To take to heart what our leading cognitive scientists are telling us requires a radical shift. We do not see reality as it is; we see reality as it relates to us. In a sense, the entire cosmos is a mirror. Everywhere we look, we are seeing ourselves.
It’s all about perspective, i.e. the presence of an observer. When we see something, we should ask not: what is it? But rather: who is doing the seeing here?
It is we who are the observer. And it is who the observer is that is changing, not the world itself. To say that climate change is “caused by man” does not go far enough. Climate change is man.
The light of consciousness resides (among other places) within man. Our consciousness is shifting, widening, enabling us to see beyond ourselves.
We are eternal. And yet we are designed to exist within time. By design, we are constantly reading the density and speed of our environment, in order to synchronize with it. Our code is protean. As we perceive our environment, we change accordingly (epigenetics).
Density and speed are paramount. But how we interpret the density and speed of the world around us has everything to do with our own speed and density.
When we accelerate, we look behind us and see light that is too slow (the moon)—and so we slow down.
When we decelerate, we look behind us and see light that is too fast (the sun)—and so we speed up.
And around and around we go.
We are caught in a loop, traveling in circles, when we could be traveling in a straight line. We have been orbiting time’s arrow, when in fact we are time’s arrow. What we perceive as “sun” and “moon” are merely the artifacts of our own deceleration and acceleration, respectively.
Our acceleration and deceleration “controls” are located in the brain. They are the SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus) and the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis, and they are under the aegis of the pineal gland, which reads light and vibration as a way of locating the body in time.
DMT (dimethyltryptamine) speeds us up, and is the neurochemical signal for “day.” Once we have fully accelerated, we look behind us and see light that is “too slow” (e.g. the moon), and so we slow down.
Melatonin slows us down, and is the neurochemical signal for “night.” Once we have fully decelerated, we look behind us and see light that is “too fast” (e.g. the sun), and so we speed up.
In other words, space is not fundamental to the universe. What we perceive as space is emerging from something more fundamental: time. And what we see as time is emerging from something even more fundamental: light. And what we see as light is emerging from something yet more fundamental: consciousness itself, the great I AM.
Here are three terrific examples of what cutting-edge cognitive science has to say about perception—how we see the world.