The Higher Self

The Higher Self

In Identity it is explained that the true nature of the individual is defined solely by the world hologram. And as this entity you live in a many-worlds reality, which means that physical reality is determinate solely where observed, exactly as described in QBism. To take on this identity is a major shift in many regards, but it has extraordinary benefits. You are constantly interacting with the way things turn out in the world, everywhere, very slightly, and you can take control of this process once you know how it works. This sounds so bizarre but it is the result of something even stranger. In effect, you are the world. Here the term individual always refers to the world hologram, while the physical body-mind, that which produces the world hologram, is referred to as the observer.

You Are the World

As the entity ‘in here’, I am the world hologram. But the world hologram defines the determinacy of the world I encounter, the many-worlds reality. That would seem to mean I am the world. The world hologram defines the determinacy of the real world encountered, and this is what I am, as the individual on the inside view.

It certainly does not seem as if I am the world. It seems to be totally obvious that the world is ‘out there’ around me, and quite separate. And of course with respect to the universe this is as true is it is obvious. But the world I know is the world hologram field of information, and this is also all me. I is my record of observations. I am not aware of this aspect of my identity because this is the personal unconscious.

The world hologram as a whole is not in immediate awareness, but it is all part of yourself, and this defines the determinacy of the world you encounter. And this means you are not just the ordinary entity in the world; you are also the determinant of your whole reality. This does not mean that the real world is only as real and as big as your record of observations, tucked away in your neural network. It means your record of observations is as massive in scope, and implications about reality, as the world. And this world is not everything, of course. Beyond the limits of perception lies the universe of all possibilities, the totality.

Macrocosm and Microcosm

‘Macrocosm and Microcosm’, or ‘As above so below’, is the idea that the microcosm, the personal, reflects the macrocosm, the whole, and vice versa. This concept is found throughout the history of thought over millennia, and it is included in Buddhism. This is precisely true for the individual, while it is utterly false for the ordinary physical self, the observer. For the holographic individual, living in the many-worlds reality, the myth is simply correct. The ‘above’ and the ‘below’ are the same thing because both are defined by the world hologram.

Naturally, all this is only true on the inside view. If the ‘above’ is taken to be the ordinary objective physical world, the idea is ridiculous. But in ancient literature it is the cosmos which is taken to be the above, meaning the orderly or harmonious system, i.e. how everything works. The ‘above’ is the world you actually encounter. Therefore, as the modern sage Krishnamurti puts it:

You and the world are not two different entities. You ‘are’ the world, not as an ideal, but actually. (Lutyens, 1983, 74)

Hearing this kind of mystical sounding statement, we tend to assume, quite reasonably, he is talking about some cosmic experience of connection which is quite outside ordinary, rational, daily life. But the opposite is the case. The new science shows us that this is all too literally and somewhat terrifyingly true.

Life Examined

Given that this is the case, each one of us is deeply responsible, individually, for the state of the world one encounters. Not for everything of course. Most of the world is the way it is because of history, and physics, and most of what happens is a random selection of events from all the possibilities. But as explained in Interactive Destiny, one’s expectations generate strange attractors that operate in the system, and these bias the versions of events likely to be encountered in the world at large. So one is to some extent complicit, and responsible. But one is also greatly empowered once this extraordinary relationship to the world is recognised. 

As Socrates wrote, the unexamined life is not worth living. It turns out that knowing oneself is every bit as vital for a good life as he suggests. This is because one is constantly steering the reality this way or that with expectations and ideas of the future. It is often a slow and even miniscule effect, but it is cumulative. The old adage of being careful what you wish for takes on a whole new dimension of meaning in this context.

As described in Interactive Destiny one can take charge of this process. To envision a specific outcome of events is to steer yourself towards a version of the world where they are encountered. This is because anything and everything one expects is more and more likely to appear on one’s world. What is more, the kinds of things one does are also more and more likely to appear in one’s reality, as explained in Quantum Karma. One is deeply and fundamentally causal in the world one encounters and experiences. To borrow from Douglas Adams, you may find this disturbing; it scares the willies out of me. The wider implications are examined in the next two pages, Becoming Aware and Egoism & Morality.

As individuals on the inside view we are completely different kinds of beings than we thought. One is of course the physical entity, the body-mind that is the accustomed identity, but one is also the world hologram, the immortal and causal being in reality. These two identities are very different with respect to how one sees oneself, and understands one’s place in the world. And each other person is another one of these. We are worlds.