"I saw the angel is the marble and carved until I set him free."
I had to stop for a moment after reading this, one of Michelangelo's most famous quotations. His point of view, although quite unorthodox, reveals much about the way in which we experience our existence.
Imagine Michelangelo standing in his studio with a huge slab or raw marble. He looks at it for some time, and eventually sees the image of a horse hidden within. Now ask yourself the question, before he begins to chip away, is it fair to saw that the finished horse already exists?
Michelangelo will add nothing new in order to bring the horse into our currently comprehendible reality. In this way, we can say that the horse, as well as any and every other form, already exist within the realm of that raw material.
Every sense object, every experience we live through, at every point in time, all exist as potentialities within the same chunk of Michelangelo's marble. He could just as easily chip away and reveal a king, or a castle, or a baseball or butterfly. It is only after Michelangelo goes to work that we have the experience of our relative reality. That is to say, only after our mind chips away at the absolute, can we experience our apparent existence.
We must take time to thank the mind and Michelangelo for allowing us to experience such magnificent works of art. Yet, at the same time, we should try to recognize the fact that we are ignorant to the origin, and only capable of perceiving a small portion of the universal whole.