The Hypothetical World

9 October 2018 Tuesday 7:12am

“What a strange world. With each passing day, it’s getting harder to know how much is just hypothetical and how much is real. Tell me, Tengo, as a novelist, what is your definition of reality?”

“When you prick a person with a needle, red blood comes out—that’s the real world,” Tengo replied.

– 1Q84, A Novel by Haruki Murakami

What’s this about exactly, God?

There are those who are living in fear because they believe the hypothetical is the real world.

What is the hypothetical?

The truth, of course. The truth about life is that all of you are God personified. In the real world, do you go around shouting at the top of your voice, “I am God! I am God!”?

No. People will think I’m crazy.

You are living your life as per normal because you know exactly which is the real world and which is hypothetical. Anything to do with the soul is hypothetical. By the way, do you know the exact meaning of “hypothetical” as in the word “hypothesis”?

Let me look it up. Okay, “hypothesis” means “a proposition, or set of propositions, set forth as an explanation for the occurrence of some specified group of phenomena, either asserted merely as a provisional conjecture to guide investigation (working hypothesis) or accepted as highly probable in the light of established facts.” And it also means “a mere assumption or guess”.

Let’s take the second one. Everything that is related to the spiritual is hypothetical. The spiritual is mere assumptions and guesswork.

By saying that, aren’t we nullifying what we are about here? Because here, we are about the spiritual and we are about the soul. And anything to do with the spiritual and anything about the soul is about God. If we are saying that anything about God is mere assumptions and guessing—as in hypothetical, isn’t that making a mockery of God?

Meaning of “mockery” please.

Um…okay. There are a couple of meanings. One is “ridicule, contempt, or derision”.

That’s the one. Now, replace the word “mockery” in that statement you just said with its meaning.

Okay. If we are saying that anything about God is mere assumptions and guessing—as in hypothetical, isn’t that making a “ridicule, contempt or derision” of God?

So are we doing that here? Are we mocking God with these words?

No. Most definitely not. I love you, God.

I know, child. I love you too. But love comes in many forms and interpretations. When a husband physically abuses his wife, sometimes the wife believes that that is love. When a parent punishes his or her child, the parent as well as the child believe the punishment is love. Love is anything you wish it to be. God is love. Is the explanation for love hypothetical? Can you explain exactly what love is?

To some, love is feeding the poor. Isn’t that love in the real world?

No, child. Feeding the poor is showing what love is. Isn’t being kind to animals love as well? Isn’t providing for your family love as well? Isn’t caring for your ageing parents love as well? When doctors and nurses care for their patients, isn’t that love as well? When a leader of a nation works hard to make sure the citizens are not lacking of anything that will make their lives easier and stress-free, isn’t that love as well? When a mother or father leaves family and country to work somewhere far, far away so he or she can give them a better life, isn’t that love? When a—

Okay, I get it. We do all of these things in order to be love just as God is love. We don’t walk around everywhere, shouting at the top our voice, I am love! I am love! Instead we live love in our day-to-day. So these things we do to be love are not the hypothetical explanation of God. These things we do to be love happen in the real world where we physically move our bodies and talk with our lips with actions and words of love.

Yes. So now can you explain what is God exactly?

Huh?

Can you explain exactly what God is without having to use those examples of actions of love in the real world?

Um..Yes, I can. God is everything. Yes! God is everything!

What is everything?

Argh! Everything is everything that exists in this world!

So now, do you understand?

No, I don’t understand! We are trying to figure out why the truth is hypothetical. And we are trying to figure out what’s the difference with what is hypothetical as compared to the real world. I still don’t understand!

Okay. Let me put it this way – what is air?

Oh no.

Don’t think. What’s the first thing that pops into your head. What is air?

It’s the thing we breathe.

Can you see air?

No.

Can you touch it?

I can’t touch it. I can feel it. Especially when it turns into wind.

Can you control it?

Not really, no. But I can contain it—like in a balloon.

The balloon is your physical body. Air is God. The truth is like air—it’s in you, it’s everywhere, you can’t see it but you can feel it. Air is hypothetical just as the truth is hypothetical. Your physical is the real world. Air is everywhere in the real world. Just as God is in the real world. In fact, God is the real world as well as the hypothetical world. What is the hypothetical world, my dear?

