Virtual worlds of the future

In a dream, we are practically unconscious, but we still retain conscious traces of it for a short while immediately after waking up. We go through so many virtual worlds which are sometimes so intense and filled with so much emotion. There is this unreal element to them. What happens to us during this period? Its still a mystery. There are so many theories floating around. Some say it metaphorically fulfills our day’s residue of expectations. Some of the other neuro-scientists consider dreams to be random electrical activity in the brain and after waking up we try to interpret this random electrical pattern using our conceptual or rational mind – prefrontal cortex.

Somehow a dream sleep feels more fulfilling than a dreamless sleep in my experience(assuming you are sleeping comfortably for more than 6-7hrs). I sometimes feel that dreams are a higher form of communication far beyond things like language we have in our waking life. The communication through dreams happens at a different plane or dimension itself. Its might probably be the next breakthrough after language. We may be able to communicate with others directly by using thoughts or visualizations. Basically all that we see with the mind’s eye can be transmitted directly as electrical impulses to another person’s brain. So in essence the person on the other end would see exactly what you see. Maybe language itself might become obsolete and we could share far deeper bonds with people than is ever possible today. The virtual world and the real world might become almost indistinguishable. Each person might choose to live in his or her own concept of utopia. Choosing to live in the real world might actually become a ‘choice’ or we could slip in and out of it at will. We could explore crazy depths into our imagination potential in a collective way. Artificial intelligence can be created to address exactly what you need in the visceral form itself and not what you think you need. So you would kind be living in a miracle world where everything is a miracle. Such inventions would fundamentally change the concept of how we view ourselves and may open up new vistas or paradigms for exploration itself.

Concentration as a goal by itself

Among all the numerous goals we have in our life, concentration and awareness lies beneath all of those. Everything stems from that. Awareness is an effortless state reached once you reach a certain level of concentration by training. Awareness is our natural state. When we just entered this world, we were fully aware. After that there are numerous things that happen to us in childhood and the unfortunate part of that is we are quite helpless at that age. Most of us have lost huge amounts of ability to really see reality due to all our childhood conditioning. Our every thought and action is conscious at first, it only becomes an ingrained habit after doing it plenty of times. Maybe the habit or behavior created was the best option at that time but it may not apply anymore. Even after we identify that we are still not able to adapt since habits, beliefs and conditioning seep into our unconscious mind like a tetris game. So many opinions, beliefs and habits prevent us from seeing the real multifaceted nature of reality. These opinions, beliefs, habits and over reliance on rational thinking are like a prison. We need to undo this conditioning to free our attention.

Instead of having a lot of discrete goals I was thinking why not have a single goal, that “I would be completely aware and mindful of whatever I experience and am going to be completely honest with whatever I feel w/o any judgment”. This would initially be a strong resolve and an endeavor and later it would transform itself into a state of higher consciousness itself which is awareness. Wont all the other things just follow? You might even discover what really matters and what doesn’t? Get some new insights into reality – like your perception, beliefs, conditioning and how all these aspects influence you in your daily life, interactions and dreams? If you are mindful at every moment, you would obviously take the most optimum decisions and choices since you are completely in touch with yourself all the time? Its kind of like moving into another dimension itself. Wont you be living a self actualized life in such a case which is also deceptively simple in its rules?

Concept of momentum

Momentum is everywhere. In the wind which carries the leaves and moves the blades of grass. There is so much momentum even in the small waves of the beach. Roller coasters, tsunamis, hurricanes etc. show us how powerful this force can be. Even partner dancing like salsa, jive, tango etc involves creating momentum and maintaining it and that creates excitement and flow with the interplay of push, pull – domination and submission.

We need to create sufficient momentum to achieve or learn anything. Its so easily observed in sports too. I noticed this making the transition from badminton to tennis. Badminton is more about flicking with the wrist while tennis needs an entire shoulder motion. When I was learning football for the first time, a small kid with half my strength was doing a far better job than me. Momentum is classically used even in martial arts or boxing. Even while swimming, in my initial stages, my movements were both pushing me forward and backward, thus canceling each other. So I would never generate any speed. Similarly, while learning roller skating the same thing happened. After pushing with one leg, when I would go to the other I would lose all momentum. So that is like the difference momentum can make. This is taming and utilizing momentum in the physical world.

In the mental world, there is so much of invisible momentum. Its like an invisible force. I think this is what high achievers generate within themselves. Our fears, preoccupations and habits usually prevent us from acquiring the required momentum to achieve our goals.

