Naive realism is thinking this is the only reality, and everyone has the same experience. But, both philosophy and psychology tell us this isn’t true. What other possibilities exist, and how do we reframe our thinking to reach them?
“We think this is reality. But in philosophy, that’s called naïve realism.” ― Robert Anton Wilson
Many people grow up immersed in a cultural narrative with prejudiced and distorted worldviews. They want to reframe the world to make it a better place but don’t see how.
So, it would help if you learned how to see the distortions of the culture, then you can change your mindset to see the right solutions—seeing the distortions and biases of the culture gives us the power to make the right changes.
Religion And Collective Delusions
If you travel to different cultures, you will see the diversity of possibilities available just on the superficial level. We can reframe the world and make it better for future generations if we get past the cultural noise. Reframing reality is much easier once you discover the possibilities. And what we gain from travel is only a hint of the options.
We can only see these other possibilities when we get outside of our familiar frame of reference. Otherwise, we confine our perceptions to the collective illusions and collective delusions of a narrow worldview. Why are they collective and not individual fantasies?
The dominant worldview creates and propagates a collective illusion. Illusions outside of the norm are aberrations. So, even if it is incorrect, the belief in something is accepted if the majority believes it.
In psychology, the definition of naive realism is the propensity to judge things as either black or white, which is dualism. There is no middle ground in this worldview or paradigm. It means we assume all other opinions about reality must be wrong.
This mindset is more common than we would like to admit. That’s because the root of this childlike pragmatism comes from the main organized religions. These are the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. They are the dominant forces shaping the cultural narrative, even if you aren’t a believer. These close-minded worldviews infect society by legislating and enforcing harmful primitive laws.
“What I perceive is reality.” And philosophers have refuted naïve realism every century for the last 2,500 years, starting with Buddha and Plato, and yet most people still act on the basis of naïve… realism. Now the argument is, “Well, maybe my perceptions are inaccurate, but somewhere there is accuracy, scientists have it with their instruments. That’s how we can find out what’s really real.” But relativity, quantum mechanics, have demonstrated clearly that what you find out with instruments is true relative only to the instrument you’re using, and where that instrument is located in space-time.” ― Robert Anton Wilson
The essence of religious doctrine is a collective illusion and collective delusions of reality. Organized religion has proven it cannot make the world a better place. It has done much to reframe the world in ways that only create more problems.
Religion is the cause, not the solution, to many of the global problems that exist today. It is the cause of ongoing wars and genocide. It uses its power to grow like cultural cancer, infecting cultures around the world.
“Religious intolerance is an idea that found its earliest expression in the Old Testament, where the Hebrew tribe depicts itself waging a campaign of genocide on the Palestinian peoples to steal their land. They justified this heinous behavior on the grounds that people not chosen by their god were wicked and therefore did not deserve to live or keep their land. In effect, the wholesale slaughter of the Palestinian peoples, eradicating their race with the Jew’s own Final Solution, was the direct result of a policy of religious superiority and divine right. Joshua 6-11 tells the sad tale, and one needs only read it and consider the point of view of the Palestinians who were simply defending their wives and children and the homes they had built and the fields they had labored for. The actions of the Hebrews can easily be compared with the American genocide of its native peoples – or even, ironically, the Nazi Holocaust.” ― Richard Carrier, Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism
Change Your Mindset To Reframe the World
First, it’s clear that our perception of something is our reality, but that doesn’t mean it’s real. Even if it is an illusion, it still feels natural. We wait for science to validate our fantasies. Or, we can pretend our mythologies and religions are real. We can ignore the genuine opportunity that there is a third option. Going beyond our illusions’ boundaries is the third option where reality exists.
The definition of naive realism in psychology tells us that we tend to see the world from a tribal point of view. We perceive and value what we experience through the collective illusion projected by the dominant worldview.
Sadly, most people are stuck. They rely on the power of the collective illusion to validate their beliefs. They don’t want to escape the collective delusion; they strive to protect it. Reframing reality from this point of view is impossible.
The first error is that if many people believe the same thing, it must be true. Right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. More and more, we see the illusions created by culture also becoming visible. People are unmasking the sinister motives of religion. As a result, the boundaries that protect the cultural narrative are cracking.
More and more people seek ways to escape the collective illusion. They want to break free of mind control mechanisms of our cultural folklore. When you change your mindset to a more progressive healthy skeptical attitude, these boundaries are not insurmountable.
