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Consciousness Creates Another Very Relevant Theory Of Reality

by PruJoy
(Australia)

Was just sent this & it struck me as resonating with our whole "Microcosm/Macrocosm" thing that we extracted from the slideshow:

http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~sai/hologram.html



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Further thoughts ...
by: PruJoy

It is a BIG read but well worth taking a bit of time over a few days to get through it.

It reminded me of another "theory of the universe" that I read some years ago & I shall post an excerpt here.

It is taken from "The Resolution of the Mind (TROM)" by Dennis Stephens. TROM is the system of "mental" exercises that he developed in order to "free" an individual from the negative influences of "Life". I did read his whole instructions as to how to do this but was not too impressed with the actual results once I applied it - suffice to say it is VERY analytical, "in-your-head" stuff.

But his amazing view of the "Universe" always impresses me:

"This universe has been well described by physicists as a space-time continuum. It has three spatial dimensions, and one time dimension at right angles to the three spatial ones. Although this concept is easy to handle mathematically it is not easy to visualize, for once within the universe our minds become to some degree trapped within the three spatial dimensions. Which leaves the fourth dimension a bit tricky to grasp. However, life can embrace a four dimensional continuum. If life could not embrace it then life could not have created the idea of the universe in the first place. (Even if it is considered that the universe was created by God he too is considered as being alive). Indeed, this universe is within life, rather than life being within the universe. Only when we consider life to be a phenomena generated by the masses and spaces of the universe do we have any real difficulty in grasping the nature of the universe. This is the ultimate trap of materialism.

We can get over the difficulty of conceiving of a four dimensional continuum very easily by dropping one of the spatial dimensions. This leaves us with a model containing two spatial dimensions and one time dimension. We can conceive of this very easily. Such a model is a cylinder closed at one end and open at the other. The two spatial dimensions of this tube are its cross section. The time dimension is the length of the tube at right angles to the cross section. The closed end of the tube is the beginning of the universe. The open end is now. As time passes the tube gets longer.

If we now imagine our tube to be populated with beings who can only easily perceive the two spatial dimensions our model is complete. We, of course, being easily able to perceive in three dimensions, can see the whole tube. The beings in the tube, by their own creativity and games play make time, and thus continuously extend the tube. We outside the tube, by observing them and seeing what they are doing, could easily predict the future of the tube. But if we were to enter the tube and agree to abide by the laws of the tube - i.e. to only perceive spatially in two dimensions - we too would become a tube dweller, and be limited accordingly."

Perception Depends On The Perceiver
by: Gavin, Unlock-Your-Happiness.com

Thank you PruJoy. It's an interesting analogy, and, as you suggest, very 'in-your-head- stuff'. From my own perspective, 'mind' can never fully comprehend the totality of life anyway, because mind itself is a construct of 'consciousness' or 'creative intelligence', which transcends mind, analysis and thinking.

A thought occurred to me while reading the last paragraph where he says: "But if we were to enter the tube and agree to abide by the laws of the tube - i.e. to only perceive spatially in two dimensions - we too would become a tube dweller, and be limited accordingly." That's a nice analogy. My thought was: in that situation, who is the "we"; and who is the "them" he refers to just before that?

This in turn brings to mind the statements that people make, that "we are all one, there are no others", and so on.

This last (and popular) pronouncement is only half-true. Outside the tube we can perceive that all is one. And, as Dennis Stephens suggests, once the unity becomes the diversity in its many aspects of the universe, then the diverse parts (inside the tube) - governed by that level of life and perception - are no longer seen by 'themselves' as one, but as many: 'them and us', 'I and you', 'we and they'.

Both perspectives are valid. They are a function of the state of consciousness of the perceiver, which in turn is a reflection of its mechanism for perceiving. In our human existence in the physical body we function through the mechanisms of the human body, and mind is part of that.

However, through the daily exercise of allowing the mind to gravitate towards the stillness of unity, which results in the dissolving of stress aberrations that constrict the flow of pure consciousness through us, the nervous system is cultured to progressively perceive more fully with a perspective from outside 'the tube'.

