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Your Reality Tunnel
"Everyone sits in the prison of his own ideas.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest- a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
The concept of reality tunnels fits in nicely with the scientific concept of confirmation bias by which we tend to notice and assign significance to observations that confirm our prior beliefs, while filtering out or rationalizing away observations that do not fit with what we believe. This helps to explain why reality tunnels are usually transparent to their inhabitants. While it seems most people take their beliefs to correspond to the "one true objective reality," Robert Anton Wilson emphasizes that each person's reality tunnel is their own artistic creation, whether they realize it or not.
Through various techniques one can break down old reality tunnels and
impose new reality tunnels by removing old filters and replacing them with new ones, new
perspectives on reality - at will. This is achieved through various processess of deprogramming
using meditation, controlled use of hallucinogens, neuro-linguistic programming, cybernetics,
hypnosis, bio-feedback devices, and forcibly acting out other Reality Tunnels. Thus, it
is possible that one's Reality Tunnel can be widened to take full advantage of human potential
and experience reality on more positive levels! Robert Anton Wilson's Prometheus Rising is
(among other things) a guidebook to the exploration of various reality tunnels, breaking through
the current one and opening our minds to a whole new world.
The most ideal Reality Tunnel would be the most open one. 'Believe Nothing; Explore Everything' the main philosophy, so instead of travelling between separate Reality Tunnels you create one that encompasses everything. Beliefs are just one's own dogma, they filter out too much of reality. Catmas however are relative metabeliefs, or flexible temporary opinions of which many, even contradictory, can be held in one's consciousness simultaniously. This way we have a larger map of reality and thus a wider perspective. We could achieve a lot more progress if we could evolve beyond belief systems, which are defended emotionally, not rationally. Wether religious, ideological, political (political bias study link) or even scientific. When you are able to open your mind to many differing and conflicting views that hold their own merit, there will be much less or no confirmation bias on your part as you are able to make many new connections. Consider ideas, ideologies, viewpoints, etc like toys. You know you can't play with one toy all the time before it gets boring, so you switch toys often. Believe nothing, it is the highest form of intelligence! (and absolutely necessary in researching history or how to consciously evolve.) See the Reality Tunnel wikipedia page.
TIMOTHY LEARY'S 8 CIRCUITS OF CONSCIOUSNESS-MODEL
Warning: Belief System collapse imminent!