The Final Frontier
The final frontier is comprehending the role illusion plays in making reality appear as it does, why it must be in the form of illusion, and its ultimate source.
Illusion is defined as something that deceives the eye or mind, a mistaken perception or belief.
A mistaken perception means that each of the physical senses can experience illusion. A mistaken belief means that our subjective conceptions also can experience illusion. Reology claims that on both the objective and subjective levels of reality, not only do we experience illusion, but based on the above definition, we have to experience it for reality to appear to us as it does.
The challenge of Reology then is to comprehend the most basic elements of Human Perception/Conception, Matter and Energy, and Space and Time, and from these determine the true nature of reality. Each of these Grand Illusions originates from a single source. Identifying this source gives us the gateway to understanding all we need to know about reality. It enables us to find the answers to the questions we have, not the least of which is who we are, how we are, and why we are.
The obviousness of this source is available to each of us; it is something we each have the ability to recognize, yet overlook. While it may at first seem difficult to comprehend, it is only because we over complicate our attempts to discover that blinds us to the truth.
We don't even question things that we perceive as real. If we bump into the wall, we acknowledge our error and make sure to avoid it in the future. Walls are stronger then we are obviously. How then do we account for the fact that walls, and all physical objects are made, ultimately, of structures that are predominantly empty space? We don't. We just marvel at the contradiction.
It's a mystery, but one thing is for sure; that wall is not going to move nor allow us to pass through it. Any ideas to the contrary are science fiction. Fact can be stranger than fiction, and reologically, the reality we perceive is the greatest science fiction of all because everything we perceive as real, is in fact illusion instead. The evidence lies in how we perceive and what we know about that which makes reality seem so real.
It is often the most obvious and simple things that are most difficult to recognize. Pistis; Reology, The Three Grand Illusions, and The Power to Choose – A Book About Reality, is the continuation of this website, and will guide you through the process of recognizing this ultimate source of reality, and enable you to have a new perspective of existence, founded in the source of everything that is, the source from which all that is known and unknown arises. It is a mind blowing journey. This is the final frontier of human endeavor.
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Who are you? Why are you here? What is you life all about?
When we ask the above questions we do so with the conviction that it is the physical universe and our physical identity we each perceive ourselves to be that we seek these answers for. This is however a limited concept.
When you ask any question or seek any knowledge, is it not for the benefit of you, the physical identity you see yourself as?
No matter what we do, whether considered real or imagined, it is always directly related to whom and what we each "see" ourselves to be. We in fact are each the perceived center of our individual perspective on reality.
This however is an illusion. Reology explores this illusion.
So what exactly is Reology? First, it is not to be confused with real estate for which this word is sometimes used or the Science of Rheology, often misspelled Reology. For these articles, Reology is simply drawing conclusions about experience based on the most fundamental aspects of reality. All our perceptions are based on three things we assume are fundamental facts of existence:
1-We are convinced we each are physical creatures with an ability to explore, discover, and define our experience.
2-We have no doubt that what surrounds us is a physical universe composed of matter and energy.
3-We know for a fact both the above have function because of the mediums of space and time.
If these three fundamental "truths" are facts, why are each riddled with contradictions?
Physiologically, the way we perceive reality occurs through our cognitive ability, a completely subjective experience, and what we call our objective experience that results from our five physical senses. While we know very little about the source and function of our subjective experience, we know quite a lot about our objective experience. We know how the senses function, and the electro-chemical processes that give each sense its ability to detect and recognize experience. We know where in our brain specific types of experiences are processed. We just have no idea how it’s processed; how physiological processes become cognitive ones. We are completely clueless what consciousness is and where it comes from despite how masterfully we seem to be able to use it.
Herein is the dilemma; in order to physically sense things, that is to see, touch, hear, taste, and smell things, our nerves must first translate these stimuli into an electro-chemical code that must be relayed to the brain, where this code is then translated into the experience we just recognized. This code is so specific and so precise, it distinguishes subtle differences between similar experiences as easily as it distinguishes between the obvious differences.
If we “touch” a sharp object, whether we can also "see" it or not, it is our sense of touch that must convert this encounter to an electro-chemical code that must travel through the nervous system to the brain, where this code is translated into the recognition of this particular sharp object. Not until the brain assigns an identity to this code, can we know we are on the verge of a cutting experience. Just from this sense of touch, we can glean a wealth of information about this object; its sharpness, shape, temperature, texture, even an image despite not “seeing” it. The same process applies to all our sensory experience. In the most literal sense then, our objective perceptions of reality are actually purely subjective.
This of course appears totally nonsensical. If we look around, there is a multitude of objects and events which we can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. All these reside outside ourselves and are obviously objective experience. Who can even question this? We all should, because this is not absolute reality and we have the direct evidence of its true nature. Why then are we "blind" to this "true nature"?
Because of the almost perfect design of this Grand Illusion, for quite literally, there cannot be objective experience. The only experience we are capable of having is exclusively subjective. If we focus on the nature of our physical senses, and visualize the process they must perform in order for us to have recognition of experience, we have the proof of the above statement. This Proof lies in our own experience of this process. Nothing can be detected as objective until it first is experienced subjectively. You have no way of knowing about the sharp object above until your mind lets you know it is there. Your fingers do not recognize or define what they touch. You eyes do not recognize or define what they see. Only the mind can do this, and only when it deciphers an electro chemical code delivered to it via the nervous system in a process that takes time to complete. This is of course no revelation because science has established this is how our senses and recognitions work. We do not however go about our lives with this process of recognizing experience subjectively at the forefront of our thoughts. Instead, we assume physical experience is objective and label it as such. This is an illusion however.
OK, you might be willing to consider there is an illusionary nature to our perceptive ability. What about the "stuff" we and the universe are structured of? What about matter and energy. Certainly these are no illusion regardless of how our senses detect them.
Then why, as we break matter down from its form as compounds to its form as molecules, then its form as atomic structure, and then its form as subatomic particles, does it become less and less physical to the point that the only time it can only appear physical is when, and only when, we observe or measure it? When we stop observing, it loses all physical characteristics completely, so we cannot be sure it is even there any more.
This is Quantum Mechanics, and has scientists baffled. Why is this so baffling? Because we assume the physical reality is absolute, just as we assume our perception of physical reality is absolute. When we dismantle the structure of physical things, we expect to find how the components that make up these things work together to create the structure we dissected. We expect these components to obey the same laws of nature that the things they combine to create obey.
They don’t however at the most fundamental level of physical reality, the Quantum level. Instead they function based upon what we think are probabilities that are oblivious to the laws of physics and time as we know them on our level of reality. They only appear as real physical objects and experiences when they are observed, otherwise we are incapable of knowing and proving anything exists outside our observations of them, and that includes us.
What then of space and time? Surely these have to be absolute, for whether we are experiencing objective experience or subjective experience, it still has to occur somewhere and has to take time to experience. What really is space and time? Nothing more than a place for physical objects to appear to reside with a means to give them dimension and relationship to one another, or the “time” it takes to travel and measure these dimensions.
If physical reality is an illusion, and we each are the physical illusions of ourselves, how could space and time even exist? What meaning would they have apart from supporting the physical illusion? None. We even have the direct evidence of this.
Think of any experience you choose. Reading this article for example. Where is the space in which you reside having this experience? Where is the time it is taking? Well, it’s all around me you think, and the clock assures me this is taking time. Grand Illusion. The only "time" that physical reality appears physical is in this present instant of observation that allows us to perceive things as physical. Our entire history, all we know, happens right now because this is the only time it can. The same is true for the “future”. The images that tell you there’s a whole world of space, time, and events that surround you are in reality just that, images in your mind in this instant.
Now think of some event from memory; something that happened to you in the past. When did this experience occur? Despite what you think, it is occurring right now, in this present instant, in your subjective perceptive reality. Why? Because right now is the only time that exists; it is the only time there is; it is the only point in which you can experience anything, whether you believe it is real or imagined, or remembered. History and the future, both personal and collective, can only exist right now.
Let's go to the dawn of time as we understand it, the Big Bang. When did that happen? Yes, as difficult as it is to comprehend, it didn't happen, but is instead happening right now in this instant of awareness and recognition, again, because right now is the only time we can have awareness and recognition. There simply is no other time.
You cannot objectively or subjectively experience a millisecond ago any more than you can experience a millisecond from this instant, except right now. Everything that happens can only happen right now, in this present instant. This instant is not a function of time, for it has neither a beginning nor end. It's quite incomprehensible actually, but again, it is the only "time" that both our subjective recognitions and our seeming objective experience can occur; it is the only point in which anything can exist, whether considered real or imagined. The very process by which we recognize experience “physiologically” confirms Quantum Mechanic’s instant of observation for things to appear real. They are one and the same phenomena. Observing matter as real in the instant of observation Quantumly is observing experience as real in the instant of recognition cognitively. Both occur in our mind, in this instant.
