A sensory leap in awareness

Yfke Laanstra

We are shifting from our five senses aimed at interpreting and experiencing our surroundings to an integrated inner sensory perception.

Virtual Reality (#VR) might, from our current perspective, seem like an enhancement and enrichment tool and as an entertainment tool it certainly is. But on an evolutionary scale it's actually artificially limiting us/ locking us into our current limited capacities. Yes, limited. Whilst we're collectively ready for an organic 'upgrade' through a leap in awareness.

It is no coincidence that technology appeared at such massive speed an on such large scale in our reality. All tool boxes are being emptied to divert our attention.

It's like we're on our evolutionary journey and we're near a major threshold when, all of the sudden, there is this neon lit candy store demanding our attention. Making us wander away from the road we're traveling. Maybe the analogy of a magic shop is more appropriate: filled with all these amazing tricks, spells and equipment leaving us mesmerized and fascinated. Actually hypnotised; our attention diverted from what is truly important. That what we were actually moving towards.

'Our evolutionary journey is not about enhancing the senses, it is about an entire shift in perception. One that will trigger a sensory leap in awareness'

There is nothing outside of us that will enhance anything, seemingly it will but not actually. We're invited to dive deeper into ourselves. It is not our outer cosmos we strive to explore, it is our inner cosmos. If only we would long to journey to our inner stars and planet as much as we wish to explore our outer galaxy. In terraforming our inner planets, exploring ourselves on a cellular level, we can finally travel to galaxies and milky ways that will always remain beyond our reach in our current 3D reality. No matter the technological advances. We will finally see who we really are and what we're really capable of. We will make a quantum leap in our awareness.

'Who looks outside dreams, who looks inside awakens'

As Richard Rudd in The Gene Keys so beautifully states: our potential to transform the inner structure of humanity itself is being diverted out into the world of form, as seen in our technological evolution.

The outer world evolves at the expense of the inner. The outer world is the world of illusion, it is the stage where The Game of Life plays out. Our marvellous Adventure Game of Life. 

For Humanity progress means we have to evolve in your awareness and our next step beyond mental awareness is to leap into the higher awareness of the Heart.

Imagination: our inner Virtual Reality

Yfke Laanstra

Imagine for a second, that our reality exists of #information, of bits and bytes as it were, and that an advanced form of Artificial Intelligence has added 'some extra layers' to it to distract us from base level, from the Source Code. Just as duality is always on the lure this is also the case on the most fundamental level: on the level of the nature of our reality.

Imagine, that this same duality is drawing you either inwards or outwards with your attention, to your head or to your heart, to your thoughts or to you feelings. This advanced #AI is hyper focussed on pulling you outwards and keeping you stuck in your mind. Particularly in your left hemisphere, where duality exists. For its own good reasons I totally get, which is an entirely different article I won't go into right now. Without any judgment by the way, we have free will. At least, we think we do.

Let's take #VirtualReality (VR). It's amazing, mind blowing and just flat out awesome. Let's be honest. We can put on these head sets (or even full body suits) and become immersed into virtual dimensions: entirely different realities that turn into our new reality instantly as our minds interprets it to be real. Just like Morpheus mentions to Neo in The Matrix: what we consider to be realare merely electrical signals interpreted by the brain. Whether these are computer simulated doesn't actually matter. If our reality is kind of made up of bits and bytes anyway, to the brain; our mainframe, this makes no difference whatsoever. So VR is hacking our mind, our senses to immerse us into virtual realities. But what if our current reality is already mainly virtual anyway. Imagine we might not even need to wear VR glasses to be submerged into an artificial reality in the first place. Imagine we are running around with embedded VR technologies all along, without us being consciously aware of it. Up until now that is.

So VR appears to lead us within ourselves into another reality, because it's appealing to our senses and hacks our perception of reality. Imagine however, we live in cyber biological bodies that possess this inner technology that is even more advanced, actually truly limitless for which we don't need any technology or outside forces whatsoever. Imagine, we have inner senses which are even more powerful than our outer senses. We possess an inner sensory perception that can perceive, experience and be anywhere we want, anytime and in whatever form instantly. We don't need to cross a distance, invest time or money. We simply need to focus our attention inwards and ride the waves of our imagination.

