Have you ever wondered how malleable reality really is?
This is something that's occupied my mind for years. I've been fascinated by certain spiritual and supernatural phenomena, such as intuition and synchronicities. The implications are startling if they're real, therefore it's worth considering the possibility.
I'm not a religious person, nor do I consider myself new age. I view myself as agnostic: someone who is open-minded to possibilities whilst maintaining a healthy level of scepticism. I don't believe whatever bullshit I read on the internet, but I also don't dismiss far-fetched ideas merely because they're abnormal.
After a ton of research, personal experience, and obsessing over this for a very long time, I'm convinced there's more to reality than most people realise. I've written about this before, but I think I've finally developed a complete hypothesis on the phenomenon and a formula for achieving it.
Take a look at the work of Russell Targ. He's a physicist who worked for the CIA and NSA.
Targ and his team proved abilities such as remote viewing and precognition are real. Their experiments showed statistically significant results; the odds of the outcome occurring by chance is less than 1 in a million.
Think about that. These are abilities most people believe is impossible, yet they've been proven. It makes you wonder what else is possible.
And although it's anecdotal evidence, I've experienced many crazy supernatural events in my life. Such as synchronicities or intuitive insights where the probability of them occuring by chance was insanely low. This makes me open to these ideas, because I've witnessed crazy things myself.
On a fundamental level, reality is created by consciousness. Biocentrism by Robert Lanza describes this in detail.
This means it's technically possible we can influence our reality by altering our consciousness. If things such as the law of attraction were true, this supports it on a fundamental level. I'm not aware of much evidence to support this claim, but it's still technically possible.
These substances aren't ordinary drugs. Most of them are also non-toxic, non-addictive, and have tremendous positive benefits. I won't get into that because it's off-topic, but it needs to be said so you don't dimiss this.
During my psychedelic trips, the idea of being the creator of your reality seemed real. I experienced how the world is a product of our perception. As if we create our own reality, regardless of whether we're aware of it or not. And that by changing your perspective, you can bend reality. It seemed completely feasible.
This is something I've heard before, but it never made much sense to me. Theories such as the law of attraction sound nice, but I was also very sceptical because there's so much nonsense on the internet from people trying to sell you shit, and idiots who believe anything.
But after you personally experience the truth of it, it's very different. Yes, the strength of evidence from anecdotes is technically weak. Psychedelics are also drugs, so you could argue it's merely chemical reactions in your brain, and therefore any insights you experience whilst on it are unreliable.
But sober reality is technically a commonly agreed upon hallucination. So the validity of what you experience whilst hallucinating on these substances isn't necessarily so questionable. Especially when the experience feels more real than real. Most people who question the validity of this haven't even experienced it themselves.
And not only that, most psychonauts have experienced similar things. In fact, every psychonaut I've met came to the same conclusion, so you have to start asking questions. Even people like Steve Jobs said taking LSD was one of the most important experiences in his life. He was also very interested in meditation and Zen Buddhism, so this says a lot.
The greats of history
Take a look at many of the world's most successful people, such as Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, or Richard Branson. Many of them talk about spiritual phenomena, intuition, and how there's more to reality than what meets the eye.
A great example is Tesla. He's responsible for many of our most important inventions, such as the AC current, electric motors, and lasers.
Tesla described his imagination as being as vivid as reality. He'd literally design everything in his head, without any sketches or models. Only once he'd perfected the design through countless iterations did he go and build it. And every single time it turned out perfectly, exactly as he'd imagined it.
How do you explain that? It's not because he had a high IQ or some shit. It's because he was tapping into altered states of consciousness. It's the only reasonable explanation, especially considering he's mentioned this phenomena several times. Here's one example:
"We have, undoubtedly, certain finer fibers that enable us to perceive truths when logical deduction, or any other willful effort of the brain, is futile." — Nikola Tesla
Flow state is a proven phenomenon that's essentially what Tesla experienced. It's behind every major achievement in every discipline. It's proven to make you up to 5 times more productive, 4-7 times more creative, and increases the speed of learning by up to 2 times.
