The ‘journey’ is a search for
discovery and realization of the
Universe and the human place in it.
A narrative aim is to show the
But not to suppress essential challenge.
The idea of a journey has individual and human
The text proves a view of individual and universal
As limitless in variety, extension (‘space’), and
Universality may be secured by avoiding commitments
Substance. Here, Being is deployed as commitment free.
The ideas narrated often came as if received outside
If entering an alien world of stark beauty.
Meaning is sometimes seen as
fixed—but has no final
Determination outside process. New experience and
Use balance fluidity and fixity in setting meaning.
Many new ideas of the text
have familiar names and origins.
However, new meanings often deviate significantly from
Old; this awareness will help appreciate new meanings.
Understanding will be further
enhanced when it is appreciated
That the new ideas form a connected system with meaning
That is greater than the collection of individual
Seeing meaning as concept and
object enables demonstration,
Below, of a system that envelopes all knowing and
I have therefore been careful
to specify meanings employed.
Capitalization, e.g. Logic and
Being, will mark new meanings.
To know greatest being requires faithful depiction
Universe and our relations to it. Metaphysics,
Worldview are terms for such depiction.
The common ‘standard’ cosmologies are secular and
Secular. Secular cosmologies appeal to
Science. The trans-secular posit worlds ‘beyond’;
The mythic and religious are among its standard kinds.
David Hume pointed out the absence of necessity to
Of science as fits to the entire Universe: agreement on
Region does not of necessity extend to the whole.
Secularism sees science reach far into all known
Typically concludes: probably, science nearly captures
Universe. This does not allow for undiscovered niches.
Universal fit of science is neither necessary nor
This conclusion is well illustrated by a history of
Revolution. History, also reveals that we soon forget
Since Newton's synthesis science has uncovered many niches.
The quantum and the space-time-gravity realms are
In being generally unforeseen before their advent.
Therefore science allows wide open metaphysics
beyond its valid
Domain. In a sense to emerge later the ‘beyond’ is
Mythic cosmologies so conflict realism as to have
Purchase on metaphysics—to insist on openness where
Has been shut down by positivist secular dogma.
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 would have no definite
Or end. A discrete text, however, has a nominal
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
The core and theater of our being. Its forms are pure,
World, and of action; which combine as ideas and
Experience is the rock of knowledge of things—
Knowledge that something ‘is there’, for even if all is
Illusion, there is illusion—which is experience.
Is there more than experience? We might respond ‘the
No pragmatic interest’. However to demonstrate more
Significant benefit as explained immediately below.
It will displace excess doubt and confidence in
Reliability of the world. Common experience will go
Current borders with what certainty may emerge.
In foundation—e.g. of the world in the given—will be
Demonstration follows: if there is only experience
then it is as
If either of limited or of the whole world. The former
Contradict itself; the latter claim would relabel the
Therefore, there is experience which is part of the
This is no guarantee that the world to be as we
expect. It may be
Far greater—or less. In either case we will have found
Preliminary care in foundation will yield immense
This shows a general value to care in foundation.
Seeing an experience as object for another grounds a
Concept-object interpretation of concept meaning
Drawn out in essays named on the title page.
The foundation process is not single step. Here, as
Repeated increment interacts with application.
There are also major ‘increments’ such as (here)
Conception and focus on significant concepts,
Experience, Being, Universe, Void, and Realism.
To ‘exist’ is to be. Reflections above show existence
is not an
Empty concept and that it has a robust and
Foundation in experience.
‘Exists’ shall denote any mix of or indifference to
‘Exists’, and ‘will exist’ according as change in same
Does or does not have local significance, respectively.
Being is that which exists. The power of the idea of
Being is its
Neutrality to kinds commonly regarded real. Examples
Space, time, process, matter, mind, spirit, soul, and
Mention of the kinds is inessential to the core
Whatever is real—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. A
That is not in the Universe does not exist.
‘Being’ discriminates only existence from
It does not distinguish kinds. Whatever is real is in
There is no other universe of fact or kind such as idea
The Universe contains all creation but is not
Any creator is part of the Universe—
The Universe can have no external creator.
Knowledge of the natural world is coded in laws and
Histories. Natural history may be written as law,
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’ may be extended. Morality, civil law,
Judgment have immanent local forms we may name Ethics,
Justice, and Value. All such form lies in the Universe.
The Void is the absence of Being. Therefore the Void
No Law. As complement to the Universe—or any element of
Being relative to itself—the Void exists.
The Void which is the absence of Being exists and
Contains no Law. The Void may be regarded to be
Part of every element of Being.
All states emerge from the Void for the contrary
Be a Law of the Void. Thus 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 is,
Allows concepts for which it is impossible to have
From limitlessness of the Universe the only concepts
Objects are the impossible. This constraint on concepts
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 limit—but
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
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 without
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.
This, 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 allows 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 expression.
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
Being and experience—roughly, world and knowledge—
Are both known in experience. Variety of Being and
Of knowing—their distinctions, connections, and
Are seen to merge in experience.
Our civilization is the web of human culture over
Continents. Greater Civilization is the matrix of
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;
Individuals manifest realization.
Civilization provides ways, rough methods, of
Action—disciplines of thought, discovery, and
Emergence of disciplines, too, has rough method.
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
Action is not ‘mere’ process—ideas are a partial
And action are the means of realization. Realization
With ideas; transformation requires action.
The ultimate is not immanent in limited form:
Be indeterministic. The way of engaged realization must
Risk—in small and large steps—and in selective
This is the core of a mechanics of realization.
Change may begin
With reason but the final source of change is risk—take
Step. Outcome, where adapted, is captured in Being or
Development of ideas above is in breakdown,
And rebuilding. The way of realization lies in
Imagination and experiential rebuilding of ideas and
This is appropriately named analysis and synthesis
Which includes, thought, risk, change, and correction.
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.
Intrinsic and instrumental change are the modes of
The instrumental may be labeled ‘science and
appropriate name for the intrinsic is ‘Yoga’ understood
Means of connection to the Universe.
Realization is inspired by powers of Being and
Revealed above… and by the disciplines. It derives
Effectuality from the interaction.
The disciplines offer catalysts of mind and body
Yogas, meditation, shamanic way, and hypnosis.
Change in being, disciplines, and ways is stabilized by
In experience and recollection—in memory, culture, and
Disciplines vary among cultures. Psychologies, East
May each have use in transformation. However, even
Commitment would be premature. Understanding of human
Being should continue to emerge in interaction with
These reflections constitute a program of realization
Detailed in essays named on the title page.
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 and
While in limited form realization is endless process
And ever freshness in variety—A Journey in Being.