spherical entities extended in space.” The second experiment I want to share with you helps us to see the intelligence that is all around us, it is called the DNA Phantom Effect. Dr. Peter Gariaev observed DNA absorbing photons-smallest particles of light, which are essential to the health of DNA, and are used to send and receive information throughout the body. He examined the inside of a little quartz container and was surprised to find that photons remained spiraling in the exact same place where the DNA had been, even after the DNA had been extracted. An invisible wave continued holding the photons in place for 30 days after the DNA itself was removed. Thus, providing positive proof that DNA is heavily influenced if not created by invisible waves of gravitational energy. As the physical world evolves, science evolves, consciousness evolves, individuals and whole societies reach various understandings all while the Universe undergoes infinite growth. Hegel was an optimist, in his words, “progress is built into history.” This progress is the process of self-discovery at a cosmic level. Lately, I find myself thinking of the little ant, aware of its own little colony, spending the whole day working so hard to fulfill its duties of anthood. Such a small creature with limited travel can’t even begin to comprehend the size of the very state it resides, let alone the continent of North America. Here we are working hard in our human colony, struggling to understand the existence of billions of galaxies.
Hegel’s way of leveling the boundaries of separateness caused many disagreeing thoughts to arise in Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard titled his book Either/Or as an insult to Hegel’s philosophy. In our text, Palmer states “Hegel collapsed the distinction between the “either” and the “or” and also abolished the difference between epistemology and ontology by asserting “the Rational is the Real and the Real is the Rational.”” Kierkegaard opposed Hegel’s reasoning’s because he believed existence and thought to be separate, Kierkegaard claimed “existence is the one thing that cannot be thought.” To reach the Rational, thought must be applied; once one beholds what they feel is rational they reach a state of peace, and thoughts begin to cease, the mind enjoys what it has found to be real. And isn’t it our mind that acknowledges what is real? The senses are tools that provide the mind with information about the outside world. In one way it appears that our existence relies on our ability to think. Survival can depend on our thinking abilities, and so can the amount of freedom and happiness we are able to experience within our life. The thoughts we have influence the way in which we live. The unconscious is a source from which many thoughts form, and is an aspect of our psyche that is waiting to be brought into awareness. Carl Jung described everything in the unconscious as “seeking outward manifestation, he thought even the personality desires to evolve out of its unconscious conditions and to experience itself as a whole.” If thought is what creates matter to manifest then existence as we experience it, physically, would rely on thought. What we seek in this world is often a state of mind. Now if we consider existence more in the context of being and of awareness, like a pure energy, or the source of life, in all of life, it would be thoughtless due to containing all of the knowledge that is. Similar to the concept of God being beyond time. We have many reasons to believe we are made in our Creator’s image, if the creator stands outside of time experiencing a greater reality either unknown or forgotten to us, our more real reality would be one of the same. Kurt Godel, is considered to be one of the greatest logicians of the 20th century, he published a paper in 1949 proving possible worlds exist in which time, as we know it, does not exist. Physicists have searched for error in Godel’s work and have been unsuccessful in doing so.
I want to share one more of Hegel’s insights before ending this paper. His theories on self-consciousness remind me of when I first started paying attention to the fact that I am able to observe my thoughts. “Self-consciousness has before it another self-consciousness; it has come outside itself” explains Hegel. We are aware of an aspect we consider to be the individual self, while also being aware of a larger consciousness, one that our individual consciousness quite often converses with. How could we be conscious of our own consciousness if we are not connected to something greater? Jung also believed in a collective unconscious, one that is “a fundamental connectedness that we all share within the mind, such as in dreams,” he also “found God to be one of the most immediate experiences.” What we consider being conscious could very well be constant contact with an idea of God that is much larger than we are led to believe.
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