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The Structure of Reality

The structure is the relationship between components of a subject. The reality is the totality of what can be perceived. This totality is composed out of individual components. The main component of your reality is you. This fact is a basic aspect of reality as it is perceived by you. You have no way of knowing how reality looks like for the person next to you. Everybody thinks the world cycles around him or her. So, to explain the structure of reality to you means in the first place to point out the relationship you have with the totality of things. Because to be an acceptable explanation, it has to be verifiable by you. Since you cannot perceive the totality of reality we can only discuss the structure of the reality as it appears to you. From these clarifications we can generalize some basic facts about reality as a whole, including those aspects you have not personally witnessed.

What we attempt to do here is to analyze reality in a completely different way as what has been done before. Usually science takes one little detail from the completeness of the totality of things. This one component of reality gets fully analyzed. The resulting information is formulated in such an abstract way, it does not describe that particular component but all components similar to the one analyzed. Science takes one particular atom and looks at it that intensely, it can draw conclusions that fit all the similar atoms that make up reality. Such is the power of abstract logic. What we do here is different, it is called linear logic. We look at the totality of all atoms with such clarity, that we are able to define the characteristics of one particular atom.

What we are doing here is analyzing reality. The real reality, meaning that what you see right now right here. Not some sort of abstract, almost virtual reality of modern science. Linear logic delivers us a different perspective of reality. We are talking about a level of truth that can be verified by analyzing information that is readily available. Truth is verbalization of reality. Squeezing reality into words. Even though there is only one ultimate reality, different sets of words can be used to describe the same thing. Therefore, when different kinds of logic come up with different statements about the same thing, that does not indicate that one of them is wrong. Just another way to look at it. There is one reality, but many ways to formulate the truth.

We already have one definition of reality: Every individual being has its own view of what makes up reality as a result of individual perceptions. Reality is the sum of all things, including all those individual realities.

We could also look in reality at a completely different way: When we dream we often sense the impression of reality, the dream situation appears real. This implies that we seem to be able to imagine a sense of reality. It also implies that at times the daytime reality could be imagined reality by us. During your dream your worries about daytime life are not real to you. That brings us to a conclusion that seems to be contradicting our first definition of reality. We could call reality the sum of all things. We could also say that reality is that sensory input we attach a sense of being real to. Does the dream monster resemble a teacher that is chasing you, for real? Well, he certainly appears to be so when you meet him. Are the exams and their deadline real? Well, from your point of view their reality is only apparent when you are not sleeping. So, is the sense of reality real? There obviously is one reality out there that is common to us all. But our sense of reality is clearly blurred. The fact that we perceive something to be real does not make it certain that it actually is. Not that one object could be more real than another. But if we can be mistaking our self when it comes to chasing dream monsters, it could be possible that one day you wake up to a different state of consciousness and suddenly remember that your daytime life is as real as dreams.

Arrows

So we have two realities: The universe size, zillions of years old objective one and the couple of decennia old subjective reality of your life. This last subjective reality is the only one that matters to you. Right here and right now is the only reality that is real to you. You do not want to know about a reality that is occupied by distant stars. You care about the reality as you experience it. Therefore that will be the reality whose structure we are looking at. After all, the two realities are not separated from each other as the first definition showed us.

Robust Robby

Structure means the way different aspects together form a situation. Normally we use this word only for physical objects. Reality as we see it today is the end result of what happened in the past. In the past certain elements were introduced that form the structure of reality today. So the word structure indicates the answer to the question why the things are the way they are.

The sum of all your experiences is the only thing you can be really, absolutely one hundred percent sure of. The subjective micro reality that makes life to how you perceive it, is the only reality from your point of view. This reality has a structure even though you cannot see it. This personal one man's reality as you see it is in fact a part of the universal reality. Because the objective reality is strictly structured as science tells us, also the subjective personal reality is integrated into this universal structure.

In other words: It is the universe that dictates what you perceive therefore is there a structure in your experiences. That is the structure we are looking for here: the hidden patterns of life. Knowing this makes it possible for you to know what to expect.

One of the first things that strikes us about reality is that it is seldom according to our wishes. That is why you want to know about its structures, so you can deal with it. Life is a challenge and we have to overcome the problems. This is the root of those problems: The impressions we perceive show us a subjective, completely personalized point of view. But these impressions are also often painful or frightening. There is this contradiction within our instruments of perception. We have these highly complex, almost miraculously sophisticated tools for perception, eyes, ears, feelings etc. and yet what we see is often not pleasant.

