"Thus, expectations about the world affect the perception of reality... Our predictions about what we appreciate are based on a number of factors, including our individual experiences and emotional state. Everything we perceive is a simulacrum [likeness] of reality ." 'Matrix': Study reveals that reality can be an illusion of the brain, RT April 30, 2017
A World of Potentialities How obvious it is, at last, to realize that control of your perception is a matter of life and death.
Underlying that, as we understand that thoughts are tangible, real forms, as atomic snowballs rolling into an avalanche of the physical world. Every thought triggers a slight molecular change in the brain (the synaptic exchange of neurotransmitters from neuron to neuron). It is a transfer and transformation of energy, and what is ultimately amazing is how important, and powerful, your focus really is. The thought that is "I am stronger than this" creates a reality for that to take place, inasmuch as it is believed. The subconscious is very potent, and tends to find a way, sometimes even to predict the crisis.
Just recently scientists at CalTech were able to create an algorithm, using the EEG scans of monkeys, to recreate the faces of people. The point here is... thoughts are measurable energy and broadcast signals to the cell membranes within you, actually changing the DNA expression; to outwardly expressed signals affecting the people or even masses around you. It is a simple statement of fact in a world where nothing is believed until it is "seen," which is another form of blindness altogether.
And if we talk about spirit, or consciousness and its many levels, it is always interesting to ponder how much of it resides in the 4th dimension.
"In the past, behind us, lies not only that which really happened, but that which could have been. In the same way, in the future lies not only that which will be, but everything that may be.
"The past and the future are equally undetermined, equally exist in all their possibilities, and equally exist simultaneously with the present...
"Therefore we are in error in thinking that the three-dimensional body is in itself something real. It is the projection of the four-dimensional body–its picture–the image of it on our plane.
"The four-dimensional body is the infinite number of three-dimensional bodies. That is, the four-dimensional body is the infinite number of moments of existence of the three-dimensional one–its states and positions. The three-dimensional body which we see appears as a single figure–one of a series of pictures on a cinematographic film as it were." TERTIUM ORGANUM, THE THIRD CANON OF THOUGHT, A KEY TO THE ENIGMAS OF THE WORLD P. D. OUSPENSKY
We may get a glimpse of that 4th dimension in the dream state. Our spirit is like a database that can focus on slices of reality because on our focus, much like in one documentary where, to explain quantum mechanics, an example was used where hundreds of balls were flying around a basketball court representing a wave function, the balls representing photons, and how observation or focus on one ball collapsed the wave function into a particle and situated the reality we were perceiving, creating.
We are light projections, light slowed to vibrate in a 3rd dimensional material realm. That's quantum mechanics as we understand it now, but it curiously parallels one of the lost gospels, The Gospel of Thomas, which reads:
Jesus said, “If they say to you, ‘Where did you come from?’, say to them, ‘We came from the light, the place where the light came into being on its own accord and established [itself] and became manifest through their image.’ ”
Is the Universe Conscious? Some of the world's most renowned scientists are questioning whether the cosmos has an inner life similar to our own.
The First Principle of activity from the Godhead is projection, or precipitation. Therefore, Its nature is to project, or precipitate Itself... Thus you will see the nature of your Being as Rays of Light, and who you are as the Natural Quality of Life which you so much desire at this time... Here it is important to know that there are Natural Rays penetrating through all the atmosphere, or etheric belt within the earth’s atmosphere... Then there are the Created Rays, created and projected by the Ascended Host—by Those who have raised the body. The latter are the most potent of all Rays because they are consciously manipulated.
You ever hear ghosts described as shadows? or something you sense just behind you, a presence? Something in your peripheral vision?
But you turn around and attempt to observe it, it’s gone.
That is, perhaps, the product of a wave collapse, into particles when you observe something. The fact you were not consciously observing the subject made all the difference in the world because focus alters your brain's frequency, or vibration. The subject exists regardless, sometimes visible as strange dark shadows in surveillance cams, but paradoxically becomes impossible to see with the naked eye upon an attempt at observation, and photons hit your retinas and trigger the brain’s physiological, electromagnetic response.
Animals have an ability to see a spectrum we cannot, and one wonders if they are barking at something as real as a wisp of smoke to us.
"Secrets and riddles lie concealed everywhere in the physical world... But in time he achieves this as well: he develops this faculty of carrying over into waking consciousness the condition he created for himself out of dream life." Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment, by Rudolf SteinerLost Interview: Everything is Light.
This also expands on the "predictive processing" concept, and how changing those expectations through a re-framing of perception is not only possible but an essential element of survival.
Proof of Predictive Processing
"I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. If so, then aren't physicists ontologically positing an independent-of-consciousness reality, defining it into existence?" Max Planck stated (The Observer, 25 Jan 1931)
Scientists defining the universe into existence brings us back into a universe springing from consciousness all along, despite the heated rhetoric you hear from time to time amidst sparks and flares of cognitive dissonance. You are greater than you ever imagined, but less if that is what you choose to see.
Long before the movie "The Matrix," intelligence agencies used the term, too, particularly in regards to experiments with remote viewing and the 4th dimension as they viewed it in this context.
