(+) There are no truths outside the Gates of Eden

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg talks about virtual reality.

»Suddenly, you´re on the roof of a skyscraper, looking down on the city below. The roof is tiny and you’re close to the edge and a sense of vertigo sets in. You feel the need to step back before you fall. But the edge isn’t really there. You’re really at Facebook’s annual developer conference, and there’s an Oculus headset strapped to your face. The city and its skyscraper are part of an Oculus virtual reality demo that Facebook is sharing with conference attendees … But there’s another thing you notice while standing atop that virtual skyscraper. As you look down, you realise you can’t see your own feet. You’re completely disembodied.« From an article in Wired.

Being a virtual reality game makes one nauseous. The body is tricked to believe it is moving and that there are things outside of it, that is not there. Though you are totally separated from the world, you are not in the virtual world of the game, even though it appears you must do things there in order to survive. In fact, you are sitting in a chair with your eyes covered by a set of goggles. An app fills it with a simulated world, that due to your response to it seems to create feelings in you, as is you are in a real world.

Getting lost in a virtual world.

Getting lost in a virtual world.

The world of any game is virtual and only appears as if it is real, when you play the game. If you do not participate in it, there is no world there. Alexius has no need to forget the world, he appears to be in, by getting lost in a world simulated via an electronic device, so he does not know any of the worlds so many seem to know a lot about from playing on those devices. Neither does he have a need to create a special world with special friends on Facebook or other social platforms – or be lost in the world with just a spouse. In that context he rather go the whole way and get lost in the enlightenment of that which is one.*

When you know you are playing a game, it is easy to pretend you are happy there. But if you have forgotten it is a game, all the things that seems to be around you, scares you – and so happiness becomes a fleeting thing.

When you know, you are playing a game, it is easy to pretend you are happy in its virtual world. But if you have forgotten it is not real, some of the things, that appears to be around you, seems scary – and so happiness becomes a fleeting thing.

Appearing to be in a world where there seems to be more than one can be compared to playing a virtual game. You cannot see that which is you because it is no different from that which is one and there is no oneness in a world where there seems to be more than one, so you appear to be totally separated from it. Everything that can you can see, experience or be conscious about is virtual because it takes more than one to see, experience or be conscious of anything.

Due to blinking you never see the present in its entirety – it is a fragmented experience. In other words now is make-believe.

As that which is one is not in a world where there seems to be more than one, so you will always feel a bit off appearing to be ´there´. Yet it is possible to feel good appearing to be ´there´ when you know that the experiences, you seem to have, are not real, and that you only pretend to be ´there´.** But if you believe, that you are there, and that your experiences prove the world is real, you must act upon them again and again – otherwise, you will lose your identity … and having no identity in the world is the end of you if you believe the world is real.

Gates_of_Eden_coverAt times I think there are no words
But these to tell what’s true
And there are no truths outside
the Gates of Eden

From ´Gates Of Eden´
by Bob Dylan.

There is nothing real in a virtual world, so do not mistake the words in this article for the truth, but simply a suggestion to take off the goggle simulating a world, that is not there. This is, of course, a metaphor. That which is you is not covered by a simulated world in a set of goggles, but the belief, there is more than that which is one.

Super powers are not real. It is a fantasy and so is living in the now and any experience of being, consciousness, bliss and whatnot.

Super powers are not real. It is a fantasy and so is living in the now and any experience of being conscious, blissful and whatnot.

Enlightenment of that which is one** is not of a world where there seems to be more than one, so it cannot be experienced. To experience pure being, living in the now or anything else considered to be spiritual can be compared to having super powers in a virtual reality game. Like everything else in the game it is something you are tricked into believing is possible. There is no pure being, living in the now or anything spiritual in a world where there seems to be more than one.

One way to undo this belief is to see everything in a world where there seems to be more than one as symbols of that which is one, as this dissolves the differences between appearances. Not in the way that appearances start to look the same, but in the way that even though they appear to be different it does not make a difference.


*) You can read about the enlightenment of that which is one in:

**) In hack #1.4 Pretending to be someone definitive is liberation. you can read about how pretending to be what you are not, undoes the belief in being someone definitive.


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