One of the paradigms we’re really stuck on is this idea of a solid world. Even though physicists tell us otherwise, they too are stuck in a particle model, inventing particles even to move forces. Now some of that is motivated by an avoidance of concepts like “ether”. The idea of Ether (or Aether) is that it’s an invisible substance that fills all space and is the medium through which things like light travels. Just like waves travel through water. Modern science posits space is mostly empty. Light travels through space in a vacuum. And thus, there has to be a particle if there is no medium.
I’d say the truth is somewhere between these 2 positions. And subtler than one might think.
Einstein’s classic equation E=mc2 tells us that matter is more or less the same thing as energy. Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it simply changes state. So we might think of matter as a state of energy.
Physics tells us atoms are not solid. In fact they are mostly empty space. Particles are really fields of probability. Where the nucleus the size of a basketball, the first electron orbit is about 10 miles out. And particles like electrons and protons and such, are blinking in and out of existence at every moment.
What is it they come and go from?
Back to Einsteins equation, we know that energy is related to the speed of light (c). We could say energy is movement. But movement of what?
Curiously enough, the answer is fundamentally consciousness. Something science tends to think of as an effect of brain function is actually the substratum of all experience. Of our sense of self, and of the world.
We might want to separate the experience of the world from the world itself in a discussion like this. But in fact, there is no difference, aside from point of view. Different people will experience the same thing in different ways. But it is within that process of experience that objects of perception become and are sustained.
This may not be entirely apparent as many of us are identified with being this local person. A me. But in the same way each of us experience the same thing a little differently, each of ARE the same thing, experiencing it a little differently. When we are caught by the experience of it we have the false sense of being different.
If attention fully stopped from all sources, that apparent object would vanish.
What is attention? It is the directed flow of consciousness, flowing within itself.
It is that recognition of self-awareness that brings forth all experiences. What we experience as objects are field effects of the flow and vibration, held within awareness.
Some people talk about consciousness as having states – sleeping, dreaming, cosmic, etc. But it does not really have states. As one dreams even in cosmic consciousness, we know these “states” are not really equivalent. They are limited by the mechanism – by the body/emotions/mind of the perceiver. Even that is not a real limitation.