This very brief account is of
a journey—a quest—for
Discovery, revelation, and realization of the Universe
In its greatest form—the greatest destiny of Being—
And the place of human being in the process.
The narrative endeavors to
show in simple form
What is essential to discovery and realization
But not to suppress essential challenge.
The Journey in Being
Links to narratives with greater detail.
The Précis Version will be
useful in pursuing
Further acquaintance with the ideas of this text.
Edition is an instrument of action
And has material of academic interest.
Ideas recounted in the text often came as flow
Volition. The experience has been as if stepping
Expectation into an alien continent of great beauty.
Thus that I sometimes think of the ideas as received.
Meaning is sometimes seen as
But has no final determination outside process.
New experience and established use balance fluidity
And fixity in determining meaning.
Many ideas and ways of this
narrative are new.
The new builds on the old—on familiar themes
But readers may be unfamiliar with what is new.
Understanding will be best
when it is appreciated that
The new meanings are often carried by familiar terms
And that the ideas form a connected system with
That is greater than the collection of individual
To specify meaning where it
may lack adequate definition
Is always important. To help address issues stated
I have been especially careful in specifying
Meanings of significant terms employed.
To know and appreciate greatest being requires
Depiction of the Universe and our relations to it.
Metaphysics, cosmology, and worldview
Are common terms for such depictions.
The common ‘standard’ cosmologies are secular and
Trans-secular. The secular appeals to common
Especially science. The trans-secular posit worlds
‘Beyond’ and its standard kinds are mythic and
The philosopher David Hume pointed out the absence
Necessity to science as defining or fitting the entire
Agreement on a limited region or data set does not of
Necessity extend to the whole—i.e., the Universe.
Secularism sees science reach far into all known
Concludes: probably, science nearly captures the
This does not allow for undiscovered niches.
Hume’s argument disproves the necessity of fit. The
argument disproves its likelihood—this conclusion is
Illustrated by the history of scientific revolutions.
History also reveals a tendency to forget this lesson.
Since Newton’s synthesis science has uncovered many niches
Of significance. The micro or quantum and the
Space-time-gravity macro realms are telling for their
Were generally unimagined before their discovery.
Therefore, from necessity and probability, science
Wide open metaphysics in the region beyond the domain
Validity for science. This ‘beyond’ will be later
Limitless in a sense that will emerge with the
Mythic trans-secular cosmologies so conflict realism
One another that they have no purchase on metaphysics
Except a goal of metaphysics to insist on openness
We may have been shut down by positivist secular
Any metaphysics that agrees with standard
And their principles of reasoning—in their domains of
Validity is allowed by those cosmologies and
One aspect of secular thought is significant—all
Metaphysics must be founded in experience.
A ‘universe’ of narrative has no definite beginning
A discrete text, however, has a nominal beginning.
It is effective to begin the core of this text with
Which is the place of our relation to the Universe.
Experience—awareness—is the place of knowledge of
Things—the core and theater of our being.
Its forms are pure, receptive, and active. These
As ideas—pure and creative—and action.
Experience is the rock of knowledge of things—
Knowledge that something ‘is there’, for even if all
Illusion, there is illusion—which is experience.
It is thus shown that there is experience.
Is there more than experience? There are temptations
Respond ‘of course there is’ and ‘the issue has no
Pragmatic interest’. However, to show that there is
Than experience yields significant benefit as
It will displace excesses of doubt and confidence in
The world. Common experience will go beyond its
Borders with what certainty may emerge. Analytic skill
In foundation—e.g. of the world in the given—will be
Demonstration follows. If there is only experience
then it is
Either of the whole world or limited. The former claim
Would relabel the world; the latter would contradict
Therefore, there is experience which is part of the
‘The World is Experience’ relabels this latter
Such foundation is no guarantee we will find the
world to be
As we expect. We may find it to be far greater—or
Lesser. In either case we will have found truth. In
Preliminary care in foundation will have immense
Such, in general, is a value to care in foundations.
The process is not single step. Here the foundation
Revised incrementally and repeatedly in interaction
Development and use of a metaphysics. Incremental
Revision is typical in development of foundations.
Though often small, there are also major
Examples here are the insights to conceive and focus
The main concepts, especially experience, Being,
Laws, the Void, and Realism.
The word ‘exists’ refers to ‘what is there’. To
To be. The reflections above show that existence is
Empty concept and that it has a robust and
Foundation in experience.
‘Exists’ shall denote any mix of ‘existed’,
‘exists’, and ‘will
Exist’ and more according as time and space are but
Local measures or coordinates of difference
Respectively, with same and distinct identity.
Being is that which exists. The power of the idea of
Being is its neutrality to hypothetical kinds and
Commonly thought of as real. Examples are space, time,
Matter, mind, state, force, process, spirit, soul, and
Mention of these special kinds is not essential
To the core of the present development. Whatever is
Named and unnamed—is already in Being.
