I. Introductioin To Proof Of Afterlife By Awareness
1. Defining Awareness As Existence
Awareness, within the context of this discussion, is the ability to perceive, to feel, and be conscious. Awareness is the state or quality of being aware of something. Awareness is being alive. Awareness is our perception and cognitive reaction to objects, conditions or events in our environment. It is being aware of our surrounding environment. It is our focus. It is our consciousness. It is that portion of what is going on around us of which we are consciously aware. It is what our conscious mind focuses on. Someone is aware when they focus on what is happening around them.
Awareness is being alive and mindful of what is going on in your surroundings.
2. Sequential Nature of Awareness
Let's say you are sitting at your desk at work. It is 10:00 in the morning. As you are sitting in your cubical a friend walks by and says Hi. You look up and smile. A minute later a bird flies past your window. You catch a glimpse of it as it passes. Then your phone rings. As you reach over to pickup the phone you inadvertently knock your cup of coffee over on your desk, spilling coffee all over your papers. When you draw this up on a time line it looks like this:
The period of time from 10:00 to 10:04 was rather hectic. Looking back on it we have a tendency to think that everything happened at once. In our minds, we think that we got hit with four things at once.
However when you draw it out on a time line you can see that four things did not happen at once. They happened over time sequentially. At 10:00 you are sitting at your desk. Someone walks by and says hi. Your attention (shown as a black dot) shifts from whatever you are doing to the person. At 10:01 when the bird flies by your attention shifts from the person to the bird outside. Then it shifts again. Finally it shifts again to the spilled coffee on the desk.
Because awareness is sequential, we tend to overestimate what we are aware of. What feels like four things happening at once is really four individual things happening over time.
During any given moment there is just one thing we pay attention to. Hence, our awareness behaves as a focal point within the environment. This is shown above as the black dot above shifting focus in the environment over time. It darts around from one thing to another thing continuously. We tend to focus exclusively on the one thing we deem important at the moment. Then focus shifts as our attention gets preempted by something more important. We think we have paid attention to all four things simultaneously. However we really focused on just one thing at a time.
3. Party Analogy
To illustrate how awareness works in the environment imagine yourself at a party. Here is my diagram of what the party might look like:
Imagine twenty people in a fairly small room like this. People are formed into small groups as shown above. Inside each group is a conversation as represented by the red circle surrounding each group.. People are standing around, affiliated with their group, listening and commenting on the current conversational topic of the group. Each group maintains its own unique line of thought.
We walk around the party alone, not affiliated with any particular group. When we join a group our awareness focuses on the conversation of the group. We listen to the conversation of our group, focus on it exclusively, and tune out all the other conversations going on simultaneously in the groups around the room.
A diagram of the party from above looks like this:
Here is how the party is represented in the diagram:
1. The blue dots represent people at the party.
2. The red circles represent the conversations of the various groups of people at the party.
3. The lighter green circles represent the range of the sound (noise) generated by the conversations of the groups.
When we join a group (shown as a blue dot within a red circle) we listen to the conversation of our group. However, the sound of our group's conversion (as represented by the shaded green circle) extends physically beyond our group. The sound of conversation (light green circle) is much larger than the group (red circle).
Our ability to listen to the conversation in our group (and tune out all the other conversations in the room) is not based on proximity. Nor is it based on sound volume. The conversation we pay attention to is based on awareness.
We are aware of (tuned in to) the conversation in our group because we choose to focus on that conversation. At the same time we choose NOT to be aware of (ignore) all other conversations. Other conversations become background noise. We tune them out. Of all the conversations in the room, we listen to only one; our immediate group's conversation.
The other conversations are relegated to background noise. They may be just as loud as the conversation we are listening to, but we choose not to listen. We can hear other conversations (as shown by the overlapping green circles) but we do not listen to them. At some spots in the room we hear three or more conversations. Yet we choose to listen to the one we are in. Our conscious awareness stays with one conversation only, usually the one we are actively engaged in.
We could, if we wanted to, tune out (ignore) our group's conversion and tune into a conversation across the room. Here is how that works:
1. Imagine being in a group listening to its conversation.
2. Then, all of a sudden, you unintentionally catch an interesting piece of gossip in the group next to you.
3. You are really interested in this gossip so you tune out (ignore) the group you are in and tune into the group next to you.
