The Limitations of Perceptual Reality
...Part 2: Apparitions and
February 25, 1999 -
|Using fiction to solve problems is hardly a new way of doing things||Unexplainable visual phenomena, in terms of our present scientific knowledge, is a continuing problem for human understanding of ourselves and our very nature. The last few years we have seen the public increasingly interested in these issues with popular television and motions pictures made, it would seem, to help society to come to terms with various unexplainable situations. Using fiction to solve problems is hardly a new way of doing things, as we have resorted to this with many of the things that present themselves from time to time and we deal with them by focusing our attention on what might be involved. The X-Files and Outer Limits like to point toward aliens just as in the past 2001, Star Wars and Star Trek attempted to make computer technology seem acceptable.||-Long the subject of science fiction and the main subject of a number of very learned physicists, the idea of a “black hole” is moving from the speculative to the acceptance column of things. If you are not familiar with the idea it stems from the apparently most powerful force in nature, gravity. As we look out into the apparent abyss of space we have detected|
|we humans have documented apparitions that have
both troubled us and far more often,
|But, the things and events that rational and otherwise normal people see and experience run the full range of the imagination and are hardly confined to Alien abductions and “close encounters”. Since mankind has been able to record his and her experiences, we humans have documented apparitions that have both troubled us and far more often, inspired us. Whether it be Abraham and a burning bush, the sight of the living Christ after his execution, the Virgin Mary, weeping statutes, ghosts of all kinds known and unknown, and of course Aliens. North American Aboriginal and Oriental culture is filled with spirits that walk into normal conscious reality and in almost all cases they are typified as troublesome and considered to be out of place. Northern Europeans tend to see and experience things that are either benign or often positive, at least they interpret what they see in that form as dangerous but less then mortally threatening.||that the gravitational pull of heavenly bodies produces the orbital paths and seems to be the primary fuelling device to the stars. In the many stars that can be seen there are some that have truly enormous sizes and are referred to suitably as giants, similarly there are stars nearing the end of their fuel that maintains their energy output and they appear to have imploded upon themselves and are|
|The ultimate proof or consequence of any experience
is the most practical means to determine the nature
of that experience
|Haunted houses are reported in almost every community in North America and you would find that North American Indians have the same problem, but have a a much different attitude about such things. The Indian remedies for removing spirits from a building are well established and practised throughout Western North America. It is perhaps within the North American Aboriginal culture, which is so much older then our own, that we should explore more fully the whole realm of spiritual and physical manifestations that affect the lives of the individuals who experience such an experience. The best example is the “sweat lodge”. Sweat lodge experiences are neither spiritual nor physical events, but seem to transcend both and become whatever the predisposition of the individual involved expects or makes of the experience. The ultimate proof or consequence of any experience is the most practical means to determine the nature of that experience and in the case of the sweat lodge, I have never met anyone who has not had a positive and greater awareness of themselves and their surrounds, as a result.||referred to as dwarfs even though they have truly a huge mass
their physical space is tiny to what they must have been. With this information it
was speculated, a long time ago that those dwarf stars must consume the nuclear energy
that keeps them going and that they may become even more compresses with the nuclei
of their atoms crushing together into a neutron star.
It is within the last five years that mankind has
|the learning that took place so moved them, that the course of their lives have been altered||Without going into the individual characterisations of paranormal encounters, it might serve us all better to look at the results. What, if any changes or significant insight, results from people seeing ghosts, angels, spirits or what ever the individual defines? The consequences of such an event, in my experience, indicates remarkable transformations or sometimes measurable changes to the person’s life, so much so, that they mark their time before and after the experience. It is reasonable to describe such events, as life changing or behaviour altering moments. Thomas Dewey defined education as an event that experienced by an individual resulted in changed behaviour, because of the experience. Applying this test to these experiences tells us that these people have learned something and the learning that took place so moved them, that the course of their lives have been altered.||had the tools to go looking for these things and the theories
seem to be there, real examples of each of these phenomena are now known entities.
Stephen Hawking made a bet with a Californian astronomer that black holes did not
exist and Stephen has paid his bet and conceded that the evidence is now sufficient
to accept them as reality.
