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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Concept of Reality

Therefore I offer you my contemplations on the infinite universe and the innumerable worlds.

                                                                                                              Giordano Bruno

The entire creative process happens instantaneously, simultaneously and continuously. There is no beginning but rather a combination of states and intensity of Being diversely modulated and invigorated by phenomena operating on the reference plane of existence.

Inside every tiny particle of conceivable matter this process renews itself continuously. The creative energy emits directions and planes with different densities and variables and yet every thing is connected with the All, and every one of its smallest constituent parts contains the infinite.


Just as with space and the things and beings that surround us, time is also the fruit of an illusion of the mind: time itself is part of the great experiential theatre created for the evolutionary goals of Consciousness.

Time is in its own way a manifestation of primordial Energy, of the All. For us it becomes the indispensable instrument through which we express and read our perceptive experiences – which have descended into this manifestation – and therefore through which we give significance to this form of existence: to events to life, to ‘history’.
But if we separate from our material nature, we can emancipate ourselves from our limits in space and time and interact with reality outside of the limits of the cause and effect established by our current mind: we can access a superior level of relationship with reality, with power over illusion and synchronicity. Or, at least, remind ourselves that our reality is nothing more than a theatrical representation and, by going behind the scenes every now and again we can ‘return home’.

On a technical plane, ‘time’ more than anything else is the ‘container of possibilities’: an immense circular sphere of the eternal present. There is no flow; everything is there, to design a complex geography of potential events. It is a multi-dimensional field curved in on itself, just like space. The universe is in itself non-local, or indistinct, contemporaneous and simultaneous: The One.
Nevertheless, within the confines of the universal field, time, expressed and perceived in a chronological sense, is important and indispensable: it serves to measure growth, to give a sense of reading (and therefore a sense of consciousness) to the transformation of events or the material world of Form at every level.

Levels of Reality

To explore ‘reality’ we have to begin from the supposition that what our current senses perceive is nothing more than one of its possible aspects, or a manifestation consistent with our perceptive and elaborative possibilities. We are talking about a kind of meditation (or better still many levels of meditation) and consequently of a meeting point between the Absolute, higher levels of reality, the mind and the biological senses that limit our experience.

Everything that we participate in is ‘just’ our plane of existence, or the current reality:

·          Three-dimensional
·          Human
·          Terrestrial
·          Consensual

Our plane of existence is the result of a sensorial circuit of a consensual and conventional kind; therefore, it is all relative. It is the result of the meeting between all that is and that which can be differentiated and perceived through the exercise of our current senses. They in their turn are developing so that a possible level of consciousness can interpret this existence and attribute ever more complex significance to it, transcending and identifying it as an aspect of the Absolute. It is thus transformed from mechanics (field of laws) to awareness (field of choice), or from a precarious and unstable manifestation to an incorruptible presence, from the chaotic illusions of the senses to an aware experience of consciousness.

Our reality is - to all intents and purposes - a bubble of appearances: and we have the task (the challenge?) of making it real and everlasting in the Absolute by means of ourselves.

The thoughts - and the considerations that follow - need to be seen in the context of spiritual, alchemical and magical disciplines and therefore with ‘another’ kind of sensitivity – or perhaps with a more authentic sensitivity that we have yet to reawaken – rather than be investigated with the rational mind. We need to use the breath of the thinking heart, as I like to call it: try to read, understand and absorb these ideas with your body, your heart and not just with your brain.

Use the breath. Feel the correspondence and the call of truth inside yourself.  But be careful: we are not talking about expedients. It is necessary to use all your experience to comprehend, so that reading and study becomes a real meditation practice, a kind of yoga-study. Learning to use other parts of yourself to navigate with a new and different logic helps to break away from the ordinary rhythm of the mind. It is necessary to change perspective and comprehend new stimuli on many levels; otherwise there is no point in proceeding. These themes are meditation practices and not just ideas to store in your head.

For example, in the practice of Jnana Yoga (the path of knowledge) the liberation (Moksha) and therefore the union with God can be acquired for half the knowledge of Brahman, recognizing Brahman as your own Self. The liberation from Samsāra (the cycle of birth and death) is achieved thanks to the realization of the identity of the individual soul (Jīva) in the Supreme Soul.

This mainstay of Vedanta philosophy considers metaphysical ignorance (Avidya) the cause of all human suffering and attachment to the material world: it acts like a veil (Maya) preventing Jīva from perceiving her real and divine nature. In its smallness and ignorance the individual soul convinces itself that it is separate and different from Brahman. The knowledge of Brahman (or Brahma Jnana) removes this veil allowing Jīva to re-establish herself in her own essential nature: Sat-Chit-Ananda (Existence, Knowledge, Beatitude).

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