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Our personal visual reality

Two of my main questions in my search for  the truth about our reality are ; How do we know what we are seeing is the whole story? How are we accessing physical reality? I found a wonderful science TV program by David Eagleman which explained this wonderfully clearly. This enabled me to put another giant piece in my puzzle.

The answer is, of course, that it is our physical brain, via our senses, that allow us to access and interact with our reality. At the same time our senses are an illusion constructed by the brain. Information about our physical reality streams in to our brain continually in greater quantity than we are aware of. So much streams in that our brain cannot cope with it all. Our brain sifts all incoming data to look for patterns, which are then constructed into our own version of reality.

What we see through our eyes is a case in point. The Thalmus is one of the brains’ major junctions. Most sensory information connects through here on its way to the outer surface of the brain, the cortex. Data collected by the eyes stops here on its way to the visual cortex. Brain scans, however reveal that for all the information coming in to the visual cortex, there is 6X as much flowing in the opposite direction. We see reality only using information that we already have in our heads.

In everyday life the brain is continually updating the patterns in our head about what we expect to see with what is actually out there.  People in complete sensory deprivation conditions often report still seeing pictures. Our seeing, our view of the world, relies mainly on what is already in our heads rather than exclusively what is coming in. There is a dance between the outside world and our brains, the individual internal model which they have constructed. This gives us our own individual version of reality.

Not only that but individual parts of the brain process information at slightly different rates. There is said to be a time lag while this happens. The reality we do see is delayed, it is 2/10ths of a second late. This is brain edit that we are not aware of. In the end all you can say is, reality is what your brain tells you it is.

The reality of of what we see (or do not see).

As someone fascinated by the nature of our reality, I talk and interact regularly with people who see a variety of phenomena from auras to angels, fairies, ghosts and aliens and beyond. I personally see nothing. The question is often asked, If there are other beings in our reality with us, why cannot we all see them?

The answer is that as human beings we are limited. We are limited by the variable quality of our sense organs and how our individual consciousness’s organizes and makes sense of  the input which these sense organs feed to it.

How do we see things

We see things, of course, with our eyes.  Simply put, light enters in though our pupil, is focused by our lenses and hits the back of the retina. There are two types of photoreceptors in the human retina, rods and cones.

The retina transforms the image received via the rods and cones into electrical impulses that are carried by the optic nerve to the brain. The brain then makes sense of what it sees. For instance, the image is actually inverted and the brain shows it to us the right way up.

Why don’t we all see the same thing?

There are several reasons for that.

Firstly, physically, our eyes are all slightly different.  Whilst following a standard pattern, the detail of each individual pair of eyes will vary, according to our genetics. Not only the colour varies but the quality of each individual part may vary too. We all do see things differently. We see colour differently, the number and quality of our rods and cones vary. Some people are short sighted or long sighted. Some people have amazing clear vision and others do not see well at all.

Secondly, we are bombarded with images continually. To survive in this world our brain has to make sense of these. Who is moving towards us? What distance are things away from us? What is this object I am seeing? Our brain actually edits. If it cannot recognize a object,  it will search your memory or data base to find out what it may be. It may just show you the nearest thing to what it recognizes which may not be actually, in that form, there at all. This happens in a split second. We all do see things differently. We do see the edited version, according to our brain. There may be something that you could see around you, but your brain/consciousness does not recognize it and edits it out.

Thirdly, we only see the images of the wave lengths of light that our physical eyes are set up to register. Beings around us who are vibrating at a higher frequency may just not visible to us. Some people with a more sensitive set of rods and cones ( or a more sensitive consciousness) may glimpse them.

Fourthly, some people, by using meditation or other methods, may actually transcend the limitations of the human eyes and the human standard brain. They may actually see what is around them. They may even get glimpses of other dimensional beings. Once the brain has the pattern for these other images, of course, they may be able to see them when not necessarily in an altered state.

Aspects of Reality

There are many other beings in our reality with us.Whether or not we can see them depends on the individual quality of our physical eyes and the editing ability of our brain/consciousness.



Are we all just playing a part?

multiple peopleA close loved one died recently and I was again struck how different family members and friends remember the same person. It seems that not only do we change and grow (or shrink) with age, but that different people either see, or bring out, different sides of the same person.

I then took this to a higher level and realised that the loved one was probably actually playing a part in this incarnation. That he was probably never the person I thought he was. He was as he was because I needed him to be that way for my own development. Is this actually true of us all? We may be basically playing the interactive video game of life  after all.

Aspects of reality

In some sense we are all actors in each others lives. It may be more of a cosmic plan than we are aware of.


