Ideology is, for many, an excuse to be positive about something without having proof certain. Is it even possible to know for certain, anyway? As Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, “At the core of all well-founded belief, lies belief that is unfounded.”
They say that perception is reality and that’s so true. Your reality is based strictly on your perception of things. It works like this: First, you observe things and in the process receive sensory impulses. Your brain interprets these signals and tells you what was observed. This forms your “perception of reality.” The key here is that the brain tells you what reality is – you don’t actually independently form your own “opinion”.
Reality is, in effect, information and this information is communicated throughout the universe. Our bodies are broadcasters and receivers of this information which is processed by our brain generally without our knowledge. Studies have shown that our brains make decisions just over a third of a second before we consciously decide to act. In other words, even when we think we are conscious, it is our unconscious mind which is actually making our decisions for us. Studies by neuroscientists have shown that the conscious mind provides only 1% to 5% of our cognitive activity.
The subconscious mind is basically a computer with a database of programmed behaviors. It cannot make decisions outside of these programs (i.e. it automatically reacts to situations only with its previously stored behavior responses). In addition, the subconscious mind operates with no control from the conscious mind. For the most part, we are not even aware that it exists and that it is making decisions for us. Therefore, we are not even conscious that we are acting unconsciously. As physicist David Bohm put it, “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” The important thing to note, therefore, is that our subconscious mind is creating our “perception of reality”.
The field of science has had a lot to say about this topic. Astrophysicist Arthur Eddington perhaps said it best when he said, “In the world of physics…the shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper…the frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadow…” So apparently we are dealing with a reality which can best be described as shadows, rather than as solid objects. Neurophysiologist and physicist Karl Pribram stated that we exist in a virtual reality matrix where our brains construct reality by interpreting frequencies that are projections from the Unseen.
The default setting of our brain is the subconscious mind. We live most of our life through the subconscious mind and yet, somehow, we still believe that we live consciously. Further, our beliefs and our perception of reality are formed by our subconscious mind yet we are certain that we are right about those beliefs and we can rarely be convinced otherwise. So the next time that you pick out a bag of potato chips at the market, ask yourself this question. How did I decide to buy this particular brand? The answer is very typically subliminal advertising (i.e. we are reacting to stimuli which we are not consciously aware of). So who is messing with your reality?
“… Max Planck regards consciousness as fundamental (rather than matter)… Therefore, you could look at the universe as being merely a figment of your imagination….”
– The Ethical Warrior, Conversations With A Prophet.