One of the few philosophers of ancient Greece who actually seemed to grasp the connection between the mind and the matter of the multiverse itself was Heraclitus. In a mystics typical fashion he believed that everything was made of but one substance in a constant state of flux: A sort of fire/soul substance we in modern times would easily recognize as energy. He believed that this soul substance danced between the four elements of the physical realm constantly changing forms.
Anaxagoras affirmed Heraclitus ideals stating that the mind is the true origin of motion and change. Obviously the children of Descartes would write off consciousness as an epi-phenomenon of matter and instantly disagree, but what of modern physics and the picture it paints? Dr. Stuart Hameroff insists that “there is a universal proto-conscious mind which we can access that can influence us, but it actually exists at the fundamental level of the universe, at the Planck scale.” This is what I believe the Higgs boson is actually evidence of, what’s known in the east as Pran, or Chi; a collective soul if you would.
A lot of scientists, including Higgs, write off this line of thinking as merely sensationalism and won’t agree with a lot of what follows. Maybe they’re right. The only question I have is this: How did the ancient philosophers even begin to form this concept of interconnectedness without any knowledge of energy? Obviously intuition has played a big part in the forming of philosophical ideals but still; one can’t help but wonder. Do mystics simply just feel the inner workings of the multiverse? Plato was obviously insinuating this very idea when he stated that all human beings were born knowing the order of the cosmos and all learning was merely a matter of remembering.
The cycle of existence- whose beginning and end are one and the same- appears to have originally identified time as the primary ingredient of all things. However, our movement through the circle of life obviously isn’t the mechanical motion of our bodies but the motion of life itself. Time being a construct we came up with to measure the distance things travel between two points rules this possibility out. Think of Jesus offering Everlasting Life which repeatedly dies into all other transformations and is born again. He’s not talking about how far a rock floats through space as you read this post is He? So saying time is the primary substance of the cosmos doesn’t make much sense. He’s talking about Life- of the one, living and Divine, soul-substance that encompasses all living things. See, mystics have always believed that Life, or energy, is at the center of all creation.
Life itself is far from stationary. There is no such thing as fixed and changeless. Heraclitus absolutely insisted that all becoming was the becoming of life, namely birth; much like the wheel of reincarnation. Every birth is, also and equally, dying into the next life. “Fire is not deathless but ever-living, and it lives by death and rebirth into all other forms.”
NOTHING EVER REALLY DIES
“Thus it is wisdom to confess that all things are one; all things come out of one, and one out of all things.” We can see here the mystical belief that the one can pass out of itself into all things and yet retain oneness. The secret seemed, as Heraclitus saw it, to lie in the notion that continuity of life is not broken by death, but rather renewed. Death, in fact, is not perishing; it isn’t end or dissolution. The one life revolves in an endless cycle; this unity cannot be dissolved or broken up into parts. Nothing ever really dies, it merely changes form.
There is only one truth and that truth is within you and in all the things around you. There is only one Logos, one reason for everything throughout the cosmos, which is the same for all. Out of this one meaning comes all the symbols, beliefs, and ideals we find in our collective conscious; nothing is a complete and independent expression of it. As they say in the East, “prattitayasamutpada” or “everything leans.”
“Wisdom is one only; it is willing and unwilling to be called by the name of Zen (life, which is God-Zeus). I searched myself for it is open to all men who know themselves to be wise. But they will not find wisdom by running to the ends of the Earth and trusting to their own eyes and ears, which are bad witnesses to men, if they have not the souls to understand their language. Nature loves to hide herself, she hints of one meaning under many forms which delude the senses of a fool.”
To the mystics of all ages, the visible world of the senses is a myth. A tale half true and half false which embodies Logos, the truth of which is one. One never ending cycle that lives and dies into itself constantly. There is only one way. One truth. One light.