24th Oct ’11  (taken from my personal journal)

Q1 – What is reality?
Q2 – Does one create their own reality…?
Q3 – Can reality only exist if it is observed in some manner?

A1 – What is reality?
Reality is that ‘thing’, experienced by each of us, as that which we interact with; observe through the 5 (or 6?) senses; or perceive.
For example, my current reality (Hmm… interesting. The word ‘current’ suggests that I acknowledge that there are other realities…?) consists of the computer keyboard and screen in front of me, my filled Spongebob coffee cup next to me, the occasional awareness of the gentle babble of the office around me, and the occasional visual distraction of someone walking past.
So, until I start to think about it (at which point my awareness expands (or perhaps it becomes re-focussed) to make me more aware of my surroundings), my reality is very limited to that which is pertinent to the moment… to that which I am interacting with and that which I observe through my senses of sight and sound. Everything else is filtered out!

So the reality that I experience is different to that which another person experiences, even if they are there with me, because my brain chooses, in an unconscious manner, to filter out almost everything, and allows me to be aware of, or semi-aware of, only a few aspects of my surroundings at any given moment.
An easy example of this is; if I was in conversation with a woman, and another woman; a young, gorgeous, nicely made up woman walked past behind the other, my brain would instantly choose to focus on the woman walking past and quite possible completely lose track of the existing conversation (it’s happened before… more than once… he says wistfully… oops, there I go again!). However, if the other woman with whom I was conversing already knew the young beauty, then she may not even notice her walking past.
At that moment, we are experiencing different realities. Mine includes a newcomer on the scene, hers doesn’t.

This viewpoint on the nature of reality, suggests that the general, everyday, intuitive view of:
reality is; that all of the universe at a given point in time is in existence
…is erroneous, as each individual’s reality only consists of that which is interacted with, observed, or sensed at any given moment.
(Or could this mean that we are, in fact removed from reality, as we filter out almost all of it…?)

A2 – Does one create their own reality…?
The Law of Attraction is quite a well known phenomenon.
(It is: if one holds something that they want in mind with great intensity for a suitable length of time, then what it is that they desire, will finally happen.)
However, it is obvious through rational thought that no matter how much you might want that sports car, you ain’t gonna get it by sitting in an armchair wishing and wishing and wishing! One still needs to get off their backside and work towards it.

The principle works, not by use of magic, but by way of directing one’s efforts towards achieving a goal.
The conscious efforts are relatively easy to direct, due to the fact that with a great enough desire for a chosen end goal, a suitable level of self-discipline will manifest itself in one’s everyday activities.
It is the unconscious efforts that one is unaware of, that make the principle possible. These are the ones that, in a hidden manner, back up and support the conscious efforts. But they will only happen as a result / by-product of intense, unrelenting focus of the end goal.
The Law of Attraction works by focussing one’s efforts towards a goal.

With regard creating one’s desired reality, it can be seen by this principle that a future reality can be created by choice… and hard work.
However, it also means that whatever future reality one ends up with, it only occurred because of one’s actions / non-actions and choices / non-choices at previous junctions in life. [A non-choice is what happens when a person doesn’t make a choice about a future event, and allows the subsequent un-chosen event to occur – no complaining is allowed – you had your chance!]
The Law of Attraction attracts the desirable and the non-desirable.
One of these comes about through an awareness of choice, then subsequent appropriate action. The other; the non-desirable, comes about by not taking the appropriate actions as the suitable time.
Opportunities should be taken whenever they occur.
Paulo Coelho refers to these opportunities in his book ‘The Alchemist’ as ‘omens’.

A3 – Can reality only exist if it is observed in some manner?
The scientific discovery of the weirdness of the Quantum world has taught us that the reality that we perceive around us is absolutely nothing like the underlying reality that makes up every single aspect of the observable universe.
It challenges our ideas about how we interact with other parts of the universe immediately around us… and further afield.
When we pick up a coffee mug, we are not actually touching it in the same manner as we believe we are.
The edge of any one object, be it a rock or a person, is not exact. It is blurred and blends into those things around it. At this level, one cannot say for definite where the person’s hand stops and the coffee cup begins.
The universe is a seething mass of energy which when looked at, at the quantum scale, has no solid components.
What we perceive as solid is simply the effect of opposing energetic forces keeping the two objects from blending in to each other completely.
An atom comprises of a nucleus of protons and neutrons, with a series of electrons spinning around it at ridiculous speeds on circuits at a fixed radius. Absolutely every part of you is made from atoms.
An atom is almost all space. I once heard that if one was to imagine the nucleus as the size of a garden pea and were to place it in the centre of a football stadium, then the electrons would be orbiting outside of the stadium.
Between the electrons and the nucleus, there is nothing but space. We each comprise of almost nothing.
It was demonstrated on a television program how much space there is in an atom.
The presenter held up a sugar cube and said that if all the space was removed from each of the atoms that make up every single human, then the volume of the cube would contain the entire human race!… all seven billion of us…! Wow!

So, it becomes obvious with this little revelation that in terms of the physical world, the reality we see is not the same as the reality that we perceive.

The effects of observation on the probability of an event, show that at the quantum level, the mere act of observation pulls a probable event out from the ‘fabric of the universe’ and creates a perceived reality by reducing the probability of the other possible events to zero.