My posts are never meant to criticize but to hopefully provoke deeper thought or questioning. For instance, “We must hurry to evangelize the rest of the world, people are dying every day”. I do not believe a loving creator would leave part of His creation dependent upon such iffy circumstances. How do you respond?
One of my recent posts posed the question, “are we duped? I concluded that since no one really knows, surely we must be”. Previous to that post, I asked the question, are we really in control? I now add the question, where do our thoughts originate?
I have no idea what my next thought will be, do you? This existence presents us with only two phenomena, the physical and the non-physical. The physical being that which is composed of molecular structure and the non-physical, that of Energy/Awareness/Intelligence, the essence of existence. The physical being a product of the non-physical. The brain being physical and thought non-physical, I really do not believe that the physical ever creates the non-physical. In other words, I do not believe a brain ever created a thought. What about you?
Are we controlling our thoughts? Have you ever tried to stop or even slow the flow of thoughts? If we are controlling them, would we not be decided them before hand? All of us experience thoughts we would rather not have but they appear anyway. If we were controlling them wouldn’t we be able to stop the incessant flow? Would we not be planning them in advance?
If we are not controlling our thoughts, what are we controlling? What else is there really?
I am going to suggest that out thoughts flow from beyond or come from the same Source that brought us here in the first place. We did not choose to be here. We did not choose our parents, siblings, where or when we were born, where we lived, etc. etc. We did not choose our genetics, inherent tendencies, etc. We had no control of our early formative years which largely determined our current status or beliefs. We did not choose our gender, eye color, appearance, health, etc. etc. We do not now control the millions of bodily functions that sustain our life. We do not control all those little unexpected events occurring continually in our lives, we do not control when or where we expire.
Maybe I’m missing something here, what are your thoughts regardless where they are coming from, huh?
Reminds me of some early school days. God, how I wish I had paid more attention to the instruction instead of trying to impress the pretty girls sitting close to me. As it turned out, I failed both at impressing the pretty girls and learning math. But in spite of my misuse of time, I did come away with at least one lesson well learned, we can simplify things considerably by cutting away the meaningless chafe.
How can we apply that lesson to life? When you stop to think about it, all we ever have is now, this present moment. We may have positive or negative thoughts of our past and whatever anxieties about the future but all that “stuff” is chafe. We can only always respond to NOW. I say respond to, not change or alter in any way shape or form. Whatever is, IS. Our only REAL choice in life is how we respond to “what is”, NOW. I am free to laugh or cry, it has absolutely no effect on what is, the only effect is on my personal emotional status.
Yes, there are countless religions, philosophies, teachers, preachers, books, articles, etc. etc.. Throw it all in the trash can. Does any of it really matter? No matter what I believe, think, read or do, it all has absolutely nothing to do with what I am experiencing, NOW. Now cannot be changed!!! What is, IS! My only option is to accept or resist. Carl Jung observed, “what we resist, persists”.
If I accept what is gratefully as that which is handed me from beyond, I remain content, my cellular level remains harmonious and impervious to negative attack. . If I am disgruntled and desirous of something different, I am not content. There is disturbance at the cellular level and my immune system is weakened or compromised.
Did we create “what is” or do we influence our next “what is”? That is another subject or a coming post for discussion and contemplation.
It seems rather obvious to me that we are when we consider that on one really knows just what this existence is all about. Here we are in a marvelous universe of immense complexity, yet no one really knows. Most everyone thinks they do or at least have a very good idea about it. We have almost endless religions each totally convinced that they are the only ones God has correctly informed and chosen. All the rest are being rejected and condemned by this loving God. One on my favorite quotes, “Everyone is going to hell according to someone’s religion”.
It seems the major religions believe in a separate God who created beings with free will and even though this God is love He is going to judge and condemn a large portion of His creation to eternal suffering. Being raised a fundamentalist Christian this belief is the one I am most familiar but have since become aware of its absurdity. It claims Jesus voluntarily died to save God’s creation. If Jesus ever faced such a decision, it implies that a loving God was indiscriminately creating sentient humans incapable of meeting His standard and condemning every one of them to eternal suffering until Jesus decided to do something about the awful mess God was making. Islam and Judaism are just as contradictory and absurd.
