Reality is in the Eye of the Beholder

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. – Nikola Tesla

If a door opened into another dimension, would you walk through it? The other day I was mesmerized by one of nature’s most dazzling displays. For the first time in my life, I stood before the rainbow’s end. The iridescent rainbow descended from the heavens to the ground just ahead of me. Many storms blow along the Pacific coast this time of year creating rainbows when the light is right. But this particular morning the sun aligned perfectly along my line of sight to create a stunning rainbow that shimmered and dance across the earth and sky like a portal into another realm. My spirit, bathed in sparkling energy, rejoiced as my soul flew through that doorway of vibrating energy.

Light is vibrations of energy. We, and the world around us, are vibrating energy. The molecules and atoms in your body are vibrating energy, and so physical matter is constructed from vibrating energy. The reality you experience is woven from pulsating threads of energy in your brain. As you read this, various types of brainwaves are oscillating at frequencies between 0.5Hz (sleep/dreaming) to 42Hz (intense concentration). Everyone’s brainwave patterns are unique. This is all according to scientific research. But everyday reality is just a sliver of the infinite timeless eternity all around you. Just as visible light is a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum. Each day, our unique minds resonate with our unique experiences. Metaphorically, in this way, the rainbow I see is different from the rainbow you will see. But we must calm our pulsating minds and look before we can see.

Rainbows are featured throughout world mythology. The Bitfrost rainbow bridge in Norse mythology is a passageway between heaven and earth for the gods and virtuous warriors and nobles. In many Native American beliefs the rainbow is the path of holy spirits. In Hindu beliefs, Lord Indra wields the rainbow to fire arrows of lightning. In Australian aboriginal mythology the rainbow snake is the Creator during the Dreaming. In the Bible, a rainbow appeared after the Great Flood. And in Buddhism the Rainbow Body is one of the highest levels of enlightenment before reaching Nirvana. And to the believers, these explanations for the appearance of a rainbow are just as valid as any scientific discussion. Reality is in the eye of the beholder.

Language plays a large part in how we define the world. In grade school science, we learn the parts of the eye. And we all know the colored part of the eye is called the “iris”. But why is it called that? Iris was the messenger of the ancient Greek gods who was visibly represented by a rainbow. The rainbow itself was thought to be formed by the descent of a messenger from the heavens. In the oldest versions of the Iliad, Iris was both the name for the messenger and the rainbow. That morning the shimmering rainbow I experienced, standing beside the ocean, was the goddess Iris incarnate. Her father Thaumus was an old sea god who represented the wonders of the sea. Her mother was Electra the goddess of storm clouds at sea. The word electricity is derived from her name. And the rainbow’s vibrating electromagnetic energy resonated deep inside me and opened a gateway where part of me still wanders.

We all are seekers of truth and seers of paths along the ever-changing arc of time. We also know that some experiences alter time or suspend time altogether. Time is a measurement of energy in motion. Time is change. To measure time-energy it has to vibrate back and forth within the boundaries of the past and the future. Without the perceived limitations of this past-present-future line, our consciousness reaches into other dimensions all around you – right now. That sense of timelessness is available to us all. Immersed in a feeling of energized focus, Artists/lovers/athletes/… experience the flow. We just have to remove a few of the limitations in how we see the worlds around us. Do this and you truly will find, reality is in the eye of the beholder.

Published by cewheeler

Writer/Artist:12 years in China – univ. lecturer: writing,poetry,culture; editor – magazine/newspaper & actor. 40 years students of the Tao. Traveler. Father. Read my books at:

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