28 Feb The True Nature of Reality: You Are Here – 22
This journaling series started with the creation of a model for grasping large concepts like perceived reality, the unknown, and ultimate reality. Next, we spent several sessions examining the limitations and unreliability of sensory perception. Taking a moment to regroup and see what we’ve discovered so far will help prepare us for the next steps along our search for the true nature of reality.
If you go back to the model detailed in Exercise 10, Gathering The Pieces, you will see some alterations need to be made to our model after examining the complications of sensory perception. These changes can be made with a little reflection on the lessons we learned about how we perceive reality, and how our brain manufactures that reality according to its own beliefs. Stability, not Truth, is the brain’s priority.
How does this information change our model? We can now better appreciate that much of the unknown is not as unknowable as we previously thought. It is simply unknown because we are not equipped to perceive it. By the same token, we should also have a better acceptance that much of what we perceive is non-reality created by the brain in order to meet its almost neurotic need for a stable environment.
This means much of what we consider to be unknown is actually physically knowable. We are able to construct various types of computers and machines that are able to pick up on this phenomena that would otherwise be impossible for us to perceive.
Reality is a lot more mushy than we once believed, and our minds naturally do not like this. With a brain that favors stability at all costs, it feels very awkward to suddenly realize you are living in a world where things that are real and things that are fabricated look, sound, and feel the exact same way.
I hope you learn to view this place of uncertainty as an opportunity for adventure and freedom, and that stable place the brain creates at the expense of truth will start to be seen as a place of stagnancy, a comfortable prison where the mind can hide itself from the unpredictability of fluid reality.
So where do we go from here? We have examined sensory perception, the input of raw information into the brain and the illusion of reality it creates. Next, we will take a look at how we use this incomplete information to formulate ideas and concepts that are susceptible to bias and error.
Revisit the diagram you drew in journal exercise number ten. Redraw this model in today’s entry, making any modifications that seem fitting after learning more about sensory perception. Write down any thoughts.
Name three machines or tools humans use to perceive information that our senses cannot (an example might be sonar, that uses inaudible sound waves to create visual picture, or infrared goggles that allow humans to see in the dark).
Why does the brain favor stability over accuracy?
How did this help us to survive as a species?
What setbacks do we now face because of this?
Write down any thoughts about how reality and non-reality both seem real to us.
If the brain must filter and manufacture input to create a stable reality, then what does that say about uncensored reality?
Describe any feelings of uncertainty or discomfort that fluid reality brings.
Describe what might be possible if you were able to have a more clear understanding of the true nature of reality.
How might this affect your daily life?