The Paradox of Reality

Here’s the central idea.  Reality is all in your imagination and it will be whatever you believe it is going to be.

Because we are surrounded by and have been exposed to the opinions and perceptions of lots of other people, our own imagined reality will likely be similar in most ways to everyone else.  Noted Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung called it the collective unconscious.  Jung believed that members of the same species shared certain instincts and archetypes that were programmed into our bio-computer basic operating system.  These ideas then affected how we perceived the reality of the world as we added information to the data in the form of memories we would accumulate over a lifetime.  The data we accumulate in our early years combined with any basic programming we may have been born with provides the information that allows us to create a “character” who we accept as who we are.

Depending on what we were exposed to in the time since we were born uur beliefs about reality will be different from anyone else – our combination of experiences is unique and therefore our belief about what reality is will be unique.  Someone who grows up in an abundant and loving environment will have a very different set of beliefs about reality than someone who grows up in a war and misery filled place on the planet.  In either case, their bio-computer brain is simply building a belief in the world of their experience.  How they perceive reality will have a big effect on their choices and beliefs about how their future will unfold.  Since all beliefs are self-fulfilling prophesies, unless one does something to alter their beliefs, the course of their life will simply follow the same pattern unless some outside force shifts their perspective allowing them to see things in a new way.

Those who accept that the perceptions they have formed are the only way to look at the world, basically go through life like sleep walkers or what can be referred to as being on auto-pilot.  They are letting their bio-computer brain totally control their path.  As with all computers everything they believe and expect is based on past experience.  Therefore anything that their past experience and the appearances of the moment do not indicate as “possible” will not ever be a part of their reality unless at some other level of their being they change their mind.

We have been talking about what Jung referred to as “the collective unconscious”.  We would like you to consider that beyond that “self” created by the programming of your basic operating system there is a YOU that is pure consciousness with none of the perceived limitations established by your basic operating system.  We would also like you to consider that your consciousness has a direct link to what quantum physics refers to as the “Unified Field”.  To continue our computer model we have been using, your “local” consciousness has a direct connection to a unified field that we can call the “cloud”.  Like an electronic computer connected to the internet, you have access to virtually unlimited information and possibilities.  All the information you need to get anything you want is available to you as long as you have a decent connection to the Unified Field. How do you improve your connection?  You are always connected but if it is just the collective unconscious part of you all you are going to get is whatever news and information you have signed up for by default.

When a stranger asked the great spiritual teacher Buddha what made him seem so different from other people he simply said, “I am awake”.  To improve your connection to what is really a field of unlimited possibilities you must “wake up” and stop relying on your basic operating system’s auto pilot.

This is not usually an easy thing to do because we have spent years creating this character we believe ourselves to be, playing a part in a story we have imagined into being.  It is all very real, it’s just that this is only because we have decided to choose it as our reality.  Therein lies the “Paradox of Reality”.  As real as it is, it is only real because we have decided it is real.  If we choose to look at something in a new way, we will change reality.  The point is, when your conscious mind takes the helm you can plot a course to anywhere you want to go creating whatever reality you want for yourself.  The reason why people usually think of the path to this realization – which is often referred to as enlightenment – as long and difficult is because your basic operating system has been running the show for so long, it is going to tell you that all this talk about unlimited realities is pure illusion or some kind of religious delusion.  So the paradox of reality is that it is real only so long as we believe it is real and when we alter our thinking we can totally change what is real.

There’s your challenge.  How can you get on the yellow brick road to enlightenment?  I don’t want to get anyone discouraged because I am sure you have had many moments of insight and clarity.  Possibly even an experience where for a short time you had an overwhelming sense of oneness with all – combined with a profound sense of peace or joy.  Those are the moments when you have established a very direct connection with the unified field.  In attempts to label it, people have referred to this field as God or the Source or the Force.  The labels are unimportant.  The truth of the matter is that it is there and that the energy that is you is a unique and individual part of that field just as each cell in your body is a part of the physical you.  In fact, the part of you focused in and animating your physical body is really only a communication link for you with the physical world that you have helped create.

