Historically, mankind has produced many men of vision (some even attached to religion) who have described the illusion we are living in as a dream or a hologram. The present batch of these wise men seem to be mostly coming from Science; physicists who have crunched the numbers and now predict that this reality is a hologram, a assimilation, or a computer program, and that the game within this simulated universe is the drama of consciousness. It has been suggested that consciousness is a computer, and coded into it is a complete download of all the information we need to function in this machination we call life.
I have written about this virtual reality before, relieved that I have a scientific explanation to back up my intuition. Strangely, I have always known that the world we thought of as just one, big, solid, real universe, was not what it seemed, but I could never express it, for it felt intangible – just too fleeting to grasp. But in the 90s, as I began to understand a little about quantum physics, my inner knowing simply exploded into a hard truth. People were claiming the world was a hologram. I did not fully understand holographic mechanics, but the basic inference seemed to be saying, it’s not real! Then I read about Lester Levenson’s experiences. He talked about the fact we are living in a dream, and because his story was so mystically profound it filled my heart with hope. Maybe we were going to be able to understand where we were, who we were, and what our reason was for dreaming this dream. Lester spoke about the illusion we live in, and that in this simulated world we create our reality. I mentally played with this idea of a dream-state, and although Lester Levenson became a sort of guru for me, I was not really satisfied to be describing reality as a dream. He was able to create a pathway through my daily chaos by explaining that because we created our reality we needed to become responsible for every action and every choice we made. He also knew that the end result of living in this dream was to discover the meaning of love. The work he did on his inner-self as he opened up to all these understanding actually healed his body, so he really did create a new way of looking at the world. Nevertheless, I have continued to explore the realms of consciousness, trying to match my inner vision with the constant wealth of information now flooding through from scientific discoveries as well of those who have experienced OBEs and NDEs.
The idea that this reality we live in is some type of complex program, similar to a hyper dimensional computer program, helped make sense of my inner knowing. Thomas Campbell has put forward an exciting idea that suggests that what we know as consciousness could be a complex computer, designed by some type of super being(s). If consciousness is a computer it is not as we know the technology for it will be far more intelligent than anything humanity could conceive of. Still, this simplistic imagery works for me because in my inner-eye I see multiple dimensions; millions of energy fields; some spiraling around each other, others fitting together like a geometric series of boxes, one inside the other and all usually pulsing as if breathing. Many of these realities overlap, and for those who have the vision to move through or across them, they are able to view their reality from many viewpoints all at once. Past, present and future are presented as one stream of thought, and also there is an awareness of multiple choices in multiple fields of energy. Although I know this, I have not consciously experienced it but I’m pleased to say this imagery was confirmed when I read about William Buhlman’s work. For years he has been recording his ‘out of body’ experiences, and he speaks about his many selves on many levels he moved through a multitude of dimensions. Also he realised that many of the scenarios he lived through in this OBE state revealed symbolic messages for his own growth. I found William’s writings exciting for his experiences fitted with what I was picturing. They confirmed what I believe – that this complex structure is a gift, and if we can muddle through this maze, our awareness will lift to heights that we currently have no conception about.
Physically we exist in very dense fields of energy, and the world we consciously inhabit seems to be a huge, singular, very solid universe – but there are millions of them. Millions of universes just like the one we are living in. Seems difficult to rap our minds around this, but remember this is a computer program and these universes are simulations. Of course, we – as physical entities – fit nicely into the program. But we are more than a body, we are a series of intangible states of awareness, all connected via this mighty consciousness technology. There are many many layers of us, inhabiting many simulated worlds. Most people remain unaware of these inner worlds which exist below the normal level of awareness, but this complexity could be a teaching aid because in these various states of awareness, we move into fields of energy that are full of information. When sleeping, we move into non material fields of reality; when dreaming, we inhabit places where we interact with other parts of ourselves; when in meditation we move into a different state of awareness; when illness causes hallucinations or when we ingest psychogenic drugs it is processed on a variety of levels; when we have out of body experiences, or other transcendental states, we move into a multitude of amazing realities. It is my opinion that most of what we experience throughout our various lives is controlled or created by our higher self, and that eventually we will begin to wake up to the truth of who we are and why we are here.
This understanding allows us to work with consciousness in a new way. If we were able to accept this idea that consciousness could be some type of super- computer we might begin to approach our existence differently. It is through our unique and individual connection to consciousness that the simulation of our reality is created. Each of us experiences a different creation, a different story, and if we can begin to explore this idea then our spiritual journey may speed up. Campbell said that once we realise we are in a virtual reality, then the fear goes, and we become love. I’m not arguing with this, but he surprised me when he made this huge leap from computer simulation to love. To me we are all connected to this overarching, collective consciousness and we are trying to evolve so that we will eventually move into this rarefied field of Love.
Now that I have a better grasp of the multiplicity of realities and what we call our inner-self, I am able to answer a question that has dogged me ever since I heard Kristnamuti claim that all our past lives were being lived right now. Time has been a mystery that I have struggled to understand because there was never a question that K might be wrong, yet I could not visualise how we were living all our lives at once. Now it is clear. We exist within multiple dimensions. We exist in a variety of virtual realities. Each reality is separate, yet always we are connected to the entire computer stimulation via consciousness. Living concurrent lives has nothing to do with time for this theory explains how we can be living a Roman life in one field of consciousness, living another life in ancient Greece, another in Biblical times, and a 4th in the second world war while all the time existing here as well.
We can no longer consider ourselves as a fixed and solid, living a linear life in a known world. We are powerful creators and this computer simulation allows us to create the reality we chose for it is through consciousness that we are connected to everything and everybody. It’s a perfect system. We draw down into our lives all that we believe we need but of course we make many mistakes so it is obvious that Lester is right when he said we must take responsibility for our choices. Consciousness allows this to happen. Indeed, the only reason for this whole mechanism we call human life is to allow us to create, to experience and to expand. For many, this cycle may have been going on for hundreds of lifetimes. A spiral of experience and creation that eventually leads to a pinnacle where we begin to experience the ultimate tool of creation – love.