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Mystic Musings: Are You Creating Reality As A Stick Figure?

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Are You Experiencing Reality As A Stick Figure? ©2018 Joan Newcomb

How are you experiencing reality? Does it feel very extreme, very black-and-white, intense drama, reactivity? Or do you have breathing space, clarity, balance, choice?

On a walk this week I mused about reality and manifestation.  When I’m aligned and connected, my surroundings come into sharp focus.  Greens seem greener, trees are more defined.  I get the sense of walking through this physical reality and it’s more profoundly ‘real’ but on a multi-dimensional level.

There’s a belief that this reality is a full-immersion video game, that we’re walking around in these meat suits, but we’re making it all up.  It goes so far as to imply that others in our reality aren’t real, we created them to be there.

Are you experiencing your reality as a stick figure?

As an empath, I had difficulty with this, because I can feel other people’s feelings, even if they’re 3,000 miles away.  They are sharing their emotional reality with me, and I know it’s not mine.

Even though I have a higher awareness, I can easily feel entangled in intensity and drama, extreme emotions, if I’m experiencing other’s reality. If I resist it, I get more stuck in it. If I can detach, I can feel compassion for their challenges, and send healing.

But the ‘I create my own reality, and nothing is real, including other people’ didn’t work for me, at least in the cartoonish way it was presented.

It also says that there is no free will, we’re all going along predetermined scripts, so stop trying to change, fix, or control things.  This didn’t quite feel true to me, either.

Technology has advanced in the years since I first heard this idea, and we now have on-line gaming and Wii.

And while I’ve been musing, two videos came to my attention.  The first one was Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) talking about creationism vs. evolution.  Creationism can be very black and white, very limiting.  God created everything, God put us here, full stop.

It’s a one dimensional explanation for a multi-dimensional world.

The second video was Neil deGrasse Tyson saying the most astounding fact is that our molecules and atoms are made up of the same elements from the beginning of the Universe.

As I listened to the second video, which really described evolution from the initial creation of the Universe, I realized that it was taking Creationism’s stick figure explanation and giving it width and depth and length.

Sometimes Science, however, leaves out the aspect of Consciousness, which gives their theories color and tone.

When we were collectively operating from a lower level of awareness, we could only understand things from a stick-figure perspective.  What was written in ancient texts was complex ideas put  forth in a simplistic fashion, much like how you would talk to a child about college level subjects.

‘I created my reality, nothing is real, including other people, there is no free will, it’s all pre-scripted’ is too simplistic as well.

Reality is a complex creation of Consciousness, a game with infinite levels of possibilities.  You can play it any way you want.  There is free will, just like a Gamer has choices of taking different actions and it changes the outcome of their playing session.  There are other Gamers in the equation, which makes the whole experience much more interesting.

It’s not just you in your own studio composing on a synthesizer, but an orchestra of musicians each contributing their piece.

And yet, on a higher level, it is.  As Consciousness, you’ve put forth the elements, but you’ve also created individuals to run around and bang their own symbols.  You are both Consciousness and the symbol-banger.  You are both the Programmer and the Gamer.

However, in your ‘meat-suit’, there’s only so much you can comprehend.  The more immersed you are in the denseness of physical reality, the less you can be attuned to the greater world.

In my early metaphysical training, there was distain for intellectualism.  In many religious belief systems there’s an aversion to the Mind.  It’s true that the intellect/Mind can distance you from spiritual Truth, but it’s the same distortion as *lack* of intelligence saying Creationism is the only reality.

Consciousness in an Intelligence greater than your own brain, greater than your individual mind.  It’s the Internet vs. your hard drive.  God is not a jealous or limiting or punishing god.  God is Consciousness.

And it’s not all just atoms and molecules and fishes with feet.  The invisible reality beyond that which is measurable, is Consciousness.

Consciousness brings both dichotomies together.  Because Consciousness transcends time and space, so from that perspective you could say there’s no evolution, but only because it’s all happening at once (no time).

If, while you are walking along a street, you could shift your vibration to a lower speed, you could see what occurred on that street in the past.  If you could raise your vibration to a higher speed, you could see what will be happening on that same sidewalk in the future.

