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Is Reality a Soul Trap, or a School?

2023-03-01 Cynthia Sue Larson

Is life a series of lessons we can learn and grow from, or a prison or soul trap?
Is the message from Plato’s allegory of the cave true–are we stuck in a soul trap?
This past month, I received a question via email:
“Your friend and colleague Christopher Anatra did an interview with Howdie Mickoski, not sure you know of him or if you saw the interview but my question is basically;
What’s your thought on this whole idea that we the people are being “farmed” for energy in this reality? Basically Plato’s Cave with a layer of energy farming from the Arcons, that we’re being held prisoners in this reality.
I hold you and your thoughts in high regard and i am very curious to what your take on this is, would absolutely love it if you made a video about it and if not, just for you just to give me your thoughts here.
I have a feeling that this idea of Howdie Mickoski can be a trap of its own, it certainly isn’t asking how good can it get, more like the opposite.”
This is a terrific and timely question, especially since so many people recently have been feeling more stuck and trapped, due to a variety of events unfolding globally these days.
Soul Traps and Plato’s Cave
Howdie Mickoski’s idea that humanity is caught in a “Soul Trap”  appears to be a valuable topic of discussion, since apparently so many different people have come to similar conclusions with a sense that this is some kind of prison planet (as David Icke describes), or a loosh factory (as Robert Monroe once mentioned), or that we’re all in something akin to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave–chained and restrained and only able to see shadows moving on the cave walls.
 It seems there may be value in taking a look at the points Howdie is making, with regard to the “Soul Trap” idea.  First of all, I like Howdie’s observation very much that there seems something strange about the configuration of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, in the sense that it seems weird that people are trapped inside a cave.  Having pointed out this peculiarity, Howdie proceeds to advocate preparing to intentionally leave the existence we’ve come to accept in our lifetime, with an idea that there must be access to something beyond.
What lies beyond 
Plato’s notion that we can step outside Plato’s cave, and Howdie’s notion that we can step outside our current conceptualization of reality provide us with an invitation to rise above current limitations of sensing and knowing true reality.  While it makes no logical sense that we can ever ‘escape’ or leave the foundational reality we are part of, what does make sense is that there may exist levels of conscious awareness within the oneness of consciousness, reality, and All That Is.
The philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz wrote in New Essays on Human Understanding:  
Conscious perception arises gradually “by degrees from [perceptions] that are too minute to be noticed.”  (ie: unconscious perceptions)
With awareness of such levels of perception, we can envision how higher levels of consciousness steadily arise, as a natural part of how we see the outside world, and how our mind internally represents what we perceive.  Leibniz is sometimes referred to as “the last universal genius,” making brilliant contributions to the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, logic, philosophy of religion, mathematics, physics, geology, jurisprudence, and history.  Leibniz was one of the two people credited with the invention / discovery of Calculus, the other being Sir Isaac Newton, and Leibniz provides further clarity with a bit of a mathematical feel to this statement from Principles of Nature and Grace, clarifying how these perceptions arise: 
“… it is good to make a distinction between ‘perception,’ which is the internal state of the monad representing external things, and ‘apperception,’ which is ‘consciousness’ [conscience], or the reflective cognition of this internal state, which is not given to all souls, or at all times to the same soul.” 
Leibniz has thus provided us with a sense of how consciousness provides both a first-order perception of ‘x’ and a second order reflective perception of the original perception of ‘x.’  And Leibniz posited a unified field of reality and consciousness. In about 1710, Leibniz wrote a letter in response to someone asking him what philosophical school he followed; Leibniz replied that he follows the school of the perennial philosophy, Philosophia Perennis. 
 
School?  Or Soul Trap?
The idea of the reality of humanity’s existence being one of two things–either a School, or a Soul Trap–seems over-simplified to me. 
I can appreciate how some might narrow down reality to life being a School, based on the idea of reincarnation and people getting a memory wipe so most of us don’t remember past lives.  I observe that the only things any of us truly know are those things that we can never forget. It seems to me that we best learn those lessons that resonate for us emotionally in powerful ways–and these are the true lessons we actually know, and are the basis for us being able to transcend such things as the emotional drama of “playing the part” of:  Victim; Rescuer; or Perpetrator in what Stephen Karpman described as a ‘drama triangle.’  For people caught up in all the drama, it’s easy to feel that the true nature of reality involves both an aspect of it being like a dream (or simulation), and also like there is no free will, and people are trapped and stuck, like the prisoners in Plato’s allegory of the cave.

