I had an experience like... 7 years ago and since I kept researching on the subject. To make it short, I was aware of the existence of what some people call the observer state (when you can take a step back, observe yourself and make changes in your patterns), but I thought... ''Well, maybe there is a super conscious state beyond that. Why not, right?''.
I didn't know by where to start, but I thought... let's try to stand still, keep my eyes open and just focus on increasing my awareness. Just that. Well, I did just that (simple, right?) and in a matter of minutes (I'm sure it was less than 5 minutes), my sight increased a little bit, then again, colors started to become brighter, especially the white and at some point my vision (what I can see with my eyes) became literally like a widesreen (exactly < - - like the shape of a computer screen, but a little bit wider).
However, there was something strange. I could see a black color around the screen, but then I realize that it wasn't a thing, I was able to see beyond the screen and at the same time, I started to move backward from the screen and as it kept getting smaller in my view, well I obviously realized that I was actually floating in space (in the so-called ''Void'') and all around me it was infinite and pure darkness. And then I looked at the screen and realized that I just am not ''what'' I thought I was, strictly a human being. That human being that I thought was me is just an avatar, just like when we play video games. But wait a minute, I can stil control my human body, how the... how is that possible? And wait, how can I move (then I looked down and realized that I couldn't see my body, I was formless, pure consciousness in a formless world interacting with the screen through just consciousness.
And while all this was taking place in my mind (I use the word mind to express my consciousness, not the intellect or the brain), I realized that not only that was the ''real'' world where I'm actually a formless being, but I also have access to all the information that I want about that universe and I had so many questions at the same time that I was literally flooded with data and had to improvise a resume. Basically, this isn't real, not unreal... it's virtual. What matters is that it allows me to acquire experiences and evolve, period.
And for some reason, I kep being pulled backward and at some point I could barely see the screen. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know if it was right, what was pulling me backward, where it would lead me, etc. And I didn't know if it was wrong, maybe I really had to live that life and it wasn't the time yet to return to my original formless state and if other formless beings are also connected in that virtual world, well maybe by coming here I'm letting them down and I'm not fulfilling my function, etc. So I had no idea what to do, and as I kept being pulled backward, well... fear took over me and for some reaosn that triggered something and I quickly moved back in the direction of the screen until I fully returned at my initial position (basically I could see through my human eyes normally and couldn't see beyond the screen anymore and my level of consciousness also dropped back to ''normal'').
So, before I try a second time, I decided to find answers and others like me. Well, I didn't find anyone else at all until just recently (Tom and his Big TOE), but I spent the last 7 years researching the subject and what I found out is really fascinating. Basically, I researched (the best I could) Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, ancient mystery schools of Egypt, Yoga, etc. And during that time I also experienced two other phenomenons. One is simply like a flame that passes through my chest, coming from the heart area and the other experience is the something that we can trigger (voluntarily) through meditation. So, I'm talking about the state that we see all the time in various images on the web when we look for chakras, third eye, etc. Basically, when we breathe properly, experience a super high degree of unconditional love for all that is with a high level of excitement for life (wrongly called sexual energy too often) and then after (you can't do it successfully before without love) you have to focus an area in the center of the brain and seems to come out from the forehead, something very physical and biological gets triggered.
A feeling of contraction takes place and that area becomes like a ball (seed of light) and at some point it's like a branch of light comes out from its top and that becomes literally (you can really feel it physically) a vortex (the opening is way above the head) that goes down into the so-called Brahma cave, the original location of the ball that I just talked about. At the same time, it also produces a magnetic field, but the way it works is that while it keeps spinning infinitely, it's also like a flower that blossoms infinitely (it expands, gets weakers and from the center it regenerates, and repeat). And again at the same time, you can feel bursts of electricity running through nerves in the head and they are produced in the center, then move to the outside, a bit like an explosion. And there is also, very important to note, a ''bubbling feeling'' at the center and what I think that is... is actually the cerebrospinal fluid that becoems supercharged and then that's what moves through the brain and produce those burst of electricity as it fills the brain to protect it. And at the top of all that, you then experience also a very special meditative state. Hormones are obviously secreted, the ego just disappears completely, negative feelings just cannot exist in such state, you start to feel good and then it turns into bliss and oneness. In fact, the feeling so powerful, it's literally a brain orgasm (not joking, it's a couple of times stronger than a sexual orgasm) and what makes it very special is that the duration of it was like... 45 minutes. That's a very long time. And that vortex that I talked about, during the whole experience was attracting particles of energy into the center of the brain and you can actually feel that. You can feel all those particles above you, even if you cannot see them and when the vortex aborbs them, you receive a tremendous amount of energy that you would normally get from food, but this is a lot more effective and pure. So, if you hear of people that do not eat at all, that could be how they do it.
That said, the experience that I just described is precisely what Yoga, Taoism, ancient mystery schools of Egypt or Drunvalo Melchizedek with his Merkaba talk about. They all talk about the same things, but they all talk about the exact same things from a different perspective, the same way we could teach stuff with a book, a song, a video, a game, etc. (different mediums). However, Taoists wrote their texts in code, so it's almost impossible to understand what they meant. Few would understand and my guess is that whoever understood, actually practiced and experienced the thing and then used the text to confirm where they are at in their process.
Now, what does it all have to do with Tom and his Big TOE?
Well, I recently found out (finally) that in Yoga they identified 3 states of consciousness: wakeful (our ''normal'' state here), sleep and deep sleep. But there is a fourth state also, a super conscious state that transcends the 3 others and they call it Turiya and there are terms such as Turiyatita, Samadhi and Shunya (Void) involved. And one description that comes back a lot is ''You are pure consciousness
in the void
, the real
world, and you are like in a theather room in which there is a white screen and you can watch your life
.'' Exactly with those words.
I think Turiya is also expressed in Taoism by Wu Ji and Mugamushin in Japanese. Tom should verify those terms. Basically, what experienced Turiya himself and could obviously only come up with the logical conclusion that is now what he calls his Big TOE that is now our official modern scientific version of what is still taught in Yoga (sanskrit) today and is explained also differently in other traditions (ex: Taoism) or people (Drunval Melchizedek). And if you hear what Drunvalo has to say, he talks about this as well. (see: http://www.2012.com.au/fourth_dim.html
). Drunvalo also talked about a blind woman who could see things with the help of her inner screens (plural) and she could go anywhere even in space. She was asked by the NASA (if I'm correct) to read the number on a satellite and she was correct. And Drunvalo said that some indigenous tribes knew about this and the method they use requires a person to stay in a completely dark room for 9 days and not eat. That would trigger the phenomenon, but I think there are faster ways like the method I used that took minutes and I didn't have to close my eyes at all.
Also, I've heard some people say that to enter in Turiya state you have to look inside of you and then you'll find a cave and its opening would be your eyes. Well, that's a completely wrong way of describing it, because when you play a videogame, you are not inside your main character or avatar. That's just a wrong logic. The real you is formless and you are, in reality, floating in the void and are looking at a screen and in fact you are so close to that screen that most of you cannot realize that there is a world around and behind it. And because we are pure consciousness, well it seems that it also requires consciousness to move away form that screen (so we have to move higher in degrees of awareness/ consciousness).
And well, I'm a game developer myself, so that whole idea that we live in a virtual reality while were are just pure consciousness makes a lot of sense to me.
All that said, we might live in reality in a higher world, the void realm, and we may be formless beings and pure consciousness, but still... there are other worlds here to discover (like changing disc to play another game, but here it's a case of switching frequencies) and we need to master our inner technology (Merkaba, etc.). Think this as... we are in an adventure game and we inner technology is our special move and we have to discover new worlds...