"'Real,' as Kevin Kelly put it, 'is going to be one of the most relative words we'll have.'"
- John Perry Barlow1
The Oxford Dictionary defines reality as: The world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them. 2
Wikipedia takes it a step further, saying that: “common colloquial usage would have reality mean ‘perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes toward reality,’ as in ‘My reality is not your reality.’” 3
Kevin Kelly was right in his astute observation in the difficulty of defining “what is real”. As Westerners, we tend to turn to science. There are many disciplines of science and social sciences, and they offer lengthy and complex theories. The current leading edge of science is Quantum Mechanics and it offers the most truthful explanation: consciousness is the ground of being, the stuff of which the universe is made. And, further,
"The purpose of the universe is to manifest creatively the ideas of consciousness." 4
Without getting too deep into such a technical topic, here are some basics put forth by Christian de Quincey, Professor of Philosophy and Consciousness Studies at John F. Kennedy University:
- “Consciousness creates physical reality.” 5
- “Consciousness is that which has an experience and attempts to describe that experience. 6
- Reality is the interaction of consciousness with what it experiences, subjective, and represents, objectively. 7
As Master Charles Cannon states, “All and everything is the happening of consciousness, including you. Consciousness is but one energy, delighting in itself. You, me, all and everything – we are all just one blissful consciousness.”
If you are interested in further reading, here are the excellent sources for the above quotes, and all are worthy of exploration.
1. Jason Silva, “Reality of the Virtual”, Published on Apr 1, 2014, Shots of Awe series online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnz_Uc5sWOI&feature=em-ubs_digest
4. Amrit Goswami, “The Visionary Window: A Quantum Physicist’s Guide to Enlightenment” (Quest Books, 2006), p. 91.
5. Christian de Quincey, Chapter 2, Consciousness: Bridging the Gap Between Conventional Science and the New Super Science of Quantum Mechanics by Eva Herr. Rainbow Ridge Books (April 2, 2013) Kindle eBook, location 693.
6. Ibid, location 513
7. Ibid, location 513