Digging further into a new theory that a single consciousness exists and has multiple personalities which constitute all living things.
Bernardo Kastrup has proposed that all living beings are alters that exist within a single primordial consciousness. Not only is it an intriguing proposal, it also helps explain the strange findings of quantum physics.
But if God, as it were, has disassociative identity disorder, what can that tell us about the process of creation?
Let us start by taking a look at what at what causes the condition in human beings – trauma. Usually this trauma occurs early in the development of the individual. It can be physical and/or emotional, and come from single or reoccuring events. Abandonment and severe loneliness can also be trauma triggers.
Imagine now that a single mind precedes all others. As its self awareness increases it becomes aware of its own singularity. It is trapped within itself, without any sort of interactions possible from which to even define its own boundaries. Could the loneliness of its singularity have been a traumatic affair which caused its mind to manufacture other personas in order to cope?
And if we are the multiple personalities of a single mind, what is the teleology, or end game?
With human disassociative identity disorder there are two competing theories. Some caregivers and patients believe the alters can be managed and allowed to continue to exist. Others believe that the personalities need to be reincorporated into the core individual. Is the core primordial mind be trying to learn to best live with all living things, or trying to reabsorb us into a singular personality?
If we are to be managed, must God acquire omnipotence as a means towards it’s ends? If so, has it done so already, and do any of the worlds theistic religions accurately describe a megalomaniacal law and order God?
But if God is not trying to manage existence, but to achieve union with it, what would it do once the goal was met? Would it continue on as a lone being, or in its state of perfected self knowledge would it attempt to create equals to interact with? Where would it get the blueprint for these new Gods? Might not they be modeled from personalities it absorbed into itself?
Are each of us potentially a blueprint for an eternal being? Or will God only recreate beings who achieved enough self knowledge that their traumas can be resolved before a divine rebirth?
There are many questions that arise which can probably never be answered. Perhaps the best we can do is to get our own minds in the best possible shape through self knowledge. To create something durable enough to become eternal with the fewest divine tweaks possible. And to decrease our own experiences of trauma and loneliness, which can only be done by reducing or eradicating them for others as well.
Then ultimately: Will ending unnecessary suffering help us achieve transcendence?
Can’t hurt to try.