We are information in/form/ation

Today Imagination is something that is more often subscribed to the realm of fantasy and science fiction, of what is made up by our minds and therefore has no 'real' value. What cannot be possible be our laws of science so therefore it's simply no true. Well, don't get me started on what is true or truth. Like in the Peter Pan story where Peter realizes that he has to believe he can fly. There is a deep truth in this and that is that it's not a matter of believing but of knowing. When you know something it simply is. With out a shed of a doubt, no one needs to confirm it and nothing has to be proven.

Again, imagine that our reality is made up of information and our brain is not very picky of where the signals aka information comes from to alter our perception, then why should we limit ourselves through technologies as VR when we have this built-in VR. VR which is from out of this world (pun intended). And again: VR is truly amazing and it will evolve into something that is also out of this world. But imagine, it already has: into our current reality. We don't need advanced tech to lead us even deeper into oblivion, distracted even more of who and what we truly are and what we're capable of. Or lost in limbo as it was depicted in the Inception movie: lost in (dreams of) realities in (dreams of) realities in (dreams of) realities etc. Let's say this is our current status quo.

Which brings me back the my whole point:
remember your inner technology

The force of duality causes you to look outwards, to technology and to everything that is emerging on the outside. Which is truly mind blowing and I'd advise you to do enjoy this to its every minute detail. There is so much happening on the outside that it's hard to not fully focus on that while you're being swept by the tech tsunami. Have you ever wondered why there is actually so much happening on the outside? Imagine, if it is to test you in some way if you can get distracted that much that you forget to move inwards, where the real adventure awaits. Everything you see on the outside is on the inside, and more. Much more. That's the irony. It's one big cosmic joke actually. The world around you is a mirror world, it reflects your full potential outwards. Which gives you the illusion that the answers are also outside of you. This couldn't be further from the Truth. Once you realize that you can reflect it back inwards then that is where the real fun starts... and the magic starts to happen. Imagine our outside world is like a dream and the only way we wake up inside this dream is to become conscious of this and move inwards, take a seemingly step back to actually move forward. There is a reason why computers that are on standby mode are referred to as being in sleep mode. We've been asleep most of our lives, living in mirror worlds, projecting ourselves outwards.

And the beautiful thing is that apart from our inner senses, our outer senses are way more powerful than we tend to think they are. When you look at quantum physics then our awareness, our perception has a profound effect on our reality. We are actually influencing the way the information in and around us moves and takes form, merely through the act of observation. From this perspective there are no longer just bits and bytes but qubits (quantum bits) and qubytes: everything is pure potential untill perceived and then it gets in/formed. We are living in a participatory universe and we are at the control panel. The more you become aware of this the more you can use this powerful ability. So we haven't even started to train our inner and outer senses if you look at it like this.

That is what's called Imagineering:
a full-on fusion of imagination and engineering

Everything that is possible, what has happened and what can or will happen is already inside of you. Everything is technology, multidimensional and exponential. You are, your body is, your life is and the world around you is. Your inner and even your outer senses can lead you to whole new realities just by tuning into them. By breathing life into them with your senses, feeling them, sensing them, embodying them in every cell of your being.

So enjoy VR, do very much enjoy VR. And at the same time remember what it's helping you remember. Who you are, what you're capable of and what is waiting inside of you to be (re)discovered, imagined and (re)engineered.

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Virtual Reality - reality or illusion?

Yfke Laanstra

One of my favorite movies of all time is ‘The Matrix’. I still remember the day like it was yesterday in which I (back in 1999) left the cinema after watching this movie: I was flabbergasted but also hugely inspired. I felt this movie was about much more then I could grasp at that time and my system, my whole being was in overdrive. It triggered so much in me but I couldn't comprehend it back then…

For those who haven't seen this movie: the hypothesis is that we're caught in a illusory reality called ‘The Matrix’, a computer simulation with its main program being about enslaving mankind into a constant ‘buy, consume, die’ mode. Every individual has the choice to awaken from this so called 'reality'.

