Notions of Reality
What is reality?
What is reality?
Well, everything is real. Every little bit of creation
is real. Love and light and bodies and thoughts and energy and colours and fairies and demons and anything you
can think of or imagine. It is all real. It all exists somewhere, somehow, in one dimension or another, in some
way, shape or form.
So what is this discussion about?
Two things. The first one is to bring to your
conscious awareness how your personal experience of reality may differ from the consensus reality of the human
community that you live in. The second one is to describe a picture of reality that is as all inclusive as human
imagination and experience can put into words.
Consensus Reality and Personal Subjective
Consensus reality is what a group of people agree that
reality is. This is different in every culture and group within the culture. This is what people teach to their
children and how they think about the world. Sometimes people will even think that their notion of reality is
the only right one and they will punish people who think differently or send their people out to persuade others
that this is the right way of thinking and seeing things.
Your personal subjective reality is what you believe.
Chances are this will conform with the reality of your family and community unless you have experiences that are
different, or come across ideas from people or books that you instinctively identify with.
In my culture, there are many people who believe that
only what they perceive through the five physical body senses is real. They believe that they only live this one
time and there is nothing before or after this life. What is in stories or the imagination or even their own
thoughts or dreams is not real to them. They base their decisions for how they act in this lifetime as if
nothing after their death matters to them.
In other ways of thinking, I have read about, the
physical world is considered to be an illusion, not real at all. Only spirit is real and this lifetime is but a
small insignificant drop in a great ocean of illusion.
For most people, beliefs of what is real lie somewhere
in between these two extremes. They may believe that angels are real, but not fairies. They may believe they can
talk to plants but not rocks. They may believe that they have a soul but that it only lives in a body on earth
one time and then spends the rest of eternity in heaven or hell. There are as many variations of beliefs of
notions of reality as there are people thinking about them. Like snowflakes or fingerprints, each person has a
very unique experience of reality. And then there is the story they tell themselves and others about that
experience. You may know who is calling on the phone when it rings before you answer it. You may say it was just
a coincidence or you may say that you are connected with that person so that you know when they are thinking
about you. In the first story you are not believing there is a reason for why you knew this, in the second
story, you are believing there is a psychic or telepathic perception at work.