“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”. – Albert Einstein
Is reality an illusion?
Is it playing tricks on us using our brain responses?
Author Michael Talbot author of The Holographic Universe: The Revolutionary Theory of Reality gives a great example about the illusory nature of reality in his book.
A stage hypnotist at a party that his father had organized was putting people into a trance as part of the entertainment and he told a guest, called Tom, that when he returned to a waking state he would not be able to see his own daughter.
The hypnotist then stood the girl directly in front of her father and clicked his fingers, or whatever they do.
Tom “woke up” and was asked if he could see his daughter – who was standing inches from his eyes.
No, he said, she wasn’t there.
The hypnotist put his hand in the small of the girls back and asked Tom if he could see what he was holding, even though the girl was between them.
Yes, said Tom, he was holding a watch.
Could he read the inscription on it?
Tom peered forward and read what it said while his daughter was standing “solidly” between him and the watch.
Your mind is probably saying that this is not possible is it?
But once we learn that the brain is a programmable decoding system than we can begin to see that this really is possible.
The hypnotist had implanted the deep subconscious belief into Tom’s brain/mind that his daughter was not in the room and that had tricked the brains decoding system into ignoring his daughters vibrational energy field and not “reading” it.
The physical scene in the room only existed in Tom’s brain and, if his daughter’s energy field was not “read” she could not appear in the physical holographic movie that his brain was constructing.
Everyone else in the room could see the daughter because their decoding systems had not been programmed like Tom’s, not to do so.
The Brain decodes reality and it can be tricked
To understand how the body- computer decodes reality are the two hemispheres of the brain.
The right and left hemispheres are connected by a “bridge” called the Corpus Callosum.
The left side of the brain is our “this world” reality of language and structure, what passes for “logic” and the general physical world perspective.
The right side is the creative, the artistic, the “out-there” connection to levels of consciousness beyond the five sense (taste, touch, smell, feel, hear) reality.
In a perfect world when these two sides of the brain are in harmony neither dominating the other, with the right bridge passing information and insight between the two.
Unfortunately though we live in a left brain dominated society with academia, science and logic.
There is no problem with the left brain in and of itself but when it is our main, or for many, their only means of perceiving reality it can become a problem.
It would be like going to a movie and only being able to see half of the screen while the other half is totally blank.
We are missing something but we don’t know exactly what it is. Our perceived experience becomes completely unbalanced and in some cases completely delusional.
Here is another story of Jill Bolte Taylor an American neuroanatomist and author of My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.
Jill woke up one morning feeling very strange, although she didn’t realize it immediately a blood vessel had burst in the left side of her brain.
Jill tried to ignore the way that she was feeling and stepped onto her exercise machine, but when she looked down at her hands they looked like “primitive claws” grasping onto the bar.
It was as if she didn’t even realize that those were her hands and that was her body.
In Jill’s words:
It was as though my consciousness had shifted away from my normal perception of reality, where I’m the person on the machine having the experience, to some esoteric space where I’m witnessing myself having the experience.
I look down at my arm and I realize that I can no longer define the boundaries of my body.
I can’t define where I begin and where I end, because the atoms and the molecules of my arm blended with the atoms and the molecules of the wall.
And all I could detect was this energy.
The burst blood vessel was affecting the way that Jill’s brain decoded reality.
Jill states that she was totally dis-connected from her brain chatter. It was as if someone hit the mute button on the remote control.
At first I was shocked to find myself inside of a silent mind.
But then I was captivated by the magnificence of the energy around me. And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body , I felt enormous and expansive.
So here I am in this space and any stress related to me, to my job, it was gone.
And imagine all of those relationships in the external world and the many stressors related to any of those, they were gone.
I felt a sense of peacefulness.
And imagine what it would feel like to lose 37 years of emotional baggage!
I felt euphoria.
Euphoria was beautiful and then my left hemisphere comes back online and it says, “hey! You’ve got to pay attention, we’ve got to get help.” And I”m thinking, “I got to get help, I got to focus.”
Because I couldn’t identify the position of my body in space, I felt enormous and expansive.
Like a genie just liberated from her body. And my spirit soared free like a great whale gliding through the sea of silent euphoria.
Nirvana, I found Nirvana. I remember thinking there’s no way I would ever be able to squeeze the enormousness of myself back into this tiny body.
But I realized ” I’m still alive.” I’m still alive and I have found nirvana. And if I have found Nirvana and I’m still alive, then everyone who is still alive can find nirvana.
And I picture a world filled with beautiful, peaceful, compassionate, loving people who knew that they could come to this space at any time.
“Unfortunately, as a society, we do not teach our children that they need to tend carefully the garden of their minds.
Without structure, censorship, or discipline, our thoughts run rampant on automatic.
Because we have not learned how to more carefully manage what goes on inside our brains, we remain vulnerable to not only what other people think about us, but also to advertising and/or political manipulation.” – Jill Bolte Taylor