CHAPTER 2: You are the All
All things play a part in creating your perception. Therefore, in your perception, you should see that you are the All.
There is your local self, that version of you that likely moves around within a vessel of human flesh at the moment, a subset of the All that forever grows, changes, and which will one day die, and then there is your cosmic self, that truer, eternal, universal version of you that is the All in its entirety and which will never change or die. In one sense, you are like a single leaf upon an endless cosmic tree, but in another, equally real sense, you are the entire, endless cosmic tree, for it is all, ultimately, connected.
Everything requires the All in order to exist. Nothing can exist outside the All, nor be independent of it. Consider what it takes for you to exist. Aside from requiring the obvious, such as a brain, a heart, a digestive system, etc., you require all else beyond your apparent body. For instance, you require water to hydrate your body, an atmosphere to hold the water into liquid form, a strong gravitational force to pull in and compress gases into such an atmosphere, a planetary body to provide the gravity and to serve as a platform, a source of heat energy, like our Sun, to warm things up. Atoms are needed to form these gases, planets, and stars. Space is needed for these objects to occupy, and so on. In short, you require the All, the entire universe, an infinite system, in order to exist.
The All is what makes any one thing possible. The All is required in order for any of us to exist, and ultimately, no one thing is more important than any other. Each thing, no matter how insignificant it may appear, plays its part in sustaining you as well as the All. Therefore, since the All is required for you to exist, you should see that . . .
YOU ARE THE ALL.
You are the All trying to perceive itself, trying to understand itself, and trying to know itself. You are the forever cosmic tree, whose branches never end. But you are not alone. You are actually in infinite company. I too am the All. So is your neighbor. And so is the smallest house fly. But you are the All from your own special position in time and space. This position allows you to forever remain unique. But in a deeper sense, at our core, we are all the same. We all have our moments of fear, moments of jealousy, moments of embarrassment, moments of anger, and thankfully . . . moments of pure joy!
The All is indestructible, which means you too are, ultimately, indestructible. Your mind will move from one life to the next, and you will at times forget your true identity. But thankfully, you will at times be reminded by the All who and what you really are, that true version of you that goes far beyond what you may normally see as your local self, and that is . . . The Forever All, an inescapable system of profound order, which will forever remain balanced and conserved.
If you are a good student, learn the great lessons it has to teach. If you can read the pages of life, then try to enjoy the epic story it tells. When you truly understand it, you will be in awe of its magnificence and you will marvel at its complexity and perfection. It will be your greatest epiphany. You will truly know it is the ultimate kingdom and that this kingdom is truly you!
The All can not be fully understood, for it is ultimately unknowable. It’s like trying to stare too deeply into the light of the Sun to see its core only to be blinded. Though enough evidence of the All is available for us to use our “mind’s eye” so-to-speak to understand it well enough without being permanently blinded. At times you will need to glance away from the brilliant light of truth to give your eyes a rest. Instead of staring at it dead on, use the corner of your eyes.
It is difficult to discuss the true nature of the All or to describe its true form, for we the perceivers have always experienced it only in part from a limited point-of-view. It can all be greatly misunderstood, but I will do my best to describe my take on it. I will at times discuss the All as it is, in its true form, but I will also describe the All through the eyes of the perceiver. Hopefully, you will know one from the other, eventually, if not right away. Do not try to look through the trees to see the forest, for you never will. You must take a step back and look around, for you are in the forest and the forest is all around you.
By Guyus Seralius, 1993-2005