04. The objective reality

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Definition:

It’s all-encompassing.

So why talk about it?

It is not easy for us to speak of something all-encompassing, as the very nature of thoughts is usually fractional, partial, reductionist, and exclusive. In short by nature the mind is not all-encompassing, as is well reflected when we say that we have probably left something unnoticed.

Why is it important to talk about objective reality? As we understand it, becoming aware of the objective reality gives us freedom as we become aware of all the existing options without excluding anything.

We get closer to objective reality when we consider our internal bias; our choice should not be based on a single subjective view of reality, but we should keep in mind that they exist and consider the other views too. At the time of making a choice we can opt for the choice that resonates most with ourselves in that moment.

The objective reality itself is not the problem, because it is always present, everywhere and at all times, the difficult part is our awareness, which is the tool we need to tune into objective reality, so that our perception can try to take in the totality of the objective reality of the space and time we find ourselves in.

It is clear that we naturally have limits which condition us to see a specific spectrum of objective reality. For example, human vision can only see a certain range of wavelengths, the human ear can only hear certain frequencies, etc. In the same way our beliefs and conditions will shape what we can observe from objective reality.

It is a constant challenge to be aware of our self-limitations, not so much physical limitations as these can only be changed through external instruments which allow us to discover objective realities that were previously unknown (for example the microbial world), the real challenge is in everything which we have believed to be real but is in fact a part of our subjective reality and distorts the objective reality.

An example we would like to share with you is the way we represent the west on the world  map. We put the north pole above us and the south pole below, and the real proportions of continents are not usually respected; the continent of Africa which is the second largest that exists after Eurasia is usually shown not much larger than the United States (North America + South America: 28.5%, Africa: 20.4%).

Finding out to what extents certain conditioning and beliefs distort our reality is fascinating and allows us to recover lucidity (common sense), while avoiding misunderstanding.

Another factor that affects objective reality is personal wounded reality, as we have seen in previous lessons, our inner child is constantly affected by what is happening, and defines (to the extent that is unconscious) many of our perceptions of the reality and often many of our reactions to this reality.

Between these factors, it is as if we have a few glasses on all the time. To help us take off our glasses and be able to look at the world as it is, without decorations and bias, we need to be aware of our limitations and our internal divisions, which is to maintain an open attitude, to inform ourselves, to compare several sources. We should trust our own experiences while also learning to manage our emotions.

Conclusions:

Our experience is that getting closer to objective reality can bring deep and sincere feelings and also a very genuine kind of freedom. We can feel more whole and coherent, while this can bring more discomfort and less ‘dream’, in the sense of living through the mind that all the while designs a world parallel to the objective reality in which those internal wounds and damages to our integrity are filled and compensated by this utopian mental world.

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