This is a very BIG and even crazy idea for your rather limited bio-computer perception of self to accept.  Most of the time your basic operating system perceives itself to be living in a rather hostile environment where its main function is to try and protect you so you stay alive and out of trouble while trying to enjoy yourself.  The fact that you can take full control over the design of your personal reality is a very foreign concept.  It is also challenging because this means that you are fully responsible for everything that happens in your life.  Whatever happens is because you have believed it into being and that is far too much responsibility for your bio-computer brain to accept since it has nothing to work with but past and current experience.  If it has not already experienced something it cannot believe in the reality of it.  It takes seeing to believing in anything.

And here we are back at the paradox of reality because in reality, you have to believe it before you will see it and yet most people are quite certain that if you can’t see it, you shouldn’t believe in it. That is how the rational mind has been programmed to work.

We had a huge burst of creativity and a shift in how people envisioned reality in the 1960’s during the 20th century.   More than ever before people began to insist on their right to determine what kind of life they lived.  From civil rights to a sexual revolution people large numbers of people began to resist being told what to do and how to act.  Mind-altering substances were a part of this transformation as they opened up new experiences of consciousness and forced many to question the predominant view of reality.  It is very clear that psychoactive substances like LSD and marijuana were part of the reason we began to have a paradigm shift in our culture.  These substances demonstrated very dramatically for many that reality was very subjective.  One minute you could perceive the world one way and moments later you could perceive things in entirely different ways.  It was like pulling back a curtain and revealing a greater truth.

If you are going to believe you can take control of shaping your own reality it is key that you realize reality is not a fixed thing separate from your perception of it.  You are in fact always shaping your personal reality.  The question is again whether you are just running on auto-pilot or are you learning to intentionally pick your experiences.

This brings us to a most important tool on your path to enlightenment.  Meditation.

In the next edition of this Designer of Reality series we will try a meditation that will help link the three levels of consciousness we have been discussing.

Sat… Chit… Ananda.  Until then, may PositiVibes fill your days and nights with fun and adventure as you open up to being all of who you are.  Listen to the podcast version at www.DesignerOfReality.com

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Designer of Reality™ – An Introduction

This is the first in a series of Designer of Reality podcasts. The goal of these podcasts is to spread the awareness that each of us is creating reality as we experience it on a moment to moment basis by what we give our attention to and what we believe is going to happen.  For an explanation, listen to the podcast linked below.

To listen to this podcast go to https://designerofreality.podbean.com/e/designer-of-reality-introduction/

While there are certain universal laws that establish basic fundamentals, there is no one “Reality”. Reality is totally subjective and there are as many alternate realities as there are conscious beings. No single one of those perceived realities is any more real or “correct” than any other. This is because you are the creator of your own personal reality and you can have whatever reality you choose to believe in. Believing makes it so. The only thing that will prevent you from getting anything you want is your failure to believe you can or should have it.

Since what you believe is totally under your control – it really does not matter what anyone else believes – you are always deciding for yourself what you believe. There are a lot of obstacles though because in our “connected” world you are barraged virtually non-stop with the opinions of others defining reality. Most of us become hypnotized by the narrative of others as we are continually being told how we should think about the world around us. It is very easy to get to the point – particularly if there is a lot going on that we do not like – where we begin to feel hopeless and worried about life and existence on this planet. Many people feel that things are spiraling totally out of control. They believe they have little if any control over the reality of their lives. This is a very sad place to be.

If you find yourself worrying about the fate of the planet or the safety of you, your family and friends or anything else it is because you are accepting other people’s stories for your life story instead of taking responsibility for creating what you want for yourself. It’s easy to understand because you may never have even considered that you were in charge and could have anything you wanted – working on accepting that truth is the first step. For most of us that is a BIG step because we have spent years developing this character we believe ourselves to be based primarily on what we believed others expected of us. Lots of times we didn’t think others had much expectation for us at all or all they wanted to focus on was sucking us into sharing a belief in all their perceived problems.

The main reason people want to believe reality is something going on outside of themselves is because most people are not willing to accept that they are entirely responsible for everything going on in their lives. Quite possibly no one has told you that you are in total control over what happens in your life story just like choosing a particular program to watch or a movie to go see. It is not that easy but that is only because since before you were born your bio-computer brain has been programmed in survival mode. Like an electronic computer, that bio-computer brain of yours in dealing with the world around you, bases everything solely on experience. It takes all the combined experiences and data that it has accumulated and attempts to guide your thinking and choices by predicting what is going to happen based entirely on what it has experienced up to the moment. Since you are a being of unlimited creative potential this is an extremely limited perspective.

