Objects only come in and out of existence from the point of view of a subject, whilst I, Awareness, who am neither a subject nor an object and yet the reality of both, am eternally present.

Does Experience Come and Go?

You said our experience is made out of the Knowingness. But the other hand, we can see the experience comes and goes. Is there anything contradictory here?

Dear Rupert,  

I feel a little bit confused that on one hand you said our experience is made out of the Knowingess, but the other hand, we can see that experience comes and goes. Is there anything contradictory here?

Thanks so much for your time, 

Nguyen Quang Ninh.

 

Dear Nguyen, 

Nguyen: I feel a little bit confused that on one hand you said our experience is made out of the Knowingess, but the other hand, we can see the experience comes and goes. Is there anything contradictory here?

Rupert: No, there is nothing contradictory here. When we are watching a film on TV it seems that something is coming and going - cars, people, landscapes, streets, houses etc. In other words, if we think that there really is a car present there, we think that it comes and goes. If we think that house is present there, it comes and goes. 

However, as soon as we understand that in fact there are no cars, houses, people etc, but only the screen, at that moment we understand that nothing really comes and goes. The only substance of the appearance of the cars, houses, people etc, is the screen and that is ever-present. 

In other words, it is only if we think that the cars, houses, people etc, have a reality of their own (independent of the screen) that they seem to come and go. In reality nothing comes and goes. There is always only the screen. 

Likewise, if we think that the apparent objects in real life such as this computer, is made out of a substance called matter or mind (in other words, that is is not made out of Awareness) it will seem to come and go. However, once we realise that the only substance of the computer is Awareness we understand at the same time that nothing ever comes and goes.

Parmenides: “That which is never ceases to be. That which is not, never comes into existence.’ 

So to come back to your question, it is only the apparently objective aspect of experience that seems to come and go, whilst in reality its substance is ever-present.

With love, 

Rupert