Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Existence Before Consciousness
Written by Mathew Naismith
It's an interesting perception that consciousness always has to be a creation from existence, basically meaning, before consciousness can exist, an existence has to exist prior to a consciousness becoming aware of an existence of existence itself. It's this existence that creates consciousness, not consciousness creating an existence of some kind. All this means is everything has always existed, it's just consciousness has to become aware of this existence for a consciousness to acknowledge a particular existence.
Actually, consciousness itself has also always existed, it's just that consciousness isn't aware of this until it becomes aware of it's own consciousness. You could say that primary existence is existence itself, while secondary existence is an action or motion of a consciousness becoming aware of existence. It's this motion that creates a consciousness to become aware, this is secondary existence. You might find the following, from other sources, interesting if you can follow what I mean here.
Extract: The primacy of existence states the irrefutable truth that existence is primary and consciousness is secondary. Consciousness is the faculty which perceives and identifies existence (things that exists). For two reasons we say that existence is primary, that consciousness requires existence, and that there is no consciousness without existence.
Extract: Using the three primary axioms as our starting point, it is deduced that an objective, absolute reality exists independent of our consciousness. Things exist as they are and things exist with a specific identity. Moreover, consciousness cannot alter reality; it is merely our faculty of awareness.
It's quite obvious that we are not aware of our whole existence, this is because human consciousness is too limited within it's own limitations to become aware, even of it's own whole existence. How many people throughout time have tried to consciously alter our human reality? We are still trying to do this today which of course has had no effect, this is because we are primarily relying on a consciousness to alter our reality, a consciousness that limited to certain limitations. We are talking about a consciousness that isn't even aware of it's whole self. As of all consciousness's, human consciousness is primarily of secondary existence, a consciousness that is in actuality unfamiliar with it's whole being.
Yes, while conducting research on primary existence after writing about primary and secondary existences, I've come to the understanding that all that consciousness denotes, is a secondary existence, a consciousness in a secondary existence becoming aware of existence that has always existed. You then realise why many people state that our truer being or self is nothingness, it's timeless, spaceless and motionless, in actuality to a consciousness, this is going to seem like a total non-existence. Of course as soon as a consciousness is aware of this non-existence, it too exists, basically, a non-existence can't exist to a consciousness.
So if all of what consciousness is of secondary existence, what is primary existence of if not of a consciousness?
The primary existence doesn't need a consciousness to become aware of it's own whole existence, it actually becomes aware of it's own existence through secondary existences. The primary existence exists for the primary purpose of secondary existences, how could a secondary existence exist void of a primary existence? Basically, the primary existence is to serve secondary existences as does existence itself serves consciousness. Could you imagine being conscious if nothing existed in the first place, including consciousness itself? As of yin and yang in balance, primary and secondary existences exist in balance because of the other.
Primary Existence = non-consciousness + infinite existence
Secondary Existence = consciousness + finite existence
This is why consciousness itself is unable to alter a course of a reality, even though a certain reality was seemingly created by a certain kind of consciousness. What is occurring, or more precisely, what consciousness is becoming aware of, has always existed, this is the path of that consciousness and reality. Yes, change the consciousness that is becoming aware, you change your destiny but you don't actually change the reality or the consciousness within that reality. By changing your destiny or path, you change your reality but you don't change the consciousness with a reality. The reason for is to do with that the consciousness of a reality has always existed, you can't change something that has always and always will exist, however, you can change your own consciousness that isn't of this kind of reality.
This is why so many spiritual practices get us to think more of our primary existence, only through this awareness can we change our own destiny or path. You can't change this when primarily being of a secondary existence because conscious can't change a reality, all it can do is become aware of a reality that has always existed.
1/ OK, become aware or have some acknowledgment that everything has always existed, including this destructive reality.
2/ Become aware that you can't change a reality, all you can do is change from one reality to another reality.
3/ Know that consciousness can't change a reality, however, also know that consciousness can become aware of other realities that are of other kinds of consciousness's.
4/ Be aware that an awareness of your primary self, can change a reality you are presently experiencing, including this one we are presently experiencing. However in knowing this, know that this kind of reality will always exist, it's just your own consciousness will have become unaware/ignorant to it.
5/ Most importantly, know that you don't have to experience what your consciousness becomes aware of, this however is difficult to do when our own consciousness is primarily of a secondary existence. This is why a lot of spiritual practices condition you to be more of your primary existence, only in this can any real change be made.......