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13.3. Conceptions

The pure, empty, alert, focused, hypersensitive Experiencer experiences «something» but does not know what «something» is.

It's like walking around in a fog. You see something white and grey everywhere, but even if you perceive changes in light and shadow, the mist gives no «meaning».

It's like looking up at drifting clouds, not knowing they are «clouds». The Experiencer must first interpret the impressions as clouds. Then the shape of the clouds can again be interpreted as something else; fabulous animals or princesses in a child's mind. Again, this is emergence.

Of course, it does not start with fog or clouds. It all has to start with one thing, and this thing, «something» – the tiny glimpse – must be indivisible, not composed of or come from anything else.

The universe's beginning is thus probably more like a point without any properties.

Let us, therefore, say that the first thing that happened in the world was that the vigilant Experiencer experienced «something» that stood out from «nothing», the void.

The very first part of the creative process is complete.

That is all it takes to start a universe. That is the only genuinely creative event that ever occurred in the entire universe. All else is consequences.

The next step is to interpret what this «something» is. Let's call it a «point».

Of course, it was not a point as we understand it. There was no dark spot on the firmament. There was nothing recognisable. It was something completely new: a breath, a bluff, a glimpse, a vague hint.

To experience something means to apply a name, a label, an idea, a concept that can be remembered. Everything similar that appears later will be understood as precisely this concept.

We must be careful here so we do not get the wrong associations. Concepts are, of course, not understood and remembered as words or names – not even necessarily as conscious thoughts.

You can walk around the forest for a whole day without thinking in words or being aware of anything around you. Yes, you notice trees, flowers, grass, rocks, twigs, birds and mosquitoes in the surroundings. You see everything. But you formulate it neither out loud nor inside you.

What you have is knowledge. As a rule, it is silent, unarticulated.

Words are symbols for symbols.

What we are talking about now are the underlying symbols – concepts, ideas, knowledge – that potentially can be expressed or thought of consciously as words or in other ways.

Formulating or manifesting something requires that we focus and carry out a process on top of what has been experienced, on top of the tacit knowledge, on top of the concepts.

We do not know how the very first experience was interpreted. It must have been the smallest thing imaginable (per definition), something that is not composed of anything else because something else did not exist.

Since we live in a time of language and science, we must reconstruct the event with our contemporary concepts. The closest we can get, in my opinion, is to say that the Experiencer registered a «point».

The Experiencer has now established knowledge; it has learned what something is; it knows something.

Interpreting is a creative act; a concept is created from something that is conceptless.

What's next?

The Experiencer continues to create. The next thing is probably another point.


It's the only thing The Experiencer knows and ever, in fact, created itself.

Maybe the Experiencer was bored?

Maybe the Experiencer is a stick-child who sits alone in the sandbox and needs stimuli. Only a single inspiration is sufficient. Sticks. Once the stick is understood, the child has the creativity needed to create a whole world.

The rest is just copying and construction.

One stick after another in new constellations, new shapes, new fantasies.