perennial philosophy GodThe ‘Drama Triangle’ can feel like a kind of trap for people who live their lives mostly at the Egoic level of identity, without reaching a level of connection with higher self connecting to what Leibniz called Philosophia Perennis.  For those feeling trapped in the drama triangle, roles are moved through such that many of us start off feeling like sad, helpless Victims; many of us then move out of that role and move on to becoming anxious Rescuers, concerned about the troubles in the world; and many then proceed on to righteous anger about what they know to be wrong, where they become Perpetrators.  Escaping this unhappy merry-go-round can thus provide freedom from feeling imprisoned or trapped.
 
To the question, why do we need to suffer in order to learn more, we can see some kinds of what we take to be suffering can be for our benefit, because we are multi-layered conscious beings.  We operate at multiple levels of conscious agency, and this is the biggest secret that’s been right in front of us all along.  We can learn that we ourselves have the ability to rise above the root source of suffering, and this knowledge is powerfully beneficial to us, not just as incarnate beings, but also as spiritual entities when we exist before we are born and after each life.  There is a kind of wisdom known as the Perennial Philosophy, which acknowledges that there exists a sense of highest conscious identity operating outside of space and time.  In this state of changeless infinite eternity, we can experience awareness that there is a Divine Spark within each and every one of us–and this powerful point-source of our being was forged from the pure state of infinite, eternal consciousness.  
The Biggest Question  
One of the biggest clues to what is really going on–Soul Trap? Or School?–lies in one of the biggest questions that usually goes unasked.  It goes unasked by physicists, and it goes unasked by psychologists and philosophers.  It goes unasked because it seems so simple and basic as to be obvious.  Yet, if we really stop to think about it,we can start to realize the vastness of it, and the way it can provide us with a better appreciation about what life and reality is truly all about. 
This question is:  “Who am I?” 
Awareness of levels of conscious agency–levels of self–provides us with the idea that we have both Free Will, and also Destiny.  When we are living our lives from the Egoic (drama-filled) state of being.  Some (high) level of ourselves have the Free Will, and we can operate with awareness that these higher levels of ourselves are who we really and truly are.  When we own this truth, we gain the responsibility of living with Free Will–which lifts us above the feeling of being stuck in a deterministic, pre-planned storyline. 
For those feeling trapped or imprisoned by reality, and wishing to escape boundaries and limitations, where do they imagine they will be, after breaking free?  Might they arrive in nothingness itself?  If so, they may be interested in contemplating the true nature of nothingness.   Leibniz points out:
“It is true that as the empty voids and the dismal wilderness belong to zero, so the spirit of God and His light belong to the all-powerful One.”
Miracle-Mindedness at Higher Levels of Conscious Agency
 
I feel a sense of intrinsic freedom via my connection with God / Creator / Source of the Philosophia Perennis that was first named by Leibniz.  For those with awareness of divine source, who are open to living in a state of mind of miracle-mindedness, we are operating outside the realm of manipulation by outside forces.  This awareness of sovereignty of spirit arrives thanks to surrendering to living in accordance with our highest principles, ethics, and values.  We can reform those beliefs and assumptions that had been instilled, due to the fact that beliefs can be reviewed and changed, and we can reprogram our beliefs (as I point out in my book, “Reality Shifts”) by noticing what beliefs are circulating in our thoughts and minds, and flipping around and reversing negative beliefs (those that feel sickening or weakening) to their positive opposites.
 
We can gain a finer sense of who we truly are and what level of conscious agency we are currently operating with by observing our thoughts and feelings, and becoming increasingly clearer that we are not our thoughts and feelings–we are the observer of those thoughts and feelings.  We can gain this awareness through meditation, and these meditations can prepare us to retain a sense of higher conscious agency, even after being “memory-wiped,” as occurs sometimes when we dream, and when we move from this life to the afterlife.
 
We need not have any karma or shame when facing our full life review, thanks to training ourselves to rise above the drama of guilt, shame, and regret.  Those emotions are so much a part of the Drama Triangle of Egoic self, yet we are capable of witnessing these emotions and feelings, and realizing while we are alive that we are not those feelings.
 
