Archive for May, 2015

“Every man’s world picture is and always remains a construct of his mind, and cannot be proved to have any other existence.” – Erwin Schrodinger

The other day I was talking to someone about quantum physics, and Schrodinger’s Cat in particular. The main point I was making was that without a conscious observer, reality doesn’t even exist.

What we generally call “reality” is actually a creation of our consciousness, and when we’re not observing a certain thing it doesn’t even exist from our perspective. There’s no such thing as a single reality that everyone perceives. Rather, everyone is creating his/her own version of reality, and no one but you can ever see your own self-created reality.

Numerous scientific experiments have confirmed this, including the famed double-slit experiment. When unobserved, there’s just a wave of energy (waves of potentialities). Only when observed does the wave collapse into what we call physical matter.

The person I was conversing with then replied, so if a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? You’re saying the tree itself doesn’t even exist if you’re not there to observe it, right?

Yes, that’s right – from your perspective. If no human is there, then the tree doesn’t exist from any human’s perspective.

But everything that exists, not just humans, is ultimately the same One Consciousness appearing in one form or another. Everything is made of that One Consciousness – even what humans perceive as “inanimate objects”.

The tree is, of course, made of this Consciousness. So are the other trees in the forest and everything else that is present when it falls. So from those perspectives the tree existed when it fell.

What makes the tree falling in the forest analogy a bit tricky is that it exposes some of our misconceptions about reality. Some humans don’t realize that we’re all creating our own reality all the time, and no one else perceives your reality except you. This is true even from a scientific point of view, because all your sensory perceptions are created by your own brain.

So the question “Does it make a sound?” implies that there is objectively either sound or there isn’t sound – when in fact it depends entirely on the individual and his/her perception. There may be sound waves “out there”, but sound occurs inside of us, not outside of us. The sense of hearing, like all our physical senses, is actually a vibrational translation of the energy around us.

So the question “Does it make a sound?” is meaningless, being based on a flawed assumption.

The words “Know Thyself” were inscribed on the ancient Greek temple of Apollo at Delphi, where many (including kings of other lands) journeyed to hear the words of the famed Oracle of Delphi.

While there may be various levels of meaning to these profound words, the ultimate meaning is obvious to me. It is precisely what Ramana Maharshi and other enlightened people throughout history have always taught – that your essential Being, the real Self, is the ultimate One Being that is the very ground of Everything that Exists. The Hindus call it Brahman, and many contemporary teachers often call it Source.

This One Consciousness creates all reality. And the forms it takes are all characters in the mind of this One Consciousness, much like the dream world we create when we sleep. We are the Universe perceiving itself through our tiny and severely limited human forms.

Mystical traditions all over the globe have often spoken of the mystical union with the Divine – a profound spiritual experience. This insight is found in countless spiritual traditions throughout history, and even in those that appear to be the furthest from it – such as in the mystical forms of Judaism (Kabbalah), Christianity, and Islam (Sufism).

The most spiritually sophisticated among the ancient Greeks, like those in numerous ancient cultures, were well aware of this insight. The very popular mystery religions were built on this insight, though initiates had to advance to the inner mysteries before this secret was revealed to them.

So it’s hardly surprising that the ancient Greeks, advanced in virtually every area, would put the simple yet profound inscription “Know Thyself” on their most sacred temple.

I’m going to say something here that may come as a surprise to some.

I now consider the 12 years I spent in a Pentecostal church as an advantage. Probably more than any other type of Christianity, Pentecostal groups put much emphasis on the individual having his/her own direct, personal spiritual experiences. I had my first experience of this kind the very first time I went to a Pentecostal service, and I continued having them almost daily for those 12 years.

I now see that what I was actually doing was learning to focus on my own inner Source energy, and feeling it in a profound way. (The Pentecostals, of course, call it the Holy Spirit). Many Pentecostals become very good at this, to the point where it’s almost instant and automatic. We got much practice through our worship in church services, and also in our own private prayer time.

And while I certainly don’t subscribe to the doctrinal beliefs of Pentecostals any more, or of any group’s traditional/orthodox Christian dogma, (which after much research I concluded was entirely man-made), I am grateful for those years because the genuine spiritual/mystical experiences are of enormous value to me today.

When I hear teachers like Abraham-Hicks talk about connecting to Source energy, getting in the vortex, or doing whatever feels good to you, I have the advantage of knowing precisely what they’re talking about.

Absolutely nothing feels any better than tapping into your Inner Being/Source energy. I knew from my very first experience in my old church that I’d discovered the source of all happiness and joy.

It took me many years to realize that direct experience and dogma were the two separate components found in many organized religions.¬†One can have genuine spiritual/mystical experiences in any of the world’s religions (or without any religion at all), but these experiences do not validate whatever dogma the group happens to embrace.

I’ve written about this quite extensively on my previous blog, so won’t go into further detail here.

Though I left the Christian religion over 20 years ago, I do not view my time spent there as wasted. Any genuine spiritual experience is of value, regardless of where it may have occurred.

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” – Max Planck

When asked what was the one question he most wanted to see answered, the British scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins said it was “How does subjective consciousness work, how does it evolve, and what is going on?”

Consciousness remains a mystery to Western science because scientific materialism is based on some false assumptions.

The great fundamental flaw in Western scientific materialism is the belief that consciousness is a mere by-product of the physical brain, and that it ceases to exist upon the death of the physical body. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Consciousness is the Ultimate Reality. It creates all reality, including physical reality.

The physical brain acts as an interface, connecting non-physical Consciousness to the physical body.

Consciousness is one in number. Everything that exists is this One Consciousness appearing in countless forms, perceiving the universe through each particular form.

Our most sophisticated religions have always known this. Many other terms have been given for this One Consciousness, including Brahman, Source, the Tao, and the Self.

We are all the One Consciousness perceiving the Universe through different forms – for the sheer experience of it.

When the physical body dies we re-merge with our Higher Self, and regain the perspective of the One Consciousness.