“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
Our view of the world is constantly being filtered through our culture, we perceive that culture as reality through our senses – sight, smell, taste, sound and touch. Basically we create our own realities through our physical inputs.
Everything we perceive as being outside of ourselves is really coming from within. Each of us sees the world a little differently. Our brain receives in the neighborhood of 10 million bits of information every second, but you might only process 10000 if you’re lucky. The brain filters the millions of bits through our senses and our beliefs which use it the way we have learned to our cultures and society. For most individuals these are the ways we have been actually taught to view and live our lives, a generally scientific view – if I can see it, hear it, touch it, smell it, taste it – then it must be real. These somewhat objective and mechanical means do well for the most part.
What of everything else, that we are told exists but can never actually use our own physical inputs with? What of the multitude of things that objectivity and science has sprung on us after mankind has been repeatedly told they doesn’t exist. Ask yourself: Is it that the world exists and I’m here observing it, or is it that I exist and through my perception I create the reality around me at every moment?
Columbus sailed the ocean, and as he drew closer to North America, a Native American on the shore looking out at the sea, simply would not have seen the approaching ships, oh they may see something, but you see they had never seen sailing ships before so they had no picture installed in their minds, one that could tell them that “a big house sailing on the water is coming towards us (a ship)!” They would have observed a shape and movement on the sea, understood that something was happening. But would have had no idea what.
By concentrating on what was was there, an image would have gradually formed in there mind until it became a clearly identifiable object – what we know of as a ship. Only then would they see and be able to describe it to his or her people. This image was then also depicted in their imagination.
Do we truly only see what’s inside us? If we have no form or mold of an object inside our mind, can we recognize it, without a shift in our perception? The next logical question then, is whether the perceptions we get from our inputs is uniformly the same to everyone before it has went through our filters, or are we merely responding to patterns that we have been trained with throughout our lives? Does what I perceive differ from another person perceives? If I do not recognize a given form and cannot perceive it with my five senses then does it actually exist?
These types of questions this knowledge is somewhat difficult whether we’ve read about it before or not. I mean, it always feels like there are things outside of me. If I walk barefoot on the sand near the water I feel the soft dampness of the wet sand under my feet or if I buy chocolate ice cream I feel the cold spark as soon as the ice cream enters my mouth, followed by the sweet taste of the chocolate. So what does that mean, that I’m creating this reality for myself? Is the whole world around me just one big illusion?
On the one hand, I’m told that my reality is limited to my five senses and I do not perceive everything around me, and on the other hand I’m told that I can only perceive something if I know it. So the problem is how am I supposed to perceive this new reality when I have absolutely no idea about it, what it – this new form – is like? How do I? Where do I receive these new forms?
This would be accomplished in the same way that the Indian described the ship to his tribe, and they then developed the image of this big house floating on the water in their minds, by simply listening to nature and others who have already gained those new forms, in this way we expand our own realities and help others expand there’s.
Existence operates on a “equivalence of form”, by listening for and to those equivalencies instead of culture and society, we are able to absorb the forms and mold what would otherwise be unavailable to us. Some would call this meditation or communing.
There are many levels of existence, from the smallest that we are unable to see to the largest which again we are unable to see, those levels of existence have been blocked from our physical senses, most individuals are incapable of registering even the smallest perception of them. Those levels are worlds unto themselves, our upper and lower worlds if you like. By attaining and implanting new forms and molds we allow ourselves the capability to perceive a reality that would otherwise be hidden from our inputs or senses and give birth to a new perception of reality.
When we learn how to recognize existence and the operating forces behind it we can understand why many things happen as they do, possibly even what our role may be within this illusion we call “reality.” Learning of how to recognize the operating forces in life and getting the guidance on how to equalize our form within nature is precisely what we all need to learn.
Try this…. Take a minute to look around you. Are you in a familiar place or somewhere new? Stop reading this, and just look around you. Pick out an object, maybe something you hadn’t noticed before, and focus your attention on it. If you really focus it’ll get brighter and seem more “real” than it was when it was just an unnoticed piece of the background noise in your life. Now, try to view your surroundings from the point of the object. Some people can do this with no effort while for others it takes some time and concentration. Depending on how adept you are at focusing your concentration, you may notice a slight shift in your perception – a weird jump in realty, where you are suddenly viewing the world from a different perspective.
Did it work? Whether you noticed anything or not, your perception did change, albeit for just an instant.
“Everything you see, hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create your universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.” – Douglas Adams
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