24 Jan The True Nature of Reality: Challenging Reality – 12
In the last journaling exercise, we contemplated the role education plays in expanding or contracting our present understanding of ultimate reality. Using our current model of experience, we learned valid education expands our circle of reality, while invalid education hinders its growth and promotes belief in things that are not true.
If ultimate truth is larger than our current understanding, then it stands to reason that much, or at least some, of what we believe now will one day be modified or changed completely. As technology advances, we gain a better understanding of ourselves and our environment. Each time we discover more of the unknown, we make our current reality a little bit bigger.
For this reason, a good place to start the next portion of our search for the true nature of reality is to challenge what we currently believe to be true.
So, the next step is to examine our current beliefs, but where should we start? If we stop and take a moment to soak in everything that is around us, we develop an experiential idea (and feeling) of what makes up reality. Our reality is big; our world is big. It holds everything we can sense or conceptualize.
Many people believe the things we perceive through our five senses are by definition real, and so we tend to bypass the physical world we live in and challenge things we believe are more subject to human error. It seems rational that most misunderstandings about the world we live in would come from experiences that are conceptualized, and not from the actual physical world we live in. For example, when trying to expand our understanding of reality, we might be more apt to ask what the proper balance is between freedom and regulation or the proper implementation of equality rather than examine if the screen you are looking at right now is real or whether everything you are now seeing actually exists. But if we can successfully challenge our understanding of the physical world, then it stands to reason that errors in less tangible reality (like beliefs) will be more readily accepted.
This is the approach we will take, so look around you once more and enjoy this vast reality you know as the universe, because we are about to start unraveling everything you know to be true.
Spend the day looking around and thinking about everything that is real in your physical world. Observe it, listen to it, touch it, smell it; taste it.
Write down any insights or meaningful thoughts in your journal.
If the world is so big, but we know there is still so much to learn, does that mean we have misunderstood the things we perceive?
If the world is so big, but we know there is still so much to learn, then are we failing to grasp something larger that is out there?
What could be bigger than the world we know and see? What would that look and feel like?
Concepts are built with the building blocks of the reality we believe to be true. What happens to a concept if we find out many of the building blocks we need to complete it do not exist?
What happens to a concept if we find new building blocks that were not supposed to exist and that were not a part of the concept when it was formed?
What do you think ultimate truth is?
Name 5 things you know are absolutely real.