Look, is that a dinosaur crossing the road? Perhaps reality is a lot more flexible than we think.
A Velociraptor on The Road?
The questions are, is it possible? Or could it be real? Would we see a dinosaur cross the road if it existed, or would your mind ignore it? If you’re a fan of people like Carlos Castaneda (1), then you probably would answer, “yes.” Don Juan, Carlo’s teacher, would use an apparition like this to shock you to the next level of consciousness.
Whether it is “real” or not isn’t the issue. The question is, what do you think is real? Is there a difference between ordinary and non-ordinary realms of existence? Dreams are proof of non-ordinary reality, but we generally ignore the implications of this evidence.
So, what makes something acceptable has nothing to do with our own experience. It has to do with our ability to perceive without expectation or constraints. What is the distinction between ordinary and non-ordinary reality? Is there a difference?
A Dinosaur Crossing the Road, So What?
What do you think is real? Once you explore non-ordinary reality with techniques like meditation and the Shamanic Journey, you understand we cannot answer the question with a simple “yes” or “no.” The boundaries between ordinary and non-ordinary experience, not static boundaries. We know this from practical experience.
The transition from waking to sleep is not something we notice unless we train our attention. When we meditate regularly, we expand our awareness and become more aware of this transition. We know other levels of perception make it possible to see what others do not.
So, a more accurate answer about our dinosaur crossing the road would be, “that depends.” There is no doubt that a Velociraptor is as “real” as any imaginary friend in any popular religion. However, our cultural narrative tells us what is acceptable to expect and what is not. We know for sure that these creatures existed. There is actual evidence of their fossils. It’s more than we can say about most religions.
We believe that time separates us from the dinosaur depicted in the photo. However, we know time is not a constant. We know speed and gravity can bend time. So, is it a possibility? Does our cultural narrative blind us to this and other opportunities?
Phenomenology and Different Types of Dinosaurs
Those of the “name-it-and-claim-it belief” persuasion would also answer, yes, we could, but perhaps it wouldn’t be prudent? And many would say that the word-of-faith movement (2) is a later revision of Edmund Husserl’s theory of phenomenology (3). Proponents of phenomenology would say it is certainly possible…”If it can be perceived, then it can be achieved.” All possibilities are available to us through the subjective structures of consciousness.
Science and a Velociraptor
We can’t argue against the fact that everything we have created was first a thought in our imagination. Our thoughts bring everything into existence. To find a “unifying theory” (4) that explains the connections between the various physical sciences was the goal of Albert Einstein (5).
However, science has run into dead ends with investigating particle physics (6) and DNA (7). These only contain the “raw” materials but not the answer to how they might fit together. We do not know what is telling the energy to form into specific patterns we recognize as matter. We do not understand what is directing these complex molecules to arrange themselves.
The radio, our DNA, and consciousness are only the materials that make up the receiver. There is another force at work beyond this dimension. There must be some intelligent force directing and ordering the raw materials into specific energies and wavelengths of matter.
The intelligence which can order reality is something Rupert Sheldrake calls Morphic Resonance (8). Mr. Sheldrake postulates that this Morphic Resonance is the unifying field. And, this is what Einstein sought to articulate. It is this mysterious force that eluded his ability to quantify and communicate. Like many of his other theories, he had confidence in their viability before proving them. It’s the supreme force that philosophy and religion have given various names, including God.
Is this force something that we can manipulate or influence? If so, are there boundaries to our influence? All of this begs the question, what is reality? Can we change our experience of reality? Doesn’t our intent, faith, or some combination of ritual or process affect perception? Yes, they do. So, is it, or could Velociraptor Canyon be a reality? It all depends upon where you draw the boundary between imagination and creation. What else can we expect? It all depends upon how much of a freethinker we are.
It prompts other questions. Are we alone in the universe, or are we not? What other possibilities could there be? What discoveries await us.
We only perceive what we expect to see. The more “open” you are, the more you can see. A dinosaur crossing the road isn’t all that different from the deeply religious who see apparitions of the Virgin mary. There’s one big difference. The fossil record gives us substantial evidence for many kinds of dinosaurs.
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(1) Carlos Castaneda, A Separate Reality
(2) Word of Faith Movement, Wikipedia
(3) Edmund Husserl, Phenomenology, Wikipedia
(4) Classical Unified Field Theories, Wikipedia
(5) Albert Einstein, Wikipedia
(6) Particle Physics, Wikipedia
(7) DNA, Deoxyribonucleic acid, Wikipedia
(8) Rupert Sheldrake, Morphic Resonance
(9) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia