What is Reality? Reflections and results of some past experiences

During a trip through Europe to Barcelona 2013, I had some experiences of reality not being as material and deterministic as I had previously assumed.

Two observations stood out.

I wrote down the first observation in a notebook and illustrated it with a small diagram to help me remember it.

At the time, I believed fully in a materialistic, mechanical reality and tried to explain the experience as a delay within my brain between the time of receiving sensory inputs processed them subconsciously. At the time it didn’t occur to me that the idea of having or being a brain are also just observed events!

What I wrote was “delayed conscious experience of exterior event => sense of predetermined future”.

The illustration I made looked something like this:

 Delayed conscious experience graph

 I was aware of a strange connection between events within very short time intervals, perhaps even less than seconds. I thought they should be completely uncorrelated, but I could not deny what I felt and observed. The related events could be both thoughts in my head and things people said or did.
I now understand that this was a non-premeditated experience of ‘becoming reality’, something I experienced more fully and intentionally in 2016. After better understanding existence itself, I found how every phenomenal experience was part of one single process within consciousness. I then started to consciously mold the entire world in a more total sense by selecting thoughts and searching for new ideas to experiment with, something which I have continued with to this date.

The second observation was while walking along a street. I noticed how if I relaxed in a certain way, my body would not touch passerbys or lampposts, even though my kinetic sense told me I should have collided. I was not confident enough to tell anyone about it at the time.
Today, this no longer seems strange or unnatural to me, it is part of the underlying nature of reality. Every phenomena arise in the present moment out of nothingness, and its quantum nature can be made apparent on all levels for an observer, an ‘I’. The body is literally created as any conscious act can be, by being wrapped around and observed by consciousness itself. What affects it or not and how is entirely up for modification, only habit makes it appear something fixed and solid, subject to ‘external’ physical laws.

Looking back on my notes, I see how I was searching for reasons behind existance by exploring various fundamental ideas, concepts and their possible relations. I was jotting down things like

  • Time/Future/Past
  • Nothing/Something
  • Appear/Disappear/Change
  • Light/dark
  • Stop/start, Increase/Decrease
  • State: Infinite/Empty
  • Desire/Attract/Repel
  • Sense-Hear-See-Smell-Taste-Touch-Move
  • 1/0, true/false
  • Operation/operator/operand, function/subject/object
  • Point/space

I see now that this exploration unintentionally generated my unusual experiences! I was looking for answers by creating my own model, not yet understanding that the whole existance IS the model itself, experiencing itself by creating models and change on itself, endlessly and infinitely.

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The Boolean mind-field

Background

Yesterday I read about the life of Erwin Schrödinger, and also part of his book ‘What is life?‘ before I went to bed. Edward Schrödinger was a physicist whose work was key to the early development of quantum physics. He also led a fascinating life, moving between different countries and exchanging ideas with people like Albert Einstein. Perhaps you have heard of ‘Schrödinger’s cat’, the thought experiment of a cat in a box? His ideas also influenced people outside of physics. One example is James D. Watson, who researched the gene which led to the discovery of DNA.

I was inspired by what I read, and just before I woke up today, I head the words ‘boolean field’ spoken to me in a short dream. As I woke up, I thought of the idea as a gift (coincidentally, it was my birthday too!) and by taking these words (which come from the domains of mathematics and physics) and I used it to create a method for finding more happiness and freedom in life. I think it is very good, and I want to share it with you. I combined the words with some things I have learnt the past years by investigating a multitude of sources for personal development.

I will first outline the idea. Then I will explain the method, which you can use as a tool to find out more about yourself and your relation to the world. Two basic question to keep in the back of your mind are

  • What is actually true?
  • How can I know for sure it is true?

Last, I share a long list of links to further reading which I hope will awake curiousity and passion in you for further exploration on your own!

