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Over the Edge

On the edge II

It happened

It is done

There is no going back in this physicality to correct it

All action begins and ends within you

Can physicalities be changed without death of one, the other, or both?

How often does this happen?

Can we be aware of the transition?

What determines the markers for a particular physicality?

Can enough of those markers be seen and understood to determine if the physical reality has changed?

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The Coin

Everything is happening as it should
All possibilities exist now
All past and future exist now
I am the observer
Everything external is internal
Separation at physical level
Two sides of one coin
But both are the same coin

Perceived reality is not permanent
Thought is not permanent
Reality cannot be controlled
Thoughts and feelings of reality cannot be controlled
But both can be accepted
To categorize something is to limit it
It is then either viewed as heads or tails, but never both

Observation of Time

Can time exist without an observer.  Time could be defined as events that occur and our perception of some unit of measurement that has passed between those events.  Perceived time varies per observer and is based on internal and external events.  If I look forward to some event happening, time may be perceived to progress slower coming up to the event and then quicker afterwards.  That same event may be something that someone else dreads, so time may be perceived to be quicker coming up to the event and slower afterwards.  Which observed movement of time is correct?  So, can there be independent, non-observed time.

One image, as the observer, observes dozens of other images around himself and inside himself … there is a central image put together by all the other images, and this central image, the observer, is the censor, the experiencer, the evaluator, the judge who wants to conquer or subjugate the other images or destroy them altogether. But other images are the results of judgments, opinions and conclusions of the observer, and the observer is the result of all the other images—therefore the observer is the observed.

Krishnamurti

Measuring change of state of particles makes assumptions about how time affects the particles.  Consider the zen koan “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, then does it make a sound”?  Without someone to perceive the sound, does the sound exist?  OR “If no one is around to see the tree at all, did it fall?” Are we making assumptions about how it got into that state based on our prior experiences or has the tree always existed in that state.  We observe and then make up a story that fits our observations.

Water flows on and on
but it never flows away.
The moon waxes and wanes,
and yet in the end it is the same moon.
If we look at things through the eyes of change,
then there’s not a single instant of stillness in all creation.
But if we observe the changelessness of things,
then we, and all beings alike
have no end.

Su Shih

If time only exists when perceived, does it really exist at all?  Is everything just a possibility in flux (null) waiting for an observer to flip the switch and lock it into something meaningful to that observer?  And if that is true for “physical” matter, what about thought or feeling?  Can thought or feeling exist without an observer and if it is being observed who/what is that observer?

The moment you realize you are not present, you **ARE** present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now

We are not viewing physical matter, we are viewing our perceptions (thoughts/feelings) of physical matter.  Obviously thoughts and feelings can be influenced by subtle things that we are not even aware of, but if it is all part of our perception then we should have ultimate control of it.  It is awareness that breaks the illusion.

Like you, I am a luminous stardust being that has become self-aware, and we are two pieces of stardust that are having a conversation. But that is just a spacetime event. Our real nature is beyond space and time.

Deepak Chopra

Cognitive Dissonance

The theory of cognitive dissonance in social psychology proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by altering existing cognitions, adding new ones to create a consistent belief system, or alternatively by reducing the importance of any one of the dissonant elements.[1] It is the distressing mental state that people feel when they “find themselves doing things that don’t fit with what they know, or having opinions that do not fit with other opinions they hold.” [4] A key assumption is that people want their expectations to meet reality, creating a sense of equilibrium.[5] Likewise, another assumption is that a person will avoid situations or information sources that give rise to feelings of uneasiness, or dissonance

Holding altering beliefs represents a discord in our view of the universe.  I am separate, and I am one.  The dissonance needs to be broken, but how?  The veil fades away when expectations meet reality until all expectations are gone.  The world becomes brighter and you are filled with a self confidence.  A realization that you don’t need to trust anyone other than yourself.

Sit back.  Relax.  Understand that no matter what you are doing, you are meant to be doing it.  Stop looking for the bad and even the good in doing it, and just enjoy the act of doing it.  This goes for the extreme and exciting to the most boring and mundane.

The relief of that dissonance is freeing and enlightening.  We start to see the world as it is where EVERYTHING is an expression of the self.  Everyone and everything that we interact with is an expression of the self.  But don’t lose sight that even the body and the mind are an expression of the self.  Every atom in the universe is locked together to form this particular representation of reality which just happens to be from your perspective.

Just let expectation meet your reality.  Let go of all expectation until there is nothing left. Do it slow.  Follow your breath. There is no rush.  Ask yourself what is wrong with this moment.  Keep asking yourself that until you comeback with nothing.  Ease into the moment.  Move from any doing to just being.

Thought = Action?

Reality
Reality (Photo credit: nualabugeye)

And what is reality? Is reality what we’re seeing with our brain…  or is reality what we’re seeing with our eyes?  And the truth is is that the brain does not know the difference… between what it sees in its environment and what it remembers… because the same specific neural nets are then firing.

What the (bleep) Do We Know? 

If this is true with vision, then it must be true with the other senses as well.  And if that is true with what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch; then what about our actions within that framework?  Is there a difference in thinking about an action and performing an action?  If actions are in response to environment and the environment is thought, then actions must be thought as well.  I don’t know if it is a fallacy to apply logic here or not.

There is something to this, but I cannot quite wrap my brain around the full scope of it yet.  Any comments are appreciated.

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