December 27, 2010

Reality Tunnels.

"Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas.

A human being is a part of the whole called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Albert Einstein

Reality tunnel (aka belief system, world view, world model, reference frame, intentionality etc) is a term coined by Timothy Leary and popularised by Robert Anton Wilson. It refers to the concept that with a subconscious set of filters formed from their beliefs and experiences, everyone interprets this same world differently, hence "Truth is in the eye of the beholder". This is not necessarily meant to imply that there is no objective truth; just that our access to it is mediated through our senses, experience, conditioning, prior beliefs, and other non-objective factors. The individual world each person occupies is said to be their reality tunnel. The term can also apply to groups of people united by beliefs: we can speak of the fundamentalist Christian reality tunnel, the scientific materialist reality tunnel, the libertarian reality tunnel, etc
The concept of reality tunnels fits in nicely with the scientific concept of confirmation bias by which we tend to notice and assign significance to observations that confirm our prior beliefs, while filtering out or rationalizing away observations that do not fit with what we believe. This helps to explain why reality tunnels are usually transparent to their inhabitants. While it seems most people take their beliefs to correspond to the "one true objective reality," Robert Anton Wilson emphasizes that each person's reality tunnel is their own artistic creation, whether they realize it or not.

Through various techniques one can break down old reality tunnels and impose new reality tunnels by removing old filters and replacing them with new ones, new perspectives on reality - at will. This is achieved through various processess of deprogramming using meditation, controlled use of hallucinogens, neuro-linguistic programming, cybernetics, hypnosis, bio-feedback devices, and forcibly acting out other Reality Tunnels. Thus, it is believed one's Reality Tunnel can be widened to take full advantage of human potential and experience reality on more positive levels! Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising is (among other things) a guidebook to the exploration of various reality tunnels, breaking through the current one and opening our minds to a whole new world.

The most ideal Reality Tunnel would be the most open one. 'Question Everything; Exlore Everything; Believe Nothing 'is the main philosophy, so instead of travelling between Reality Tunnels you create one that encompasses everything. Beliefs are considered dogma, they filter out much of reality. Catmas are relative metabeliefs, or flexible temporary opinions of which many, even contradictory, can be held in one's consciousness. This way we have a larger map of reality and thus a wider perspective. We could achieve a lot more progress if we could evolve beyond belief systems, which are defended emotionally, not rationally. Wether religious, ideological and political, as this study of political bias shows. When you are able to open your mind to many differing and conflicting views, there will be much less or no confirmation bias on your part as you are able to make many new connections. Consider ideas, ideologies, viewpoints, etc as toys like I do. You know you can't play with one toy all the time or it gets boring, so you switch toys often. Believe nothing, it is the highest form of intelligence! (and absolutely necessary in conspiracy research or conscious evolution.)

The ultimate truth.... that there is no ultimate truth.

Your Ego is a fallacy and your Belief System is your enemy. And the other way around.

"Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently.
Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies etc. block the ability
to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals;
censorship blocks transmission."
Robert Anton Wilson

"Whenever people are certain they understand our peculiar situation here on this planet,
it is because they have accepted a religious Faith or a secular Ideology
(Ideologies are the modern form of Faiths) and just stopped thinking."
Robert Anton Wilson

"We can all see how other people's BS (belief system) makes them blind and "stupid" at times, but we find it very hard to notice how our own BS is doing the same to us. This is what anthropologists call 'acculturalization.' Following Gurdjieff, I prefer to call it hypnosis... Every politician knows how to induce hypnosis, and very damned few people on the whole planet know how to de-hypnotize themselves. The world is not governed by facts or logic. It is governed by BS (belief systems)."
Robert Anton Wilson

1. Never believe totally in anybody else's BS.
2. Never believe totally in your own BS.
Robert Anton Wilson

"I am a deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion."
Albert Einstein

"A sense of humor results from perspective. The wider the perspective, the more humor you will perceive."
Robert Anton Wilson

"I don't believe anything anybody says, even when I know what they are talking about." Colonel Jack O'Neill

"If all people learned to think in the non-aristotelian manner of quantum mechanics, the world would change so radically that most of what we call 'stupidity' and even a great deal of what we consider 'insanity' might disappear, and the 'intractable' problems of war, poverty and injustice would suddenly seem a great deal closer to solution."
Alfred Korzybski

"The map is not the territory."
Alford Korzybski

"All models are wrong but some are useful."
George Box

"We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are."
The Talmud

"We have always sought explanations when it was only representations that we could seek to invent."
Paul Valιry

"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true, or becomes true within certain limits to be learned by experience and experiment. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind. There are no limits."
John C. Lilly

"An optimistic mindset finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable."
Robert Anton Wilson

"Anybody who gives you a belief system is your enemy, because the belief system becomes the barrier for your eyes: you cannot see the truth. The very desire to find the truth disappears. But if all your belief systems are taken away from you, in the beginning certainly, it is bitter. I know the fear, the anxiety, that will surface immediately which you have been suppressing for millenia. But it is there, very alive, no God can destroy it. Only the search for truth and the experience of truth, NOT a belief is capable to heal all your wounds. To make you a whole being, and the whole person is the holy person to me."

