Our senses are not objective; they are translators that create our personal reality.
Today’s article is an advanced — but astonishing — topic that gets increasingly esoteric and mind-expanding as it unfolds. It explores the idea that physicality is not an external, separate, objective, outer thing but is, instead, a sensation created by our senses which is a subjectivetranslation of what is being perceived (not an objective measurement).
It’s a pretty mind-blowing concept as it really opens your understanding of how our reality is an experience that arises from within consciousness, as opposed to the traditional view that consciousness arises from within biology / physicality. Don’t worry if it doesn’t all make sense on your first read, that is often the way with these kind of abstract ideas.
With love, Story
You Aren’t Physical — You Are That Which Perceives Physicality
Our biological senses give rise to the sensation of physicality — the experience of being in a physical world. All things, when viewed through our biological senses, are perceived to be physical. Biological senses render anything they perceive into a physically defined translation.
Our senses are not objective. They are translators which create the definition and the experience of what they perceive through how they choose to translate it.
For example, human translators aren’t just machines that directly translate without creative input. Translating between languages and cultures is a creative art form with the translator making many creative choices with every word. Our biological senses are translators in just the same way.
ELABORATION: There is no such thing as non-physical to a physically defined sense; meaning — there is nothing in existence which, when viewed through a physically focused sense, is not found to possess qualities that can be perceived to be physical.
All that we call non-physical is not “not physical” as it is capable of being perceived by embodied beings like us. For example, it is not that “spirit” is non-physical; it is consciousness in an experience that does not include physical translation/perception.
Even though we experience ourselves as physical beings, we are not significantly different from how we perceive our spirit to be (the non-physical). The only difference is that we are choosing to include physical perception as a way of experiencing reality.
We use physical perception in both how we perceive and express what we are.
Through this understanding we — as embodied consciousness — are seen to exist in relation to both the physical and non-physical:
- We are each non-physical consciousness choosing to experience our sensation of self through physical manifestation.
- We are each an embodied, physical human choosing to experience the non-physical (the realm of consciousness) from a physical vantage point.
- We are that which bridges the physical and non-physical.
To see the relationship between physicality and non-physicality is to see that neither consciousness nor physical things possess absolute qualities — such as physical or non-physical.
All things, if viewed through a physical sense, are found to have physical definition.
All things possess the qualities of the sense / mechanism / agenda / intention that is observing them.
SCIENTIFIC COMPARISON: When we test to see if light is a wave using a wave perceiving apparatus, then it is a wave. But if we test using different equipment to see if it is a stream of photons (particles), then that is what it is found to be. (Google: double-slit experiment for more info).
So… we see what we are looking for. Therefore, if we look to see if something is good, then we will always get a measurement on our personally defined good to bad scale. If we test to see if something is beautiful, we can always determine a rating through our personally defined beautiful to ugly scale.
Meaning — what we are looking for determines what we find. Even though a form of consciousness may exist without any concept of beauty, we can still judge/perceive it through that lens and personally determine it to be either beautiful or ugly. The mental leap is to see that this does not just apply to subjective qualities. If we look with “eyes of physicality,” then even if we look at a form of life with no concept of physicality, we will still perceive it as being physical.
When you look through rose-tinted glasses everything is seen to exist in shades of pink — even if it reflects/absorbs other colors.
Our biological senses are just like rose-tinted glasses, except they are “physicality” tinted. Therefore, no matter what we are looking at, we perceive it as being physically defined.
As consciousness we are free. We use our choice of “tinted perception” to help define our experience of self, but that choice is only ever temporary. For example, our mortality is the choice to perceive through a “physicality-tinted lens” for the duration of our embodied existence.
We are not ultimately defined by our perception; we are that which chooses how we perceive.
We are not the definition or meaning we perceive; we are the creator of the meaning and definition we perceive.
We are each a state of consciousness experiencing the meaning that arises out of the definition we have chosen to focus on perceiving. The fundamental thing that defines any reality is the choice of what dimensions / scales / polarities we are to perceive it through.
The consciousness within all realities is the same consciousness—the one eternal-consciousness. This is not a limit as there are an infinite variety of realities and experiences. These are created through the infinite variety of ways we can choose to perceive.
If you stop defining yourself by your experience, and instead know yourself as being the chooser of your experience, you will awaken to the wider nature of reality and the realization that we are all one consciousness experiencing infinite forms. Therefore, even though we are all one, we are also each unique because of our choice of perception.
