The highly developed Reality Machine
by Jon Rappoport
April 9, 2015
First, many thanks for your comments on my articles, and also for your responses to yesterday’s piece, “Who I Write For.” It’s more than encouraging.
We could call the reality machine a reality engine, because it not only shapes responses, it propels us forward through the same old world we were in yesterday—and this engine is highly developed…by us. We are master builders, and we know how to do repair, too. A glitch here, a hole there, and we’re on it.
All in the service of keeping things as they are. Keeping our course on track.
Some people want to take the machine apart and study it. Catalog the pieces. Figure out the internal connections. Innovate. By which I mean, make a better machine.
But that’s the problem. It’s still a machine, and therefore it’ll mask what lies behind the façade. In other words, it’ll install a system of perception that accepts Surface.
My solution is different. I keep saying that. I’ll continue saying that. There is an indirect way to get around and neutralize the machine, which keeps it intact for reference and game playing and fitting in when you want to fit in.
The solution is imagination/creation. That vaults over the machine and establishes a new basis for understanding and perception.
So I’ll give you one exercise. I warn you, it’s challenging. It’s no walk in the park. I’ve known people to balk, whine, and complain when I offer it. Interestingly, though, when they get into it, they stop whining.
Go to an art store. Buy pads of water color paper, brushes, and acrylic paints.
Set yourself up at home with a place to work.
And do 200 paintings.
Doesn’t matter what you paint. Doesn’t matter how long it takes. Doesn’t matter whether you have any “talent” or background. Just jump in.
Do 200 paintings.
Look at what you paint.
When you’re done, I suspect you will have had a few major surprises. That’s my prediction.
The reality machine is literal. It provides questions and answers. It has a template for the kinds of questions you ask in the first place. It relies on conventional language.
The reality machine also has a liking for rigid ideas and ideals.
“Painting anything” is different. It doesn’t operate on the same basis.
You can look at an abstract painting you do and try to figure out what it means, using the reality machine, but the machine doesn’t give you answers. It spins wheels.
You can try to plan out a painting beforehand and assign a meaning to it before you begin…but after a while, you’ll exceed those parameters when you actually put brush to paper.
You’ll move out farther than the tolerances of the reality machine are built for.
The reality machine says. “You are looking at a tree. The tree is the tree and nothing else. It has no other meaning. If it does have another meaning, it’s very specific and unchanging. The world is the world. Perception is habit, nothing more. You see the same things over and over. That’s all. You are in reality. Tick tock. End of story. Would you like me to repeat that?…”
Painting 200 paintings will unmoor you from that finality.
No, what’s strange is the reality machine.
Note: If you’re already a painter and have painted far more than 200 paintings and “nothing happened,” you’ve built an adjunct to your reality machine, and the adjunct guides you to keep turning out paintings you already know everything about. “Knowing everything about” is the hallmark of the reality machine.
The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.