Others who consider themselves more intelligent or less influenced by hand-me-down beliefs tend to look down on those believing in a God or higher intelligence and either claim that none exists or that it cannot be established one way or the other. However, the thing I have observed about this group is that they invariably ignore the very essence of existence and focus entirely on the physical. Existence presents two phenomena, the physical and the non-physical. The physical being that which is limited with definable boundaries and consisting of composition or molecular structure. The non-physical being that of Awareness/Intelligence/Energy and obviously the very essence of existence. Science can study that which energy is doing but not energy itself. Actually, they cannot even study what it is doing but only what it has done because by the time a thought registers the event is in the past. Science can study that which awareness is aware but not awareness itself. Science can study that which intelligence defines as physicality but not intelligence itself. The physical is the mere product of the non-physical or put another way, what is the physical without the non-physical. The Infinite creates the finite, not the other way around. I was having a discussion just a few days ago with an avid atheist. He said to me, “I see absolutely no evidence of anything beyond the physical and defy you or any other theist to offer me even a shred of evidence that such exists”. I said, “certainly, the very thought that expresses your doubt is beyond the physical”. He said no more.
We exist in a phenomena of awareness and intelligence and that in itself is a most magnificent marvel. At the same time we are aware of complexity and intricacies far beyond human understanding which to my logic implies the existence of something much greater.
Yet this something, has chosen to not make a clear revelation of just what the heck is going on here. Why?
I have some thoughts on this answer which will follow shortly but would like to hear yours as well. I invite you to share here. Let’s kick this around a bit, huh?
Let me run a few thoughts by you. Now is all we ever have. I know the statement is very familiar and you may be thinking tell me something new. But I have observed that although we may be aware of truths deep down, they tend to get buried or displaced by deeply ingrained habitual behavioral patterns as we face infinitely varied challenges of moment by moment life. And this fact may well just be the most important realization of all.
We may feel joy or regret in our past or more likely some combination of the two. We may anticipate the future positively or negatively. But all of those emotions are in fact meaningless except to cloud and complicate our reality which is always only our response to now.
I am going to suggest that the very essence of happiness, contentment and even the end of suffering and disappointment lies in how we respond to Now. I certainly do not claim to be the first to make this proclamation. I believe such is the essence of what most of history’s sages have stated when stripped of the excess baggage followers have attached. Jesus taught to not be concerned over worldly affairs and to take no thought for the tomorrow. The Buddha taught that desire is the source of all unhappiness.
It can all be condensed to acceptance of “what is”. Think about it, is not all negativity, unhappiness, disappointment, anger, hostility, greed, etc. etc., a result of dissatisfaction with “what is”? Our nature is to get mad about “what is” because we desire something different. Is this not true? Do I kiss or curse the stone I stumbled over? If I curse it, does that help my sore wounded toe? Which way do I profit most, curse it and feel disgusted at myself for my negligence or be thankful for what the experience teaches me? Our ingrained response is to be pissed at ourselves and maybe we learn to be more cautious and attentive next time. But experience clearly reflects that no one eliminates unpleasant experiences, regardless how religious, attentive, prayerful, intelligent, etc. I do not believe that statistics will indicate that the religious, prayerful, intelligent, or whatever is able to significantly affect the sickness or accident percentages. If such were the case, surely an observant populace would pick up on it and a stampede toward that particular viewpoint would result.
Back to acceptance or resistance to “what is”. Regardless how we respond, “what is” is totally and completely unaffected. I can be pissed or I can be happy, what is, is. It’s like watching a movie or a football game. I can be happy about the drama or the touchdown or extremely disappointed. It makes absolutely no difference to the movie or game. The only difference is in my personal emotional status. If I’m very agitated, the cellular structure of my body will become disturbed, weakened and in disarray, no doubt weakening my immune system. However, if I’m happy with what is occurring, my bodily functions remain harmonious and impervious to negative advances.
We cannot change or affect in any way whatsoever “what is”. It simply IS. Our only options are to accept or resist.
Furthermore, this fundamental principle is the very same regardless of one’s beliefs. If you are religious, atheist, agnostic, or whatever, you need make no changes in your inherited or ingrained beliefs. You may just simply accept the inevitable for now. Whatever adjustments truth may require will come about as they become more apparent and acceptable.
In conclusion, after many years of ponder and contemplation I have come to the conclusion that we are not in control of anything except for one very important thing. And that is how we respond to “what is”. From my observations, things immediately change for the better when one comes to this basic realization. But that is another subject.
