Too often we don’t wonder ‘why?’ about things.
Especially the biggest, most important things.
We just accept them.
DON’T JUST ACCEPT THINGS.
That’s how ALL of our problems arise.Why?
Because nothing is what it seems.
Everything your senses tell you is real, is part of an illusion.
You’ve lived with this illusion all your life.
You believe it’s real, but it’s not.
It’s only a partial glimpse of how things really are.
Even that glimpse is so distorted as to be mostly meaningless.
This is not mystical bullshit.
It’s how things really are.
I won’t kid you this is easy to understand.
But it is worth your while to try.
All that ‘we are – our personality, our awareness, knowledge, ideas, memories and anything else that you can possibly ‘think of’ – literally – exists ONLY in the form of our consciousness.
As consciousness, ‘we’ can only ever know about, or come into contact with, anything outside of our own consciousness (the things we call ‘physically real’, or other consciousnesses) as purely non-physical conscious experiences.
See that? It’s just the beginning.
Your perceptions of yourself and the world around you – everything from the most vivid physical sensation to the subtlest mental notion – exist in your consciousness only as non-physical ideas.
Being able to experience pain, anguish, joy, frustration and other emotions exclusively as non-physical ideas – yet think they’re physical feelings – is just one of the remarkable – and inexplicable – things about consciousness.
Consciousness alone brings the vibrant colors and nuances of our physical experience of the world and everything in it – our physical selves included – into existence for us. We make the physical world real for ourselves.
We create our own reality.
But why, if the things we think of a physical experiences are just non-physical ideas for us, do they feel so physically real?
It’s because, as consciousness, we’re so tightly interfaced with a body and brain, that our consciousness functions as if we are those physical components.
That’s another unique quality of consciousness.
There’s nothing else like it.
Our body is merely part of the physical world of atoms. That’s why it can interact with that world. By interfacing our physical body, we can have a conscious experience of that physical interaction.
(Think of a body as a ‘middle man’ between our consciousness and the rest of the physical world.)
Reality is unique for each of us.
Each one of us perceives reality in a different way because we’re all unique individuals, fashioned from a unique set of personal experiences of the physical world – not to mention our unique personal experiences of other consciousnesses.
I gather some of us see reality very differently from others. (That’s a post for another time.)
So what is physical reality really?
What exactly is it that our consciousness interfaces to convince us that physical things are real?
That depends on how you look at things.
On the smallest scales you can change things just by looking at them. But we’re coming to that.
Your experience of physically real things starts where the edges of your conscious self meet your physical body.
That body (complete with nervous system and brain) evolved over many millions of years to interpret the physically real world for your consciousness.
It’s impossible to grasp the subtleties of the interface between the conscious you and your physical self.
For instance, even on the relatively clunky scale of atoms, nerve signals travel instantaneously, making you think that every movement of your body is part of the conscious ‘you’.
If we go in a lot closer than atoms, the solid ‘things’ we ‘think’ of as physical realness, disappear entirely.
Still more surprising, at these highly magnified scales, there are no pre-formed structures ‘outside’ of us; no sounds; no colors; no textures.
‘Reality’ is just shapes that form in energy.
Both the physical realness outside of us, and our conscious perception of it, are made from countless vibrations of minuscule quantities of energy.
What we think of as ‘real’ things are simply patterns that form in the energy.
We ‘see’ and ‘hear’ and ‘feel’ them the way we do because evolution caused energy vibrations to become shaped into ‘real’ things.
Our body, nerves and brain are some of those ‘real’ things, made of energy vibrations, that our consciousness perceives.
Consciousness is energy too.
When the energy patterns that make our consciousness, interface the energy patterns that make our body, nervous system and brain, ‘we’ experience the physical world not as energy patterns, but as physically real things.
To create our visual picture of reality, energy shaped into light waves ‘bounce off’ physical objects and enter our eyes. That causes nerve impulses (made from more energy) to jump to our brain (which is also just energy).
When that happens, our conscious mind (still more energy, but of a much more refined conscious kind) becomes aware of ‘seeing’. (It’s a similar story for hearing, touch, smell, taste and the rest of our consciously perceived experiences of physical ‘reality’.)
By adjusting a sufficiently sophisticated microscope you’d be able to see the energy vibrations as molecules, then smaller atoms, then nucleons and electrons, and then quarks and gluons, and even smaller particles.
It’s when you get down to truly small quantum scales that you can change things just by looking at them.
This is where the illusion of realness is itself unreal.
Quantum particles don’t behave the way our consciousness has evolved to think ‘real’ things should behave.
Down at the quantum level of ‘reality’, our understanding of realness goes right out the window.
A single quantum particle (of the kind that atoms are made from) can be in many different places at the same time.
This is called being in a superposition of states; it gives the impression that quantum particles exist as part of a wave of particles.
But if you look at a single particle, you cause the wave to ‘collapse’, so you see only one particle in one place.
That suggests nothing is actually ‘real’ until someone conscious decides to look at it.
So consciousness decides what’s real.
Quantum particles – and quantum ‘unreality’ – are the underlying machinery of the entire physical universe.
What you’re conscious of right now is nothing but quantum ‘unrealness’, aka quantum uncertainty.
Yet somehow, your consciousness turns this quantum ‘unreality’ into what you think of as real things.
Remember, none of this is mystical bullshit.
Where does it leave our ‘reality’?
Although it implies that we create the reality we want for ourselves, things aren’t quite that straight forward.
The ‘reality’ you’re seeing now is in fact only one of many possible ‘realities’.
You see quantum vibrations as your particular ‘reality’ because of the level your consciousness has evolved to.
And the level of your conscious evolution depends on how your consciousness interacts with your physical brain.
In effect, you can only be as conscious as your physical brain allows you to be. And you can only see the reality that your brain allows you to see.
There’s another problem.
The reality we think we want, isn’t really what ‘we’ want.
Our consciousness can’t be free to see reality for what it really is – whatever that might be – while we’re influenced by physically real things.
The only reality we see is the one that physical things – our body in particular – want us to see.
Physical things have their own powerful agenda. We experience that agenda most profoundly through our interface with our own body.
Our body makes demands on us, without even knowing it does, and we assume that’s what we want.
Your body’s agenda is driven by the self-interest of physical evolution.
That is, by what the physical universe is made from, and the way it’s screwed together.
Likewise your brain is just a biomechanical engine, designed by millions of years of evolution only to keep its body out of trouble.
It doesn’t ‘know’ it’s doing that. It has no more conscious awareness than your electric toothbrush does. So it doesn’t even know the conscious ‘you’ exists.
And yet by interpreting quantum ‘unreality’ as physically real things, your mind brings that physical body into existence.