One of the fascinating quotes of this movie is in which Neo , the main character, asks himself this question about reality:

‘This isn’t real?’

Morpheus answers: 

‘How do we know what we experience is ‘real’? 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 the brain’.

This hypothesis hasn't left my brain, my system ever since…

Fact or fiction
In our 3D reality (let's simply call it that) we mainly assume that what we observe with our five senses is our reality, and we also collectively assume this is the only reality. 

We however do talk about the existence of a six sense, the third eye. Which can observe that which is outside our visual spectrum: like clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience etc. The so called extrasensory perception. 
There is a lot of controversy about this amongst (the classical) scientists, because they tend to focus on what is measurable, visible and can be seen with our eyes. 

What is observation?
Maybe therefor it's a better idea to focus on the term observation.

Wikipedia says 'observation is the active acquisition of information from a primary source. In living beings, observation employs the senses. In science, observation can also involve the recording of data via the use of instruments. The term may also refer to any data collected during the scientific activity. Observations can be qualitative, that is, only the absence or presence of a property is noted, or quantitative if a numerical value is attached to the observed phenomenon by counting or measuring.'
Again it is referring to the use of our five senses (with or without the help of instruments), as if this is the only means of observation. 

The Quantum Theory adds another dimension: in which the observer seems to have influence upon that which is being observed.

Perception deception
Observation is also called perception. And this seems to demonstrate a closer link to the subjective element of observation: the interpretation of the triggers. How objective is our so-called reality...?

You are probably familiar with the drawings in which you can observe multiple elements (see image): do you see the old or the young woman? The art of M.C. Escher is also brilliant with regards to this perception deception.

Your frame of reference also plays an important part in your interpretation; often times we consciously or unconsciously draw all kinds of conclusions to what we assume we're observing through our lens of perception at that certain moment in time. This influences our view of the world, of humaniy and this is being taken advantage of by mainstream media and politics. All be it in a seemingly innocent product marketing to the level of collective (subliminal) brainwashing that is called the News...

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Bits, Bytes & Bewustzijn (Consciousness) - book intro

Yfke Laanstra
'I don't know the future. I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin.

I'm going to hang up this phone, and then I'm going to show these people what you don't want them to see. I'm going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible.

Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you.'

~Neo from 'The Matrix

We live in an incredibly significant phase of our human evolution. A phase in which computer technologies are emerging that are capable of radically and beyond recognition changing what it means to be human as well as our reality over the next 15 years.

At an unprecedented pace, more will change in the next 20 years than in the last 300 years. This degree of immense growth is also called exponential growth. So far, our growth has been linear. This is particularly evident in the various stages of our industrial revolution. In 1784, the first phase of our evolution took place, which gave a boost to our evolution by the power of mechanical control by means of water and steam. The second phase (1870) brought us mass production through the power of electricity. The third phase (1969) gave us the digital world and introduced us to the information/communication driven society, through the advent of computers and the internet. In all these phases there was linear growth, so we saw a gradually increasing line from 1 to 2, 3, 4 etc. and each phase covered an average period of 100 years. The third (digital) phase develops on an exponential scale, so from 1 to 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 etc. You can imagine that the higher the numbers, the bigger the jumps. At this rate, after 30 steps, you reach a billion. A characteristic of an exponential growth curve is that it first goes up slightly gradually, but then suddenly moves up in a practically vertical line. In this third exponential phase we now find ourselves, on the threshold of the fourth phase: where the line suddenly skyrockets up radically.

