Each of us experiences everything uniquely. Every unique point of awareness is a unique way of perceiving the whole. If we have a strong ego sense, we’ll tend to identify with these experiences and say “I am unique, special”. And in a way this is true. But in a deeper sense, it is completely false. All that is actually unique is the perspective, the angle of looking this aspect of awareness is taking.
Blink, and what is unique just changed.
To visualize this, you can close one eye and look with the other. Then switch eyes. Each eye has a similar but unique view. What we experience however is the shared vision of both eyes, synthesized together. 2 unique views in one perception.
Many insects have compound, unblinking eyes. Each facet has a unique view. The insect blends those together to get a picture of the world and a much wider view than we have. Add the other senses and sensings and you can see our experiences have many facets, like an insects eyes.
Perception is thus not limited to the number of sensory inputs. Consciousness, the container of perception, can handle a vast array of input. As all perception is contained within consciousness, there are no limits on the number of simultaneous perceptions that can be brought together. We call this synthesis the universe.
The reason we don’t see it quite like this is simply our identification with certain modes of perception. If we limit our perception to physical sense, that is the only aspect of universe within our consciousness that we’ll perceive. Step out of that boundary a little and you can understand a number of experiences people may have. Untethered perception.
We can also see that the whole remains undivided by a unique perception. It is just a shift in how it is seen.
Because consciousness perceives by moving within itself, perception has a quality of flow – awareness flows and creates perception and experience.
While people at a hockey game may try to establish a wave in the crowd, this also takes place naturally. If you watch crowd behaviour, response tends to move out in waves, like waves of cheering or laughter. Group dynamics are very fluid.
It’s all one flow of consciousness within itself, moving through us, connecting us even in our uniqueness.