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Perception of Reality

What is reality? What is a person, a human being? Our perception of our reality causes concealment to us. A person is like a closed box with five openings, our five senses. Around that person, that box, is a complete reality, also called spiritual reality. From this reality things come to us. Through the five senses we determine what that thing is, in other words what reality consists of according to my senses.

When this object outside the box comes to us, something strange happens. It does not really enter the box. The box is a closed system and before the object can come in, it touches a barrier, a kind of transmitter, something like the eardrum or retina or a nerve of the skin surface, or a taste bud. The object is reduced and goes through a program and it is interpreted by us into something that we can understand according to certain principles in the program. Once it has gone through this program, it leaves the box, this machine, and this produces our reality.

It doesn’t matter how sensitive this sensor is. It can be an eye or a space telescope, or you can be completely nearsighted, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the programming. What happens in the program, this subjective system. It can only be what the system says it is. Not what it really is, but a reduction that can be understood by the program. 

As a result of selfishness i am trapped inside the five senses

Why is this program limited? It is the objective reality and the limited part we can perceive of it. This program is called selfishness. “What is in it for me?”, “How is it going to influence me?” As a result of this selfishness I am trapped in it. The person is locked in a subjective view of all these things. Only in relation to how it feels inside the box. So we have a problem, because each of our five senses works with exactly the same program. 

So in order to know what surrounds us, what the big reality is, we have to develop an extra sense. A sense which can actually make contact with what exists outside the five senses. To do so, you must have a desire for it. It is not possible to work outside the box, to build something outside that box, as long as we are satisfied with what we have. There is a motivating force within us that enables us to get to the point where we need to get out of the box. 

We understand that we are ‘a will to receive’, that we are built as egoists, and we must also understand that this is okay. We need the ego to achieve fulfilment, there is nothing wrong with it. We just need to learn how to use it, how to handle it and how to use it for this spiritual purpose. 

The power of desire for something better is what motivates everything in reality

What moves things in reality? What makes things happen? Nobody does anything in this world without getting better from it. Maybe you move in your chair, your gaze wanders, maybe you have grabbed something to drink. Every movement you are involved in, happens only as a result of a calculation: that you feel uncomfortable where you are and that a need has arisen in you. And you have moved to a new position or a new situation that you think will make you feel better. 

This lack and its fulfillment, the power of desire for something better, is what motivates everything in reality. And thanks to this longing, it will eventually take a person out of the physical world, out of the perception of the physical world. We will leave the limitations we experience and the suffering that goes with it. If we learn to use our desire in a good way, we can enter the spiritual world beyond the barrier. 

The desire to receive evolves within each of us and within us as humanity. We feel desires and we feel how they change. It starts with a desire for food, sex and shelter. Our efforts, our work, the whole purpose of our lives has to do with finding and getting these things, just like animals. Once we have fulfilled this, we realize that life is about much more than that, and we can no longer be satisfied with it. Then a second category of desires appears.

These desires – one, two, three, four – all have to do with the physical world

Next is a longing for wealth. Wealth is an addition to the first category, so that I never have to worry about it again. And once we have fulfilled this longing for wealth, we come to the feeling “is this all there is? Then something else grows in us. It is not only the desire that grows, it is a desire that encompasses the previous desire. Now a longing for power arises. This has happened on an individual level, but also to the whole of humanity. The whole scope of history has been the evolution of these desires. 

Power is the ability to control both the first and second category of desires. And also this longing is no longer enough at a certain moment and then a longing for knowledge arises. Knowledge is essentially the barrier of what we define as the physical world. These desires – one, two, three, four – all have to do with what we experience as pleasure, what we want, what satisfies us. Well, knowledge is science, it is religion, it is art, it is the pinnacle of what we consider to be something humanity could possibly achieve. 

Yet anyone who seriously delves into this very great desire and tries to fulfill it, eventually discovers that it is also empty, that in science there are no answers for the real causes of things. So, because there are no meaningful answers, there are only mechanical answers. And those answers only have to do with these desires. Religion does give us convictions, but cannot give us access to what we really want: a direct knowledge. 

A new (spiritual) desire appears in our hearts

So, once a human becomes empty as a result of having fulfilled all this, something completely different, something very special, a new longing arises. But, this desire is not a desire from this world. It is a desire which is placed in our heart and which is the sum of all the desires we have, both for this world and for what lies beyond it. 

This longing is placed within us from a very different level of development, from the higher reality. And what appears in our hearts is a “point in the heart”. This point is a part of the greater reality. It has an aspect of spirituality, as this longing is fulfilled, it constantly grows until it fills our whole experience, our whole existence, and it can bring us into the spiritual world. 

What is a higher reality? We are created in exactly the opposite stage to the quality that exists in the higher worlds. Therefore, we cannot perceive what is there. It seems as if there is nothing at all. Man consists of a desire to receive. That is what is in the box. And this desire to receive makes us experience a limited existence, makes us suffer, experience isolation and all the things we find difficult in life.

In the spiritual world there is no time and space and therefore there is nothing mechanical there.

What exists outside is an objective reality. This is the will to bestow, an unconditional altruism. In other words, the experience here is unlimited, unlimited existence, unlimited joy. We cannot feel this, because we have no means to get there, we only have our five senses. Or do we? 

In the spiritual world there is no time and space and therefore there is nothing mechanical there. The spiritual world consists only of states of feeling, which have to do with certain qualities, inner qualities. All movement in spirituality consists of equality or inequality between two states of feeling or qualities.

We can see this, for instance, in friendship. If my friend enjoys comedy and I do not care about comedy, I am just a serious person, then it is not very likely that we will be very good friends. If I hate comedy, it is clear that there is distance between us. But if I love comedy and I love the same comedians, the same movies as him, then my friend and I, in terms of the love of comedy, are close to each other in that feeling.

There are only two things, the quality of giving and the quality of receiving

In other words, in spirituality, if two attributes, two feelings, are equal, they are considered close, if they are different, they are considered distant. But the beautiful thing is that what can actually move us from the physical to the spiritual, is if they have exactly the same quality, purpose and intention, then they are the same, then they are connected.

And it is this law, the law of equivalence of form, which can take us out of our selfish state of separation, so that we are able to build an extra sense that can feel what is outside of us. What we can do is to build within us a similar frequency, a similar quality, which has the same quality as this altruistic quality of bestowal. 

Actually there are only two things, the quality of giving, bestowal, and the quality of receiving. This is all there is. And to get out of the box, we have to move to the spiritual space. This means that this quality, the will to receive, has to change step by step to the quality of giving, in order to become more and more equal to the altruistic, giving nature. 

THERE IS A LADDER TOWARDS THE STATE OF LOVE

It is like a ladder, with each step of the ladder representing the states as increasing amounts of the will to bestow beyond the will to receive. Through the increase in equivalence of form with the giving nature, we will begin to feel what giving actually is, what it means to love and support everything that exists and to build this similarity within myself.