There is a disconnect between objective reality and subjective reality. The many viewpoints of the human family seem to indicate that the realities that we create are equal to Reality itself. That, depending upon what we believe, the world around us will reflect that belief and will, in fact, conform the Objective Reality to the subjective, or perceived, reality. We labor to greater or lesser extents to live and carry out the plans that we have for our lives against a stream of events that either support or negate our desires, and we proceed or stall based upon the strength of our willpower and intentions.
When we do admit to the possibility of higher forms of consciousness and their impact upon our lives, we often concentrate upon those influences that we perceive to be beneficial and relegate those negative influences to some state of subordination to a greater, all encompassing Positivity, or Goodness, that has our best interests at heart. The major monotheistic religions support this belief in their general-if-not-universally-accepted insistence that G-d is Good, and that is all that He is. Despite the evidence of our senses and experiences that Negatives lead to Positives, and Positives lead to Negatives, we still insist that Love and Light reign in all ways and at all times, and that if we concentrate upon the positive and ignore the negative, then all will turn out for the best.
And it seems that is so. That all does, eventually, turn out for the best, as events – both Negative and Positive – sow the seeds of experience within every aspect of our lives, poignantly exemplifying a perhaps-intrinsic realization that G-d is more than Good, He is both Good and Bad combined. These terms, being value judgments, run counter to a more objective interpretation of Good and Bad being synchronous to Positive and Negative, or two dichotomous expressions of a holistic ideal, each being absolutely dependent upon the existence of the other.
As I stood outside a few minutes ago, thinking about these ideas, a certain Truth came to me. That all is not love and light. That hate and darkness is the natural inverse to love and light. That it is the experience of both extremes that comprise the spectrum of life. That seems to imply that the acknowledgement of this fundamental relationship is necessary in order to see past the veil of the subjective, into the realm of the objective. That it is possible to do so, only through examining our cultural and social preconceptions to the extent that we remove – as far as possible – misleading teachings and understandings that cause us to misinterpret that information that comes to us, or the evidence of our perceptions and experience, in order to determine what is really going on behind the curtain.
A monarch butterfly fluttered up to me as I came to this realization, stalling for a few seconds in the space before me, seeming to confirm this understanding with its implicit presence, its symbolic representation as an Archetype of Transformation causing an unmistakeable resonance of truth to thrum through my entire body, the vibrations and warmth coursing through me as the sunlight brightened and colors strengthened. The butterfly continued upon its course and I sent it thanks in the form of love and telepathic gratitude, as I continued to contemplate upon how to approach this topic in a measured manner.
The world as we see it is an illusion. Whether this is true as an absolute statement of immateriality versus materiality is of little import. What is important is to apply this truism to the realm of perception and interpretation. The fundamental supposition of all religions and spiritual paths is that there is some interaction between Divinity and humanity upon this material plane of existence. The varied doctrines differ upon the exact details of this interaction but, generally speaking, religions share similar characteristics of deification of supernal entities, worship of these selfsame entities, some sort of sacrifice to these supernal entities and subjugation to these supernal entities.
Even anthropologists state that religions previoiusly considered to be polytheistic (traditional indigenous religions in Africa, the Americas, Asia) are, in fact, monotheistic, in that, while being represented by innumerable dieties that vye for human attention and worship, beneath the veneer of multitudinous powers and principalities lies one, overarching G-d concept that ties these cosmologies into a single, holistic and monotheistic narrative. Even the traditional, judaic-descended monotheistic religions systems present their cosmic hierarchies in terms of Angelic beings charged with dominion over natural and spiritual domains that encompass the entirety of Creation.
The inescapeable conclusion being that there are many lesser Powers and Principalities, but only one overarching, Divine Creation imbued with consciousness and intent.
The actually implementation of this seemingly innocuous and abstract knowledge is resonant with consequences too wide-ranging for me to discuss in complete detail here. But Sufism, Gnosticism, the Cathars, the teachings of Gurdjieff, Castenada, as well as many native traditions around the world, all speak of the dangers of human interaction with these supernal entities and state, succinctly, the world is a prison.
