Doesn't mean we shouldn't try though. Well before I begin touching on the possibilities of lucid dreaming or OBE's (Out of Body's), I would think I would need to touch on reality and the concept of reality. What do we as a society understand by the term reality? In simple terms, the world and the way it functions and everything we perceive right now using our 5 senses.
Is reality everything we can see or perceive and thereby understand? If so, what about atoms, the mathematical constant pi or even the number 7. All of which we cannot sense but are very much real. Perhaps reality should be defined then as something that a large group of people can perceive. If a large number of people perceive and report experiencing the same or similar experiences, can these then be attributed to the reality that exists for all? Well this definition doesn't quite work when you get numerous examples of groups of individuals experiencing encounters that the majority of the worlds population does not, and or cannot re-create such as The Hindu milk miracle which was a phenomenon considered by many Hindus as a miracle which occurred on September 21, 1995. A Hindu worshiper at a temple in south New Delhi made an offering of milk to a statue of Lord Ganesha. When a spoonful of milk from the bowl was held up to the trunk of the statue, the liquid was seen to disappear, apparently taken in by the idol. Word of the event spread quickly, and by mid-morning it was found that statues of the entire Hindu pantheon in temples all over North India were taking in milk. A small number of temples outside of India reported the effect continuing for several more days, but no further reports were made after the beginning of October. What about phantom limbs, these experiences may be vividly real but we like to say this is not a part of reality.
Another definition indicates that reality is anything that should you stop believing in it, it still remains there even though you do not believe it exists. When I have a nightmare though, as much as I don't believe it is real in some cases I still find myself in the nightmare.
Perhaps it is the opposite and reality is what you believe is real and this then becomes real and is perceivable by you?
The one fact we know with out a doubt, is that people all over the world have varying ideas and beliefs. Could this mean that whatever you believe, regardless of whether another believes it is real, is in fact real, but real for you? Maybe every single person is right, once you adapt a belief system regarding the structure of the universe, it will reflect that structure to you in your reality. So what you believe, becomes real for you because you believe it?
What is clear is that at this stage there is no definitive answer to the question of what reality is, but many ideas or definitions exist on what reality could be. So to say that lucid dreaming or OBE's are not real, would in essence not be a verifiable statement of fact. And perhaps, lets say we adopt the idea that beliefs are real for you if you believe it, then say that for those who believe in Lucid dreaming and OBE's they are real but for them.
I would like to stick with the idea that reality is determined by what you as the individual (or observer) believe is real and there is some evidence using Quantum Physics (the study of the very small) to back up this claim. Some new discoveries suggest that our world is a reflection of our beliefs.
The discoveries suggest that it is actually consciousness itself that is responsible for the existence of the universe! Perhaps the most revolutionary discovery supporting this idea, is the scientific fact that when we look at the stuff our world is made of — tiny quantum particles such as an electron, for example — the very act of us watching that electron changes the way it behaves in our presence. What’s more, the longer we look, the more it changes! In 1998, scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science documented this phenomenon showing that “the greater the amount of ‘watching,’ the greater the observer’s influence on what actually takes place.” (Nature, Feb. 26, 1998) Citing such experiments, Princeton University physicist John Wheeler suggests that we not only play a role in the creation of our everyday world, but we play the prime role in what he calls a “participatory universe.” Wheeler states that we can no longer think of ourselves merely as onlookers who have no effect on the world around us, because it is impossible to simply watch. If we are alive and conscious, then we are affecting our world. “The old word ‘observer,’” he says, “simply has to be crossed off the books…and we must put in the new word ‘participator!” The key to Wheeler’s proposition is the word “participatory.” In a participatory universe, you and I are part of the equation. We are both creating the events of our lives, as well as the experiencers of what we create.
Reference: Rewriting the Reality Code, The Quantum Power of Living From The Answer Copyright © Gregg Braden
What is consciousness?
- The state of being aware,
- The fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world,
- Being aware of an external object or something within oneself.
So these experiments suggest that our consciousness, our awareness and the thoughts that we have about something infiltrate on a level in which they have an effect on matter in such a way that it moulds and changes it.
So in essence our thoughts, emotions and ideas have a powerful effect on reality. To such an extent that they can affect our experience of it. If thoughts or consciousness has an effect on subatomic particles, and these sub atomic particles are what everything is made of, then would it not be fair to say that our thoughts and consciousness have an effect on everything. What are thoughts, that they can be powerful enough to make changes in such a way? What is matter (objects that take up space and have mass) that thoughts can interact with it in such a way that it changes? They are all energy, and everything is made of vibrations of energy.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ― Nikola Tesla
"All that we are, is a result of all we have thought"- Buddha
Can a change in frequency (a different thought or belief) change the form of something on the physical level? Well, lets refer to another test where exactly this is happening, where a change in frequency changes form. See the video below -
Are there any actual scientific tests or experiments that can prove this on a more macro level, one in which we can all perceive? Well from sub atomic we move up a little to micro-scopic and there are also experiments conducted on water that have proven how thoughts have an effect on water. To get a better understanding of this watch the below video, an excerpt from the documentary "What the bleep do you know".
If everything is energy that vibrates at a certain frequency, and a different frequency creates a unique structure or form. Then it could be possible that on other frequency levels (which we may not yet have perceived) there could be alternate realities. Realities that vibrate on a completely different frequency level.
If we think about it, we cannot perceive TV signals, mobile phone or radio signals (all frequencies) without the aid of a machine. The machine is a tool that converts the signal into a frequency that we can then perceive such as through a Television set or a mobile phone. But a television cannot convert a mobile frequency and vice versa. Our brains the machine, and it is able to convert the frequency of this level of reality, but does not have the functionality to convert other frequencies or even detect them for that matter. How many frequency levels are there that we are not aware of, or at this stage incapable of perceiving. The tools have not yet been created to convert these signals of frequencies into a stimuli that we are capable of perceiving.
Ok, so I touched on alternate realities and I know what you may be thinking. Seriously, other realities!? Now I'm pushing it to the extreme. But am I, if there are reputable scientists who are supporters of the idea of alternate realities, otherwise also known as multiverses. One of these scientist is the famous physicist Stephen Hawking.
I have touched on a number of topics in this blog, from reality, consciousness to frequencies. To ensure I don't loose you to an overload of information, I will leave this blog here and continue the next on alternate realities or multiverses. And continue the exploration into lucid dreaming and OBE's from there.