Journey in Being is a quest
And realization of the greatest destiny of Being
And the place of human being in this process.
The vehicles of discovery are individual and group—
Beings and civilization.
The process—its ideas and
approaches—are significantly new.
What is new builds on and subsumes what is valid in
The old—the narrative will have familiar elements.
The new elements will be unfamiliar to (many) readers.
Understanding will be enhanced
by appreciating that
In the narrative familiar terms have new meaning
And that the ideas form a connected system whose
Meaning is greater than the sum of individual meanings.
Being is that which exists.
The power of ‘Being’ is its neutrality to kinds—
Real or hypothetical—such as space, time, matter,
Mind, spirit, or word-as-world.
Mention of these special kinds is not essential
To the development. Whatever is real
Is in Being even when unnamed.
Experience—awareness—is the core,
Place of knowledge and theatre of our—human—being.
Experience is pure, receptive, or active. These
As pure and creative ideas; and action.
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 nothing but a hypothesis.
‘Being’ discriminates only existence from
It does not distinguish kinds of Being.
Whatever is real exists in the one Universe.
There is no other Universe of partially real kinds.
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.
(It will be seen that the Universe has neither
beginning nor end.
The Universe is.)
Knowledge of the natural world is
Coded in ‘laws’ and natural histories.
Natural history may be coded as law,
Legend, myth, or ancient cosmology.
The laws of natural science are
Familiar examples of laws.
A law is a reading of a pattern;
The pattern itself is the immanent Law.
All Laws have Being.
The Universe contains all Laws.
The Void is the absence of Being.
As complement to the Universe,
The Void 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.
The Universe has no limits.
This demonstrated assertion
Is named the ‘fundamental principle of metaphysics’.
It is crucial to the development that the meaning of
The fundamental principle should be understood.
The principle implies what follows and it is especially
The implications that bring out its meaning.
Realism—i.e., Logic—is the only constraint for
To have objects in the Universe.
Agreement with fact is part of this concept of Realism.
Natural science and experience have domains of
But the Universe is greater without limit than those
The Universe is limitlessly greater than our cosmos.
The Universe has neither beginning nor end.
The Universe is.
The Universe has (must have) manifestation and
In acute, diffuse and absent (non-manifest) phases.
That something must come from nothing is a trivial
The extension, duration, variety, summit, and
Of manifest phases of Being in the Universe
Are without limit.
The Universe confers these powers on individuals—
For the contrary would entail a limit on the Universe.
Individuals realize the Universe—i.e., All Being:
Its extension, duration, variety, summits, Identity.
Though individual identity may seem
a concrete unity
‘Individual’ and ‘group’ are relative terms.
(Every atom is a cosmos, every cosmos an atom.)
However, the individual-group distinction is not relative.
Power is conceived as degree of limitlessness.
The Universe is ultimate power;
The individual realizes this power.
Apparent limits are part of the constitution
Of the forms of Being—
Though temporary, limits are—part of—the form of
Limits are the likely result of origins.
Such, too, is the nature of human limits.
While in limited form realization is endless
A Journey in Being.
In unlimited form realization is Aeternitas—
Eternity in a moment—
To which life and death are gateways.
The oneness, connection, and continuity
Of these forms lie in Identity—
In experience, idea and action.
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 expression.
Our civilization is the web of human culture
Across time and continents.
Greater Civilization is the matrix of civilizations
Across the Universe.
Individuals foster Civilization;
Civilization nurtures the individual.
Civilization is the hearth of realization;
The individual is the manifestation of realization.
(While in limited form realization is endless
A Journey in Being.)
While individual and Civilization are vehicles,
Ideas and action are modes of transformation and
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.
However efficiency and enjoyment
Are immensely improbable without commitment.
The thoughts that now follow make explicit a
Basis for a program for realization.
Program design is in the Précis Edition
And detailed in the Complete Edition.
The places of realization are
Nature and society.
Nature is the ground of civilization.
The way of realization lies
In break down and experiential rebuilding of ideas and
Which includes thought, experiment,
This break down and rebuilding is appropriately
Analysis and synthesis of ideas and Being.
Realization derives inspiration from the disciplines
And the powers of Being and thought
Revealed above. It derives effectuality
From their interaction.
Dimensions or phases of realization are
Transformation of Being—Ideas and Action and
Transformation of Civilization—inhabiting the Universe
Intrinsic transformation (of Being) and instrument or
Ideas may be experienced as possessed of
Independent flow and necessity—as if revealed.
The ideas above are written with emphasis on
Experience of original flow.