This is an indication the universe dictates what we perceive. It is not us our self creating our perceptions, nor even our instruments of perception. Impressions are delivered to us, including our sense of individuality. That is a contradiction. That has to result in tensions and misconceptions and leads to the impression that reality is not that what we wished for.

There are more contradictions like that: We are part of a universe that is almost eternal, yet we live only a very brief life span. We feel we are made to live forever, but we don't. Bummer, highly dissatisfying. And it gets worse: Evolution has shown us there is a constant in the developments of reality, progress. Everything is always on the move looking for progress. Nature is changing all the time but one thing remains constant, progress. The progress that has been made in the past in the form of evolution is available to us. We are the result of that evolving of those before us.

Yet our own personal life does not seem to include any permanent progress. We live and we die and everything we gain is temporary. We are a part of a developing universe, a result of that evolution even. But the benefits of that all seem to pass us by. It is contradicting.

All these three contradictions are rooted in the same misconception. We are given a part of reality, a little part of the universe we call mine, but it is usually not according to our wishes. It is temporary; everything we achieve will be taken away. And the whole point of living does not seem to be very uplifting and progressing.

The problem is that we do not perceive reality as it is. The picture that is delivered to us by our senses is an individualist version of reality. You see reality only from your own highly personalized, totally private and uniquely individual point of view. That is not an accurate impression of reality!

The real world differs from the world as you see it. In reality it does not turn around you, you are not really the centre of it. Your eyes make you believe that things are grouped around you. But they aren't. This false notion that we are at the centre of our perceptions makes us individualize our experiences. Individualize means: limit, separate. Individualize our experiences means separate our self from the rest. Limit our sense of individuality to that particular point of view our senses deliver us.

So, if we feel the reality is not according to our wishes, it is because we think we are separated from the rest of reality. And we aren't. If we think we live only temporary, it is because we falsely limit our definition of our self to one particular point of view. We don't experience evolution because our illusionary sense of individuality keeps us from realizing the countless eons that made us to what we are.

We are at the center of what we see, not at the centre of the world.

This is the most basic structure of reality: We are undoubtedly an integrated aspect of the whole of reality. Yet we define our self as completely separated from what surrounds us. That is what our senses tell us. We fail to see that those senses themselves are nature too, are a part of the universe, an aspect of reality. After all, we did not make our eye's our self.

Abstract pattern
Abstract pattern

Self definition is the impression a person has of himself. It is a kind of limitation because one does not attempt to do what is thought to be out of reach.

Identification is a false impression about oneself. The notion to be what is perceived instead of what is perceiving.

From this basic structure of reality derive most other patterns in experiences. The hidden patterns of life have their source in the false notice of isolation from the rest of nature. They take form as the kind of thoughts and habits a person has, the way others react, fortune or misfortune, life span, etc .

The way a person reacts depends in the first place on the self-definition of that person. What a person thinks about himself does also strongly influence the way others will respond. A low self esteem and a negative self image will result in bad habits and self-destructive tendencies thereby lowering a person's chances and life span.

And all this is triggered by the wrong conception our senses deliver to us. It looks like we are the centre of the universe but we are not. This makes us believe that we are completely separated from the rest of nature. This wrong self image limits our possibilities; it isolates us from our potential.

The process of mistakenly thinking that you are what you see, is called identification. People identify with their perceptions. Thereby completely forgetting they really are an integrated part of nature. Identification makes you take a tiny little aspect of reality and say "that is me" thereby excluding everything else. Identification makes you mistakenly think you're very limited and one sided view of reality is in fact reality. And above all does identification of the self with the sensory input, make it impossible to be aware of the unity of things.

It is clear to see that the process of identification is one of isolation and limitation. But it is not something we consciously do; this is the image that the senses deliver to us. We can only know and understand why things are the way they are. From the hidden patterns of life we can learn what to expect: The more a person sees himself as the centre of the world, the more he isolates and limits himself. This will create negative thoughts and self destructive habits. People tend to dislike ego-centric strangers; it is more difficult to be happy like that. The life expectancy of isolated people is clearly lower. The entire life of a person is depending on his self definition.

