“Most people believe the mind to be a mirror,
more or less accurately reflecting the world outside of them,
not realizing on the contrary that the mind is itself
the principle element of creation.”
- Rabindranath Tagore (Poet, writer and humanitarian, the first
Indian to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature)
In a previous blog, I discussed the age-old question of “which world is real?” —the world we can see or the world we can’t see which seems (at least sometimes) to have a greater impact. A recent article in the newsletter Singularity Hub provides another viewpoint on this, referring to a recent statement by tech giant Elon Musk which agreed that the world we live in is probably just a computer simulation. That statement increased the already-strong controversy over this theory.
One of the main thread-lines in these blogs is about reality and how it is created, individually and collectively. There are many ways to describe this, but there’s a common denominator demonstrated by science in how we use our senses to perceive the limited world open to them and then internalize them to react with emotions and thoughts. We don’t actually perceive the world as it is—that is physically impossible. Maxim Roubintchik, the author of the article, describes this well and starts with this premise:
“Our perception of reality is already different from reality itself. What we call reality is our brains’ attempt to process the incoming flood of sensory data. If our perception of reality is dependent on a simplified flow of information, it doesn’t matter what the source of this information is — whether it’s the physical world or a computer simulation feeding us the same information. But is it really possible to create such a powerful simulation?” 2
He then goes on to explain the science behind “universe simulation” and how easy it is, with adequate computational power (which presumably humans don’t have at the moment). The pinnacle of his article is his review of the “logical deduction” argument for simulation by Nick Bostrom (Oxford University philosopher), which is brilliant and impressive.
Bostrom makes the case for “doing the math”: “If you do the math, you will soon get to the point where you have to recognize the probability of living in a real world is very slim because it is simply dwarfed by the number of existing simulations.” 3 (This would seem to agree with Elon Musk’s estimate that it’s only one chance in a billion that we are NOT living in a computer simulation.)4
Roubintchik then proceeds with his own “logical deduction chain” linking our perception of reality to a simulated universe and how it’s all just information—which can be manipulated in unlimited ways: If we are all information, then our bodies are simply a representation of this information—like an avatar [ in a game]. The best thing about information is: It is not bound to a certain object. You can copy, transform and change it any way you like (all you need are the proper coding techniques).5
As Master Charles Cannon (modern spiritual teacher) puts it:
We have to understand the mechanics of the game we’re playing in order that
we might play it more masterfully. That brings greater self-awareness and a
more truthful experience of reality.6
Roubintchik agrees that the “information that defines you” goes beyond the physical dimension of your body, quoting the long-standing debate over “the concept of duality between our body and soul:”
“Real” Is Just a Word and Information Is the Currency…..
Reality is information, and so are we. A simulation is part of the reality that simulates it—and everything we further simulate is reality from the perspective of those being simulated.
Reality is, therefore, what we experience: From a physical point of view, there is no objectivity in the quantum space—only a very subjective perspective on things. There are even some widely accepted theories claiming that every object we see could be the projection of information at the other side of the universe—or any other universe.
So, in essence: Everything is “real” if you experience it. And a simulated universe is as real as the universe that simulates it because reality is defined by the information it represents—no matter where it’s physically stored.7
Science is a good tool for explaining what happens (or what may be happening), but the inner experience of life is above and beyond any definitions. Hearing all of this could be very scary, indeed (as Maxim Roubintchik admitted), if it weren’t for the opportunity to learn and experience a more blissful reality beyond the simulations. It IS possible but only through increasing self-awareness of the consciousness game.
As Master Charles has stated:
We are information processing units—IPUs. We are forms of consciousness, instruments of consciousness, individuated forms of consciousness. We experience consciousness within the relative field, the arena of all experience. We gather the information pursuant to our experience and we process it. Thus, through us consciousness fulfills its intention to ever more fully be itself through the experience of itself… through all of its experience in at least the 50-billion simultaneous universes that we know of.
In the meantime, how wakeful are you? How aware are you of the fact of your limited self-awareness? How aware are you of yourself as an instrument of consciousness creating the future of now? Remember the measure of evolution in individuated consciousness is self-awareness. As forms of consciousness, motivated by consciousness, to ever more fully be itself, it necessitates increasing self-awareness. So we are here to grow. We are here to evolve the experience of consciousness creating the future of itself, which necessitates ever-increasing self-awareness. How much are you on the cutting edge of your own evolution in terms of self-awareness? How wakeful are you of who-you-are and what-life-is in each nano-second of its happening? 8
1. Attributed to Rabindranath Tagore, goodreads.com, https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/119039-most-people-believe-the-mind-to-be-a-mirror-more
2. Maxim Roubintchik, Singularity Hub, Aug. 03, 2016, http://singularityhub.com/
6. Master Charles Cannon, writings
8. Master Charles Cannon, writings