How Does 'Reality' Work?

As per Knight's suggestion, I will arrange my posts according to the queries we plan to explore. This post contemplates a question I recently added to the list.

To everyone who saw the discussion I started yesterday, I apologize for deleting it. I did so, because I didn't like it very much, felt like I contradicted myself quite a bit, and frankly disagreed with some of the points I put across. After a relaxing meditation session today, I decided to rewrite the post. Things came together for me, and I managed to put together a clear idea of my opinion on this matter in my head. It became even easier when I began to write!

I would also like to apologize for the stretch of inactivity in this group. I am now on spring break, so you can expect more conversation on what this group was intended to discuss: reality, or (in accordance with the question) the lack thereof. I put quotation marks around the word 'reality' in the title to avoid making the assumption that reality is real and not illusory. I think that is definitely something we will debate; and if need be, I can add it as a question to the list. However, for this thread, we will focus on theories of how reality works.

I believe reality is not outside of you, nor is it within you, for you are reality. It is perceived as a byproduct of everything you consider to be true of yourself and the world; and anything you see within it is a reflection of your own notion about either yourself or physical reality. 

People's opinions about you don't solely depend on what you believe to be true about yourself; they also rely on how you expect them to act. What you witness is what you previously expected, and sometimes all you know to expect. It is not that you started off with a narrow perspective on what to expect; it just so happens that you fall down the rabbit hole of attracting one set of events and believing that is all you can expect. Since you believe that is all you can expect, you limit yourself to one unchanged perspective.

I previously said reality is perceived as a byproduct of everything you consider to be true of yourself and the world, but that does not necessarily mean that it is a byproduct of that. Reality itself is neutral and infinite, so we are essentially neutral and infinite. We perceive the world a certain way, because of our unique perspective. It causes us to have emotions about certain experiences, believe in certain 'facts,' and maintains the illusion of living in a world, which is as objective or subjective as you choose to see it, as one of many individuals, with as much power as you assign yourself.

Most people believe they are either a tiny influence in a gigantic world, or living in a 'shared' reality. That isn't to prompt people to deem solipsism accurate, for I myself find the theory flawed. Solipsism still implies you are living in reality, when you are reality. You aren't separate from other people, because they are also inherently reality. We are our experience of reality, but we live it out as mere perspectives, which choose what we see and how we see it.

We are still our perspectives, because if we are reality, we are everything. You can choose what perspective you can live by or look at the world through temporarily. We often look at it from the perspective of being human beings, with as much control over our lives as we allow ourselves to have, but you can always shift to the perspective of being everything, being reality, anytime you want.

You can consider reality an illusion or a dream, but I would say our perception of reality is an illusion or a dream. I remember seeing someone liken our dreams at night to our supposed dream of reality, and it makes sense to me; if we can concoct supposed dreams with what we perceive to have experienced at night, why can't we explain reality working that same way? The only difference is that we see our dreams as being creations, but our perception of reality is not a creation necessarily; it is a way of seeing reality, a choice.

We see the supposed same reality differently, because of our unique perspectives. When we see ourselves as 'separate' human beings, we live our lives that way and cling to that perspective. When you see yourself as reality, you have the opportunity to feel connected to everything and realize that everything is one.

That is when you see and know everything you can have. You see your perception as just a perception, and know that there are other ways to perceive reality. The other ways supposedly 'change' reality, but it just changes the way you go through it.

I would have previously said that reality is a reflection of our inner selves, but I now think that the way we choose to perceive reality is a reflection of our inner selves. I think they are extremely dissimilar notions, but I do believe that we are neutral and infinite when we see ourselves that way.

If you assume a neutral, infinite position (technically taking on your 'role' as everything and reality), your reality will seemingly change exactly as you intend it to. When you are neutral, you aren't attached to any perceptions, beliefs or emotions, so we can intend for anything to be existent in our perception of reality, and we will see or experience it exactly as we imagined it. If you assume the position of being a human being, you will have beliefs and emotions attached to nearly everything. It is not a bad thing, unless you take it that way. It is just the reason that the changes in reality you intended for with that perception, will come out differently than you desired them to.

What I want to express is said best by Neville Goddard: consciousness is reality. If I had to concisely answer the question 'how does "reality" work?' I would say reality works in the way you choose it to. Your beliefs about it influence your perception of it, or at least in my experience.

I'm sorry if this post did not make much sense. Everything I said on the matter is my opinion, which is influenced by own beliefs and opinions. Please feel free to share your own; I'd love to hear them. Any feedback or questions are also welcomed. Thank you for reading!

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  • I also wanted to add that I like the idea of levels. I think it is important for experiencing life from both perspectives: an individual and essentially awareness. If I may ask, how do you shift the level you are perceiving reality from?

    • Well all levels are just perspectives or focus, so u switch your focus, for example I can be doing some grocery shopping in the supermarket picking things I wanna buy ( first level experience ) and let’s say I witness a worker there who is clearly having a bad day or Not enjoying his job I just switch my focus for a moment and imagine a golden light inside myself symbolising harmony and love and I expand it so it reaches the worker to send him some healing, ( this is really using second and third and fourth)  I can also imagine a spray can spraying that same harmony on the worker after doing this I get back to my shopping and I always see a mood lift in the person, there is a variety of things u can imagine as symbolic and imagine using them. Key here is 1. Knowing that what u r doing is working, so u have to have that flexible belief and and just trust in your own power which is strongly linked to self confidence 2. Using your imagination to switch between the levels quickly and efficiently without actually analysing that this is this level and that’s that one , just doing it. It is pretty easy , simple to use and there are techniques to practise it. Esencialy all levels operate at the same time and we switch between them all the time, when u day dream I using other levels without even realising it:) 

      so it’s more about noticing what we r already doing . Huna used first level experience to categorise between the levels in order for western thinking to better understand how reality works. 