I once heard a tape by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi where he said that meditation is like sitting in the living room and going outside to enjoy the garden. Every day we do this - inside then outside. One day we reach the point where we change the wall to one made of glass. From then on we can enjoy the garden while remaining in the comfort of the living room. Our perception has been expanded. Our shift in consciousness is fulfilled. We are in cosmic (all-inclusive) consciousness. :-)

Thanks again for your contributions to this website. Much appreciated.

~ Gavin

Oooohhhh ....
by: PruJoy

Nice One Gavin! ...

"I once heard a tape by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi where he said that meditation is like sitting in the living room and going outside to enjoy the garden. Every day we do this - inside then outside. One day we reach the point where we change the wall to one made of glass. From then on we can enjoy the garden while remaining in the comfort of the living room. Our perception has been expanded. Our shift in consciousness is fulfilled. We are in cosmic (all-inclusive) consciousness. :-)"

That's it! I'm rescheduling my daily routine to include some "going out into the garden from my couch" time.

As you know I have been "home-bound" by illness for over 2 years now. And recently I had become pretty tired of trying to do everything "right" each & every day - that is, right exercise, right eating, mental activity, meditation - to only find that I just collapsed into the same black-hole of fatigue by the afternoon and so I started dropping a few "must do's" right out i.e. the meditation part.

Although I was directed to learn "Mindfulness" meditation by a wonderful mental health counsellor that I was referred to. And that has been a great bonus in everyday, waking life experience - to be able to notice "thinking" & then just choose to let it go & focus on the "Now" of the moment you are in. Or as I have learnt - to step out of habitual "Doing" mode of mind into ever fresh "Being".

But yes, I think the "closed-eye" meditation does enable one to step right out of the whole sensory experience & into "another place" for a little while.

"Closed Eye" meditation & Mindfulness
by: PruJoy

Just thought I would share some further thoughts that I had.

Once I had been shown just what Mindfulness meditation is & had "got" how to do it - I quickly realised that the technique was very similar to that of CMR with the main difference being that you do not close your eyes.

In CMR you are choosing, once you realise that you are thinking, to move back to the "Comfort Zone" & just let go - very effortlessly & innocently. In Mindfulness you do just the same with the difference that you choose to move back to the very present moment & nothing else, also very gently & innocently, that is with no "evaluation" of whatever is in that present moment.

I find the combination of the two methods to be of great enrichment & therapeutic benefit in my daily life - and I am soooooo glad that I have learnt them.




Combining Meditation Techniques
by: Gavin, Unlock-Your-Happiness.com

Thank you for your feedback, PruJoy.

By saying 'combination of the two methods' I assume you mean using them separately at different times of the day.

They are, of course, quite different, and as such should not be combined into one process, but kept apart. And I'm sure this is what you meant. :-)

~ Gavin


Yes indeed!
by: PruJoy

Yes, Gavin - definitely "separately" - that is, "closed eye" CMR at least first thing in the morning for 15 or so minutes & "mindfulness" awareness at any time in my waking day = BEAUTIFUL enhancement of everyday living.

Unity vs Individuality
by: Midastouch

Many spiritual practitioners pursue a goal of unity. But unity with what and why? Is it possible that we as spiritual beings having a human experience and having become entrapped here in this universe (wheel of life) and now seek liberation are seeking the prodigal son's return to the father's side but not as a spoilt sun but as a son rich in life experience and ready to play a role in the father's estate? So in simpler terms is it not possible that we as spiritual beings came from God/The Divine/Unity and now are on our way back but not to unity as in becoming the unknowing but pure souls that had no experience of human life but as beings cocreators gods in our own right to take our seat/position as lords of life who are ready as responsible sons and daughters to play our roles as adminisatrtors and leaders in the universes or multiverses that may exist beyond the ones we know? In other words we have moved from pure innocence to pure mature spirits ready to do the work of the father...

Beyond "labels" ...
by: Prujoy

Well, Midastouch, I have found that the continuously refreshing thing about "meditating" is that it allows us to drop all "labelling" about anything & everything that our mind, both individual & group, creates.

So this includes the group mind think called "Christianity" with all it's labels too - you can just let it all go for 15 minutes or so & just experience pure, universal, original "rest".


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