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… however we have 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 this simulation is sent to our conscious experience as “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 this is accomplished within us by the production of illusions, and fictional stories of the universe, ourselves, and our interaction with the world. As the author Tor Norretranders said; “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.

“Control is never achieved when sought after directly. It is the surprising outcome of letting go.”~James Arthur Ray

One Response

  1. “There are no colours, smells, or sounds out there in the world, these are just things we experience and simulate within our brains, a sort of cosmic fictional story.”

    I completely agree with that quote. I believe that nothing really matters in life except trying to understand the universe around us, as our observation of the universe gives the universe its own existence. In quantum mechanics the observation made by an observer changes the own existence of the subject under the experiment, as in the case of the schrodinger cat. The reason why I make such references is because humans have spend an entire life time fighting over right or wrong, people kill themselves over their believes but they don’t see they are missing the point because in this universe there is really no right or wrong, our evaluation of right or wrong depends on the information giving to our brain from the universe around us, that does not necessarily means that what perceive is is actually 100% accurate from the information received by our brains. Because when the Brain processes this information it puts it together based on its own algorithm. For example you mentioned that there are no colours, this is true, what we perceive as colors is just the interpretation of light particles(photons) hitting the retina at different frequency, different frequencies are perceived or interpret by our brain as different colors, so there we have our algorithm to interpret light particles traveling with at different energies.

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