Our Essential Nature of Being, Knowing and Happiness
Reprinted from Rupert Spira’s Website
Let us start with our self. What can we say for certain about ‘I,’ our self, the subject, the one that knows experience? The first thing is that I am obviously present – I am. If I were not present I wouldn’t be aware of these words. And the second self-evident fact about our self is that I am aware or knowing. If this were not true I would not be aware of thoughts, sensations or perceptions.
In other words, I am and the ‘I’ that I am, is aware that I am. This knowing of our own being – its knowing of itself – is the most familiar, intimate and obvious fact of experience and is shared by all.
This present and aware ‘I’ is sometimes referred to as ‘Awareness’, which means the ‘presence of that which is aware’. It is a word in which the two fundamental qualities of our self – being and knowing – are recognized as one.
What else can we know for certain from experience about our self? ‘I’ am aware of thoughts, sensations and perceptions but am not made out of a thought, sensation or perception. ‘I’ am made out of pure being and knowing.
As such ‘I’ could be likened to an open, empty space to which or in which the objects of the mind, body and world (thoughts, sensations and perceptions) appear. And just as empty space, relatively speaking, cannot resist or be agitated by the appearance or activity of any object within it, so the open, empty space of Awareness cannot resist or be disturbed by any appearance of the mind, body or world, irrespective of their particular quality or condition. This inherent absence of resistance is the experience of happiness; this imperturbability is peace. This happiness and peace are not dependent upon the condition of the mind, body or world and are present in and as the essential nature of Awareness under all conditions and in all circumstances.
Thus happiness and peace, as well as being and knowing, are essential to our true nature.
The Birth and Death of the Separate Self
With this apparent veiling of the true and only self of Awareness, a separate, limited self seems to come into existence, just as a real landscape seems to come into existence when the screen is overlooked.
And with the apparent veiling of our true nature, the peace and happiness that are the natural condition of all experience seem also to be veiled. It is for this reason that there is always a deep pain in the heart of the separate self – the pain of separate existence. Most people’s lives are spent trying to ease or numb the pain of this separation through substances, objects, activities and relationships.
In short, the imaginary separate self is always seeking peace, happiness and love in an outside object, other or world. However, the separate self cannot find peace, happiness and love because its apparent existence is the veiling of it. At the same time peace, happiness and love is all the separate self seeks.
The longing of the separate self is like a moth that seeks a flame. The flame is all that the moth desires and the one thing it cannot have. As the moth touches the flame it dies. That is the moth’s way of experiencing the flame – by dying in it. And that is the separate self’s way of experiencing peace, happiness and love – by dissolving or dying.
All separate selves seek only the end of seeking; all separate selves long only for the end of longing; all separate selves desire only to dissolve or die. That death – the death of the separate self – is the experience of peace, happiness and love, the unveiling of our essential nature, its ‘remembering’ of itself.
However, as we have seen, the separate self is only a real self from its own illusory point of view. How can an illusion die if it is not real to begin with? It cannot! It can only be seen to be utterly non-existent.
If the separate self were real it would be impossible to get rid of it because that which is real cannot disappear. And fortunately, that which is unreal, such as a separate self, object, other or world, never truly comes into existence.
Therefore, no activity or cessation of the mind’s activity can bring about this understanding. All that is required is to have the courage, honesty and love to look, to see clearly, and to live the implications of what we discover.
The true and only self of Awareness has no knowledge of any limit or destiny within itself. It knows that it is infinite and eternal. It is only thoughts and feelings that say otherwise. A deep exploration of these thoughts and feelings will reveal that they do not reflect the true nature of our experience.
When our self is relieved of the beliefs and feelings of lack and limitation with which it has been apparently veiled, it stands revealed as the true and only self of ever-present and unlimited Awareness.
Let us explore the other side of the fundamental presumption of our culture – the independently existing outside object, other or world.
Our only experiential knowledge of the world is perception – sights, sounds, tastes, textures and smells. In fact, nobody has ever found an independently existing object or world; all that is ever found are perceptions. We cannot therefore even say we have perceptions of the world because that world has never been found. We can only say for sure that we know perceptions. And perceptions are never known independently of Awareness.