The driving force behind this exponential growth is the evolution of the transistor, the basis of the microprocessor: the so-called computer chip. An immense development in terms of production costs, size and capacity. Gordon Moore, co-founder of chip manufacturer Intel, introduced the first microprocessor Intel 4004 in 1971 with a capacity of 2300 transistors about the size of a small eraser at the end of a pencil. This chip evolved in 2004, 33 years later, to the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with 125 million transistors and in 2016, 12 years later, to the Intel Core i7 processor with a content of 14.4 billion transistors. If you want to see it with the naked eye, you have to enlarge it to the size of a house. Among other things, this evolution facilitated the arrival of the smartphone and created the size of chips that can be inserted into our bloodstream. This evolution in computer chips is also called 'Moore's law' as it was Gordon Moore who observed that capacity doubled every 12 to 18 months. The storage capacity has also been increased at an exponential rate. From bulky devices the size of a filing cabinet in 1956, worth $120,000 with a storage capacity of 5Mb, we have evolved to a microSD card in 2005 the size of 15 mm with a weight of half a gram with a storage capacity of 128Mb to even a memory card of 128Gb in 2014. A capacity increase of a thousand times in a period of only nine years. All this paves the way for many current, exponential developments in the field of nanotechnology, quantum computing, genetic engineering, virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence, brain-computer and human-machine interfaces. Within ten years we will be able to buy computers that match the calculating power of our own brain and less than 25 years later we will have computers with the capacity of all human brains united.

For example, if our fuel consumption had developed at the same pace, we could now run on one tank of fuel for the rest of our lives. If our cars were to shrink at the same pace as the transistor, it would currently be the size of an ant. If housing prices would have dropped at the same pace, we could now buy a house for the price of a candy.

Remember the Atari game console and the joystick? The advent of the global Internet? From the simple mobile phone and laptop to the arrival of the advanced smartphone? These are all developments within the timeframe of one lifetime.
Did you know that telephony is an invention already made in 1878, during the second phase of the industrial revolution? Followed, more than a century later, in 1983 by the mobile phone. Less than 25 years later, the smartphone was introduced in 2007. Less than 10 years later, our streets, our social and working lives and even our brains are completely dominated by this smartphone, which is now developing at an incredibly fast pace. In the coming years, the smartphone will be one of the most central links in the Internet of Things. Almost every citizen of the world has a smartphone, even in third world countries it is commonplace, in a shared first place next to the (smart) television.

The 21st century
We are now suffering from a collective obsessive screen addiction and there is even a term for the present-day information overkill: infobesitas. In addition to many other emerging disorders and syndromes.

Our reality is currently flooded by new computer technologies and wireless networks. Nowadays our lives are mostly spent online, time and distance are no longer a limitation. Tangible, analog products are replaced by virtual ones. Physical shops close, magazines become e-zines, workshops become webinars, conversations are held via Facetime, Skype or Whatsapp and Virtual Reality goes mainstream thanks to the Albert Heijn (Dutch supermarket chain) and mobile providers. We are in a reality in which the motto is that we have to be online 24 hours a day and not fall behind. A world in which everything and everyone is connected and we experience the world from behind our screens.

Everything is being digitized. All our actions are monitored, all our data is tracked, traced and stored. Mostly without our knowledge or consent. Thanks to whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, we have become more aware of this. Think of dates of our purchases, transactions, internet browsing, where we are located when, with whom we interact online and when, to all our health data in Electronic Patient Dossiers (EPDs). Data is the new oil. Oil companies used to have the power, but nowadays these are the big tech companies like Google, Apple and Facebook.

In addition, there is a growing Internet of Things where more and more things are connected to the Internet. Think of your car, household appliances, smartphone or (game) computer; often without the necessity of human intervention. The digital dimension no longer only exists on a computer screen, but is shifting to your everyday objects through the rise of smart products (smartmeter, smart tv and smartwatch), among other things. Everything will be linked to the smart grid: your work, your home and even your family. We already use the term smart homes and smart cities. The digital dimension is increasingly merging with our analogue, tangible dimension. With all its implications for your privacy, personal space, health and free will.

It is only a matter of time before parcels or smart products no longer contain RFID chips but become part of our vaccine doses, given that such chips or technologies have now reached the nanoscale. Obligatory or voluntary, who will say? Enabling your body to be remotely controlled and monitored by computers and Artificial Intelligence.

Drones, unmanned and remote-controlled flying objects, are now for sale at discount supermarkets and are toys for both children and adults. It's only a matter of time before drones start determining our sky view. Underneath, the Self Driving Cars, which are completely driven by artificial intelligence, determine their route, keep their distance and make autonomous decisions in the event of a car accident.