The Universe is All Being.
There is one and only one Universe.
Whatever has Being is in the Universe.
The hypothetical being that is not in the Universe
Does not exist—it is no more than a hypothesis.
‘Being’ discriminates only existence from
It does not distinguish kinds of Being.
Whatever is real exists in the one Universe. There is
Universe—e.g., of fact or of kind such as idea or
The Universe contains all creation
But is not created.
Any creator is part of the Universe—
The Universe has and can have no external creator.
Knowledge of the natural world is
Coded in laws and natural histories.
Natural history may be written as law,
Legend, myth, or ancient cosmology.
The laws of natural science are familiar
Modern examples of natural law.
A law is a reading of a pattern;
The pattern itself is the immanent Law.
All Laws have Being.
The Universe contains all Laws.
This ‘realism’ of natural law may be extended.
Civil law, and judgment of value have immanent forms
May name Ethics, Justice, and Value. The Universe
Contains all Ethics, Justice, and Value.
The Void is the absence of Being.
Therefore the Void contains no Law.
As complement to the Universe
The Void exists.
The Void which is the absence of Being
Exists and contains no Law.
All states emerge from the Void
For the contrary would be a Law of the Void.
It is thus shown that the Void—and, so,
Being and the Universe—have no limits.
If power is degree of limitlessness, the Universe is
Power. Every state of being, including the Void has
Ultimate power is implicit in the present. Those forms
Limited for which ultimate realization is only in
The Universe has no limits.
This demonstrated assertion
Is named the ‘fundamental principle of metaphysics’.
The worldview that results is called
The universal metaphysics
Or, simply, the metaphysics.
It is crucial to use of the metaphysics that its
Be understood. Let us now further develop this
First taking up explicit meaning.
In this section ‘concept’ will refer to referential
I.e., concepts that purport to have objects. Free
Formation is immensely useful in the progress of
While useful, this freedom allows formation of
Are inconsistent with fact or with one another—that
Allows concepts for which it is impossible to have
From the limitlessness of the Universe the only
That do not have objects are the impossible concepts.
This constraint on concepts for realism is
Not a limit on the Universe.
This minimal Realism constitutes
An explicit meaning of the metaphysics:
Given Realism, concepts have objects.
Another term for Realism is Logic: the Universe is
Of Logic (thus related to Logos). In this form, which
Agreement with fact (science), Logic is not a
Constraint of realism on the freedom of concept
The object of Logic is the Universe. All valid
Systems of logic lie within Logic.
Agreement with fact includes agreement with the
Claims of human culture, e.g. science, religion, and
lore in their
Valid domains. Consistency among concepts includes
With systems of logic where they are valid.
The vastness and Forms of Logic await discovery—The
Known logics are but forms of and within Logic.
And while the forms may be rough and seen as
Constraining, Logic is the true and most liberal
This account of explicit meaning should be
By discussion of implicit meaning which lies in
Which are the focus of sections beginning with Cosmology.
The universal metaphysics implies what follows.
It is especially the implications
That bring out its implicit meaning.
Natural science and experience have domains of
But the Universe—the object of the metaphysics—is
Greater without limit than those domains.
The Universe is limitlessly greater than our cosmos.
The Universe has neither beginning nor end.
The Universe is.
This is not a limit for Logic does not require that
And duration envelope Being. For every cosmos to be
Would be a limit. For every cosmos to be infinite
would be a
Constraint over and above Logic and therefore a limit.
Every state or element of Being is equivalent to
That something must come from nothing is a trivial
At the deepest and most general level the question of
Foundation of Being is forever resolved and closed.
However breadth is ever open—the extension,
Summit, and dissolution of manifest Being have no
Subject to Realism, systems of physical law are
Every Law, every cosmos is repeated without limit.
‘Ghost’ systems are ever passing through our cosmos.
In comparison to the limitlessness, our cosmos is a
Speck—infinitesimal in quantity and variety.
Every atom is a cosmos, every cosmos an atom.
The Universe has and must have manifestation and
In acute, diffuse and absent or non-manifest phases.
These powers of the Universe are conferred on
For the contrary would entail a limit on the Universe.
Individuals realize the Universe—All Being: its
Extension, duration, variety, summits, and
Though individual identity may seem a concrete unity
‘Individual’ and ‘group’ are relative terms, for
Every atom is a cosmos, every cosmos an atom.
However, the individual-group distinction is not
Apparent limits are part of the constitution
Of the forms of Being—
Though temporary, limits are of the form of beings,
Normally a result of origin and adaptation.
Such, too, is the nature of human limits
And experience of limits.
The givenness of realization does not negate
The value and challenge of endeavor
Or the facts of pain and death
But gives meaning to pain, death, and challenge.