This is the startling but simple fact of experience that our culture has not yet faced: matter, the dead inert stuff out of which the independently existing universe is supposed to be made, has never been found. Matter is a concept, a valuable concept that is useful as a working model in some situations, but nevertheless a concept. It has never been found. Nor will it ever be found for whatever is found is, by definition, never known independently of Awareness.
In fact, even the model of thoughts, sensations and perceptions appearing in Awareness does not stand up to the scrutiny of experience. It is a half way stage that dissolves the belief in the independent reality of matter and mind and establishes the presence and the primacy of Awareness. But once this has been established, not philosophically but in our actual experience, this model too has to be abandoned in favor of one that more accurately reflects the reality of experience.
All we know of a thought is the experience of thinking, all we know of a sensation is the experience of sensing, all we know of a sight is the experiencing of seeing, all we know of a sound is the experience of hearing etc.
And all that is known of thinking, sensing, seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling is the knowing of them. And what is it that knows this knowing? Only something that itself has the capacity to know could know anything. So it is knowing that knows knowing.
All that is ever known is pure knowing, knowing and being itself. And that knowing is your self. All that is known is Awareness knowing itself, the self knowing the self.
There is only your self – not a self that belongs to any object or person because there are no objects or people as such to which it could belong. This knowing belongs to itself alone. It is itself and knows itself alone. There are no others or objects there, no inside self or outside world.
And what is the name we commonly give to this absence of otherness, distance, separation and objectness? It is beauty or love.
Beauty is the discovery that objects are not objects; love is the discovery that others are not others.
The revelation of our true nature as it is puts an end to one chapter of our life, the chapter in which we believe ourselves to be separate selves born into a world, moving, changing, growing old and destined for death. But it is only the beginning of another chapter.
The next chapter is the realization of this understanding in all realms of our life, not just the way we think, but the way we feel, sense, perceive, act and relate. It is a never-ending process in which every aspect of experience is gradually permeated by the peace of our true nature.
In ignorance – when the true nature of our experience is ignored – our self, Awareness, seems to take on the intermittent, limited qualities of the mind, body and world. It seems to become something.
In understanding our self, Awareness, is realized to be the open, empty field of experience, not made of a thing but knowing all seeming things. As such it is nothing – not a thing.
In love, the mind, body and world gradually take on the qualities of Awareness – they become open, empty, transparent, pervaded and saturated by the peace and happiness that are our true nature. As such our self, the open, empty no-thingness of Awareness is realized in our experience as the reality or substance of everything.
The path from ‘I am something’ to ‘I am nothing’ is a path of discrimination or exclusion – I am not this, not this, not this. The path from ‘I am something’ to ‘I am everything’ is a path of inclusion or love – I am this and this and this.
Postscript – Knowledge and Love
True knowledge is the experiential understanding that there is only ever-present, unlimited Awareness or Knowing. Nothing other than this is ever known even when it seems that a mind, body and world are known. This ever-present, unlimited Awareness, which is simply the intimacy of our own being, is the fundamental nature of the apparently inside self and its corollary, the apparently outside object, other or world.
All religions are founded upon this understanding. In Christianity it is expressed as, “I and my Father are one.” That is, I, Awareness, and the ultimate reality of the universe are one and the same reality. In Buddhism, “Nirvana and Samsara are identical.” That is, the transparent, open, empty light of Awareness which is not made out of any kind of a thing – nothing – is the substance of all appearances – everything. Nothing taking the shape of everything. In Hinduism, “Atman and Param-Atman are one.” That is, the individual self, when divested of superimposed beliefs and feelings of limitation, stands revealed as the true and only self of eternal, infinite Awareness. And in Sufism, “Wherever the eye falls, there is the face of God.” All that is seen is God’s face and it is God that sees it.
All these phrases are conditioned by the culture in which they appeared but they all point towards the same unconditional truth – the reality of all experience.
The realization of this truth dissolves the beliefs in distance, separation and otherness. The common name we give to this absence of distance, separation and otherness is love and beauty. It is that for which everyone longs – not just those of us that are interested in non-duality but all seven billion of us.
In this realization true knowledge and love are revealed to be one and the same – the experiential realization that the true nature of the apparently inside self and the apparently outside world are one single reality made out of the transparent light of Awareness, that is, made out of the intimacy of our own being.