Personally, with work related stuff, I procrastinate till the pressure starts channelizing the mind and a stage is reached when I know that the work needed would take exactly all of my time and probably even a stretch. At this stage, I start working with momentum directly proportional to the pressure. Towards the end of it as i race towards the finish I almost reach a state of flow. That kind of gives me proof of how much momentum I can generate. However, this momentum depends on external factors and situation. I need to explore and find a way of generating that level of momentum internally, at will, independent of the external context and situation.

Other ways of looking at money

Becoming a millionaire seems to be an exciting journey. Its a rich experience and can be very rewarding if you have the right motivations and if your inner world is relatively free of conflict and rich too. Even the people working in regular jobs do not work much less than a millionaire. In fact the millionaire has the option to quit anytime and still lead a very luxurious life. He has basically freed himself of money scarcity and stepped into abundance. Abundance is what allows us to be free and who we really are. Free from this preoccupation, the person can decide to pursue any dream from that point. Keep yourself fully mindful of all the possibilities where social value overlaps with personal value and that is the first step to finding money. Keep doing the things you like to do and be free in your expression. At any moment of time, you are working towards what you really want. Is just that you are unaware of the deeper parts of your mind. So a behavior may look ridiculous at the surface but if you actually penetrate to the level of core beliefs and view the entire picture, you would realize that you were indeed doing what was best for you. The awareness needs to be increased a great deal. Your motivation would come more from ‘What do you want to do after getting rich? Is it purely a personal goal?. Generally higher the goal, higher the energy. Like if a person decides I will do my ultimate best in whatever I do with an extreme determination, then getting a promotion in a company or winning the appreciation of his colleagues may be a reward he would get effortlessly. Whereas if the persons only goal was to get promoted, he may manage to achieve it but the motivation would lack the power and effortlessness of the former. So a strategy could be work an keep in mind your highest goals, the lower goals would automatically get fulfilled, maybe even more than what you may expect. In any case life is about finding out how you really are and all the experiences you feel along the way. It is also about penetration from the gross to the subtle in terms of both depth and breadth. The western world professions do a very good job at identifying and utilizing subtlety in the material world. Every profession functions at this high level of subtlety. Money is an instrument that helps you express yourself in the material world. Once a friend told me, it is like petrol for a car. The car can then be driven anywhere. If the car represents your material needs then this analogy fits well. I think as you lead life, if you are extremely honest with what you feel and act according to that, you are truly being yourself. I believe this simple higher goal control everything and the rest of the lower goals and thoughts are more like a game.

Frustrations with money

Becoming a millionaire seems like a very complex endeavor and the path seems so vague. There are so many beliefs that we have deep within us which kind of deter us in a way from achieving this goal. Books like ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ and ‘Secrets of a millionaire’ talk about these beliefs and how our conditioning and environment has played a major role at how we look at large amounts of money. Owning large amounts of money is potential. The real motivator is usually the experience of a service or product itself. So its kind of difficult to understand how people all around me are so motivated by money(potential). If you have money you get social approval, appreciation and respect. Is that so damn important in people’s lives?Would you like sacrifice a huge chunk of your free time just for that? Its ridiculous the things that people do just to fit into society. This is not a rebellion against society but I think people are just being paranoid about it. The herd mentality is so infectious we stop trusting ourselves which is the most unfortunate thing. How can you be bad for yourself? That’s a contraction and it makes absolutely no sense? How can someone else know the taste in your mouth? Why cant people just trust themselves and be happy? Or be more honest with their own feelings? It is understandable if primary needs are not getting adequately(subjective here) satisfied or if u have a loan, then you do have a very strong motivation to earn enough money.

But if a person is going to spend 9-10hrs+ at work, 22days a month for a period of say 40yrs, and we sleep 7hrs a day on an average.

So if I factor everything,
you have 8784hrs in a year
– 2562hrs sleeping – approx 30%
– 2420hrs at work – approx 30%
– 3802hrs of free time – approx 40%

This is assuming the typical working class white caller job. Usually offices demand much more than that. How much stress you carry home needs to be measured. After completing minimum 10hrs of work, you may need to work extra hours on many days and work on weekends too.

So it would kind of go closer to 40% – work, 30% – sleep, 30% – leisure

Now in the 30% leisure time, its barely all leisure, you got to manage a HUGE number of things even in that zone. Its a life full of juggling responsibilities. Why the hell do you need to do that?
Whats the use of buying a very expensive couch if I cant sit on it long enough without any stress or worry. That is like the most inefficient method ever.