Practicing lucid dreaming and meditation into silence and nothingness are wonderful ways to train ourselves to access higher levels of our own conscious agency.  From that state of consciousness, we have the ability to practice being in astral / out-of-body form, in order that our lives when we are in material bodies can be the fullest and richest possible.
 
With respect to an Allegory for reality that I feel best aligned with, I love the idea of Axiogenesis, described by philosopher Nicholas Rescher.  Axiogenesis has been defined as:  A form of metaphysical optimism in which the state of affairs which actually obtains is the one most favorable (of all possible states of affairs) to the development of intelligence and the interests of intelligent beings. Such a philosophy is more in keeping with life and reality providing us all with learning opportunities, rather than being a soul trap.  And for those who are agnostics or atheists, such a positive philosophy can be most welcome.
 
I personally love the idea of the Holy Spirit; I love the idea of the Tao.  There is a beauty in the silence of nothingness, and there is a fullness of experiencing the bliss of being an eternal, infinite spirit. When we come out of such meditations, we feel recharged, refreshed, and gain a sense of knowing who we truly are.  And this sense of self identity (with associated level of conscious agency) provides us with much deeper and richer awareness of who we truly are, what reality actually is, what we genuinely are living for, and what has deepest meaning to us.
 
I find there is great value in sovereignty, which seems to be the great gift we can receive from adopting Howdie’s “soul trap” / Plato’s cave view of reality.  I feel we can actually find our greatest sovereignty–and our greatest Free Will–when we live our lives from the highest level of conscious agency identity we can retain.  We can learn through lucid dreaming and meditation how we are doing toward our goal of discovering what we retain even after “memory wipe.”
 
Some of the daily practices I follow on a daily basis is practicing the meditation of aching with the entirety of my being to experiencing living the answer to the question, “How good can it get?”   By asking this question, we provide ourselves with the opportunity to feel strong emotions that motivate and inspire us, and give us a sense of self identity and meaning, while steadily gaining higher levels of conscious agency, and higher emotional vibrational levels of such feelings as:  compassion, kindness, unconditional divine love, and reverence. 

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REFERENCES:

Anatra, Christopher and Howdie Minckowski.  “Exposing the Matrix.”  Symphony of Realities Podcast.  Episode 15.  31 Jan 2023.  https://youtu.be/WATYVAw10U8

Karpman, Stephen. “Fairy tales and script drama analysis.” Transactional analysis bulletin 7, no. 26 (1968): 39-43.

Larson, Cynthia Sue. Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World. RealityShifters, 2011.

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm, and Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr von Leibniz. Leibniz: New essays on human understanding. Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm. “Principles of Nature and Grace (1714).” (1992).
Rescher, Nicholas. Axiogenesis: An essay in metaphysical optimalism. Lexington Books, 2010.
Novak, Michael. The experience of nothingness. Transaction Publishers, 1970.

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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and first President of the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:

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The Revolutionary Power of Radical Optimism

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An attitude of optimism is a revolutionary act.  It has the power—through imagination—to introduce miraculous transformation and change. Just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a journey into our best possible reality begins with a single question: “How good can it get?”
Optimism is a rebellious act because this attitude often flies in the face of adopting an attitude of fearfulness that is typically encouraged by our governments and societies.  Optimism is perhaps the most rebellious when adopted even when situations truly are looking genuinely scary, and clear and present danger has arrived.

Optimism as Ultimate Survival Skill

How is it possible that an attitude of optimism might be the ultimate survival skill?  Author Jeff Bollow tells us that yes, that’s exactly what optimism is.  He adds that when you start to deliberately improve your optimism skills, the rewards will be phenomenal. There is a logic to this, since where you are today and where you want to be are literally in two different worlds–and at each decision point, every single day, we are either resisting or supporting some future unknown.  How we greet the unknown has everything to do with what actually happens next in our lives.
We see some evidence of optimism being an ultimate survival skill, since optimists improved quality of life, while also tending to live longer.   A study in 2004 of nearly 1,000 people found that optimists have a 23% reduction of the risk of heart disease, and a 55% reduction in all causes of death.  A meta analysis of 15 studies including 229,391 individuals found that optimism was associated with lower risk of cardiovascular events, and pessimism was associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events, on par with other well-established risk factors.

How Much of an Optimist Are You?