This revelation of understanding and love strikes at the heart of the fundamental presumption upon which our world culture is founded, the presumption of duality – I, the separate inside self, and you or it, the separate outside object, other or world. All conflicts within ourselves and between individuals, communities and nations are based upon this presumption alone and all psychological suffering proceeds from it.
Any approach to these conflicts that does not go to the heart of the matter will postpone but not solve the problem of conflict and suffering. Sooner or later as individuals and as a culture we have to have the courage, the humility, the honesty and the love to face this fact.
The highest purpose of all art, philosophy, religion and science is to reveal this truth in an experiential manner although all these disciplines have temporarily forgotten this in our culture. However, it may not be long. As the painter Paul Cezanne said, “A time is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will trigger a revolution”.
This is the only true revolution, the revolution in which our view of reality is turned upside down. Awareness – pure Knowing – is not just the witness of experience. It is its substance, its very nature. Everything changes when we begin to live from this point of view. We realize that what we have always longed for in life was present all along in the depths of our own being. It is always available, never truly veiled. To begin with it is often felt as peace in the background of experience but it cannot be contained and before long it begins to flow out into the world as joy, freedom, love and creativity.
Reprinted from Rupert Spira’s Website
Does this not imply that God was indiscriminately creating sentient humans incapable of meeting His standard and condemning every one to eternal punishment for the way they were created until Jesus decided to do something about the awful mess God was making? Could it be that Christianity has misinterpreted what Jesus was trying to teach?
The common conception of God is a separate “Almighty” creating a universe with an infinite variety of life and objects. This God has peopled his creation and given each free will to chose to live whatever sort of life they wish. More importantly, the free will to acknowledge and accept His will or to refuse it.
Being raised a Southern Baptist and serving as Deacon for the first half of this life, I accepted and taught the belief for many years. But as time passed, the less sense it made to me and I am now convinced that it or any of the other religions based on a separate God cannot be a true representation of what God is about. I could no longer accept love creating sentient beings and then condemning them to eternal suffering. No loving parent would even think such a thing and certainly no loving creator would. Or the belief that Jesus voluntarily gave his life to save God’s creation. This implies that God was just indiscriminately creating humans incapable of meeting His standard and condemning every one until Jesus decided to do something about it. Makes absolutely no sense to me! As far as I’m concerned, it is a gross humanization and desecration of both God and love.
Now to the question, is God limited. Most who believe in God, regardless which religion, believe God to be infinite, without limit, boundary, etc. Yet if God is limitless and without boundary, He cannot at the same time be separate. If God is separate from me, there has to be a boundary separating us which not only makes God limited but belittles Him/Her/It as well. If God and His created are all separate things with boundaries, what exists beyond the boundaries? Logic suggest there must be an infinite, does it not? If the infinite exists, there can be nothing else. If there was, one would infringe upon the other and no infinite could be possible.
I believe this point can also be made by considering the idea of creation. What existed before God created anything? Only God, right? God was all. But logic tells me that it is impossible to add or subtract from “all that is”.
So, I conclude there cannot possibly be separation or boundaries. God is all and all is God. There is only Consciousness/Intelligence/Awareness and we are IT. Some ask, why then is there evil and suffering? My belief is that Consciousness chose to express which required contrast, hence the universe and physicality. I believe we are all aspects of the Whole, not as individuals but individual experiences. It is my belief that we will continue to advance to higher and higher levels of sublimity as we gain greater understanding of what it is all about.
I am most impressed with the writing and teaching of Rupert Spira and share his homepage link below. Or you can find many Youtube videos by searching the name.
One of my favorite authors and teachers in Rupert Spira. I first became acquainted with him through his book “The Transparency of Things”.
Mr. Spira is a teacher of the non-duality philosophy which essentially says that there is no separation, no objects, no people, etc., just awareness or “knowing”.
He points out that all we experience actually takes place at the level of the mind or sensory perception. For instance, if we see or hear a car over there, it is the mind that interprets both the object and the distance. At first glance this seems obvious but the non-dualist point out that there is no actual experience of the car or distance. They further point out that although we tend to think we are located somewhere in a body looking out at the world, in reality we experience the body the same way we do the world, simply by perceptions of the mind.
