Consciousness Explained, part 2:
Let’s Uncover Reality in a Conscious Universe

Warning: This text is heavy duty and might be incomprehensible or dangerous to your current paradigm. Image: Green art nouveau laurel wreath.

This is part 2 of a long and concentrated (but easy to read) text on consciousness and reality. You can find the first part here and the third part here: here.

These texts aren’t entry-level or mid-level stuff. The subjects and concepts are pretty mind-boggling. Basically, these texts are for people who are serious about understanding themselves, the world, life, the universe and everything. If you choose to put conscious awareness first and you don’t care if you have to tear down your present world view to get closer to the truth of how things really are, then these texts are for you. That’s it, warning complete. Next, please have fun:

– – – * – – –

In part one xxxxxxxx [LINK] I presented seven points which are good to know when we try to understand consciousness and reality. I’ll present them again, below. Part one covered the first two points, and this part moves on with the next four.

Seven Good-to-Know Things about Reality and Consciousness

1. Physical reality isn’t

2. Consciousness is everything, everywhere, at all times, in all dimensions

3. Consciousness is primary (the creator), physical stuff is secondary (the created)

4. Consciousness is multi-layered, multi-dimensional and multi-creative with infinite potential

5. Realities = that which is experienced

6. Consciousness = reality (that-which-is) AND infinite realities (plural)

7. We can change our reality and (life) experience by choice

In other words, part one mentioned how physical reality is neither very physical nor very real and how consciousness is everything, everywhere, at all times, in all dimensions. In this article (part two), we’ll be looking at points 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Choosing Your Reality Pill

I started this text with a warning, and that warning still stands: You’re facing a choice between protecting and keeping the status quo of your current world view, beliefs and chosen identity … and tearing all those things down and replacing them with something that’s a bit closer to that-which-is (reality and truth on a more absolute level).

In other words, you’ve got to be MORE interested in conscious awareness and the truth than in, well, pretty much anything else. If you are, then the truth shall indeed set you free. Or, you know, more free than you currently are. And empower you and make your life a bit easier. And happier. And other good stuff, too.

“The Matrix”: An Inverted Analogy

Remember the turn-of-the-millennium movie “The Matrix“, where Neo (Keanu Reeves) is offered a choice between a red and a blue pill by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne)?

Well, “The Matrix” is kind of an inverted analogy of how things actually are. That movie (trilogy) is “way, way dark” and quite lopsided when compared to the actual way things are.

Pills like those in the film the Matrix, only no red or blue pill here. Image: Four colored pills, orange, purple, green, yellow.

In our world the real choice regarding reality is actually between:

A. Staying in the illusion (of relative, personal reality), which is fear based and therefore generally dark and painful (… but common, because that’s where most people are)

B. Choosing the truth of reality in its more absolute form, which it is love/consciousness based and therefore pleasant or even blissful, and empowering, and sets you free

Which choice is going to be your choice?

Assuming you’re more interested in possibility B than possibility A, above, let’s move to the next point on the seven point list. As mentioned, we already looked at points 1 and 2 in another article, so it’s time to look at point …

(3.) Consciousness Is Primary (the Creator), Physical Stuff Is Secondary (the Created)

We’ve been taught that the physical world is primary and that consciousness has evolved from that – not true.

Consciousness is primary, and the physical world has evolved (and is still evolving) from consciousness. In fact, consciousness created and is still creating the physical world. (Which is virtual, as both quantum physicists and mystics now agree, as you may remember from part one of this article trilogy).

 

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
~ Max Planck (1858-1947), German theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize laureate – and the originator of quantum theory.

 

Does this mean that the physical world is made up of consciousness?

Sure. And that includes us humans. As well as everything else. It’s a conscious universe.

If we humans are consciousness, does that mean that we humans can manipulate (are manipulating) the physical world by using our consciousness?

Of course. (Though we generally aren’t aware of it). That’s one of the most interesting things to know. (Another one is how, but we’ll get to that).

But wait, does this mean that consciousness is BOTH that which is creating AND that which is created?

Consciousness is creating everything out of itself, inside itself. Image: Photo of the pinnacles-galaxy by Michael Goh of NASA.

Yep.

Consciousness is creating everything out of itself, inside itself.

(Kind of a mind-boggling concept, I know, but as far as I can tell, that’s how things are).

Does this mean that ultimately there is no difference between that which is creating and that which is created?

Certainly. Think about that for a moment. Or two. The implications are huge.

Then think about this …
 

(4.) Consciousness Is Multi-layered, Multi-dimensional and Multi-creative with Infinite Potential

That’s quite a mouthful, I know.

But what else would we call something that is everything, everywhere, at all times, in all dimensions, which is continually creating everything in existence out of itself, and which is not only something we human have, but something we are (a.k.a. who we are)?

Okay, some would probably call it divine or the three letter g-word, but seriously folks do YOU feel divine? Yes? No?

Well, maybe you should. But in a good way (“I’m at one with everyone and everything else”), not in an ego-psychopath way (“I’m better and more right than everyone and everything else”). Because, really, that rock you threw into the water not all that long ago is just as much consciousness as you are, and you’re no better or worse that it is. (But it was probably a very nice rock).

