One of my blog readers wrote:
Do you actually believe in God? That amazes me. It’s a myth. There is no factual basis to the whole argument.
Here is my response:
For the record, there is no factual basis that anything exists. The world that you are experiencing is all happening inside your brain. You may think it is happening outside but that is an illusion. You have been “tricked” to think that. Everything that you think that you are seeing and hearing on the outside is really occurring on the inside. Your brain is the “creator” of the whole thing.
Since everything you are experiencing is internal, that means your world is 100% dependent on the condition your brain. Basically, the world is as your brain is. If you are depressed, your experience of the world is viewed through lenses distorted by depression. If you are paranoid, you perceive fear at every turn. If you are happy, your world is bright and cheery. If your brain is asleep, you miss the whole thing.
There is no factual proof that the world is nothing more than a figment of your fertile imagination.
Assuming the universe does exist, before we can know who its Creator is (or if He/She/It exists), there is one question that must be answered first. Who are you? Most people don’t have a clue who they are.
At first you may say that you are the left fielder for the Cleveland Indians, a fervent Republican who wears ugly plaid pants on the golf course, and a rabid eater of salami slathered with grape jelly. But that definition uses objects that are separate from yourself – the Cleveland Indians, the Republican Party, ugly pants, salami, etc. are not you.
My question is more basic.
Who or what is that which is at the basis of your knolwedge but is separate from those objects? What is the nature of that which experiences thought, feeling, sights, sounds, and the playing of left field? Most people are so caught up in the thinking, feeling, and perceiving, they don’t know who they are apart from all that activity. Most people go through life completely ignorant of their own essential nature.
Before you can even begin to understand who God is, you must start by knowing who you are. You must know the nature of your own consciousness. However, it is very rare that a person experiences his own consciousness when all mental activity ceases and, instead of being conscious of some thing, his consciousness becomes conscious of its own self. That experience is crucial to gaining complete self knowledge. (This is one wonderful reason why someone would meditate – to gain complete knowledge of his own self.)
When you have the experience of that pure consciousness (consciousness becoming conscious of its own self), you begin to realize that the basis of your individuality is actually cosmic. Consciousness (or one’s own self), it turns out, is universal. What you are at the basis of all thought and perception is an unbounded ocean of consciousness. When you fully realize your own self (Self) in this way, only then can you begin to know God. Only then would you be able to fully appreciate the personal aspect(s) of God and only then would you be able to merge with the impersonal aspect of God.
Until then, any knowledge someone may think he has would be based on ignorance of his own self. And ignorance, by definition, makes a weak foundation for any other knowledge.