It is like this: Your senses show you an experience and you identify with it, saying that is me. Then this identification creates unpleasant experiences. This makes you distance yourself from it. Finally you don't want to be that you identified with. And the balance of truth is restored again. The more identification associated with egoism and selfishness, the more painful experiences are needed to make a person wants to realize reality again. Misconceptions are like hallucinations; you cannot live a dream forever. A misguided self image is such a dream that has to end with a rude awakening. Call it a law of nature, call it a structure of reality or a hidden pattern of life, you could even call it magical future prediction. Fact is that the universe is in a state of balance. This implies that misconceptions have to disappear sooner or later. One could say that the universe has a tendency to destroy misconceptions. One could also say that when you have hallucinations you are bound to get into trouble. Anyway is it a fact that identification attracts resistance.

Identifying with what our senses tell us is like watching a movie. The moment you are intensely watching a movie, you are not aware anymore of yourself sitting down. You can watch for a very long time because you don't really feel your body. You are aware of the movie instead, your emotions respond to what you see. Such is the power of identification. If someone would force you to sit still even without moving your eyes much, it would be torture. Being identified with a movie however, you might laugh at a joke even after more than one hour sitting still.

Identification makes you forget your real self, and assume a more limited, restricted and isolated definition of yourself. After all, being a movie watcher is a very limited, restricted and socially isolated thing to do. Identification with perceptions has exactly the same effect. When watching a movie you restrict yourself and focus consciously on only one thing. Identification makes you restrict and focus yourself on one point of view. Isolating yourself by excluding all other points of view. Doing so makes you forget your self. The identity one assumes after identification is always less than the original one!

So, all these words written here are just to confirm what we have already made sure of in the beginning: Your eyes tell you that everything is situated around you. That is not for real however. Everybody else has the same experience and you know the others are not the centre of everything. Your body is a fully integrated part of nature; you are an expression of the whole. Your life is a little piece of reality. What you see is just what you see; it is not what you are. What you see is a view of reality, not reality itself.

Starlight

Time

The starlight that we see is partly very old, without decay other that loss of intensity when spread thin. When I wrote this people didn't know light is no strange matter, it is the state of something. Light sources generate that change.

Picture yourself looking at the night sky. Maybe it is late one evening in August. It is still warm, the sky is clear and the silence is intense. You look up and see the stars. It is sheer infinity, eternal and infinite, and you are looking at it. It is hard to realize that things like eternity and infinity can be that real they are actually visible. Still, just look up and it is really there. We are not talking about believing something here. Science can exactly tell you how old this eternity already is, and the size of infinity. The fact these numbers exist does not make infinity suddenly limited. No, the age and size of the universe are just numbers to help us cope with something that is too big to even think about. So, eternity has existed for a zillion years already, does that make it any less eternal?

All this can cross your mind looking up at the infinity above us. This kind of situation would be the right moment for romance as well. The countless twinkling stars, the incredible distances, it makes you feel so small you need to hold somebody so you don't lose yourself.

Anyway, when we look at the stars what do we actually see? It seems too silly to ask, but when we look up at night what do we actually see? The plain answer "stars" is not fully correct. The scientist will tell you what you see at night are photons emitted by hot matter. That is abstract knowledge; we put a name and number on the subject and by doing so we know what it is. In the time period I am writing this down each and every scientist will swear on his life that when we look up at night we detect photons. Still at the same time none of them can give a definition of a photon. But they keep insisting they know what star light is even at the same moment they have to admit they don't exactly know what it is.

That is the limitation of abstract knowledge: If it cannot come up with an answer it refuses to acknowledge there might be other ways of finding the truth. People that have no other knowledge than abstract logic suffer from the same limitation. If they don't know, nobody else can possibly know.

Philosophers are more broad minded then scientists. When we ask them what we see in the night sky they say we see the past. Starlight travels many years before it reaches earth, in some occasions even millions of years. That is what we see! With our own eyes we actually perceive something that happened a million years ago. Even the sun is in reality 8 minutes away from where we see it, a considerable distance. The night sky is eternity staring us right in the face. Why believe in some antic religion, why believe the scientist's numbers, when eternity and infinity are visible facts. That is what philosophers would say and they are right of course. Not that the abstract logic of the scientists is wrong, it is just that their truth is not the highest truth.

Reflection

Reflection
All this is reflection

Unity is a way in which individual things can relate to each other. F.i. the limps and different organs of your body only function because together they form a unity; that is their relation to each other.

Unity

And what is linear logic's answer to what we see at night? You see a reflection, an image created by your own mind; you definitely don't see stars, photons or whatever. When the starlight hits the eye it doesn't actually enter the skull. The light itself bounces off your eyes just like it does with everything else. The eye produces an electrical signal that gets transmitted to the brain. The brain uses this electrical signal to reproduce the image you saw. Yes, that is right; the brain reproduces the image of the stars inside your brain. That is what you see, a reproduction created by your own brain. All these stars, all these photons, yes, all these ideas about the universe, are nothing but brainwaves. Fluctuating electrical currencies inside your brain that is what the highest reality is.

So, we came to a brand new conclusion about the structure of reality. A truth deeper as science and higher as religion. What is the nature of your experiences, what is reality as you perceive it? Reality as you perceive it is a reflection, a re-creation, a reproduction, a mere brainwave!

Now, if what we see is a mere reflection of reality and not reality itself we are bound to have misconceptions. For instance, when scientists are trying to investigate the nature of something, they are really only measuring the limitations of that reflection, that reproduction. Not of the real object itself. Do you understand? When what they see is a reflection, a mental reproduction, such as the investigated object, the tools to do so etc., the result will only show the qualities of that reflection. It is like dreaming you are investigating something, the results can only show the qualities of a dream. Not the qualities of the investigated object because that never even existed.

This is proof there can be a difference between reality and its reflection. Colour blind people are even more aware of the fact that the senses don't always tell you the truth. The main thing that the senses don't show us, but is there in reality, is the unity of things. Our eyes tell us that every object has an independent, individual and isolated identity. That is a reflection however, a reproduction by the mind. That what is reflected is a totality, a unity. The difference between the reality and its reflection is a result of the point of view of the senses. We should not forget that the senses are also a part of that totality. In the same way you cannot detect the identity of a person by putting a camera inside him, your eyes cannot see the totality of things. The reality is the universe, and it is not possible to perceive the whole universe. So we are like the blind man who finds it hard to believe that the trunk and the tail of an elephant are actually one and the same thing. They seem to move independently.

That brings us back to the fact that we are not the centre of the universe but we are an integrated part of it. When reality, the universe, is a totality, a unity, than your true nature is that unity as well. But your senses don't show you that, your eyes tell you that objects are isolated. That is the source of a lot of problems. It is important to know and remember that all things are together one. One universe, one creation, whatever name we give it. Once that knowledge is hammered into your thick skull you will see that you are not the centre of all things.

After that, things will become much clearer to you, I can promise you that much. Besides many other things this knowledge is the source of correct moral behavior. So understanding this does not only clear up your mind, it is very benefiting for society as well. People that understand that nature is one thing don't go and make war against some unknown but alien strangers. And it works for small things as well.

world - senses - you

If I would explain every little detail of the structure of reality I could go on forever, that is a whole library. Let's do something better instead and tell you where you can dig up this knowledge yourself. I have already told you what the main root of the problem is, and I will tell you what to do about it. But until then there is one more thing I want you to understand. It is about another misconception you have.

So the reality as you perceive it is actually a reflection, a re-creation, a brainwave. However, your brain has the same limitations as your other senses have: You are identified with it, and therefore you perceive your brain to be fully isolated from everything else. You assume you are your brain, not that you have a brain. Being identified means you think your brain is the centre of things, it is you. Everything else is positioned around that centre. Being identified also means you are not capable anymore to see that your brain is just as much a product of nature (or God) as everything else is. You have a brain; it is not something that you are.

Text-eye-brain-text
This is what you actually see.
It is a reproduction by the mind.

What we see is a product of the mind
What we see is a product of the mind

Let's face it: You do not know how to make a thought! You have no clue as to how your brain functions. Thoughts simply pop up inside your head, how they are produced is beyond your reach.

There are two aspects to a thought, the physical brain and its electrical currencies, and the content, the thought as you perceive it. The way the physical brain came into existence is something we can only have theories about. One thing is for sure though: You did not make your brain! Nor did your parents have the knowledge how to make a brain. Your brain exists so the knowledge how to create a brain has to come from somewhere. The identified idea of "I am this brain, I am my body" is somewhat short sighted considering we have no clue about how it functions.

