“Quantum physics tells us that nothing that is observed is unaffected by the observer. That statement, from science holds an enormous and powerful insight. It means that everyone sees a different truth, because everyone is creating what they see.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch
The idea that reality is not set in stone, is a difficult idea to understand, and one that quantum physicists and metaphysicians alike are beginning to explore more in depth and actually agree upon.
I won’t pretend to know and be able to explain the scientific aspects of this theory, but I can speak from my own level of consciousness which comes from my own “aha moments” and spiritual understandings of life. From the spiritual side of things, we have heard the saying “reality is an illusion,” from more than one teacher. The book, “The Tao of Wu”, stated, “When Buddha says ‘all is an illusion’ he isn’t saying that nothing is real. He’s saying that your mind’s projection on to reality are illusions. He’s saying that the elements in the universe that form every physical thing we see – solid, liquid, gas – if they’re taken down to a subatomic level, they don’t exist. Therefore all we see is an illusion, because it’s shape or form, not true essence.”
This explains somewhat from a physics level, at it’s lowest form (a subatomic level), matter does not actually exist, and it comprises 99% empty space. But what does all this mean on a practical level? And is there a way to test this theory ourselves, to show that not everyone is actually experiencing the same reality?
“The whole universal consciousness created the individual consciousness of each of us, experiencing itself from different perspectives, in which each of us creates the life we experience.” ~ Unknown
It seems that almost everyone you meet has their own “platform”, something that they stand for, some moral standpoint (no matter how big or small) that they believe in and these beliefs represents who they are as a person. Some people are convinced that the world is going downhill at a rapid pace and if we don’t save it we will all be wiped off the face of the planet, while some people don’t see the world from this perspective at all.
While for some people saving the bumblebees might be the biggest crisis facing the world, for instance, another person may be completely convinced that the corruption of the government is our biggest problem here. And while many will agree that there are 7 billion different perspectives happening here, what they may not realize is that this is actually the proof that we are not all experiencing the same reality.
If we think that each person has their own individual dimension of consciousness and their perception of the outside world is a complete reflection of their own inner world, we see that not everyone is actually experiencing the same thing. The changing variable that differs from one person to the next is our reactions to life.
For those that feel as though they are living in a world (the same world that everyone else is), and that life is happening to them rather being created by and for them, it is very easy to see why people are caught in a victim mentality.
They think, “life is happening, people are doing things to me, things are happening to me & I have little control over the things that happen in this world,” which causes them to blame the outside world for their negative emotions rather than see how their universe is trying to empower them by inciting the negative emotions.
The emotions being catalyzed by that person through their reactions to reality are the very emotions that are begging for our unconditional love and acceptance, and in turn are trying to be healed through us. However, those who see that, will realise that each person is in fact creating their own reality.
They see that everyone is here to go through their own life lessons and trials, and however their particular universe chooses to “wake them up” through the emotions incited through their version of physical reality is perfectly right for that person. How many conflicts in this world would cease if we would all just realize that not everyone is experiencing the same reality and we actually have more control over what we see ‘out there’ than we think we do?
Perhaps the most beautiful thing about life is that all perspectives are not only unique but completely relevant. If all is from the same source and that that source is interested in infinite possibilities and versions of reality all being experienced by individual dimensions of consciousness called by us, “people,” then perhaps it is time for us to look for the divinity in it all, instead of looking for the differences in each of us.
By taking the time to consciously realize that not everyone is going to have the same reactions to reality, the same “story” of what is important or not important here on earth, or perhaps a wildly opposite perspective of life altogether we can turn the attention inward into our own hearts and tend to the only thing that we actually do have the power to change and heal, our own hearts and our own selves.