Quantum research has demonstrated that the material world is a virtual reality, a movie we’re projecting from consciousness that permeates the quantum world. Our virtual movie is not going to win any awards. (Maybe a Golden Raspberry.) Still, we keep projecting and watching no matter how dismal the story becomes. Why? Because there are a few winners.  

Our virtual world is very different from its subatomic foundation. Our world is not real, but the quantum foundation of the universe is real. This quantum foundation is one interconnected, indivisible whole that’s permeated by consciousness. That’s where the real you actually exists.

In quantum oneness, we can be unique, but not special or separate. Since oneness can’t be anything other than what it is, we chose to project a dualistic virtual reality so we could experience separation and specialness without disturbing the foundation of oneness. Unfortunately we were very short sighted when we decided to experiment. In duality everything exists in pairs of opposites; wealth cannot exist without poverty, abundance without scarcity, good without evil, health without illness, etc.  Like the lottery, our dualistic world produces a few “winners” at the expense of a massive amount that lose. In duality, we are playing the odds, and they’re not in our favor. But like everyone who gambles, we were each convinced we were going to win.

So, we keep our attention on the world’s winners, certain that if we keep playing the game and supporting the winners, we will eventually be among them.  Suffering will continue to exist as long as we’re willing to take our chances on winning, but we believe somehow we’ll get lucky. And what if we do? We quickly discover that our turn at specialness is ephemeral, transient, like a wisp of fog or smoke that’s impossible to hang on to. No matter how special we’ve become, there’s always someone ready to up the ante and take the prize out of your hands. And there’s no way to escape the fact that duality always serves up pain with pleasure. No matter how great winning feels, there will be something negative attached to it.

Worst of all, our preoccupation with winning the game of specialness has caused us to completely forget that we could quit playing anytime. Instead, when we come to the end of a projected lifetime, we convince ourselves our little “wins” were well worth the pain we suffered in the process. But is this true? Waking up from this horror show and returning to oneness is the real win. It’s a sure and certain win for everyone who chooses it. Will you continue to gamble in virtual reality, or will you take the only sure bet?

Lee and Steven Hager are the authors of The Beginning of Fearlessness: Quantum Prodigal Son, a spiritual quest and scientific adventure.

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