Immaterialism has never been an easy sell. The high water
mark for scientific materialism can be placed somewhere in the first six
decades of this century, and unless it experiences a miraculous recovery,
materialism will no longer be the formidable opponent it once was. But
there is a hard core residue of the scientific cosmology which still settles
in the pit of the stomach of the staunchest immaterialist, as I can attest.
Outgrowing the naivete of scientific realism takes time
and considerable patience for any pioneer immaterialist. Anyone who has
not plumbed the depths of science cannot appreciate the psychological weight
of the 'slumber of materialism.' The Aquarium is a kind of Materialists
Anonymous! The near blind leading the blind.
There is a great deal of postmodern nibbling at the edges
of scientific materialism, but only the foolhardy go for the jugular. That's
me. In the spiritual path there is little advantage to being half-assed,
to being luke-warm. Take the most outlandish claims of immaterialism and
embrace them until they no longer seem outlandish.
The Earth is hollow. The Sun is a product of our immagination.
The Earth is not acutally hollow, it's just that there is no center, somewhat
like there is no boundary of the universe in general relativity. The Earth
folds in upon the historical consciousness of its denizens, mainly humans.
The Sun is a bit more problematic to the immaterialist.
If the Sun is in my imagination then how could I get sunburned while asleep?
As our warrant for the burning of the Sun, we can either call upon the
mind of God, or upon the collective consciousness of all creatures, big
and small. The Sun's rays and the lens that focusses them onto the burning
leaf are all part and parcel of a cosmic logical necessity of which we
are about to witness the partial unravelling, in an eschaton which could
be literally Earthshaking, unless we get clever and quit outsmarting oursleves.
Our ordinary reality has become a very tightly wound, convoluted ball of logic. We want to begin the mental unwinding before it completely unravels in our hands. Harmless as a dove and clever as a serpent, that is the Aquarium. We will be the magicians who pull the new heaven and new earth out of the Cosmic hat, God willing. We will be pouring the new wine into the old wineskins, because that is what is available.