The life-altering thought still stays with me to this day…
I was about 4-5 years old, alone in my room, and a wild idea popped into my head.
“What if I’m a character in someone’s pop-up storybook?”
Quite an interesting concept for a little kid to entertain, right? The idea of our reality being some tremendously elaborate version of a pop-up book. I was my attempt at describing a simulated reality (something like the movie “The Matrix“), and the only way I knew how to was by using the concept of a pop-up book. This was around 1993, so I don’t think I even had a computer then; and “The Matrix” didn’t come out for another 6 years.
I don’t know where the thought came from, but I blew my own mind haha. It changed me forever (in a good way, of course).
I remember applying this concept with other things too, like legos. “What if the world is like a big lego set?” Just a cool kid, continuously curious of the world around me.
The funny thing is that this idea never really struck me as being profound until I watched “The Matrix” for the first time. That’s when I was like “Whoa! That’s so similar to what I used to think about as a little kid.”
“You’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.” -Morpheus (The Matrix)
Maybe as a child, I had an intuitive insight that our reality could possibly be some sort of matrix. Who knows? Maybe I somehow accessed higher levels of awareness by just being an imaginative kid. And the only frame of reference I could use to describe it at the time was a pop-up storybook.
I don’t think I ever told anyone this until a few years ago either. And when I did, I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback I received from my sister…
She told me that she had similar thoughts when she was about the same age! That she had entertained the idea of being a part of someone’s doll house. It was the same concept, just described through different means (a doll house as opposed to a pop-up book).
What is this? How/why are we getting these ideas?
Children are fresh out of wherever we come from, maintaining intimate ties with the spirit world. They have a well-functioning brain, without being polluted by all of the conditioning, biases, and belief systems that accumulate throughout life. This means that children are much more open. They can more easily sense their intuition. Children are very in tune and aware in ways that adults aren’t. It’s like they operate in a magical parallel reality. These inherent gifts get suppressed as we become conditioned and our sense of possibility shrinks more and more. (That’s a big tangent for another article.)
Children feel, experience, and interact. As opposed to fully-conditioned adults who tend to just fall into endless circles of thinking at all times. Children naturally have sharp intuition and even extrasensory perception. And we get gradually conditioned to pigeonhole our awareness and cut off any sense of possibility and wonder.
Remember how magical life was as a kid? Remember living in the present, without worrying about the past or future?
We can learn a lot from children (read my article on it here), and that’s why the ole quote says “Be childlike, not childish.”
Note: There’s a lot of information out their regarding the inherent intuitive abilities of children. Here’s one.
Now back to me contemplating about reality being an elaborate pop-up storybook…
I believe these childhood philosophications (is that a word?) are actually deep intuitive insights. Thinking that I could be a character in someone’s pop-up storybook was, at the time, the only way I knew how to describe the possibility of “reality” being a simulation. And this was before I received ANY ideas that were even remotely related to this. The concept just popped into my head one day. So that’s why I think it was an important intuitive insight into reality.
Entertaining these out-of-the-box ideas greatly benefited me too. It served as a catalyst for my intuitive abilities, open-mindedness, and critical thinking skills, among other things. Was this storybook theory 100% correct? Of course not. But it’s pointing toward a certain direction that’s worth some more exploration.
And here’s the crazy thing…
Modern physics is now beginning to point us in this direction as well. Many forward thinkers are now entertaining the idea that our reality is a simulation; a holographic matrix of sorts; like a staggeringly complex version of a video game.
Firstly, here’s a philosophical take on this mind-blowing concept:
“A long-proposed thought experiment, put forward by both philosophers and popular culture, points out that any civilization of sufficient size and intelligence would eventually create a simulation universe if such a thing were possible. And since there would therefore be many more simulations (within simulations, within simulations) than real universes, it is therefore more likely than not that our world is artificial.”
–Physicists May Have Evidence Universe Is A Computer Simulation
Interesting to ponder, right?
Another intriguing topic is that the building blocks of our reality, atoms, are not solid. They’re %99.9999999999999 empty space.
Whaaaat!? So that means nothing is really solid. But why can’t we walk through walls then? Hitting a wall is merely resistance between two different waveform information states. It’s encoded in the “laws” of this reality. Just like how you can’t walk through walls in video games. Everyone knows walls in video games aren’t solid, but the encoded “laws” of that simulation prevent the character from walking through them.
A point regarding holograms…
An interesting characteristic of a hologram is that every part is a smaller version of the whole. Like the expression “as above, so below.” Just something to think about 😉
There’s so much information out there regarding this stuff, and so many dots to connect. But the purpose of this article isn’t to prove that we live in a simulated, holographic matrix. I’m just aiming to spark thoughts here.
Remember, you’re immensely powerful when you have the ability to readily entertain ideas, without necessarily being attached to them.
Maybe you too have had similar feelings as a young child. Maybe this idea has been buried inside your mind all along. Maybe the movie “The Matrix” struck a deep chord with you.
“What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”
Anyone have any crazy ideas like this as a kid? Or any interesting theories on reality now? Any questions/comments/viewpoints at all? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about it.
Life is a video game. Keep leveling up.
Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.