reply to post by JarredAus
reply to post by Kashai
Because I can't see the magician or explain some of its magic, I can't fully dismiss the notion that magic exists.
I've been tweaking with self hypnosis for a time and that has opened to me a real insight on the power of beliefs and how mind can shape the
perception of reality. Considering that its fully understood that we do not perceive reality at its fullness and that what we perceive as reality is
often not really there, the focus then becomes the mind where your reality really lives, we all pass trough life in a very personal delusion that is
often then not created and enhanced by our subconscious...
Belief systems have been give extraordinary importance based on my self realization, I can now fully understand why people fight for them (or even
over them) and I respect the empowerment they provide to those that have the capacity to have a strongly believe but to shape it to their benefit.
Today I understand some of mechanisms on how the mind can be shaped to serve your own purposes. I've also become more aware how these mechanisms used
everywhere and permeate societies and cultures
To me this was a real eye opening realization, before that I understood that the field was a bit gray, we had the placebo effect (and nocebo),
religious faith, homeopathy and a great lot of other phenomena that I couldn't frame into my view of reality, today I've become open to accept some
of this things by the realization that (for those that truly believe in them) they can in fact be real experiences, observations or tools. The
exercise of directing my own self delusions has granted me a broader view of what the mind is capable of.
I'm not religious in the aspect I require a personal savior or an intervening good to justify, explain or help me cope with reality, even if I now
comprehend those that not only opt but require this type of constructs). One of the few things that I have absolute certain of is that I'm an
individual conscience, all else is open to discussion, but as I realize my existence, I'm also aware of the fact that I've not always been (at least
myself) and so the next step is to acknowledge non-existence, that will most probably become evident by my own death. The main question to me then
becomes the purpose of my existence.
I refute the notion that as an individual I have been granted any meaningful purpose, this of course does not invalidate that I can strive for
meaningful and long lasting achievements, but I do not see that as the point of having come into existence. This view of mine also extends to any
other sentient creature, that there is no individual destiny to be filled, at best I could accept a collective potential destiny, a function to be
We today have the capacity to understand that the conditions of this universe have been set like in a mathematical formula, the components are set in
such a away that the simplest of things couldn't have been done in another way to permit life as we know it to emerge. This to me is sufficient
indication to accept a grand design. It still does not provide a solution to this question, of why I exist. But taking in all of what I know and
observed the concussion I've come is that there must be a purpose, since in this universe we increasingly know better, all things seems to serve some
kind of purpose.
The best theory that I defend is that life and I as part of it exist only to experience reality. I like the notion of each sentient individual being
part of a universal conscience not as a fully independent unit but like a two way sensor of a broader entity that may probably benefit from our
existence and experiences.
PS: I do believe many have experienced the phenomena but I discard most past lives reports beyond an individual experience, especially those under
hypnosis where it is extremely easy to replicate not only the experience but to create those memories. As well as most near death experiences, even if
I find some of the more complex reports involving out of body experiences supportive of the theory of an unifying conscience.