“For many people the debate as to the ultimate reality of the universe is an academic one, far removed from the concerns and demands of everyday life. After all, reality is whatever it is independent of our models of it.” This line from Rupert Spiras new book “The Nature of Consciousness” is most relevant for me. But to a large degree, regarding many other aspects of living we generally , no longer pay attention to a more direct experience of life having had come to a norm where we accept the conclusions and developments of others we consider to have more expertise than us. Consistent with this way of thinking we have come to see the world and even ourselves in terms of fixed concepts that have been handed to us, that we have come to believe in and that has weakened a trust in our own resources. We no longer trust in discovering for ourselves, paying attention to our own innate intuition and ability to relate, connect to and understand a world that we are not separate from.
In our modern consciousness we have become deeply conditioned , attached to the notions we have been told are fact such that we are evolved and that we are more cival and knowledgeable than ever before.
What if this sense-of-self that we are so attached to is a construct—composed of automatized, mutually reinforcing ways of thinking, feeling and acting? If we take the time to investigate, reflect and contemplate we way come to see that this is likely that through fixed untested notions our perceptions have been molded in ways that don’t reflect a deeper truth but that we can come to realize the limitation and illussion involved in this thinking. In that contemplation there is the possibility of evaporation of our conditioned assumptions that comprise our sense of self. In this there is the possibility of seeing beyond cultural and traditional boundaries.