So you have a brain that functions no matter what you think about it. When you try to stop thinking for just one minute you will see that it is not possible. Your brain constantly delivers thoughts to you, even when you are asleep. All this shows that the notion of identification is wrong, you are really in essence separated from your brain. That mysterious brain of yours creates a thought and at the moment you detect it, it seems you actually are this thought. The reason this illusion is so convincing is that you seem to control what you are thinking. This impression is a result of identification also, however.

Bottom line is that you do not really know how to create a thought. They just happen to you. Like we said, there are two aspects to a thought: the physical brain that produces it and the content of it. So, if the creation of the brain is something beyond our comprehension, does that mean we have no way if influencing what we think? Yes, it is possible! Since progressing is the essence of nature also our thinking process is susceptible to progress. There is a structure in the content of thoughts and by understanding that, it is possible to influence what your future thoughts will be. By solving the mystery about what makes you think you can shape your future mental activity. Since this is the aspect of reality you actually experience, you could say that you can create your future reality this way. Knowing the structure of the content of thoughts gives you control over it.

Well let me tell you how the content of thoughts gets created: The basic direction of a thought is similar to the attitude and common factor of your thoughts and actions in general. Say for instance that you are walking in the snow. It is the situation as such, that is the source for the thought "cold". It depends on what kind of person you are what direction this thought about cold will take. If you have the tendency towards an extremely good mood or if you are deeply in love, the information about the temperature has hardly any influence on the flow of happy thoughts.

A person with a very negative attitude that is always focused on the bad side of people and situations will suffer more because he is more aware of the cold. A child playing in the snow might not even realize the temperature. So, even thought the temperature is a factor out of our control at that moment, the way that fact is experienced is depending on the kind of thoughts one is used to think. We should not forget: what you experience is your reality. To the playing child and the passing lovers the reality of the temperature is pleasant and positive. To the person that is used to give in to unkind thoughts and actions the exact same situation will be an unpleasant and depressing reality. The cold is the same but the realities people experience is different. The kind of reality people experience is depending on their own previous thoughts.

I make my own future

So, in a way they are your own thoughts that shape the future reality. By thinking and acting the way you do right now, you create your own future as you will experience it. Ignorant people just let themselves drift towards unhappiness by the circle of negative impressions. Smart people take responsibility for their own life by avoiding excessive negativity and unkindness. The very smart people wonder at this point: If the brain delivers our thoughts to us without asking us if we want them, then how can we change that flow of thoughts. The answer is that the brain comes with a set of options. One of those options is that you can focus your attention. By steering your attention you can influence the mental activity.

Say the thought arises in you that you feel the desire to hit the child next to you. This thought might arise without you wanting it. Maybe it is out of anger, envy or a projection from earlier emotions upon this child, you cannot even be sure. Now, if you focus you attention on this subject the thought will become stronger. If you fantasize about hitting the child it is most likely that at one point you are going to do it. The thought becomes too strong to resist. This is the beginning of a chain of troubles.

Reduce negative thought habits
Negative thought habits reduce by repeatedly focusing the mind
on contradicting thoughts

Flowers

But if you focus your attention consciously on another subject all of this will not happen. The moment you feel aggression towards someone you can simply focus yourself on something else. Think about food, beautiful women, God or a joke, anything, and your anger will immediately be reduced. You might still have to face an unpleasant situation, but at least you did not create an unpleasant future reaction for your self.

So this is the trick to create a better reality for yourself in the future: Don't dwell longer as strictly necessary on negative thoughts, don't give in to anger, envy or self pity and greed. And don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you. That's all, sounds vaguely familiar doesn't it?

In case you are really interested in the functions of the brain and you want to know why a thought has influence on future thoughts to come, I quickly explain: As has been said before the real nature of a thought is a small flow of electricity inside the brain. We experience thoughts as individually rising and subsiding. That is not the reality however. In reality a thought is a fluctuation of a currency that is constantly there. It is not so that one thought enters our head and disappears after a while to make place for the next one. That is how it looks like. No, the electrical currency is there all the time, it fluctuates.

Every fluctuation is a thought. This thought leaves a residue, an imprint, on the nature of the electrical flow. Not a residue in the sense that something is actually left behind, but in the sense that it influences the condition of the currency. In that way it creates the conditions for future thoughts to take shape. Those future thoughts are made out of the same materials, building blocks, as the ones before. That is the relation thoughts in different moments in time have with each other.

