“What you experience isn’t a measure of truth. Your experience is the sum of your expectations less the health of your awareness and level of consciousness.” ― Guru Tua
Experience isn’t a Measure of Truth
Many scientists, freethinkers, and philosophers agree. We only perceive what we expect to see. Our minds-eye is like a camera. This camera has a lens and a number of filters through which we perceive reality. And, what we expect to see with is camera depends upon the clarity of the lens in the camera. The more defects in the camera and its lens the more distorted the picture. Therefore, our experience is merely a representation of the health and clarity of our mind. There are a number of things which affect this camera of our minds-eye. Our experience is not a measure of truth, but of the filter of our paradigm.
the major Defect in Perception
We are born with default settings of personality and instinct. These are default filters which provide a connection to consciousness. However, on top of these, we have the cultural narrative present in society. No matter where you live, you are subject to various types of programming. This programming could be religious or political propaganda. These sources are responsible for installing thoughts, beliefs, and values. This programming teaches us what and who to value, or who and what to hate. So, what we experience should not be mistaken for an accurate representation of reality. What we perceive isn’t a measure of truth.
Without a doubt, our cultural programming is the most influential to our perception. To function within the culture where we live it’s necessary to adjust or at least outwardly conform to the values. The health of our awareness and consciousness is greatly affected by the distortions of cultural programming. The more distorted the cultural narrative the more this effects our perception. In fact, these distortions have a negative influence on our overall health and wellness. Stress disorders are rampant in a culture where the narrative is built upon inconsistencies and inequities.
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
― Jiddu Krishnamurti
In the end, what this means is that what we experience isn’t a measure of truth. What we “think” and what we value are tainted by the above filters. And, as we mentioned before, the filter that corrupts the picture the most is the cultural programming. This thing we call “religion” is responsible for the majority of the cultural programming which overlays our societies.
Religion as Filter of Reality
Certainly, religion is by far the largest contributor to cultural programming. However, not all religions are the same. Some religions have a positive effect on the individual and the culture. For example, Taoism and many forms of Paganism promote the fair treatment of all people and the environment. Other religious paradigms promote moral superiority as a means of dictating values, thoughts, and the justification for violence. These types of religions are harmful to society as a whole as they hold back scientific progress and social equity. Additionally, they promote boundaries that adversely affect our ability to reason.
On the other side of the scale, we find the ideologies of Western Organized Religion. These are the Abrahamic religions (Religions of Semitic origin, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). These systems promote moral superiority as a means of dictating thoughts, values, and justification for violence. Unfortunately, they also have the greatest level of social mass and integration. So, even if you are not a follower you are more than likely still affected by the colossal social reach of these paradigms. The level of influence depends upon how much social integration they have within your culture and your life.
Religion is addictive. It promotes a number of social and psychological aberrations resulting from Groupthink Manipulation including, but not limited to:
- Chosen one Mentality
- Illusions of Invulnerability
- Unquestionable Beliefs
- Rationalizing Violence and Discrimination
- Perpetuates Ethnic, Racial and Gender Discrimination
- Demonizing Any Source Exposing its Inconsistencies
- Afterlife Rewards for Believers Only
Bottom line, you can see how Western Organized Religion is the most prolific filter of perception. It’s the dirt on the minds-eye distorting thought and values. This is why it is so important to learn how to question the cultural narrative.
Intelligence is not a Deterrent
Intelligence alone is not a deterrent against the onslaught of cultural programming. The more you are exposed the more susceptible you become. Traditionally, cultural programming has been targeted at two groups in the population, children and those in crisis.
The young are easy to indoctrinate. Unfortunately, this is a common practice. Young minds are easy to program especially by those they trust. Children trust their parents and adults who appear to have their best interest in mind. These people teach them not to touch fire and to be careful near places where they could fall. The adults they trust also immerse them into the doctrine and dogma of religion.
Not coincidentally, children born into families with deeply held religious beliefs nearly always become converts. They receive instruction from an early age. No freedom of choice or alternative worldviews available. Of course, children have no other frame of reference. Children are less likely to be able to distinguish fact from fantasy. So, it is easy for them to mistake mythology as fact. The people they trust would certainly only tell them the truth, right? The need to believe becomes ingrained as part of individual identity. Believing their religion becomes a necessity, not a choice.
Some people believe that subjecting children to religious programming is child abuse. Richard Dawkins noted scientist is of this opinion. Others are of the opinion that as long as there is no apparent harm to the child that it is not child abuse, simply the coordinated teaching of established tradition.
People in Crisis…
The other large population susceptible to religious programming are those in crisis. People find religion when vulnerable because when you are vulnerable are easier to brainwash. It doesn’t matter what the crisis. The crisis could be financial, emotional, or health. It doesn’t matter. Religion is there to lend a helping hand. That is, it’s waiting to make converts because believers eventually make them paying customers. You pay with money and with conformity to religious stereotypes they provide. Once the critical mass of the population is obtained then almost any agenda can be programmed.
Consequently, we see that the need to believe ― overcomes reason. Many people live in cultures dominated by these paradigms. So, appearing like you are a part of the crowd is not just a way of life, it’s a necessity.
The Experiencer Affects Reality
The really weird part is that what we experience is also affected by at of experiencing. This means we are also a reflection of our experience. In other words, what we experience isn’t something external or separate. As we “experience it” we are in effect changing it. Experience isn’t a measure of truth. Our experience is also a result of our relationship with the immediate environment. So, we can choose to be a positive influence where ever we are. Consequently, we can be a conduit for the virtues of the spirit rather than the negative aspects of the cultural narrative. Through these virtues, we discover our personal truth.
There is a way out. We provide some valuable links here which can be used to cleans the lens of your mind.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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