It does not want you to accept this but that bio-computer part of you is only a very small part of who you are. This is where consciousness comes into play – making you so much more than a mere biological robot of sorts. You can think for yourself and create an entirely new story for your life anytime that you want to. The big obstacle will be that bio-computer part of you that will try and convince you that you are being un-realistic or maybe even going crazy. That is because as a “basic operating system” its primary function is controlling your body systems and trying to control your choice about everything by what it believes, based on past experience, is the safest path for you to travel.  There are also some inherent problems in the fact that the other prime directive is striving for fun and happiness – there is nothing you will pursue for long if you don’t believe it is going to provide you with happiness and some personal satisfaction. Clearly maximizing your security and having the most fun possible are going to often be at odds. Therein lays the source of all worry and anxiety. They are the result of believing you are never going to get all the things that make you happy. In its attempt to protect you from the unhappiness of disappointment, that bio-computer brain of yours will encourage you to accept that there are limitations and no one can get everything they want.

It is quite possible that you, listening to his now, are thinking, “Well that’s just the way it is”. In this series and in related materials we will share with you what we hope will convince you that in REALITY you are a virtually unlimited and powerful designer of reality. You are able to draw on the unlimited creative power of the Universe to shape your world in any way you desire. Even more important, as you transform your personal reality to conform more and more to your hopes and desires you will have a positive impact on how others perceive their reality. If you have ever wondered why you exist and what the purpose of it all is, that is your answer. You are here to learn how to realize your creative potential and have fun designing the world of your dreams. By osmosis you will improve the experience of everyone else in this adventure we are sharing.

A closing note – this is not about sitting around hoping something is going to happen. If you want to be the powerful Designer of Reality that you are fully capable of becoming, it is about defining the future you want and then paying attention to everything going on around you so that you don’t miss the pieces of the puzzle you need to bring your desired reality into 3D here and now physical expression. Never forget that you are the actor on the stage moving the story-line forward. This is a story of the evolution of consciousness on a personal and planetary level and you are a very important player in the game – hopefully you will be willing to start taking control and have more of the fun and adventure you came here for.

To listen to this podcast go to https://designerofreality.podbean.com/e/designer-of-reality-introduction/

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What Are YOU Choosing For Your Future?

If you want to change the world you really have to get more people to accept that it is possible and that it may be a good thing to do.  Next you have to help offer some ideas about how to do it because it is not necessarily an obvious.  It does not really matter what you have going on in your life whether CEO or church volunteer you have invented a story – a character that you are playing in this “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players” world we live in.

So what are you doing?  Why are you here? Do you have some big purpose or do you spend your life just doing what “the world” has given you the impression you are supposed to do?  To me the most important question is, are you having a lot of fun?

If you are then great.  The character and story-line you have come up with is working out fine for you.  On the other hand if your days are filled with a lot of stress and anxiety and worries about things not working out the way you want, you should really consider coming up with a new story-line for yourself.  Re-invent yourself.  Take a little time to and disconnect from your “real” world and take account of all the positives -the things that do make you happy in your current story.  Savor those because they are elements you will want to keep.

Now, find a nice quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 15-20 minutes, sit down, close your eyes.  Just to relax a bit focus your attention on your breathing and take a few slow deep breaths.  Now, think about, imagine a new and improved story of your future that brings a smile to your face.  How would you act differently?  How would other people in your story react to you?  What kinds of things would you have fun doing?

It does not matter how great or poorly things are going for you at the moment, this exercise will prove beneficial.  Most people probably don’t accept that you can just decide to change your story-line.  They believe they were dealt a hand of cards and just have to play the game the best they can.  This is not true.  It is all up to you – everything in your life is up to you.  This is why we are certain you will find this exercise useful because if you take the time to do it often, you will demonstrate to yourself that you can believe your way right into a whole new story-line.

We have a couple of short podcasts at www.DesignerOfReality.com that will elaborate on these ideas.