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13. That which experiences

In the previous two chapters, I concluded that the only thing that exists is a universal spirit which I call «The Experiencer» and others will call, e.g. God.

This chapter is a piece of philosophical gymnastics to discover what this Experiencer is in essence and what the Experiencer does, i.e. which one property it must have for the universe and you to be able to arise.

This property is to experience, logically enough, which I arrive at is the same as registering changes. «Changes» are again directly linked to the physics term «energy». Already, we have a connection between the mental (experience) and the material (energy).
The notions of change are necessary for the world to arise and develop. How are they formed?

To explain the concept of change, we must understand the mental mechanism that produces the changes and thus the universe.

We must therefore examine the components of experiencing, which is the only thing we know exists – because we do it ourselves.

For the first and only time, we must thus apply «mental reductionism», that is, consider the term «experience» and analyse what it means in its details.

That alone requires a discussion.

Subjective experience is traditionally the subject of philosophy, psychology and religion, not the natural sciences. In a scientific context, the primary function of consciousness has been little studied.

What I am about to say is thus the result of my own considerations and insights but is also taken from many more or less philosophical, scientific and esoteric sources.

That doesn't sound «scientific», does it?

The scientific method requires that a phenomenon be observed the same every time and that experiments invariably lead to the same result when the circumstances are identical.

When the object of the survey is experience, we all have immediate, direct access to both observe, make mental reductionism and also assess the elements the reduction leads to, for example, whether they always seem to be the same.

What I am now going to present, you can assess for yourself by looking at and studying your own awareness and experience. It requires practice and reflection but is not impossible.

I postulate that experiencing contains an active subject that has two functions: creating and experiencing – which we will eventually see can be reduced to the same thing, namely to experience.

Ok, this came a little abruptly and was again slightly complicated. We must take it step by step and try to be as straightforward as possible.

Since our theory of idealistic emergence is precisely idealistic, it means that the world is «thought» by «something» capable of thinking.

That is a popular way to put it. The wording is not entirely precise because we do not yet know what thinking is, but it is irrelevant right now.

We must somehow be able to say something about this subject that «thinks» the world. We must also be able to explain how it works.