You sir, are speaking my language! every post i have made on this site has had to do with perception & spatial dimensions because i think it answers a lot of spiritual questions. We are antennas that are tuned to perceive a 3-d version of 'reality' - we need to learn to turn the dial. everything we perceive can be broken down to vibrations & frequencies & we only perceive a small percentage of all the signals out there - we only see in one spectrum of light but there are many other spectrums.
I think the pineal gland's production of steady levels of dimethyltriptamine (DMT) in the wakeful state is what keeps us anchored to a 3-d perception of reality. South American shamans make a brew called ayauasca that contains DMT from plants & also the right inhibitors that allow the DMT levels to increase in the body. The experiences reported by ppl who take this brew, imo, can only be described as breaking through to a higher dimension.
But i think it is possible to perceive these higher dimensions through meditation & other means that take a little more work. We need to 'turn the dial', so to speak, so we can perceive these higher realms that exist beyond the physical (the ethereal).
The fact is if higher dimensions exist, we exist in them - even though we cannot perceive their attributes. i found this video very helpful in visualizing higher (and lower) dimensions - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q_GQqUg6Ts
like focusing on one person speaking in a crowded cafeteria? one form of hearing impairment is the loss of ability to separate one source from background noise...a person may be able to hear things just fine and can pick up on the same sounds that anyone else can, but when it comes to "tuning in" to one sound amid many, some folks have difficulty. continuing the radio frequency analogy, one can say that the information on the frequency is carried on the peak of the wave but "bleeds over" a bit, which is why tuning your radio dial just a few degrees off of the peak results in more static and stuff. cable tv breaks the frequencies down in that the peak carries video, the side-bands carry color and audio, etc...but that is changing as analog is being replaced by digital signals, which can fit much much more information on a single frequency but is easier to disrupt
"tune your dial" sounds somewhat like "attunement" but it makes sense to me. tying in with that, i often have felt like i was making a phone call when sending reiki at a distance, and the imagery came to mind after attempting this a few times. it helped to facilitate things at the time.
it's interesting that our perceived reality is a model created by the brain. The model has as its basis the phenomena of our physical senses. This reality, obviously, is a virtual reality. The physical sciences are an extention of this. The sciences take phenomena and create models (in mathematics which is visualisable) to account for them (in the simplest possible way).
From quantum physics, we know that the "particle" quality of material existence is the basis for the phenomena we experience and measure - and this particle existence does not manifest until "observed". The reality "out there" in the quantum world is actually an undivided, universe spanning, intertwined, sea of potential. We create condensed spots of particle phenomena ("collapse the wave") out of this sea by "observation" with this sea . Our 3-d reality is a bubble of virtual reality created within the sea of unbound potential.
The infintessimal "i" in the unverse spanning sea of potential gives rise to our bubble phenomenal virtual reality. This is in the nature of Crowley's Hadit and Nuit.
That sea of unbound potential is sometimes described as chaotic. Because, when seen from our particle existence, the potential can be seen as a probability of existence - and probability leads to a mindset of uncertainty. But the true nature of chaos is the true nature of reality and this is the sea of potential out of which we're born.
Our whole experience comes in through our senses, these are interpreted by our attitudes that have been formed by our confluence with history. That forms our attitudes and emotions when regarding the appearance of anything in our field. So my question in this is: Does it create me or do I create it? Perhaps concepts are poor at regarding reality.
Science and anything created (ideas & thoughts included) are only further extensions of our sensory experience (yep, in a couple ways). We can explore internally or externally. The only thing that matters is the spark of awareness. Everything else is ephemera.
Now see, that makes sense. In my room at this moment, there are 1, 2, 3 dimensions that I can see, two large fishtanks supporting two more dimensions of life and probably half a dozen more that my old, toothless cat could tell you about if she spoke English. Dimensions really could be based on perception, but not in a solipsism sense. Repressed instinct? Or the other term for that "generalized anxiety". (Yes, I snorted as I typed that.)
"How do you know cats aren't self-aware? Did you ask one?"
Hello Junior T Harry.
"...It is truly my belief that when we master living beyond the senses and the basic laws of physics that support them, that's when we will evolve to effortlessly mastering different levels of existence."
My friend, for me the above conclusion is interesting...although it seems to presume that our "growth" is somewhat dependent upon our mastering the "...living beyond the senses and the basic laws of physics..." facet to experiencing physical reality - or what we interpret as "physical existence".
Suppose, for just a moment, that Individual growth is NOT necessarily measured "appropriately" when viewed in a simple, straight-line manner. In other words, perhaps our assumptions concerning "linear time" are merely conclusions which are derived from our very application of physical tools which are by design limited in scope to that which we "translate" as physical existence. The physical brain - which serves the obvious function of personal "interface" for this kind of reality - can appear to all-too-easily lead a given Individual Consciousness towards conclusions which are, by their very nature, limited in their ability to place "physical" experience into a larger, more "overall context"...
...what if this physically-tinged experience is Individually "chosen" through application of intent?
An aside: I'm following an impulse to place a thought or two here JTH; and absolutely no challenge to your originally-stated premise is intended. I'm merely offering a bit of manna for your consideration, and nothing more.
Thanks for the thoughts.
"You do, indeed, create your own reality". Seth
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world". Mohandas Gandhi