4. You hear the tasty piece of gossip from the distant group. You listen exclusively to what they are saying for a little while.
5. Then someone in your group asks you a question and your attention comes back to the group you are in.
There is nothing to stop us from doing this. Attention shift happens all the time. All we have to do is to shift our awareness from our group to another group and follow their line of thought. We do not need to move physically. All we need to do is change our focus. When our awareness is in another group's conversation we will lose the line of thought in our own group's conversation. While your attention is with the other group, our group's conversation becomes background noise.
4. Singularity Of Focus
A change in conversational focus looks like this:
The woman in the back right of the room is interested in the man on the far left. She quits paying attention to the conversation of her immediate group and focuses her attention on the man's group across the room. Now she listens to their conversation. Consequently she tunes out both her conversation and the conversation in the middle of the room.
She can do this because focus is based on attention, not proximity or volume. While a shift in focus like this is possible, ignoring the people in your group is not good manners. So as soon as someone in her group speaks to her directly her focus will quickly return to her group and pick up the thread of the conversation we she left off.
It is important to realize that her focus can be in her group or it can be across the room but it cannot be in both places at exactly the same time.
We can simulate focus in two places in the room by darting back and forth between conversations. Shifting focus like this is like the worker, bird, phone, coffee analogy above. What appears to happen simultaneously actually happened over time. Our attention may dart between groups quickly, but at any one moment our focus is with just one group's conversation.
Singularity of focus is a fundamental concept of awareness. If we consider the party room as a whole, with all its groups and conversations, we are aware of only the conversation we are currently listening to. The conversation we listen to is a subset of all conversations going on at the moment. We can show the relationship between all conversations in the room versus the one we are paying attention to like this:
The left side of the diagram shows all the conversations going on in the room that are loud enough to hear, but have chosen to ignore. The right side of the diagram shows the one conversation we are paying attention to currently. There is a one (conversation we actively listen to) to many (all comversions in the room) relationship going on.
II. Awareness In The Environment
1. Visual Representation Of Awareness And Conversations
The conversations in the room are represented as arrows coming at us. The arrows are the incoming stimulus hitting our ears competing for our attention. Of all these conversations, one conversation has our attention. It is the conversation shown in red. This is the one conversation we are actively listening to. It is the one we currently aware of. The other conversations are relegated to the background. We consider them background noise. While we hear them, we do not pay attention to them. Viewed visually awareness looks like this:
So here is what we have:
1. On the left side, we have the total environment represented by all the conversations in the room.
2. On the right side, we have the one conversation we are currently engaged in and listening to.
In conclusion, we are not aware of all the conversations around us at any one time. The sequential nature of awareness (darting about the environment over time) leads us to believe we are aware of more conversations than we actually are. As the party analogy shows, at any one moment in time, we are aware of just one conversation. This is but a small portion of all the conversations we hear.
2. Awareness In A Single Moment In Time
To understanding awareness look at just one moment in time. Awareness moves around quickly. It can dart around from thing to thing in the environment. Because awareness moves around quickly we tend to think that it is in two places at once. What is really happening is that awareness concentrates on one thing, then moves quickly to another, and the back to the original thing. This makes awareness seem as though it is in two places at once. It makes it appear bigger than it actually is.
For a clearer view of awareness we have to narrow our frame of reference down to one moment in time. In a geometric sense this is just one slice of time. When you look at the single moment in time, you eliminate everything outside that moment. What happens just before and just after that moment is out of the picture.
Listening to two conversations at the same moment is entirely different than darting between two conversations over time. Listening to two conversations at the same time would feel like having two people shouting at you, each demanding your undivided attention. It would feel like each person yelling into each ear. It would be beyond annoying. It would be hopelessly complicated. It would be completely intolerable. Awareness is not set up to be in two places at the same time. When it is, caios ensues.
When we walk into a room, our awareness darts about looking at the floor, the walls, and the people. By moving our focus throughout the environment, we quickly gain an understanding of what is going on. However in any one moment, we are focused on just one aspect. A fundamental quality of awareness is singularity of focus within a moment of time.
3. Incoming Stimulus Held Back By Awareness
At the party we are listening to one conversation while 12 other conversations are going on at the same time. Those ignored conversations are considered background noise.
