There being no other qualities at that rudimentary ground of being, there is no polarity, no push or pull, only oscillation between existence and non-existence filling all points of space-time, scintillating everywhere, asynchronously. It is formless form, the first primal expression of emptiness. That is The Matrix; only, to itself, it isn't The Matrix or anything else. To the astrophysicist, it may be the Cosmological Constant, the Quantum Foam, the primordial "dark energy" of universal expansion.
Polarity appeared in its first duality: "Possibility" and "Actuality", or put another way, light (electromagnetic field/possibility) and matter (gravitation and matter/actuality, along with the strong and weak nuclear and other, higher-order, organizing forces that define the behaviors of matter). Time existed, but all time was the same, since no other changes were occurring -- and since time is motion, "time" was the same as "timelessness".
Within or in the body of that matrix, rhythms begin to propagate and turbulent ripples, to form, mysteriously, as an expression of "organizing principles in action". Those rhythms and turbulent ripples were/are movements within the Field of Possibility (electromagnetic field), forming "standing waves" of concentrated effects (effects with centers of existence). gathering matter together controlled by mysterious tendencies; fields of possibility (same thing) formed and gathered matter into structures.
In that rudimentary beginning, "quantity" arose: zero, 1, and >(more than) 1, and with it, primal structural laws, the second primal expression of emptiness. Duration (time) and variability came into existence out of no variability, no duration: the third primal expression of emptiness. Time was born as motion; and with time as motion came organization (since organization is exactly "patterns of motion"), which led to atomic existence, molecular organization, and organisms (life-forms -- big jump, but that was the trend: toward higher and higher complexity).
Primordial, stable forms came into existence (sub-atomic particle-behaviors, atoms, forms capable of integration into form-clusters (molecules), higher order forms (cells), etc.: "standing waves." In some locations, standing waves show up as matter -- turbulent ripples in The Matrix having the movement behaviors of binding forces, electromagnetic properties (standing waves' stable frequency characteristics) and mutual mass attraction (gravity). Matter is a standing wave behavior complex made of The Matrix, and there are many variations of standing waves -- let's say 102, or so, stable ones, called, "atoms". All of these are developmental behaviors of The Matrix, from no-form, to primal on-off-on-off existence, to development of forms of increasing complexity.
That appearance of standing waves (durable behaviors) is the expression of integration occurring at a rudimentary level to form the next higher level of complexity; standing waves are the emergence of new behaviors, and the emergence of new, stable (or durable) behaviors is the emergence of organization. Organization is a tendency, just as gravity is a tendency (mass-attraction), just as electromagnetism is a tendency (attraction-repulsion of charges, positive and negative), just as the strong and weak nuclear binding forces are tendencies to stay together. "Tendency", what they have in common, suggests that there are at least five fundamental forces, the fifth being the tendency to form patterns of organization (emergence of newness).
Eventually, that integration process reaches a stage of complexity and integration that somas (self-moving, self-perpetuating lifeforms) appear -- and ultimately, human somas.
With human somas, entirely new variable trends of development appeared, with memory, individuation, identity, mind and social interaction. Unique-self (e.g., you) appeared as a new kind of dynamic, self-organizing process of emergence, a fourth primal expression of emptiness, one that, when it appears not to be emptiness, but substantial selves persisting by virtue of memory. Such persistent "selves" are called, "egos"; a "self" or "ego" ("I") is a presumed, remembered "owner" of memory.
The Matrix is grounded in the paradox of "nothing being something" or "something out of nothing". The self, a product of The Matrix, appears to be at odds with The Matrix. The Matrix, in some circles, gets painted as some sort of diabolical mind-control conspiracy, whereas it is merely remembered patterns of consciousness arising from Source with chaotic properties giving rise to self-organizing processes appearing as physical phenomena with rudimentary consciousness, which give rise to somas, humans and The News.
The Matrix is constructed of interacting TetraSeeds, which are the core basis of every soma: attention, intention, imagination, and memory. The entire universe and personal consciousness are TetraSeeds:
Movements of attention,
arisings of intentions,
flights of imagination (or emergence of new functions by evolution or maturation),
and consolidation of memory
constitute the core of all existence, living and non-living.
Physiological functions merely carry out those four functions.
- instead of attention, location
- instead of intention, activity
- instead of memory, persistence
- instead of imagination, changing appearances (such as a living kosmos)
and Objective (material) aspects of the TetraSeed
Everything Happens Before We Know It
To the TetraSeed,
which is the structure of individuated consciousness,
and which emerges into the Kosmos as the "eyes of tendency",
Everything happens before we know it.
Including our thoughts and emotions.
Memories form before we know it.
Intentions arise before we know it.
Our attention moves from thing to thing before we know it.
Reveries, imaginings, and new faculties emerge before we know it.
We think, feel, and act before we know it.
Witnessing anything happens before we know it.
Take that beyond "knowing it in words"
to observing yourself and your experience to observe if this is so.
To be alive is to be self-moving,
though the self-moving-ness starts before we know it.
We don't "cultivate" the Witness Disposition.
We inevitably are the Witness Disposition
while life goes on with no one at the Controls
we doing what we do, being moved the way we are moved
feeling that we are a person-in-control and with responsibility
before we know it.
We are the Witness Disposition before we know it and all that we witness.
Don't take my word for it.
Observe yourself, for yourself.