I was browsing threads to see if i could express some of my opinions about this matter in relation to another conversation, but i had too many vauge options so i decided to put this out here on my own. there are two parts. i have done a lot of reaseach, general learning and some interesting personal experiences over the past year or so that have led me away from my lifelong bounce between vauge agnostisism and outright atheism. i have developed some ideas, that continue to develop, that now define my ever changing personal belief system on the nature of the universe and what all people refer to as "god" under so many different names. i'm going to cut straight to the point and hopefully provoke some questions, arguments, and insights. one thing, divided into two parts: the universe, and the supreme being (god, whatever) i beleive god (or whatever you choose to call god) and the universe as we know it are one and the same. we view outselves subjectively as separate from the objecive world around us. but what separates us from this world? what makes us beleive that there is an "I" that is seperate from everything else, which is external. there is nothing, us included, that isnt a vibrational field. our bodies interpret these vibrations using our senses as what we see and feel around us. but this is an obvious truth to me: the universe is the being, not "us". we think of a "being" as "something" that is "alive". this "something" existsin the "world" around us. this is an illusion. everything is one and the same, and the fact that "we" even exist, think, and feel emotions, is only further evidence to me instead of the opposite. The universe itself is one consious emotional entity, and us as "people" are just, as a figure of speech, six billion eyes of "god". to me, any religious text is an interpretation of this truth as it was understood then by the enlightened idividuals who wrote them. as civilizaition progressed, people developed into different groups, the five senses became more distracted, we further divided into groups and categories until a complete sense of indivudiality has been reached. "we" think that "we" are "us", that everyone is an "I" and "we" are intelligent beings in a universe that exists around us. this, to me, is obviously false. we are a hyper-microscopically small fragment of a massive force we cant even begin to comprehend. we are god, everything around us is god, god is this. as alan watts once wrote, "If you ask me to show you God, I will point to the sun, or a tree, or a worm. But if you say, 'You mean, then, that God is the sun, the tree, the worm, and all other things?'--I shall have to say that you have missed the point entirely" Words are a creation of the unmeasurably young race of men, and we live by them. most people dont realize that the "things" "around" them cannot be siimply defined by words, nor are they the words themselves. the universe is what has been vaugely referred to as god throughout the ages, and because the universe isn't exactly humanoid in appearance we do not think of it as a living being. it is. my other opinion that is one of the main foundations to my belief is that we live in a basically fictional world. what we see, feel, touch, smell, and hear around us are products of our own mind and the organic computer that is our body. without those senses, there is absolutely zero reason to assume the things our senses interpret are actually there, if we didnt have those senses. people are capaple of literally anything. i literally could go on and on for hours (i'm currently writing a very long essay about this sort of thing) but you get the idea.