 

The Idea

Think of your mind is a minefield, a Boolean field of mine or thine. The mines are traps which cause us unhappiness. Boolean is a term from logic, meaning that something can be true either false. In the mind, it appears as classifications and judgments, of me and not me. It also appears as labels on objects, events, concepts and even emotions in terms of good or bad. We can easily get lost in it and when we do, it prevents us from seeing reality as it really is. Think about how an infant that has not yet learnt a word looks at life. Part of why it smiles so easily and naturally is that it has no set notions about the world yet.
To find out what is actually true, we want to reset our minds boolean field, to a state of neither true or false.

To be live with the boolean field removed is a beautiful experience. No labels, attachments or identies troubles you. Only being with what is, in the present moment. To make a parallel with quantum physics, it is to live in a more undetermined state, a quantum state of possibility and potential, but without clinging to absolute certainties. Things can be momentarily true or false, and also both, but the changes of states do not cause us lasting suffering.

 

The method

You can estimate how far away you are from this state by making lists and adding up the number of items you find

  • How many labels on things and phenomena do you think are yours and needs protecting and would resist sharing or losing to anything you consider to not be you. This includes your body, your thoughts, your ideas, emotions and memories. It also includes every person you have ever met or think you will ever meet.
  • How many labels are you using to classify every person you know, including yourself.
  • How many labels are you using consciously or unconsciously when observing around you, on any occuring phenomena. This phenomena may arrive to you through sight, sound, touch, taste and hearing, but also more subtly through inner thoughts and images.
  • How many things in life are you certain to be either true or false

If you do a list of these things, you can get an estimate of how much work you have to do to experience a much happier life. Even if you don’t make a written list, just thinking about it can be helpful too.

You can make a list of these, and then meditate on letting go from them, thinking either ‘I don’t know for sure, perhaps I need to find out’ in the terms of beliefs, and ‘I don’t think it matters if this is me or mine’ for identification, and ‘I am not completely certain what this is’ for phenomena or outward labels. Do it honestly. You can also apply this while going about your day, trying to be as aware as you can of any unconscious judgements you do.

Be wary of going overboard; rejecting or resisting something can become a boolean mine in disguise! Also, if your mind gets very stuck on a certain phenomena, that can be another telltale sign!

The key is to be loosen up a bit, letting go, but not being to obsessed with this idea either.

You can also, using the list as a guide, start sharing, giving away and act less protectively around anything you think needs to be protected in some way. This can be your identity, your beliefs, your belongings, your behaviour and people around you. In short, be more open to change and new experiences.

 

Resources for further investigation

The method above shares similarities with meditations, philosophical self-inquiry and religious practices. The goals and the paths toward them are referred to by many names.

Here are a list of examples which you can read about at your own pace:

It is very interesting to look at the similarities these share. I think they can be used freely as pointers of investigation.

Many terms appear in more than the contexts which I have listed within the parenthesises. If you think I have left out anything important, I apologize, and please let me know with a comment.

Also, any ideas or suggestions for improving this blog post are warmly welcomed!

Tuesday morning poetry

I was inspired to write the following poems after reading the Chinese 9th century poet Hanshan, which I can very much recommend! If you like my humble efforts, Hanshan will give you a real treat!

poem #1

Where the rubber meets the road

and there is an old toad

Where I have my abode there

comes the code from the node

poem #2

I met her yesterday by the river

She carried that furry friend

I almost went but then stayed and

exchanged some words and smiles

What before seemed so important

became nothing in that moment

poem #3

I start to feel more empty,

that must be true success

Let me stay like this forever,

bent over a piece of paper

poem #4

To stay out of the clear path,

yet not trip over the vines

Here I am truly speechless

Why is this such a

poem #5

Bubbling pond hide beneath

dark waters immense pressure

the happiest treasure known

You can ignite it, but don’t

It would go off in a beautiful blast

but it wouldn’t last

Stay hidden in the glade

poem #6

7.13 and up since four

cold feet and bent back

bread and lentils in belly

my farts are really smelly

but my joy is out of bounds

poem #7

A heart of gold has no color

yet its brilliance is beyond blinding

What I want to tell you

is that I love you

Instead I just pass by briefly

It is better this way

behind a courteous curtain

you keep your charm

you come to no harm

poem #8

Stirring my cup of rooibos tea

the spoon plays one-two-three

notes from the Imperial March

I haven’t paid rent since April

thinking of it my heart springs

enchanted this magical morning

poem #9

Frosty morning clouds like pink baguettes

Windows steamy with one person’s breath

The roar of an aluminum albatross

Ocean waves of commuting cars

A bird unheard of, the dog lark

with it first bark, a snark remark

a stark awakening in the park.

