This "blog" is about an alternative way of interpreting reality. There will be a lot of "woo woo," "out there" stuff here. I don't know yet where I am going with this. Just had an urge to start it. If you are familiar with the work of Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Lester Levinson, Robert Sheinfeld, Hale Dwoskin, Thaddeus Golas, Grady Claire Porter, Neale Donald Walsh, Buddha, Lao-tzu, or a host of other non dualistic teachers and philosophies (ancient and contemporary,) this may not be too alien to you. If none of these names mean anything to you, or you have dismissed the ones you've heard of as being nuts, irrelevant, or extreme, then what you find here may sound like gibberish, mumbo jumbo, or hogwash. That's ok. I'm not looking for converts. On the other hand, you may find something useful or interesting here. That's ok too.
If you find your way to this page and wish to comment I'd love to hear from you. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We all have the habit of thinking that everything around us is already a thing existing without my input, without my choice. You have to banish that kind of thinking. Instead, you really have to recognize that even the material world around us, the chairs, the tables, the rooms, the carpet, time included, all of these are nothing but possible movements of Consciousness. And I'm choosing, moment to moment, out of those movements, to bring my actual experience into manifestation.
This is the only radical thinking that you need to do. But it is so radical - so difficult - because we tend to believe that the world is already out there, independent of our experience. It is not. Quantum physics is so clear about this. Heisenberg himself, co-discoverer of quantum physics said, "atoms are not things; they're only tendencies." So, instead of thinking of things, you have to think of possibilities. They're all possibilities of Consciousness.
Amit Goswami, PhD
Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.
There's no out there out there.
John Wheeler, Physicist
Consciousness loves itself outrageously and it is positively blissed out in the joy of its experiences. If it weren't so engrossed in the ecstasy of it all, it would, I'm sure, be awed, but awe can only be the emotional state of a passive on-looker, and passive is not a word we can apply to consciousness. The closer we, as humans, come to this emotional state, the nearer we come to living as life is truly intended to be lived.
Barbara Dewey - Consciousness and Quantum Behavior
Quantum theory is stunningly successful. Not a single one of its predictions has ever been wrong. Quantum mechanics has revolutionized our world. One-third of our economy depends on products based on it. However, this physics can look like mysticism. Quantum experiments display an enigma that challenges our everyday worldview.
The worldview demanded by quantum theory is, to borrow the words of J.B.S. Haldane, not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose. Most of us share some commonsense intuitions. For example, is it not just common sense that one object cannot be in two far apart places at once? And, surely, what happens here is not affected by what happens at the same time someplace very far away. And does it not go without saying that there is a real world "out there," whether or not we look at it? Quantum mechanics challenges each of these intuitions by having observation actually create the physical reality observed.
That Physics has encountered consciousness cannot be denied.
Bruce Rosenblum and Fed Kuttner - Quantum Enigma
Life is not what it seems.
You are not who you think you are.
Life is like a dream.
And you are the dreamer.
Timothy Freke - Lucid Living
Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.
These are some of my favorite quotes about the nature of reality. They point to a radically different picture of the universe than the one I grew up with and see reflected in the philosophies I most commonly encounter. The generally accepted, and seemingly obvious, view is that what we see is reality: this table, that flower, the sun, the person across the room, even time. But, at the core of all great spiritual traditions there is a fundamental idea, now supported by the science of quantum physics, that argues that beyond the illusion of physical reality, there is a deeper truth. The Universe, itself, is conscious, and all that we perceive is the creation of that consciousness. I have been exploring these concepts for a couple of years now. I didn't start there, but this is where my search has led me. And like Neo in "The Matrix" once I followed Alice down the rabbit hole, there was no turning back.
So, this is a sharing of that exploration.
So, do you see a common theme here?
Truth exists, but it isn't necessarily what I thought it was. There are some things that I assumed were unquestionable, undeniable facts. Truth. Things like "What I see is real and exists exactly as I perceive it." and "I need money, love, recognition, approval, etc." and "some things are good and some are bad." Now I'm not sure what is true. So, I am starting at the beginning. "Cogito ergo sum" (I think, therefore I am.) I experience, I have awareness, therefore I exist. That's what I can be sure is true. Everything else is conjecture. I know that I exist, but I can't be sure of the nature of that existence. There is no argument that can get around this. What I experience through my senses could be pure hallucination. How would I know? In fact, quantum physics seems to indicate that it is more illusion than reality.
In practical terms, all we can do is contemplate the possibilities, take it out for testing, as Lester Levinson suggested, and see where it gets us. For most of us, and certainly for me, what really matters is how to get to a place where we are at home in our skins (whether we believe our skin is real or not.) Peace, happiness, joy, bliss, or just freedom from pain, these are the practical goals of any spiritual or existential searching.
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