The first words in the Bible: 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.'
Don't we all have to agree that without some kind of beginning, we wouldn't be here? And how can there be a beginning without something to make that beginning happen?
Nothing is nothing, isn't it? Nothing is zero. Nothing is what there must be in the absence of anything. No-thing. Empty.
How can anything spontaneously happen out of nothing?
Nothing has nothing in it, so nothing can come from it.
So - in the beginning, there had to be something! Something must have always there - a kind of 'potential'.
Out of this potential, something must somehow have arisen, and it must have been a creative something - or there would not have been an impulse to create anything.
What came from this creative impulse? Surely the first to arise must have been consciousness?
Without consciousness, how could there have been an awareness that anything could be created?
So perhaps the very first thing was not a bang, not a 'happening' as we understand it, more a mysterious awakening into conscious awareness. An awareness of the potential to create. And with this awareness to create, creation began.
We give the original creative impulse many different names: God, Absolute, Source, Brahman.
All that exists are aspects of it.
We are conscious aspects of it.
We originate in and are aspects of the creative impulse out of which all has arisen.