The illustration below shows the conversations in the room as arrows approaching our consciousness. The heavy black vertical line represents the current moment. The black line represents conversations are reaching our ears. We hear all of them all. We know we hear them because all we need to do is stop a moment, change our focus to any one of them, and will be able to listen to the conversational thread. Their sound is reaching our ear drums.
Of all these conversations, we focus on just one. That is the conversation shown in red. That is the one conversation able to get through to our conscious. It alone has our attention. All others are tuned out. We hear them, but we don't listen to them. Visually that looks like this:
When represented as a diagram like this, it becomes clear there is much more going on in the environment than we are aware of. We actively listen to one conversational thread. Meanwhile the other conversational threads that are hitting our ear drums are relegated to the background.
Imagine going back in time to relive this exact same moment. The second time you experience the moment however, you change your focus to a different conversation. This time you have is the exact same environment, with awareness focused on a different conversation. The first time we experienced the moment we were listening to conversation A. The second time we were listening to conversation B. The two environments were identical. The only difference is what we were aware of within the moment.
Whether we were listening to conversation A, or conversation B, is a matter of choice. It points out that there is more going on in the environment than we are aware of. This becomes especially clear when you look at one moment in time. The next step is to examine the ratio between awareness and the environment. Awareness is less than the environment, that much we know. How much less needs to be determined. Are we aware of half our environment? Are we aware of one quarter of our environment? What is the mathematical relationship between our awareness and our environment?
4. Opening Awareness In The Environment
To solve the ratio of awareness (what we are aware of) versus the surrounding environment, we have to theoretically open awareness within the environment. Until now we have looked at being aware of just one conversation in the room. In the illustration below, we open awareness slightly, so we are aware of three conversations. That looks like this:
The illustration shows three conversations getting through to awareness simultaneously, instead of just one. Three simultaneous conversations are shown as three arrows in red on the left. Normally just one conversation gets through. We listen to just one at a time. Now, instead of listening to one conversation, we are actively listening to three as shown by the groups on the right.
What would listening to three conversations at one time feel like? We have no frame of reference because this never happens. However we can speculate based on a few assumptions:
1. You can eliminate any jumping back and forth between groups because this takes time. We are talking about a moment in time.
2. Each conversation would be attacking our conscious mind with the same intent and focus as we previously had with just one. Rather than listening to one and hearing three, we are talking about listening actively to all three simultaneously.
3. If asked to take an exam on the subject matter of each conversational thread we could pass it.
The result of listening to three conversations would be complicated, chaotic and confusing. It would be as though three different groups were shouting at you demanding to be heard exclusively. Without the ability to hold back the other two conversations, we would decend into madness within seconds.
5. Upper Limits Of Opening Awareness With The Environment
In the thought experiment above we opened our awareness from one conversation to three. As a result we were plunged into chaos and confusion. Opening awareness even this tiny amount resulted in a drowning of stimulous. Undaunted however, we are going to open awareness still further. We are going to force awareness to accept (be aware of) even more of the environment.
Imagine opening awareness from three conversations to six. Now we have six arrows in red. Imagine opening awareness up still further. Imagine being able to actively listen to and fully understand every conversion in the room all at once. Imagine how confusing that would be.
Continuing this trend, imagine opening awareness up still further and pushing it to its upper limit. We are going to throw open the doors of awareness and let everything in. This gives rise to the following question: >
What is the upper limit of awareness? The answer is, the upper limit of awareness is the environment.
III. Awareness In Time
1. Awareness In The Present
The thought experiments we have done with awareness and the environment have been within one moment in time. Now we are going to examine awareness with respect to time. The red arrow below shows the moment we are in now. We can call it 12:00 noon. The moments shown in gray are the moments in the past. These are moments you just experienced. You were in them a moment ago. They lead up to the present, however you are not in them now. You exist only the current moment. Shown in the diagram below, only the current moment is able to get through to awareness. The moments of the past are blocked from awareness as shown here:
The illustration above, awareness in time, looks like the conversations in the room. Awareness operates in time exactly like it operates in the environment. In the environment we are aware of one conversation at a time. In time we are aware of one moment in time. We are not aware of multiple moments of the past. We are aware of the present only. Awareness is focused in the present moment. Awareness is located at one moment at a time.
