A manifestation of the mutually inclusive relationship between receptive spatial influence and energetic current in all material forms

What is it that holds together

What would otherwise drift apart

If not an innermost receptive call

To all around

To come into circulation

In confluent formation dance?


A call that once made

Can then be relayed

With gathering momentum

But decreasing intensity

In swelling circumference

Until the balance is reached

When the call from without

Is equal to the call from within


A call that can only be understood

When natural space is perceived as continuous receptive attractor

Not separator

And natural boundaries as energetic distinctions

Not definitive isolators


Now it becomes possible to understand the mutually inclusive relationship between ‘quantum’ reality and ‘tangible’ reality, which abstract dualism paradoxically splits apart and abstract monism paradoxically conflates.

‘Quantum reality’ is ‘intangible’ — a frictionless and hence immeasurable quality of continuous occurrence. A realm of ‘possibility’ that tangible reality emerges from and subsides into.

Natural ‘space’ is an intangible occurrence of receptive stillness (~darkness/transparency) — not measurable distance

Natural ‘time’ is an intangible occurrence of continuous motion (~light/energy) — not measurable duration

Natural substance (~matter) is a tangible local and temporary expression of receptive-responsive relationship between intangible space and intangible time resulting in ‘surface tension’ of varying intensity in solid, liquid, gas and plasma form and from sub-atomic to galactic in scale.

Distance is tangible length of travel between one locality in space and another.

Duration is tangible interval elapsing between one locality in time and another.

Living bodies are those in which surface tension is sufficient to sustain a high degree of co-ordination around a coherent self-identity as a centre of receptive and responsive awareness (sentience/ consciousness).

Non-living bodies and materials are those in which surface tension is insufficient to sustain a coherent self-identity as a centre of sentience.

Death is the release of surface tension into the receptive grace of space.


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Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion