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What is Reality?

Simply put, reality as we "experience" it is physical and separate. Yet the only source of everything is purely non-physical and conscious. Ultimately, reality is dualistic in nature. 


Consider that everything in our physical reality is made up of atoms. Yet atoms are more

than 99.9% empty. The paradox of being both physical, yet non-physical at the same time makes complete sense once one understands how and why one becomes the other. 

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. ~ Albert Einstein, German-born Theoretical physicist

A wise man realizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering. ~ The Buddha 


In a deep metaphysical sense, all that is conditioned is illusory. All phenomena are literally 'appearances,' the outer masks in which the One Reality shows itself forth in our changing universe. The more 'material' and solid the appearance, the further is it from reality, and therefore the more illusory it is. ~ Annie Besant, British Theosophist

The world is his who can see through it's pretension.  - See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it it's immortal blow. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher

This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn,and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief. ~ Rumi, Persian theologian and Sufi mystic

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. ~ Carl G. Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst

Life is but a dream within a dream. ~ William Shakespeare, English Poet and playwright

We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are. ~ Anaïs Nin, French essayist and novelist

What we see depends mainly on what we are looking for. John Lubbock,1st Baron Avebury

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ~ Henry David Thoreau, American poet and philosopher

There’s a ‘One in Billions’ chance reality Is not a simulation ~ Elon Musk, CEO Tesla Motors, SpaceX and NeuraLink

Probability says you are more likely a simulated being than a biological one.

~ Rizwan Virk, MIT Professor 

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion 

Democritus, Philosopher 460 BC - 370 BC

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, ~ William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright  

​All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. ~ Max Planck, Father of Quantum Physics

There is a force in the universe, which if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results. ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Indian nationalist leader

Everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe - A spirit vastly superior to that of man. Albert Einstein, German-born

theoretical physicist

Everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious: i.e., endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception. ~ Helena Blavatsky, Russian Theosophist


The Universe is mental. The all is mind. ~

The Kybalion, The three initiates 

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. ~ Marcus Aurelius - Roman Emperor

The Universe is worked and guided from within outwards. ~ Helena Blavatsky, Russian Theosophist

We are powerfully imprisoned by the terms in which we have been conducted to think. ~ Buckminster Fuller, American inventor and futurist

When something happens, the only thing in your power is your attitude toward it; you can either accept it or resent it. ~ Epicitus, Greek stoic philosopher

Reality is created by the mind. We can change our reality by changing our mind. ~ Plato, Ancient Greek Philosopher

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer, American philosopher and author

Perception is awareness shaped by belief. Beliefs “control” perception. Rewrite beliefs and you rewrite perception. Rewrite perception and you rewrite genes and behavior.~ Bruce Lipton, PhD., American cellular biologist

In its Essence, the All is unknowable. ~ The Kybalion, The three initiates

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