It’s the spiritual world. God is everywhere so the spiritual world is everywhere. And since the spiritual world is hypothetical, then the hypothetical is everywhere too. We are in a hypothetical world as well as a real world. Yay! I understand.

Understanding only happens when you believe.

I definitely believe. Otherwise I won’t be doing this.

Doing what, my dear?

Argh. Let’s end this, please?

Never.

How To Fertilise Your Garden

26 June 2018 Tuesday 7:19am

I weird thought just came to me while I was washing up at the sink this morning.

Don’t you always?

Yeah. Sometimes the most mundane tasks are the most epiphany-triggering. Why is that?

You are having epiphanies all the time, my dear. It is only when you believe that a thought is an epiphany that a thought becomes an epiphany. Otherwise, you’ll simply treat it as a random thought. The awareness that the voice in your head is God’s voice also influences the way you consider your thoughts. To some, God’s voice is of the highest value. They will ponder and try to understand the meaning of a certain thought that strikes them as revelations, or what you call “epiphany.” And sometimes, they would wish to share it with others. That is usually how your holy scriptures are created. “Holy scriptures” is a somewhat outdated term at this moment in time, don’t you think? Because many of you are now aware that everything and everyone is holy. Now, on the other hand, there are some who still believe that some of your thoughts are from the devil. Do you think you would give them value if you consider these thoughts as evil?

I don’t think so. In fact, I’ll not even consider such thoughts at all. But there’s no such thing as the devil. It’s a myth that humans created in order to…to…Um, why did we create the myth that is the devil?

We created the myth of the devil because a long, long time ago it was too unbelievable to believe that humans are God in human form. Another reason would be that God desires to know Godself—who is love. In order for God to know God as love, there must exist that which is not love. God wish to experience Itself. God wish to experience love. So we invented the illusion of fear, which humans humanised into what you now call the devil. Love is God, fear is the devil. It is in your world of the relative that God is now able to experience Godself because there is now the illusion that we created that which we call “evil.” It is in your world of the relative that God experience love. God experience love through humans—through all of you. But in order to experience love, you must also experience fear.

I understand. Question: You used the words “we created the myth” and “we invented the illusion of fear.” But then you also used the words “in your world.” Isn’t God in the world of the relative too?

Of course. You are all my spirit children. My spirit is in all of you. And you are ALL my children. That is how God exists in your world. We use the term “children” because your physical forms are mere babes at this moment in time. You have no idea yet of what your physical forms are capable of. Your physical form now is only a tiny seed in the spectrum of evolution in your little universe. Your mind will be blown away if you knew to what extent your physical form is capable of evolving into. If you will only take good care of yourself. And your earth, of course.

We’re trying, okay? We’re trying very hard. So the earth is actually only a tiny seed in a little universe? My God! What else is out there for us?

The truth, dear one. And at this moment in time, you are yet incapable of understanding the immensity of—

Stop. Just now, you called us mere children and our universe is “little.” And now you’re saying we are “incapable.” I am feeling really small right now.

I apologise. I am merely making you aware of your power to create anything. This world has so much potential in terms of—

Argh! Can we please change the subject?

Of course. So what was your epiphany all about?

Oh…Oh yeah. It’s about desire. I suddenly realised that desire may not be from within. I mean, it isn’t triggered inside out. It’s actually triggered outside in.

So what do you think triggered that thought?

It’s my tweet about desire being a fertiliser. Plants are still able to grow without us adding fertiliser or vitamins or whatever will boost its growth. Or is it a mistake to use the fertiliser allegory?

In order for an allegory to be better understood, it’s better to describe or use an illustration or an imaginary situation. What would you use?

How about an apple?

Alright. Go ahead.

There’s a table in an empty room. Wait…How about this—I am in the Nothingness Room. I’ve just had lunch. Then someone comes in and places a table in the Nothingness Room. And then that someone places a bright, red apple on that table. So now there’s this bright, red and juicy looking apple right in front of me. But I’m not really hungry because I just had lunch, remember? But that apple sure looks delicious. That sentence just spelled D-E-S-I-R-E. I feel desire for that delicious looking apple. When a while ago, I didn’t have such desire because that apple wasn’t there. My desire only got triggered upon seeing that delicious apple. That’s desire from outside in, isn’t it?

