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Perception vs Reality

Brandon Perfetti
August 8th, 2020 · 8 min read

“Many statements which are accepted as truth because they have been passed down by tradition look like truth only because we have never tested them, never thought about them in a more precise way.” - Leo Tolstoy

Energy, Change, and Work

In general, the term energy refers to a concept that can be defined as “the potential for causing change”, and therefore, one can say that energy is the cause of any change.

The term work refers to the amount of something that has happened, or if you’re making predictions, the amount of something that can happen.

An object must be moved or change must take place for work to be done.

What’s important is the difference in energy between two events over a period. That’s the work done. That’s what actually changed.

Frequency, Vibration, and Changing State

Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it is only changing form, or transforming.

Everything is in a constant state of flux.

Alchemy gives us keys and processes for understanding these energies, where they are, and where they are going.

This gives us a better understanding of how to play the game of energy, and retain a more conscious ability to work with it.

Energy is everything when you get down to it.

Vibration is the basis of the universe.

Alchemy is working with forms changing from one vibration to the next.

Earth. Air. Water. Fire.

For more on vibratory effects on matter, see Cymatics

Data / Information and Perception

To most, perception is reality.

Most of what we perceive is a combination of data and information.

It takes a fair amount of critical thinking to be able to shift one’s scope to begin to comprehend objective reality with a contextual understanding of knowledge and wisdom.

To truly perceive objective reality, one must make an effort to become aware of it.

Command Your Perception

If you wish to take proper action against a problem, it must begin with the proper perception.

What informs your perception?

Your emotion, senses, and thought. Your Knowledge.

In other words, you inform your perception.

Knowing this, can we gain function on that in which we perceive?

“How we interpret the events in our lives, our perspective, is the framework for our forthcoming response… Where the head goes, the body follows. Perception precedes action. Right action follows the right perspective.” - Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way

Take a Step Back

A proper perception is generally garnered by a widening of scope.

Data points are colored with information.

Lines are drawn between information points to gain knowledge.

Seemingly unrelated points of knowledge are connected through analogous thought to gain insight.

Points of insight are then followed, carving the path of wisdom.

A birds-eye view informs everything.

“I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge, you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the center.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano

Energy Costs of Emotion Ruling Senses and Thought

Emotions are energy.

As with most emotions, a fine line will generally exist between two extremities.

Energy exists as a monetary unit of creation. Any man-made thing simply began as energy and thought.

To solve a problem, energy (attention) must be expensed on time (through taking action), over emotion.

Engaging in emotion while solving a problem is the antithesis of what you’re trying to accomplish.

That’s a negative feedback loop, and a waste.

Therefore, one could surmise, time is not necessarily money. It seems apparent that energy is money.

How are we choosing to spend it? What are we choosing to pay attention to?

Recognizing Opportunity Cost

It costs more energy to hate than to love.

As it physically costs more energy to hate than it does to love, it is, in fact, more efficacious to approach problems through a scope of love over hate; to garner the best long term solution.

What if we stopped paying attention and decided to become aware?

Paying attention has inherent energy costs.

Engaging in awareness does not.

Doing so expenses the least amount of energy for all while altering scope on time itself.

Readers, Digest

If the goal is to gain efficiency through awareness, we must focus on how our energy is spent digesting information presented.

Taking the time to pause and reorganize our gathered information is most efficacious.

Then we can take a step back, broaden our scope, and review our found knowledge with a birds-eye to gain insight.

This insight will inform our action, or solution.

Shakespearian Aside

Shakespearian scholars toy with the concept of the fool, the jester, or the comedian.

Shakespearean Fool - Wikipedia

The Fool

The Shakespearean archetype of the fool exists for the audience.

The fool exists as a conduit of communication.

They communicate openly with the audience to provide background or a wider scoped perception of other characters.

The archetype of the fool generally retains the widest scope relating to the story unfolding.

Shakesperian Aside

Fool: Dramatic Function - Wikipedia

Omnipotentcy

The fool is omnipotent in terms of the affairs of other characters.

Therefore, the fool is always primed to make the least amount of decisions with the most impact to the overall scene.

A flick of the wrist can produce tremendous results.

The fool may allow himself to be perceived as a fool, but this allows him maximum efficiency.

To the untrained eye, the fool presents as a trickster, an individual with one leg in and one leg out, in terms of emotional investment.

They appear foolish, as they speak in riddles to conceal their true, objective nature.

From Attention to Awareness

To the aware, the fool’s dunce cap fades away and is replaced with a magician’s wand.

There’s a fine line between fool and magician. Just as there is between love and hate.

The trained eye then becomes aware of the fool’s true nature, as the magician.

Through a shift in scope, the fool is transformed into the puller of the strings, the one character who retains an objective perception regarding the play unfolding before the audience.

“An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” ― Niels Bohr

Planting the Seeds

The magician plants seeds in the minds of other characters, and the audience.

The magician controls both their perceptions; affecting the outcome of the play and how the audience is informed by it.

