Sometimes I wonder about all the things I can’t sense.
I mean, it’s a beautiful existence, the world that I can perceive. But in a way we are also limited by our sense organs.
The world as I know it, through sight, sound, taste, touch and smell, and I feel compelled to include the mind as a sense, is marvelous. But I find myself wondering about what lies beyond this three dimensional world.
I wonder about birds, and fish, responding as a single unit, imagining that they have magnetic receptors hard wired into their brains. Imagining that they perceive reality differently than we do. And although I imagine it, I’m sure that it’s true.
The same with a dog, their sense of smell heightened, but colour weaker than ours.
And so I find myself imagining what could lie beyond my immediate perceptions.
I find myself awe struck by the world that I do not know.
Today somebody asked me if I believe in aliens. I told them I didn’t know, but that I really, really, really feel that there must be intelligent life in the incredibly vast, and intelligent universe.
The world that we know has much to treasure, but to think that that is the full extent of what the universe has to offer seems naïve to me.
There must be so much more.
I see our perception of reality as so specific and subjective. It is based entirely on our instruments for cognition.
I am sure that we tap into some fundamental information, but to think that we see the entirety is, to me, ignorance.
I do see the mind, that which organizes all of our senses, as something separate from the other physical senses. The mind is immaterial. Where as sight and sound are dependent on the material world, the mind operates on a different plane.
I see the necessary distinction between the physical plane and the mental plane.
And so I train my mind to focus on that which precedes the physical manifestion, in order to touch that which is closer to the eternal.
I understand the physical senses as instruments to allow us insight into the mental and spiritual planes.
I often meet materialists. People who believe that the only things that can be said to be real are the things that they can see and touch. It is difficult to connect even to the idea of love. An idea which is intangible as such, but represented in forms when people are inspired by it.
But I tend to look at the cause rather than the effect.
I see the material world as an effect of a more primal cause.
This ’other’ world that I often dwell in is not quantifiable. It is known only through direct experience and not an outside observation. It is impossible to grasp even as a concept until you know it.
I see this three dimensional body as a vehicle to reach the higher dimensions. Dimensions which are not limited by time and space, in fact time and space are derivatives of this more fundamental reality.
I perceive these alternate dimensions as a unity rather than a division. Meaning that the 3D world is much more segregated, aiming to separate and divide, while the higher dimensions tend to unite and bring together.
To shift beyond measure is to enter a world which can not be isolated and separated. It is a world which acknowledges the intricate complexity, the inter connectedness of all things.
The mind’s desperate attempt to classify and quantify the perceived reality is countered by an overwhelming unity which consolidates.
How can we be expected to grasp something that we cannot perceive with our senses? Why am I suggesting that the senses cannot be trusted?
I’m not. I trust my senses. But I believe that they are tools to discover the ultimate reality. They are used to elevate the consciousness from the material world, to the mental, and to the spiritual.
The existence is like a puzzle that we need to solve. By training our minds to observe sensation without becoming a slave to sensation, we unlock the higher perception which reveals a greater context and understanding of the universe as a unified system more grand than our mind’s can even imagine.
Once we accept the truth that our senses are limited, we can begin to sense that which lies outside.
As the mind works less to divide and conquer this world, our hearts wake up to the work of the unification and harmonization that the ultimate reality offers.
from Albert Einstein: “A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. . . . Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”