Then other paradigm is that, if you are motivated to work. Some people have specific interests and even there, there’s a lot of variation. People with COMMERCIAL interests would be much more successful at making lots of money while there are plenty of people whose interests have no room for the typical large scale commercial options available. Every person on this earth adds value. Why is money making so narrow. It is 100 times harder to become a great artist than it is to become a manager in a firm even if you have the same ability in both areas.

Why is getting a job so hard? Why is it so hard to plug into social systems that generate value and create money? Aren’t work hour timings supposed to reduce with better technology? It has just got worse. Whats up with people. The difficult part here is, all these constraints of reality in this domain will make you reconcile to them and do the needful till you need is satisfied. But where do I get the motivation from?People expect you to be driven, motivated, passionate? Giving 10hrs of work per day minimum is hard enough, the mental state requirement makes it OUTRAGEOUS.

Concept of heaven

What is your concept of heaven?Is it universal or person specific?Whatever heaven we humans create, wouldn’t it be limited by our imagination?Would heaven be a place where we could create our own heaven just as we want it and change it at any point of time? OR would it be something universal? What is the most pleasurable feeling possible? What if heaven were filled with only things that gave pleasure? Wont pleasure lose its meaning in such a context since we know pleasure only because we know what pain feels like. So if we have positive feelings all the time, it would lose its value, meaning just like if we could convert stone to gold by alchemy, gold would completely lose its value. Pleasurable feelings exist only because their duals exist.

So if a universal heaven exists it should be higher than all of the above. It should be something incredible or inconceivable from our current state.

I think the below concept appealed to me the most!

There is no time, space, size, shape or quantity there so your mind cannot imagine it. There is no quantity like 5,000 people since there is only one thing which is a oneness. The thing that is there is feeling. Try to imagine all the greatest feelings you have ever had coming together and all the best feelings that everyone has ever had coming together in one place. It feels like total contentment, perfect peace, pure joy, limitless happiness and endless love. When you feel it, you know that is what you have always wanted to feel or experience.

Enlightenment might allow us to reach this state in our normal lives.

Aphorisms and Thoughts – most of them are original :)

