July 7 – Awakening the Observer Within
The content of our mind is the only thing any one of us truly knows to exist, including its robust modeling of the “external world” – a masterful illusion! Conventional science dictates that our entire human experience from birth to death is nothing more than the mathematical patterns of billions of brain cells interacting electrically. Based on results from quantum mechanics experiments regarding the nature of subatomic reality, time, space and causality, it is clear that, in fact, our experience goes much deeper.
- Physicists wrestling with quantum mechanics over the last century have come to realize that the very act of observing the world around us actually affects it fundamentally. Attempts to define a concrete structure of underlying objective reality fail – the influence of the mind of the observer can never be removed from the reality of our experience.
- These scientists understand that physics is not about uncovering the “truth” of reality – it is about making predictions based on observations to explain what causes events in the natural world, and cannot be viewed as defining any “ultimate reality.”
- Psychology research has provided extensive evidence that much of our perceptual reality is illusory – the brain fills in the blanks around a shockingly narrow stream of sensory information, based on models derived from past experience.
- As we become more aware of how our individual minds influence reality, what is really going on and how do we make sense of it? We can purposefully engage with it and come to know that grander consciousness of which we are all a part.
To know thyself is an ancient maxim from teachings throughout history, considered the ultimate quest on the pathway to seeking truth. Going within to address this query can uncover depths of oneself not readily apparent in daily living. The primordial sound of the time-honored didgeridoo provides especially profound effects.