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Where do we come from? Who are we? What’s next? Before I ever started reading (let alone understanding) natural philosophy, astrophysics and history of spirituality, I spontaneously started developing ideas of my own, on the Universe and the All, based on sheer intuition. Such intuition seemed to rise from within me, with no apparent link to empirical experience, knowledge or understanding. Only later would I discover that many philosophers, scientists and fellow human beings before me, conceived and realised the value and indisputability of this mysterious intuition. Pure intuition. Inspiring me with notions of Order, Unity, and Infinity.
Now confronted with the study of quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, philosophy, history of religions and esoteric studies, notions of Order, Unity and Infinity seem to bloom at all times in all places, actually demonstrating that pure intuition not only exists but is an intrinsic shared characteristic of humankind throughout its history, as if all accessing a unique and universal consciousness.
Indeed, since its dawn, humankind has repeatedly asked itself the same questions: “Where do we come from?”, “Who are we?” and “What’s next?” Although answers may differ between a civilisation and another, they astonishingly (seemingly “hazardly”) also have a lot in common. Assuming, as we do, that ancient populations [e.g., Prevedic India, ancient Egypt and Maya civilisation] had no contact between each other, thus no possibility of confrontation or exchange of information, such common points seem to be a product of somewhat of a “shared intuition”. The first shared intuition of all is undeniably the perception of our own existence, through that of our consciousness.
Inherently, even our consciousness is merely a perception of itself: we cannot see it or touch it, nor can we place it in a distinct sphere of our brain or body. Yet, we have an undeniable perception of its existence for the sheer fact that we have a perception in the first place. We hence recognise consciousness as our true essence and proof of our existence, often (most probably erroneously) believing that it sets us apart from the rest. “Cogito ergo sum”. We are certain of our existence because we conceive it. The way Descartes put it is that if we doubt our own existence, the simple fact that we doubt proves that we think, and there would be no thought if a thinking entity did not exist. Accepting this logical process it is legitimate to conclude that we exist through our consciousness.
But what is Consciousness? Is it, as some would say, the Universe starting to get aware of itself? The spontaneous result of billions of years of evolution? The consequence of a certain random, yet meticulously precise, combination of atoms? Or is it as many have perceived it throughout the years, centuries and millennia, the product of something greater, larger, superior, transcendent? Something Omniscient [all knowing], Omnipotent [all-powerful], Omnificent [all creative] and Omnipresent [always present]? Something such as a unifying ancient panpsychistic universal mind or even a religious God, present all around us and within ourselves?
“the better consciousness within me lifts me up into a world where neither personality nor causality, nor subject nor object, exist any more (…) My hope and belief is that this better (super-sensible and extra-temporal) consciousness will become my only one (…) an operation of the understanding, an immediate intuition (…) a flash of insight” Arthur Schopenhauer
Personally, the feeling that such intuition is closely linked to the comprehension of truth, inspiring ideas of universal consciousness, and my surrender to it, seems to free me from the mental limitation imposed by the artificial boundaries of what is actually a false individuality of self.Whatever one may call it, it is undeniable that the second shared intuition is the existence of something greater, something infinite in time and space: a genius universal mind, an extraordinary architect, a divine creator, orchestrating according to its volition and through elegant laws the existence of the Universe. On the other hand, there is also the possibility that the shared intuition of the existence of something greater is solely the increasing awareness of the marvellously ordered bewildering immensity (or infinity) of the Universe itself.
Furthermore, it is in this intuition that I find a true bond with all that exists, a sense of natural belonging, a spontaneous harmony, a peaceful surrender, to a magic-like flow, perceiving each and every single particle composing me and everything around me, inevitably grasping the beguiling unity of All: one immense sea of particles harmoniously flowing in space. It is impossible to experience Unity without recognising the absurdity of individuality.
Withstanding the above, there is a third undeniable shared intuition I would only dare to define through the distinct feature that truly seems to set humankind apart from the rest of living beings and things: curiosity. Its quest to understand, its perception that it can and its ability to do so, indeed reveal the third shared intuition as being the possibility of understanding.
This is our starting point. Our three basic shared intuitions inevitably lead us to question and investigate the essence of the Universe and Humankind. This project intends to combine philosophical and spiritual query with astrophysical and cosmological investigation. 7000 years of shared intuitions and scientific discoveries. Where do we come from? Who are we? What’s next?
“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.” Henri Poincare
Enjoy the journey!
 René Descartes (1596 – 1650) French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. Quote source: “I think, therefore I am” René Descartes, Principles of Philosophy, 1644.Enjoy the journey!
 One of the most ancient theories of Mind being everywhere and in everything, at all time. Panpsychism was supported by philosophers such as Thales, Plato, Spinoza, Leibniz and others.
 Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 –1860) German philosopher. Quote source: David E. Cartwright, Schopenhauer: A Biography, 2010.
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