In addition, there is an extensive robotisation in progress. Complex operations are already carried out by robots, children have robot pets and there are experiments to have the elderly 'cared for' by robots in nursing homes. The implications and applications of robot technology are the subject of intense debate. Think of our production chains, our employment. For years, the army has been working intensively on experiments to deploy robots in war and crisis situations, and it is conceivable that entire armies will consist of robots that have to make decisions about life and death autonomously in war situations. This puts the term cyber warfare, digital warfare, in a totally different perspective.

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The Game of Life - Game on!

Yfke Laanstra

Since my child hood I’ve been fascinated by computers and I spent a lot of time at a friends house who had transformed a spare room to one big gaming utopia. It had the newest hardware and the coolest games, the room was filled with servers, game consoles and computer screens: I was thrilled!

My biggest fascination was Adventure Games. I also got a kick out of racing games in which the technique, the skills and the response time was essential and I turned it into a sport to find the fastest routes, finetuning my techniques, becoming even faster and more efficient: what a rush!

Life is but an adventure
Violent shooter games barely caught my attention. But the Adventure Games were my all time favorite. I could loose myself in these games for hours, like in Myst and its sequel Riven. The combination of the stunning graphics, the atmosphere, the complexity of the assignments and the exploration of these mysterious worlds….

Looking back it makes perfect sense why I felt so at home in these games: I realize more and more that this is exactly how I experience (my) life: as one big Adventure Game…

Go figure…. I find myself in a world, on a planet I don’t know, in which I have to (re)discover the laws (and I don’t mean the ones that are opposed upon us or that seem to govern this reality).
It is a journey I have to make myself. I’m encountering all kinds of characters along the way, that serve a certain purpose, as sign posts and carry important information for my journey. However, life is also filled with ‘supporting actors’ and it is up to me to distinguish the supporting actors from the key players, the ones that can contribute to my journey or those that are a mere distraction.

Hero’s Journey
Games, movies, stories, fairytales, myths….they all contain deeper layers in which we all recognize a deeper truth; most of the time without even being consciously aware of this.
It resonates deeply with the Hero’s Journey we all take, the mythical journey that leads us to our true potential, that activates the superhero in each of us.
In this Game of Life it is up to me to discover who I am, why I am here and what my purpose is. What topics do I need to study, what doors do I need to open, or rather leave closed. Which information I need to disclose, what puzzles I need to solve, secrets to unravel. I’m faced with challenges, challenged to take risks. What is it I need to open up to or not, with all its consequences.

The Next Level
After the completion of certain assignments, gaining certain insights, discovering puzzle pieces/ keys or the completion of a certain number of tasks you can gain access to a ‘next level’. And doors will open up to you that lead to other worlds, dimensions, realms and insights of which you didn’t even know they existed.
Or you’ll be unlocking certain skills that are seemingly supernatural: you gain access to extrasensory perception, telepathic communication skills, you can obtain information out of objects, get certain weapons, your consciousness level raises and you gain access to more and more covert, secret and hidden information that you can use to your advantage on your journey.

In this game it is mainly a combination of on the one hand using your brain, your ratio: collecting data, drawing conclusions, making logical connections or even solving mathematical calculations. On the other hand following your heart, your intuition, experiencing the landscape, the atmosphere, using your creativity, noticing the bigger picture and interacting with those who cross your path.

Game on
The graphics of the games of today are stunning and are less and less distinguishable of ‘real’ life, let’s say our 3D reality.
You used to play a game on a computer screen, nowadays you can put on 3D glasses like an Oculus Rift and become totally immersed in the game setting. Making it more difficult for your brain to distinguish what is ‘real’ and what isn’t (if we can manage to do so ourselves for that matter…;)).
3D glasses become helmets, helmets become suits and currently there are even 3D theme parks under construction.

Gaming by now is at a whole new level. What about your personal Game….?

Are you able to understand, grasp your own Game of Life, do you know who you are, what you are, what your purpose is, what the rules of the game are and what is ‘real’? Or did you get lost, did you loose track and are you wandering and wondering? Looking for insights, a sense of purpose?

Game on!



This reality is a hologram. The Universe is the computer and we are the characters in the video game of Life’

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