I wrote an article about an illusion of the world yesterday. After I finished the article, I went for a coffee with a friend of mine. As we sat down, a man came to our table. He said he was magician/illusionist and asked if he could show us some tricks… and he really entertained us, he showed us some amazing tricks and we began to be curious. It’s easy, it’s all about illusion, he said.
How often do you meet magician in a pub? How often do you meet magician at all? He came to our table just after I spent all day in researching and writing about an illusion… Coincidence? Maybe, but I don’t believe in coincidences, so I would take this event as a direction for writing another article about an illusion.
Our mind is so powerful. It always looks for more evidence of what we are focusing our attention on. If you focus on a “real world”, you will get more evidence that everything is real, but if you focus your attention on illusion, you will get more evidence that everything is an illusion.
What is Real?
Is reality as we consciously experience it, real or we exist in a simulation? Is it possible that what we currently perceive as a physical world is a holographic projection? Is everything we see and experience just an illusion?
One of the most certain ways we see our reality is that we take our experience of reality as fundamentally true and absolute. This is the way we are cognitively wired and it makes functional and evolutionary sense. We make sense of our external environment by having stable patterns of how we perceive reality and most of us believe that what we see is the truth with no questions ever asked.
The Simulation Hypothesis
The simulation hypothesis proposes that reality is, in fact, a simulation of which we are completely unaware. The entire Universe could be a vast and complex hologram. What we think of as reality may be just a projected illusion.
Elon Musk is one of the people who are interested in the simulation hypothesis, which argues that what we experience as reality is actually a computer simulation created by a more sophisticated intelligence.
“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” ~ Alan Watts
Is “The Matrix” Science Fiction or Science Fact?
Morpheus: “What is real? How do you define “real”? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then “real” is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
The movie the Matrix is based in the science that says that there is another world that exists in the field that we simply cannot see from our perspective but just because we cannot see it, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And what happens in this field, influences and drives the events we can see in our lives.
The Matrix describes a future in which people live in an illusion of a simulated reality, called the Matrix, created by sentient machines to subordinate the human population, while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source.
A number of philosophers and scientists share an opinion that we live in a computer-simulated world, kind of like a real-life version of the Matrix.
According to this thesis, we are holograms of pure vibratory light, interacting with thoughts. Our sensory channels give us an illusion of the material reality we live in. We think that we live in a material world because our senses deceive us into perceiving that a material world exists out there. This is an illusion and our consciousness is involved in the creation of this illusion.
Morpheus: “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”
If the Universe is a consciousness hologram and reality as we perceive it is just projected illusion within the hologram, which reality are we in?
Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. points out that the thoughts and perceptions that we hold in our head unfold and create the reality we observe as a Matrix.
In the first 7 years of our lives in the Matrix, we were programmed to accept somebody else’s reality. We are not free because these programs control our lives. The fact is that the nature of programming is an established reality.
Morpheus: “The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us, even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Neo: “What truth?” Morpheus: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else, you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.”
In the movie, there are a group of people that recognize that they have been programmed. They created a way to get out of the program. The way is to take so-called the red pill and once they take a red pill they are out of the program. When they get out of the program, they are free and powerful.
Morpheus: “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit – hole goes.”
If we want to return our power and change our reality, we have to understand how our beliefs are formed and take action in the direction of changing our beliefs.
We are not victims of anything more than of beliefs we are programmed with.
When we take personal responsibility and expand our consciousness beyond the limiting boundaries of the Matrix, we will return our power to who we really are and become the architects of our own experience.
Morpheus: “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”
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