We live in a convincing dream
The world we seem to live in is like a dream ... a fiction. And therein lies a key concept if we are to fully progress with Optimal EFT. To access that magnificent World Beyond Our Senses we must at least be open to the possibility that our senses are deceiving us and thus hiding this far grander reality from our awareness. Our senses report a world filled with pain, pleasure, business, politics and an unlimited number of diversions ... from the Super Bowl in America to tsunamis half way around the world. And yet, despite how convincing it all seems, none of it is real. It is a perpetual distraction machine ... a spiritual error that is obscuring a joyous reality where nothing exists except Love.
Evidence for the dream
For evidence of this dream, let's go back to Optimal EFT -- Essential Intro where Quantum Physics tells us that this world we think we occupy doesn't really exist. It is an illusion. There is no time, space nor separation. All atoms are connected within a grand Oneness and we are part of that. There is only one of us. "There is no out there, out there."
Remember that Quantum Physics involves the intricate study of atoms, the ultimate building blocks of our bodies and everything else we perceive in this world. As such, it is literally the study of the physical foundation of our existence. Amazingly, it points authoritatively to a reality that contradicts our senses and violates every belief we have come to cherish. Thus a tree that you may see outside your window must be a mirage. Since all atoms are connected, it is impossible for a group of them to separate from all the rest and form a separate tree. The same goes for bodies, bugs, buildings and everything else our senses detect. Separation cannot be. It is impossible.
A Course In Miracles echoes the same idea. It says, "The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist."
This, of course, violates every belief we have. Our every sensory input "proves" the world exists in that we convincingly see, hear, feel, smell and taste the "separate" things of the world. And we do so 24/7. And since our senses appear to be our only tangible connection to "reality," we have little choice but to dutifully obey their dictates.
Or do we?
Fortunately, we also have a "sixth sense," a knowing or intuition that there is more to our existence than what our other senses report. It is that instinct that keeps you reading this and it is that instinct that will eventually allow you to realize the benefits of Optimal EFT.
The fork in the road
So we are now at a fork in the road where we can either stay within the prison house of our own sensory inputs ... OR ... go the route of Optimal EFT and explore that World Beyond Our Senses. What to do? Which fork to take?
I fully understand if you choose to ignore our premiere scientists and leave us at this early stage. It is a bit much to digest. However, if you stay with us for awhile, you may find some truth along this path. Perhaps a glimmer at first but later to generate a full eye-opening "AHA"! Time will tell.
So let's adopt the idea that we are having a dream - a perceptual error - and the world doesn't really exist. A Course In Miracles has some interesting insights on this. It draws from our night time dreams for a comparison.
"Does not a world that seems quite real arise in dreams? Yet think what this world is. It is clearly not the world you saw before you slept ... You do not find the differences between what you see in sleep and on awaking disturbing. You recognize that what you see on waking is blotted out in dreams." Text Chapter 18, Section II
"You recognize from your own experience that what you see in dreams you think is real while you are asleep. Yet the instant you waken you realize that everything that seemed to happen in the dream did not happen at all. You do not think this strange, even though all the laws of what you awaken to were violated while you slept. Is it not possible that you merely shifted from one dream to another, without really waking?" Text Chapter 10, Section I, Paragraph 2
Think about it. When you have a dream at night, isn't reality as you know it violated profusely? I mean one moment you are having lunch with a famous person and then, in the next moment, you are floating above Japan in a parachute. Only when we awaken from this dream do we see the absurdity of it and say to ourselves, "Oh, it was just a dream." However, while you are dreaming, don't the experiences seem very real? Do you even question the reality of those events while they are happening in your dream? Most people don't. In fact, if we attached monitoring devices to our bodies while dreaming, we would detect substantial changes in our heartbeat, blood pressure, adrenalin flow and other bodily reactions. All these point to the seeming reality of our sleeping dream.
Are we dreaming now?
So it's time to ask the question, "Are we dreaming now?" Could this world we are experiencing within our senses be nothing more than the dream to which Quantum Physics and A Course In Miracles point? And when we awaken, will we not look back on this dream and say, "Oh, it was just a dream?" I can give you an emphatic YES to these questions because, as I said previously, I have had a momentary awakening and, by comparison, this world became a fiction ... a dream. Our true reality is not contained within this illusionary world. Rather, its center is in that exquisite state of Love that exists in the World Beyond Our Senses.
In summary, Optimal EFT adopts this notion that we are dreaming and its many tools and ideas are designed to wake us up. Our various awakenings will unfold on an individual basis. Some may wake up gradually or partially while others may do so in an instant state of astonishment. Complete and permanent awakenings, while possible, will likely be rare. That's why the Optimal EFT process proceeds in a step-by-step manner. However, any awakening, even if it is small, will color your world forever.
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