So, instead of individual thoughts like clouds floating through your head, the mind is more like soft clay. First it takes the form of one thought, than it transforms and the same clay takes the form of another thought. The form that the mind takes is the content of the thought. A quick sequence of shapes appears to us as the flow of thoughts. This is what is meant by the word fluctuation. The flow of electrical currency through our brain is constant. But its route and structure is constantly changing. Every shape the qualities of this currency take, represent an individual thought. That creates the illusion of individual thoughts floating through our brain. Like the individual shots of a movie appear to us as a flowing story.

So the mental activity of today is what determines what kind of thoughts will pop up in your head tomorrow. Our mental activity can be influenced by our attention. If we repeatedly steer our attention to certain kinds of thoughts we create the circumstances necessary for a particular future reaction. When the situation at work for instance leaves someone with a dissatisfied feeling, then the repetition of that feeling is the ideal breeding ground for anger. Having the attention focused on one impression creates the circumstances necessary for another.

Or when a woman regularly admires the charms and good looks of a man, the repetition of that thought will make it possible that impressions of love arise. Or after a scary movie the sounds late at night can be more frightening. The mind reacts then to thoughts that were there before and are not relevant now. Or take two people that are playing a game of chess. One person does many exercises and mental trainings and lives a positive lifestyle before the match. The other regularly drinks much alcohol, quarrels a lot and is depressed. Who do you think has the best chances of winning the game of chess? Notice that here too it is the mental content long before the game that makes the conditions what a person thinks during the event.

If mental states can be brought about by repetitions of certain thoughts then we want to know what the source of happiness and intelligence is. Because we all want to be happy and smart. And because all this knowledge about the structure of the mind has no use if it does not make us function better. When you are done reading this you don't have more money and you will not be better looking. But you will know what to avoid to create a better future reality for yourself.

Us and them

Because what you think now is a direct result of your mental activity in the past. So the right circumstances to think happy and smart thoughts in the future can be created today. The best time to plant a tree is hundred years ago, the second best time is now. Improving the future thoughts should be done now. Enhanced intelligence will be explained later, but I can tell you about the secret of happiness. Let's start with getting rid of a common misconception: The story that by becoming rich one also becomes happy is not true!

From contentment to harmony and happiness
From contentment to harmony and happiness

Flower

Having less as minimally required will prevent feelings of happiness, but that does not mean that having more things makes you happier. I know some very rich but very unhappy people. No, the real secret to happiness is harmony. One has to be in harmony with the rest, to experience true happiness. Selfish people feel isolated from their surroundings and are therefore seldom really happy. It is like singing with a group of people. When there is harmony it sounds beautiful and it is pleasant to do. A slightly altered tone makes the beauty disappear. Happiness is like beauty, when there is harmony it is suddenly there. Just a small sense of isolation will make it disappear.

So, happiness is the result of harmony. Happiness cannot be achieved by selfishly acquiring ever more possessions, because then you are focused on feelings of dissatisfaction. There is no such thing as enough! On the contrary, the basis for happiness is contentment, one cannot be happy without being content. Constantly wanting to have more possessions is in fact discontentment of course. So, first you have to be reasonably content with what you have and then focus on harmony. The harmony will become the source of a flow of happy thoughts. Not that happiness can be forced, but it is like singing. Work to achieve harmony and suddenly the beauty will be there. Work to achieve harmony in life, and happiness will suddenly appear out of nowhere.

EXERCISE FOR INCREASING HARMONY AND DECREASING IDENTIFICATION: This is something that can be done every day for about 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure you will not be disturbed during that period. Sit in a comfortable position with your back strait and no tight clothing. Close your eyes and focus your attention on your breathing process. Breath relaxed in and out while you think "it breathes within me". This is the opposite of thinking ''I breath", so instead of thinking that you are breathing your -self, you should focus on the realization that the breathing process is done for you. You just sit there and watch it, looking silently within, being aware it is breathing within you.

