The mental image of humanity – viewing our own perspective as reality
I would like to start with an insight: Each of us perceives the reality we live in differently. However, there seems to be only one reality of this world. Completely identical for all of us. Well, at least, I can’t see a different reality. Sure, the reality is changing every single moment. Because life is not static, life is a never-ending movement. It’s a growth. A growth of awareness. Only the death can stop that growth. And even that we don’t know for certain. And surely – we all can perceive only our small part of reality. But if I am in Rome, where the sun shines and somebody else is in Vancouver, where it rains, it doesn’t mean I am living a different reality. If I am next to him at that exact moment, I would be getting wet as well. I just perceive and see a different part of the very same reality of the given moment. And the fact I am in a different country, in a different hemisphere or in a different part of a day, doesn’t change a thing on that very reality.
There also seems to be much more aspects of reality then we are able to sense with our physically and mentally numbed perception. And those deeper aspects each of us might, but do not have to perceive. It depends on our current sensibility level. Concerning this point, based on an experiential evidence, reality seems to consist of layers. Some denser, the others very subtle. The more we are sensible, the more we sense them – and the deeper we enter the reality.
Each day we experience again and again how everything is interconnected. In the end, we are all just one big „organism“. Whole, where the consequences of human activity which is performed at one end of the world, sooner or later surface in all parts of the Whole. Regardless of the fact if we (want to) see it or not. This simple fact could be seen wherever we look – in nature, business, relations, politics, climatic conditions, in all environment. But only if we dare to stop with our judgements and stay open and receptive. It only takes to have the intention to keep the eyes wide open and observe – with an open mind, without prejudice, without blinders and mostly, without the pride of a modern man who believes that it’s him who understands it all since the beginning of human existence.
Of all examples of latter-days, it’s enough to mention the violence spreading from the area of the Middle East and wave of immigration affecting whole Europe. Regardless what is actually causing these events. Or a nuclear disaster in Fukushima a few years ago or a long-term unsustainable devastation of natural resources all over the world. Whether we like it or not, the whole planet will bear the consequences. Entire „organism“, all parts of the Whole. Regardless the location or events origin. Naturally, not all events will affect entire organism equally. Some consequences will be clearly visible only in our neighbourhood or in a country where we live; others will be visible in entire continent and some even globally.
Let’s see it from a practical, real, point of view of everyday life. Disaster in Fukushima, for example. And let’s say, I live in Europe, you live in Australia. Why should a reality be different for you and for me, just because it had happened in Japan? The fact it happened and it is (was) a reality, does not depend on where I am in the world or in the Universe. Not even the fact I could have a distance from the events as I take life as it comes (or it does not bother me as the events in the world are none of my interest) does change a thing. What will be surely different are the consequences – for me, for you or for someone living in Fukushima. But to state I am living in a different reality, just because it doesn’t concern me, is ridiculous. And nothing would change even if I am a native Indian living in Amazon primaeval forest and I don’t have a clue the disaster happened at all, as I don’t own a TV, nor watch the news.
And if this presumption and observation are correct, then in each moment, this organism we are part of, could live just one reality. There are no other realities.
Moreover, the reality is not something we create deliberately by our wanting or doing. It is being created by our being. By who we are. It’s something that already exists. It’s already present – happening right now, and we call it presence. Or, more likely, something that comes to us. Well, under the condition nobody thinks that we, people, have purposely created for example an earthquake in the Pacific Ocean which has caused a tsunami wave and struck a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. The result was a nuclear explosion and several years of attempts to remove the damage, lasting until today. The impact of what happened could not be eliminated, ever. Physical or psychological consequences on inhabitants, economic consequences of disaster or consequences in the form of increased control of nuclear power all over the world, different political agreements, international treaties, etc. In the same way, we could discuss any event in the history of mankind.
Reality, presence, is not something we have set our mind on to create. As many modern theories and techniques try to tell us. And this is confirmed by many grand men of our history, saying that something was discovered, found and uncovered, not created on purpose.
„I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense“ ~Henry Ford
„I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious“ ~Albert Einstein
„I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free“ ~Michelangelo Buonarroti
We do not „create“ anything, we just find it, we discover it. And give it a shape. That, what already (somewhere, in a shapeless form) exists. And it is coming to us to show up.
Saying that I don’t mean our future is given, that we don’t have the strength to change or influence anything. That we are victims of a so-called fate. We actually shape and form that reality. But certainly not by our wanting or doing, intentionally. It is being shaped by our being. By who we are. And who we always have been. We just didn’t know that. We did not realize that fact. To influence what we shape and form (or to start changing, if you want), we can only by uncovering who we really are. Only then will we see what (or who) was actually always forming that reality – and what (or who) is still forming it.
I only point to the fact that we have roughly two options:
To see the reality exactly as it is now. And at the same time see those „glimmers“ of the future as they come to us and respond to them. To respond to what wants to come to us and to become a part of our life. What we really can and have the strength to do and influence – and what clearly is our role, is to help future coming towards us to show up. And to a certain stage, to create, to shape, to form – but to create what the Whole wants, not we individuals. Or more precisely said, what the Whole wants to create, through us. And saying that, this has only a little in common with a free will.
Or to continue to consider ourselves, rather egotistically, to be the centre of (our own) universe, independent entity isolated from the Whole and human society. Unfortunately, also from the life itself. To think that we are creators of reality – sometimes even so-called „our own reality“ and obstinately go against everything what comes to us, what wants to happen. To fight the life. And thus to live in our own illusion (of reality). From where the reality will constantly dig us out. For instance, so-called natural catastrophes – earthquakes, tsunami, almost regular floods or other „unexpected“ human problems such a stock market and financial market crash, immigration waves, unpredicted economical turns, humanitarian catastrophes etc. Similarly, on an individual level, suspiciously repeating personal „catastrophes“ – failing and infantile relationships based on dependency; lives lacking any inner sense, depressions, neuroses, psychoses, inner insecurity, fear, missing life energy, etc.
Reality will be digging us out of our illusions until we will be willing to see it and accept it just the way it is. To accept the „game“ of the Whole, the game of life.