Where’s your will to be weird? – Jim Morrison
Previously, I hinted at a concept I like to call “Weirdness”. It is one of the foundations of my entire philosophy, because all of the things I have studied in my life always have a certain aspect of weirdness. There are so many concepts that align with my view of Weirdness, but each of them has a slightly different slant to its meaning. I’ve tried to take all that I know about these other concepts and synthesize it into a lucid and intuitive concept.
Beginning with Einstein who coined the phrase “spooky action at a distance” because of the concept of Quantum Weirdness. Quantum Weirdness, in its most simple definition, is the fact that when we try to apply the physics of the macro world to the subatomic world, all the assumptions break down. This can be illustrated by a rudimentary understanding of atomic structure. An atom is made up of nucleus, which is orbited by n-number of electrons which inhabit various “valances” of the atom. They are constantly moving from one orbit to the next, either closer or further away from the nucleus. This is weird because it basically “teleports” from one orbit to the next, without traversing the space between. Imagine driving your car in a three lane highway and you want to change lanes. Instead of putting on your blinker and gently drifting into the next lane, then the next, you put your blinker on and you are suddenly in the far lane. Your car appears to vanish then reappear. This is where reality breaks down. And if we can’t apply the laws of physics evenly to all aspects of reality, what does that say about our understanding of reality?
But Weirdness is something more than just inexplicable actions happening at the quantum state. We must define it as something more attainable and understandable. So the next stop on our journey is Tao. Anyone who has studied Tao knows that it cannot be classically defined. It is the eternal force that binds the universe with order. But, that is not its only definition — it is an abstract view of the force that allows for existence. To my mind, I equate this with Weirdness because it is the foundation for reality, similar to the Quantum Realm which defines all of the fundamental objects from which our universe is created. Tao is also the path, or way — but not to suggest that there is a prescribed path, it is the path you create for yourself. We can also describe Tao with other abstract concepts we’ve seen in both theological, philosophical and fictional writings — the Force, the Field, Dark Energy, the Holy Spirit, Karma, Chi and God. We all sense in some way the existence of a fundamental force or energy that powers all of creation, or enables creation and existence. All of these concepts relate in a similar fashion.
And now on to Weirdness as I’ve defined it — our innate ability to impose our will on the fabric of the universe and manipulate reality. More simply, it is raw “possibility”, because at the most fundamental level, anything is possible. And when I say “anything is possible” that does not mean that “anything is probable”. It is only when we exert our inherent Weirdness that the probability increases allowing something to become manifested. We can see this at work every single moment of my life. Who would have thought 100 years ago we would be typing on a machine and sending our thoughts directly from our brain across the world instantaneously for everyone to see? Who would have thought 100 years ago that we would be planning trips to Mars for settlement? And who would have thought 100 years ago that we would be able to emulate the power of the sun in the form of a bomb? All these things would have been considered impossible, but through years of research and exertion of human will, they have come to pass. The ability for our consciousness to conceive of things that have not existed before is one of the most fundamental displays of our Weirdness. Our ability to dream and make our dreams reality. Projecting our inner minds on the world around us.
Weirdness doesn’t just end with our manipulation of the physical world. True, it is amazing that our brain can communicate, at the speed of light, with all our limbs — our fingers to move effortlessly to our will to type on the computer or play a guitar — but what else have we not unlocked in our own potential? We can leap beyond the realm of common reality and try to hone our skill of Weirdness to accomplish things we’ve not truly realized. We have collectively decided what is normal and what is weird or strange — through centuries of self-imposed oppression. We have imposed rules about what is acceptable thought or practice — such as abandoning magic and alchemy and paganism. We have created the devil to keep our unconscious minds in check, and disbelieve things that do not fall into dogmatic doctrine. If someone exhibited a “weird” ability, such as telepathy or telekinesis, we labeled them as a witch or possessed by the devil. We have actively oppressed our frontier of possibility, and we are not quite sure why.
So the term Weirdness is that inherent strangeness to existence, the things we do not readily understand about our universe and ourselves. It is Weird to us, so we cannot accept it as a part of daily life. But this weirdness exists in us all, but it is a skill that must be practiced. There are many ways to achieve this, and the answer is rolled up in many different manifestations of the same concept — Meditation. When we enter our dream state, we are in form of meditation, where our mind is free to think and explore what it wishes, unhindered by the eternal influences, the common reality. It is the dream state that empowers Weirdness on a subconscious level. But in order to fully realize the power of the Weirdness, we must learn to draw it out of our dreams and apply it to the world around us.
I have witnessed some many inexplicable things in my lifetime, that I must believe that we are capable of much more than this empty existence of working, acquiring, sleeping and dying. We should not need a sack full of cash to enjoy the splendors of life. We should be able to just be wherever we want to be, and see whatever we want to see using only our will. There are people who can leave their bodies and visit far-away places. There are people who can see things that the rest of us cannot see. There are people who can read thoughts. There are people who can move things with their minds. And these are small feats in comparison to what we could truly achieve if we unlocked the flow of our own Weirdness, unabashedly and confidently.
All of us have a Weirdness within us, most of us oppress it or never talk about it. Only you can know for sure, though because we are all One, if One of us is Weird, we are all Weird.
So I leave you with this question: What is your Weirdness?