When we treat the world as the face of God, it reveals itself as such.

Continuity in Time

Is my following understanding correct? Like a movie film run through a projector gives the illusion of solidity and movement on a movie screen, but actually is a series of "stills," so is the world actually a fast moving series of "stills" appearing solid and continuous but can be seen through as a transparency.

Dear Rupert,

On page 42  (of The Transparency of Things) you say… “our experience is one of a stream of appearances in Consciousness….A,B,C,D,E…..and each disappears absolutely before the next arises.:

Is my following understanding correct?

Like the lit torch which when twirled appears to be a solid circle of fire, so the speed of molecules atoms etc, make the world appear to be solid and continuous. Like a movie film run through a projector gives the illusion of solidity and movement on a movie screen, but actually is a series of “stills,” so is the world actually a fast moving series of “stills” appearing solid and continuous but can be seen through as a transparency.

This means there is NO PAST and it completely removes the “burden of the past”. There is only NOW with ABCDE occurring  “and each disappears absolutely before the next arises.” 

Thank you,

Barbara
Dear Barbara, The formulation is not quite right although I understand where you are coming from. The reason is this: In your formulation there is a fundamental presumption in the separate existence of objects (A,B,C,D, molecules, atoms, the ‘stills’ of the world etc). You then try to fit this presumption into a model that is consistent with an understanding of non-duality. However, it is the fundamental presumption that is at fault. We have no experience of a world, objects, molecules, whatever…that exist outside of or independent from Consciousness. All these appearances…A,B,C,D etc….are not the appearances of different objects. They are all the same ‘thing’ (Consciousness) taking the apparent shape (through thinking, sensing and perceiving) of the mind, body and world, just as there is not a multiplicity of objects in a film but rather one ever-present screen. It is the ever-presentness of the screen which imparts apparent continuity to the objects in the film and it is the substance of the screen that gives apparent solidity to these same objects. In other words it is the reality and ever-presentness that properly belong to Consciousness that are conferred by the mind upon the objects of its own imagining, and seem as a result to become solidity in space and continuity in time. With kind regards, Rupert