September 21, 2018
from SoulHiker Website
Why we are hardwired to perceive reality the way we do, is a question that opens up Pandora's box wide open:
What I am interested in,
and have always been interested in, however, is how we can shift,
alter and transcend the perceptual and conceptual limits of our view
on reality; or to steal a metaphor often used by Tim O'Leary
and Robert Anton Wilson - our 'reality tunnel'.
Yet I still get surprised at how very few people realize the extent of the influence our internal world bears on the outer one.
We grow up to believe that the world we live in is solid real and exists separately from our conscious attention and perception of it. I won't go into the intriguing philosophical debates of realism and solipsism - endless discussions on what is objectively real or not.
What I want to point at
here is how we are naturally inclined to believe that the world is
at it is and that just because we see it that way, many would
naively assume that it must be that way.
We see and observe this happening over and over again, infallibly:
It's sort of fundamental concrete cemented in our reality tunnel.
Theoretical Physics, high level mathematics, philosophical debates and consciousness altering experiences have all brought people to question this fundamental assumption and explore the possibility of there being non-linearity despite our senses dictating otherwise.
To me it seems that,
In turn, these concepts and assumptions create a strong gateway through which we select and filter our reality. In short it is a feedback loop that creates and re-creates our reality tunnel. The concept of linearity is one of the fundamental aspects of that loop.
We assume it, then observe it through our experience which in turn reinforces that notion and so on...
So therefore the question is:
No doubt that the question raises many other philosophical questions about consciousness and reality one of them being,
But I would like to stick to one concept for the time being: linearity.
So rephrasing the question,
I think that linearity is dependent on part of our experience but not the totality of our experience.
To say it in another way, it is a model of reality we can easily accommodate in our shared worldview but does not fit any longer when we open our awareness to experience life beyond our limited reality tunnels.
The content of our experience changes according to what we put our conscious awareness and focus on, which in turn is heavily affected by our unconscious beliefs which act as our reality filters.
If those filters on our
reality are temporarily suspended, we would enter into a state of
consciousness whose content is beyond the five senses and linear
...that disrupt this normal filtering process of our perception.
In short, if we go beyond
the limits of conditioned and consensual reality, we start to
non-linearity which is quite
understandably a difficult concept to convey since we do not have
any solid reference points to it in our normal experience.
Like mentioned above, there is no solid ground to compare this with but a few anecdotes might help:
It is only when our awareness expands or shifts through different means, we experience non-linear time, or even what others refer to as vertical time, as opposed to horizontal time like we experience in our mundane, problem-solving frame of consciousness.
This is also what some
depth psychologists and esotericists alike refer to as the
archetypal and mythical plane of reality - a trans-personal plane of
consciousness in which we don't experience linear time.
Somehow they built a chronology of events, based on cosmic alignments and mathematical models, that spun way beyond their time (as for example in the long count calendar).
Other myths in several cultures have also sustained that there is a cosmic time that is cyclical and beyond our perception of day-to-day events but that we can get an intimation of by,
The idea of cycles and non-linearity goes well beyond the concept of time and causality.
If I give myself the freedom to speculate, I believe that we live in a fractal and holographic Universe where everything is in an infinite loop in and within itself.
Everything is in a feedback cycle or, more specifically, everything is consciousness in a feedback cycle.
This hits on two huge giant metaphysical ideas in one bang:
And while I'm at it doing
this metaphysical binge... let's also assume that existence itself
is a grand feedback cycle of nothingness and everything
looping in on each other endlessly, hence the ultimate cosmic