The Magic of Existence

Your consciousness is the only thing keeping your world in the form it appears to you now. Your world vanishes when your consciousness focuses inwardly once again on itself.

So what about the rest of the people? They are completely immersed in their worlds. Even if your entire world were to collapse, that wouldn’t change anything. They continue to exist within their magical world as you do within your own.

But what about the real world that exists outside here? Simply put, there is no such thing as a world outside of one’s consciousness. How could you experience the world if it were not in your head? The existence of a world is contingent on the presence of observers; in their absence, the world cannot be said to exist.

The logical conclusion that can be drawn from this is that no objective world exists apart from a subject. Objects cannot exist without subjects, but by self-reflection, a subject can disengage from the world of objects and dwell in a state of pure, objectless subjectivity. Since the existence of the subject does not depend on the existence of the objects, it is abundantly clear that the subject is more fundamental than the objects. The subjectivist viewpoint known as AV/nonduality emphasizes the importance of consciousness as the underlying structure of reality. It is subjectivist, but it does not have a solipsist orientation.

Solipsism is the presumption that the collapse of your world results in the cessation of all other conscious beings in the universe. However, that is not the situation here. Subjectivism maintains that the collapse of one world leads to the collapse of only that world. In contrast, other subjects enamored of the objects in their world continue to perceive their respective worlds even after they turn their backs on the objects in their world.

Illusionary reasoning.

You have some control over your world depending on the actions you take. However, upon attaining liberation, the dharmic and yogic traditions agree that you attain supernormal powers that grant you the ability to shape reality. Teleportation, mind reading, and the ability to materialize objects are some of the siddhis that are described. Therefore, the ability to fully control reality is unlocked for the Jivanmukti, whereas the bound jiva’s agency is limited; however, the bound jiva is the one who limits themselves through their actions.

The central tenet of this philosophical line of thought is that subjects depend on objects but not vice versa. According to this line of reasoning, there is no way there could be a world outside of an observer. How could anyone possibly experience a world that never entered their consciousness in the first place? If we have such a hard time proving that our consciousness is a real phenomenon, how could anything else besides consciousness even be considered to exist?

We can imagine a universe that contains no subjects, but this is merely a speculative universe that exists only in our imaginations. But what if we discovered a way to communicate with such a vast and featureless universe? Because the moment we become aware of this “empty” universe, it immediately becomes an object in our consciousness; consequently, it is impossible to divorce consciousness from the objective world. Even though quantum physics is still in its infancy, it is making slow but steady progress toward confirming the primacy of the observer and the dependency on objects, even at the material level.


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