Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.
Before you go out and occupy Wall Street, occupy your brain.
-- Tai Lopez
Our Pro-Active and Re-Active Parts of Mind
The fact that our conscious, pro-active mind is only some 5 percent of all our mental operations, with the rest of 95 percent belonging to subconscious, re-active mind, should be enough to explain how we are mostly reactive towards something that we call "outer reality".
It somehow tends to escape our objective reasoning that nothing "outside" would be there if we didn't first place it there.
Think for a moment what would stay "real" for you without your five senses operating. That kind of reasoning must have been a starting point for neuroscientists, before they reached the conclusion that it's our brain doing that seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting -- while our senses are merely picking up some "sensory material" to be translated by brain into a "quality".
Let me give you an example. Some of you must have heard of that famous zen koan, or puzzle-question: "What is the sound of a falling tree without anyone being around to hear it?"
The answer is: there is no sound at all, because the air vibrations caused by that fall are not picked up by anyone's ear to be translated into a sound.
Without going into all 5 senses and their limited range of transforming the outer qualities into a sensation -- let's just mention the one of touch, which may open an entirely new valve in your logical thinking.
We all believe that we are standing on a ground while in upright position, "touching" it with the soles of our feet. And it's true in one set of "reality", and untrue in another.
Namely, the atoms of one object never "touch" the atoms of another object. They are meeting, not touching, while their different vibrations are creating an illusion of a touch.
Likewise, the nuclei in the atoms of your body are relatively as much apart -- considering their masses -- as the earth is apart from the moon. And, while in subatomic realm it is "real", we see the reality of our bodies entirely differently.
But, how does all this help us by knowing it? Let's get some little intellectual shocks about the reality of mind as it relates to reality of anything that's outside of it.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one.
-- Albert Einstein
Grounded, Maybe, but Not Touching Ground
As you are about to see, I chose the example of the sense of "touch" on purpose, which will allow me to make another strong point about relationship between the outside reality and mind.
You must have heard about those fire walkers -- those brave volunteers who walk barefoot along a bed of red hot coals. Maybe you read about them while reading inspiring books by Anthony Robbins, that renowned motivational speaker, who did fire walking himself many times, and successfully inspired his participants to do it.
Maybe you even heard about this 23-year old Canadian Amanda Dennison, who walked 220 feet on those hot coals setting the World Guinness Record.
By everything that we "know" about physics, any flesh has to sizzle on temperature of 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, right? And there was a band of educated skeptics who came up with some ridiculous "explanations" for that fire walking. Like, that "coal is not really that hot". Predictably, they never offered to prove their theories by stepping themselves onto that "floor of hell".
So, what's the explanation? Science couldn't get to that ultimate truth since it belongs to a hard to understand realm of quantum. However, it came close enough by saying that our mind can change the frequencies in our feet, so that the meeting of those two qualitatively different matters don't result in some blistering injuries.
When it comes to the strength of belief necessary for such a feat, it's been said that there is either a 100 percent of it, or none -- just like either you are pregnant or you are not, there is nothing in between.
This, and many other miraculous feats which defy reality as we know it -- clearly point at the conclusion that:
What we believe to be true sets up our reality.
Indeed, what's the limit of that 5 percent of the conscious mind?
Think for a moment about those cases of so called "dissociative identity disorder", or plainly -- multiple personalities within the same mind. They defy everything we know about relation between mind and body, when one of the personalities in that person may have brown eyes, and right after a switch to another personality they get blue ones. Or one is terribly allergic to citrus fruits, and the other can eat of it all they want.
Not knowing our true potential, we are locked within the self-inflicted prison of subconscious beliefs, which dictate our biology, our level of vitality, and everything else we call "real".
What was popularly coined as "human condition" -- with a wild variety of examples where we are failing as rational beings -- is based upon this upside down assumption that there is an objective reality out there, with us reacting to it.
It's putting the cart before horse, because in the quantum realm we live in a "participatory universe" where we are collapsing some potentialities into our realities.
Let us not go too philosophical over the question "what consciousness, other than ours, has set into motion the program of this virtual reality which we experience as our 3-dimensional world".
But it has already prompted some physicists to wonder if we are in a simulated reality, the one similar to those laser effects of 3-dimensionality at a science fair.
If we could answer that without finding some overly easy answers in religious books, we would be superhumans who would not be creating this crappy coexistence as we are witnessing it, while helplessly calling it "human condition".
Humans are notoriously proficient at first creating some problems and then seeing them as a reality which calls for solutions. On a large scale, here we have American governments creating global adversaries with their ever pushy ambition for a global hegemony -- and then spending some astronomical money on defense from those hypothetical aggressors.
On our small, individual scale, we first mess up our minds, and consequently our health and relationships, and then we deal with that "reality" -- not seeing ourselves at the source of it.
