We must depart from the rationalist understanding of existence in the following way. Existence is not a complex of logical relations; rather, existence is the totality of possible experiences. This understanding is in line with a loose reading of the principle of empiricism, that we should not believe in things we cannot observe. Something which is not an experience is, tautologically, something which we cannot observe. Experience is precisely what we know, and what we can know. Something which could never possibly be experienced, is not worth believing in, because we could never come to know it; so we conclude that such a thing does not exist.
The first thing in existence is the Creator. From the Creator come the archetypes, or laws. (The term “law” and the term “archetype” are synonyms, placing emphasis on different aspects of the concept.) First come the most basic archetypes, which are least distorted, and closest to the true nature of the Creator. Then come the more advanced archetypes, which are progressively more distorted, and progressively further from the true nature of the Creator. The more advanced laws are derived from the more basic laws by further distorting the more basic laws.
This process of distortion eventually gives rise to the world we experience. Among the laws of the Creator are the laws which govern our own particular universe. These include the physical laws, but also the laws of the mental and spiritual aspects of our universe. The laws of our universe, in turn, give rise to everything within it; the contents of the universe are distortions of its laws.
A distortion is anything which is not the Creator. Paradoxically, distortions are the Creator. The distortions include the archetypes, which we have also called laws, and those things which follow from the laws: the planets, the people on them, and the experiences they have.
Distortions proceed from basic to advanced. The basic distortions are what we call archetypes. Examples of advanced distortions are the events of our everyday lives.
We have said that existence is the totality of possible experiences. It follows that nothing can exist which is not an experience. Yet, things such as rocks, stars, and planets exist. Science thinks of these as dead, inanimate objects. This is inconsistent with our understanding, according to which an existent unconsciousness is a contradiction in terms.
Some people, who believe that existence is what can be experienced, resolve the problem by saying that the rock does not actually exist; only the experiences which humans may have of the rock exist. But this does not mesh easily with the findings of science, which have studied the rock from countless different angles and determined much about its composition. Science indicates that the rock is an independent, objective entity. So we obtain a more satisfactory synthesis in the following way.
The physical reality is alive and conscious. A rock, for instance, is the Creator experiencing being a rock; and the planet Jupiter is the Creator experiencing being Jupiter. The experience of being a rock is, presumably, far dimmer and paler than the experience of being a human; but it is an experience nonetheless.
This resolves the problem according to which we have to draw the line between consciousness and unconsciousness in the hierarchy of beings. We believe that humans are conscious, and we believe that intelligent animals such as dogs and cats are conscious. What about fish? Insects? Plants? Bacteria? Viruses? Computer programs? Machines? Hunks of metal? Molecules? Atoms? We are faced with the puzzle of having to draw the line somewhere, but with no clear place to draw it. If instead we declare that everything is conscious, we face no such problem.
Existence is infinite. There is no end to experience. If there were an end to experience, that would be tragic, because then we would find that there was an end to all the fun we’re having here. But existence is not a tragedy.
From the postulate that existence is infinite, it follows that every possibility is actualized. This means, for instance, that every course which my life could have followed, but which it did not, has already been or will be followed at some point in the Creator’s experience of itself.
The same experience can never occur twice. However, two experiences can be arbitrarily similar to each other. This means that there are in existence an infinite number of minutely different variations on every one of my experiences. In turn, each one of these variations gives rise to an infinite number of variations on itself. This means that each person and each situation constitutes a law of its own, giving birth to its own infinite universe.
The Creator eventually understands and accepts every distortion as the Creator. This is evolution. The process of evolution consists of the Creator seeing its distortions with progressively more love and light. One by one the distortions are understood and accepted, and finally seen as the Creator. The more that a distortion is understood and accepted, the more its sub-distortions become visible, opening up the possibility of further understanding and acceptance. Thus each of us is potentially a god, a Creator amidst the pantheon of existence.
We can visualize this process by imagining the space of possibilities/distortions as a tree structure, centered around the Creator. Love/light radiates outward from the Creator, resulting in progressively greater illumination of the Creator, then the basic distortions, then the more advanced distortions. As the process moves forward each distortion is more and more illuminated, and the sphere of illumination expands to include more and more advanced distortions.