How do you know it’s delicious?

Huh? Does it matter? We’re talking about “desire” here—not taste.

It does matter. So how will you know if that apple is delicious?

By picking it up and taking a bite, that’s how. You’re weird.

What if it’s not delicious? What if it’s sour? Will you still have the desire to finish eating that whole awful-tasting-teeth-numbing-sour apple?

I suppose not. What’s your point?

I’ll explain in a while. So your desire suddenly turned to derision upon realising that what you thought was desirable is actually not so desirable after all?

Derision is too harsh. Let’s just say I got turned off. I can’t stand eating sour food. I think I’ve got more sweet areas in my tongue than sour. So anyway, what’s your point?

In a while. Let’s say, someone comes in again and places something else on that table in your Nothingness Room. It’s something you know will be delicious even if you don’t pick it up and take a bite.

Ooh, I know what that is—chocolate! M&M’s!

M&M’s it is. Note that you haven’t taken a bite of either one of the two—the delicious looking apple and the M&M’s. So where is your desire headed now?

That’s not fair. One is good for my health, the other is not.

We’re not talking about health—we’re talking about desire. You can be shown the most unhealthy food in the world and yet you can still have the unholiest of holiest desire for it. It is your other desire to have a healthy body that is the contender. I’ll put it this way—you just had a very healthy lunch. Now, you get to pick dessert.

Okay. That’s fair. And you already know my answer.

M&M’s it is.

Yum. So which is it: Is desire from inside out? Or is desire from outside in?

Which came first: The chicken or the egg?

Oh man…I don’t even know why I bother.

Let’s put it this way—And my point as well, is that—fertiliser (which you used as metaphor for “acting upon your desires”) is optional when it comes to maintaining a garden. On the other hand, a healthy and beautiful garden is regularly maintained and given lots of TLC and vitamins or fertiliser. Not unlike the way you maintain your body, mind and spirit. To love is to act. Otherwise, you are merely breathing in order to be alive.

Isn’t just being alive in this world good enough?

There’s being alive and then there’s just being alive and yet knowing you have a bigger purpose in this world.

Like I said—I don’t even know why I bother.

I know why. Because you have empathy.

No, I don’t.

Yes, you do.

No, I don’t.

Suit yourself.

Alright! Yes, I do.

What Do Cows Drink?

18 May 2018 Friday 7:20am

God, what does Y-E-S spell?

Yes.

So then what does E-Y-E-S spell?

Eyes?

Um…Never mind. It doesn’t work here.

What is it about, child?

There’s this video that Danielle showed me last night. It’s someone asking what those words spell. It’s kind of like a trick question but it isn’t. It’s very funny in the sense that the answer is so obvious and simple but some people just can’t get the right answer. Maybe because it doesn’t register in their mind that it’s actually the word “eyes”. They keep pronouncing it either as “ee-yes” or “ease”. The one asking is usually overheard giggling and laughing which makes the prank even funnier.

So it’s a prank?

Well, no. Not really. It’s a trick question…Well…No, not really either. Um…I don’t know what it is.

It’s a trick of the mind, my dear. When you asked the first question, it influenced the answer to the next question. Try doing it the other way around.

I don’t think it’ll work. And it won’t be as funny. It’s like fear, isn’t it? When we put a seed of fear into the mind, it’ll influence how we see the world.

Precisely. So what do you think will happen if you put a seed of love into the mind instead?

Then we will see the world through the eyes of love.

Yes. Through the eyes of the soul. By the way, did you fall for it?

Fall for what?

The trick of the mind?

Nope. Danielle asked me the question before she showed me the video. She was disappointed when I immediately answered “eyes”.

Why do you think that is?

Because she’s asked me trick questions before. I fall for some. So I’m sort of ready for her now.

You’re getting honed.

Yeah. Um…God?

Yes?

What do cows drink?

Water.

Argh. You’re no fun.