Are our minds really so powerful to do it all? Please refer to those fire walkers for your answer. Our paradigm isn't based on this truth, since it sucks just enough on all other fields -- except maybe technological.
We can't go by what our paradigm has us to believe. We can't keep believing in "evil", "bad fortunes", "bad cards being dealt to us at birth", and our proverbial "being just some imperfect humans".
If they lied to you in one direction, they also lied in many more directions. And they still do, because old deceptions have reached a status of intellectual addictions.
In this meantime, a whole subculture of awakening individuals are raising their heads from the slumber of a historically long sleep. Countless books are being written, workshops conducted, with one after another video with the so called "Edge Science" popping up on internet.
Consciousness evolution seems to have come to a preliminary state of a chaos, before the old beliefs leave and new ones can set in.
If you want small changes in your life, work on your attitude. But if you want big and primary changes, work on your paradigm.
-- Stephen Covey
Our Paradigm Sucks
We got so much in a reverse order. In business it's called "creating a market's demand". Which brings to mind this perfect example of that whistleblower of Big Pharma who was told by his superiors to "make up a sickness for their new product".
Are we beginning to see how our "reality" doesn't follow a cause-and effect order that's truthful, and even less working for us? During those crucial first 6 years of our life, which we spent in hypnotic trance of constant theta brain waves, we got our first portion of misleading information about our "fragile health", our "questionable -- to say the least -- worth", with a host of other limitations, and the rest of crap that later on in life became our self-sabotaging program.
That 5 percent of creative, conscious brain will stay powerless against the 95 percent of our subconscious programs -- unless we, as individuals, and as societies don't intimidate that crazy advisor within, which only follows the rule of the past experience.
So that we could start seeing as "real" what we have created and be responsible for it, becoming fully conscious of the fact that:
Our mind can undo whatever it has done, with a persistent intent crowned with a vision of what we really want to have in our reality -- as opposed to what is falsely "happening to us, the victims of this world, even abandoned by our gods as sinful since birth".
We are nothing but those fire walkers, but duped into a bunch of negative beliefs, generating those 80 percent of our daily negative thoughts -- according to the psychologists. In a crap-in-crap-out fashion we have turned our picked up beliefs into our bad relationships and into our bad body's biology.
With a potential of those fire walkers to defy our paradigm, we keep insisting upon a default program that we are collectively sharing as species, where we are guided by our subconscious brains into creating a reality which fits that program. It's a "dog-eat-dog" animalistic principle of survival, with greed, territoriality, and a need for an alpha status in herd.
That best in our potential got intimidated into a silence, while we only express it in art, music, and "thinking" about a big change -- not creating a reality that would match those evolutionary thoughts.
Discovery of the quantum realm may provide the ground for it, since it clearly states that we are the participating creators of our reality, personal and collective, while throwing the whole responsibility for it on our lap.
It may take time for the whole mankind to utilize that knowledge and stop re-acting, but instead pro-actively and responsibly create what they think, feel, believe, and do.
Until that time may come, what is "real" remains up for grabs. However, awakening shouldn't be a signal for us to start blaming either ourselves or those who brainwashed us. They didn't know any better because they, themselves, were brainwashed by the Darwinian worldview of "survival of the fittest", in which no cooperation, but competition is the main game of survival.
Blaming ourselves for "human condition" would be like blaming ourselves for once crapping in our diapers instead of using toilets. Blaming is just another form of conflict, and what we need is inner peace for that next, consciously chosen step.
When I perform my blissful state at will, I regularly encounter my mind's resistance to it. I don't fight it. I just observe back and forth that emotional pattern of bliss and that subconscious belief trying to sabotage it. At one point mind gives up on its own, as if "being ashamed of being just watched, not opposed to".
I have done it enough times to allow it to happen -- not to "make" it happen. When we struggle inside, we are merely adding to the negativity already existing there. On the other hand, when we non-judgmentally observe, maybe even loving that opposition, it gives in.
You see, what I do there is stepping out of the arena suggested by Darwinian "survival by the fittest" -- it's not about survival for me, but creating out of thin air, out of the realm of the unknown, with no reference of it in my memory bank.
That 5 percent of conscious brain can create my reality in which I am not a victim, not an end result of my past, not a reactive biological robot merely displaying my programs, and likely even calling it "being a normal, imperfect human" .
Well, here comes the end of yet another attempt to inspire an occasional reader with their enormous power to play out the role of a David against the Goliath in that eternal inner game of a much smaller, conscious voice and a deafening thunder of a programmed subconscious mind. The one that operates on survival, and makes its programs look like a "matter of life and death".
I hope at least some of you have found something like an encouragement for that voice to step forward and start making a difference for you -- and for all those that you touch in your life.
© 2020 Val Karas
Val Karas (author) from Canada on October 07, 2020:
Anupam -- Thank you, I am glad you found the article interesting.
Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on October 06, 2020:
Thought provoking philosophical article..