Throughout Einstein’s life, he received letters asking him for advice and solutions to their problems. One day, a Rabbi wrote him asking how he could explain and come to terms with the untimely death of his 16 year old daughter.
Einstein responded by this:
“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us the universe. A part limited in time and space. He/she experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something seperate from the rest; a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison, and we do this by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation, and a foundation for inner security.”
What Einstein proposes is that it’s our ego that inhibits the expansion and unity of humanity’s collective consciousness. Our thoughts, dogmas, and pre-conceived notions about the world, whether it be rooted in religion, politics or just selfishness, hinder us from looking at life as it truly is and each other as we truly are. The struggles we incur in our every day lives can distract us forever from reality, the world in which we live, the human family we all share and the Earth we all inhabit. This pre-occupations deprives us from experiencing the interconnectedness of nature, and understanding how we fit into the cycle of life.
Too often, we get mired down in superficialism, materialism, and nationalism. We forget that borders are invisible, labels are inventions, and prejudice is learned. The fight can be won by extending empathy, globally. That means being the change we want to see, because at the end of the day, that’s all we can ever do, and so we have to trust that is changing the world
Quoted from http://youtu.be/qLWgv5Vev0k
@stormy-colt, Excellent post. Thank you.
This is the central concept of reality that until humanity can truly understand and accept is the world we’ve created and imprisoned ourselves in, we will never be the truly free beings we are capable of being.
We are Insitutionalized by our own hand.
It is up to us to wake ourselves up and face the reality that we have done this to ourselves. And that’s not necessarily a “bad” thing. We are just in denial about facing this error.
@zencowboy, Spot on mate. I agree that it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Yes, many have suffered and will continue to suffer due to our own ignorance of our own being. If take the analogy of humanity’s collective consciousness being a single person, we are in our adolescent stage. At the moment we are very ego-centric – governed by ego in all of its manifestations (Fear, power, greed, vanity etc). What he haven’t fully realized yet is that all of these problems we see in the world are an external manifestation of an inner struggle.
The ego is basically our primative mind and it was a useful tool in our evolution; when we were young it told us to run away from that tiger chasing us, it told us to conform to social standards because being higher in the tribal pecking order would increase our chances of finging a mate and passing on our genes. I like to think of the ego as a crying spoiled child that is needs to have power and control over the situation because ultimately it’s scared, whether it realizes it or not.
In the past few thousand years we have evolved exponentially in some ways. With the internet we have a wealth of information at our fingertips, we have the ability to fly to the other side of the world in under a day. We’ve developed theories in many many fields. So far though, we haven’t been able to keep up with ourselves and we are almost a victim of our own success. In creating this civilized world based on social constructs we have lost touch with ourselves. We have evolved to live in small tribes and in this modern world of structure and productivity we have defaulted on this paradigm that society is the meaning of life itself, rather than just a way to make this experience of life a little easier. Humans have survived for millennia without a need for things we see today as necessary. The main examples being material wealth AND communication. It seems counter intuative but language and other forms of communication, while increasing efficiency have also caused less human interaction. Even 20 years ago, before the internet, people had more face-time with each other. (Not to say there is no value in our achievements, but we have emphasized too much on materialism). We aren’t built for this lifestyle – and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because the point of life is to evolve and adapt to change. But as I said there have been drastic changes over a relatively tiny span of time, which we haven’t adapted to YET.
In an island near Japan scientists dropped melons onto the beaches, which deterred the monkeys at first because they were covered in sand. Then, they taught the younger monkeys how to wash the melons before eating them, who then taught their parents how to do the same. After a certain amount of monkeys knew this technique (The figure is arbitrary and unknown so they just called it the hundredth monkey) something very strange happened that they called hitting ‘critical mass’. Monkeys on completely separate islands who’d had no contact with the original monkeys suddenly knew this technique, as if by magic. The hypothesis is that there is some kind of non-physical link between their consciousnesses and this new knowledge was naturally propagated by the species, implying that there is a collective consciousness. If we are all really one connected consciousness (Gaia), then there must be some way of propagating this paradigm shift that humanity needs. And the evidence suggests that there is because people ARE ‘waking up’ all over the world.
Things may appear to be quite dire at the moment in terms of global affairs, but honestly I think we will reach our own critical mass of awareness and pull through it all. Going back to that analogy of us being a single person, this new paradigm will be on par with the enlightenment of Buddha. Imagine a society with all of our technology but free from our own self inflicted prison, where nobody has to work a job they hate just to eat, and we can all focus on propelling ourselves forward and expressing our creativity and potential to its fullest extent. Because believe me, when the circumstances are right people have an incredible ability and willingness to work together. It would literally be a golden age. It won’t happen overnight in terms of our individual lifespans, but in terms of human history it will essentially be overnight.
To many this sounds like a pipe dream or ‘hippie bullshit’ but it’s actually a reality within our grasp. The people who are against it are still living in denial. There is always resistance to change, more so if you’ve been living your life a certain way for a long time. Much like how the younger monkeys taught their elders the new ways, I feel like it’ll be the younger generation that will change the minds of the old, and I feel privileged to be a part of that generation. It will not happen by itself but like I said, I think Gaia (Whether an actual deity or just a metaphor) will find a way to pull us through.