poem #10

The less I know myself

the more I love myself

Those who say ‘know thyself’

really mean the opposite

Walk the path which is not marked

it is infinitely broad

Be the place which is nowhere

and you are everywhere at once

Control something to the utmost degree

divide the moment infinitesimally

Thus inverting reality

you can set yourself free

poem #11

Am I exhausted?

Then let me be

like a barren tree

on desert sand

The last drop of water

of a cement cylinder

I swear, yet

my mouth is sealed

I am the Earth

I am the Earth

I people myself

I am the most beautiful spaceship you might ever see

I spin and dance around a star

to get evenly shone

I tilt in my spinning dance

to give everyone the chance

to see the colours of seasons

to have plenty of reasons

to count years and to sing

at the arrival of spring

you walk my crust

you are child of my dust

butt I say that you must

not stay, nay, I trust

you to set out a course

to explore life in force

the outside of me

stars everywhere you can see

take care of me

like I care for you

and make love be

all you can see

in this galaxy

A story to B-read about a Buddhing Jesus

As you may have noticed if you have followed my social media presence, I have called myself enlightened for the last year. This is a mistake, IF I would consider that I was the same person then as I am now. At the moment I am not enlightened at all. To include my past self and who I am today, I would be to say that I have striven for enlightenment and self-actualization during the past years, and during that process, I have had quite a few (from my perspective) mind-boggling experiences and insights into the nature of reality, which have turned my life upside down and inside out, in ways which I could never have imagined before.
What is this thing about enlightenment? The perfectly enlightened being would be totally unselfish, 100% aware, compassionate and unconditionally loving. At the moment I am far from that, I still have a great deal of flaws. This blog post is my attempt to turn some of these flaws and especially their effect on my life for the last weeks into something positive. I want to show you what can happen when you attempt to be a modern fledgling apprentice Jesus/Buddha/saint-whatever, but you fail. I will demonstrate this with an example from my life. These events made me laugh, and I hope you who are reading this can laugh with me. This post is only slightly related to Jesus, actually most specifically to some of his miracles, where he made food appear seemingly inexhaustibly.

This particular story started with my realization that by manipulating thoughts one can manifest things very quickly (almost instantly), and also get extremely good at it. This actually what every human being does, although many do it at such an unconscious level that they forget that it is actually their thoughts and beliefs about reality that make the things appear exactly where and how they appear.
The ideal is that one uses this knowledge for personal growth. Part of creating these ideal circumstances is questioning what one’s true nature is. What is consciousness? How does reality actually work? What makes you think you are who you are? Especially those things that limit you from true lasting happiness and fulfillment should be questioned to their core. In the end, you may discover that nothing you took for granted about reality actually has any solid ground. Thus, you can in principle become a miracle-worker like Jesus, turning water into wine, or anything else you would like, but previously thought would never could happen, a.k.a. your truest most inner desires. Perhaps the next president. A rock star. An intergalactic ambassador. An immortal god/goddess. Imagination and dreams team up properly with actual experience. The higher level of consciousness you reach, the more readily you can become and live it.

So what have I used this for? One thing I have gradually changed in my reality is making sure I don’t need to buy anything I need any longer at all. I basically make my shopping list with the universe in general as the provider, and only use things which have been discarded by others. This is marvelous from my point of view, since it enables me to live with zero, or even reversed negative impact on the environment. It aligns with my well with my values.