I began a talk about the Mandela Effect by acknowledging the importance of attitude for exploration–whether we’re going back in time to join Charles Darwin on his voyage aboard his ship the Beagle, or welcoming reality shifts, Mandela Effects and quantum jumps into our lives.  Those intrepid adventurers who truly love the unknown are adopting an attitude of greeting the unknown future with open arms.  Another word for this attitude is Optimism.
You can get a sense of where you naturally tend to be on the optimism scale that goes from maximum resistance to maximum support of the unknown:
  1. Cynicism — “Everything is bad, doomed, and untrustworthy.”
  2. Pessimism — “Things are likely to have negative results.”
  3. Realism — “Things just are what they are.”
  4. Optimism — “Things are likely to have positive results.”
  5. Idealism — “Everything will work out brilliantly.”

Increase Happiness Chemicals

happiness chemicalsSo now that we are seeing increasing evidence to suggest that a mindset of optimism is associated with lower cardiovascular risk, it’s possible to realize that encouraging optimism can play an essential role in our health and wellbeing.
It’s possible to move to a position of greater optimism, by increasing such happiness chemicals as: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotin, and Endorphin.  We can  feel pleased with completing tasks and celebrating little things with Dopamine; we can be playful, kind and loving to enjoy Oxytocin; we can meditate and enjoy nature to benefit from Serotonin, and we can laugh or exercise to release pain-inhibiting Endorphins.
For best results, I recommend that we remind one another and ourselves to initiate and maintain positive onward-and-upward intentional guidance by asking, “How good can it get?” every day and in every situation.
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REFERENCES:

Bollow, Jeff. “Why Optimism is the Ultimate Survival Skill.”   http://thephenomenalexperience.com/content/why-optimism-is-the-ultimate-survival-skill

Giltay, Erik J., Johanna M. Geleijnse, Frans G. Zitman, Tiny Hoekstra, and Evert G. Schouten. “Dispositional optimism and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality ina prospective cohort of elderly Dutch men and women.” Archives of general psychiatry 61, no. 11 (2004): 1126-1135.
Rozanski, Alan, Chirag Bavishi, Laura D. Kubzansky, and Randy Cohen. “Association of optimism with cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” JAMA Network Open 2, no. 9 (2019): e1912200-e1912200.

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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:
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Rise above lower vibe realities

2022-05-01 Cynthia 2If reality is different for each of us, and our thoughts and feelings influence our physical reality, how can we best employ an attitude of optimism in the real world–especially when surrounded by those who are not optimistic?
I received an intriguing email question this past month:
I was listening to a 2 or 3 year-old presentation by Bashar (channeled by Darryl Anka) as I was driving home, where Bashar essentially said the following:  (1) We are each creating our own, unique simulation – that has similar core reality to the one everybody else is experiencing.  (2) Our simulated reality is actually a series of parallel realities that changes billions of times per second – giving us an illusion of movement and time – however each frame is fixed. This is similar to the Many Worlds interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, but we don’t take all possible paths. (3) Instead, our frequency determines our path through the parallel worlds.  (4) Even our core/common simulated reality is splitting into at least two worlds. And, even though we are in the world of the lower vibe peeps, we are not of the world. That is, we can witness the lower vibe peeps … and their supporting cast – but it’s like we are watching them through a thick glass window. They don’t affect us — unless we choose to be affected.”
(1) We are each experiencing our own individual subjective realities, though we tend to assume that everyone is experiencing everything exactly as we are–yet when we really look more closely at this, we can see for sure this is not true.  I’ve researched and written about how it’s evident that we experience different realities from those around us–including people who are right with us when events unfold.  I’ve shared examples of this in my book, Reality Shifts, where I have had conversations with people where information was relayed that they swear they never said–and people have heard me say things I know for sure I did not say.
 
(2) We are continually receiving invitations to experience vast multitudes of possible realities in every moment–yet we seldom consciously recognize all of the choices we truly have.  This is the premise I describe in my book, Quantum Jumps.
 
(3) I have experienced that a combination of energetic attitudinal ‘vibe’ with level of consciousness together determine my path through the multitudes of possible parallel worlds.  The energetic attitude is something like feeling thankful and reverent, while the levels of consciousness have to do with awareness of “how big” or “how small” one is at any given moment in time.  So I’ve noticed two important, complementary qualities of self at play, that taken together can make a huge, sometimes startling, impact on reality.  At lower vibratory emotional levels, and when feeling smaller, effects can seem so small as to be nearly invisible or non-existent.
 