The closer you are able to view two objects the more they appear the same. It is all the same “stuff”, energy vibrating at different frequencies. You touch an object and it feels quite firm or maybe soft. But if you could view what is actually happening through a powerful enough microscope, you would see only atomic particles closing the gap and the repulsion of electromagnetic forces creating the sensation of touch. At least that is my understanding of it, as I quickly admit to being no scientist. But I am thoroughly convinced that there really is no Tom or Mary, just Tom and Mary experiences. I believe there is only Consciousness expressing through physicality.
So, at this point I’ll just turn you over to Mr. Spira’s Website for your considerations.
The link below is from a question and answer lecture he was presenting. This will direct you to his Website which I think you will find quite interesting and informative.
Science asks, if intelligence authored this universe, why so much suffering, wrong, etc. The way I see it is, Consciousness chose to express and that required contrast or duality. Hence, the universe and opposites. There can be no up without down, good without bad, etc. etc.
This existence presents us with two phenomena, the physical and mental. The physical is obviously made of parts with observable boundaries and limitations. The mental presents no such definable boundaries or limits. The physical is simply energy vibrating at different frequencies. The closer you are able to observe two objects the more the same they appear. It is all the same stuff, Conscious Energy manifesting or masquerading as form. Energy also is beyond the scope of science. The many different forms that energy assumes can be studied but not energy itself.
Since Intelligence, Awareness and Energy present no definable limits or boundaries, I will assume them infinite until evidence to the contrary is presented which will never happen.
At the very basic level of physicality are atomic particles which sometimes are and sometimes are not but appear as waves. Furthermore they change from apparent mass to pure energy from observation or the attempt to measure them. Science cannot predict which state they will be at any given time and conclude that such determination is impossible and can only resort to probabilities for which will be their state at any point in time. Science cannot even prove that the physical exists. And yet limit their studies to such.
Science cannot understand the basics of physicality let alone the unfathomable aspects of existence as Energy/Intelligence/Awareness. And, I’m supposed to have confidence in their concepts of the origin of the universe? They study an intelligent orderly universe under the assumption that there is no intelligent design and conclude that hey, random happenstance created intelligence and order.
Trying to comprehend how we got here by studying physicality while denying higher intelligence is like a movie goer trying to figure out how the pictures got there by studying the screen and flashes of light and denying the possible existence of a projector somewhere in the house.
The problem with science is that their entire focus is on that which is illusion or unreal while denying the only aspects of reality that are real. Physicality is only projections of infinite Awareness/Intelligence/Energy. Time and space do not really exist.
Frankly, I consider science a rather weak source on the question of origin and would be more interested in the ideas of a backwoods lumberjack who is close to nature and attuned to his inspirations and intuition. At least the lumberjack doesn’t limit his concepts to the physical and limited.
Finally, I am not depreciating science here and am most appreciative and supportive of all science has contributed to physicality but at the same time am aware of its limitations as far as spirituality is concerned.
There is only Consciousness and Now. There are no limits or boundaries to Consciousness. Where does mine end and your begin? Obviously consciousness cannot be limited to our bodies. If it was we could not be aware of anything else. There are no limits to Now. Where does Now begin and end. It does not, of course. It is eternal. There are no yesterdays or tomorrows, past or future. It all comes and goes in the Now.
Consciousness constitutes All-that-is, is infinite and eternal. Nothing has ever been developed, created or destroyed or ever will be. Nothing could be added or subtracted from All-that-is.
We are not separate beings. There is no separation. If the infinite exists there can be nothing else or any separate things, if there was, one would infringe upon the other and no infinite could be possible. We are not individuals but individual experiences of the One expressing. We are not the egos that identify as Tom Jones or Mary Smith. Egos likewise are mere projections or the vehicles which transport each individual experience from one to the other.
Since time does not exists and there is only Now, that means that everything is happening simultaneously now from the big bang to whatever we have yet to experience. The civil war is raging, dinosaurs are devouring smaller prey, Tchaikovsky is busily composing the first movement of piano concerto and we are ascended to sublimity beyond any imagination of this experience.
It is as if a giant map exists extending to the infinite in all directions and includes every possible event or experience. We are exploring it with a hand held magnifying glass. As we move the glass new details emerge but the entire map exist always. What we experience depends on our location on the map.
Since there is no time there is no evolution either Biblical or otherwise. There is only Infinite Intelligence expressing through infinite experience and we are IT.