I used to think it uncouth to bring up belief systems and economics in the same sentence, but I don't think it's possible to separate belief system from everyday life if you want to live well. And, based on new discoveries in quantum science, separating the two may even be hindering progress in everything we do, especially if we 'believe' the path toward progress is a difficult one. In such a case, we could be the creators of our own hell. Of course the opposite may also be true, which should make this article worth reading.
What Do I Believe? We Are Living In A Simulation
Let's get this out of the way. In a nutshell, I believe that we create our own reality. I believe we can do this because we live in a simulation. This is where most people stop reading, but there's a dearth of scientific (repeatable) evidence out there on this subject. One of my favorite discussions on the topic is the 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?(see below)
Let's assume we're both on the same page and we both believe we are living in a simulation. Now what? The next step is to figure out the rules of the simulation so we can get the most out of this life.
The Rules of The Simulation: Why People Meditate and Pray
We know the physical rules of the world are based in Newtonian physics: an action or cause creates the effect or reaction.
We also know the rules of the world are based in Quantum physics, the study of matter at the atomic level. At this level, however, the laws are reversed. At the quantum level the action or cause follows the effect or reaction. Again, this is provable, peer-reviewed, repeatable science.
We know a lot about impacting reality on the Newtonian level, but what about the quantum level? What is the quantum level? Why is it there? Who is there?
In the following video, Dr. Joe talks about these questions. Specifically, he discusses the relationship between you and your "self" (the person playing the game). He gives a few ideas on ways you can tap into your infinite self using the laws of quantum physics.
The most common way is to imagine yourself as the person you need to be in order to be the person who does the things you want to do. That sentence takes a bit of unraveling, but here's an example of an exercise that will help.
Before you get up in the morning, transform yourself into the person you want to be in your mind. Walk the way they walk, talk the way they talk. Do the things they do throughout the day. Try to live out the entire day of the person you want to be before you get up in the morning. Don't let yourself get out of bed until you are that person.
Why and how does this exercise work: neuroscience
Studies show that what you imagine to be happening is actually happening as far as your brain is concerned. Let that sink in for a moment. For example, scientists have shown that if a person imagines eating, if they imagine the entire process and all its sensations as clearly as they can, they will have less appetite for more food afterwards, just as if they've actually eaten. It doesn't stop at mental suggestion. Another study found that just thinking about exercise can build muscle. This puts a different spin on the practice of prayer and meditation.
I used to wonder how people could sit for hours doing nothing but meditate or pray. This is how. It is possible to live out the experience you want to have in your mind. If you're really good at this, if you have a vivid imagination, you can imagine whoever you want to be. Masters of this practice can effect change in real-time. And, if we are infinite beings having a finite experience on earth, it would seem that it's the infinite being that operates on the quantum level and the finite being that operates on the physical level. We are both. In other words, if this is a great big simulation, you are the player in a Newtonian world, and your infinite soul is the controller. Your controller takes its queue from your thoughts.
Why Is It So Hard To Think About The Life You Want
It should be easy to concentrate on what you want, but it isn't. We are not wired (quite literally) to think that way. In fact, we are often wired to think about all the bad things that can happen. Murphy's Law even tells us to expect the worst in order to prepare for the worst, but in a world where thoughts create reality this way of thinking can be a living state of hell.
The person who follows Murphy's Law is in a state of perpetual survival at their own hand.
What happens when you start meditating or praying every morning on who you want to be? As soon as you start to see yourself through the eyes of both you and your "self", it will change the way you view everything.
Suddenly you become more aware of everything around you. You'll start to notice things that weren't there before. Clutter will need to be cleaned, disorganized spaces will need to be organized. You'll start to question actions that don't lead you to where you want to be. You'll break out of your old programming as you create new programming.
Quantum physics tells us that the more you are able to feel that bliss experience in your mind, the more you can expect for it to manifest in your 'reality'. And, when it does, your mind will reward you with the revelation that it can happen again.
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