(4) We can sometimes bring people with us.  When we interact with others who are seeing clear evidence of some situation–such as a broken dishwasher, or a dog who seems to have cataracts–we have opportunities to acknowledge that “even though it looks, sounds, and smells like this dishwasher is broken,” we know we need it to be just fine right now.  We can thus invite those of us around us who wish to share our joyful intention, while doing that beautiful combination of staying high vibe while simultaneously feeling a sense of certainty and need in our gut that we are selecting the reality we need to–and already are large enough to– experience.  We can thus bring others with us into desired realities where what we know we need is what is actually unfolding, regardless what it looked like.  This kind of moving through doorways of possibility is the fine art of making Quantum Jumps.  I see from ancient teachings of yogi masters, Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters, martial arts masters, and Buddha and Jesus Christ that these kinds of miracles have been happening consistently for thousands of years.  We may notice them more right now, and this is a time of the birth of the 5th world, as predicted and prophesized, but from my direct experience, this can be a beautiful experience by which some of us can grab the hands of our loved ones and show them, “Yes, we know it sometimes LOOKS like a horrible situation, but actually, everything is fine.”  And this is how we enter the dawning of this 5th world. 

Dawning of the 5th World

We can see some signs of the dawning of a Golden Age, when we see animals turning gold, or new golden animals and plants we’ve never seen before.  We can see signs of this great change also in the return of animals and plants long presumed to be extinct.  We’re coming together all around the world, learning and growing together, and sharing inspiration and insights.
For best results, I recommend that we remind one another and ourselves to initiate and maintain positive onward-and-upward intentional guidance by asking, “How good can it get?” every day and in every situation.
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REFERENCES:

Larson, Cynthia.  Quantum Jumps:  An Extraordinary Science of Happiness and Prosperity.  2013.

Larson, Cynthia.  Reality Shifts:  When Consciousness Changes the Physical World.  2011.

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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:
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Quantum mind, timeline shifts, and karma

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What role does karma play in timeline shifts?  And how can we sometimes remember things so very differently, when there is little or no supporting physical evidence?
I received a fascinating email question this past month:
Isn’t shifting to a new timeline simply changing direction, like a ship changing course? For example a ship’s captain can decide to alter course and go in a completely new direction, but the captain cannot change where the ship has been.  So in the same way, a person cannot alter their past or Karma, which is actually good because we create good karma also. For example, let’s say in a person’s past they had a huge argument with another individual, you may have healed it within yourself but the other person has free will to choose how the deal with it. It is impossible to jump to a timeline where the incident didn’t take place because of the law of karma.  So aren’t we just really adjusting our current reality in order or adjust our future reality?  There is no jumping to a parallel timeline outside of karma.
With the karma question, let’s use a little more of an intense situation. Let’s say a 19 year old individual did something really dumb, was drunk driving and caused someone to lose their life. They paid their debt to society, and years later got their life more in order and became a spiritually aware human and began living as a new person.  Are you saying that they could manifest out of a timeline reality where their drunk driving never happened?  Not only did they create karma with the people and families involved in the accident, but also their family and friends went through this event with them.  And sometimes the negative things that happen are major growing points in life, so by jumping out of karma, we lose those lessons?
I replied that some of us notice that apparently, our official histories have actually changed.  For me, sometimes that means more money is now in my bank account, or my body is slightly different physically.  For others, sometimes long-standing ‘permanent’ physical disabilities are gone, as if they never existed.  Our memories are quite real, and certainly this is where karma comes in, since many of us clearly remember events that ‘never were.’  Yet, we know they were true. 
We see evidence of this now in some recent physics experiments where observational devices can witness different events even though they are at the same place and time.  The key to grokking this aspect of the quantum paradigm is to acknowledge that our Mind is capable of operating at a higher order of perception than our Brain–and sometimes, we can remember past events more than one way.
I have sometimes seen in my own life, and in the lives of those close to me, that the past can change quite radically from what we remember.  I’ve shared some truly astonishing reality shifts in my books, such as the time my friend, Susan, was talking with me on the phone about how she’d recently broken her leg, and during our conversation noticed that her leg was feeling itchy–and soon after, she returned to the same doctors who’d examined and X-rayed her leg, to discover her leg was not broken.  Not only was it now never broken (thus never needing a cast), but it never had been broken.  This created a bit of a confusing situation for all involved at that time, if attempting to make sense of what had just transpired. 
Such radical changes seem to happen not so much through someone intensely wishing for and intending such changes to their personal past, but as larger parts of a greater spiritual awakening and development.  The lessons are seldom lost when they are felt deeply on an emotional and energetic level, and thus are real to memory and Mind, despite not being part of any current physical historical records, in some cases.