Anyway, this post ended up being quite a bit longer than I’d anticipated and I don’t know how many people will read it, but if you’ve read this far then I wish you all the best, and whatever happens, just remember as Bill Hicks said, “IT’S ALL A RIDE.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMUiwTubYu0
Everyone! Everywhere! Needs to read this!
You have expressed THE POINT incredibly well! This is the pivotal issue for humanity in this age. (hence why I say it is THE POINT)
This is the seed of consciousness that needs planting in as many humans as possible. This evolution of consciousness for humanity requires our participation. Nature has brought us this far. Now its time for us to “step-up”, to consciously strive for our fullest potential. This can only be achieved by a collective conscious effort.
Until then, we are just over-fed apes on couches, getting our Ego stroked to the point of total pacification.
It’s refreshing, rejuvenating and inspiring to see someone get this on such a clear level as you do. Expressing it just as clearly helps others find their way. Keep it up!
This was a true pleasure and honor to read.
@stormy-colt, This was very rewarding to read. I have been in a slump for a few days and that has been leading me to be negative about the state the world is in. This however is a nice reminder to stay positive and remember the golden-age or utopian society is possible. The hippies had it right, and I wish more people around me were keen to this. I feel like I am the only one of my friends and family that has these beliefs and it makes me feel like an outcast with nobody to talk to lol. Thats why I love this site, and this post is the perfect representation of my thoughts, or what I want them to be like all the time. Together we can help awaken others and it will eventually spread like wild fire.
Thank you :) Like you, @reinvented2012, I was in a negative state of mind not too long ago, suicidally so. In fact, it was the reason I joined this site, to seek advice (You can see my original post haha https://www.highexistence.com/topic/what-the-fuck-is-happening-to-me/)
What has taken me some time is shifting my perspective of things. Most people on this site are conscious enough to realize that worldly affairs indeed are very grim, and the fact that they’re on here means they are going through an awakening in their own ways. For me, this awakening started about a year ago.. Looking back I was kind of narrow minded. I can’t really pinpoint it to anything in particular that caused it, but I eventually started looking into conspiracy theories a LOT. After a while I just couldn’t look at things the same way and it felt as though I was surrounded by zombies who didn’t realize that we’re living in an almost Orwellian state globally.
It got me down so much and really it’s only been quite recently that I’ve come to my own spiritual enlightenment. That can mean different things to different people but for me it was the realization that all good and bad things are just experiences, and being consumed by what’s going on around you distracts you from yourself. I have known this intellectually for quite a while but to actually realize it is different from knowing it, if that makes sense?
Life should be taken seriously to the point where you do what you can, but getting frustrated about things that are out of your control as an individual will lead to depression. I started getting paranoid about everything and went through a stage (Actually about the time when I wrote my first post on here) that a psychiatrist would surely call psychosis. I hadn’t fully understood yet that no matter the external influences, negativity is in the mind.
There is quote from Nicholas Henry that can put it into words better than me:
“What do you think is the scariest thing? Do you think it’s the monsters that creep under your bed? Is it the people around you that judge your every move? Or maybe it’s death that’s just around the corner? We’ll never know how much more will our minds generate fear.How many monsters live inside our heads. How our brains come up with its own twisted thoughts. Now think clearly, and I’ll ask you again. What do you think is the scariest thing?”
Going back to how I mentioned that the ego tells you to run away from the tiger; This particular example is actually impossible to run away from because the fear is for the world itself, and few things have more of an impact on you than the realization that the future of humanity is potentially in jeopardy. So, because you can’t run away from this problem like you can a tiger, you have to transcend your ego to be able to actually face it, otherwise you will live in fear and your mind will create its own demons to make things feel even worse. The only thing that actually exists is the present moment.
I’ve come to believe that this life is in fact just a dream, and while you are reading this, you living in your present moment is actually all that exists in the universe currently – everyone else including me and other people on this site, and your mother are all in your head. It started as just a hunch that started because seemingly ‘supernatural’ things were happening to me, which I wrote about in my first post which I linked earlier, and as you can see it scared the fucking crap out of me. Then I came across a post on this website that actually made this seem more feasable. First, please watch this youtube video about the observer effect before reading on if you want to understand my explanation..
Watched it? Okay now let me explain what I DON’T mean by everything being in your head. Surely you’ve overheard people conversing in a foreign language, or something else that you couldn’t conceive of, so clearly there are other people that you aren’t consciously creating right now, and things do appear to just ‘happen to you’ that seem external.
