Notes on Maintenance in Reality Domains
by Eric Hul
If our programmed definition of “reality” is contingent on tangible conscious awareness through the stimulation of our 5 (or more) senses (i.e. perception), then all experiences that involve this tenet must be considered “real” to some degree. The question then becomes whether or not reality itself is a discreet (yes or no) or non-discreet variable, and to what degree our perception can alter it. To be brief, there is a marked difference between intention and perception. Although both concepts occupy the same circle, they are effectively at opposite ends. Conscious “intention” can be considered a premeditative action that directs information (thought) in a particular direction of flow. Using a purely linear model, it is the catalyst that “begins” and guides the process of creation.
On the other hand, conscious “perception” is simply the system acquiring direct and indirect feedback from this creative process. What is most interesting perhaps, is that feedback is not possible without a disparity between the original intention and the outcome of creation (a differential). This is why differentials (the “motion” of thought) remain a fundamental characteristic of the evolution of consciousness. In other words, without the perception of separation, there are significant limits to what we can learn.
The practical applications of this approach to conscious awareness extend to all reality domains, including our waking life, lucid dreams, out-of-body experiences and interactions with all aspects of our non-local existence. Unfortunately for us, our programmed dependence on rudimentary physical senses in waking reality, make our perceptions fallible at best. The more we rely on tangible things that are acknowledged as “separate” from us as proof of our reality, the more secure we feel. Somewhat ironically, it is this security in our expectations that feeds back onto our intentions and thoughts that precede the creation of tangible reality itself (in a linear model). Therefore, it is our conviction that our immediate perceived environment is REAL that underlies any pretence of interaction and subsequent experience.
So how does this apply to our “dream” life? Since we have spent so much “time” in our waking life believing that there is only one true reality (which is an ironic idea in so many ways), it is imperative that we pander to this assertion during our dream experiences before we can have any kind of conscious interaction with our environment. This process of anchoring our awareness is often called “maintenance.” In lucid dreaming, a common maintenance technique involves the regular testing of an uncommon ability that is considered “impossible” in waking reality such as bodily flight or physical manifestation (conjuring). This is commonly called “Self-check.” In OBEs, the concerted projection of attention onto our immediate environment by touching and feeling the objects around us is also an excellent example. In both cases, we make a conscious attempt to convince ourselves that what we are experiencing IS, in one way or another, real. Thereby, we can maintain our awareness in our new reality for longer periods of “time.”
But is this the most efficient approach? What would happen if, for example, we were able to overcome our subconscious belief that there is only one reality that we were capable of experiencing fully? Would “maintenance” even be necessary? This is an important question and one that I am still working diligently on addressing. From my own experience, I have been successful in significantly decreasing the amount of time necessary for maintenance by familiarizing myself with the boundless nature of consciousness. This effectively circumvents my subconscious need to discern the boundaries between one reality (which I call a “morphic domain”) and another. Unfortunately, this takes quite a bit of mental effort and determination, and I have still not eliminated the need for maintenance completely.
Nevertheless, the most crucial thing that I have learned in my experiments is that our ability to maintain our conscious awareness in a morphic domain relies directly on our ASSUMPTIONS of its real-ness. These assumptions often depend on our conscious perceptions, which, as I have mentioned are hardly infallible. It may also be pertinent to mention here that our minds (the domain of perception itself) are in fact non-local and therefore open to influence by “other” entities who are equally adept in these realms. Needless to say, this is one reason why memory recall is so highly variable. Unfortunately, that is a whole other topic for discussion.
What is important is that every individual come to their own personal realization (pardon the pun) that all physical actions and interactions within any reality domain are direct products of mental processes. Most of these processes are unconscious, and can easily be mistaken as somehow “separate” from ourselves, although this is not the case. Sometimes, it is simply a matter of shifting our beliefs until we convince ourselves that we alone are truly responsible for creating our own personal realities.
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