But what happens when your lower self, the more egotistic side of you which you have been working to overcome makes a comeback? The one that does not want to do any effort of self-improvement and keep everything for and to itself?

Well, in my case, this turned me into a funny sort of beta-Jesus, (as in a buggy version of a software not ready for public release). Striving to be a savior of the world, but with all sorts of personal problems still lingering on from the past. Some examples are low self-esteem, indecisiveness and tendencies to isolate myself. Most of these flaws are not glaring obvious, and they subtly come and go. So instead of, like Jesus, providing bread for the poor and hungry, beta-Jesus manifests bizarre amounts of bread (while trying to find healthier food, but mostly failing (except for fruits, fruits are easy, they grow on trees!)). I already knew from previous experiments that eating is actually not necessary. But old habits and cravings still popped back up, so as beta-Jesus I manifested bread as a sort of common-denominator-food, and in all sorts of places (just laying around wherever I look). I carried the bunch in the photo home, laughed about it and then didn’t really know what good to make of it except write this blog post.

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Aside for entertainment, I hope this can help you in your quest for self-improvement, by showing what not to do and waste your time on.
I hope you have good regular healthy habits established such as meditation and yoga, and avoid eating fast easy carbohydrates like beta-Jesus thinks he needs! If you buy bread (as opposed to just find it appear sitting next to you, looking inconspicuous), at least buy whole-grain. Mono-cultures in general are not ecologically friendly at all compared to locally produced legumes!
You can also have a look into the eBook I have available for download on my food blog (it is a fun and friendly one) and follow my instagram for inspiration =)

Insights – Is it reasonable to be reasonable?

Here are some of my insights from the other day, they are pretty profound:

  • There is no actual state of being
  • There is no separation between consciousness/thoughts/concepts/perceived reality
  • There is no fear separate from any other emotions/energies
  • You never know yourself
  • Unconditionality IS truth, as in, both are pointers towards ‘it’, which cannot be told in words, but only experienced. The knowing of self which cannot be fully reached, but reached for.
  • Raised consciousness of direct experience/present moment is a link/pointer to wisdom and insights, which gets translated into thoughts and actions, but not necessarily happiness.

Also, four insights connecting consciousness with quantum physics:

  1. The sense of perceiving self/ego IS quantum wave collapses, the most persistent ones.
  2. Hightened consciousness reverses this process.
  3. This process is completely neutral in both ways.
  4. Conditional trust and love is symmetry breaking, leading to lower consciousness. Basically ego attaches itself to certain ideas, things, people, etc. Unconditional love and trust is symmetry forming, leading to higher consciousness.

Some other insights while frying pancakes. I don’t feel these are as solid.

  • Reality+thoughts could be seen as just a purpose invention machine, going wherever thought takes it.
  • The idea of having to serve/help others or self is just another accumulated belief, it is self-defeating to worry about or cling to.
  • The more you try to control or conquer something, for example, a habit, or the egotistic side of you, the more it encroaches upon you, by law of attraction.

 

Some late evening questions and more

I sat down and contemplated the following questions this evening:

  • The up, down and strange quarks in the Standard Model in quantum physics can form 10 different Baryons with three quarks: uuu, uud, uus, udd, uds, ddd, dds, dss and sss (order invariance applies). Now does these and other quantum particles have equivalences in fundamental concepts of the human psychology? I find this a fascinating question. And why stop at Baryons.
  • What is beauty from a photon’s perspective?
  • Is fear one end of a spectrum of repelling forces, as in how negatively charged particles and objects repel each other, and the same happens between positively charged particles? Can fear then be seen as something completely neutral and natural, equal to, for example courage?
  • What is chance?  (as in for example luck)
  • What is sleep?
  • Can you juggle infinity? How?

I have no answers for you, and perhaps that is for the best! I will publish my insights (which curiously enough, are not all so related to the questions!) at a later date. Until then, I would love to hear what you think!

On a less ‘serious’ note, here are some ‘jokes’ (if they are depends totally on your perspective).


