There’s a hypothesis that “we” are the universe experiencing itself. But, can we ever stop experiencing?
Is that what the feeling of oneness with the universe is? The termination of feeling and experiencing. That requires us to define the experience of non oneness with the universe. The experience of being an individual, a separate living entity experiencing, perceiving this universe, reacting to it, because the more interesting question might be, that can a part really be “experiencing” a whole? Can a cell inside our body, have a separate identity and experience of being in a body? I like to think of this feeling of oneness as a grander awareness of everything at once, which is why it’s humbling and damaging to the ego.
But “experience” seems more unique to life, much grander than emotion or feeling, even if they are a big component of it, otherwise plants could be considered dead, or perhaps enlightened. So, is death then the cessation of experience? Can the part of the universe that appears as life escape this cycle of experience through death? But who’s to say that only life “experiences”.
What happens when we die? What about our experience changes when we die? When the cells of the body malfunction or deteriorate, the molecules are still there, the same part of the universe, in a constant flux of change, exchanging energy and electrons with other molecules around them. When a molecule reacts with another molecule or absorbs a photon, it’s experiencing change, it’s reacting to an external stimuli, a body or energy separate from itself, even if it’s not aware of this change. Matter arranges itself into seemingly aware patterns for some brief time, and then dissolves into other forms, like a cosmic dance.
But life seems special. These molecules that disintegrate and dissolve, lead to the sustenance of new life, through birthing children, and after death, feeding other life and letting them sustain on this energy. It’s a cyclical process, life leads to death, leads to life. Maybe the universe is just a cyclical dance of energy. It appears, bears complexity in the form of life, an internal pattern that can capture and apply energy, and then one day, it dissolves, becoming fodder for a new universe, a new cycle.
One thing is for certain though, the sum of its parts can’t exceed the whole. The energy will be conserved.