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What is Reality?

The concept of Reality is profusely used in posts, replies, comments and arguments. But the fundamental and strongest meaning of Reality seems very confusing and subject to multiple interpretations.
Is "reality" something to do with the past? Is there any reality in the future?
Our human nature, evidently equipped with a collection of senses, seems to be designed to operate in a timeless environment, where there is no past or future.
We can only see, hear, smell, touch and taste IN THE PRESENT.
If we consider the intellect a 6th sense we can only think in the present too!
The present, but the actual present is a very narrow point between what is called past (actually memory) and future (actually dreams).
Or is it we can call "present" part of the past or even worse, a segment of the future?
People, mostly intellectuals have a very diluted sense of the Present. Some speak of the "present years"; others of the "present centuries", which seems to be a total aberration of what the Present actually is!
The Present is OUR Moment of Power. We can only act in the Present.
Or is it any other way?
According to most psychology views, a person is suffering from some mental dysfunction in proportion with his or her separation from the actual, the real Present.
Certainly we can do NOTHING in the past. The same is true in the future.
Of course we can study the past, we can imagine about it, we can accept many fantasies about the past but we can do it all NOW!
Yes, we can make plans, we can speculate about the future, we can even predict it but we do it all NOW!
All those appreciations of time are illusory as the only time we have is NOW. Our NOW is permanent, never changing but always different!
We can't trap it as if we do we are holding to the past and getting out of focus from the actual Reality.
Can it be different?
Could it be there is something more REAL than the subtle, fast moving, always staying, never delayed, never going ahead PRESENT?
I am really interested

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    Aug 17 2013: Hello Mike,
    If you can accept we are spirit beings of consciousness, then reality is what we can currently perceive, what we are currently aware of. Realities are probably going on at other levels and in other dimensions, but if we are not able to experience them, then for us they do not exist - like a fish unaware of dry land.
    Of course you can argue that dry land is part of the bigger realty in which a fish lives, and the fish may only become aware of it if (for example) it lives in a lake that suddenly dries up; the fish will then expand its consciousness to accept that reality includes dry land as well as water. (Of course the fish may only realize this in its last gasps for breath before it dies).

    Humans who report back from near-death experiences often say they have become aware of new-to-them realities (such as time standing still) which enable and inspire them to live differently afterwards as they then live in a 'bigger' reality, even though the experience of "time standing still whilst having a whole life review" is then in the past, ie their level of conscious awareness has been expanded.
    Much more everyday things (such as prayer & meditation, reaching out to others in compassion, holding down a job, tending a garden, patiently knitting a jumper, etc - all of life is an opportunity to expand our reality, to expand what we are consciously aware of in terms of "what's going on" around us.
    Our minds also have several faculties (intellect, imagination, instinct, intuition, etc) and the more these are developed, the more conscious we will become of a bigger reality going on around us.

    Ultimately the theologians would tell us that God = Reality, since nothing can exist outside of God. But to consciously experience that level of reality requires us to integrate all the global dualities on planet earth - a task I believe is our ultimate goal but is many, many lifetimes away into the future now.

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