We have seen that perception is a process affected by our subconscious selves, but exactly how does this work? One way to illustrate this is to link it to our world view. As an example, we will look at two people. One person has a world view based on mainstream Christianity, the other is an atheist with a world view based on Scientific Materialism.
We have seen that your world view is based on a basic human need. The world is so filled with insecurity that we cannot function psychologically. In order to force ourselves to function, we create a world view that gives us a sense of security. We can now look at the connection between your world view and your subconscious selves.
For reasons that will be explained later, subconscious selves are not created alone, but always in a pair. The two selves form a polarity and are in many ways opposite of each other. For example:
- At some point in the past, your conscious self looked at the complexity and insecurity of the world and decided: I can’t live with this, I can’t exist here. This led to the creation of a self that feels overwhelmed and is constantly in a state of panic. This self can only look at problems and see how serious and dangerous they are. We might call this self the problem creator.
- Since you could not get away from the world or your physical body, your conscious self had to find a way to be able to survive psychologically. It did this by creating a self that had the belief that there is a way to deal with the insecurity of the world. It is possible to develop or accept a superior world view that allows you to control your destiny. This is the problem solver self.
Once your conscious self has created the problem solver self, it steps into it, like putting on a pair of virtual reality goggles. As long as the conscious self perceives the world through the problem solver self, it can forget about the problem creator self. This doesn’t mean this self goes away, but at least on a temporary basis, the conscious self can be unconscious of the problem creator self (until it creates another problem that you cannot ignore).
The conclusion is that the problem solver self is not actually made to solve problems, despite the name. It is made to make it possible for the conscious self to ignore problems defined by the problem creator self. (As we will see later, the problems defined by the problem creator self are not actually real.)
What this really means is that both selves are not about the real world. They are only about how the conscious self perceives the real world. As we have discussed earlier, we are psychological beings, meaning everything is about how we experience life, and our Life Experience is determined by how we perceive the world:
- The problem creator self perceives the world as a fundamental problem, meaning it has no solution. It also perceives many specific problems.
- The problem solver self perceives the world as a problem that can be dealt with.
The problem solver self deals with problems in three ways:
- Problems can be solved—usually at some point in the future.
- Problems can be ignored because they do not apply to you (at least not right now).
- The existence, reality or severity of problems can be denied and explained away.
All three of these ways to deal with problems are based on your perception, which is based on your world view. This means your world view is what gives you the ability to function psychologically in an insecure world. Your world view is what gives you a sense of security, a sense that you have some control over your destiny, which is really your Life Experience.
If your world view was to crumble, the conscious self would be thrown right back into the state of panic produced by the problem creator self. Therefore, out of the problem solver self has been created a number of selves that are programmed to deal with any threat to your world view, keeping the problem creator self dormant at all costs
These are NOT passive selves. They are not simply lying dormant until a threat materializes. These are very aggressive selves that are projecting something outside your mind. This means that perception has two sides:
- The passive side of perception is that your senses and your mind process impulses coming to you from outside your mind.
- The active side of perception is that your subconscious selves are projecting a mental image outside your mind, an image based on your world view.
Your world view is always threatened
Now let us look at the irony of the world. Any world view is based on certain statements or theories expressed in words. When we look at human history, we can see that any statement made with words can be questioned or denied. If one persons says “yes,” another person can say “no.”
Any world view ever formulated by human beings has had a counter view that questioned or denied it. Some people were convinced the view was right, while others were equally connived it was wrong. Thus, none of them could ever feel like their world view was not under threat.
The conclusion is that basing your sense of security on a world view can NEVER lead to inner peace. It can never give you ultimate security because there cannot be a world view that cannot be threatened.
This is of course a scary conclusion, and the problem creator self will immediately interpret this to mean that there is no way to attain inner peace. Yet this is not correct, and HAP will indeed gradually show you how to attain real inner peace. Yet for now we need to take a closer look at the problem with a world view.
Let us look at the Christian and the materialist. Both have accepted a certain world view, and the two views are in many ways incompatible. Both of them feel their world view is threatened, and the result is they both feel a need to convince other people that their world view is right. That is why they both evangelize.
The mechanism is simple. The problem solver self realizes its world view is being threatened. But it is only threatened because other people hold different views. So if all other people could be converted to the one true world view, then the threat would go away. Or so the problem solver self reasons with is limiting reasoning ability.
Let us look at how the two world views deal with the fundamental problem of the insecurity of the world:
- The Christian world view says the world was created by a good God. Yet for unexplained reasons this almighty God allows the existence of a devil that is working against God, and this explain all of the evil in the world. However, if you are a good Christian, you can get God to grant you special favors that protect you against the insecurity of the world. If this fails, then you will at least know that after this lifetime, you will live forever in a heaven that doesn’t have this insecurity.
- The Materialistic world view looks at the arbitrariness of how God allows bad things to happen to good people and lets the bad people go unpunished. They instead reason that there is not such personal God, and instead the world is created by laws of nature. These laws work the same for all people, but since invariable laws should produce a predictable world, the insecurity of the world is explained through random events. Even our existence is the product of random events.
In this context, it does into matter whether the world views are true. What matters is that both world views have allowed some people to overcome the insecurity of life to a point where they can function psychologically in their daily lives.
