Reality is an illusion.
I’m going to kick this off by quoting a bunch of people: dead or alive. Albert Einstein started it off by saying; Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one. Who can really argue with Einstein? G.L Lambert: The keyword in life is to think. Steve McDermott: you’re not a victim of circumstance, but a creator of circumstance. Steve also said, you don’t believe what you see, you see what you believe. Jed McKenna: I don’t have something you don’t. You just believe something I don’t. Sadhguru: This reality is only a dream, and only a sleeper considers it real. Salman Rushdie: reality is a question of perspective. George Orwell: reality exists in the mind and nowhere else. Napoleon Hill: dreams are the seedlings of reality. Franklin Covey: we see the world not as it is but as we are…you get the message? Its either all those people were/are deluded, or they were/still are onto something.
How can reality be an illusion though? We can feel, taste, smell and even touch the world?
Plato has been inspiring philosophy and psychology from beyond the grave. In his work, ‘Analogue of The Cave’, he asked his students to imagine prisoners shackled in a cave and facing the wall. A position they had retained since childhood. The cave wall is the only thing they know, and they cannot see what’s happening behind them. In the cave there is a fire. Often, the captors pass in the cave and whatever they are carrying casts a shadow on the cave walls. In sense, the prisoners only know reality from the shadows cast and they imagine the voices to belong to the shadows. One day a prisoner is released. Seeing everything he’s nothing short of terrified. The prisoner begs to be left so he can return to the comforts of the wall which is familiar. However, his captors take him further outside the cave. Forced to experience the world, the prisoner comes to a gradual awakening over time. He realizes there is a more wonderful world than the dark he was accustomed to. He returns to the cave and tells the fellow prisoners of the wonders of the fire, sun, moon, wind, and nature in general. They don’t believe him and deem him a mad man. Now the prisoner cannot be content with just the wall and the shadows anymore for he has tasted something much better. He tries to release his fellows so they too can experience it, but they threaten to kill him if he dares.
That’s just to show that even as ancient as Greek philosophers were, they understood that there is more to reality. More than the senses can perceive. If modern day science is anything to go by then we can all agree that our senses aren’t perfect, and can’t be relied on. For starters, the human eye sees between 430-770 THz, while the human ears detect sound between 20hz-20Khz. Ranges that are only a quarter of the total energy frequency range! Come to think of it, even when we dream we experience these senses so vividly it’s impossible to fathom it’s a dream until you’re awake. How the mind pulls that off is beyond me. The only difference between the dream-state and wake-state is that the wake state is persistent.
Einstein and all the others understood we are energy, just as everything in the universe is made up of pure energy frequencies. Looking into quantum physics, electrons and such were discovered to have no physical size, no internal structure, are zero dimensional, are super-positional, and are made up of energy: they are more of an event than a thing. Quantum physics claims human reality results from an interface of human consciousness (yes, the little voice in your head) with pure energy waves. Translation: The energy in the universe responds to consciousness itself. Everything we think is real is just the brain receiving information from our rather flawed senses, and transforming it into a picture we call reality. Due to the super-positional nature of energy particles, teleportation could be a thing, just as telepathy could, due to quantum entanglements.
At this point you’re probably thinking, ‘Now she’s lost it. Next she’ll be telling us aliens are real, and that angels are winged monkeys with magical wands.
Can you really imagine that though? Everything, inclusive of all our material possessions, is nothing but intangible energetic information! The universe is a powerful energy, interconnecting and interpreting all of life: perhaps that’s what we refer to as God. Not a physical entity, but pure abstract information: One which cannot be perceived by the human senses or logical mind. An energetic consciousness. Spiritualists say, to know God you need no mind or sense just a pure consciousness. Physicist David Bohm theorized a model where all of the information of the entire universe is contained holographically and energetically in every single cell. That is to say, everything in existence contains information of everything else in existence.
We are all an expanded consciousness of energy: separation and time are all illusions of the mind.
Our good fellow Schrodinger once said, ‘what we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. Particles are just appearances,’ that alone gives me goosebumps. Reality is all in the head, and the only real thing is our thoughts. Franklin covey sees it this way: reality is like a computer and your thoughts are the programming codes. Whatever you feed your computer is the outcome you’ll get: Be it love, positivity or negativity, fear, doubts, limiting thoughts, superstitions…you name it.
That being the reason why the society we live in is working off the clock to ensure we maintain the conditioned perspective. We are dogs, and society is Ivan Pavlov ringing the bell. Reality is subjective to your understanding, assumptions, opinions, beliefs and emotions. Things the society has been influencing and programming down to the letter.
‘Face reality,’ is another fancy word for ‘maintain the perspective you’re conditioned to,’
Once in a while it’s nice to let go of ego, worries, attachments and other society based theatrics: taking time to shift your thinking to the bigger picture of the expanded consciousness. Move from being a drop in the ocean, to being the ocean. We say everything is energy and intangible, right? Ask yourself this: Is the brain giving us a false impression of touch? Have you ever really touched anything your whole life? And if so, how can we claim to touch when electrical repulsion makes its impossible? The world isn’t physical so does that make it unreal? What is supporting this false appearance?
When all is said and done, the choice is yours: red or blue pill.