For those of us who are scions of pop culture and avid movie goers, the themes of spiritually-based movies such as Fallen, Constantine, The Prophecy, The Exorcist Series and any number of sci-fi movies, to include Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Tommyknockers, The Astronaut’s Wife, Village of the Damned and, most noteably, The Matrix Series, all address this ideal of extra-terrestrial/mechanical or supernal entities threatening our very Freedom and the Souls of Humanity with a chilling, predatory consciousness that places us at the level of prey, rather than predator.
A discomfiting realization. But these are just movies, right? They have no bearing upon our subjective realities, right? Such fairy tales could not at all be indicative of any greater, more-objective-than-subjective reality, could they?
The world as it is and the world as we wish it to be are often two very different things. Different realities, even. It is possible, within the context of our society and our lifestyles to create a perceived reality that reinforces our own personal biases and belief systems. We can surround ourselves with people and places that help us to feel comfortable, while holding the unknown at bay with limited excursions out of our self and societally-created safezones. And yet, it seems that the paint is flaking off of the background scenery, there are cracks in the sky or, a lighting fixture falls from the roof of the sound stage, as happened in the movie, The Truman Show, resulting in the protagonist’s eventual realization that the world around him was not as it seemed to be.
Throughout human history, there have been glimpses of terrific possibilities, of the dangers inherent within an unknown and fearsome cosmos that was innimical to humanity, that actually sought to negate our specie’s influence and propogation to the boundaries of the natural world. It seems, these days, these fears are relegated to ancient mythology, crackpot UFO conspiracies and stultified religious traditions that place all Evil within and subject to the dominion of a greater and human-loving Good.
While we verociously consume the Earth’s very innards and its living creatures great and small in our drive to propagate an unsustainable and fear-driven lifestyle, it is only in our most febrile and imaginative entertainments and secret dreams that we dare contemplate the darkness that lies just outside the field of our sputtering grasp upon knowledge, fighting desperately against encroaching wisdom. To expose the fundamental contradictions in our subjective perceptions would require us to admit the probability that there is indeed something outside of our limited capacity to see and understand and, thereby, control.
Matrix-like truisms would be apt, at this point. To see beyond the flimsy, cloth walls of the carnival tent requires a desire to do so; to cast off the shades of ignorance to don the clear, glass spectacles of truth. To tune out the gaudy tunes and ephemeral exhilaration of the Ferris Wheel and look beyond the grotesque vision of the Lizard man and the Giant in the Side Show. To realize, once and for all, that knowledge without application is the very expression of ignorance.
To choose inaction in the face of the insupportable, to refuse to acknowledge that personal choice and group consensus act together to keep us encapsulated within a Prison of the Senses, is to choose the crowded highway over the mountain road. One is heavily traveled, the grades measured and easy, the sojourn relatively safe; while the other is sparsely traveled, wends high into the unknown, rife with danger to the unwary. Upon the wide and familiar road, all that you know flashes by the wayside, identifiable upon the surface as the trappings of normality. Your friends and family sojourn with you and you traipse along unconsciously, engaged in the very Stuff of Life. While, upon the unfamiliar path, you trod rocky and desperate terrain either alone or with those who seem strange to you, your senses are afire with clarity and absolutely nothing is known for certain, except for the Final Destination.
Making the decision to follow the Unknown Path separates one irretrievably from the masses, at least, during the course of this stage of the journey. Separating one’s subjective perception from that of our fellows is the choice of following the herd or striking out on one’s own. Eventually, we all make it to our final destination, the measure of each Soul’s advancement a function of his or her own will and desire. We are in this together, but it is incumbent upon each of you to choose your path according to your own needs, and not those of the Souls who travel with you for a time and through space, but who also have their own desires and needs to fulfill, separate from yours.
The difficulty in making this choice is undeniable. It is the decision to leap over the cliff into the Abyss with eyes closed, to trust in the existence of something beyond what is known and to embrace fear and transform it into something greater, and truer to the course of your life, and personal transformation. The only solace, in the end, is knowing that the choice is yours. That only you can make it, and that the life you choose is the life you live. Everything outside of that choice is non-existent. You create your own personal and subjective reality.
Until you find yourself confronted with a greater Reality beyond all possibility of denial.