Experiencing & Connecting with Reality Part 2 (2016)
Following on from Part 1, our thoughts and the ability to think should be a tool; you should not be a slave to them. Overthinking is like writing a cheque for a debt you do not yet owe, if at all. Due to the amount of overthinking that is done in addition to what people have been taught and socioculturally influenced by, more and more ‘filters’ are added to one’s vision. The vision of reality is therefore interpreted from those filters and thoughts as opposed to experienced.
These filters can come under the form of beliefs also. Beliefs can be traps, which are not always in accordance with fact, no matter how strong that belief is. For instance, you may strongly believe what someone is saying, but if he is lying, then this invalidates your belief, regardless of how strong it was to begin with. Believing in something generally means not having evidence to support it. It is important to have the approach of an attorney and an empirical scientist; collect and examine all evidence before making an informed decision. This is where you either know, or you do not know yet. Beliefs are not facts; beliefs are strong opinions; opinions are thoughts; opinions do not change facts. This also applies to religious teachings, which all require an individual to believe in something based on texts that have been written and rewritten, translated and interpreted. Religious and many sociocultural teachings are not in accordance with true reality; much of what is taught and what has been taught over many centuries has been aimed at controlling others and keeping them in line.
Every individual is unique and has different experiences that further develops their uniqueness, though this can often be prevented from factors such as conformity, which may come in the form of religious upbringings, or other beliefs and values held, influenced by the media, which ultimately serves only to limit one's uniqueness as their interpretation of reality is biased and filtered. Interpretation of reality is therefore not experience of reality; it simply acts as an analytical filter, filled with beliefs as opposed to facts. An example of this is learning how to swim from a book; you may think you know intellectually, how to swim, but it is only when you get into the water, do you know whether you can or not. It is like having somebody describe what an orange tastes like to someone who has never eaten one; how will he truly know what it tastes like if he has never eaten one before? He will never know unless he eats an orange.
The status quo of the the world we live in as opposed to the Earth we live on, increases its paradigm so that it gives the illusion of catering towards every individual's uniqueness and identity. Abstraction of reality is still well removed from actual reality; abstraction of reality is not experience of reality. Most individuals in the people will still have the wool pulled over their eyes, whilst being told they can see.
Certain so called enlightened individuals step out of yet press their faces right up against the 'box', when in actual fact, they do not realise they are in an even larger one. Unfortunately, the many are now labelled as 'sheeple', though people keep each other 'in line' if someone is different or exhibits that diversity. Therefore, having discipline in our ability to think is absolutely essential. Meditation is a key way of doing this. Of course, meditation comes in many different forms. Though, there are also misconceptions of what it actually is with the common theme of an individual sitting in a quiet room chanting to himself. Meditation is a method of removing analytical thoughts in order to better connect with reality with perceptions through one’s senses and sensitivities.
To truly experience something, you must focus your attention on your senses and sensitivities. As soon as the analytical intellect becomes involved, the experience becomes interpreted and things within the experience may be missed completely. This is somewhat similar to something being lost in translation where something loses its true meaning.
Nature, as stated in Part 1, is true reality. Nature is far removed from beliefs and intellectual biases. Animals are a part of nature; their experience of reality is exactly that; an experience. They are connected with and around each other within nature. Most people do not have such a connection. That being said, the indigenous people of this planet do have such a connection and have a far deeper and more profound understanding of nature and reality than what you would learn in a classroom. Nature has no religion. Only people have socially inherited prejudices that influence them and the way they are.
So when you are able to spend time in nature, unencumbered of thoughts, beliefs and sociocultural prejudices, you will begin to connect with True Reality, which is the Universe. Once you are able to experience reality for what it truly is, you will be able to dive in further and develop and educate yourself on what is real whilst opening yourself up to more profound and deeper experiences. You will then see that much of what is taught is not always in accordance with reality and therefore, cannot be a part of nature.
The world that we live in and the Earth that we live on are two different places.
'There is no wifi in nature, but I promise that you will find a better connection'