How we appear is the mystery of existence, the story of becoming, of genesis.
It is not only the story of how we evolved over the millennia, or how each of us has personally grown from an egg to adult.
It is also the story of how we manage to appear from moment to moment.
Although we seem to be substantial, whole, self-contained beings, slowly growing older, we are, actually a constant flow of elements of the earth. Oxygen, Hydrogen, Carbon, Nitrogen, Sodium, Potassium, and some 20 other elements - energized by sunlight, flow through the focus of our behavior. The elements move through every part of us, even our bones, and the atoms creating our appearance now will be flushed through, exchanged for fresh elements, by this time next year. We are dynamic, constantly changing, on many levels, all at once.
The elements flowing through us were forged in the heart of a star and formed our planet from stellar dust some four and a half billion years ago. The elements you see when you look at your hand at this moment are the same atoms that existed when the world began. They are the exact same atoms of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen that were here during the second world war, the first world war, the ancient Greek civilization, the Egyptian civilization, and all the time it took us to evolve from bacteria to humanity. Atoms do not pass in and out of existence or move through our imaginary past and future. Not only the atoms are the same. The moment they inhabit is the same, too.
The elements are arranged differently today than when Earth first congealed. The phenomenon we call life iterated a set of communications and the patterns of elements unfolded into an expanding web of complex behavior, creating all the living creatures and the biosphere they inhabit. The change in position and relationships between the elements results in our appearance.
From another perspective, appearance has a different meaning. Each individual being appears in a given place as a result of experienced or expected events. Events are interactions between beings and require certain intervals to happen.
We can ask, how do we appear, now, in this place? And consider the answer based on intervals of an hour, a lifetime, a century, a millennia, or three and a half billion years. Each interval we select presents its own landscape of behavior patterns.
For short intervals - an hour - we examine our personal moment to moment behavior and the relationships we have with other beings around us. Over long intervals, we examine evolution and the pathways of development of living beings on our planet. On the scale of 15 billion years, we examine the creation of the universe.
In any interval, we examine the results of intercommunications of beings as they change in a direction. We examine communications between individual beings, families of beings, species of beings, ecosystems, planets, stars and galaxies. Becoming is the result of webs of communications, exchanging information with each other on increasing levels of complexity. Each level created by the communications of the previous level.
Appearance also requires the ability to perceive.
Mind regulates the passage of the elements through the focus of a being. It gathers elements from the planet and changes their relationships and direction of movement to form a being, and then releases them from its focus to apprehend more.
Mind controls the movement and interactions of beings from one interval to the next.
Mind is what awareness does to create the appearance of its own web of communications, and the appearance of other beings.
Here are 20 Facts of Life you should keep in mind. They are important.