Your meat suit can’t do that.  Your Consciousness can.

But don’t go there (unless you’re on your third espresso of the day).  You are Consciousness manifesting in this meat suit for the fun of experiencing this present moment in these parameters of density and effort.  When you die, you’ll realize your lifetime only a blink of an eye, that you always are Consciousness.  If you spend all your time going outside yourself to feel Spirit, you’ll miss the point of being here.

However, this Reality game is so big, it encompasses every belief and approach.  Just as there is no one True religion, nor definition of God, there’s no one right way to live life.

Go ahead an visualize, go ahead and use manifestation techniques.  Or let go of creating your reality and go with the script.  It’s all valid.

If you choose to be a fundamentalist, that’s the Game you’ll experience.  If you choose to be an atheist, that’s the reality you’ll have.  From the level of Consciousness, there is no good or bad (ethics only exist in the physical realm).

This week, I invite you to play with whatever works for you.  Just being playful can shift you out of extremes and reactivity. Try it for yourself. And see what happens!

[updated from “It’s All Good” published Sept. 2012]

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My evolving awareness is that life is a creation of Consciousness, and we *are* that Consciousness. It’s not accurate to say it’s an illusion but it’s a manifestation of our focus as Consciousness.

I use the term ‘hologram’ for this world, which isn’t entirely accurate but then language cannot begin to describe the process of going from our infinite vastness into the density of form.

I also describe life in this world as a game, because to Consciousness, it is a kind of full immersion ‘virtual reality’ experience.

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There are lots of ways to play this game, and there’s no good or bad way to participate. You can dive in, completely unconscious, and feel tossed and turned by it. At this level you experience physical reality at it’s most dense. In order to create you have to use a lot of effort and it takes a lot of time.

Another way to play is with some awareness, in the realm of thought and law of attraction. This takes less effort and feels more playful, as you use visualization and repetition (and vision boards and pink balloons) to make your ideas become real.

Yet when you’re playing fully as Consciousness all the old rules go out the window. You have no need to try to manifest anything. You know that You are creating all of this as Consciousness, down to the smallest detail. You just show up fully in the present moment and respond to what is.

In fact there’s no need to make anything happen in the hologram, because there’s an infinite number of holograms with an infinite number of possibilities and outcomes. You just shift yourself to where the reality is unfolding in your favor.

However, even if you choose to play fully as Consciousness, it doesn’t mean everything is just ducky.

If ever there was a time I wanted to change, fix, or manipulate the hologram, last month was it. The house we were living in had mold, and I’d been able to ignore it since turning off the furnace in Spring, but knew that come September there’d be problems again.

Life flows forward like cars in traffic and if you don’t make conscious choices, eventually you’ll feel that you’re forced into them. You’re not really forced into anything, but if you’re driving without your hands on the wheel… or with your eyes closed…

What I observed happening over the previous month was possibilities arising and stepping towards each one. Reality reorganized around that possibility and I had the opportunity to check it out in body. Then it would shift to a different scenario as I became clear about my preferences.

What ultimately unfolded is perfect but completely different than I originally thought I’d wanted. When you play as Consciousness what shows up is beyond what you could possibly imagine and the house we’re in now certainly is that.

While writing this blog post, I came across an illustration of the intersections of Seattle by Peter Gorman. When he first moved to Seattle, a friend told him that Seattle’s layout is easy to understand. “It’s all a grid,” she said, “until it’s not.”
It’s a perfect one-dimensional rendering of Seattle’s three-dimensional intersections. Life has such intersections, just on a multidimensional level.
This game is infinitely complex. You come to places in your life’s journey that are more complicated than mere crossroads. There are multiple possible options. In form you can only experience one option at a time. The good news is that there are no mistakes, as Consciousness you’re running and experiencing all the options instantaneously and simultaneously.
Play it any way you feel moved to play it. And, if you choose to play it as Consciousness, it will start unfolding in surprising, sometimes bizarre, and sometimes delightful ways!
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