Many people believe that universe began with the big bang. The question remains, what started the big bang? Physicists believe it may have to do with quantum fluctuations. http://www.space.com/16281-big-bang-god-intervention-science.html. this neatly avoids the Cosmological Argument http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmological_argument
Let us jump forward 13.8 billion years to today and look at some commonly held ideas of what reality is. As you read this you are forming connections in your brain. You are relating every word, idea, and concept to similar words, ideas, and concepts that you have heard before. A common belief is that at some moment in time between our birth and early childhood we gained consciousness. There are some issues with this belief.
One issue is that that consciousness is subjective http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subjective_consciousness in fact a major shift in consciousness occurs in almost all humans around the ages of 4 and 5 when they gain the “theory of mind“. This shift can easily be tested with a box of smarties, a child and pencil. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_mind#Appearance-reality_task . The other problems relates to the subject object problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subject%E2%80%93object_problem and the mind body problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind–body_problem. Both of these problems are due to thinking of reality in dualistic terms. Non-duality, specifically, neutral monism http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_monism avoids these problems.
consciousness is eternal. Here is proof. http://searchformagic.wordpress.com/2006/09/19/logical-proof-that-consciousness-is-eternal/
Using Logic to explain reality, is ultimately meaningless because of what the nature of logic is and what the nature of reality is:
Logic is Limit.
It is the study of existing natural limits & how to impose artificial ones.
The only ‘limit’ to logic is that it only works on things or ideas that have been defined (i.e. limited)
Which is to say, if you can’t define what you are talking about, it’s impossible for you to be logical.
– Phoenix Quill
Whereas reality includes both material objects and internal thoughts.
Time is eternal
Time is eternal with no direction according to the laws of physics. See Albert Enstein and the Fabric of Time http://everythingforever.com/einstein.htm
I believe that time is like a book with no beginning and no end. Time is the pages in that book. All of the pages exist right now in this moment. The time that the people experience is people moving through those pages. into the next few pages that already exist. The peoples time through those pages at this instant is only a book marker -TSW
Keeping these 4 conjecture’s in mind I posit that consciousness and time are eternal and are related back to the original quantum fluctuation that created the universe.
Having understood consciousness, now lets look at what precedes it; awareness
At this point you may have noticed subtle feelings that pull you away from reading.
However by constantly maintaining awareness of all your internal feelings and thoughts as well as your surroundings you will gain an increasingly deeper understanding of the nature of reality.
See this method