Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Something Bigger Than My Wildest Dreams

In a comment on the previous post here, Don brought up the Global Brain as he saw a relation between it and the thoughts that sprang forth from my imagination. This sent me to respond in a manner similar to a stream-of-consciousness. Soon my response was long enough for a blog post, so here are my thoughts.

Every creature from the beginning of time could be a neuron in this brain, perhaps being eyes for the one Great Mind. However, going a bit beyond the global idea, I think it is a Universal brain. We do not know whether or not there are beings on other planets. The global brain idea is slightly anthropomorphic and anthropocentric. Also, I think the global brain idea is very closely related to the Gaia Hypothesis, although currently I don't believe humans are considered a part of Gaia. Where Gaia is the earth as a living organism, I think the Universe as a whole is one organism. I could even imagine it is more expanded than this. My thought is not just a pantheistic belief, but instead is panentheistic, including non-physical and timeless elements of God as well.

I could see where the global brain (and Gaia) are possibly beings within a Being, as we humans are micro-beings within the Macrocosmic. Maybe the planet is a cup of water in the ocean where each human is only a drop. (I know the ocean metaphor is one frequently used in spiritual discussions; I couldn't help but use it here.)

Since early last year I imagined that evolution is the process for which God becomes conscious of Himself. It is as if the entire physical creation was a game in which He purposefully induced self-amnesia. Over the billions of years this creation begins to become more and more aware of itself. Perhaps it does so by the enlightenment of each being, and this is why reincarnation would be necessary so that the soul evolves during each lifetime until reaching enlightenment, in which the soul is reunited with the Great Being.

If there are alien beings somewhere out there in this impossible-to-imagine vast Universe, I wonder how evolved they are physically and spiritually. Are we all evolving at the same rate?

I don't know anything about any of this, but it's fun to imagine. At any rate, the Life that has been given as part of this adventure can be used to grow spiritually, personally, not just physically. The first step is the acknowledgment of the soul. The second step is getting to know the soul. From here there are many more steps leading up to enlightenment, which I believe is the realization and the experience of connection with God. I think I'm still only at the first step. I am really eager to learn more, to feel more, to grow more and to be more.

An exciting thing happened to me just within the past couple weeks. I had finally discovered what my life's purpose is. It is difficult to explain it using words, which are very limiting, but my life's purpose is to grow. I have hope that I can grow enough to be able to help someone else someday, someone who sincerely wants to grow as I want to grow. It took a while to even realize I wanted to grow, but once I realized it, a lot of the weeds on the path disappeared which really helps me to see the path more clearly.

4 comments:

Don said...

In a comment on the previous post here, Don brought up the Global Brain as he saw a relation between it and the thoughts that sprang forth from my imagination. This sent me to respond in a manner similar to a stream-of-consciousness. Soon my response was long enough for a blog post, so here are my thoughts.

Every creature from the beginning of time could be a neuron in this brain, perhaps being eyes for the one Great Mind. However, going a bit beyond the global idea, I think it is a Universal brain.

If galaxies communicate via SETI/CETI, then yes.

We do not know whether or not there are beings on other planets. The global brain idea is slightly anthropomorphic and anthropocentric. Also, I think the global brain idea is very closely related to the Gaia Hypothesis, although currently I don't believe humans are considered a part of Gaia.

Humans are integral to the Global Brain, as they are its nervous system.


Where Gaia is the earth as a living organism, I think the Universe as a whole is one organism. I could even imagine it is more expanded than this.

It could be. Most people call "The Universe" the space out to the causal horizon, some 40 or so billion light-yeras away, the point where the Hubble expansion equals the speed of light. A Universal Mind could go beyond that point, and we have no idea what's beyond the causal horizon.
Prolly just more space as is within it. Possibly infinite.

My thought is not just a pantheistic belief, but instead is panentheistic, including non-physical and timeless elements of God as well.

There lie dragons.

I could see where the global brain (and Gaia) are possibly beings within a Being, as we humans are micro-beings within the Macrocosmic.

