If I threw out the idea that what we perceive with our 5 senses in ultimate reality is only partially true at best, would it be embraced, or even acknowledged at all by even a small percentage of people? To go further still, how many of us would accept the rather peculiar concept that our reality then, and even time itself is an illusion that we in fact make up?
Before anyone dismisses this as nonsense, and not worthy of even reading any further, reflect upon the observation that Einstein (considered by many to be the most brilliant human to have ever lived) referred to time as the space-time continuum. Scientists today use the exact same terminology. By using this term it is evident that science believes that time exists along some sort of continuous platform. Referencing back to the book Conversations With God (Neil Donald Walsch) we can see how for example this platform is described as fluid, as opposed to static; with the very real possibility of traversing in 2 directions, i.e. into the “future” as well as the “past” from a particular point. From this it is apparent that time travel may at some point in the future, (if you pardon the apparent pun) become a reality.
To give the reader some hard and fast examples of what I am talking about when it comes to the perception/deception dilemma, consider observing a plane flying overhead. The observer will quite rationally conclude that at first glance the plane appears to be going quite slowly, relative to the actual speed (over 300 miles an hour) it is traveling. At this speed the plane could literally travel from Maryland to New Jersey in a little over 30 minutes. A feat that would take us humans over 60 hours if we were walking non-stop! Yet, as we observe the plane with our limited sense of eyesight, it “appears” as though the plane is practically going almost as fast as we can run.
A sunset appears to the observer as though the sun is actually “setting”, when in reality the earth, by virtue of the 1000 mph spin around its own axis creates the illusion of the sun sinking into the night sky. This illusion, although quite beautiful is not actually happening at all, but only “appears” that way, because our brain interprets it as such.
If we take for example the spectrum of light, we are very much aware that what we can actually see, as opposed to what is present within the spectrum is miniscule indeed. Everyone is familiar with ROYGBV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet). Yet the actual spectrum of light (to include gamma rays, ultra violet, x-rays and numerous others) is so vast relative to what we perceive ,that it can be compared to the thickness of dime sitting next to the Sears tower in Chicago.
When we touch upon the concept of matter itself, is when things really start to become obscure however. It has long been thought that the atom is the smallest particle that can exist. Today’s technology has demonstrated that even the atom contains sub-atomic particles such as bozons, leptons, quarks and as recent as 2007 the tetraquark. This in and of itself is not so obscure, but upon further examination we find some very interesting things occurring. Scientists have discovered that the distance of the electrons traveling around an atomic nucleus, is relative to the distance that Pluto is to the sun. Taken at face value then, the atom itself is mostly empty space. That is to say that all matter, (including humans) and everything in the universe is mostly empty space. Yet once again, we and everything around us are “perceived” as and experienced as solid.
Finally, even more strange is the fact that sub-atomic particles do not actually exist at all as “physical” entities of some sort-even at the microscopic level. At best, physicists can deduce that evidence for their existence can only be defined through photographic trails that they leave behind. Therefore, we can logically
conclude that everything in existence is 100% energy, and that all of physicality is actually created by (formed out of) non-physical “stuff”; a paradox of epic proportion. If one thinks about what I am proposing here, it requires them to re-examine what they think they know about the way things are; and may I even suggest about life itself?