Are worldly phenomena only possible if we are playing the role of the observer? Or asked in a different way is the material world only there because we observe it through our distorted perception?
The objects in this world cannot be real because otherwise they would be static and not subject to change. That is impossible. Although materialistic science produced some dogmatism around this it is impossible to break down worldly phenomena in smallest elements that are unchangeable. What is true is that the worldly phenomena actually can be broken down in other phenomena or objects that on their turn also have to be seen as some kind of collections of other objects.
So we rather have to deal with countless elements that are in constant change and only become an object in the strict sense when they are perceived by somebody. It is more or less the observer who triggers the perception of something as an object and that way determines also the way and in which form the object is perceived.
Like this it is said that perception of something is only possible if there is awareness. In that theory awareness as a matter of fact is seen as the split of subject (observer) and object (worldly phenomena).
If we observe our own nature then we know that our human nature knows three states of being: the condition of being awake, the condition of dreaming during sleep and dreamless sleep. During those first two states there is awareness in the form a subject-object split, in the state of dreamless sleep there is not such a split and consequently at that time there is no perception of a phenomenal world. But obviously proved by our dreamless state of sleep reality or matter, the phenomenal world, does not seem to be a requisition for life, or better said pure being. For life as an perceived individual yes it still is, but obviously not for life energy, say pure being, itself.
This life can be seen as our consciousness. Only our consciousness seems to have two different modus: on in which it creates or at least perceives phenomena (being awake and dreaming in sleep) and one in which is does not.
So you can really wonder why most of the time consciousness has the activity of projecting perceived reality in form of a subject-object split since consciousness as a matter of fact is only pure subject.
The theory that consciousness which is passive of nature becomes awareness which is actually active and delusive of nature is explained by saying that the world is perceived through the senses of the body with which consciousness somehow unified raises a new dilemma.
If we consider the worldly phenomena being a result of the combination of consciousness and matter in form of our senses it means that awareness has to be seen as a result of this union of consciousness and matter. But right now actually we are saying that awareness is a result of a union of consciousness and matter; matter which as a matter of fact is end product and required ingredient at the same time then.
So maybe after all we can question whether the bodily senses are a requirement or not for awareness. Since after all as discussed in earlier posts even during dreamless sleep there has to be some kind of awareness of the consciousness. Otherwise at the time of waking up we would not know that we were in deep sleep the past hours but we would have a complete blank mind like a newborn child. So the question whether during dreamless sleep our senses are – be it at total low level – active is indeed very crucial…
What actually is it that triggers the effect of producing this subject-object split of consciousness which from nature actually is only subject? How is self-reference (awareness) and on that self-reference dependent co-arising at the same time possible?