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• Total reality revealed here as 3 experience based kinds of reality.
Soren, the Personal Development Guy, describes them ...
• ... and tells you
how to move from fear & loneliness to happiness.
Absolute Reality vs Personal, Relative Reality and
What is reality?
You know what reality is, right?
Sure! You experience it every day. Right?
Well, odds are that you are
both right and wrong. There are several kinds of reality, you see. And if you
are interested in personal development, self improvement, spiritual growth,
lasting happiness, love, freedom and inner peace that is a pretty important
No, scratch that, it is an all important fact! So, please read on,
and we'll uncover reality together.
Definition of Reality
The dictionary defines reality as: ’Real existence; that which underlies
appearance; something which is actually experienced’.
So this definition
equates reality with experience (reality = experience), which is a pretty
simple, practical and useful way of defining what is real. To be real something
has to be experienced.
Also, it follows that if something is actually
experienced it is real! (So if you experience something, it is real - at least
Okay, now do you know what reality is? Probably: Yes and no.
Personal, Relative Reality: What YOU Experience as Real
For sure you know
what a reality is - what one particular reality is, i.e. your reality. Your own
personal, relative reality
. But that's not the only reality 'out there' (or: 'in
there', as it were).
Watch a movie or another work of art with a handful of
other people you don't know all that well, and odds are you will have had very
different experiences. One had a wonderful experience, another one had a so-so
experience and one was bored out of his or her skull. Yet you all experienced
the same movie/work of art.
Well, it's like that with every other
experience you have, too. What you perceive and experience as 'interesting' or
'boring'; 'good' or 'bad'; or 'reasonable' or 'unreasonable'; or any other
number of other relative things there is surely someone else who perceives
differently, perhaps even opposite of you.
We all experience things
differently. We all live in different personal realities.
The one thing
that isn't very nice about each of all these personal, relative realities
(including yours) is that is a pretty lonely and scary experience. Basically, it
is the experience of the ego which is fearful, scary experience, since
is a fear based defense mechanism.
So, an alternative might be
Social Construction of Reality: Consensus Reality
- What Groups
Experience as Real
You probably also have a good idea about what the
culture you live in agrees upon. This is the so-called
. As the
words 'agrees upon' indicate consensus reality it is a matter of social
construction of reality. In a country there is likely to be a certain level of
agreement on what is real and what is not.
If you are a member of a
sub-culture in your country, say, a hippie, a yuppie, a rocker, a punker, an emo
or some such, well, then your sub-culture agrees upon a certain world view - and
that then becomes the consensus reality of that particular group - and you, too.
One culture may frown upon the reality of another culture. This can happen
both inside a country and between countries.
Only problem with consensus
reality is that it is an aggregation of a number of individual, personal
realities - usually based on the lowest common denominator. What this means is
basically that now you get to be a group of people who are lonely and scared
Again, an alternative might be preferable.
Absolute Reality: What Actually IS Real
there is more to reality than both personal reality and consensus reality. A lot
Because how can your personal reality coexist with everyone else's? And
it's the same with your particular cultural (consensus reality) - how can it
coexist with all the other cultural realities?
The answer is this:
Different realities can coexist because every single kind of reality I have
mentioned above exists INSIDE a BIGGER reality:
Absolute reality is what CONTAINS all the billions of individual, personal
realities and many thousands of cultural consensus realities.
reality must be pretty big, then, right? Well, it is. It is everywhere, all the
time. You are living in it. But most of the time you are not experiencing it.
You can, though.
And this is where it gets interesting for folks who are
into personal development, self improvement and enlightened spirituality. Why?
Because it is in absolute reality that you find a lasting sense of freedom,
happiness, wonder, love and inner peace.
The 'Price' of Absolute Reality
Who isn't interested in freedom,
happiness, wonder, love and inner peace? Nobody! Deep down, every human alive
want one, more or all of those things. You, too, for sure?!
Well, not only
can you have them - all of them - but you can have them right NOW and it will
not cost you anything.
Or, to be precise, it will not cost you any money,
nor will it cost you anything of real value, but you will probably THINK and
BELIEVE that it does. Thus, you will be very AFRAID, which is just about as
counterproductive as it gets when it comes to experiencing the happiness,
freedom, love, etc. of absolute reality.
What is it that experiencing
absolute reality will appear to 'cost' you? Well, it's the other two kinds of
reality: individual, personal reality and consensus reality. They are standing
in the way of your experience of absolute reality. So, they have to go. If you
want happiness, love, freedom, inner peace and a sense of wonder, that is.
Enlightened Spirituality = Experiencing
You have probably heard about so-called spiritually
enlightened teachers, right?
Perhaps you even know (of) one, because perhaps,
you, too, are into enlightened spirituality and chasing spiritual enlightenment?
(I used to do that, too).
Well, good news: Your hunt is over. Spiritual
enlightenment is at hand, because basically enlightened spirituality is simply
experiencing absolute reality.
Absolute Reality Is the Home of Happiness
This is how it is:
reality = Wholeness, happiness, love, freedom, wonder and inner peace.
Absolute reality = Everything there is - ALL there is. It includes everything
and there is nothing else. Thus, it also includes you.
Absolute reality =
You - your true self; your most basic, authentic and true nature as a human
What do these statements mean?
They mean that experiencing
absolute reality is EASY. Because absolute reality exists not only all around
you but inside you, too. You ARE (a part of) absolute reality, and thus you ARE
wholeness, happiness, love, freedom, wonder and inner peace (or, if you prefer:
they are parts of you).
All you have to do is - temporarily or
permanently - STOP experiencing your own, personal, relative reality and any and
all consensus realities that you are currently subscribing to.
note that: It is not something you have to DO, it is something you have to STOP
The moment you stop doing this, you will experience absolute
What Is Reality? Why Don't You
Find Out for Yourself?
The good news about stopping your experience of
consensus reality and your own, personal reality is this:
a) If what you need
is reassurance, you will get it by upping your level of information (reading
texts like this one and others like it) and trying it out in practice;
The experience of absolute reality is NOT an all or nothing proposition, so you
can get the wonderful experiences on a temporary basis if you prefer;
Specific methods and techniques that can help you get those good experiences do
exist. One example is
the Let Go Method
which is also the subject of one of my ebooks for download:
Finding Inner Peace by Letting Go.
(In fact you can also
benefit from reading my other ebook
How to Be Yourself and Find Authentic
Summing Up on
the What Is Reality Question
Summing up on the 'what is reality?'
question: Reality equals experience, and there are three basic kinds of reality:
• Personal, relative reality
- the individual world view, which differs for
every person, but since it is ego based, it is based on fear and separation, and
very often there will be a sense of lack (i.e. you believe in the thought 'There
is not enough of anything').
• Consensus reality
- common world views in
your culture(s) agreed upon and aggregated, which is, of course, just as fear
based as personal reality.
• Absolute reality
- ultimate reality; the
reality that surrounds and contains everything and ALL kinds of reality. In
practice this is the experience of wholeness, happiness, love, freedom, wonder
and inner peace.
The wonder and beauty of free will is that you get to
choose between those 3 kinds of reality!
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