Why do we think this is the only reality? Perhaps there are other realities and other modes of experiencing the Universe?
We grow up immersed in a cultural narrative. This is skewed and distorted under the dominant worldview. Moving beyond this distortion necessary to see motivates behind the narrative. If you go to different places on the globe, you will see first-hand how different things can be. Reframing reality is much easier once you discover the possibilities. And what we gain from travel is only a hint of the possibilities.
We can only see these other possibilities when we escape the collective illusion. This is the illusion created by the dominant cultural narrative.
Moving Beyond Naïve Realism
This is the propensity to judge things as either black or white. There is no middle ground in this worldview or paradigm. This means we assume all other opinions about reality must be wrong. Those with this type of dualistic mindset see people with other opinions as misinformed, biased or irrational. This makes meaningful dialogue with others outside of your closed beliefs.
We think this is reality. But in philosophy, that’s called naïve realism.
― Robert Anton Wilson
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 socieity by legislating and enforcing negative 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
Escape The Collective Illusion
First of all, 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 is still real to us. We wait for science to validate our illusions. Or, we can pretend our mythologies and religions are real. We can ignore the real opportunity which is moving beyond the boundaries of our illusions.
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 illusion; they strive to protect it. Reframing reality from this point of view is impossible.
After all, if a lot of people believe the same thing, it must be right. Right? Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. More and more, we see the illusions created by culture also becoming visible. The diabolical motives of religion are being unmasked. As a result, the boundaries that protect the cultural narrative are cracking. More and more people are seeking ways to escape the collective illusion and break free of the mechanisms of mind control.
The Shaman and Mystics are constantly telling us that we can shape our Universe the way we want to. But, don’t we do it? Do we lack the vision and courage to bring most of our visions and dreams into reality? Would it disrupt the collective illusion if we did?
A Separate Reality
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 into 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, an anthropologist, and writer wrote a series of on the Shamanistic practices of the Yaqui Indians. His book A Separate Reality describes the process of 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 CastanedaOur 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 define 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
Reframing reality requires us to start with a blank slate. We must drop all prejudices and judgments. We must abandon our expectations. The process of moving beyond these prejudices enables us to “see” the other possibilities. A separate reality is beyond the tricks of the cultural narrative. This is necessary to see many layers of non-ordinary reality.
The critics argue that this series is purely fictional. But they do so with blinders on. They endorse 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, philosopher, mystic, shaman, and theologian all tell us there is much more to this existence. Perhaps you are ready to take the next steps to embark on an adventure to test the boundaries of your illusions about reality? If so, we can help.
A separate reality is not only possible, it is a necessity. If you live your entire life in the confines of the cultural narrative, you deprive yourself of the greatest 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 the default setting of our dream state. 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 create a separate reality if we can expand our awareness. We can achieve a more humanist centered mindset. This will help us to lead a positive life.
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