      I actualy think that we really complicate the whole process , everything is a lot simpler than we think , we try to split everything in to categories, we think that reality has some mechanisms that we need to discover and that there must be some ultimate truth a manual that has to have rules when really reality has very little rules it’s flexible , changeable , like plastecine , everything is what u think it is anything can become what u think it is . We keep looking at things using the first level thinking not knowing that it’s just a tool like all the other levels, that we can choose to use them all and move in and out of them as we please. There is infinite number of events that are happening around us and we have the choice of what we think they are or represent in the end all of it is extension of us. Imagine that a bee hive is not 30000 bees but one being with 30000 extensions of itself experiencing different things all at the same time. We are like bee hives experiencing loads of things all at once. Isn’t that incredible ? Isn’t that exciting ? Isn’t that amazing , joyful , beautiful , all we need to do is understand that there’s more ways to view things than just the first level :) 

    • Thank you for explaining that.

      You're right, reality is far simpler than we make it out to be. Like you said, sometimes it's just a matter of changing perspective.

      I really liked your last paragraph, knight, especially this part:

      'we think that reality has some mechanisms that we need to discover and that there must be some ultimate truth a manual that has to have rules when really reality has very little rules it’s flexible , changeable , like plastecine , everything is what u think it is anything can become what u think it is . We keep looking at things using the first level thinking not knowing that it’s just a tool like all the other levels, that we can choose to use them all and move in and out of them as we please.'

      It again demonstrates how perspective can change everything. Not only does it alter the way you expect reality to function, it can also change the way reality actually functions -- because essentially they are both the same thing!

  • Thank you for sharing, knight! I love what you're saying. I won't say it's the truth, because, as you said, anything can be true. These are all essentially opinions we are expressing, which can be projected as 'facts' in our perception of reality.

    • Hence why I use word assumption a lot :)

  • Hey Billie well I'm about to blow your mind away lol you are on to something that has already been put together, you know I'm a Hunatic , which means I adopted a philosophy called Huna and my understanding of the world, or how reality works can be explained via Huna world view. I believe  reality is experience and experience is reality. But this is easy to say without explanation. So how does experience work? I view it from a point where I use 4 world views , perspectives that experience can be divided to, and becomes easier to use as a tool in creating our experiences. I've spent  some time in putting this together using teachings  of Serge Kahili King who is a Kupua Shaman and who made ancient  Huna philosophy easier to understand  in our western thinking.  

    In shamanic view of the world there is an assumption there is four world views, levels of experience that everyone moves in and out of spontaneously and unconsciously, but that shaman consciously cultivate.
    4 levels of experience:
    1. First level experience – everything is objective – from this level perspective the first basic assumption is that everything is separate from each other, this assumption allows for making classifications, categories , the laws of classical physics , and various philosophies of cause and effect. It is often difficult for people brought up with that assumption to see it as just an assumption. TO those people it seems so obvious it must be the truth, and people call it facts. But that is the nature of fundamental assumptions. All experience (reality) seems to be consistent with one’s assumption about experience ( reality).
    2. Second level experience – everything is subjective – the basic assumption of this level is that everything is connected, supported by secondary assumption that everything is a part of cycle in transition and that all events are synchronous, happening at the same time. Telepathy would be as much of a natural fact as the action of a leaver in the objective world view. Remember neither world makes sense viewed from perspective of the other. In this view point we can make use of tools like crystals, energy healing , telepathic suggestions etc. If you try to understand subjective world view with an objective perspective it will seem like nonsense.
    3. Third level experience – everything is symbolic- the basic assumption of this level is that everything in our personal experience is a reflection of you, including all the people and things around you. Second assumption is that since everything is symbolic, dreams are also symbolic and so this reality is also a dream. We dream in to this reality. Yet another assumption connected to this level experience is that everything is a part of a pattern and exists in relationship to something else, and that everything means what you decide it means. In this level it is useful to notice how beliefs are reflected in the body and in life experiences and how easy conditions and relationships are changed when patterns of belief are also changed. Shamanic healing methods at this level include all faith, verbal and visualisation therapies, affirmations, guided imagery, placebos, dream work, and the use of amulets and talismans.
    Just a point here – most people will try and mix all those levels , perspectives, you can not viee something from a first level experience and expect result from a third level experience, your perception would have to match the third level. Although first level perspective can be very useful you can't get magical results without believing in magic itself first.

    4. Fourth level experience – everything is holistic – the basic assumption of this level is, that everything is one. In practical terms, oneness is your identity. In this world view there is no distinction between you and whatever it is that you identify as also being yourself. TO the extent that you are operating in the holistic realm : And to the extent you are aware of otherness and you are operating in other realms. At this level the shamanic healing modes are primaly of two sorts- changeling one takes on an identity of a greater healer or becomes one with a greater healing power and that works on someone in a healing way, or one identifies with or becomes the person to be healed and than heals oneself.
    Point here - this has nothing to do with taking over someone illness in to ones body and than healing it, remember this assumption says we are one with everything, and so we can just become it for a time and than heal ourselves. Again do not try and understand this with a first level perspective it won't make sense

    I use all four levels for creating my experience and move in and out of those perspectives depending on whats required.

    In summary reality is what you think it is at any given moment, its not something that will have one theory because the theory can change as reality is a changeable structure. Therefor everything can be true and everything can be real, depending on how you decide to think about it at any given moment. Reality is objective, subjective, symbolic and holistic, it is all those levels at the same time, and we use all of those perspectives in our lifes knowingly or not. SO we might as well have some fun with it, and have some cool experiances which we can create ourselves.  

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