"Who am I?"
This is the penultimate question in life. The never-ending mystery. The societal taboo. Something which I'm sure you've thought about many times.
Your life can be defined as an ever changing relationship between you, the individual, and your environment. Your environment is both natural and social - and both are coming at you constantly in a vast multi-dimensional continuum of sensation and experience. This means that everything is happening everywhere all the time.
Contrast this with what is commonly referring to as your mind, but more specifically is your narrow focus of conscious attention. Your narrow focus of conscious attention is linear in nature - think of a small penlight or mini-torch - and can only handle one, two or at most three different variables at a time.
When you put the two together what you end up with is a life experience which is a constant, never ending stream of coordinated sequences, random unexplained occurences, contradictions, conflicts, unexpected events, things which you expect to happen but which don't happen, and things which you didn't want to happen but which actually happen.
This is where you face a fundamental choice. Either you accept that because your environment (both social and natural) is constantly changing you recognize and understand that you need to become familiar with the fundamental principles of existence so that you can develop a 'meta-physic' and understand not only what changes but also how it changes, or you don't. You don't have to become familiar with the fundamental principles of existence or develop a meta-physic. It is after all your life, your reality, and your relationship with your environment.
However if you choose not to develop a 'meta-physic' and become familiar with the fundamental principles of existence, then you leave yourself wide open to deception and delusions either from other people and yourself. You will also continuously mess up your life experience with constant assumptions, half-baked notions, and wonky beliefs. But more than this you will miss out on both the many different possibilities and realizing your full potential in life.
Consciousness and space
In the above image you see, from left to right, three black and white images. What is the very first thing you see in each of the three images? Going from left to right, do you see..
- ..a black Rubin vase or two white faces in profile facing each other?
- ..a black tree and birds or a white gorilla facing a white lioness?
- ..a black silhouette of a man playing a saxophone or a black and white image of a woman's face?
This is not a trick question. The very first image you saw in each of the three above examples is what you connected to through consciousness.
But see if you look over the three images again, you should find that you can see both images. In each case you will see either one image, or the other, but you will never see both images at the same time. This is despite the fact that both images exist together.
This is because, as I mentioned previously, in comparison to the consciousness coming at you from the universe and your environment your focus of conscious attention is extremely narrow and can only focus on one or two things at a time.
But if you look at the images again you will notice that one image will always define the other image. For example on the left the black Rubin vase is defined and shaped by the two white faces in profile facing each other which form the space, against which you can perceive the Rubin vase.
This means that consciousness and space are one and the same thing. This will become important in the next insight titled 'Time and energy'
Existence & reality
In terms of Qultura consciousness is defined as existence, and space is defined as non-existence and reality.
The basis of all existence is consciousness and out of consciousness we get energy and physicality (physical form). But much of the consciousness which exists in the universe exists way beyond your ability to perceive it, so you perceive it as space. Both consciousness and space are infinite and neither can be understood, explained, defined, or fully known.
This also means that reality - actual reality - cannot also be understood, explained, defined or fully known. But we know that both exist and much of the consciousness that is out there we perceive as space. It's important to understand that everything in existence is connected through consciousness and space and this is what makes up the entire universe.