Tuesday, August 21, 2012
What is possible and not possible
If I told you that in the middle of the Pacific ocean, there is a small island that contains the worlds largest deposit of gold known to man, you may or may not believe me, but you would not doubt it's possibility. The reason why such a statement is accepted as a possibility is because it is within the realm of physical understanding (the nature of this world). But it isn't the physical possibility that makes it believable. Rather, it is your belief that it is possible (assuming you trust me as a believable source), regardless of whether you have personally experienced this knowledge or not. So which is the deciding factor in determining what is and isn't possible: the fact that a statement or knowledge is possible, or the belief that it is possible?
Every individual has their own set of knowledge and experience. From these memories, we form our ideas about ourselves, the world, and what is and isn't possible. This is the basis of our belief system. We form it from the knowledge we gain during our lifetime. We gather this knowledge from our parents, our friends, our schools, our society, and the world around us. But one other area of knowledge most do not acknowledge is that of our inner intuitions and imaginations. Most simply call it our "conscience" or inner voice. Without going into too much metaphysical details, the inner voice influences our belief system more than we realize. That is because it is the seeds of personality that existed before our birth, the multiple lifetimes of experience we hold comes through our inner voice and it is what allows us to defy what our physical senses tells us to believe. Our inner voice allows us to consider things we may never have considered or known about consciously, but it is this inner voice that gives rise to new ideas and thoughts.
The problem is if our belief system is derived from what we know, and most people do not accept their inner voice as knowledge (or at least the knowledge that seems to contradict the physical reality), then we would never be able to expand ourselves beyond this set of knowledge! If you think about this, you would realize that the possibilities that exist through knowledge is limited because you would only know about those things that you have experienced or studied through physical senses. Then what drives the desire for new knowledge? What expands our understanding of possibilities? Most people would say curiosity, which is true, but why are we curious? What are we curious for? If not for our inner voice (the imagination and inner vision), we could never have the curiosity to seek the unknown and unseen knowledge.
In my view, we are curious because we want to experience all possibilities, whether or not you are aware of or accept this notion. The desire to understand is a part of having experiences. To understand what? Knowing how the universe works isn't really that important, just as knowing how a car works isn't really that important. What is truly important is to understand ourselves as a part of the universe in all the different ways possible (not just through scientific knowledge), and I believe this is a drive manifesting from our inner being, to help us become aware of ourselves. It may appear that the astronomer and physicist is seeking answers to the universe, but ultimately, if not covertly, then overtly, it is all of our drive to understand our place in the universe that drives each of us to knowledge in different ways (who am I and where did I come from). This is true of the everyday normal Joe and Jane as much as the Einsteins. The mundane and routine lives also creates knowledge of our place in the universe through everyday experiences, which is called wisdom.
Each of us are striving towards understanding in our own ways, using our own methods and capabilities. When one considers a drug addict as a waste of life or foolishness, they do so without the understanding that life is about learning through experience. When one sees a great man attempting to help humanity, it's easy to suggest that person is a benefit to mankind. Look upon the dredge of society and on the surface they appear to be a drag on humanity. But step back and look upon this seeming duality and realize that they both are helping mankind achieve a higher understanding, one through overt methods, the other covertly by making people aware of the costs of poor decisions. So why do most people only see the limited aspect of experience? Because they are not aware of what they do not know. If someone does not know something, how would you know it until it becomes known? A perfect example are the questions within the quantum physics realm. Until certain experimental results defied logical thinking, people had no idea about certain aspects of physics. It was through these experiments that new knowledge was gained and thus led to more questions. How many times have we heard or read about something coming into knowledge "accidentally" or "unintentionally"? These seeming random chances aren't really random, but it is the "ah ha" moment that comes from our inner knowledge which we each experience in our lives, whether they are scientific discoveries or little bits of knowledge about ourselves. But the point is, without the new knowledge, no one would consider going down a different path because it was not even a possibility in their minds beforehand, since they didn't even think to consider its possibility.
If you take this understanding, that knowledge begets knowledge which leads to possibilities, then you must accept that lack of knowledge does not infer impossibilities, but rather the unknown. Thus it is the lack of knowledge we must overcome, not the acceptance of impossibilities due to the lack of knowledge. So when a person says "psychic powers do not exist" or "God does not exist" or "non-physical reality does not exist", they are making statements based on a lack of knowledge rather than true impossibilities. True impossibilities can only come from having knowledge that something is in fact an impossibility.
Some might argue "You're wrong. I'm seeing reality and thus my belief is formed. My beliefs didn't create the reality I see." This is true, if your point of view is from your body. Here's an example of how point of view, or perspective, affects the ideas about what came first. Assume you are a conscious statue, let's say a marble one. You think to yourself "Hmm, how did I come to be?" From your point of view as a statue, you exist, but do not know how you came to be. Now move up one "level" of perspective to the point of view of the artist. You know you created the statue (and assume gave it consciousness), that it is the result of you acting on your belief (your artistic creativity) to create form. The statue, only having limited perceptions and thus unable to perceive anything outside of the marble, can't fathom its existence from a creator because it only knows it came from nothingness (having a point in time of self-awareness), but not how it came to be. If it did, then it wouldn't question how it came to be, and this is the basic premise of knowledge begetting knowledge. So depending on the point of view, from the lower level of the statue, the "world" (the marble the statue is made of) simply existed before it (the statue's awareness) came into existence and therefore the world formed the statue's beliefs. But if you go up one "level" of perspective, you know you created that statue and the "world" that the statue inhabits.
Obviously, this requires you to believe you are something greater than what you perceive yourself to be. But if you look at the human being, they in this life also create what they imagine. That is how we have advanced as a civilization. We develop and create things out of raw materials using our creativity and imagination (inner knowledge). This ability is no different at a higher level, where the raw material is energy, and the collective consciousness creates what it imagines freely using that inner knowledge (which is no longer considered "inner" from this perspective). At the individual level, we also create our own experiences for the individual's form to experience. This is what forms the basis of belief, and that belief creates the experiences we encounter in this life.
Whether any possibilities or impossibilities exist, is dependent on each individual's belief system. Because of this, people believe in religion, in science, in aliens, in themselves, etc.. But these are pointless compared to acknowledging your lack of knowledge, which drives curiosity and open up all possibilities. If you do not recognize this fact, then you remain in ignorance of any truths because it is only your own belief system you accept as complete knowledge, which in turn creates your accepted possibilities and impossibilities and the limitations it brings with it.