Source: Our Innate Storyteller

“God made man because he loves stories.”

Our conscious mind does not have the capacity to obtain all the information needed to describe all that occurs within us but has evolved into believing that we are in full control of our live…we automatically tell stories and tales as to why things are the way they are and why we act and feel the way we do, even though the majority of these motives and answers lie in our inaccessible subconscious mind.

Perhaps this “ability” of telling fictional tales about our self in relation to the rest of the world may be a natural and required ability in order for us to function in the world. This fictional story telling is also true when we perceive and sense external stimuli.

We do not experience the world “out there” as the way it actually is, instead we simulate it. Our entire experience is an illusion, a simulation. There is too much information in the world in order to perceive and sense it the way it actually is. The way we experience the world involves raw data entering our senses, followed by a simulation of the raw data performed by our subconscious and finally sent as our conscious experience of “out there”. So in a sense we naturally experience a “fictional story” that represents the world outside of ourselves. There are no colours, smells, or sounds out there in the world, these are just things we experience and simulate within our subconscious , a sort of cosmic fictional story.

Perhaps it is our innate nature to construct a fictional story on all levels of our knowing. In the same way that our experience of the world is an illusion that enables us to understand and interact with the world “out there”, we also weave stories so that we can believe we understand our behaviours, emotions, and thoughts. We have an innate nature to be in control, and within us this is accomplished by the production of illusions, by fictional stories of the universe, ourselves, and our interaction with the world. As the author Tor Norretranders says so eloquently; “The conscious “I” (in which we identify as our self) is merely a piece of will-less driftwood, an innocent victim of wind and weather: and what is more, a piece of driftwood that constantly reassures itself, “I am keeping my course””.

As Shakespeare’s famous quote goes “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts”. We are involved in a cosmic play in which our consciousness merely perceives the play with a small amount of information it is given, but does not see the massive amounts of behind the scenes detail that is involved in this production. Acknowledgment of the limited ability of our consciousness in this sense is important if we are to lift the curtains and see the deeper side to our self and the universe. For many people go through life only seeing the stage, and the stage is where our consciousness experiences its fictional story about our life, yet it is behind the stage where life’s true meaning is waiting to be found.

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