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Deep Sleep, Death and Reincarnation

It appears that there is a brand new conciousness that comes with each new creature, based on the fact that I don't remember anything before I was born.

Hi Rupert,
 
I would like to see what you have to say about the event of the birth of an organism, let’s say a human being. It seems at first glance like it is the creation of something new that at one point did not exist, and now is born into the world. But it’s not like there are a bunch of un-born entities in “nothing” waiting to be born into the world. There is no storage facility for the unmanifested, and yet this “place” that every new creature comes from seems to be an infitite source. And yet it appears that there is a brand new conciousness that comes with each new creature, based on the fact that I don’t remember anything before I was born.
 
This goes with something else I’ve seen you write that confuses me a little, that Conciousness remains as it always is, and experiences itself during deep sleep.
 
Thanks a lot,

Kevin

 

Dear Kevin,

Kevin: I would like to see what you have to say about the event of the birth of an organism, let’s say a human being. It seems at first glance like it is the creation of something new that at one point did not exist, and now is born into the world. But it’s not like there are a bunch of un-born entities in “nothing” waiting to be born into the world. There is no storage facility for the unmanifested, and yet this “place” that every new creature comes from seems to be an infitite source.

Rupert: Have you, or has anyone ever experienced this ‘place’ from which all seeming things appear to come? No! The only ‘place’ in which anything appears is ‘this, here, now’ and ‘this, here, now’ never goes away or is not present. There is no experience of anything ‘prior to’ or ‘outside of’ ‘this, here, now.’

In other words, all seeming things appear in ‘this’ that is present here and now, and this is the source and substance of all seeming things.

The substance of all seeming things is ever-present, here, now.

Kevin: And yet it appears that there is a brand new onsciousness that comes with each new creature, based on the fact that I don’t remember anything before I was born.

Rupert: ‘Appears’ is the operative word. Look closely at every ‘new’ thought, sensation or perception (and that is the only form a ‘creature’ can appear in) and you will find that it does not come with its own brand new consciousness attached. Consciousness is ever-present, here, now, ready to ‘receive’ all brand new creatures (sensations or perceptions).

However, each creature or perception does not come from outside Consciousness. This very ever-present Consciousness is the stuff out of which all apparently new ‘creatures’ and ‘perceptions’ are made.

As you say, your concept of a brand new consciousness is based on the idea ‘that I don’t remember anything before I was born.’ If that is true, how do you know you were born? You, Consciousness, must have been ‘there’ (which is, in fact, here, now, ever-present) to experience that first experience you call birth. In other words, we can say that an appearance appears, but not that ‘I,’ Consciousness, appears or was born.

Kevin: This goes with something else I’ve seen you write that confuses me a little, that Consciousness remains as it always is, and experiences itself during deep sleep.

Rupert: A response to a previous and similar question about deep sleep can be found in the ‘Essays’ section of this site, entitled ‘Deep Sleep, Death and Reincarnation’ - it goes deeply into the matter.

With warm regards,

Rupert