The True Nature of Reality?
The true nature of reality has perplexed man throughout all of history. Philosophers, religious leaders and scientists alike, have all postulated endlessly as to what it all really means. Who am I? Why am I here? Who is the observer, the ghost in the machine? Is this all just a dream? Is there a creator? What will happen to me when I die? Do I have a purpose? Am I here to learn something? Is this all some sort of test? Have I been here before? Are we alone in the universe? Was this all just a big cosmic accident? Is any of this even real? Is true magick possible? Are we creating our own reality? Do I have a soul? Is this one of many lives or do we live only once? Is there an order to the universe or is everything left to chance? Where do our thoughts comes from? Can our thoughts effect physical reality? Are there other realities beyond our perception? Do dreams have meaning? The list goes on and on. These are all questions you might find yourself asking when you start to dig deeper into the true nature of our reality. It is difficult not to consult science, philosophy and religion when considering such possibilities, as well as ones own observations. And to be fair, we should explore all possibilities open to us.
So what is the true nature of our reality? Does anybody truly understand it all? Science has taught us that matter is made up of atoms, and that atoms are mostly empty space. So how can anything solid really be solid if it is made up of mostly empty space? This is a very intriguing question with no easy answer. Quantum Physics tries to deal with issues such as this and is giving science many new and exciting things to think about. Quantum Physics has given us indications that our reality, or perhaps our perception of reality, is not a complete picture and is very much dependent or reflective of our conscious awareness and beliefs. There are many newer ideas that are gaining much popularity in society recently. Some of these appear to be old ideas resurfacing. One idea is that humans are actually spiritual or light beings that never really die. Only our physical bodies die. Another angle is that we are merely consciousness and nothing physical really exist at all. It is our mind or consciousness that creates the physical universe, either collectively or individually. We tend to go through life being completely absorbed by the physical world, while giving little attention to developing higher levels of consciousness and spiritual development. There are many theories and nothing is very concrete at this point, but there are very strong indications that the true nature of the universe is very different from what we currently perceive.
So just how much can we perceive of the world around us? How well do our eyes actually see? And how good of a job does our brain do of decoding the information received from the eyes? Our eyes are sort of like primative cameras. There is more of the electromagnetic(EM) spectrum that we don't see, then there is that we do. The human eye can only see roughly between the ranges of 380nm and 760nm (790400 terahertz), referred to as visble light. This is only a small portion of the entire known EM spectrum. Anything beyond this range is basically invisible to the human eye, under normal circumstances. This begs the question of, if we only see a small percentage of the spectrum, then what might exist right in front of us, that we are unable to see? There might be a whole range of things we haven't detected yet, simply because we are unable to see them. Perhaps some of these "unseens" might help explain some of the mysteries of today. What if there are things that exist outside the visible light range, that could help explain or better understand some of the phenomenon usually associated with things like hauntings and UFOs? It is highly likely that we still have many discoveries to make that will shed light on some of these areas. But as with most things, the ego can sometimes get in the way a little and we approach subjects from a place of assuming we already know it all. When in truth, it is more likely that we know very little, when compared to all that there is to know.
Next, lets take a quick look at the information that the eyes picks up and how it is decoded and formulated in the brain. What we see isn't actually what the eyes are really picking up. What we see is the image that is created in the brain, from information received and decoded from the eyes. One of the problems is that during the decoding process, the brain sometimes tries to fill in some of the information, based on what it believes to be there. As the brain receives visual information from the eyes, it tries to compare it with similar things from your memory. Think of this as the brains way of shortcutting the processing of information it receives. If our eyes and brain did not work as they do, then perhaps we would not be able to be fooled by illusions. As it is, the brain fills in information that it expects to be there. The television might be an example of how our brain and eyes work. Shows on a television are just a continuous flow of still images. But when the images are displayed one after another, it gives the illusion of a moving picture. A now well known experiment was to play a video of a basketball game to a group of subjects and ask them to count the number of passes made by a certain team. Half of the people wouldn't notice the person in the gorilla suit that walked acrossed the court for 9 seconds. Subjects asked simply to watch the tape had no problems noticing the gorilla.
Sight is not the only sense that can be influenced or tricked by the brain. All five senses are likely vulnerable to the way the brain likes to draw on past memories for the processing of routine or similar information. It's a sort of auto-pilot function of the brain that occurs without us even realizing it. Some have used the example of driving to help explain this. Remember when you first were learning to drive and you had to really focus on every aspect. It required a lot of concentration. But after driving for a while, it became routine and like an automatic function that required very little concentration. But this lack of attention or auto-pilot mode the brain sometimes uses, can have its drawbacks. Like failing to notice something right in front of you, as in the above mentioned experiment with the gorilla. Experiments in hypnosis have shown that when the brain is told something, it can reproduce from memory, the sensation it believes it is experiencing. The example that is commonly used is where a person is given a potato to eat while they are under hypnosis, but they are told that it is an apple. The brain then produces the taste of an apple and the person truly believes that they are eating an apple. They actually believe they are tasting an apple. This is just one of many exercises in hypnosis that have shown how easily the mind can be tricked or manipulated.
So what is the meaning of life? What happens when we die? Some might say that the purpose for life is the evolution of consciousness, the true self. But in reality, the answers to questions such as these, depends on who you ask. Some people turn to religion for answers, while others turned to science. Neither have offered any concrete answers that can be absolutely proven. One concept is that we are an eternal spirit or consciousness, that is only inhabiting the physical body for this particular experience. And that there is no such thing as real death, as only the physical body dies. The body is viewed as a vessel through which we can have this experience. You are not really Bobby Smith or Betty Jones. That is not the real you. That is only the identity that has emerged, as an extension of the real you, through which you experience this reality. But this is just one of many concepts alive today. Some believe that everything is just energy at its most basic level and that we are all part of the same energy field or vibrational frequency. We are all made from the same spark, again reflecting a belief that all things are connected or that all are one. Some believe that even thoughts are a form of energy that can effect the physical world. Could it be that the universe or the reality we experience, functions through little more then conscious intent? Have we become so mesmerized by the material world that we have lost our sight into what lies beyond? Most of these questions have no real answers yet. Each of us has to decide for ourselves what feels right for us. Whatever you decide, these are your own decisions to make and not for others to make for you.
We are not the body. It's a vehicle to experience this reality.
David Icke-Live At Oxford Union 9 of 11
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