That's fucking insane. That's literally Elon Musk level shit. If you were that effective, you could undoubtedly pull off almost anything. And since it's a universal phenomenon, anyone can do it.
Stop and really think about the implications for a moment. Even if the supernatural aspects of flow aren't true, the cognitive aspects alone enable superhuman-level performance. It changes everything.
This means it's feasible for you to take on the world's most challenging problems. You can achieve almost anything and make your dreams come true. And since the happiest people are those with the most flow, you'll be living life to the fullest. It's really the only way to truly live life.
You might have a hard time believing this, but the facts are clear. The only reason you'd doubt it is because you don't believe in yourself. Almost anything you want to do is possible; most limitations are set by ourselves. This is the mindset of the world's most accomplished people, therefore believing otherwise makes no sense. When you believe you're limited, you're never going to figure out how to do it, nor will you even try.
Most of the technology in the world today was seen as impossible before its time. So when are we going to start realising we're limitless, instead of doubting the possibility of a future based on our present results? Doing so is ridiculously naive, if you think about it.
Achieving deep flow state
There's several known flow triggers, and one of the most effective is focus.
Focus can be attained through several mechanisms. For instance, if you're performing a risky task you'll naturally focus more to ensure safety. By incorporating all these different triggers in your life, you naturally increase the amount of flow.
If you want to learn more about this, I strongly recommend The Flow Genome Project's work. They've been hired by companies such as Google, and recommended by people like Elon Musk. So it's legit.
But of the many flow triggers, I think the two most important are meditation and psychedelics.
This is probably the most effective method to train focus. If you can sit still for a long time and constantly bring yourself to focus on the present moment, you're training yourself to consistently focus throughout everyday life. Therefore you'll naturally ramp up the amount of flow in your life.
This is proven. The brain scans of monks are extremely similar to those who experience flow state.
When you're in the present, you're not focused on the past or future, which is survival mode. And when you're in survival mode, your amygdala is overactive, which significantly diminishes your ability to make creative connections and ponder possibilities. It's not a time to create.
Focus improves creativity because you're able to notice more connections. When your mind is untrained and all over the place, you're not using all your brainpower on the task at hand. Your energy is siphoned.
Therefore by developing the ability to consistently maintain presence throughout the day, you can shift from survival mode to an altered state of consciousness (flow state).
If you combine meditation with psychedelics, that's practically steroids. It's a fact microdosing psychedelics significantly increase one's ability to access flow states. But I think there's more to be gained from macro doses rather than micro.
This is due to a few reasons:
- Psychedelics dramatically speed up your meditation progress because they show you the state of awareness to aim for. You're given a map, rather than blindly navigating the learning process.
- Psychedelics are neurogenic. They develop your brain, therefore on a fundamental level it's possible they could wire your brain to operate at an altered state of consciousness during everyday life.
It's also probably possible for psychedelics to permanently activate flow, significantly raising your baseline. As if they open a door in your mind you weren't even aware was there. This is something myself and many others have noticed after using them, therefore I don't think it's unlikely.
Here's my plan:
- Meditate every day for an hour, bringing myself to the present moment. This trains intense focus.
- Trip on psychedelics once a fortnight (taking longer breaks when necessary). This should prove the necessary insights to access deep flow state, speed up my meditation, and potentially permanently wire my brain to operate at an altered state of consciousness.
The only reason these ideas seem ridiculous is because it's completely contrary to our worldview. It's provocative. It challenges existing ideologies in both science and religion. But just because an idea is far-fetched doesn't mean it's necessarily nonsense.
Don't get me wrong, I've honestly wondered whether I'm just being delusional. I question everything and this includes myself. But with the argument I've presented, I think it's fair to say there's a very high probability this is true.
Even if the supernatural aspects of flow aren't real, the cognitive side certaintly is. And that alone is a game-changer.