Quantum Mind, Classical Brain

perennial philosophy GodI was recently talking with a physicist friend of mine, who’d just experienced a wild reality shift, involving reality being completely different from what he knew to be true, and what he clearly remembered.  Though we’d often discussed how reality shifts can occur, this had been more of a philosophical conversation for him, until one day this year when he experienced a shocking reality shift in his own personal life that he knew for sure was real.  He and his wife both shared memories involving certain medications being kept in a certain location in their home–yet these medications that had been prescribed were now gone.  The pharmacist and the doctor had no records to suggest that the prescription was still current, and they were not open to hearing a theory regarding quantum physics, consciousness, and observation to explain what to them was not a mystery at all. 
My physicist friend sincerely longed to know how is it possible for someone to have memories that no longer match confirmation and corroboration from current external physical reality?  Because, as my physicist friend put it, our brain might be expected to match with and correspond to all other aspects and details of this reality, so we could be expected to not even notice anything had changed.  Yet many of us are noticing some changes have occurred.
My go-to explanation for this seeming discrepancy that provides some of us with the ability to remember a different reality–a different reality–can be credited to the way that German philosopher, mathematician and scientist Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz defines consciousness.  Leibniz describes that consciousness arises thanks to levels of perception.  Leibniz is one of two famous inventors of Calculus (the other being Sir Isaac Newton), and I adore his brilliant way of showing that we have consciousness of something when we have a second order apperception of a first order original sensory perception.  For example, Leibniz writes in Principles of Nature and Grace:
“it is good to distinguish between perception, which is the internal state of the monad representing external things, and apperception, which is consciousness, or the reflective knowledge of this internal state, something not given to all souls, nor at all times to a given soul.”
From this view of levels of perception, we can envision how our memory can be thought of as residing in consciousness in our MIND, while the physical historical records and details, along with our brain can stay attuned with a given physical reality.  In this way, memory and the mind form a kind of collaboration capable of operating outside of everyday experiences of space and time–suggesting that sometimes we can experience such things as:  premonitions, deja vu, intuitive insights, and retrocausality.  With a quantum mind accessing various levels of memories, we can flex our sentient ‘muscles’ and gain increased levels of experience with and comfort in shifting reality, quantum jumping, and collectively experiencing Mandela Effects together.
We may begin to notice that what we consider to be karma might be also viewed as higher levels of our consciousness collaboratively co-creating with higher levels of others.  These higher levels can be viewed as converging at the very highest levels, at which point we can envision a convergence at a point where there is zero entropy.  This looks a lot like what Leibniz posited as being the “perennial philosophy.”  In about 1710, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz wrote a letter in response to someone asking him what philosophical school he followed; Leibniz replied that he follows the school of the perennial philosophy, “Philosophia Perennis.”

Optimizing Quantum Mind and Memory

When we acknowledge that we are not manifesting in a bubble, but rather are collaboratively co-creating, we can begin to better appreciate the value of the Mandela Effect.  Thanks to the Mandela Effect, we can witness the return of some long-extinct plants and animals, or so-called “Lazarus species.”  Thanks to the Mandela Effect, we can witness some instantaneous upgrades to our physical bodies, such as our hearts now being situated in the center of our chest, and our kidneys now being located farther from risk of possible injury from “kidney strikes” to the relative safety under our rib cages.  Our collective memory can sometimes remember that things were different–and sometimes, we can remember things more than one way.
For best results, I recommend that we remind one another and ourselves to initiate and maintain positive onward-and-upward intentional guidance by asking, “How good can it get?” every day and in every situation.
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REFERENCES:

Leibniz, Gottfried Wilhelm. “Principles of Nature and Grace (1714).” (1992).

