The book Gifts of Unknown Things outlines the remarkable experiences the biologist, Lyall Watson had on an island in Indonesia. First published in 1976, the book describes Watson’s encounter with a shaman woman who, by performing a ritual dance, was able to make an entire grove of trees instantly vanish into thin air. While he and another astonished onlooker continued to watch the woman, she caused the trees to reappear, then disappear again several more times. This credible eye witness account is not only very powerful, it suggests that we need to begin looking at our ideas of “reality.”
What we currently understand as reality is largely a product of perceptions we have developed based upon the input we have received from our sensory organs. We have defined what we see, hear and touch as what is “real.” However, what we “see” with our eyes is only a tiny portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that we call visible light. This is the familiar rainbow of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet rays which together create “white” light. Raptors, like hawks and eagles, and some other animals see below red into the infrared part of the spectrum and so can “see” the heat trails left behind by their prey. Many fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and some mammals like rats and mice can see the higher frequency of ultraviolet light. Our hearing is equally limited as it only picks up a small range of audible sound. Elephants and whales can hear below that range just as dogs, bats and other creatures can hear far above it.
So the flaw in this strategy of defining the world through our senses is that our ability to taste, touch, see and hear are extremely limited in their scope. An additional limitation at play is the fact that all we CAN perceive with our senses may not be “real” at all. It isn’t to say that the sensual experience isn’t a powerful one. I’d be very hard pressed to say that tasting a fresh strawberry, smelling the ocean or listening to a Bach fugue isn’t anything less than transcendently pleasurable, nor that hitting my finger with a hammer is anything less than shockingly painful. However, it is equally important to begin placing all of our sensory experiences into a new contextual framework.
Mark Comings is a physicist who has been working in the area of fundamental physics for over 20 years. His focus has been on the physics of space, time, light and energy. He has been actively involved in re-visioning these basic concepts in fundamental ways that resolve deep contradictions at the basis of our scientific conceptions of nature. He has been particularly interested in the nature of energy and has been involved in exploring and expanding our understanding of energy at a theoretical level as well as investigating ways to reduce these new conceptual approaches to practice in a wide range of new technological applications particularly focused in the area of high efficiency clean energy generating technology.
At the 2005 True North annual medical conference, Mr. Comings shared some of this exciting information which is being taught in The New Physics. Fundamental to this new view of All That Is, is understanding that matter–the stuff of our physical reality–isn’t solid at all! Everything is vibration. Quantum physics’ “M Theory” asserts that everything is composed of an infinite number of vibrating membranes–each of which contains a parallel universe to our own reality. Every tiny spec of matter–our bodies, the elements and everything that exists in our physical world is first and foremost vibration.
In the book, The Universe as a Hologram the author, Michael Talbot argues that we agree on what is “real” or “not real” because we have believed our senses and have created a consensus reality which has been formulated and ratified at the level of the collective human unconscious at which all minds are infinitely interconnected.
Furthermore, Keith Floyd, a psychologist at Virginia Intermont College, has pointed out that if the concreteness of reality is but a holographic illusion, it would no longer be true to say the brain produces consciousness. Rather, it is consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain — as well as the body and everything else around us we interpret as physical.
Comings agrees that human consciousness is an intrinsic feature of the field of reality and furthermore that it is a central feature of both physics and biology. Consciousness is not just our thoughts, but a combination of our thought/feelings. In addition, certain feelings provide us a direct way to align ourselves with what Comings refers to as the multidimensional “sea of radiance” which unites All. The shifts in our vibration caused by the shifts in our feeling states are capable of creating profound and measurable changes which has been proven hundreds of times in Medicine for the Earth ceremonies across the world.
In those ceremonies a small group of people heal polluted water. It isn’t done by praying about it, or through intention to heal the water, but rather those of us that perform these ceremonies, change ourselves with the understanding that our outer world will reflect back to us the inner changes that we make. This way of perception goes back to the ancient and esoteric principle of “as above, so below; as within, so without”.
Science is providing a clear understanding of how this works. A growing number of scientists from diverse disciplines believe that the most profound implication of the holographic paradigm is that there are no limits to the extent to which we can alter the fabric of reality. In other words, not only is the Indonesian shaman’s feat witnessed by Watson plausible, it implies that even more amazing accomplishments are possible!
This radical idea about the nature of our reality is called the holographic paradigm. Mounting evidence suggests that our world and everything in it are merely projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time–the realm of our consciousness/spirit. What this means is that in order to experience a different kind of reality, we need to “change our mind/consciousness.” Doing this will allow us to reprogram what we have created as the material world–what an Amazonian shaman once referred to as “dreaming a new dream” for your world.
The first order of business is to change your fundamental perceptions of reality by opening the mind to the possibilities that other realities exist. One method for this is the shamanic journey state. If you are a journeyer, begin to ask your trusted power animal or teacher to give you mind/heart expanding experiences in your journeys. Extreme and altered states can provide a kind of spaciousness to our consciousness that allows us to “dream bigger.” Indeed, when teaching my students about the shamanic state of consciousness, I do not talk about altering consciousness, rather I suggest that the the shamanic state of consciousness is an expanded state of awareness/perception which produces an altered experience of “reality.”
It has been said that no change is possible without being able to imagine it first. Caroline Casey an American astrologer says: “Imagination lays the tracks for the reality train to drive down.” In other words, if we desire to create a new reality for ourselves–as well as our entire species and the planet as a whole–we need to be able to have conscious experiences of those new realities before they can be “made physical!”
Shamans have understood for millennia that creation is not a singular act, but rather a process that is continuous. Surrendering to the illusions that your senses provide and producing unconscious, unfocused and unintentional thoughts/feelings create needless suffering, discord, and dis-ease in your life. On the other hand, when you have a conscious, unshakable understanding of how reality works–through having had experiences in the shamanic state of consciousness– and have a way of mastering the “inner technology” of your feelings, you can begin to generate a life of more harmony, peace and healing. As I have stated many times before, gratitude/love/compassion/appreciation feelings produce the vibration that is most effective for creation and the one with which powerful shamans strive to align themselves. You can think about it as the “original vibration”. By that I mean that it is the energetic framework that continues to create and evolve the natural world. At every moment, whether we realize it or not, we are affecting the health and well-being of All That Is.
The dissonant energies of unconscious humans are powerful, as they create disturbances or disruptions in the fabric of creation. They have the effect of interfering with the natural flow of life giving forces. When a human being chooses to become conscious and stop interfering with the flow of creation, a field of harmonious energy radiates from them. This produces an environment that is more conductive to healing, balance and creating a desired experience. As a you understand that the world you feel and think is actually the “real” world, then your entire playing field begins to shift.
This requires a great deal of discipline as your senses will continue to weave the illusion of reality in your mind even as you are in process of weaving a different one! I find it is necessary to continually refresh my mind/heart with the true nature of reality through journeys and meditation so that I can continue making it more securely fixed in my being. If in this process, I stumble across old beliefs or perceptions that challenge my desired new experience, I work through them with the help of my spirit teachers and with human support when necessary, too. While is sounds difficult, knowing that I am actually creating my experiences fuels my desire to keep going forward with whatever is necessary to completely “change my mind” and so transform my world.
A complete consciousness evolution does require a dedicated tenacity. However the circle of actions that make it possible are actually quite simple. Expand your perceived possibilities, be in synch with the original vibration and keep feeling the new dream. Do it as often as you can every day. Go to sleep with these steps and bring them into consciousness before opening your eyes in the morning. Stick with it. Together, we can transform our consensual reality into something miraculously splendid!
© 2011 Evelyn C. Rysdyk