It’s fascinating, don’t you think, when after a few tumultuous years of life in this crazy world one looks back at how we were ‘raised’ and educated. We begin to see things that may have never occurred to us before as being intriguing, or even worth thinking about. The concept of ‘reality’ is one of those little things that has piqued my curiosity of late.
You see, intrinsic in the traditional definition of what is ‘real’ — versus what would come under the heading ‘just your imagination’ (which is a loaded phrase in and of itself — I mean, why just?) — is the clear assumption that something can only be real if (a) it exists outside of oneself, completely independent in a physical sense from your own body (with the obvious exception of your own body, of course); (b) it also exists independent of your personal perception of it; and (c) it must not only be perceived by ‘others’, but perceived through the 5 physical senses associated with the body in ‘the material world’ (which we now know without a doubt is actually just a certain vibrational state of pure energy — but I digress).
WHY IS THAT??? Much more importantly, though, why do most people still accept that radically materialistic, ‘science’-based definition without question?
OK. Now chew on this: The above assumptions about what Reality is (and isn’t) also include the deeply embedded concept of Separation Consciousness. The devil is in the details, as they say . . . . In other words, the even more basic assumption underlying ALL this mental manipulation is that every person is an island, and we are all totally separate physical beings in a purely material world. Oh, and let’s not forget the resulting caveat: All else that you may perceive, if it does not conform to the above guidelines, is pure illusion. Or, if you like, ‘just your imagination’ . . . .
Where is Unity Consciousness in this mechanistic, joyless, soulless grand scheme? Where is Love? Where is God? Where is the Meaning of Life??? Doesn’t it all seem a bit . . . upside down? Food for thought indeed.
‘Nothing Real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the Peace of God.’ — A Course In Miracles