"The universe is change, life is opinion."
Marcus Aurelius

"I don't believe anything I write or say. I regard belief as a form of brain damage, the death of intelligence,
the fracture of creativity, the atrophy of imagination. I have opinions but no Belief System (B.S.)."
Robert Anton Wilson

"People have murdered each other, in massive wars and guerilla actions, for many centuries, and still murder each other in the present,
over Ideologies and Religions which, stated as propositions, appear neither true nor false to modern logicians - meaningless propositions
that look meaningful to the linguistically naive."
Robert Anton Wilson

"All around one the True Believers trudge by, mouths grim, brows furrowed, ulcers and worse eating at their innards. This desperate company of oddfellows (Thoreau) live in what psychologists call 'cognitive dissonance.' Because their reality-maps are, one and all, too small to cover the vast, eerie, amusing world in which we live, they are perpetually frustrated: the world does not live up to their fixed beliefs. They are all convinced that there is something radically wrong with the universe itself, or with the rest of humanity, and they never suspect that the real trouble is in their own rigid and robotic nervous systems."
Robert Anton Wilson

"Only the madman is absolutely sure."
Robert Anton Wilson

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
Bertrand Russell

"In religion and politics, people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination."
Mark Twain

"Ideology makes it unnecessary for people to confront individual issues on their individual merits. One simply turns to the ideological vending machine, and out comes the prepared formulae. When these beliefs are fused with apocalyptic fervor, ideas become weapons, and with dreadful results."
Daniel Bell

"Any reality... is an opinion. You create your own reality... WOW!"
Timothy Leary

"We are still general purpose computers who can program any conceivable model of the universe inside our own structure, reduce the single self-metaprogrammer to a micro size, and program him to travel through his own model as if real."
John C. Lilly

"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces."
Sigmund Freud

"(!Achtung!!! - Is Reality Distorting Your Ideals?)"
Antero Alli

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."
William James

symbols get mistaken for reality - symbols can be manipulated
hence 'reality' can be manipulated - messy situation develops

"Reality is the new fiction they say, true is truer these days, truth is man-made."

"All seeing is essentially perspective, and so is all knowing."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"There are no facts, only interpretations."
Friedrich Nietzsche

We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented, it's as simple as that.
The Truman Show

"There are periods of history when the visions of madmen and dope fiends are a better guide to reality than the common-sense interpretation
of data available to the so-called normal mind. This is one such period, if you haven't noticed already."
Robert Anton Wilson

"'Seeing' is not a function of the eyes alone, but of the eyes-and-brain working together. A popular proverb says, 'Seeing is believing,' but as the philosopher Santayana once pointed out, humans are much better at believing than at seeing."
Robert Anton Wilson

"Perception is real even when it is not reality."
Edward deBono

"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
John Lennon"

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Albert Einstein

Robert Anton Wilson

"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world."
Arthur Schopenhauer

"You cannot believe in honor until you have achieved it, better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which you must see the world."
George Bernard Shaw

"Your head's like mine, like all our heads; big enough to contain every god and devil there ever was. Big enough to hold the weight of oceans and the turning stars. Whole universes fit in there! But what do we choose to keep in this miraculous cabinet? Little broken things, sad trinkets that we play with over and over. The world turns our key and we play the same little tune again and again and we think that tune's all we are."
Grant Morrison

"Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying."
Ram Dass

"All that is, is metaphor."
Noramn O. Brown, Closing Time

"I never aimed at reality; I aimed at truth. Look at Cagney. Nothing he ever did on screen was realistic, but it was all true."
Orson Welles

"There is nothing permanent or compulsive in your system except what you believe to be so."
Moshe Feldenkrais

"A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion."
Alan Watts

"Think about this. The people exposing the illuminati agenda are either christians, jews, other religious zealots, ex-CIA sex slaves, New Age technological spiritists, scientists and the like. I have yet to read information from any source exposing the agenda that points a finger directly at the real culprit in all this… The luciferian mindset. They don'’t point a finger because they don’t realize the direct involvement by this entity in manipulating this whole agenda. If they did realize this, and did their research into the deep dark mysteries of Babylon, they would soon realize they’d be pointing a finger at themselves and would have to give up their lunatic belief systems."
Bryan Kemila (though confirmation bias could have led Bryan to his conclusions as well)

"Your beliefs can be like fences that surround you. You must first see them or you will not even realize that you are not free, simply because you will not see beyond the fences. They will represent the boundaries of your experience."
SETH / Jane Roberts

Both we and our words are over produced by influence
I'm only asking:
If you remember, remember
I've been trying to get back to the center.
I'm sure it's not like it was before.
Circa Survive - Act Apalled

Optimists VS Pessimists by Robert Anton Wilson

Alan Watts - Myth of Myself 2/2

Alan Watts - Myth of Myself

December 25, 2010

Words of Light - a Christmas gift for everyone

✿ "Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge."

✿ “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within."

✿ “The past has no power over the present moment."

✿ "The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life."

✿ "Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance."

✿ "Humanity is now faced with a stark choice: Evolve or die. … If the structures of the human mind remain unchanged, we will always end up re-creating the same world, the same evils, the same dysfunction."

✿ "To love is to recognize yourself in another."

✿ "Awareness is the power that is concealed within the present moment. … The ultimate purpose of human existence, which is to say, your purpose, is to bring that power into this world."

✿ "Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment."

✿ "Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life." "Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is."

✿ "You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are."

✿ "The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it."

✿ "Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on."

✿ "Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it."

✿ "You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level."

✿ "Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it."

✿ "Awareness is the greatest agent for change."

✿ "Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness."

✿ "Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists."

✿ "Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness."

✿ "All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness."

✿ "Anything that you resent and strongly react to in another is also in you."

✿ "Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to "die before you die" --- and find that there is no death."

✿ "When you don't cover up the world with words and labels, a sense of the miraculous returns to your life that was lost a long time ago when humanity, instead of using thought, became possessed by thought."

✿ "All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind."

December 10, 2010

Psychological time: it eats you up.

Eckhart Tolle's masterpiece is a detailed deconstruction of everything that inhibits our ability to see beyond the confines of our own minds into the power and beauty of Life. A must read.