Absolutely everything around us is bathed in and by this principle (‘certainty of being’). In reality everything is pure consciousness and, in fact, nothing could be perceived without it. What we call “material”, “inanimate” objects are also pure consciousness – they are made of consciousness and are nothing but consciousness. These objects are “material”, “inert”, “unconscious”, only as seen from an empirical viewpoint, which is separative, fragmentary.
Pure consciousness does not know anything that is truly material, there being no relationship between consciousness and matter, nor an opposition between them. Consciousness cannot “come out”, spring from unconscious matter, nor can it change or transform itself into something unconscious. We have said that it is all there is, but somehow there is a play between what appears as objective or material and the subjective or mental – two apparently separate realms.
From ‘Certainty of Being’, by JC Savater – unpublished.
This principle can be said to stand for Consciousness, or ultimate reality.