The black hole is a step
|conscious awareness and reasoning powers of our minds is often extremely guarded and controlled||Once we get our awareness of the huge importance of people having these kinds of experiences, we can begin to open our minds to what is really happening. The mind is an enormously powerful thing, so much so, that is the total of what a human is. But when we realise that the conscious awareness and reasoning powers of our minds is often extremely guarded and controlled, we each practice some severe controls on what we are so that we can feel that we “fit in” and respond appropriately to stimuli much as do others. The confrontation with the unexplained and unexplainable, unbalances the tight-rope walking mind that teeters along its personal high-wire. Society gives us all a much wider path then a high wire on which to perform, but there are limits and when that unexplained phenomena comes along the fear in the individual is that revealing that experience might make others consider them as mentally unstable.||or two beyond the neutron star which is a massive amount of material, perhaps a sun and its planets all tightly packed into a sphere as little as fifteen miles across. This much concentrated mass would draw all material around it into it increasing its mass and thereby increasing its attractive capacity to everything about it to the point that it is conjectured that it becomes a “singularity”|
|the individual comes from the experience as a different person||The real facts of the matter are that this is precisely true. The mental stability of an individual is challenged by the unknown and needs to be and that is the reason why the individual comes from the experience as a different person or at the very least, a changing person. When you talk to someone who has had an experience of the paranormal kind, you are talking to someone who has had a rare opportunity to move themselves and experience change.||an object so dense in its nature and so large in its gravitational pull that all things are drawn toward it and even light can not escape its overwhelming force, thus it is dubbed a black hole.|
|the result for them is absolutely positive as they
are no longer
what they were
|In Eastern cultures, meditation is regarded as a meaningful thing to do, as it is known that through contemplation the individual can begin the process of directing themselves toward greater awareness. We know from studies of hypnosis, that prayer, meditation and hypnosis are all related. The mind, the total computational systems of the individual, is being focused on a single point and in that state, that same mind can dramatically extend its capacity because it has all of its faculties available for use at that moment. If during such heightened awareness the person experiences a presence beyond themselves they have had a superior achievement and the result for them is absolutely positive as they are no longer what they were. The memory and emotions of that experience become apart of them and a source of inner strength.||Now we need to consider this concept much further because mathematically and in terms of astrophysics such a thing must logically exist however if it exists then the laws of physics are altered within its sphere of influence for if it prevents even light from leaving it it would be of such tremendous concentration of matter that it would alter or bend|
|the awareness of the infinite universe||It is completely reasonable for people to externalise such an event because that is also what happened to their awareness, they moved beyond “me” to “all”. As a means of execution in Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe Zaphod is placed in a chamber in which he experiences for a moment the awareness of the infinite universe and for all but him, this is so overwhelming that self disappears. In Zaphod’s case, an entity pretty wrapped up in himself, this was a mind blowing, but acceptable experience. I realise that Zaffog is a creation of fiction by the humorist Douglas Adams, but the whole point to his series of books was to find the meaning of life.||time and space.
Given these extreme conditions we immediately realise that if it exists it could never be seen, and it must exist as logic dictates that ultimately the universe must be populated by perhaps millions of these things. Devoid of
|constructed in the brain and then recorded in memory||Given, that all experience relates to sensory input which is constructed in the brain and then recorded in memory, the experience of encountering Christ or Uncle Henry’s ghost is no different, the mind accepts what it is given and uses that experience.||emitted light, absorbing matter and energy faster then the speed of light which dictates that time itself would be|
|Intense concentration induced by meditation, prayer, hypnosis and perhaps even oxygen starvation may produce a “mega-consciousness singularity”||With logic we have ascertained that there must be black holes in which time and space are lost, it is completely understandable that the reverse of that must also be the case, that within our mental processes we have to deal with the illogical. For the cold hard physicist will tell you with a solemn straight face that the laws of physics must be suspended within a black hole and it is logical for that to be the case. So it is that we must also accept the illogical when we move our minds beyond the common consciousness. Intense concentration induced by meditation, prayer, hypnosis and perhaps even oxygen starvation may produce a “mega-consciousness singularity” in which the laws of physics and our sense of reality are temporarily suspended. Time and space is affected by the singularity of a black hole and so also may time and space be warped or modified in an internal “mega-conscious singularity”. (I have specified that the event is internal only because no matter what sort of event, it must ultimately be internal, this does not over ride the possibility of the “reality” of the apparition.)||suspended and mathematically includes the concept that it is
infinite in size and therefore is all places at any given moment.
No wonder that scientists consider the black hole and the study of the phenomena associated with it, the ultimate conundrum for understanding and the frustrates the need we humans have to create some explanation for all things.
|Editor’s note: You have done well if you have been able to digest parts one and two, next week we go on to the next step. Where is God?.|