Sounds pretty simple and easy, doesn't it. But in reality it is a lot harder to do as one would expect. All kinds of thoughts will come up and one just has to ignore them. Suspending all activity to a later moment. The body will start itching and one just has to ignore that as well. But after a while you will feel a peace and a sense of calmness come over you that will make this exercise very pleasant to do. Do this for a period of time on a regular basis without much expectation. What you are doing is creating the right circumstances needed to have more happy and less identified thoughts in the future. Now, if you start focusing on how much happiness you are busy acquiring, you are just being selfish again. The trick is to be in the here and now, just doing this meditation without much expectation. I am not promising you nirvana or enlightenment here, leave that to the mystics. I am not promising you heaven or fortune and fame either. So don't spend much thought on that kind of things.

What I can promise you however is that if you do this exercise sincerely, you get back what was rightfully yours in the first place: The possibility to think happy and pleasant thoughts when you want to. You will also decrease your level of identification without you even being aware of it. That will make you avoid a lot of problems, but you will not even notice that. Since you cannot know what problems you have avoided, you also cannot tell how functional this exercise was. You just going to have to believe me, and progress rapidly. Or don't have this faith and go on the way you were before, it doesn't matter to me.

I AM THAT

Identification has also a moral aspect; it strongly influences ones perception of right and wrong. Doing the meditation mentioned above will reduce identification and thereby change the moral values of a person. Simplifying we could say: identification makes a person believe what is good and what is in his interest is the same thing. Everything else is bad. An aspect of identification can be egocentric, egoistic, and narcissistic or power abusing behavior. Depending on the level of identification, a person will show more or less signs of mental isolation.

A person without identification will see that what is helping the totality of things to progress is what is called good. Bad is what prevents progress from taking place. Obviously, what is helping the totality of things, is also helping the individual. The difference between identified or not is the focus, is one focused on one's self or on one's role in life. The difference between feeling isolated from the surrounding or being part of nature. The difference between confronting or harmonious, the difference between me and us. What you really are is consciousness, because that is the decisive factor that you actually see. So, identification is the fact that you have forgotten this, and believe what you see is what you are.

Your real self is consciousness and limitless but what you see is very limited. Therefore is identifying with what you see like locking yourself in a box, limit your mind to the details you see instead of the surrounding whole of reality.

Buddha

It is good to understand how your moral values function, after all we depend on them for our sense of direction in life. The process of making a moral decision is something you can easily understand. It is not so that a thought about what is good and what is bad just pops up inside your head without any good reason. Clearly there is a reason why some things are good and others not. Part of it is education; children copy their parent's moral values. But since there are a lot of unpleasant people it is clear that these values forced upon us often don't stick. So there must be another reason why people behave badly and that reason is identification. Very identified people simply don't believe what their mother has told them about good and bad. To them the only thing that is real is themselves.

The process of taking moral decisions has two aspects, the physical perceptions and the inner moral values. Sometimes we find our self in an unusual situation, and we have to decide how to approach it. Say, you see somebody doing something and you have to decide between interfering, telling your opinion or ignoring it. There is a process going on in your mind, a balancing of reasons to decide how to act. You are most likely not very aware of it, so I will explain what happens. It is strange but there are a lot of processes going on inside your head without you even knowing it. You just become aware of the outcome; it is unclear where these thoughts come from.

The most central of all motivations is the one of self preservation. In the way the brain is wired the urge for self preservation is dominant. This is a result of evolution, those who are like this live longer and therefore raise more babies. This central region of the brain gets fed with information from two directions. The physical senses deliver the perceptions about the situations this urge for self preservation needs to control. At the same time the inner moral values deliver their commentary on that situation. In case one is under attack the mechanism for self preservation can choose between fighting and fleeing. Those are the most basic of all responses but they have only value in case of imminent danger.

Most of the time there will not be any of the direct danger these mechanisms are designed for. Still the urge for self preservation will check all the incoming information. The situations that the senses are aware of are as they are, not threatening. But it is very much up to inner moral values to decide how that urge will judge in response to those situations. That judgment can go two directions, the direction of egoism, or that of empathy. The more one is identified, the more one thinks "I am my senses" instead of "I have the senses"; the more the self preservation will tend to egoism. The less one is isolated, selfless, the stronger will be the impulses of empathy and integrated social behaviour.