While in limited form realization is endless
And ever freshness in variety—A Journey in Being.
For limited Being the forms of knowledge and Being
Are ever open—an eternal challenge.
The oneness, connection, and continuity
Of these forms lie in Identity—
In experience, idea and action.
In unlimited form realization is Aeternitas—
Eternity in a moment—
To which life and death—and pain and joy—are gateways.
That realization for limited form is endless
Requires that the empirical and symbolic sciences
For such forms remain ever in process and
Be complemented by immersion for their full
The meaning of the metaphysics has been given
Its power has received illustration. An effective
And characterization of the metaphysics may now be
In foundation in experience and Being the
Is perfect. From expression as Logic it is unique—as
Of all special metaphysics; and ultimate—in complete
Partially implicit capture of the variety of Being.
The universal metaphysics resolves foundation of
Shows the variety of experience and Being to be ever
While in limited form the variety of realization is
Unbounded, experience is limitless and eternal.
Though Logic is ultimate, its forms continue to
In dreams of certainty, security, and control, there
can be no
Final foundation of Logic, Ethics or Value outside
Limited form logic, ethics, and value remain in process.
Our civilization is the web of human culture
Over time and continents.
Greater Civilization is the matrix of civilizations
Across the Universe.
The metaphysics reveals a limitless Universe open to
Individual and civilization. It is appropriate and now
To address negotiation of the normal limits of our
The practical address of this concern is now taken up.
Individuals foster Civilization;
Civilization nurtures the individual.
Civilization is the hearth of realization;
The individual is the manifestation of realization.
Civilization provides ways of ideation and action—
Disciplines of thought, discovery, and transformation.
The standard forms of the disciplines—
Secular and trans-secular—
Are marked by incompleteness and error
But their core constitutes ground on which to build.
Our apparent limits are Laws or
Expressions of Law
Which also constitute initial ground on which to
Transcend limits on the way to universal realization.
The apparently stable initial ground
Is transient and incomplete,
But knowing and living its transient incompleteness
Is on the way to the ultimate.
Ultimate realization for all beings is given
By the metaphysics. However, efficiency and enjoyment
Are immensely enhanced in occurrence and quality
By commitment and engagement.
Sacred scriptures talk of divine magnificence. An
The Bhagavad-Gita compares the splendor of Being
To the radiance of a thousand suns. Yet the means of
Realization of the Gita are squarely in the present.
The Universe and the place of individuals in it are
Greater than in common secular and trans-secular
Especially on this knowledge, realization for limited
Begins in the present, touched and illuminated by the
A Way of Realization
What now flows from the ideas so far is basis for a
Realization that is further founded and outlined in
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Action is distinguished from material process in
Ideas as partial guide. Thus the modes of realization
Ideas and action.
Realization begins with ideas;
Transformation requires action.
Since the range of the ultimate is not immanent in
Forms, realization is indeterministic. Its way must
lie in risk—
In small and large steps—and selective consolidation. This
The core of a mechanics of realization.
The development of the ideas of this text has been
Down, creation, and rebuilding. The way of
In break down, imagination and experiential rebuilding
And Being, which includes thought, experiment, and
This process is appropriately named
Analysis and Synthesis of Ideas and Being.
At the front of realization the final resource is to
take the next
Step of thought or action—thus there can be no perfect
Of realization. However, to share learning is
Be teachers and ways but no Perfect Master or Final
The vehicles of realization are individual and
Being and Civilization and their transformations are
Among the dimensions of realization.
The places of realization are the Ground—nature—and
Fabric—society and culture—of Being and Civilization
Which link the immediate to the ultimate.
Transformation of Being has been seen to be via
ideas and action.
Transformation of Civilization is intrinsic—via
Being; and extensive, i.e. inhabitation and population
Universe via exploration
and instrument or technology.
Experience suggests restraint in thought of such
The metaphysics however shows its inevitability. ‘Now’
Is a good time for insight and developing mechanics
Of inner and instrumental transformation.
Realization derives inspiration from the disciplines
Interaction with the powers of Being and thought
Revealed above. It derives effectuality
From the interaction.
The disciplines suggest catalysts of transient
And body—e.g., yogas, meditation, shamanic way.
Change in being, disciplines, and ways is secured in
And reason; and recollection—in memory, culture, and
Disciplines vary among cultures. Psychologies of
East and West
Are different. Each may have use in transformation.
Commitment would be premature. Understanding of human
Being should continue to emerge in interaction with
Realization begins in the present, perhaps with
But requires risk—experiment, splitting, and
Increment is secured in reason, recollection, and
Living in transience, its joy and anxiety, is on the
Essential to realization, ever a flux of transience
While in limited form realization is endless process
And ever freshness in variety—A Journey in Being.