This article began with the premise that we each are the center of the reality we each perceive. This is instead a Grand Illusion. Why? Because we cannot be physical identity if nothing physical is real, and only real appearing in this incomprehensible present instant. This concept of reality, called Reology, clearly shows we are in fact the illusion of ourselves experiencing the illusion of a physical reality. Illusion experiencing illusion.
Who are you then? Why are you here? What is your reality all about? These are still valid questions.
What appears certain is we are not the physical identity we are so convinced we are, nor is this universe the physical reality it appears to be, despite how incomprehensible this seems. As for why we are here, that is the real ultimate question.
This question has an answer.
Reology and Death
Certainly one of Reality's greatest mysteries is death. Aside from the obvious, where what was alive and functioning in physical reality no longer does, what is the reality of death? What, if any, part of our identity survives? If something of us does survive, what do we experience? How can we be sure there is experience after physical life ends?
We have seen how reality is really an illusion; there is no matter or energy, or space or time, except in the instant of observation which makes all these things including our physical identity appear real. All the experience we know is in fact completely subjective.
What could be more subjective then death? It is complete disassociation with the illusion of anything physical. Actually the state we refer to as death is more probably like our natural state. In death we just go back to the focus we have that excludes the physical one as being absolute.
How can we be sure of this? Because we have direct evidence of it. We sometimes even refer to it as waking up from the dead. It occurs in sleep. When we sleep, we do not participate in physical experience. It is total subjective awareness, and our subjective experience in sleep has no physical limitations. You can dream about an entire lifetime in an instant in sleep. While dreams may often be about physical experience, this experience rarely, if ever, conforms to the physical laws we think we are governed by when awake.
Dreams are simply too bazaar by our day time standards, sometimes giving us experience with which, when awake, we have no ability to relate. If in dreams we have experience that we cannot relate to as physical identity, where is that experience coming from? It just might be from another focus of awareness we have as non physical beings. Further, dreams do in fact appear more consistent with Reology and The Three Grand Illusions; they often depict matter and energy, and space and time, as well as our own individual identity, as surreal, unreal, and illusionary. Despite the difficulty we have relating to dreams, which also is only natural from a physical perspective, the most glaring and consistent experience we recall is the "timelessness" involved. Dreams of complete and complex experiences, whether we understand them or not, leaves us with the impression of their “timeless” nature. They seem to begin, progress, and end in an instant. As we have previously seen, quantum theory suggests an instant is the only time that is real.
While not yet scientifically accepted as valid, near death experiences (NDE's) and their associated life review experiences (LR's) are further confirmation to our subjective non physical identity. Approximately 13 million people have reported NDE’s in the US alone. Through study and analysis of thousands of these experiences, a distinct pattern of evidence has emerged that is both consistent and trans cultural. While certain aspects of near death experience conform to individual cultural and religious beliefs, the greater pattern is that these beliefs are a uniform and consistent part of NDE's and LR's. While science currently attributes these patterns to hallucination or imagination, the uniformity of these experiences has established that they are too statistically consistent to be mere random experience.
These patterns follow a specific sequence; an unpleasant sound, followed by a realization of being dead. Next comes feelings of calmness and peace often followed by out of body experience. This leads to the experience of entering a tunnel of light, where meeting and even recognizing others takes place. This often culminates with the experience of being in the presence of the God the individual believes in. Next comes the life review followed by experiencing a boundary past which they are not permitted, and then, with great reluctance, are returned to their physical body with a sensation of warmth.
These are the events reported by the majority of people who have had near death experience that were surveyed, and in this exact order. During the life review, another consistent pattern has emerged which includes seeing one's entire life in extreme detail, including little, unremembered events, and all this occurs very quickly, even instantaneously. While feeling they are not being judged, they become their own judge in this review, seeing the experiences in which they hurt or harmed others, and feeling remorse and regret for such actions. This extends to the creatures of the natural world and even the environment itself. Additionally, there is an awareness of such clarity that it is greater then any experience of conscious awareness in the physical state. This is followed by a transformation of personality and beliefs with the intent to be accepting of others, a repentance of previous wrong doing, and a desire to learn and spiritually grow in the physical form, with less emphasis on material gain or possessions. It is being reborn to the same physical identity from which the person died.
What happens to those who die but do not experience the NDE? There is no way of knowing, but it is a safe assumption they go through this same experience and are able to move past the boundary people having NDE's cannot.
The point of all this is that we each have experience of one kind or another that provides us direct evidence of reality's illusions. Our true identity is not the physical one we observe in the mirror, but instead is a non physical one of subjective experience that transcends physical reality. The evidence for this is in all we experience, as it must be if it is our true nature. We only need to seek it out.
As for death, Reology shows it is not the end of personal reality, but rather its continuation