Anything that you can observe is not you
Sensitive people tend to also be more observant of others
Awareness is king, it increases the quality of everything in life
We make choices at each and every moment, choosing to be unhappy about something is also a choice
The neocortex power is what makes us human. Else we would just be slaves to our limbic systems
The world we perceive now may just be a projection from higher dimensions – plato’s cave theory
Be in tune and intimately understand your reward system
You may be actually living your deepest desire through this life
There are mirror neurons in our brains that play a special function in visceral empathy – mirror the behavior/feelings of people we observe or interact.
Rediscover and exploit the plasticity of your brain
Wheres the place for judgement and classification in infinity? infinity is just 1
Physical and mental fitness complement each other
Increasing the sensitivity of your nervous system is the primary benefit of meditation, its opens up new dimensions and perspectives
Observing is different from witnessing. Witnessing is natural and effortless, observation is a skill that requires effort
The shift from observing to witnessing happens after intense observation and introspection
An active life, mentally and physically, increases dopamine and sense of well being
The amount of money you make depends upon the perceived social value of your work and not personal value
The dream states and waking consciousness are quite similar, however, the main difference would be, in the dream state there is a sort of discontinuity and its charaterized by detachment(free association), while the waking state is continuous with strong attachments
In the 5th dimension, there are plenty of optimal paths
The only tool available for experiential learning is your body
Knowledge of the outer world is wisdom, knowledge of oneself is enlightenment
100% of the reality is inside you
The west have mastered the material world, while the east have mastered the mind
Enlightenment is losing even the desire for enlightenment or having pure choiceless awareness
We never really love anyone but ourselves
Lucid dreams challenge your definition of reality
There are 3 levels in the functioning of your mind- thoughts, emotions and beliefs
Your core beliefs control a vast array of thoughts and emotions
Language is just an abstraction/simplication of real things or feelings. The real things/feelings are infinite in their diversity
You are either nothing or your everything
If the senses are the instrument used to perceive the world, the best quality would be acheived if there was a device that could recreate the same resolution as your senses
Penetration from gross to subtle realities is the objective of meditation
There is both depth and breath in techniques for meditation
When high skill meets high challenge, it results in flow
When low skill meets high challenge, it results in anxiety
Endo-reality exploration can be extremely rewarding
The best you can possibly feel depends on your body’s reserves of pleasure chemicals – seratonin, dopamine, oxytocin etc
Sex is the most pleasurable legal activity known to man
Our ultimate desire is to become one, which is why we enjoy the sexual union, social relationships, state of flow etc
Accept reality for what is and not what it should be
For people to admire you, they need to find a resonance of those qualities in themselves too
Most of us are primarily sensation seekers:(real or vicarious) – outdoor adventure, novel experiences thru places and people, disinhibition, susceptibility to boredom
We feel highly uncomfortable with the dissociation phenomenon in our personality(the various roles we play – as a thinker,philosopher, pragmatist, dreamer, son, father, husband, friend etc)
We get large rewards by places/events and people that integrate the various parts of our personality
The consciousness that pervades all creation is referred to as god
Humans created the concept of karma to fill up holes in their understanding of the nature of life, existence
Place your awareness and attention on the 6 consciousness and not on the objects to avoid attachments and defilement
Notice the shiver that runs down your spine while hearing specific songs and lyrics – The release of euphoria inducing chemicals
Music is created due to the silence between the notes, in a similar way, excitement/euphoria/novelty can only exist with their duals
The only thing we fear is fear itself
All we look for is resonance(what we are and our potential)in relationships
Detachment is not a sacrifice, its an outcome of intense introspection
Do most close relationships get transformed into love-hate?
Are we inherently hostile towards strangers?
If there is no resonance, we get hostile towards the other person and treat them as competition/threat
Either everything is a miracle or nothing is
Love is a continuous state of vibration, its not selective
Awareness and attention is continuous, its just a state – its dependent upon the activity we do because we choose that
Slow down eye moment to increase vividness of the visual field
Multitasking is a myth…its just that you give microseconds to a task..similar to how u think u can see everything in the field of vision but the truth is most of the rods/cones are in the center so you only see the central spot clearly
If you concentrate on nothing, you can concentrate on anything
As we progress in the professional field towards learning, the higher you go the more you see details – knowledge becomes oceanic and then in the end you would see infinity
What is perceived is limited by how good the instrument used for perception is Eg: Hearing 320kbps mp3 with a very cheap earphone
Novelty triggers attraction. Even exercising for several minutes can make one more attracted to other people on account of increased heart rate and other physiological responses.
Needing rational explanations for everything is a prison of your mind
Dogmatic and rigid people live in the prison of their mind all the time even if externally they are living in a mansion.
Zig Ziglar – Every obnoxious act is a cry for help
Vulnerability is true strength and you can truly love only when you are completely vulnerable

Your capacity to tolerate pain also indicates your capacity to feel pleasure

Myth: When you consciously observe your pain it increases and when you do the same for your pleasure it decreases
-Infact its the opposite, mindfulness multiplies pleasure and divides pain

We want others to see us the way we see ourselves or want to see ourselves

What you experience in the gap between your thoughts is the real you. Not the mind or the body.

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

Compulsive thinking: Spending more than 5-15mins on a problem usually does not help for 95% of the problems we face in daily life.

What we are really looking for is not pleasure, it is satisfaction the pleasure gives. Satisfaction can be acquired through challenge/novelty etc and not necessarily pleasure.

Pursuing the greatest goal(can be subjective) gives the greatest satisfaction and happiness
The contents of the mental stream are not as important as the consciousness that knows them

One interesting thing about intelligence is, the less you have of it, the more certain you are that you have it. And vice versa. Why? Because you lack the intelligence to see the gaps in your own, or if you are intelligent, you are much more able to see what you don’t know. It works the same with awareness. The less aware you are, the more certain you are aware. The more aware you are, the more aware you are of the gaps in your own awareness.

Thoughts are too slow for higher consciousness

Famous physicist Werner Heisenberg said “What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning”

Generally using the ‘f’ word suggests that you don’t want to care, not that you don’t care

Michael Persinger – ‘If you stimulate the amygdala at the same time that you have an experience, then you think that it’s true’. Maybe the liberals have much lower activity in the amygdala vs rigid thinkers.

Be aware that what you are seeking is more a state of mind, than a solution in thoughts.

I believe that for most people, they are guided by decisions, not choices. Choice implies freedom, decision implies selection.
Conformity is the opposite of mobility. Conformity, and it’s evil twin complacency, are born of the past.
The difference between selection and choice are not about semantics, they represent the critical distinction of purposefully creating our future, or it’s being created by our past.