The Shaman and Mystics continually tell us that we can shape our Universe the way we want to, but we don’t do it. Do we lack the courage to bring most of our visions and dreams into reality? Would it disrupt the collective illusion if we did?
Escape the Collective Illusion
“So, there is no (static) vantage point from which actual reality can be seen. We’re all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels. And when we begin to realize that we’re all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels, we find that it is much easier to understand where other people are coming from.” ― Robert Anton Wilson
The first step is an understanding that the cultural narrative creates tunnel vision. The programming that it projects keeps us facing the darkness. That is tunnel vision. We need to find the courage to turn around. Only then can we see the light. This light will lead us to a separate reality.
“All the ones who don’t have the same reality tunnel as us do not seem ignorant, or deliberately perverse, or lying, or hypnotized by some mad ideology, they just have a different reality tunnel. And every reality tunnel might tell us something interesting about our world if we’re willing to listen.” ― Robert Anton Wilson
The above two paragraphs help us understand the difference between ordinary reality and other infinite possibilities. Carlos Castaneda is an anthropologist and writer. He wrote a series of books outlining his experiences in the Shamanistic practices of the Yaqui Indians. His book A Separate Reality describes indoctrination into his apprenticeship to become a Shaman. Learning to “See” is a pre-requisite. He must learn to see past the boundaries and escape the collective illusion.
“A man can go still further than that; a man can learn to see. Upon learning to see he no longer needs to live like a warrior, nor be a sorcerer. Upon learning to see a man becomes everything by becoming nothing. He, so to speak, vanishes, and yet he’s there. I would say that this is the time when a man can be or can get anything he desires. But he desires nothing, and instead of playing with his fellow men like they were toys, he meets them in the midst of their folly. The only difference between them is that a man who sees controls his folly, while his fellow men can’t. A man who sees has no longer an active interest in his fellow men. Seeing has already detached him from absolutely everything he knew before.” ― Carlos Castaneda
“When a warrior learns to stop the internal dialogue, everything becomes possible; the most far-fetched schemes become attainable.” ― Carlos Castaneda“Our normal expectations about reality are created by a social consensus. We are taught how to see and understand the world. The trick of socialization is to convince us that the descriptions we agree upon defining the limits of the real world. What we call reality is only one way of seeing the world, a way that is supported by social consensus.” ― Carlos Castaneda
If we are to reframe our world, we must remove all harmful prejudices and judgments. If you can change your mindset to a more healthy worldview, then many things are possible. Moving beyond these prejudices enables us to “see” the other possibilities. A separate reality is beyond the tricks of the cultural narrative. There are many layers of reality.
The critics argue that this series is purely fictional. But they do so wearing blinders because they profit from endorsing the collective illusion.
Perception is a Gamble
“The idea every perception is a gamble seems to me so obviously true that I continually am astonished that I could forget it so many times during the course of 24 hours. But to the extent that I remember it, I just can’t stay angry at anybody, so it’s a thing worth keeping in mind.” ― Robert Anton Wilson
We think this is reality, but science, philosophers, mystics, shaman, and theologians tell us much more about this existence. Perhaps you are ready to take the following steps to embark on an adventure to test the boundaries of your illusions about reality? If so, we can help.
Reframing Reality and Reframe the World
A separate reality is not only possible, and it is a necessity. If you live your entire life in the confines of the cultural narrative, you deprive yourself of the most incredible opportunity of all. Naïve realism is a self-imposed prison. There is too much proof available regarding altered and higher states of consciousness. Don’t miss the option to investigate other realms of reality.
We take for granted the marvelous equipment we possess. Most people fail to take advantage of our dream state’s default setting. Dreaming is proof that other realities exist. The Shamanic Journey or its rebranded versions of creative visualization also give us clues about our awareness. We know every convenience of our modern society is the product of imagination. Yet, we fail to see the potential of using other tools to explore it. We settle instead for the belief in religious mythology. Don’t let this be you.
“There are only two worlds – your world, which is the real world, and other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination: their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. These worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. Provide a dream, and power; provide refuge and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist, and thus they are all that matters”. ― Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic
If we escape the collective illusion, we open the door to many possibilities. We can reform and reframe the world in a more just and verdant way. We can achieve a more humanist-centered mindset, which will help us lead a positive life. It doesn’t happen on its own. If you want to change your mindset to something else, you’ll need to confront old ways of thinking and believing. Are you up to the challenge?
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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Robert Anton Wilson, Wikipedia
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