Proietti, Massimiliano, Alexander Pickston, Francesco Graffitti, Peter Barrow, Dmytro Kundys, Cyril Branciard, Martin Ringbauer, and Alessandro Fedrizzi. “Experimental test of local observer independence.” Science advances 5, no. 9 (2019): eaaw9832.

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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and is president of the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:
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Free Will and Levels of Self

2022-02-27 Cynthia

When you decide to do something, who does the deciding? When you see through your eyes, who does the looking?
Perhaps the most essential aspect of life is awareness of who we are–yet it is typically also the least examined.  While we speak in language that implies we presume to know that we have causal agency, and free will, the specifics of how this operates is seldom discussed or described.
I received a fascinating email question this past month:
In November 2019, I was preparing myself to travel to London on December 2019.   During November, I was looking at some YouTube videos and one video came up randomly.  The video is about stochastic processes.  They lecturer won the Fields medal few years back.   I very much enjoyed the theory, it is still simmering in my head to this day trying to connect it to other multiple theories:)  When I got to London, I decided to walk to Hyde park on a Sunday, and during my walk, straight in front of me was the Lecturer who won the Fields medal few years back.   [As if I was expecting him] I shook his hand and smiled, and told him it was a pleasure meeting him.  What is the cause and what is the effect in this story?”
One of the things that first comes to my mind when contemplating this question is that most of us are typically largely unaware that we, ourselves, are not as simple nor contained as we might first presume.  Indeed, it seems to me that we are energetic beings consisting of levels of awareness–of levels of self.

Levels of Self

perennial philosophy GodOne way to view our levels of self is to envision that we are limited in our perceptual abilities.  We clearly witness this with each of our senses, such that for example, we can only see the colors of red through violet in the ‘visible spectrum.’  We cannot see into the infra-red nor ultra-violet ranges.  We have similar perceptual limitations in hearing, such that we can only hear sounds that fall within our auditory range.  Might it be possible that when it comes to a sense of self, we face similar constraints?
We might thus envision ourselves experiencing a middle range of self identity frequencies.  Within such a conceptual range, we might expect to find ourselves well down from God / Creator / Divine Source.  English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley outlined the core of an idea that is somewhat similar to this in his “perennial philosophy,” featured in his book by the same name.  He wrote:
“Philosophia Perennis: the phrase was coined by Leibniz; but the thing — the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of all being — the thing is immemorial and universal.”
Huxley’s conceptualization of God at the pinnacle of a pyramidal shape is particularly intriguing, since it provides a model by which we might imagine where individual levels of human consciousness fit in, somewhere down a ways from the top.

Free Will, and Cause and Effect

Now we can return to considering the original question regarding what is the cause and what is the effect, when we experience extraordinary moments of synchronicity such as just happening to run into the very person we’d seemingly randomly just recently viewed in content that just happened to pop up on YouTube.  Clearly, such an experience seems to defy the odds, and it almost seems like a magic trick, since something so unexpected has occurred.  Yet, when we consider how higher levels of self–like God–operate outside of time, and are capable of working in cahoots with others above our awareness–then we can start to see how all kinds of remarkable moments of synchronicity might occur.
Indeed, many amazing experiences in our lives might seem orchestrated according to a hidden order.  We might note that such experiences tend to happen most often when we are in a relaxed, daydream like state of mind, feeling detached from any stresses of the day, yet engaged and entangled with what we love.  This state of mind is a reality shifting state of mind, ideally suited for experiencing all manner of enjoyable reality shifts, quantum jumps, and the Mandela Effect.
We can envision how all the levels of self that comprise each one of us are working to create the experiences and events in our life. This is always happening, and always has the ability to bring miraculous quantum jumps that we need, when we need them.   There is thus no need for ‘convincing’, since truly whatever our subconscious needs we will likely experience. And likewise, whatever our High Self chooses for us is likely to occur as well.  The range of choices we have is a slice of self–the parts of ourselves that we have conscious awareness of.  This is where we can become aware of our ability, for example, to stop feeling stress–to become aware that we can let go of fears, anger, and sorrow.  From a detached, yet entangled-with-love state of mind, we are thus capable of making choices for reality selection based on a foundation of neutral emotional state–feeling relaxed, and accepting with a sense of faith.
With all of these qualities, then yes, whatever you truly need can instantly be yours, almost as if by magic. This seems to work best quite often when we forget we asked for it in the first place (truly release our focus of attention on what we’re hoping for).  We can shift to another timeline through manifestation/meditation/prayer–remembering that this kind of timeline selection works best attaining that relaxed state of neutral acceptance.
Naturally I suggest providing additional positive onward-and-upward intentional guidance by remembering to always ask, “How good can it get?”
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REFERENCES:

Huxley, Aldous. The Perennial Philosophy. McClelland & Stewart, 2014.
Larson, Cynthia Sue. Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World. RealityShifters, 2012.

