The Origins and Purpose of the TOR

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 Coherence, Resilience and Equanimity in One’s Day to Day Life. It is important to note that increasing one’s coherence 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 coherence. 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 coherence, while optimizing brain and neurological function as well as one’s psychological health. They can also facilitate Peak Experiences.

On behalf of the TOR Group, may you discover your essential self and advance your learning, creativity and human development.

One Response to The Origins and Purpose of the TOR

  1. Thomas F. says (2013-03-05 09:14 PM):

    Nearly 30 years ago when I was practicing law my doctor diagnosed me with a then almost certain terminal disease. I was devastated. Seeking some measure of consolation, I read a book about the five stages of grief which people go through when facing death. That information gave me no comfort. I then stumbled upon Dr. Raymond Moody’s Life After Life which detailed NDEs by some of his patients which gave me a great deal of emotional relief. I also participated in a Monroe Institute retreat on OOBEs.

    What is so exceptionably special about Dr. Wiebers’ Theory of Reality is that it finally ties these and all other phenomena into a coherent whole with language easily understood by the general public. Dr. Wiebers’ authorship demonstrably lends concrete credibility to NDEs, OOBEs, etc. because he is a hardnosed scientist. I wish I also had his book 30 years ago because it contains many proven ways to live a more enlightened and less stressful life even in the face of death.

    Additionally, I salute Dr. Wiebers’ chairing the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s board of directors and for his efforts to explain that animals are of the same fundamental essence as humans. His book states “our tendency to fragment our world and see ourselves as separate from…other humans and nonhuman beings is at the root of our neither being at peace as a species nor as a society.”

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