Esse est percipi (To be is to be perceived). ... All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind. -George Berkeley
Any substance, thought, idea or concept does not exist without the mind believing it does. How real was the monster under you bed as a child? Perhaps not in reality, but we made it our reality and thus it scared the hell out us. Their reality was our perception of them. Our perceptions and our created realties make up our existence. Most things in life, I find, are very much like the monsters under our childhood beds.
This is not to say that concepts and notions do not exist outside of our comprehension- they most certainly do. New technologies are always proof of this. The Gilded Age proved notions of concepts people at that time never believed existed or could exist. This leads to the age old question, did the concept exist amidst the nothingness, or was it born into existence when our mind stumbled upon the capability of recognizing it? A bit of both perhaps- there are many concepts and notions that we have just not stumbled upon yet that we need to attune our minds to be open for.
We are all limited to our own thoughts. We do not believe a concept or thing exists unless we have some sort of experience or familiarity with the notion. If I discuss a chair with most individuals on the planet, most everyone has a grasp of the concept of a chair- its form and its function. However, take a notion that most of us are not aware of- does this mean it does not exist? To be is to be perceived, we believe we are what we perceive ourselves to be, and in this there are limitless possibilities for what we could be. Just because it does not exist in the now, does not mean it will not in the future. Just as we are not a certain form of ourselves that we aspire to be, does not mean it does not exist and will not exist. Just as the latest technology does not exist right at this moment, does not mean it is not moments from being discovered and being brought into our reality perspectives. Without the substance that the mind accounts for, the thing cannot exist.
The concept and thought is what is important, thus it can be created and brought into reality, bringing on the manifestation of the thing. Anything is possible, there are no limitations. The only limitations are those that we put on ourselves and others. Removes these negative images and only the best can manifest where there is space for it to do so.
Be loving and kind to those you meet. Flourish as a member of society. Make this day count for all that it can be!
By J. Brochu