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!