Why the Mystery?
One question naturally arises. If all is One and all proceeds from Mind, why is this truth not commonly known? Why is it hidden in the metaphors of multiple gods and multiple religions and multiple saviors who are both god and human? Why is this not commonly known by everyone? Why the mystery? The answer lies in the purpose of the cosmos’ existence and in the nature of this reality. The answer succinctly lies in the person of Jesus and his link between God and humanity.
Plurality and Meaning
If all is One, why have a cosmos of multiple separate entities at all? Why not remain One in perpetual existence? The answer lies in the incompleteness of One. One has no meaning in itself to distinguish it from nothingness. One is made a thing and given meaning only by the gaze of another who is different and can distinguish its differentness by comparison. One may be boundless of space and time. One may not have limits in power or knowledge. But what meaning can be given to a limitless One without the existence of limits with which to be compared, and in comparison, to gain meaning and significance…?Because One in itself lacks meaning and significance, One in itself is incomplete. One is nothing in itself. One becomes significant and complete in becoming a plurality of things. When this One spoke another living being into existence the One who was now two could finally look at itself from the eyes of another and realize what it was to be a boundless One.
There’s only one problem in the One becoming two. There cannot be two boundless things because there is no possibility of separation between the two. There would be no way to distinguish between the two. In order to distinguish between two things there must be properties which differentiate them. One thing must not be exactly like the other. The boundless One had to make the other bounded so that one could gaze at the other and signify its properties. In doing this the bounded one could see the boundless One and be in awe of its vast differences from itself. The boundless One could gaze at the bounded one and signify its attributes giving it meaning. This is the purpose of plurality. We impart meaning to each other through awareness of each other and meaning is the purpose of existence.
Although the bounded one proceeded from the boundless One and was in reality one with the boundless One, the process of differentiation gave the appearance of separation. This appearance of separation also created an appearance of imperfection. To be limited in space and time and matter and knowledge is to feel fundamentally flawed. It feels that to be perfect is to be without limits. To identify ourselves as finite beings is to feel that there is something incomplete about us. This is the meaning behind the common saying that “I’m only human.” The wide spectrum of limitation is the origin of evil as well. This is the fundamental condition inherent in the concept of the original fall of mankind in the beginning. This is why wherever you go your meaning will be understood if you tell someone you know how they can be saved. They may not agree with your method of salvation but you will be inherently understood because the sense of lacking something is universal.
The Culture Hero
So the natural inclination is not to see all as One but to see a plurality of limited things and to feel defined by limitations. We feel guilt at not being perfect. We feel a vast gulf between ourselves and the One. The pattern and person of Jesus or the one who is both God and human has been built into the story of existence to bridge the distance between the One and humanity. It is a story of redemption and relation to draw us nearer to God. It is a story of redemption because Jesus is made to be atonement for our perception of lack. It is a story of relation because we can relate more to a human who was the embodiment of God than we can to a boundless being which seems to lie just beyond our comprehension. The story is meant to draw us nearer to God so that ultimately we can make that connection between God and ourselves.
Memory and Consciousness
Why is it necessary to be drawn to focus on the boundless? Why isn’t it sufficient to exist focused only on the limited plurality of things that make up our lives? The answer lies once again in the purpose of multiple things and the nature of the One. Other beings are needed to give meaning and significance to boundless existence. In order to give this meaning to the boundless they must reflect upon the boundless. This, however, is not sufficient to be complete. Meaning and significance are not retained by the boundless because the boundless is not bound by time and, therefore, does not possess memory as temporal beings do or consciousness as we experience it. Both memory and consciousness are temporal realities and require the passage of time in order to function. A boundless existence possesses neither. Even if a temporal being accumulates significant meaning of the boundless by contrasting all the ways it is excellent compared to all the limitations experienced in a bounded existence that meaning is lost once the temporal being ceases to exist. There is only so much time and a limit to the number of people to share it with that this unique perspective becomes lost with the passage of time.
How can the One save this experience of meaning and significance without memory or consciousness? I believe the answer can logically be found in Rene Descartes’ classification of substances. The contemplation of the substances was what originally drew me to my awakening to the One. It struck me that Descartes’ classification of substances was incomplete. He listed the finite material substance we think of as composing our cosmos, he listed the finite immaterial substance we think of as our minds, and he listed the infinite immaterial substance most think of as God. What logically seems left out is an infinite material substance. Now, matter requires space and time to exist but an infinite material substance seems to imply an existence for multiple beings without the need of limitations like birth or death among other implications. This could easily be the template for the consciousness and memory of a boundless being with our individual minds being like neurons and holding the memories for a single unity of consciousness. The experiences and meaning gained in the lifetime of a limited existence could be shared limitlessly with each other so that we could know even as we were known.
This is why it’s necessary to be drawn to focus on the boundless by culture heroes such as Jesus. The purpose of life is to gain meaning and reflect on the boundless. If no meaning or significance is gained about the One and who you truly are, what experience is there to be saved? If you cannot bridge the connection between yourself and the boundless One on your own, and I know it’s hard to see even when someone just comes out and explains it, that is why there are culture heroes like Jesus to give you someone to relate to and draw you closer in relation to the One. The significance you gain in relation to the One is the important part to attain. This is the purpose of the culture heroes in the first place and this is why the true picture of reality seems hidden behind their images drawing us near.