The GB relies heavily on recursion, a substrate creating a metasystem transition, beings within beings.

Maybe the planet is a cup of water in the ocean where each human is only a drop. (I know the ocean metaphor is one frequently used in spiritual discussions; I couldn't help but use it here.)

See Lem's Solaris. Although intelligent planets require billions of communicating intelligent beings, such as humans.

Since early last year I imagined that evolution is the process for which God becomes conscious of Himself. It is as if the entire physical creation was a game in which He purposefully induced self-amnesia. Over the billions of years this creation begins to become more and more aware of itself. Perhaps it does so by the enlightenment of each being, and this is why reincarnation would be necessary so that the soul evolves during each lifetime until reaching enlightenment, in which the soul is reunited with the Great Being.

One possibility could also be that the physical body dies, but the spirit lives on in the GB, just as these words hopefully will, assuming we're smart enough to avoid extinction.

If there are alien beings somewhere out there in this impossible-to-imagine vast Universe, I wonder how evolved they are physically and spiritually. Are we all evolving at the same rate?

I went to Vegas a year or so ago, and looking at the lights at night on the Strip I wondered if any other civilization in the Universe has reached this point yet.

I don't know anything about any of this, but it's fun to imagine. At any rate, the Life that has been given as part of this adventure can be used to grow spiritually, personally, not just physically. The first step is the acknowledgment of the soul. The second step is getting to know the soul. From here there are many more steps leading up to enlightenment, which I believe is the realization and the experience of connection with God. I think I'm still only at the first step. I am really eager to learn more, to feel more, to grow more and to be more.

An exciting thing happened to me just within the past couple weeks. I had finally discovered what my life's purpose is. It is difficult to explain it using words, which are very limiting, but my life's purpose is to grow. I have hope that I can grow enough to be able to help someone else someday, someone who sincerely wants to grow as I want to grow. It took a while to even realize I wanted to grow, but once I realized it, a lot of the weeds on the path disappeared which really helps me to see the path more clearly.

If one considers how the GB, if it exists, could possibly be exploding with advancement, almost like a triggered off atom bomb, then we're all growing, all the time in every way.

It's a very cheerful theory compared to much of the gloom and doom out there. And positive self-fulfilling prophecy is a very strong force.

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Sophia said...

Don,

Why would galaxies have to communicate in order to be a Universal brain? Before technology was introduced into the world the creatures all over the planet could have been neurons for the global brain and yet there were no means of communication. Or is the term "global brain" some big science term that I'm not getting that is used to refer to the global connections made by technology?

When I use the term "Universal Mind", technology isn't really involved. I just wonder if every living creature is a receiver of input to the one Mind? Kind of like our fingers, tongues, ears, eyes and noses are receivers for our physical brain.

Well, now that I think about it, rocks aren't considered to be living creatures yet they are very much alive with the divine.

It's just me trying to overanalyze things as usual, kind of like a kid who keeps asking why. I could go looking for intellectual answers my whole life yet I know that enlightenment would bring answers that can't be spoken in words.

Don said...

Because the only at to have a mind is by it having internal communication between subsets of itself (like neurons signaling neurons)

Before now with no gobal comm system and only lower animals very few memes were communicated - it takes a lot of that to make a GB.

GB just means the Earth is becoming a living system.

Every living creature is a receiver of input to the one Mind at some level.

Rocks, trees, water ... form the infrastructure.

Not just you, but no one can grasp it all. Can one neuron understand the mind it helps form?

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Don said...

PS:

Every creature from the beginning of time could be a neuron in this brain, perhaps being eyes for the one Great Mind

True. By producing and recording memes in the System. Deceased folks have memes in the Global Brain, just as living people do. The functioning of the GB is to communicate memes amongst all of us. The ones that contribute to comfortable survival are the ones that are retained. So, E = Mc**2 is a meme from a former, now dormant neuron, as is "To be or not to be."

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