The Event and collapse of consensus reality
Humanity’s greatest addiction is to our opinion. It is a fantasy that we should all agree on the nature of reality.
In Jane Elliott’s famous blue eyes/brown eyes experiment on racism in the 1960s, at one point she puts two children opposite one another with a large exercise ball in between them. One half of the ball is black, the other white; each facing out towards the child, who can only see their own side. When asked the colour of the ball, they extrapolate that the whole ball is either black or white. It’s a stunningly simple demonstration of how easy it is to generalize on the basis of half the information.
When we look at an issue from polarized positions, how many of us claim to see the whole picture? We all have our blind spots. Can we be absolutely sure that the viewpoint we share takes in the totality, or is it more a case of extrapolating from compelling data, and accusing the other side of a narrow lens? As humanity appears to split itself down opposing lines, it may seem as if we are only reinforcing duality. Bifurcation of reality is perceived by many to mean us and them, the laggards and the awake ones, rather than a new world that transcends and includes its previous iteration.
Yet when we begin to blur our focus, softening all the sharp edges, delineations and dichotomies of duality, we become less fixated on absolutes; any insistence on the limitations on what can be perceived.
Just as the brain filters out neural input from the environment to prevent sensory overwhelm, so have we been conditioned to see — literally and figuratively — what remains within those boundaries, and exclude anything that doesn’t accord with that view. It’s what has given the third dimension its apparent solidity.
Think about the term ‘consensus reality’. By definition, to maintain our shared view, we have to agree with each other about what we are seeing. Ordinarily, to convert the ‘other’, we might invite or implore them to assume our perspective. But what if the purpose of staring at the same thing from different viewpoints is not so much to move the other to ‘our’ side, but blur the boundaries between black and white so that the whole can be perceived holographically?
In this analysis, the polarization of viewpoints isn’t problematic but necessary for consensus reality to break down. That shouldn’t be too hard. With the global car crash unfolding in front of us, it is very hard to look away. We are all training our focus on one thing and if we stare long enough, it starts to lose its solidity. Various meditation techniques ask us to focus on the empty space in between to change our brain-wave states; to enter the dreamtime. New realities and dimensional fabrics are always beyond the edges.
Even the awakening project itself cannot stand that much consciousness directed at it until it starts to phase in and out of view and all the borders, sculpted by fine prose and noble ideas about spirituality, become indistinct.
Humanity’s greatest addiction is to our opinion. It is a fantasy that we should all agree on the nature of reality. It is the multiplicity of viewpoints — those places where we abide at the level of being, not our opinions — that allows for the multidimensional experience. Then we find that we actually abide in many places at once, and none of them are definitive until we surrender into the One view, which is all and nothing, a view of total and pure creativity and potentiality.
If we were to all ‘awaken’ at once, substituting one consensus reality for another, we would be too easily herded into a pantomime utopia every bit as fake and constructed as the current dystopia.
Which is fine if you just want a better dream, but we are here to become the dreamers of new realities. Beware of this fallback position. Freedom is absolute.
As the boundaries between realities are increasingly blurred, the pantomime on centre stage assumes carnival-mirror perversity. Everything that had been in the background, blocked out by the previously agreed-upon terms of reality, comes to the foreground. These revelations, however, are not sequential — they are happening all at once. Linear time slows down the film so we can see the individual frames. Talk about a pressure cooker!
Illumination occurs when the two sides staring so intently at the ball see right through to the other side. Instead of seeing the constructed ‘other’, it is their own perennial face reflected by our shared humanity. This self-in-other and other-in-self view explodes the flimsy terms of our previous agreement — after all, it depends on a sense of separation —and brings all multidimensional viewpoints into the singular moment.
Such a moment is so upside-down-turning that some call it The Event. But, remember, it has already happened. That means no fireworks, no choir of angels, no solar shakedown (haven’t they been present all long?). How cliched. With such grandiose expectations, the most radical Shift would be one that escapes immediate notice, as graceful as the transition between inhalation and exhalation. Everything, as we have so often heard, is not as it seems.