I just saw this video about a 1928 time traveler appearing in the extra footage of a Charlie Chaplin film. Or so we are led to believe. It looks like a woman talking on a cell phone. She is holding something white and rectangular in her hand. She is definitely talking, but she is wearing old time-y clothing and it could obviously be a gag. I immediately discounted it as something that could be explained logically or rationally, because quite frankly, time travel scares the hell out of me. If time travel were possible, it could create some very scary consequences. Even if one person could travel through time, it would create chaos if they did certain things. The only way it could be feasible is if the person didn’t make it obvious he/she was from the future and didn’t do something that would alter the whole history of the world. And even a small change could alter the course of the world, as seen in the theory known as the Butterfly Effect (not the movie).
If someone like me truly found a way to travel through time, I know exactly what I would do. I would go back in time, gamble on things I knew were a sure thing, put that money in an account, and come back to the present day and live off of it. Who wouldn’t? I don’t think it would be wise to travel too much back or forward in time, because it would be a bit irresponsible in my judgment. I would spend my time after making an amazing amount of money, after interest, to contribute positively to the world and since I would have all the time in my life, it would be easier than doing this kind of thing in short bursts in breaks between working and sleeping. But I don’t even think I would actually want to travel through time. It’s just not something that would be fun for me. I would rather have the ability to stop time than travel through it. Then I would be able to do things without destroying the past or altering the future, which I don’t even think it is possible to travel into the future, because it doesn’t exist yet. And it never has. It goes well with my logic and my sense of reality. If the present is all we truly have, then that is the only moment we can control.
It’s hard to believe that something like stopping time is possible either, but it also could be, but I don’t know. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to be open to anything being possible in this present moment, but to truly believe it is harder than it looks. If this reality is truly a dream, then anything is possible, although it is our beliefs that will constrict us. I still don’t truly believe that this reality is a dream because there are too many external things pointing me away from that, but then I have to realize that when I am dreaming, it feels real to me. Even the most absurd thing seems real at the time, unless I’m lucid. We even hear it in nursery rhymes, such as Row Your Boat: “Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.” That sounds more like a spiritual quote than a nursery rhyme, doesn’t it? Something just feel on my desk without any provocation. That was intense. I guess I should take that as a yes. Life is but a dream.
But how do I control the dream? How do I become the master of my reality? I guess life didn’t come with an instruction manual, so perhaps I need to figure out most of this on my own. Or with help from others. Or both. That this world is some kind of projection of consciousness, and that I am the primary consciousness, but not me as my body, but me as the whole container in which reality is taking place. This is hard enough to grasp intellectually, never mind emotionally. To truly just dive in and accept this as fact is as daunting as accepting any other spiritual notion as fact. Because you aren’t dealing with objectivity here, but subjectivity. And that is something that takes a little while to get used to. Sure, you can say that it makes some sense, but you have to truly believe it and it has to be on autopilot as your default way of thinking before you see what kind of results you can get with it.
There was a time back in 2006 where I truly grasped this for a couple of weeks and it was strange to say the least. It was weird simply because there were a few instances of people I didn’t know giving me money for reasons that made little sense to me. First, it was getting more tips at work. At the time, I was working as a bagger in a supermarket. I was getting at least $2 for bringing groceries out to people’s cars. And then a couple days later, I received $5 from a man who said that I helped his mother the week previous, which was odd. And then someone dropped 5 $100 bills on the ground and I was overjoyed, but then I thought that I’d better tell him what he just lost, because it wasn’t the money that was important. It was the fact that I manifested it. So I gave it back to him. And then I got scared. I thought about what it would be like to keep seeing all this money that I wasn’t expecting passing through me. And then I thought about what kind of responsibility it is to have all this power over my own reality. So I stopped all that nonsense, or so I called it.
I guess maybe I wasn’t ready for such a strong transition, and it was scary in its own way. There were other things that happened that confirmed that this life is indeed subjective. They were not completely quantifiable or objectively measurable, so I can’t really show them to you, but there were definite shifts taking place that were good, but very unsettling. It was like my whole reality was changing, while at the same time, you really couldn’t see it objectively, but only through what objectively minded people would call coincidence, but which I was too subjective to call a simple coincidence. In the subjective world, there are no coincidences, and everything is a projection of the wider consciousness. That consciousness which is you, as the whole dream world is you when you are dreaming. Those other people and places in the dream don’t exist outside of yourself. They are simply a projection of your consciousness, and that is how subjectively-minded people view the world.
Now, whether or not this is pure self-delusion or completely true, it doesn’t matter. What matters are the results you get with the beliefs you use. The more empowering your beliefs, the more empowering life you will have. If your belief system tells you that this or that is not possible, then you have a limiting belief system. With the subjective system, it is the same. Your beliefs limit your experiences. If you don’t believe something is possible,you won’t see it and if you ever do see this impossible thing, or someone who has seen it, you’ll come up with a rationalization to discount it, and that will only strengthen your current beliefs while remaining closed to new ones that could expand your experiences and empower your life. Just the belief in life after death (or an afterlife for better choice of words) can open the door to a spiritual world you probably never experienced before. I have had a couple of experiences dealing with the spiritual realm as a child that totally convinced me that there is an afterlife in some form or another. I had deceased relatives communicating things through a Ouiji board that I had totally forgotten they did for us. “Remember the soda and ice cream.” I still remember it to this day. My great aunt and uncle used to bring us soda and ice cream every week.
An objectively minded person would say that this happened because of a subconscious thought about that and our fingers moved to those letters because that was what we were thinking about below our level of thought, but all that does is close doors, rather than open them. I had other experiences like that with the Ouiji board, but they weren’t as memorable, although I’m sure they were just as strange to an objectively-minded point of view. It is the objective, civilized point of view that has discounted the spiritual world and the subjective world at that, because they believe that anything can be measured and will be the same for all observers, but that is kind of a religion in itself, isn’t it? It is an act of blind faith, because everyone perceives different phenomena differently, at least sometimes. And some people base their lives on things that other people don’t even think exist. So how can an objective universe be 100% true and unquestioned for so long?
The only thing that can define the universe for you are your beliefs and your experiences. Your beliefs supercede your experiences because you can’t have much experience without beliefs to put them into context. So, choose your beliefs wisely, and try not to be too close-minded when it comes to exploring new beliefs. The more empowering they are, the more accurate they are. By accurate, I mean in harmony with what reality truly is. If a belief helps you function better in reality, then it is more accurate than what beliefs you had before. So, toy with your beliefs and stretch your reality because if you spend your whole life in one box, you’ll have lived a life of ignorance and missed opportunities. Just give it a shot and see what happens. You’ll be surprised.
Edit: Just to clarify, in case some of you were wondering, it’s not either or. Subjective reality contains objective reality within it, as subjective reality is all inclusive. If you believe in an objective universe, you are using the subjective model to create that objective world for yourself. Subjective reality is all-encompassing, so it is the most open belief system, as it contains all beliefs. So don’t think I’m hating on objective reality. I just feel its a bit incomplete. That’s all.
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