Are we a singularity of a universal consciousness? Are we the Universe taking individual forms to experience different lessons? What do you think?
Are You The Universe?
There are a variety of theories around our pre-existence as part of the consciousness of the Universe. Some people believe we have given up our memory or knowledge of our prior existence. The reason we’ve done this is to have an unbiased and unhampered experience in this time and space.
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” ― Alan Wilson Watts
Knowledge of Preexistence?
Along with this idea of prior existence as consciousness or soul, several theories play out in religions around the world. Some believe the knowledge of preexistence includes the idea that we choose life situations.
In this scenario, we select specific situations in which to be born. It’s the universe looking at itself to experience particular life lessons. We experience life from different perspectives, unaware we part of a larger experiment.
Some believe we are under the control of fate, and we live our following a specific blueprint. It’s the essence of pre-destination (1), where we have no real choices.
Others see our life situations as chance encounters and experiences. In this scenario, our lives are just random events, unplanned accidents of creation ruled by chaos.
Still, others see it as a kind of card game. It makes life a combination of pre-destination and chaos. Life deals us with a random set of cards and has some latitude on playing the hand. The choices are limited, but the game’s outcome is unlimited, and this is the conclusion presented in the movie Forrest Gump. They use the analogy of life as a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.
Some assert Near-Death experiences are the window that proves we possess knowledge of preexistence (2). They use past life regression hypnosis techniques as proof of reincarnation.
There are also some other interesting theories about life aside from those contained in the mythology and superstition of religion.
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” ― Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The Universe Looking at itself?
Most of these theories attempt to explain why so many people are born into very challenging life situations. Given the choice of an easy, uneventful life or a life full of challenges, which would you choose?
Would you choose a life of wealth and prosperity? What about a life of fame and fortune? Or would you prefer a more challenging experience? There is no obvious answer, but perhaps life is a spiritual experiment of some sort? No matter which philosophical position you favor, there’s no doubt we are a singular aperture of consciousness.
The question is, who is looking? Is our consciousness unique, or is it part of a collective, and our lives are merely the Universe looking at itself?
We each possess four useful tools for this great spiritual experiment. Our toolbox comprises our analytical mind, intuition, body, and doorways to higher consciousness states. However, everyone gets a unique set of tools and abilities. We are all different, with varying intellectual and physical capacities. Some people can access or slip into higher states more readily than others. Your task is to use the tools you have to their fullest potential.
What are your beliefs around the knowledge of preexistence? Do you believe your Soul recycles or reincarnates? Are we nothing more than the universe looking at itself, or are we unique entities?
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(1) Predestination, Wikipedia
(2) Preexistence, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia