I’d like to get into the concept of cause-and-effect. The concept revolves around the idea that for every effect there is some sort of cause(s) and vice-versa. It is a fundamental and very influential concept in our lives; we experience it in every moment of them. It is so ingrained in our psyche that most of the time we don’t even give it a second thought.
So how influential is this concept? Influential enough that it somehow affects every action we take. Our repetitive actions are based on our previous understandings of certain types of cause-and-effect. A typical example of a repetitive action is walking across a room. We know the effect we want (to be on the other side of the room) and we know without a doubt the cause that will create that desired effect (walking). On the other hand, new actions are based on discovering a new type of cause-and-effect. For example, learning to drive a car for the first time is all about discovering the causes of the desired effect (movement) we wish to create from the car. Seems simple enough, right?
On a larger scale, cause-and-effect has been the driving force behind our civilization’s quest to understand the workings of the universe. As we have progressed, we have been discovering many of the mysterious causes of the effects in our world. As a result of our gained knowledge we have been gaining the ability to now take control of many causes and direct them in various ways to create new types of desired effects. Electricity comes to mind as a typical example of this. I believe science in particular, has become the influential force it is today partly due to its impressive track record of being responsible for almost all of these discoveries. Where most of us previously associated almost all effects to supernatural causes (gods and the like), we now understand, thanks to scientific exploration, that many of the causes are actually physiologically based.
However, there has been a constant glimmer of hope for the believers of supernatural causes, a perpetual thorn in science’s side. This has been the outlier in any study. Many times when scientists figure that a specific cause will generate a specific effect, they discover some sort of outlier that rips apart their assumptions and frustrates them to no end. These outliers contradict the notion that a specific effect must be tied to a specific corresponding cause. Some examples: the person who cures cancer without chemotherapy, a “fatal” car accident turning out not to be, a blind person regaining sight, and so on.
The experience of these outliers has now caused most of us to believe in some concept of luck. We have good luck, which we normally refer to as “miracles” and bad luck, or “accidents”. Now, depending on whether you come from a spiritual or religious perspective or a scientific perspective, luck tends to be attributed to, once again, either a supernatural force or “random chance”. Both of these sources are equally mysterious and ethereal in nature and consequently, most of us believe that the cause of the experiences in life is mysterious, that we ultimately have little say in some aspects of it and that “anything can happen” (albeit usually in a negative manner).
I don’t believe in luck, or that life has to be completely mysterious or even that we don’t have a say in its outcomes. The reason for this is that I believe that there is another hidden cause behind the effects in life, one that we have ignored for long enough. So, what is the cause? To put it simply, it is us. More specifically, it is our consciousness.
You see, what we call “life” is just a bunch of experiences strung together. To relate to the concept of cause-and-effect, the experiences in life can be seen as effects. I believe the corresponding cause of these effects is our consciousness. Our consciousness causes every little experience, including our bodies, our planet, the entire physical universe and every concept or idea. Absolutely everything is an effect. Everything you have ever learned, are learning now and will ever learn are all essentially effects.
Similarly to how we have discovered many causes by studying the effects in our universe, these effects help us discover more about their own cause. That is, they tell us about the nature of our consciousness. (As a side note, I believe it is hard to describe pure consciousness, because describing it is just a description of it, not what it actually is. So the experiences of life describe our consciousness at any given moment, but don’t describe the true nature of it. Furthermore I believe the concept of God will actually turn out to be this unaltered pure consciousness, which technically should have many of the qualities we thought God would have, such as infiniteness, unconditionally loving, etc…Consequently I believe that we are the God we have been searching for all this time)
Human existence is another effect generated from the cause of our consciousness. So all the rules and regulations we have thought of as universal are actually germane only to this type of experience. What we have thought of as “life”, and all of the necessities to allow it to continue (food, water and the like) is only one type of effect. They are not the cause of life itself. This means that life is not just attributed to the physical universe, but that the physical universe is attributed to the grander concept of “life”.
Now, if the effects in life are generated from our consciousness, what does that tell us? It gives a clue as to why life has appeared to be random in some ways and helps to explain the outlier I mentioned earlier. Basically, the effect generated in the experiences of life comes down to how we manipulate the cause. We manipulate the cause, our consciousness, by changing the beliefs, definitions and emotions that we entertain within it. As I have said in previous posts, the environment and experiences in life are basically meaningless props. They are devoid of any beliefs or definitions. We are the ones that give them their meaning. The effect we get out of these experiences is completely dependent on the meaning we give them. This is why we can’t really say what effect a person will get from a certain experience until we study their definitions and beliefs of it, not the experience itself.
So life appears random and mysterious because each of us have different beliefs and definitions. Furthermore, it is the differences in beliefs and definitions that allow us to experience similar circumstances in completely different ways. For example, an earthquake may hit a certain area. One person may not be affected at all by it while others around him/her will experience great destruction. Using our new understanding we can take a look at the people’s different belief structures and see how they directly influenced their experience.
Similarly to how we can control many physiological effects based on our understanding and manipulation of the causes, we can now create the experiences we have in life by manipulating our consciousness in ways we desire. We can choose to have beliefs, definitions and emotions that we prefer, no matter what others choose. We can choose to look at the experiences in life as expressions of our consciousness that are not separate from us. They are a feedback system and can be used as such to make meaningful changes in each of our lives.
Once we realize this fact, it will have the power to not only change the experience of our individual lives, but the experience of the entire world as well. Because the world is not separate from us. It is an expression of us and we have the power to change it by changing ourselves. I think Gandhi said it best: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Please feel free to ask questions or add comments. I hope this all makes sense, but I can’t be sure without feedback.