Both groups of people are of course equally convinced that their world view is not a world view, but an absolute reality, but this is precisely what allows them to fell protected from the insecurity. Yet if their world view was threatened, they would be thrown right back into insecurity, and this must be avoided.
Why many people cannot even see new ideas
This website is about helping you gain a higher awareness about your psychology and how to change your life. As explained previously, your current state is the result of you present level of awareness. The only way to raise your level of awareness is to look beyond your present beliefs. Thus, if you are not open to questioning your current world view, you simply cannot grow beyond a certain level of awareness.
We can now see that anytime – ANY TIME – people are unwilling to look at a new idea, this is caused by the subconscious selves that are programmed to defend their current world view at all costs.
Based on this, let us look at how the Christian and the Materialist deal with new ideas. The underlying reaction is that any new idea must not threaten their current world view and their sense of security. If it seems to threaten the world view, there are three ways to deal with it:
- You can prove it wrong, often by referring to some unquestionable part of your world view.
- You can reason that you can ignore the idea because it does not apply to you.
- You can deny the validity of the idea or the need for you to consider it neutrally.
Many people have a standard approach to new ideas, causing them to automatically ignore or deny any idea that does not fit into their existing world view. Their conscious selves simply do not perceive the idea as being valid, useful or interesting. Yet how exactly does this work?
Let us look at a concrete example. HAP is based on the idea that the world is made of a continuum of of vibrations, ranging from lower to higher. There are vibrations that make up the world that our senses can detect. There are vibrations above that level, and they make up the three other realms of the material world, the emotional, mental and identity level. There are even higher vibrations that make up the realm of higher awareness. How will a Christian and a materialist look at this idea?
First, they will look at whether the idea fits into their existing world view:
- A Christian might say that a realm of higher awareness sounds a bit like the heaven described in the Bible. Yet if there is no God in this realm, as the God of the Bible, then it probably isn’t the same thing. And the idea of four levels of the material world is definitely not in the Bible.
- A materialist will say that anything beyond what can be detected by our senses and scientific instruments cannot be real, thus the idea is incompatible with materialism. Some might say it could be interpreted as a parallel universe or the realm of dark matter or dark energy. But in general, materialists would say it isn’t compatible with their world view.
Next, they will look at reason for why they can ignore the idea:
- A Christian might say that since the idea isn’t compatible with their Bible, it has no relevance for Christians and thus it can be ignored. A Christian might reason that there is no need to develop your consciousness since the Bible promises you that if you believe in Jesus, you will automatically go to heaven.
- A Materialist might say that the idea sounds like some New Age version of religion, and thus it can safely be ignored. It can by definition be no more valid than any other religious superstition.
The next level will be denial:
- The Christian might say the idea must be of the devil, and this out. is dangerous to even consider it, meaning it should be actively denied.
- The Materialist might reason that since the idea is not scientific, considering it can lead one to be tempted by religious superstition, and thus it should be ignored.
The point here is to show that even though the Christian and the Materialist have different reason for rejecting the idea, they both do this based on the exact same psychological mechanism. It is a matter of upholding their sense of security and thus pushing back any idea that seems to threaten it. And for both, any idea that does not conform to their superior world view is automatically seen as a threat.
Of course, this reaction cannot lead to growth. Obviously, any person with this reaction would not be reading this website. Yet many readers might still wonder if HAP is saying there is no higher truth?
What is truth?
What is the effect of the long-standing conflict between Christianity and Materialism? It is that it has polarized the debate. If you only look at the arguments presented by both sides, you might think that the only reaction is that you must choose one of the two sides.
In other words, the question of what is truth can be reduced to a choice between two options. One must be true and the other must be false.
As has been hinted at before and as will be explained in depth later, HAP is based on there being an alternative to this approach. The alternative is to say that human beings have the potential to raise their consciousness to succeedingly higher levels.
Both the Christian and the Materialist are at the same level of consciousness. At this level, people have such a strong need for security that they cannot handle any threats to their world view. Thus, they tend to reject the very ideas that could empower them to rise to a higher level of consciousness.
For people who are beyond this level, it becomes possible to see that what you see as truth is a matter of your level of consciousness. We earlier looked at the analogy of an observation tower. As you walk to higher levels of the tower, you can see more than you can see at lower levels.
You can therefore reason that at lower levels, it is really meaningless to talk about what is some absolute or superior truth. Such a truth could not be formulated in words and it could not be grasped by people at a lower level. Only as you rise to higher levels of awareness will you start to gain glimpses of a truth that is not at the level where it has a counterpart.
So the real equation becomes how to rise to higher levels. Obviously, you still need a sense of security, so you still need a world view. There is nothing wrong with you having the world view you are having right now.
As long as you do not see your world view as closed, meaning it could never be expanded upon, your current view is simply the foundation for your growth. If you keep your mind open to new ideas, then you will gradually grow and come to see more than you can see now.
The essential key is to avoid the reaction where you subconscious selves prevent you from accepting or even considering the very idea that will empower you to rise to the next level up. In order to avoid stopping your growth, you need to become aware that your subconscious selves from a perception filter. They can literally filter out certain ideas so your conscious mind cannot even see them. Your subconscious selves from perception filter.