Anyway, this means that we humans, being consciousness, have a lot of untapped potential. It also means that our consciousness is multi-layered, multi-dimensional and multi-creative.

Who We Are, Who You Are

So, YOU are creative consciousness in many layers and dimensions. Those layers include your physical body and your ego.

You are much more than your ego and your body. You are creative, multi-dimensional consciousness. Image: Alphonse Mucha: Woman.

Yep, your physical body and your ego are just two of many layers that comprise the actual “you”. And they’re actually two reasonably small and insignificant layers.

If you are one of the many, many people who thought they were just body and ego … sorry to burst your bubble. You are much, much more.

Still, if you go on inner journeys and explore who you are, you’ll probably find that there’s one particular level (or layer) of consciousness that you experience more as “you” than most of the other layers.

No, it’s not your body, or your ego, it’s bigger, much bigger. And wiser. And more at peace, happier and more loving. And unaffected by physical death and the passing of time.

I call this layer of consciousness Home (with a capital H), because that’s what it feels like. You might also call it your basic, most authentic identity, or your essence. You might even have called it your soul if that word hadn’t been so abused over the years. Or you might simply call it the “you” that feel the most like YOU.
You really should get acquainted with that particular part of yourself.

Why? Because it might change your life. It certainly changed mine. For the better. Much, much better.

If you’re not quite ready yet to experience the Home level of who you are, I do recommend getting into a working relationship with the more conscious parts of who you are, your superconscious … (which some people call your higher self). It’s fairly easy. You can use one of several self improvement techniques that focus on that particular relationship, such as the DEVA method by Rachel Kaufman and Rick Phillips or multi incarnatonal sessions by Chris Griscom, or you can simply sit down somewhere quiet, close your eyes, empty your mind and intend to establish the connection.

In any case, like your physical body and your ego, Home is just one level out of many, and ALL of the levels are you!
 

(5.) Realities = That which Is Experienced

You and I, we are both consciousness, just two parts of the same very big consciousness. But this means that we’ve also GOT consciousness, and what are we doing with that, most of all?

With our consciousness we’re first and foremost CHOOSING, CREATING and EXPERIENCING.

For now, though, let’s just look at the experience part of the equation.

We’re Unique, and So Are Our Experiences

We all know that we humans have different experiences. You and I may read the same book or watch the same movie, we may even be siblings and grow up together, but we won’t be having the same experience.

Sometimes our experiences can be similar, but they are never, ever exactly the same.

In fact, what seems totally real to you may not seem real at all to me. And vice versa.

That’s because we are unique individuals and we each have our own unique way of processing and, ultimately, our own unique reality (personal and relative though that reality may be).

What’s Real?

Is your experience real? Sure. Is mine? Sure. Is everyone else’s? Of course. They’re real to us. Even the experience of a very troubled patient in a mental facility is real to that person.

Each of those experiences are personal realities, also known as relative realities. (And you should know that all relative realities are ultimately fear based. Basically, the more relative something is, the more fear based it is).

Viewed RELATIVELY, reality = that which is experienced. This is true of all relative (personal) reality.

(Though this is not true of absolute reality, which is in a league of its own, being simply that-which-is).

There are two types of reality: relative and absolute. In the fear-based relative realities perception is reality. Image: Photo of sea and sky.

In other words, relatively speaking perception is reality: If you’re experiencing it, then it’s real. At least to you.

This goes for all of humanity, which makes for a lot of different realities. Each one created, formed and maintained by the person who is also experiencing it.

What about Consensus Reality?

Well, consensus reality is a group’s (or a culture’s) shared reality, a social construction of reality, generally based on the lowest common denominator of that group’s relative, personal (fear based) realities.

In other words, a bunch of fear based egos who have something in common (maybe an interest or a culture), consciously and mostly unconsciously negotiate some sort of an agreement about what is real and is not. Consensus reality is constantly in the process of being re-negotiated and therefore ever changing, depending who can sway “public opinion” and in which direction they want it manipulated. Yep. That’s consensus reality.

Does this seem like a convincing way determine what’s real?

So, consensus reality is mostly crap.

Since we humans are a lot like social herd animals, it’s probably in our genes to simply copy the other herd animals and both think, believe and act as they do. Well, DON’T! If you want to empower yourself and create a good life for yourself you need to get comfortable thinking and acting outside the box, or, more precisely: outside the herd.

 

“There is no way you can use the word “reality” without quotation marks around it.”
~ Joseph Campbell (1904–1987), American lecturer and author, an expert in comparative mythology and comparative religion.

Experience Largely Equals States of Being

What is experience, then? Well, for us humans it can be a lot of things, like thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, sounds, tastes, sights, smells, etc. If you think back on your life, however, I bet you’ll notice that the greatest and most important moments were characterized by a state of being.

Maybe you were loving someone or something. Maybe you were being creative. Maybe you were learning and growing. Maybe you were helping someone else. Maybe you were playing and experimenting. Maybe you were out in nature – or meditating – and simply “being”. Maybe you were plain old happy.

All of the above are states of being. More, they are self contained alpha-and-omega states of being that make sense all by themselves. THOSE are the types of experiences that are most dear to us – states of being. (You can read a bit more about alpha-and-omega states of being about halfway down in this article on the meaning of life).

Other, more unpleasant states of being, like anxiety, jealousy and depression don’t make sense to us, but they’re still states of being, and so quite powerful experiences in their own right.

Therefore, in a way, it makes sense to say that experience largely equals states of being.

Why is this important? Because experience is what’s important in our lives.

Ergo, if you want some type of experience, don’t go for the money, the fame, the good looks, the fancy car or whatever, but do go for whatever state of being it is you desire. (And since every state of being is an inside job, it’s all entirely under your control).

Life is about experincing, so it's actually about states of being. Image: abstract watercolor painting.

Shaping Reality (Reality Creation)

By now we know that our daily reality, including our physical reality, is virtual.

We also know that we engage in reality creation whether we know it or not, because we pretty much all create, form and maintain our own, personal (relative) reality. (Yes, it’s completely malleable).

In fact, using intention, we can “manifest” whatever type of experiences we desire, even using seemingly external events, and even if (especially if) we don’t try to control the circumstances that give us this experience. (To put that differently, don’t waste time trying to “manifest” a million dollars out of thin air, but do decide to manifest the type of EXPERIENCES a.k.a. STATES OF BEING that a million dollars might give you).

But here’s a fun fact:

Even our physical reality (which includes our physical bodies), being virtual, is malleable. Using consciousness (which we both have and are) we can affect the physical at the most fundamental level (the quantum field).

 

“As I was sitting in my chair,
I knew the bottom wasn’t there,
Nor legs nor back, but I just sat,
Ignoring little things like that.”
~ Hughes Mearns (1875–1965), American educator and poet, whose ideas about encouraging the natural creativity of children were novel at the time. He is considered a big inspiration to the teaching of creative writing.

 

The net result? We’re a lot more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. When it comes to experiences we can basically design them ourselves. And, as mentioned, experiences are what REALLY matters.

Of course most of us don’t realize this. And if we’re told (like you’re being told now) that it is so, then we tend to disbelieve it. Or ignore it. Or plain old forget it.

But YOU are not going to do that, right?
 

(6.) Consciousness = Reality (That-which-is) AND Infinite Realities (plural)

We’ve established that consciousness is as big and all-pervasive as it gets, right? This means that it includes everything, which again means that ANY kind of reality we care to mention is included, too. Which begs the question:

How Many Realities Are There?

Well, obviously you can look at this in two ways, so there are two answers, both correct in their own way.

Answer One: There Is Only That-which-is

The first answer is this: there is a total of one reality, which we might call either consciousness or that-which-is. That’s a BIG one, because (as mentioned) it contains everything, everywhere, at all times and dimensions.

So it makes sense to say that “all is one”. Because at that level it is. You and me and everything else, we are one: consciousness.

You can personally experience this oneness of everything, if you like. I have. It is mind-blowing. Literally. It also feels better than anything you can imagine. But more about that some other time.

The conceptual challenge is, of course, that this one reality, consciousness or that-which-is, is actually all-encompassing multi-layered, multi-dimensional and multi-creative, so INSIDE of that one reality there are a lot more realities (and I mean a LOT!). All of which can be experienced. (Yes, by you, if you want).

In Reality, Part One: Absolute reality, all is one. Image: a golden explosion.

Answer Two: Infinite Realities

This makes for answer number two, which is: There are an infinite number of realities.

For starters, each of us human being tends to have their own version of reality, which at the time of this writing makes for some 7 to 8 billion realities. Add to that the simple fact that one human’s consciousness is many-layered and multi-dimensional as well, making it 7 to 8 billion times the layers and dimensions. That’s a pretty big number.

Then there are all the other myriad lifeforms on planet Earth (and elsewhere), which may or may not have their own reality, but probably do. If they do, their reality may or may not be many-layered and multi-dimensional, but it probably is. Either way, the number of realities has risen substantially.

And then there are all the forms of consciousness that we don’t (presently) think of as lifeforms, but which are consciousness none-the-less (mountains, for example, or atoms, or planets and stars). There are a LOT of those, so the number just went up, probably exponentially.

In Reality, Part Two: Relative, personal reality. Image: a golden-ish background.

Add to that all the interesting forms of life and consciousness we can encounter when we go on inner journeys (many of which don’t have much or anything at all to do with the physical world) … plus all the forms of life and forms of consciousness that we cannot (presently) detect or even conceive of. The number of realities is now incalculable.

And only then do we come to the several versions of quantum theory, which propose an infinite number of universes, many of which probably also consist of all the things I just mentioned, and some of which likely go beyond all human understanding. I have no idea what that does to the number, because it’s incalculable times infinite.

In short, there are an unfathomable number of realities, because consciousness is big, the biggest. And the most diverse.

– – – * – – –

This is the end of part two of the article trilogy. Click here to read part one again, or click here to go to the third and final part.

(End-of-text divider, art nouveau, two red roses).

Return to Homepage