Now, I came accross some interesting things in that Seth material which was written down by Andy Hughes. This sparks a few questions that are obviously related to what I've been asking about, but also has to do witht his thread.
SETH ON TIME
Time as you experience it is an illusion caused by your own physical senses. They force you to perceive action in certain terms, but this is not the nature of action.
The apparent boundaries between past, present and future are only illusions caused by the amount of action you can physically perceive, and so it seems to you that one moment exists and is gone forever, and the next moment comes and like the one before also disappears. Everything in the universe exists at one time simultaneously.
The first words ever spoken still ring through the universe, and in your terms, the last words ever spoken have already been said. The past, present and future only appear to those who exist within three-dimensional reality.
The past exists as a series of electromagnetic connections held in the physical brain and in the nonphysical mind. These electromagnetic connections can be changed.
The future consists of a series of electromagnetic connections in the mind and brain also. In other words, the past and present are real to the same extent.
You take it for granted that present action can change the future, but present actions can also change the past. The past is no more objective or independent from the perceiver than is the present. The electromagnetic connections were largely made by the individual perceiver. The connection can be changed, and such changes are far from uncommon. These changes happen spontaneously on a subconscious basis.
SETH ON "GOD"
If you prefer, you can call the supreme psychic gestalt God, but you should not attempt to objectify him. What you call God is the sum of all consciousness, and yet the whole is more than the sum of Its parts.
He is not one individual, but an energy gestalt. He is a psychic pyramid of interrelated, ever expanding consciousness, that creates simultaneous and instantaneously, universes and individuals that are given duration, psychic comprehension, intelligence and eternal validity.
Its energy is so unbelievable that is does indeed form all universes; and because its energy is within and behind all universes, fields and systems, it is indeed aware of each sparrow that falls, for it is each sparrow that falls.
Dimly remembered through what you would call history, there was a state of agony in which the powers of creativity and existence were known, but the ways to produce them were not known. All That Is existed in a state of being, but without the means to find expression for Its being. All That Is had to learn this lesson, and could not be taught.
From this agony, creativity was originally drawn, and its reflection is still seen. All That Is retains the memory of that state, and it serves as a constant impetus toward renewed creativity. Desire, wish and expectation, therefore, rule all actions and are the basis for all realities. Within the dreams of All That Is, potential beings had consciousness before any beginning as you know it.
and one more to top that off:
Consciousness is not a "thing" in itself, rather, it is a dimension of action made possible by a series of creative dilemmas. There are three dilemmas which represent the areas of reality within which the inner vitality of the universe can express and experience itself.
The first dilemma is inner vitality's desire and impetus to completely materialize itself, and its inability to do so. This results in action, which is a part of all structure. Identity may be termed as action which is conscious of itself. An identity is also a dimension of existence, action within action, an unfolding of action upon itself -- and through this interweaving of action with itself, through this re-action, an identity is formed. Identity and action cannot be separated.
Without identity, action would be meaningless, for there would be nothing upon which action could act. Action then must, by its very nature, create identities.
Identity, because of its characteristics, will continually seek stability, while stability is impossible. Action would seem to destroy identity, since action must involve change, and any change seems to threaten identity, however, identities are never constant, for consciousness without action would cease to be conscious.
Identity must seek stability while action must seek change; yet identity could not exist without change, for it is the result of action and a part of it. This is the second dilemma.
So here are my questions, in as straightforward a manner as I can possibly ask them:
If consciousness is literally driven by desire, instability and struggle- then it would seem that what the Buddhists or Advaitists are working toward IS actually non-existence. This is an interesting concept... Obviously the goal of these religious philosophies is to point out "dualism" where ever it happens to rear its head.. so, would this binary concept of consciousness be a "new dualism?" If any of you checked out that Advaitist video illustration from YouTube that I posted yesterday- you'll see what I mean. Could we consider AUO the fundamental non-dual state? If so, then all of AUM is an "illusion" from a certain perspective- including all the individuated consciousnesses that form it, no? Because it seems to me that from a "truly" non-dual perspective- AUM is the result of "consciousness at play" and is possibly the "final illusion" to overcome. Again, this could be over-thinking it, or a semantics problem- but, I've heard it suggested that the final apperant duality to overcome is between "existence" and "non-existence" in the sense that finally all that seemingly "was" (since the past, present, and future are NOW) is now "gone."
Sorry bette, but I did take your advice. I wasn't roaming through pages and pages of different philosopies or authors for this one- just good ol' Seth.