3. Who do you think you are?

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Summary:
There is only one, universal consciousness. Something must have this consciousness. This "something" is in itself "nothing". We will return to this in the chapter What's beyond?, but right now we are concentrating on the universal consciousness that is "everywhere" – and your experienced, individual consciousness. What is the relationship between the two?
3.0.0-1  In subchapter Who thinks? we have said that there can only be one thought in the universe. Since everything is mental, everything is in thought, we must turn it around and say that the universe is a notion in this thought. This universal thought knows everything, sees everything, has created the notion of the whole universe, you and me included.

3.0.0-2  When we say "thought" we must be careful. It is far from self-explanatory, even if you here and now experience that you are thinking. Listen to the words I just said: you experience that you are thinking. The words imply that thinking is an experience. Experiencing must be the primary thing. Thinking is something you can experience. But you can also experience the acidity of a lemon, the wind coming in from the sea, hangover, anger or thrill.

3.0.0-3  Thinking is thus something experienced, what we call qualia. We have also talked about this before, in the subchapter Everything is qualia.

3.0.0-4  This thinker is not a person. It has no form, no content. This thinking is "outside", "before", different from some of what is thought, which is known, which is experienced. It must be a condition without any properties in itself. If it had properties, we must be able to ask where these came from, how they came to be. Something must be their cause.

3.0.0-5  Here we try to focus on the first and only thing that exists, the cause of all things. This first can not have properties in itself. Where should they come from, have as a cause?

3.0.0-6  What thinks and experiences must be pure being, pure alertness, pure alertness, pure "varhet". Without any content or form. It has to be this way. Something must come before absolutely everything else. Something just has to be, without any content, without any particular activity.

3.0.0-7  This something is in itself "nothing". It is not even pure consciousness, because consciousness means being conscious of something. Consciousness without being conscious is impossible. I mention it already now, so that the presentation should be consistent. We'll get back to that later, in the chapter What's beyond?

3.0.0-8  Right now we are assuming that consciousness is. We know it exists, because we experience each of us being conscious. That's all we know for sure. We have logically agreed that there is only one consciousness, because everything must come from one thing.