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.

Soul Oneness

6 October 2018 Saturday 7:54am

Our soul Oneness takes precedence over our physical Oneness.

I don’t think this is one hundred percent true, because I just read an article about how we are so lacking in physical touching – especially among men. But really thinking about it, I believe that’s not exactly true either. It is only customary to shake hands with people you’ve just been introduced to because we are respecting each other’s personal space. With acquaintances, maybe we push it up a notch with a fist bump and shoulder hug, or a high five – for men. A kiss on the cheek or two, or a quick hug which work for both men and women, depending on the culture. There’s also rubbing of noses as a customary way of greeting new friends. And in another culture it’s not uncommon for two men to hold hands who are merely having a platonic relationship. Of course, when it comes to one’s loved ones – generally, touching will be a little more intimate – again depending on the culture, customs and traditions. The article also talked about how some of us have the mindset where we judge touching as always having sexual motives.

So what are you trying to say, my child?

I’m just saying that – if we really delve deep into how we relate to each other when it comes to touch – we aren’t so lacking to the point where it has adverse effects on our psyche. (Although, I might mention it’s becoming a problem with certain people whose job require single-hood). We must also accept the fact, that not everyone is comfortable with touching – especially in public. I feel that people who are lacking in human contact are not that common. So when we say that “soul Oneness takes precedence over physical Oneness”, what exactly do we mean? Because more often than not we practice Oneness through touch. As compared to Oneness of the soul.

Imagine this – what would it be like if all – and I mean all the people of the world held each other’s hands for 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year of every year, as a way of being truly One?

Huh? We won’t get anything done!

Precisely. And since that cannot be done (but then again nothing is impossible) when it comes to Oneness, then soul Oneness takes precedence over physical Oneness. Actually, most of you are already practicing soul Oneness.

Yeah. Via the Internet.

Unfortunately, there are those who abuse it.

Yeah. Unfortunately.

The Followers & The Challengers

12 May 2018 Saturday 3:55pm

“Dear Neale…I have been wondering about the role of personality in the mechanics of the mind and system of the soul. I observe that some people have personalities that seem to make it easier for them to operate successfully in our culture — i.e. follow rules and religious doctrine while others are challenging rules and not accepting of structures that govern and make the rules. Can you discuss the role of personality?”

This was on Neale’s website. Neale wrote an explanation but it’s sort of complicated for my kind of intellect.

What is your kind of intellect?

Um…I’m simple? I’m of a simple intellect.

No, dear. You wouldn’t have come as far as you have with just a simple intellect. The soul is simple but complex.

But I just said that Neale’s reply to the query was complicated. And now you’re saying my intellect is simple but complex. If I was also complex then I would have understood what Neale was talking about.

I said the soul is simple and complex. The soul knows no rules. I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that rules make life complicated. Therefore the soul is simple because the soul is free. The soul is also complex because the soul knows everything. The knowing of everything is immense, to say the least. And isn’t the soul life? Isn’t life complex? Therefore the soul is also complex. Now, let me ask you – do you always know exactly what your soul is up to?

No.

Why do you think that is so?

At first, I think I know what I’m doing because I’m thinking of the conscious purpose of what I’m doing while I’m doing whatever it is I’m doing. But later on, I’ll realise that what I was doing had a different purpose altogether. It was a subconscious or even superconscious purpose – the purpose of the soul. Does that make sense?

Read it again – what you just wrote. Does it make sense to you?

Yeah, it makes sense.

You have just created a simple explanation of something complex such as what the soul is up to. The soul is me. The soul is capable of anything. In your world, the body, mind and soul have to act as one in order for you to experience your life agenda. It is these acts which are the physical evidence or components of your personality. Your personality is actually what others observe of you. When others see you act out kindness, they will say you have a kind personality. When they see you act out gratitude, they will say you are thankful or polite. When they see that you’re a forgiving person, they will say you have a generous or tolerant personality. When they see you act out violence, they will say you have a violent personality.

Woah! That was quite a leap there. From kindness to gratitude to forgiving to generous, then bam – violent! C’mon, you gotta ease me into it, God. Maybe put in anger or resentment, or piqued in there somewhere before we jump into violence.

My apologies. But you must agree, dear one, that violence in your world does show up violently out of nowhere sometimes.

I agree. Anyway, we haven’t really discussed the real query – what’s the role of one’s personality in connection with one’s mind and soul? And why are there personalities who prefer to practice religious beliefs & doctrines as compared to those that challenge them?

Let me quote the exact words used because they are key in explaining exactly what the topic is about – which is about personality. The exact words are “some people have personalities that seem to make it easier for them to operate successfully in your culture — i.e. follow rules and religious doctrine while others are challenging rules and not accepting of structures that govern and make the rules.” Do you know of any personalities who are examples of the first group of people mentioned? Let’s call them the Easy Followers.

Um…

Never mind. It doesn’t matter. How about the other group of people? Let’s call them Challengers.

Yeah. Neale and his friends, I guess.

Are you one of Neale’s friends?

I like to think so.

He does too. So do you call yourself one of The Challengers?

Like yeah.

Have you always had a personality that is a trait of being a challenger?

Nope. I’ve only just recently become a challenger. Like about 5 years ago. That was when I realised my life purpose. Before that, I would have called myself an Easy Follower because at that time I was operating by following rules and religious doctrines.

You forgot the word “successfully” in there somewhere – operating successfully by following rules.

I don’t think so.

Fair enough. So to get back to the query: What role does personality play in being Easy Followers or in being Challengers?

I’m not sure. But I think one can already deduce by what we call each group. Which I think is not very nice of us to do so.

Do what, dear?

You know, call people names by their personalities.

What do you think the names mean?

One name may mean that the personality of the person prefers to follow rules because it’s easier – easy life. While the other is not so easy – a challenging life.

Don’t you consider yourself one of the Challengers?

Yes.

Is your life challenging at the moment?

At this very moment, yes! This conversation we’re having is really tough! I’m afraid of offending someone.

You, afraid?

Always.

But tough?

I try.

Would you consider the role of your personality as being afraid and being tough when it concerns the “mechanics of the mind” and the “system of the soul”?

I suppose so. Being afraid is of the mind. Being tough is of the soul. Afraid and tough – that’s an odd personality combination, though.

Not really. Love and fear go hand in hand in your world.

For now.

Yes, dear. For now.