Now where I found that video I saw a comment which I can’t find, so I’ll paraphrase; half of the explanation in that video about why particles form a wave interference pattern, is that the particles appear to exist outside of time. So what’s happening is the same particle is travelling back and forth through space and time and interacting with itself to form the interference pattern. This is why it appears that the the particle goes through no slots, one slot, the other slots, and both slots simultaneously. In one version of history, it goes through neither slots, and in the next it goes through one, then in the next it goes through the other etc. But since the quantum world exists outside of time, these histories don’t occur one after they other; they happen simultaneously. Now, why would observation change the result? Well a hypothesis would be that consciousness is intrinsic to the fabric of the universe is always affecting it, as we can see with this quantum experiment. The act of observing brings non-linear possibilities into a linear single history. Now, who is to say that this only affects the quantum world? What if existence is subject to this phenomenon of being here and not here simultaneously? If reality and history are both variable, then we could be living different lives simultaneously and not realize it because we can’t observe it.
What if, like the particle that is fired one at a time, you are born as an individual with no memories, and then you interact with other versions of yourself? In mystic traditions, it is believed that we all originate from the same life essence; the same source. What if this source is actually the only living thing in the universe and we are all it? That would mean that you are every person that has ever existed, and any act of evil or valor was done by yourself to yourself. You are Hitler, and you are also all of the Jews who died in the Holocaust, you are that starving african child you saw on TV. You are that stuck up jackass businessman with a flash car who would sooner throw away food than give it to a homeless person. You are everything that has ever lived or ever will live, or rather, everyone you see is a part of you.
And as you may have figured out where this is leading, this also means that all this shit we seen in the world today is a part of you. I don’t mean you as an individual are to blame for the problems in the world. When I/you/we/whatever wrote this post that you are currently reading, my life was the only thing that exists, and in your timeline you are all that exists. So things may appear shit, but you have to live in the moment because it’s literally all that exists right now in your version of history. Whatever happens, don’t ever see the present moment as a means to an end, even whilst overcoming problems. Rather than seeing them as problems, see them as obstacles, because maybe overcoming these obstacles IS the end, rather than the means, because you grow in the process of overcoming things. This can be said about you as and your individual problems, or the problems we face as a species.
@stormy-colt, quantum physics blows my mind haha.
I have to try and digest all that you said, but as I was reading I couldnt help but think of something that always is in my mind in regards to our effect on the world by being in one place versus another. Let me explain, its simple…
Say for example you were supposed to go to a baseball game to see your favorite team play their rivals. For whatever reason you arent able to make it to the game so you have to stay home and watch it. A homerun ends up being hit to the same spot you were supposed to sit. You cant help but wonder “If I were there would that ball still have been hit there”? To me this relates some to the theory of different results occurring because of the observer.
Another better example but one that is more grim is say you were supposed to be in a car heading somewhere with some friends and for whatever reason you cannot go. They end up getting arrested after getting pulled over and having drugs in the car or something. You cant help but think maybe if I was in the car that woldnt have happened because I would have been driving or I would have told the driver to slow down.
Do you feel these scenarios have some relevance to this quantum theory?
@stormy-colt, An all too familiar story my brother. Most all of us have gone through or are going through various stages of this journey. Its a rough detox to go through. But a process that must be embraced every step of the way.
“no matter the external influences, negativity is in the mind”
“you have to transcend your ego to be able to actually face it”
Fear is the primary product of the mind. In fact it is the reason for the mind. The conscious human mind evolved out of one need “to look for danger”. This is how humans were able to make the transition from prey to predator and then eventually remove ourselves from the food chain entirely. We developed a sharper and more adaptable mind for awareness. In the initial stage of this evolution fear was the most necessary product created in this new mind. Because it strikes that primal fight or flight cord, the one that gets us moving without questioning why. Just run!
But now we are not under threat from the danger we once were. Unfortunately this construct of the mind still exist and we all still operate under it. It’s insane! We are still on the look out for predators and controlled by our own created fears in an attempt od self-survival. When none of that behavior applies in the reality of our current evolutionary existence.
“Now, who is to say that this only affects the quantum world?”
This is a great point and an awesome field of contemplation.
But whose to say quantum physics isn’t merely a trick of the Universe and over focusing on suck a trick, distracts from the true intended path of consciousness. Everything exists with dualistic perspective and to find harmony and understanding one must accept both ends of the spectrum.
“What if existence is subject to this phenomenon of being here and not here simultaneously? If reality and history are both variable, then we could be living different lives simultaneously and not realize it because we can’t observe it”
And what if losing oneself in these questions leads us away from the “balance reality” they we are actually in, and in for a reason.
“You are everything that has ever lived or ever will live, or rather, everyone you see is a part of you.”
I believe more accurately we are a part of the one collective consciousness. That we are only seperated into individual fragments so that we can internalize focus and understand collective consciousness.
The present moment is all that exist. All of existence is connected and only appears seperate due to seperation of consciousness manifesting as individual entities. But all of these factors together result in the perpetuation of harmony in the continued collective effort of understanding.
Without everything being as it is in every moment there would be no point or direction of existence, and so there would be only nothing-ness.
* I may be too sleep deprived to respond to this, or maybe just the right amount. Apologies if I “fell asleep at the wheel” and tangented off subject.
Great response though brother! I’ve read it many times over. A pleasure each time.