PODCAST: Life Is An Illusion

When we pay attention to an object, attention is not directed towards that object, awareness is a one way process and the mind is only ever the receiver of it. The mind can focus on different aspects of perception, within the field of awareness, however the mind does not directly affect anything and any perceived change in circumstance is literally only down to a rapid shift in point of view. The brain tricks us into believing we are in control of certain events and that they occur in a linear time frame.

If you have stereoscopic vision, this can be tested against reality by doing the following. Take an object an arms length away from you or hold a hand out directly in front of you. Close one eye and leave one eye open. Now switch eyes, in other words close the open eye and open the closed one. Observe movement in the object in front of you. If you don’t see it, rapidly switch between the two eyes, or choose an object like a pen and line it up with something in the background.

Did you have an influence over the object in the outside world, or the background and did it really move, or was it simply a shift in point of view?

The brain is very powerful and creates an illusion of reality. The illusion of reality created by the brain is not reality, it is a point of view.

Here is another exercise, thinking about the same thing. Use a video camera, or even the camera on your mobile phone and ask a friend to help you. Take a fast journey by train and look out of the window at the hedgerows. Notice that visual awareness is a seamless experience. Wherever you look, there will be a sense of being in smooth motion. The visual field will be flowing from one place to the next. The train is taking you somewhere and the scenery will pass by very naturally.

Ask the friend to watch your eyes, but not to mention what happens. Get the friend to make a movie of your eyes as you watch the scenery go by. Before watching the movie, pay attention to your environment and make a mental note of some of the objects occurring within your space. Close your eyes. Move your eyes such that you are looking in a new place. Open them again. Fully take in the object you are looking at. Close your eyes and move them to a new place. Open your eyes and observe the next object. Do this several times.

Notice the disjointed nature of moving your eyes from one place to the next and notice that the experience isn’t seamless.

Now watch the video your friend took of your eyes. Notice how the eyes dart around gathering information. Notice that darting around gathering information is what the brain needs to create a seamless reality.

Finally, notice that YOU have no control over how this happens.

See you on the other side of the looking glass,

Anurajyati (be in love!)

Mark Ty-Wharton

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Great speech, just hit the topic so well, lots of content & really interesting. Lots of colour, great stuff!