You see, the way the characters interact with and perceive the fool/magician say much more about them than it does him.

Almost as if the observer is informing the shape of their reality.

The archetype of the fool is hyper representative of quantum mechanics.

The perception of the fool or magician is dependant on the observer.

Master Your Projection

When solving a problem, it’s best to respond as the magician (guided by objective reality), over reacting as the fool (guided only by perception).

The proper perception precedes the proper action.

The proper action precedes the proper projection.

The proper projection precedes a proper response.

How do we take this dichotomous concept and apply it to our day to day lives? We must become more than just individuals reliant on perception.

Rather, we must become proponents of objectivity.

In doing so, we’re able to take control of how the universe observes us.

Quantum Mechanics

Anyone familiar with the double-slit experiment?

The Eye of the Beholder

What does the double-slit experiment teach us?

One wave can affect another wave, causing change.

The simple act of observing a wave introduces another wave, changing the initial wave’s makeup.

Following this logic, the wave of reality can be altered simply by observation. Awareness

Perhaps, One’s reality is derived of the individual perceiving it.

“When you are not observing something, it exists as a multitude of potential probabilities. But when you observe something, your observation dramatically affects how that thing snaps into a particular position of reality.” - Josh P. Warren Use The Force

What’s in the box?

Schrödinger’s Cat Experiment

You have a cat in a box. That cat is both alive and dead until you open the box and view what is inside.

"The scenario presents a hypothetical cat that may be simultaneously both alive and dead, a state known as a quantum superposition, as a result of being linked to a random subatomic event that may or may not occur."

Shifting Reality

Quantum physics shows us that reality is dependent on the observer.

If you wish to shift reality, turn a problem (negative), into a solution (positive), you must command your perception of it.

Be at the cause over the effect.

For more on this, I highly recommend looking into Quantum Atomic Theory, which states:

“Time and space is relative or personal to each one of us as a process of symmetry forming and breaking.”

Just as two waves interact with and inform the makeup of one another.

The Choice is Yours

React as the fool, guided by perception:

Or…

Respond as the magician, guided by awareness:

Your Choice Informs Your Time Spent

Mindful:

Over…

Mindless:

Integrity Audit

Integrity is just energy. Are you energetically whole and alive?

Practice the Four Pillars of Integrity

Do you have anything unsaid? Practice candor.

Do you have anything unkept? Any agreements you have not kept? If so, this is an integrity breach. Losing energy.

Do you have anything unowned? Are you blaming others rather than owning your life?

Do you have anything unfelt? Any feelings you have not felt or are avoiding

Once you are willing to do this, your integrity returns.

A life full of aliveness is rooted in integrity.

Integrity equates energy wholeness.

Achieving Awareness

The 4 Noble Truths and Eightfold Path

This is a Philosophy for life received through meditation developed by Siddartha Gotama

  1. Life is suffering: If you live in a body, exist in the material, you’re gonna suffer, age, feel pain. This is apart of being physical. You cannot escape it

  2. Attachment causes suffering: Many people suffer from their attachment to not just physical things, but also ideas, constructs, things needing to be a certain way, to certain ideals, and if these expectations are not met, they suffer because of the attachment to it. They cannot let it go.

  3. Insights Remove Suffering: If you have a full understanding of how things transpired and why things happened the way they did, you gain insight. This allows you to understand how you got there and why things came about. Recognizing this means you cannot be angry at the problem because you have full insight, allowing you to understand that the solution is in the problem

  4. Living the 8 fold path of suffering to dissect your abundance blocks: The things that are holding down your energy and keeping you in that denser low-frequency reality.

This can be applied to anything in your life that keeps coming up over and over to resolve.

  • Correct Thought - are you thinking about the situation correctly?

  • Correct Speech - are you speaking about the situation correctly?

  • Correct Action - are you taking the appropriate actions to work to resolve the issue or not?

  • Correct Livelihood - are you living in a way that is conducive to success or perpetuating problems?

  • Correct Understanding - are you understanding fully how a thing transpired so you can fix it?

  • Correct Effort - are you making the effort toward your goals or are you making no effort and are complaining about it?

  • Correct Concentration - when you are in the game are you concentrating on the game so you have more accuracy and more accomplishment in what you are working on?

  • Correct Mindfulness - are you be ing mindful of your situation and your environment? If you are working towards something or to avoid something, are you making the choices that are conducive to the success of that focused outcome?

Conclusion

These are the basics of Buddhism.

It is not necessarily a religion.

It’s a philosophy to be applied to life; to address the things you may be struggling with.

To raise your energetic frequency to better exist or become more conscious in the holographic reality you exist in.

Avoid causing negative karma in your soul so that you will not have to make that wrong, right.

The goal is to live the most peaceful life without creating more suffering and chaos for the next lifetime.

It is best to do so as the magician, energy-efficient, and objectively aware of reality.


This post was inspired by Von Galt’s appearance on Lighting the Void.

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