Your real self is what you are when your in deep sleep. The unchanging formless part of you. If you identify with this, then your unstoppable, unshakable, indestructible and immortal. I guess anything that changes cannot be the absolute you.

Werner once asked, “Have you ever noticed that whenever you have a problem, you’re around?” Similarly, whenever we have a moment of true flow, of being “in the zone,” we’re never there! Because the two cannot coexist.

It is always important to balance fatalism (death) with optimism (birth)

“In the same way you hit the brake when you¹re driving when you see a yellow light, when you put feelings into words, you seem to be hitting the brakes on your emotional responses,” Lieberma

“To say the brain produces religion is like saying a piano produces music.”

In your dealings with people, can you detect subtle feelings of either superiority or inferiority toward them? You are looking at the ego, which lives through comparison. Envy is a by-product of the ego, which feels diminished if something good happens to someone else, or someone has more, knows more, or can do more than you. The ego’s identity depends on comparison and feeds on more. It will grasp at anything. If all else fails, you can strengthen your fictitious sense of self through seeing yourself as more unfairly treated by life or more ill than someone else. What are the stories, the fictions from which you derive your sense of self? (Echkart Tolle)

From a non-dualistic perspective, the only purpose of life is to realize the highest truth.

An interesting thought:
Instead of being goal-obsessed, to “use a compass, not a map.” This is having a sense of direction, not a specific destination, and then allowing yourself to “meander with purpose.” Being “goal-free” (or “goal-light”) increases your creativity and increases your openness to new opportunities. This has led to great success in my life. And it makes life a lot more enjoyable too! What matters most to me is that when I walk away I can say “It was me who did that, not the person I’m trying to be, or someone else expects me to be.”

Just like the measurement problem of atom particles in quantum physics, where the act of observation reveals particles nature and otherwise it behaves like a distributed energy field. The brain may just be using apparatus to interpret part of the vibrational field as solid objects.

Just like the measurement problem of atom particles in quantum physics, where the act of observation reveals particles nature and otherwise it behaves like a distributed energy field. The brain may just be using apparatus to interpret part of the vibrational field as solid objects.

Considering endo-reality(internal reality of our dreams, thoughts etc.) and exo-reality(external reality e.g. physical), death of a person could simply mean that the exo-reality would stop feeding the endo. But the person still lives in your endo reality(your thoughts, dreams etc).

Changing yourself changing your frequency channel like changing the channel on the giant TV. Only thing real is experience, there is nothing out there, its all here and all now. The only thing real is NOW.

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”

Nothing is to be taken seriously. Frustration is a sign somewhere, you took it too seriously – Chetan Bhagat

States of mind are similar to different rooms in a house. In each room you keep certain stuff and you are only able to access that stuff when you are in that room. The mind works much in the same way. Different states of mind will allow you to access the different memories, experiences, feelings and definitions that are associated with that state.

mind relates to the most intense sensation it feels on the body

what really intrigues us about reality? Dry facts? or someone’s personal view of the facts?

An important part in mind perception of objects is that it happens only after it has taken feedback from body sensations at that moment. This means if your body is feeling excellent, every object you see would be perceived as excellent. Similarly, if you have fever, every object would look distasteful to you.

There is a difference between being happy in your life and being happy about your life.

All possibilities are known,  but the actual result, the actual path that
occurs in the illusion of linear time is  something you are building.

Imitation humour

Among the various types of humor in existence i find imitation humor the most fascinating. Part of the reason is because i am really good at it. It is basically a derivative of musical ability and it involves completely impersonating the person, their mannerisms, talking pitch and emotions expressed. Initially the effort is towards replication and once that stage is reached, the humor element can be added. That is the part where one can be really creative. This form of humor which is a caricature equivalent of the entire personality of the person is commonly known as mimicry. It actually gives a mimicker a strange sense of power since you observed the other person’s behavior to such an extent that you can even extrapolate their behavior in a new/unknown situation. For an audience, they might be easily able to relate to this kind of humor cause it engages almost all our senses.

However, In my experience, not many people seem to enjoy this kind of humor. People who absolutely lack musical ability or who lack interest in understanding human behavior are just not in a position to appreciate. Even to appreciate something you need some degree of experience in that field. Also, this kind of humor can be really insulting to certain people who are sensitive about the way others perceive. The overall tone and context of the joke usually makes a big difference in how it is interpreted.