The Theory of Reality (TOR) combines key elements of neuroscience, physics, and metaphysical science along with components from numerous other medical and scientific disciplines to allow people and society to address the most basic universal questions of humankind—Who am I? (which corresponds to the YOU section of TOR content); Where am I going? (which corresponds to the YOUR JOURNEY section of TOR content; and How do I fit into the universe? (which corresponds to the THE TERRITORY section of TOR content). In the process, it provides answers the two most important unanswered questions in science as defined in a special issue of the journal Science in 2005: “What is the universe made of?” and “What is the biological basis of consciousness?” The overarching purpose of the TOR is to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our universe with the goal of helping people to live a happier, more successful and fulfilling life.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the issues which underlie the TOR. My early training and subsequent work in the fields of Medicine and Neuroscience provided wonderful opportunities to learn from colleagues, patients and students and to experience the brain and consciousness from numerous perspectives in a variety of clinical and research settings. Even earlier, in my college days, I had taken a road less traveled to medical school by concentrating my coursework in physics, chemistry and mathematics, subjects which were not only fascinating, but which also provided very different ways to approach and reflect upon reality and the universe.
The TOR finds that the universe is a unified living process rather than a collection of separate objects and, although things and beings can still be part of an individual whole while possessing their own unique qualities, our tendency to fragment the world/universe and see ourselves as separate from the world/universe, from the earth, and from other human and non-human beings is responsible for many problems in science and society and ultimately is responsible for our neither being at peace as a species nor as a society.
The TOR is about an idea or set of ideas. EVERYONE has the capacity to accomplish all of the expanded-reality techniques listed in the TOR if they want to and if they dedicate some time and energy to it.
The TOR includes Twelve Key Factors for Enhancing CoherenceImplies a form of order or focus-- coherent thought implies very focused, clean non-random thought as opposed to disorganized, haphazard, “noisy” thought processes that we are used to in our day-to-day living., Resilience and Equanimity in One’s Day to Day Life. It is important to note that increasing one’s coherenceImplies a form of order or focus-- coherent thought implies very focused, clean non-random thought as opposed to disorganized, haphazard, “noisy” thought processes that we are used to in our day-to-day living. does not necessarily require accomplishing any particular “difficult” feat or austere lifestyle—or a specifically prescribed altered state of consciousness or OOBE.
In general, factors that increase one’s resilience and equanimity also tend to increase one’s coherenceImplies a form of order or focus-- coherent thought implies very focused, clean non-random thought as opposed to disorganized, haphazard, “noisy” thought processes that we are used to in our day-to-day living.. Resilience is the capacity following adverse or stressful events to adapt to (and even thrive in) the resulting challenges and changing circumstances. Such a capacity proactively insulates and protects individuals from a variety of anxiety disorders and depression. Similarly, equanimity is the inner strength and stability to experience well being and confidence in the eye of the storm—enabling one to maintain a relaxed body and calm, balanced mind regardless of the circumstances. It allows one to remain centered and to see the big picture with perspective and patience.
Factors which are generally fun and compelling for individuals that also increase one’s resilience and equanimity include: laughter; music; intimacy; spiritual exploration and understanding; and sleep. Enhancing these factors can increase one’s coherenceImplies a form of order or focus-- coherent thought implies very focused, clean non-random thought as opposed to disorganized, haphazard, “noisy” thought processes that we are used to in our day-to-day living., while optimizing brain and neurological function as well as one’s psychological health. They can also facilitate Peak ExperiencesEncompass a range of phenomena which generally involve seconds to minutes in which one feels the highest levels of peace, connectedness, happiness, harmony and possibility. They often are pivotal moments in a person’s life and are often associated with key insights, waves of understanding, and/or thought balls (voluminous packages of thought that need to be rolled out by the brain in real time in order to be fully expressed on this physical planeThis plane of existence, the physical world or physical universe.) , which are generally integrative in nature (a sense of meaning comes from finding a form of unity and from putting the right things together in the right order). Peak Experiences deeply enhance one’s creative, intellectual, visionary or integrative understanding and/or capabilities. They can serve as useful tools for one’s spiritual adventures or journeys..
On behalf of the TOR Group, may you discover your essential self and advance your learning, creativity and human development.