There are generally three schools of thought surrounding the mystery of creation, and this post will attempt to throw some light on the subject.
The first school of thought on how the universe and our species came about can be split into two theories; either there was a “big bang” and everything just fell into place randomly, or it was created in stages by a god.
The second school of thought, which makes perfect sense to anyone who is actively on a spiritual quest and who can see beyond the restrictions and limitations of organised religion, is that the universe only exists when there is an observer. To clarify this concept, I always use the analogy of looking at a tree. The original scriptures, which were not specific to any religion, proclaimed that science and spirituality are inseparable; two sides of the same coin. Science has told us that everything without exception is energy, which is constantly in motion and vibrates at varying frequencies. To come back to our tree analogy, the tree doesn’t exist as a tree; it has no idea that it has been given this label by humans. What we know as “the tree” exists as energy, which is vibrating at a specific frequency. But, our brains interpret that energy vibration in a particular way, which appears to us as the phenomenon we call “a tree”. The reason we all see the same thing is because we all exist within the same field of infinite consciousness. When we fall into deep dreamless sleep, what we refer to as “creation” disappears, and with it, the ego. On waking, whether that be via dreamstate or not, the “I” thought, or ego, rears its head again and the objective world reappears.
The final school of thought, which will make perfect sense to those who are evolving from the previous school, is that ultimately, there is no creation because nothing exists except consciousness. When the individual, small self, eventually awakens and merges with the one eternal Self, there comes the realisation that there never was an individual self or “the world”; the whole experience was nothing more than a dream. This concept is perfectly encapsulated by the ancient Indian sage, Shankara, when he said:
The Universe is unreal
God is real
The Universe is God
It’s my personal preference to substitute the word “God” for either “Consciousness” or “Awareness” but either way, it doesn’t really matter. That short but very profound statement also appears to clear up the debate often heard in spiritual circles as to whether the objective world is an illusion or not. It is… or it isn’t, depending on where you are at in your existence as an individual soul. To the unconscious, the objective world is as real as real can be; along with all the drama that goes with it. However, to those who are further along “The Road to Nowhere” the objective world is only real in that it is a manifestation of consciousness, all objective reality is a creation of the egoic mind and ultimately does not exist.