Why we are here?

question earth  We can probably never really know what is going on in this reality of ours. Though my blogs, books and Facebook group and page (Aspects of Reality) I am trying to share the insights that have come to my attention about the true nature of our reality. I do not have all the answers, but all I am trying to do  is give people the tools, ideas and structure do their own thinking on these matters.  I also learn a lot from reader feedback and comments, which often set me off on a new train of thought or research.(Thank you)

I have come to the end, for now, of my thread about what happens when we die and leave our physical bodies, but I recently came across some wisdom that made me really think. It came down to a simple question that sometimes gets forgotten- why are we born in the first place?  What is the point of this Earthly life?

Well we cannot be really sure until we get to the next level, and understand the real big picture. Some people would say it is a matter of faith, but it comes down to, I believe, seeking experience of all possible variations of life and the subsequent spiritual development. It is a question we do not ask ourselves enough though, as we work our way through this incarnation.

Aspects of reality

Questions that are not asked enough, why are we born in the first place?  What is the point of this Earthly life? If we could properly answer that we would be able to understand the big picture of our reality.


Differing aspects of us

multiple peopleA friend of ours has recently acquired a lovely new partner. He was always very sound and good hearted, but as it has been remarked upon in the wider friendship circle, he seems to have become much nicer open and generally more friendly. Almost a new man. His late wife was a wonderful woman, but X has brought out a softer, nicer side to his personality.

This made me think how many differing aspects that we all have to our personalities. Several different people are probably inside us. The personalities that we develop, in our interactive reality, depend more than we think on who we interact with and our circumstance in life.On which aspects are brought out. Not only that but friends at the opposite end of the spectrum may see almost completely different people.

Anyway, just another example of the absolute fluidity of our reality in practice. We cannot even really be sure of who, as people, we or our friends really are.

What do you think?


Dionysian thought

question marks Dionysian thought concerns  knowledge, concepts and instincts we are aware of but do not have the language to explain. As ever some interesting comments and arguments via Facebook. A new Facebook friend of mine William had an interesting slant on this, which I have reproduced, with his consent, below.

“Humans have been around some 300,000 years or so as Homo sapiens, but civilization as far as we can tell has only been around since the end of the last ice age some 11,000 years ago.
This gives us 289,000 years (lets round it down to a quarter million) where we weren’t dealing with engineering, architecture, literature, chemistry, electronics, etc. etc. ad infinitum.
During this period we weren’t much different from our ancestors before that time relying on intuition and instinct in all things.
I suspect we got quite good at it, but between emails, schedules, passwords, freeways and so on we’ve lost touch with it.
So we have these educated brains we’ve been using for less than 4 percent of our existence as a species directing us frequently at odds with our intuition and instincts that have guided us for 96 percent of our existence as a species.
This 96 percentile is powerful beyond measure, it quietly sits there being ignored yet calling into existence much of our misery to balance the forces we’re ignoring.
Is it any wonder we’re plagued by war, drug addiction, alcoholism, partisan chasms based on race, politics, sexual preferences, and cultural stigmas?
We are all spiritually aware if we admit or know it or not.
Drug abusers find drug abusers in a crowd.
Victims almost call their abusers to them.
Under the tyrant of unwise knowledge and ego we are each our own worst enemy.
“Know Yourself” at the temple of Delphi was a call for people to discover themselves and their intuition and instincts and as great as the need was then the need is that much greater again now.”

Aspects of reality

WE are much more aware and multi layered than we remember on a day to day basis.

Perceptions on good and evil

magiceyeLast week I spoke about our perceptions of our physical world and how they may influence our reality. This week my intention was to look how perceptions may influence our conduct in the world. Funnily enough, as I was writing my blog I found a relevant cutting that I had saved from the Daily Mail recently. Someone had asked Jonathon Cainer, the astrologer, if good will eventually overcome evil. To my surprise he intimated that evil was perhaps a matter of perception not an absolute. He said that many evil doers to not see what they are doing as evil, and indeed may even see some of your good actions as evil. He looked forward to the time when people are wise enough not to make such cut and dried distinctions. I must admit that I had not thought of things that way.

Looking in depth at the concept of evil is something I have actually avoided. I touched on it when writing ( Aspects of Reality- a user’s guide to the universe). It is was my intention to look at it more closely in research for my next book ( Further Aspects of Reality). It may be, though, a real super clue to the big picture of our reality. Is there actually an evil entity as per our Christian tradition?

Or, as Jonathon states, is it just a matter of perception?

Something to research and think about more deeply anyway.

What do you think?




magiceyeFor the past couple of years I have discussed aspects of our reality and how they seem to interact to make us us, and our world what it seems to be. What ever the ultimate truth about our reality though, the fact is that it is multi layered.

