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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.

Personal super clues

 

When I began to think back to when I realised that the reality that we are taught exists was not the whole story, I came up with a list of personal clues that I had noticed, consciously or sub consciously. I always say that I never see anything, but that turned out not to be really true. The brain often twists what we do see to fit its perceived patterns of what we should see. Anyway the clues were there, and the first one was what started me on a lifetime of questioning and thinking.

Marian’s list

  1. 50 years ish ago I met my first husband. We both felt strongly that we had met before in a previous life. We had been brother and sister. Nothing unusual about that now ( in certain circles), but at the time it was not a concept that had ever been discussed. We just accepted it as a fact without really questioning, at the time, what it meant.
  2. My mother could accurately see the future. What started as a party trick frightened her so much she shut it down. Did this mean that the future was preplanned, or had it already happened? Why can some people access this information. Food for thought anyway.
  3. Past life memories started coming up. Having a reiki treatment I felt a heavy beam on my chest and could not breathe. I had been trapped under a boat in a cold northern sea and drowned. This explained why sailing freaked me out. I was not afraid of falling in the water, but in being trapped under an upturned boat. Our irrational fears or unexpected skills are often clues to past lives.
  4. I was on my own in my flat when something very loudly but distinctly said boo in my ear. I am just about to look into fairies and other spirits!
  5. Just writing about ghosts and the g randomly got stuck. Gggggggggggggg. It had never happened before or since. Was someone trying to tell me something?
  6. Between sleeping and waking one day I looked up and saw a circle of lights chasing around what looked like a porthole in a space ship. In the porthole I could see stars. I felt it was a glimpse of a future life, spent travelling the universe.
  7. When I was very upset, green balls of light appeared in front of me. I now know them to be healing orbs. I had no idea then such things existed. Similarly the orange light which sometimes comes to me that I now know to be a protective force.
  8. Toby and I were travelling in the car one day when a whole segment of radio repeated itself. We assumed it was an error although it was supposed to be a live programme and there was no acknowledgement that it had happened. Could it have been timeslip?                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The conscious mind does tend to rationalise and dismiss these things. Indeed society trains it to do so!    Some of the clues seem relatively insignificant, but taken in total they point to reality which is more complex than we can easily imagine.Please share your lists. I seem to be being interfered with even as I write this….