2. Opening Of Awareness In Time
Exactly like we opened awareness to accept three conversations in space, we are now going to open awareness to accept three moments time. Under our new opened awareness model, instead of being aware just of the present, we are going to be aware of the present and two additional moments of the past. This is what that looks like:
What would it feel like to experience three moments in time simultaneously?
It would be unimaginably confusing to be aware of more than one moment at a time. This is what it would look when your hand passes before your face. It would look like this to experience five moments at once:
On the left side of the equation we have the ratio between awareness and life. Awareness, during life, is in the present. The upper limit of awareness is a lifetime, from conception to now.
On the right side of the equation is their geometric equivalents. On top, we have a moment, a single point in time. This is analgous to the present. On the bottom we have an eternity. An eternity is all time. The replationship between the present (awareness) and a lifetime is exactly the same as their geometic equivalents, a moment in time verses an eternity.
On top of the equation (the numerator) is what awareness is during life. On the bottom of the equation is the upper limits of awareness (the denominator). This represents what awareness could potentially become.
2. Solving For Awareness In Space
The next step is to solve awareness within space. We are trying to find the geometric relationship between awareness and the surrounding environment. Expressed as an equation our problem looks like this:
The left side of the equation shows the relationship between awareness within the environment. During life awareness is a point of view within the environment.
The right side of the equation shows the geometric equivalents. On top we have a point. This is analgous to conscious awareness. On the bottom we have space. This is analgous to the surrounding environment. The relationship between point of view (awareness) and the environment is exactly the same as their geometric equivalents, a point in space versus all space.
On the top (the numerator) we have what awareness is during life. On the bottom of the equation is the upper lmits of awareness (the denominator). This represents what awareness could eventually become.
3. Awareness In Both Time And Space
Now that we have been through our thought experiments, we are going to solve for awareness in the time/space continuum. To solve this equation we apply the relationship between awareness and time, as well as the relationship between awareness and space.
To express this visually we are going rotate time back to reveal space in a unconventional four dimensional view (length, width, depth, and time). The diagram looks like this:
This diagram shows awareness as a point in time and space. We can envision awareness being located at a specific point in time, and a specific point in space.
Awareness can be thought of as a single point in a time/space continuum.
4. Solving For Awareness In Both Time And Space
Awareness in time and space, expressed as an equation, it looks like this:
The left side of the equation shows the relationship between awareness and a lifetime. On top, we have awareness as a point of view with time and space. On the bottom, is all the enviroments of an entire lifetime.
On the top right we have the geometric equivalents. On the top, we have a single point in time and space. It has position ohly. On the bottom, we have a time-space continuum. This is the unlimited length, width, depth, and time surrounding the point.
On the top (the numerator) we have what awareness is during life. On the bottom of the equation is the upper limit of what awareness could become.
V. How Awareness Proves Afterlife
1. Our Unrealized Potential
You're sitting in a room surrounded by five conversations. You listen to one. You hear the other four. You only paid attention to one. The other four you ignored.
You heard all five conversations. They entered your ears and were absorbed by the mind. Yet you were only aware of one. The question becomes, what happens to the other four?
All five conversations are retained. In the moment, we deemed one relevant and others irrelevant, however all were retained. The information that passes into memory unnoticed far exceeds that which is noticed. The relationship between unnoticed-to-noticed is one to many. Expressed geometrically, it is space-to-point.
Gathering unnoticed information, over a lifetime, represents a huge unrealized potential. You could argue that this huge unrealized potential is discarded at the end of life but you'd be wrong. Everything in life, realized or not, is retained in the mind.
If all is retained, then what happens to this huge unrealized potential? The answer is it is realized in a single moment at the end of life.
Here is a diagram of two boxes. There is a small box and a big box. The center of each box is located at the center of the environment. In other words, both are placed in the environment at location 0,0,0.
The inner box represents conscious awareness. It can be thought of as a point of view. The outer box represents memory.
The centers of both boxes are at the same location, which is the center of the environment. The mental image is to make the inner box smaller, while making the outer box larger. Push the inner box to its smallest possible dimension. That would be a single point at the center of the environment. Push the outer box correspondingly larger. That would be the environment itself. There you have it. The point at the center of the environment is awareness. The environment itself is memory.