It is the way one defines oneself that determines what kind of self needs to be preserved. The more one is identified with the body, the more the self preservation will act the way it was originally designed, with fighting or fleeing. The more one defines oneself as a member of a social structure, the more the brain is capable of placing itself in somebody else's position and respond with empathy. The original goal of this mechanism was just to survive. When there are no strong impulses into either direction, then that is what the person will do: he will survive until his time has come. However, when the inner moral values push the urge for self preservation in the direction of egoism, the person will develop sadistic tendencies. This is very harmful for society, especially for those that come into contact with such a person. On the other hand if inner moral values deliver a socially harmonious view of reality, the person becomes aware of the relativity of his mental concepts.

Such a person develops a much wider view of reality than the limited egoist

 

Pattern

Consciousness is the fact that you are alive,
Awareness is the fact that you are alive and awake,
Attention is the fact that you are alive, awake and actually reading this.

Being attentive is reading many words about reality,
Being concentrated is reading many words about reality and understanding them,
Realization is seeing reality.

It is needless to say that the identified and egoistic people will be less happy than the socially integrated ones, it is obvious. Now, you do remember how to influence this process, don't you? The way you direct your attention will decide if you become a sadist or a wise person. The focusing of your attention is the only tool you have to influence the outcome, since the thoughts you have now, are the result of past mental activity. What you focus your attention upon today will be your living reality tomorrow, well, at least over a longer period of time.

So, if you have thoughts that will make you more mentally isolated, like anger, greed, envy, egoism, hate or sadism, replace those thoughts with harmonious ones. Don't repress your mental activity, this will not work. Also don't deny you have those thoughts, they will not go away that way. Just replace them with more pleasant thoughts. Focus your attention to what is contradicting selfish tendencies. When angry look for what you and your enemy have in common. When egoistic, search for pleasant and harmonious contacts with people. When sadistic, focus on pleasant things, you know, something that gives you real joy. And most of all: when identified, and you surely are identified, do the exercise as mentioned before. The situation might not be perfect for you right now, but at least you can make sure the future will be better.

Now we have cleared how to handle the subjective reality as you perceive it, we still keep wondering about the big objective reality. We can stick a name on it and call it the universe but that doesn't make it more clear what it actually is. For as long as we know people have been fascinated by the mysteries of the night sky. We know it is bigger and more complex than we can possibly imagine. Science can tell us the numbers and names of infinite distant star systems, but that does not tell us what it in fact is.

One thing is clear thought, the reality as you perceive it is like a bubble in the ocean of existence. No one can look beyond his own bubble because that is it: the field of perception. Our bubble is the totality of our life, and our point of view is always inside it. Our senses tell us there is a vast ocean around us but all we can actually detect is our own bubble of reflected reproduction. Everybody lives inside their own bubble of experiences. To us our bubble is all there is and is therefore of the utmost importance to us. To the universe our bubble is just one between uncountable others, in an ocean that is bigger as can possibly be reflected. Now, if you identify with your field of experiences you should feel microscopically small. Just look up, see the infinity of the night sky and know that you are close to nothing. The identified person might be very important to himself but objectively he is almost too small to detect.

Some one that is not identified with his bubble of perceptions looks upon the same thing completely different however. If one does not think "that bubble of experiences is me, that is what I am" there can only remain the plain notion that perceptions is what you see, not what you are. Remains the question however: if it is not me, what is it? The answer is simple, the universe is one thing! What you see might be a reflected reproduction of reality, it is still real. So, your own personal bubble of experiences is in essence an inseparable aspect of the universe. It is the universe, or at least a little part of it.

What you see is not reality, even though it appears to be so. What you actually see is a reproduced image created by your mind. Now, if this reproduced image is not you, it is the universe. It appears only separated from the universe from someone's point of view that is identified with it. To everybody else it is clear to see: a person is a little part of the totality of the universe. You have no problems understanding this when it comes to other people. So instead of looking upon yourself as being isolated from everything else, it is better to look upon yourself the same way you see others, within a context. Others are clearly a part of the universe and so are you. Bottom line is: you are the universe!! At least a little part of it. This means the qualities of the universe are also your qualities. The nature of the whole of totality is also your nature. The essence of existence is also your essence. Your real true being is infinite, eternal and omniscient. It is only because your senses wrongly tell you that you are isolated from the rest of reality, therefore you are not aware of this. This way you limit yourself and you cannot make use of your fullest potential.

The universe is breathing inside of you

Bee

A continuum is something without interruptions, apparently without ending. To the raindrop the ocean is a continuum, so is the sky to a bird. To a human nature is the continuum he moves within.

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