20 Jan The True Nature of Reality: Gathering the Pieces – 10
You have walked your way through an important process designed to help develop a better foundation for discovering more about the true nature of reality. Over the last nine journaling sessions, you have contemplated different pieces of this puzzle, and now that you are familiar with them, it is time to arrange them in a different order.
Think of each component of experience as a piece of a three-dimensional puzzle. You have been engaged in a very specific process leading up to this exercise, so let’s review the different pieces we will rearrange today.
You started this series by drawing a circle and writing everything you believed to be real inside of it. You called this circle Reality.
Next, you added a second circle labeled “the imaginary”, which is another way of saying that it encompasses everything that is not real, or Non-Reality.
Then, you journaled about a third circle consisting of things that are real, but of which you are still unaware. You also took some time to think about the basic interaction between these three types of experience.
Lastly, you took the circle of the imaginary (Non-Reality) and conceptually divided it into two pieces, one that was a positive force of creativity and human expression, and the other that was a dangerous path that arises when you treat imaginary things as if they are real.
So, you have ended up with three circles, with the circle of Non-Reality cut in half. Let’s take a moment to rearrange these four pieces into a different configuration that will allow us to delve deeper into the essence of reality.
Take the positive half of the Non-Reality (Imaginary) circle and put it in your pocket. That’s a small gift that can be used to get you through the next phase of contemplation. Make a note that from now on when we talk or write about Non-Reality, we will not be referring to the positive side of creativity unless we specifically mention it. When we talk about Non-Reality, we will be addressing the part of the imaginary world that we attempt to treat as real.
Next, draw two slightly intersecting circles, as shown in the drawing on the left. One circle is the reality we currently see. Label it REALITY. The intersecting portion inside it represents things we believed to be a part of the unknown, but that are imaginary and not true. Label it NON-REALITY.
The second circle represents all of the parts of reality that are real, but that currently lie outside of our perception. Label this circle ACTUALITY. The intersecting portion inside of this circle represents the things we believe to be a part of our reality that are actually made up. This is also NON-REALITY.
Take some time to think and write about your diagram and answer the following questions:
If this diagram was drawn to scale, how much of my reality, my current perception of everything real, would actually be non-reality (things that are made up)?
How would I know something was not real if I believed it to be real?
Understanding that Actuality represents everything that exists (Actuality = Ultimate Reality), but still lies beyond my perception and understanding, how big would the circle of Actuality be in relation to my circle of Reality?
What current beliefs do I hold about the Actuality, or the unknown, that could be completely wrong?
Redraw the diagram to scale, that is, in the way that most accurately portrays your answers to the previous questions.
Journal any remaining thoughts.