The important thing to realise is that the human mind contains iboth boxes. Life is not only conscious awareness at the center. It is awareness surrounded by memory. In terms of untapped potential, during life we are like a tiny minnow. We takes tiny bites of information as we swim through life. Meanwhile, in the background and complete unbeknown to use, memory is like a mega-mouth shark. It scoops up huge amounts of information as it swims through life. Memory's mouth is wide open.
During life we are the minnow. We are also the large shark. We just don't realize it. The massive food eating of the large shark takes place in the background. It goes on unnoticed.
During life the little mind is in control. Awareness is not allowed to expand during life. If it trys, it drowns in confusion. It is confined to position.
At the end of life, when the little mind no longer exists, the big mind still exists. The big mind is our unrealized potential. Basically, it contains everything. The manifestation of the big mind taking over is awareness exploding throughout space.
2. Awareness, Time and Space
In the previous section we spoke about the duality of the human mind. On the one hand, it is the focal point at the center of the environment. We call that the little mind. On the other hand, it is the surrounding environment. We call that the big mind. The mind is both, with little mind contained inside the big mind.
There is also a third mind. We have the little mind, the big mind, and the super big mind. The super big mind is time. It works like this.
As we move through life, we experience moments. In the moment we are the little mind. We also are the big mind. Both minds get absorbed into memory.
Hence memory becomes the third mind. We have awareness, contained in the environment. We also have the environment, contained in memory. We have a container, inside a container, inside a container.
In terms of unrealized potential we have awareness represented as a single point in time and space. Then we have the environment, represented as a space within time. Then we have time itself. What we are aware of during life is like a single point of no width, length, depth, or duration. What we are unaware of during life is unlimited width, length, depth, and eternity. It is the smallest possible thing to the largest possible thing. Visually that looks like this:
During life we are the point in the center of our environment, on the leading edge of our time-space continuum. Awareness is shown as the small red dot in the center of space. Awareness is a single location in time-space. It has no length, width, depth, or duration but it exists.
At the moment life ends, the little mind ceases to exist. At this moment the mega mind takes over. This is manifested as awareness exploding throughout time-space. The illustration shows expanding boxes representing awareness expanding outward from its central location. The concentric boxes represent awareness expanding into time-space.
In the drawing, awareness goes from one unit to two units. Then it goes from two units to four. Then it goes from four units to eight. Finally awareness expands out to its fullest extent absorbing all of time-space.
Understanding afterlife requires thinking in geometric terms. Geometrically you have a point in time-space becoming all of time-space. This is the same dimension change that occurred at birth. Afterlife is awareness undergoing a dimensional change to become everything.
4. How Afterlife Works Without The Physical Body
Afterlife comes down to unrealized potential. Consider awareness as a location within time-space. Consider time-space as surrounding awareness. Awareness and surrounding time-space how we live life.
During life everything we experience is being filed away in memory. Memory is all inclusive. It contains everything. Absorbing all information into memory and retaining it, as opposed to discarding it, sets up a huge reservoir of untapped potential. That untapped potential is the time-space. It is saved during a lifetime. Memory containing time-space represents afterlife. It is the kingdom of heaven.
Awareness, at the end of life, expands to absorb all information you gathered throughout your lifetime. The moment life ends, awareness goes from a point in time-space to all time-space. Afterlife is as an explosion of awareness throughout time-space. Through afterlife we become everything.
This is physically possible because when the human body stops functioning we are in the presence of everything. Everything is contained within memory. The moment life ends, everything is with us. Memory is all inclusive. All our experiences are with us in memory. Everyone we have ever known is with us in memory. Everything we have ever done, every thought we have ever had, and every emotion felt is with us now. It is with us at the end of life.
Our life will end at a specific point in time-space. When it does however, that one point expands to become all time-space.
Yes, afterlife is only one moment in durantion. But that is from the perspective of an outside observer. The person inside afterlife is experiencing all time-space simultaneously. You can think of it as a moment expanding to become an eternity. You can think of it as a point expanding to become a universe.
For afterlife we only need this single point in time-space. That single moment-point transitions to become everything. Because afterlife is just one moment in duraction it is independent of the physical body. Afterlife is as all moments of life experienced completely, simultaneously, and eternally.
During life we exist at one location within time and space. In afterlife this turns inside out. In afterlife we become all time and space. As such we become all seeing and knowing. Through death each one of us becomes God.
Conclusion To Proof Of Afterlife By Awareness