Björn asks the Universe (the Guru)
Björn: Do you know how many people live on Earth?
Universe: I don’t, I haven’t counted. I only see one present.


Björn: Have you seen my passion?
Universe: Ask Christ, I think you left it with him


Björn: Christ, can I have my passion back?
Christ: Yes, let’s cross you off my list


Björn: Christ, why am I older than you? I am 37!
Christ: You are not, I am 2017.
Universe: What are you talking about, you are all older than me!

TV and ADSL is BAD for EVERYONE!

The mediums such as ADSL and traditional television seems to be tailored to a passive consumer state, which is not healthy for the human being. We all carry deep within us the desire to improve ourselves and help others improve in order to live together as happy as possible. To do that we need to be able to openly and freely create, interact and share with each other. An internet connection where uploading information is as easy as downloading harmonizes best with that desire. Symmetric internet is already valued a lot by independent entrepreneurs and creators. This is the future of informatics and vital to the progress of humanity as a whole. Genuine options for a fast symmetric internet connection should be available to everyone, everywhere and the asymmetric options gradually phased out

Surfing the waves of self-made realities

I would like to share with you some of my latest experiences.

I have for quite a while lived with the insight that a being with a determined enough mind can actually change ALL rules of its experienced existence. Some weeks ago I went along with applying it in a practical experiment on myself. I decided to set the rule that my functional capacities would stay constant with neither sleep nor food. It worked well, with applying regular meditation ‘resets’. I felt neither tiredness nor hunger. But in the end, it felt a bit too alienating, so I didn’t pursue these possibilities further. I feel both our inner work and the work we can do for others in our surroundings take precedence over pursuing too extreme game changes. An appropriate comparison from fiction might be how in the Lord of the Rings, both Galadriel and Gandalf refuses to take on the ring, afraid of what they would become with almost limitless power. Too extreme changes also make for a lot of experiential ‘bouncing’, that is, different places and circumstances become extremely contrasting. Although, it has also been a time of some amazing and interesting new discoveries.

Just going between the home I live in now, and the home I lived in until the beginning of March has been a bit like stepping through portals between different worlds. It has taken quite a bit of time for me to calibrate or balance my state of being in this process. Looking back, I see that this is of course how life has always been, only I was not aware of my part in it. The unconscious mind was left to set the rules, and I had not yet the knowledge, insights and experiences to be able to observe, understand and change it consciously.

Another separate episodic and very positive experience I had recently was a completely new sense of effortless flow. The boundary between my thoughts and the rest of the world had in a sense dissolved and I was united with a more universal intelligence. All hesitation and doubt was completely absent from the tasks I performed and also absent when switching between them. Any item, idea and even person showed up exactly when needed. Everything was completely unplanned in the typical sense of using a calendar or clock, but it still followed a great marvelous rhythm. It was as if I was just going for a nice long walk without any purpose, except I actually was working on many different things. This lasted perhaps two days. I don’t remember now what exactly got me out of it, but I am sure it was me coming back into doubting myself in some way.

Now, from my experience of (at least temporarily) being an ‘enlightened’ person, without a very firm path to follow, is that a kind of reality-wave can form. Knowing that reality shapes and reflects every belief you hold, you get to freely choose what reality you want to experience. But how do you choose it? Is there any right or wrong? Here is a simple binary example to illustrate:

  • Believing in the lack of enlightenment in others. Now if you believe yourself to be enlightened, you become responsible for helping everything you perceive as not you to know the same truth. You will see and encounter everything you believe to be ‘wrong’ in the world.
  • Believing in everything else being already enlightened, perfect in itself. Accepting everything as it is. You will see your own loving reflection and the experience becomes quite paradisiacal, but it seems to not change or challenge you much. If you and everything else is Buddha, could it be that Buddha becomes bored?

I will continue my efforts to try to better ‘surf’ this reality-wave. Being part of an infinite reality, one thing is certain: there are infinite ways to create, learn and improve upon oneself within the experience.