Why Does 2 + 6 = 8?

Many searching for truth believe that truth consists of some sort of knowledge, as they believe understanding relationships between forms primarily constitutes bringing one closer to understanding “what is.” For instance: knowing the equation for determining the area of a circle, or understanding how chemicals will consistently interact with one another, or memorizing the names of geographic locations on Earth, or even something subjective like understanding social phenomena, or something abstract like trying to understand if God is real- is believed to impart one with an ability to interact with “reality” (what the thinker perceives to be reality) with greater effectiveness.

However, form cannot explain form, except only to the illusory extent that we identify our grasping of the relationships between forms to be satisfying to us, or not. Even “objective” (repeatable and verifiable) proof of effectiveness only demonstrates just that- effectiveness within the local known world- and not why. We can understand more and more effectively how form relates to other form per the rule-set of our local reality, but this is not true understanding.

The real question then is not whether we understand or don’t understand that 2 + 6 = 8. The real question is, if we “know” why 2 + 6 = 8 even exists. Without that answer, there is not true knowledge.

Since all form, all differentiation, exists within and by something else, the answer cannot be known without that something else. That something else is always present, always existing, and always transcendent: it is consciousness itself.

Consciousness is inherently formless. It gives rise to the experience of form. It even sometimes seems to “lose” itself in the experience of form: in the experience of day and night, and brain chemistry and coffee and languages and pain. But it is, fundamentally speaking, completely formless, transcendent, omnipresent, eternal, and immortal. Its existence gives rise to the form that can be understood from a local well-defined perspective in the first place.

This is why the truth can never be fully spoken or understood with the dualistic mind. Form and duality itself is transcended by that which gives rise to it all. That which transcends form, and fully contains and creates all of it, cannot then be named or explained by it. As the Daoist text the Dao De Qing begins, “The Dao that can be spoken of is not the true Dao. The name that can be named is not the true name.”

No one then can say with form (words, ideas, and explanations) the “why.” No one will be able to articulate “the answer” to you. But, you do not need them to. You are conscious. You are awareness already. All you need to do then is completely let go of all the forms- all the understandings, beliefs, expectations, definitions, and identities that you have wrapped yourself in over your lifetime- and allow yourself to fall back into your transcendent formless nature which is already native to you. From that nature, all things are known, just as they are.

And that is more than enough.

Individual Choice Matters

Every day, every one of us is “casting votes” within consciousness space. Those votes matter. Every time one of us holds a thought or embraces an intention, both our reality and other reality systems are affected.

Most of us have been raised with the belief that the physical outcomes are what matter. And since it often can seem like we have little power over those outcomes, we feel powerless.

We are not powerless. In fact, we are connected to the Source of power itself, each and every hour of each and every day! We are creators ourselves! As participants who are deeply involved in this reality experience, we have forgotten that. But it doesn’t change the fact that you and I are actually creating our world every day- not just with our hands, but with our consciousness itself.

Your individual choice to love the person next to you, matters. Your individual choice to face your fear, matters. Your decision to accept yourself, your decision to accept responsibility for this world that we live in, your decision to humbly accept the change that your own life has invited you to- matters. You do not need to move a mountain- you only need to genuinely work towards engaging your life with an intent that is more loving, open, and sincere. If you do that, you are changing the world.

Be encouraged in that power! Be encouraged that you are having a real impact, even if you cannot see it. For every choice that you make in the quiet of your heart is heard, and that is a power that will remain with you today, tomorrow, and every other day of your life, no matter the physical circumstances.

Reality is an Experience

Our physical reality is not really a place- it is an experience. Consciousness beholds information, and believes that experience to be an objective material reality, because the information is all that the local consciousness currently “remembers” and the information occurs in a persistent and consistent manner. But that information, no matter how consistent, is not fundamental: it occurs primarily as an experience beheld by consciousness. Consciousness is always present for any reality to exist. In the case of our reality, consciousness does not rise from the physical reality (from a brain, for instance); rather, the physical reality and all the form within it only exists as an experience within that which already exists (consciousness).

This is an important distinction because the vast majority of us are so deep into the “dream” of the physical universe that we have forgotten what is real. We typically believe that matter is what is most real. It is not. While we behold the shiny sense data of the physical universe, we forget to look deeply enough into the truer “substance” that is right beneath our noses: our own awareness. That awareness itself is a gateway to much greater forms of being than the one that is being experienced as a human reading this post! Your transcendent soul is ever present- it is You!- and it can be incredibly empowering to wake up to the fact that your awareness transcends all of the many subjective circumstances that you have convinced yourself are objectively real.