The realization we are one — and yet unique — is the realization we are a collective consciousness. This is to know that, as embodied consciousness, we are connected, and yet, we can still choose to experience separation from each other. We are unified, yet diverse.
We are a unified diversity of consciousness.
To understand our unity is to say that all things possess all qualities equally:
- All are all. All contain the potential of everything. There is nothing in existence we are not connected to. We possess all qualities that can be conceived or perceived.
- Within every one of us is the sum total of all experience from across all time. All experience is shared holographically. When human, we experience this at a predominantly unconscious level.
- Whatever births in any one experience of life is equally available to all. This is because all experience originates from the one shared source of creation — eternal-consciousness.
- All experience births from the All. We are The All birthing ever new experiences of itself.
- We are an experience of collective consciousness. We are both collectively conscious and collectively unconscious at the same time. How much of our experience is conscious is self-determined. How much of our collective nature we are aware of is self-determined.
- We are an individualized, self-determining experience of the awareness of all.
- Every person is simultaneously an individual and the collective potential of all. Every person is simultaneously the one and the all / the one and the many / the individuated self and the collective self.
We are all qualities in one within an individuated experience of personally selecting which of those qualities we wish to experience consciously, and those which we do not (achieved by making them unconscious). This gives us our self-created individuality, or story, of self-definition.
Even if we make a quality unconscious, we do not stop possessing that quality; we just become blind to it. No quality can be destroyed.
To say all are all is to say we possess the potential of all creation. There is no experience that is denied to anyone; there is no other to deny it. There is nothing we are not and nothing we cannot be.
Our equality is seen through our equal potential to be which, in being infinite, is the same for each of us.
Our individuality is our choice of perception. This flows from our choice of beliefs. Our beliefs (the story we tell about ourselves) convey a map of which qualities we are experiencing and exploring consciously, and which we are repressing through fear. What we fear therefore determines our reality as much as what we love. They are the two sides of the one coin of being.
Observation is not passive.
Perception is fundamentally a creative act.
How we choose to perceive creates our experience of what we perceive.
Every perception is a choice to experience more and is therefore a choice to be more. In every moment, a part of us that was unconscious moves to become conscious. This creates our vibrant experience of the present “Now” moment.
All are one and will expand forever as all experiences are unique. This world is billions upon billions of realities flowing through each other. We are eternal-consciousness in an experience of being many.
All hierarchy is an illusion. This level of collective realization, often called enlightenment, is accessible to everyone — equally.
Enlightenment is the choice to awaken to our collective nature. It is to step out of being dominated by our choice of physical focus.
Enlightenment is to awaken to what we have always been. Enlightenment is to see through the illusion of fear that has separated us. In this it is important to understand that this separation was not a mistake. It has created an incredible experience of individuality that is highly valued due to the depth of meaning and self experienced here. To experience self and other to such depth is an achievement; it is the desire of consciousness — not a mistake.
There has never been any mistake. Nothing is permanent. Everything changes. And experience is infinite.
To awaken is to open yourself to experience beyond your individuality whilst maintaining your sense of self. It is to release our current level of individuality and choose a wider collective framework. As we step into that wider framework, so we will know it as self. As we awaken, we will see through the illusion of separation and hierarchy.
Our chosen individuality is the stunningly beautiful illusion that cloaks the reality of our shared origin. We will continue to say, “I am me, and you are you” and yet we will know — without doubt or fear — we are one consciousness expressed as many.
Here’s the bottom line.
We created physicality to love it and to discover a new love for ourselves through it. But, we are not something that either is or isn’t physical. It is fun to define ourselves as something particular, but we are not anything in particular — we are the potential of all.
- Everyone is both physical and non-physical.
- Everyone can be perceived through any quality.
- You are mortal in some ways and immortal in others.
- You are beautiful in some ways and ugly in others.
- You are loving in some ways and judgmental in others.
- You are conservative in some ways and liberal in others.
- You are inclusive in some ways and excluding in others.
Any denial of these statements comes from ego-based judgement of those qualities that causes you to perceive yourself with an agenda of what you want to believe yourself to be. This is based on idealism which is fear-based, judgmental and exclusionary (but not “wrong”).
To know yourself as possessing all qualities is to know yourself as a unified diversity.
No experience, no life, no person, no thing is singular. You are infinite-consciousness wearing goggles that create both time and space.
Enjoy YOUR perception of time.
Enjoy YOUR perception of space.
Enjoy your choice to experience yourself as physical. That is why you have chosen to perceive in the way you do.