1.1 This essay is an exploration of our true nature, Reality,Consciousness and manifestation/creation. It is a personal overviewthat necessarily must leave out a mass of interesting detail in order tofocus on the main structural elements. I dare say there is not a singleoriginal idea in it. If there is anything original it is in the synthesis of these ideas into my own overview (though many may have come to asimilar view). I set it down on paper for two reasons: I have not comeacross a similar summary elsewhere, though there may be one; andbecause of the fun of making explicit ideas that have been floatingaround within me for years. I hope to make these ideas as clear aspossible, not least for my own benefit. I hope I have avoided anyabstruse or over-technical philosophical ideas or arguments, and hopethat anyone with an interest in these matters could follow the accountfairly easily. The ideas are presented concisely so their full impactmay need some time for reflection, and perhaps some re-reading. They also form, I hope, one more or less integrated picture, soskipping over sections is not recommended!1.2I draw freely from the many metaphysical/philosophical traditionsthat I have trawled through over the years. Of these there are three orfour which seem to me to be the most adequate, and to which we canrefer to illustrate our points. Yet none are without their problems andparadoxes, and this is perhaps inevitable when dealing with ultimatematters. The net of understanding gets all tangled when it tries tocapture its own threads.