What new revelations will be unveiled in 2020? I've already been questioning, reinventing, and stretching the concept of who and what I am. I'm predicting that more and more of us will start waking up to who we really are as more and more science reveals our true human nature.
I've started reading and trying to digest Deepak Chopra's book, Metahuman, and I'm inviting all of you to join in the reading group that will be meeting here at NaMestoy. Details will be posted in my next newsletter. Below are some quotes from the book.
Somewhere in prehistory Homo sapiens crossed over into virtual reality, when a mind-made simulation became essential in our evolutionary path. The exact era will never be known, or the reason, if any, why one species should acquire such powers and know that it had them. No other creature consciously shapes its future. No other species tells stories and convinces itself that they are true. Somehow, following whatever torturous path, we managed to make our simulation so convincing that we got lost in it.
Metareality is more real than any virtual simulation. We should regard glimpses into it as evidence that we can inhabit the meta state all the time. Everyone would agree that it is better to live in reality than in fantasy. So it will come as a shock that you have been living in a fantasy all your life. It's an all-embracing illusion you bought into from earliest childhood. Nothing we perceive is as it seems. Everything is an illusion from the ground up. We are set up---brain, body, and mind--to conform to virtual reality, the result of a collective hoodwinking that has taken many thousands of years to create.
Let's consider one of the most basic aspects of virtual reality. Hardly anyone would question that being inside the body is normal, natural, and a true experience. But this certainty runs counter to the phenomenon of out-of-body experiences (OBEs), which have been documented in every culture for centuries. The most widely publicized out-of-body experience is "going into the light," as reported by patients who have clinically died during emergency medical procedures, especially from heart attacks.
The direct path accords with this notion. It holds that only one thing is real if everything unreal is taken away: the sense of self. Every life has its own priorities. One person's suffering may be rooted in poverty, while another person's suffering is rooted in sickness, a bad relationship, or lonely old age.
Nothing is more tangled and chaotic than virtual reality. The process of dismantling every cause of suffering is too complex to figue out in advance. The only realistic answer is to allow the illusions to dissolve as effortlessly as it developed in the first place. That is what the direct path is all about; this is what sets it apart from every othe scheme for the improvement of human existence.
It seems too good to be true that mind-forged manacles will simply drop away of their own accord. But that's exactly what Rumi meant when he declared that the jail cell is open. Since we are already free, there is no effort needed to get free. You are free once you base your life on one thing, your sense of self. This ability to shift perspectives is beyond any set of beliefs. We can put on any coat we want to wear. Yet whether you speak up for ideas you love or ideas you hate, you are always present. Your sense of self is independent of anything you think or say.
The leap from human to metahuman, the shift from virtual reality to the "real" reality, is all contained in the simple act of noticing the self. Not the ego, which wants to hog the limelight and claim that it and it alone is the self. The ego-personality can't help but contain the sense of self--every experience contains it. But the ego blocks our view. It is tied to virtual reality and keeps luring our attention everywhere but the sense of self.
Artificial Intelligent may be our future, but "I Am" is the one super piece that it cannot be....The living presence of
"I AM." A computer will never have a sense of self, which is a primary trait of consciousness. After all, it was our sense of self that led to computers in the first place. "I can think" is part of being self-aware. Once you say to yourself, "I can think," you have a reason to build a machine that imitates thought.
The sense of self tells you that you are you. It tells you that you are alive, thinking, feeling, wishing, dreaming, and so on. No physical proscess created your sense of self. You possess it as a built-in trait. You can subtract everything from your experience except your sense of self. You cannot abandon the sense of self. Putting it out of mind doesn't alter, distort, or destroy it. Your sense of self is the thing that makes you whole already. Everything that exists "out there" or "in here" is glued together by your sense of self, because it is the common denominator in every experience. Once you see this, you can identify with your sense of self, and then the direct path has reached its goal.