At one level our physical bodies consist of nothing more than vibrating parcels of energy in combination, acting in accordance with the laws of physics. (We could even be holograms!). Then our seemingly solid human body itself functions according to complex biological rules. On the other hand we are conscious spiritual beings with essences or souls who appear to exist beyond physical death. Some people even think we can alter and direct our own realities.

Why are we here? What on earth is the true big picture? What does happen when we die ? How  fixed is our reality.?These are all fundamentally unanswerable questions.

There is even another aspect of our reality though, on top of all these. What ever our physical reality actually is, perceptions of the same reality can vary from person to person. How often is the same scene viewed differently? How often do our pre existing perceptions spoil or warp what is actually there in the world for us? Do we in anyway see the same things as other people? Are those with different perceptions actually wrong? More unanswerable questions.


Perhaps our individual perception of our reality is more important than we realise. Perhaps they actually influence our realities in ways we are not conscious of.

What do you think?


The reality of dodgy memories and how they affect our reality

red-question-markI read somewhere the other day that neuro-scientists think that they have identified the precise moment that the brain decides to create and store memories. This got me thinking about the nature of memory itself and the part it plays in our reality.

It is also understood that a huge proportion of the memories we do have are probably wrong. This becomes very apparent when we recollect events with people we shared them with, and when people try and describe something that happens to them ( like witnessing a crime). They are almost always slightly different. I often wonder if we were talking about the same event! Similarly I do know of a case when someone remembered an event that they had not actually been to. It was just that they had heard it described so often that they thought they had been there.

Neuroscientists from Leicester University say that “When we recognize a person or hear a name the brain fires a neuron in a split second because it was stimulated to record it. At the same time the brain blanks out” irrelevant” memories.”

The thing is that memories, usually hidden in the sub conscious part of our brain, do shape both our world view and our decision making. They actually are a large part of our reality. So although we are seeing the same things different brains may blank out different irrelevant memories, or include things that other people have not consciously noticed. So memories are in some sense always subjective. They are though, lodged in our brain as actual fact.

The trouble starts when we make important decisions based on these faulty memories.

Makes you think anyway,


The reality of what it means to be human -2

Being human, and what makes you so, is a complex concept. All we can do is look at the various aspects  of what makes us us, and understand that none of them are the whole story

Last week I looked at what makes us different from our ape cousins who share 99% of our DNA but are totally different intellectually ( It essentially comes down to larger heads and more brain connections!!).

Another Horizon programme recently came to my attention which looked at the topic from a totally different perspective. It was called “The truth about personality” and dealt with how personalities are actually created, and if they are fixed or can be changed.


What is personality anyway?

Micheal Moseley, the presenter, defined it as a complex mix of characteristics and emotions. He did not mention the subconscious directly though. This is a powerful part of our mind that we are not aware of, and some think that it influences what we feel and do more than we realise on a day to day basis. Simplistically, it takes in all the information that our sense organs are receiving continually and filters them and makes sense of them for us. Its filtering can affect our perceptions.

What he did explore was that whether we are optimists or pessimists, cheerful by nature or depressive, depends on these filters that we have in our physical brains. Some brains are tuned in to see the negative first, some pick up on positive.

Long term studies done on personality types and ageing have actually found that cheerful and optimistic people, with good mental attitudes, may have an average seven and a half years more of life expectancy. Negative brains suffer a much higher level of stress which can cause all sorts of physical problems.

Can personality be changed?

The characteristics that make us who we are seem to come from a combination of nature and nurture. Around 40 -50 % of them come from our genetics. The rest are generated by factors such as environment, upbringing, nurture and life experience.

As a self confessed negative thinker, Michael, was exploring whether personality was fixed or could change. (In his case the answer was yes, he managed to change his filters by Cogitative Bias Modification exercises and mediation)

Twin studies

In the bigger picture, scientists at St Thomas Hospital London are looking at sets of identical, therefore sharing the same genetics, twins. They became particularly interested in those who, whilst being very similar, seem to have differences in mental attitudes. If they have had the same genes, nurturing and upbringing, why should this happen?

Back to genes

Their conclusion was, surprisingly, that the genetic component to our personality is more flexible than we think. Genes can be switched on or off by life experiences, often traumatic. Personality is more flexible than we think and can be modified throughout our life.


As ever, the science was very interesting and gave real insights, but was not the whole story. Yet again no mention of the soul, spirit or consciousness, or the supra natural gifts that some have which raise humanity above just their genetics.

What I find really interesting though, was the fact that genes can be switched on and off throughout our lives. I understand that we share genes with all of the organic world. Could genes other than those used to create personality ever be switched on and off also? Scary thought!!

What do you think?