From The Archives: If something clicks in the forest, am I the only one who heard it?
[First posted 3/20/06]
“It was like -- Of course! Consensual reality (and dreams of such) is the illusion. Reality (capital R) is what I already know (before and beyond words) within.“And what keeps us desiring this consensual reality is the fear not only of the death of our little individual ego life, but the fear of confronting our own Individuality and power of Realization of Reality. We are afraid of our Individuality because our little egos tell us we'll be all alone and that we're better off continuing to pursue the dream of consensual reality (where we'll at least be surrounded by warm bodies and hope of better things); but this consensual reality never actually happens -- it's the carrot held in front of all of human history and each individual life.“This transition from consensual reality to Individuality spans the void muttered so often in the spiritual tradition.”
Thanks W. E.
When a bud — or, really, a spark of light — reaches the threshold — or edge — of consensual reality, it has begun to wake up. There is beginning awareness that it is the source of light of its personal experience — which is its Universe. It is its own light — and because it an inseparable part of its Source, begins to comprehend and see that it is also its own Source. This experience is one that belongs to it alone as well, and here we have the seeming paradox that the one is many, the many, one. It depends on one’s perspective, which shifts, at first, willy-nilly, suggesting chaos. This “chaos” is a kind of Brownian Motion,(1) where the sparks are colliding chaotically around, everyone flying around with different velocities, creating more motion, raising the “temperature” (energy) and more light. The butterfly begins to transform into a firefly, bringing forth and carrying its own energy of self-awareness to light the edge of the forest — and now able to venture into the forest! But only if it hasn't been caught and placed into a jar!
"Midnight Vineyard" fractal image by Sarah Scotland.
(1) Brownian Motion is a sophisticated random number generator, based on a process in plants discovered by Robert Brown in 1827. He found that small particles suspended in a fluid were in continuous movement and thus, described it as Brownian motion. Brownian Motion is one of very few things that truly cannot be predicted, in other words, it is genuinely random.
(2) The concept ‘fractal’ (short for “fractional dimension”) was introduced by IBM researcher Benoit B. Mandelbrot nearly two decades ago. Expressed in its simplest form, ‘fractals’ refer to images in the real world which tend to consist of many complex patterns that recur at various sizes. Mandelbrot proposed the fractal as a way to cope with problems of scale in the real world. It gets pretty complicated from here, but it might help to understand that it’s a kind of scaling process that proposes how the world builds up from the quantum/atomic level of reality into the reality we see and partake of on our scale — trees, their leaves and branches; clouds, storms, waves of the ocean — all manifest designs.
(3) Sharing is in quotations to show it as an implied concept, not a fact of Reality; that is, it’s part of the game of consensual reality. “Game” = “play” as in “creative” as in “fun.”
(4) “Realization” means “to make real” or “to bring into reality” – or, as we in the Risen know would say “manifest as real.” Now what does that mean? “Real” is from Late Latin realis, from Latin res – “thing” (and readers of this blog hopefully understand that “things” are “manifestations”), from Latin re – “backward” or “again” — conceivably (but maybe not) from Indo-European *wret-, metathetical variant of *wert-, to turn (< “turned back”). To bring into reality (wherein we believe we reside) is to manifest some thing within the collective and individual dream. However, we, the sparks, who are not things, are brought into Reality not by our selves, but by Our Self.
(5) “And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” (Genesis, Chapter 9, verse 7.) This is found in the story of Noah and the Ark, one of the greatest metaphysical stories in the Bible. Metaphysically, Noah means calm, peace and balance. The ark symbolizes a container or conveyer of consciousness, the carrier of life, an abode or a vessel for preservation, with a conscious awareness guiding it. Water in this instance reflects the psychic aspects of consciousness — psychic phenomena, magic, astrology and so forth. We can be inundated by the ego-mind’s illusory abilities (magic). To explore or dwell in this level of consciousness is to become lost in an oceanic dream of non-reality. The story of the flood, then (very briefly) means that the Noah consciousness must rise above the psychic aspects of ego-consciousness. It is, as E.W. discovered, “spanning the void” above the magical mutterings of the ego-consciousness. The question remains, perhaps: Who's holding the carrot?