• What is consensus reality?
• It's a group's shared reality, a
social construction of reality.
• It's also your culture's agglomerated fear
based relative reality.
• Perception is reality, which means ...
... Go easy on your trust in your culture's relative reality!
another, better reality you can choose: Absolute reality.
- Is It Good for You?
In a word: No.
course, is an unnuanced answer, and not entirely true, as we shall see, but it
is more true than not.
If you are interested in personal development,
spiritual growth, happiness, inner peace, love, wonder and freedom, odds are
that you will want to distance yourself quite a bit from the common world view
of your culture.
That's a pretty tall claim, so let's look into it.
- a Social Construction of
We humans each have our own personal, relative
reality - this is a function of
, which means that at
the most basic level our personal reality is a pretty lonely and
scary place. The reason being that the ego is a fear based defense
mechanism with a deeply rooted belief in separation (instead of
(You can read more about personal, relative reality
in the self improvement articles
What Is Reality? Total Reality
Perception Is Reality: Creating Your Own Relative
Personal, Relative Reality Revealed - a 'What Is
(And you can read more about the very
pleasant alternative in the self improvement article Absolute
Reality Revealed (Non Duality): Just STOP Creating Your Own
However, we humans are also social herd animals, so
we group together and try to establish a common base line of
reality: the so-called consensus reality.
is the reality that we - well, most of us - can agree on is real.
Sort of, kind of. Because this reality does NOT really span
different cultures. Each culture (and even: each subculture within a
society) has its own consensus reality, its own social construction
For example, voodoo is considered a reality in
some parts of the world, while other parts of the world consider it
hogwash, and yet other parts have no opinion on voodoo because they
haven't even heard of it.
Consensus reality is a funny thing. As is
apparent from the words 'social construction of reality', it is far
from set in stone. In fact, it isn't really anything much in and of
Consensus reality is simply an aggregation of personal,
relative realities; a construct that only exists because people
within a culture or subculture (unconsciously) decide that it
should. (And they unconsciously work HARD to make it so).
Since consensus reality is a construct, it is quite malleable.
A couple of examples: At one time, not that long ago, the
consensus reality in the West was that a) the Earth was the centre
of the universe, b) the sun revolved around the Earth and c) the
Earth was flat as a pancake. Anyone who dared claim something
different (e.g. Copernicus) put themselves in harm's way.
How the Social Construction of Reality Takes
Consensus reality is created in a sort of unconscious
large scale negotiation. Thus, it is nothing but an agreement. And
an unconscious agreement at that.
Also, consensus reality can be
manipulated. People and organizations in power have done that for
centuries. Through manipulation of the media and the so-called
'news' many modern day organizations and individuals are doing their
level best to influence the social construction of reality - and
often succeeding to an astonishing degree.
That's what the
Catholic Church was doing to Copernicus - and to anyone else who
dared question their near-monopoly on creation of consensus reality
in the Western world. That, in fact, was the raison d'etre for the
And, to top it off, consensus reality is
pretty much defined by the lowest common denominator!
the general level of consciousness in the culture is relatively low,
guess what? That's right: the consensus reality will most likely be
characterized by the lowest common level of consciousness.
This is why, if you are interested in spiritual growth, personal
development and self improvement, you will not want to build too
much of your life based on consensus reality!
Since Consensus Reality Is a Social Construction of
Reality - BE SCEPTICAL OF IT
What? Am I saying that you
should remain sceptical of what the majority of people in your
culture believe - that which your culture defines as 'real'?
bet! That is exactly what I am saying.First and foremost I
am saying that it is a great idea to be open to all things and all
possibilities, including things which your culture does not
presently accept as 'real' or 'important'.
If some folks had
not decided that perhaps the Earth was not flat after all, but
round, and that perhaps the Sun does NOT revolve around Earth, and
perhaps the Earth is NOT the centre of the universe, things today
would look very different indeed.
The fact that it is very
easy to get sucked into a shared reality does not mean that it is a
good idea. The most likely thing that will happen is that your level
of consciousness will be lowered to the lowest common denominator -
and defined by those in power.
So, if you
don't want to let society's lowest common denominator and those in
power define your reality you basically have two choices:
you retreat further into a reality of your own making (a personal,
relative reality), or you start
of both your own relative,
personal reality and the consensus reality.
further into your own relative, personal reality (your
) is a
terribly lonely and fear-filled solution.
Letting go of both
your relative, personal reality and consensus reality, on the other
hand, is the way Home to
which is characterized by
inner peace, love, freedom, wonder and happiness.
If you are
interested in this you might check out Let Go Let God - the Let Go
Method by Soren Lauritzen
and my ebook for download:
Peace by Letting Go.
In fact you can also benefit from reading my
How to Be Yourself and Find Authentic Happiness.
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