What is the nature of reality?
If a lay man were to describe Solipsism it would be this: “All that exists is in your imagination, or nothing exists outside of your imagination.” While that explanation is technically sufficient, it doesn’t very well actually explain Solipsism to the lay person. It is far better to think of Solipsism in these terms: “Nothing existed before you, and everything that exists is you.” This is something we can actually follow back to the source and understand what it means more precisely and deeply.
The moment this reality you are experiencing did exist is the exact same moment you did become a cell inside your mother’s body (realize, this is in this reality only, and does not in any way address any possible reality before this moment). Everything that did exist after that moment and “before” that moment (think about all the history you think you “know”) was “created” by you (method of which is not explored further here). This necessitates that there was in REAL reality, no history as we know it in THIS reality, before you were in this reality.
Your mother, father, house, cat, computer, history, every word ever spoken, every blade of grass, every grain of sand, everything you know of, just EVERYTHING-period exists because you made it exist in this reality that is you.
You see now what is meant when one says Solipsism means “Everything that exists is in your imagination.” You must realize, you could not have an imagination with which to create yourself to imagine reality unless something did create that possibility. This means that all that exists is Possibility. Possibility can be synonymous with Potential. If we are perceiving through the current lens of Solipsism, this means that YOU are Possibility.
That is mind-bending to consider. The impact of this understanding would be so far reaching in need of exploration that it would likely consume the entire earth just to record the data of the explanation of Possibility. Indeed, it would since the Earth is but one Possibility out of infinity.
I feel I should offer an understanding of infinity here: often you will here infinity explained as a number that never ends. This is not my understanding of infinity because it necessitates the existence of time because a number cannot “never end” unless it also “never began.” Rather my preferred understanding of infinity is that of Possibility being a possibility of Possibility and Possibility possibly being a possibility of THAT Possibility on and on in a logic loop. This means that if Possibility somehow made all possibilities it would not cease to be Possible, rather, it could start making itself possible and this can never be impossible.
Now think if that was YOU (i.e. you are Possibility) and you better understand the deep meaning of Solipsism, one form of “POSSIBLE” explanations for reality.
My understanding of Objectivism as a way to understand reality is not entirely clear because in the Objective understanding of reality, it is extremely hard to trace a line of reality and the Source is ultimately unknown. It implies that all things that exist did and do exist and did and can continue to exist without an Experiencer.
I tend to think of it as if the history of “time” up to the very edge of “now” and all that existed in that time frame is like a movie reel playing on a screen. If you had the ability to stop the movie, pull the reel off, unwind it and inspect the picture “frame by frame” you would be able to see all of reality played back in a very definite time line.
In this understanding you are basically an object that interacts with the movie playing on the screen. You come to exist for a while in a time line that already existed before you and will exist after you. You play your part and then you most likely leave by dying (free-will or pre-destiny need not be of matter here since the future on the “movie reel” does not, in necessity have to exist since “time” is a necessity of the Objective understanding. In “time” a past is guaranteed but a future is not).
That is as far as my exploration of Objectivism has taken me. I know there are a multitude of nuances that could be inserted here that alter the understanding in small ways, but the deeper understanding of you as a player in an already existing reality is here and that was what we were seeking.
It is useful to understand Collectivism here as the merging of Solipsism with Objectivism. While technically that is a logical impossibility because Solipsism easily envelops and consumes Objectivism, since the entire Objective universe could actually be a single possibility of the all Possibility. We will keep this technical detail in our minds, but set it aside temporarily in order to assist our understanding of Collectivism.
Collectivism necessitates two things: First, there is a Prime Source which is all Possibility. This must be in the Collective reality viewpoint because Something exists. There is not nothing. We cannot even discuss reality without realizing this fact because it is in fact “possible” for us to be “discussing reality” and that single act carries an infinite number of possibilities with it.
Second, the all Possibility, being the source of all that is, must be fragmented in the Collective reality viewpoint. This is necessary because you can be fairly certain that other people and things actually do exist in the REAL reality (though this must remain forever an assumption because again, this could be a possibility of Solipsism, hence why I said “you can be fairly certain”).
Taking these two necessities of Collectivism together we see clearly that we are all part of the same Source Possibility but that we are each having an individual experience inside of some type of reality. We can individually affect the reality around us, but we cannot individually alter the entire reality at any instant.
This understanding of reality would mean that each individual is experiencing their own sub-reality of a greater whole-reality. Like a tree in a forest or a drop of water in the ocean, we have our own reality but we are not ALL reality in our current reality. Each person is like a slice of reality in the cake that makes up the whole, and each individual can alter other’s slices of reality in various ways but no single individual can become suddenly all slices of all reality and turn the cake into a pie.
I feel Collectivism offers the most logical and heartfelt explanation of our current reality, which is what we are trying to understand right now. This is why it matters what we think and do at these moments of great importance that we are in currently. We are clearly on the verge of a very large change in reality and we must be certain to be the slice of cake we wish the whole cake to be.
It is very important to avoid negative energy in this time. We will know it when we feel it. It is important to understand the negative energy and what its source is and correct it. We have to be very attentive to all things coming at us and assimilate those that we feel to be of benefit. We have to be entirely honest with ourselves and face things which we may be afraid of facing.