The Matrix has been described as a huge, non-material, highly structured, mentally accessible”framework” of information containing all data pertaining to everything in both the physical and non-physical universe. In the same vein as Jung’s Cosmic Unconsciousness, the Matrix is open to and comprises all conscious entities as well as information relating to everything else living or nonliving by accepted human definition...
The Order that sent forth light is the Word and from the Word comes Life and the existence of all.” The Emerald Tablets of Thoth
In life, we are observing what has already been played out, except one of countless simulations within it. Our advantage is that we have guideposts, if we are wary, to show us how the simulation can end by the light, or darkness we choose.
In this respect, darkness is short-term material gain in exchange for long-term spiritual loss, and the light is short-term material loss for long-term spiritual gain.
We always have free will, but with that free will, consequences. We can always blame God for ills and the injustices of the world, but in the end it can only apply to the essence of God within us.
Man, like Micawber, may exclaim: “The Spirit of my Creator is inherent within me–and yet I am not HE!” How different this from the shocking half-truth so vociferously announced by certain of the half-wise, who fill the air with their raucous cries of: “I Am God!” Imagine poor Micawber, or the sneaky Uriah Heep, crying: “I Am Dickens”; or some of the lowly clods in one of Shakespeare’s plays, grandiloquently announcing that: “I Am Shakespeare!” The Kybalion
For the masses to be controlled, in a common reality based on economic psychology, the material will be glorified, and pushed, because it makes people easier to control. For instance, if we fall for the canard that spirit is an illusion and disappears at death, we are likelier to do things repugnant to our natural inclinations since we will "only live once." False narratives that money equals happiness when one is a material object and the other is state of being, or that money buys character, are also sold. Because so much harm is done to people on account of money, not necessarily at our initiation but through others, it is mentioned in passing.
The role of the corporate media in perception management is profound throughout. It is through perception, which translates into your reality, that mind control becomes possible on an industrial scale, changing the economic psychology of nations. With a media monopoly, Wall Street can control how you think, and actually does.
When the media is literally offended that they don't get to tell you what to think. Seriously.
As every thought induces a slight molecular change in the brain, which becomes true change as the thoughts are repeated and ingrained. From here, conscious thoughts guide the subjective mind, which ultimately exists in the 4th dimension (e.g. dream state) which is, again, projected into the 3rd dimension. This is why it it so important not to yield your thoughts to fear, and to avoid those influences who would tell you to fear and hate, because it is bad for them and bad for you. Unfortunately, we live in a society where fear is not only encouraged but ingrained.
"A wrong thought may have as devastating an effect upon other thoughts that spread life in the thought world as the effect wrought by a bullet fired at random upon the physical... There can be no progress, however, on the path to higher knowledge unless we guard our thoughts and feelings in just the same way we guard out steps in the physical world." Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment, by Rudolph Steiner
"When you make a declaration using the words “I AM not,” you set in motion Mighty, Limitless Energy that continues to act, unless it is recalled and the imperfection consumed and transmuted... dynamite is less dangerous, for that would but liberate you from the body; while these thoughts sent forth ignorantly and ungoverned bind you upon the wheel of re-embodiment indeﬁnitely." The “I AM” Discourses, by Godfrey Ray King
So perhaps we can create our own heaven and hell, and exist in it in this world as well, by the way we frame the world around us. Again, this means that your very life depends upon perception as it is indeed reality, and that guarding your perception, and refining it, that is literally a matter of life or death, especially in a crisis.
Now sin, as is most commonly understood, is the intentional act of harm upon others which we ourselves will have to endure to advance cognitively, spiritually. This is the karmic law of cause and effect, the law of reciprocation that cannot be escaped. What happens after death to a brutal and wicked soul? here is a curious proposition:
"Dost thou not see what hosts of ills the impious soul doth bear? It shrieks and screams: I burn; I am ablaze; I know not what to cry or do; ah, wretched me, I am devoured by all the ills that compass me about; alack, poor me, I neither see nor hear! Such are the cries wrung from a soul chastised; not, as the many think, and thou, son, dost suppose, that a [man’s] soul, passing from body, is changed into a beast. Such is a very grave mistake, for that the way a soul doth suffer chastisement is this: "When mind becomes a daimon, the law requires that it should take a fiery body to execute the services of God; and entering in the soul most impious it scourgeth it with whips made of its sins... But on the pious soul the mind doth mount and guide it to the Gnosis’ [wisdom's] Light. And such a soul doth never tire in songs of praise [to God] and pouring blessing on all men, and doing good in word and deed to all, in imitation of its Sire." The Corpus Hermeticum, translated by G. R. S. Mead
That said, noting how the human spirit is not fit for anything but the human body in order to advance spiritually, we can compare this notion to the possessed man, Legion, in the bible whose demons were cast into pigs:
(Matthew 8:28-34; Luke 8:26-39)
13 He gave them permission, and the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs, and the herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the water.
14 Those tending the pigs ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened.
Because the pigs were not meant for human spirits, one can imagine just how horrible it might have been for both and why they killed themselves. This is to say we may not get off easy if we live a bad life, and come back as a "dumb animal."