“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and so far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
“For any speculation which does not at first glance look crazy, there is no hope.”
“Reality…has a sliding door. (Ralph Waldo Emerson),” is the quote that prepares the reader to enter the incredible journey of perception expansion that is the book by Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman, ‘Exploring the Hidden Infrastructure of Reality: The Grid. (2013).’ The Grid is about trying to explain and guide transcendence of perceived reality. We, limited in the physical human body and three dimensional state, usually are trapped in experiencing the world only through our five senses. Plus, society teach us from an early age to reject everything we don’t understand (actually meaning what we can’t see, touch, smell, taste, or hear). On the other hand, throughout the whole human existence many people, if not all, have had experienced something that goes beyond our senses, which is what we call ‘paranormal experiences.’ These experiences are just like gravity, we do not see it or touch it but we experience it all the time. Despite the fact that many people still like to reject the occurrences of these experiences and call it esoteric, there are facts, researches, and philosophies supporting the reasons behind it. It is definitely just a matter of choosing between to be in the comfort zone of blindness or to be skeptic and curios to look further before having an “opinion” about (I came to realize that many people who like to call themselves skeptics are usually just close minded people with opinions, this mindset does not serve anyone).
freedicyionary.com defines as paranormal what is “beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.” In order to try to explain these experiences the authors of The Grid used this analogy to explain our reality beyond the ordinary, where everything is connected such as a grid. The Grid represents the different dimensions that there is and the many possibilities inside them. It allow us to go beyond time and space to understand phenomenon such as psychic abilities, intuition, past-life memories, UFO, dreams, energy, among others. The Grid contains universal information: all there was, is and will be. It is supported by the connection of science and spirituality. It expands our perception by understanding the limitation of human physical/intellectual abilities and our three dimensional world. And inspire us to explore the Grid/reality by exploring ourselves.
I believe that everybody who has the interest in exploring existentialism in general have come across the insight that all philosophies, spiritual and scientific, about this content talks about the same things in different ways. If you go through religious testaments, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Tao, Jewish, Muslim, among others, you will see different terminology and experiences describing the same idea of the origin and infrastructure of the world/life/reality. And if you go through physics theories, you will also find a huge similarity and “coincidence” in the function and structure of the macrocosmos and the microcosmos with spirituality/mythology stories. Yes, quantum physics and cosmic physics had found out that the micro and the macro acts the same ways and come from the same origin. Dr. Brian Weiss uses a nice analogy about this, he uses ice cubes as an example: ice cubes when heated become water, water when heated become steam, even though it changes “forms” from more dense to less dense/subtler, it is still the same molecule, H2O. The ice can be easily seen, the steam not so much, but they have the same essence that never changes. Now, physicists are explaining things that spiritualists has been talking about for thousands years. *Huge Smiling Emoji*. By now we should all be aware there is no absolute truth in this world, there are many possibilities. However we do have some possibilities with more validations. Here are some examples of religions validating each other, and science validating them:
About different dimensions,
“In my father’s house there are many mansions. (Christian testament).”
“Greene admits that the original definition of the word universe meant everything . . . all there is. But over time, new ideas and theories have led to a redefinition to capture a much larger, wider canvas of parallel, multiple, and alternate universes that are all part of an infinite whole. . . . Universe then actually becomes megaverse, metaverse, multiverse. (Physicist Brian Greene paraphrased).”
About everything that exists coming from the same essence, the nothingness, the everything, God, love, energy, consciousness, zero point field…
“There is a thing, formless yet complete. Before heaven and earth it existed. We do not know its name, but we call it Tao. It is the mystery of the mysteries… the energy present everywhere that makes all form, matter, substance is called chi (Lao Tzu, Taoism).”
“Jesus was once asked when the kingdom of God would come. The kingdom of God, Jesus replied, is not something people will be able to see and point to. “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (Luke 17:21, Cristian testament).”
“Whoever sheds man’s blood by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.(Genesis 9:5-6).”
“One contains All. (Physicist David Bohm on Holomovement theory).”
These are just a few examples of science validating spirituality, and different religious’ testaments validating each other as well as science. There are many other examples in the book.
The understanding of the Grid also helps us to transcend the perceived reality by exploring the limitations of human’s physical/intellectual and our three dimensional plane. The human experience is limited to height, width, and depth- 3D. Due to this fact, we are trapped in a chronological sense of time and limited range of space. By now, we have also discovered that our five senses cannot capture reality fully. Quantum physics have shown us that everything in the world, including ourselves, is predominantly energy, and physical reality is dependent on a observer. Classic physics have shown us that there are many things our five senses cannot capture, such as Gama Rays and X Rays cannot be perceived by the human eyes, or infrasound and ultrasound that cannot be capture by the human ears. Psychologists have shown us that our intellectual/ conscious mind cannot perceive everything we experience, we do repress a lot of information. By accessing the unconscious mind we are able to access memories, creativity, and wisdom that are usually not available in our ordinary intellect. There is no need to freak out though, we do have alternatives to transcend our limitations. There many different methods and tools to access the repressed unconscious, to perceive energy and even transcend time and space to access other dimensions.
Do we have to be special or magicians to access that? Good news: no, we all can elevate our energy frequency to a point that we will not only feel more a sense of connection and contentment (which is actually pretty magical) but we can also perceive a more complete reality. Our brain and heart has a lot of magnetic power, and we do can refine our brain and heart waves frequency and be more connected and able to access our higher wisdom, repressed memories, and universal knowledge/information. By exploring ourselves and our abilities we are exploring all there is. By understanding ourselves we might understand life and reality itself. Some of the tools to connect with ourselves and elevate our energetic frequency are meditation, hypnosis, tai chi, yoga, chanting, praying, psychotherapy to access unconscious contents of the mind, walk into nature, drumming, among many many others. Find what fits with your lifestyle, practice daily, and you will find that place of transcendence of the ordinary existence. Do this for yourself and for the world. Self-exploration/observance/knowledge is very important in understanding the bigger picture. Reality comes from inside out, so it is from within that we have to begin to make a change, a difference, the work.
“To see reality is as simple as to see one’s face in a mirror. Only the mirror must be clear and true. A quiet mind, undistorted by desires and fears, free from ideas and opinions, clear on all the levels, is needed to reflect the reality. Be clear and quiet, alert and detached, all else will happen by itself.
—Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, I Am That”
The grid is only a concept to help us understand what cannot be easily described in language, and is not perceptible in the ordinary reality. This book help us to remember the importance of continuing the work of questioning in order to understand our existence in general. Did you know that our heart’s magnetic field is so powerful and big that people can pick it up on it and be affected by it even before seeing us or talking to us? Yes, that explains a lot, right? Spirituality, science, religions, therapies, researches, all come together as tools for us to experience the Grid, reality, ourselves. So, now go do your work in refining your own energetic field. Search it, practice it, enjoy it, and share it with the world. Knowledge is useless if not shared, remember once more that we are all connected. Spread Some Magic! The more people find this awareness, the better our reality will become. We are the Grid and the Grid is us.
“The dance goes from realizing that you’re separate (which is the awakening) to then trying to find your back into the totality of which you are not only a part, but which you are.”
Happy International Skeptics Day! Namaste 🙂