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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and is president of the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:
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The Power of Observation

How might your life change if you recognized that observing might be the most powerful thing you could do?  We acknowledge experts based on what and how they observe, yet we seldom recognize the full power of observation.

Much like breathing, observing is something we often take for granted, yet cannot live without.  We can only live for a matter of minutes without breathing–and in certain situations, the same can be said of observation.  We depend on observation in order to make choices about the food we eat as well as every choice we make. 

How we do this deceptively simple thing has everything to do with the level of consciousness we experience.

Role of the Observer

 

Tremendous significance has been ascribed to the act of observation and the role of the Observer, in the realm of quantum physics.  The definition of “observation” within quantum physics is:

an act by which one finds some information–the value of a physical observable (quantity).” 

This very specific definition is focused on the relationship between observation and information, with awareness that the choice of how and where and what is being chosen for observation. 

The presence or absence of Observers, as well as the nature of what is being observed have an impact on the observations being made. This has been experimentally demonstrated in the double slit experiment, which is recognized as the most elegant scientific experiment.  Observation in quantum physics experiments has been associated with such ideas as “the observer effect,” whereby what is observed in a quantum double slit experiment appears to be influenced by the type and location of an observer or observational device.  

While it may seem obvious that observation involves some form of consciousness, there is a surprising lack of consensus agreement about what that entails.  

Observation and Consciousness

Alina butterfly nose perceptionOne of my favorite ways to contemplate the connection between observation and consciousness is by considering some of the insights of Wilhelm Gottfried Leibniz, a great philosopher and one of the inventors of Calculus. 

Leibniz pointed out that a key quality of consciousness is that it necessarily involves both a first-order primary perception, and a second-order awareness of the first level perception.  Our ability to recognize, for example, that when we feel something touch our nose, and we open our eyes to see what it is, we can realize that the sensations we perceive and the visual input can provide us with information regarding what is currently happening.  If we feel a sense of being threatened, we can respond protectively; if we feel a sense of curiosity, we can respond inquisitively. 

Leibniz recognized the importance of being an observer of one’s own first-order perceptions–with awareness that this very ability to acknowledge something we so often take for granted can actually be viewed as the foundation of consciousness itself.  We begin to wonder if artificial intelligence asks questions, will nature answer?   with hopefully an emphasis on how good it can get when we begin collaborations with A.I.

The Power of Observation

Most of us are familiar with the expression, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” with awareness that each person’s aesthetics can be quite individual and unique.  What is not so well known is that almost all desirable qualities can be said to be “in the eye of the beholder,” and we tend to see much more of whatever we focus our attention upon.  We can become inadvertent experts on what we focus our attention on, regardless whether it’s something we’d actually enjoy experiencing, so we would be well advised to focus our attention on sustainable positive values such as:  peace, balance, harmony, joy, and love. 

Alignment of our own levels of observation is an inside job, meaning it starts by recognizing areas of ideological inflammation, where we cannot tolerate certain ‘triggers’ or stimulation–yet thrives by focusing primarily on our overall health as incorporating a much larger sense of self than we typically claim.  When each of us is bigger than any personal or environmental insult, we need not fall into knee-jerk reactionary and possibly overly dramatic responses, but rather can relax into knowing we are intrinsically safe, loved, and accepted with love and kindness just as we are.  This kind of re-centering is an inside job, and must start by loving all parts of ourselves.  We thus can rise above old patterns and tendencies to fall into victim consciousness, patterns of us-and-them thinking, or chronic anxiety regarding some large problem that we must help resolve.  All such drama can truly be risen above, when we claim a sense of higher self awareness that is our true birthright. 

We can rise above most any circumstances, through the power of observation.  And of course one of my favorite ways to experience the power of observation, is to feel how much we truly need to know how good can it get?

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You can watch the companion video to this blog here:

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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and is president of the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:
 
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