What most people think of ‘reality’ has clearly been proven, by award-winning, professional, mainstream scientists, to be complete illusion.
Every single physicist, and biologist and medical doctor as well, understands that what we think we see ‘out there’ in the ‘material world’ is, quite simply, a highly-filtered summation of an interpretation of a bewildering stream of electrical signals that come into our brains from the nerve endings in our eyes, our noses, our skin, and our ears. This is something I learned decades ago in my own university education. A bit later, I ran across the explosive book The Tao of Physics, a seminal work by the insightful physicist Fritjof Capra that explains in great detail the similarities between the then-groundbreaking work in modern quantum physics and ancient mystic thought on how our Universe is structured. So when a person close to me sent me this link the other day (below), a huge smile spread out across my face as I appreciated with joy how those past personal discoveries of mine have been put out even farther into the public domain, where many thousands or millions more can make their own liberating discoveries, and further empower themselves to improve their personal realities, after accepting for themselves how malleable and flexible and shapeable their individual worlds not only can be, but truly ARE.
Isn’t it just beautiful symmetry when the ‘hard-core materialist scientists’ and the ‘airy-fairy ethereal mystics’ completely agree on the fundamental nature of reality??? It is from among THESE erudite luminaries, all acknowledged internationally renowned masters in their respective fields, that I have derived my guidance, my inspiration – and many ‘facts’ – that continue to fuel my ever-deepening understanding of what Life is really about. This information, though maybe not ‘perfect’ in every single detail, is what should be taught in our educational systems instead of the antique, hopelessly inadequate and inaccurate Newtonian-era science that gets mercilessly pounded into our minds as ‘absolute fact’ (which changes, of course, with each new discovery in physics – so which ‘fact’, from which year and textbook, is the ‘absolute’ one then?). A proper, more ‘realistic’, more open and more modern curriculum would avoid many, many, many fractious discussions about the true nature of reality that I, unfortunately, have been forced to engage in over the years, defending myself and my ‘crazy ideas’ against what can only be characterized as emotionally-charged ignorance, and even violent denial. Why do most people feel so deeply threatened when confronted with information that contradicts their delicate, outdated belief systems?
But back to the conclusions of the luminaries . . . . . As one truly great mind put it, ‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’ And from the same mind comes this: ‘The important thing is not to stop questioning.’ And this: ‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.’ – Who made these enigmatic statements about ‘reality’ and the most effective and intelligent approaches towards discovering its nature? Who else but the inimitable genius of Mr. Albert Einstein . . . . .
I’ll side with him on these ‘touchy’ issues any day. Period. Why wouldn’t I? Why doesn’t everyone? . . . . . . We may never know the answer to that last question. No matter (lol). Regardless, if you happen to run across one of those ‘aggressively ignorant’ types who think they know more about the nature of reality than not only you, but Mr. Einstein, you now have a nice little blurb you can send them – without saying a single word yourself – that may (hopefully) not only set them straight, but also get them to wake up a little bit more to the Grand Illusion that they still so desperately cling to, understand better where you have been ‘coming from’ lately, and maybe even decide to join us ‘airy-fairy types’ in openness and hope and excitement as we transcend, shift and consciously mold our ever-new collective reality, moving rapidly and inexorably towards discovering, finally, what is truly Real. The more the merrier!
Here are a few more jewels of wisdom from the Einstein treasure trove of enlightened thought, that may open more doors and windows in those stuffy, shut down, horribly stressed minds out there searching desperately for the answer to the simple but pivotal question, ‘What the heck is going on around here?!’:
There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
To raise new questions, new possibilities; to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what Nature has revealed to us.
Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once!
The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.
True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity!