In the title of this video, I’m stating that total skepticism leads to total mystery. However, I also created many other videos about paranormal phenomena where I’m debunking mysteries through the use of skepticism. So why am I contradicting myself here? Well, it’s not a contradiction, it only seems so at first.
Before I explain this topic, it would be useful if you could watch my episode titled “Conventional vs Ultimate Reality”. However, there are not only two, but three levels of reality: unconventional, conventional and absolute or ultimate reality. By unconventional, I mean paranormal, supernatural, and occult. I refer to miracles, magic and wonders; all those things that are beyond the laws of nature.
If ultimate reality is the absolute truth, then unconventional reality is the furthest away from it. That’s why I’m attacking these superstitious beliefs so vehemently. My goal is to move you one step down the ladder, to help you drop all your beliefs about an imaginary world out there somewhere, beyond conventional reality.
But I don’t stop there. I’m not only skeptical about the supernatural, but also about the natural. Not only about the paranormal, but also about the normal. Not only about the extraordinary, but also about the ordinary. I’m not only partly skeptical about certain things, I am totally skeptical about everything.
However, unlike many people think, skepticism is not about denial, it’s about being uncertain. The best definition I found about total skepticism is from an ancient Greek philosopher named Gorgias. He says: “Nothing exists, or if something exists, it cannot be known, or if something does exist and can be known, it cannot be communicated.” Or like Socrates said: “The only thing I know is that I know nothing.”
Skepticism systematically questions the claim that absolute certain knowledge is possible, unless it is evident. Being skeptical is certainly much more useful than being dogmatic when trying to get to know truth. That’s why I’m always stressing it so much to question your beliefs, because otherwise you’ll be stuck in a false paradigm, only believing that you know instead of truly knowing.
When you go down the rabbit hole of total skepticism, you’ll realize that you don’t truly know anything. If you become totally sincere to yourself, and open your mind instead of grasping onto ideologies and theories, only then can you really start questioning the nature of reality, only then can you begin the journey of self-inquiry.
Skeptics weren’t skeptical just for the sake of skepticism. Their goal was to reach an absolute peace of mind, an undisturbed mental state, which the mystics call Christ consciousness or unity with God or spiritual enlightenment. Paradoxically, there are only two ways to reach God: total skepticism or total devotion. These two opposite approaches lead to the same end.
We can imagine this as a circle, with a point on the top representing God. Although a traditional theist believes in God, he’s not total in his faith, because he also believes in his own self, which is separate from God. So if he moves to one side by increasing his skepticism, he will become an atheist. He will deny God, but he won’t give up belief itself. He will now believe that there’s no God, he moves to the other extreme of belief.
If he moves even further though, he will even question his disbelief, and simply admit that he doesn’t know. He now becomes an agnostic, taking no position on the existence of God, but remaining open to all possibilities. From here, it’s just one more jump to become a mystic, somebody who doesn’t believe or disbelieve and doesn’t question either. He knows God through direct experience, because he himself becomes godlike.
Now if you start moving to the other direction, you need to have more and more faith in God. You have to lay your whole life in his hands, and deny value and meaning in everything else. If you can be 100% devoted, you’ll realize that nothing exists besides God, not even you, so you must be God, too. This was the approach of gnostic and sufi mystics, but in our modern rational world, this path seems unrealistic for most people.
So if you’re religious or you tend to believe in the supernatural, I suggest you to use skepticism instead. Rely on science, critical thinking and direct experience to descend from the stars to the firm ground of conventional reality. That’s what modern skeptics can help you with, and that’s the reason I created so many videos about these topics myself.
However, while these so-called debunkers stop at the level of conventional reality, I go even further. While science is perfectly good for gaining knowledge about the natural world, it also has its limitations. You see, scientists are only partly skeptical, because they never turn their skepticism towards themselves.
They too have unsubstantiated faith in science itself, they too commit logical fallacies, they too believe in the existence of an objective world, they too rely on experience, and they too take phenomenal objects and beings for granted. They suffer from a disease known as naive realism.
But we know that science is not all-knowing, logic and reason are fallable, and even direct experience cannot be always trusted. Science reduces the world into pure empirical phenomena and uses logic to deduct cause and effect relationships between them. For science, only that is real and true that we can perceive with our senses.
What I’m saying though is even more radical: you can’t even trust your own senses. Although you can perceive things, you can never know what’s truly behind these perceptions. I urge you to be skeptical even about what you can direcly experience, and start questioning the nature of reality.
I mentioned in the beginning, that to be totally skeptical, you shouldn’t accept anything as true, unless it’s totally self-evident. So then, ask yourself this question: What’s the only evident fact in this whole universe, that I can take for granted and needs no proof? Well, the one single thing you can absolutely know for sure is that you are conscious, ergo consciousness exists.
It is not an imagination, because imagination appears in it. It is not a thought, because thoughts appear in it. It is not a perception, because perceptions appear in it. It is not an experience, because experiences appear in it. You are not the visionary, the thinker, the perceiver, the experiencer. They can come and go, but you always remain there in the background. In fact, consciousness is so evident that you rarely realize it’s even there.
But when you do, you also realize that only consciousness exists, and everything else is just a projection of consciousness. Just like the skeptics said, you can know absolute reality, but you can’t communicate it. I regard this realization as the only true miracle in life.
With a small skepticism, you can solve the small, superficial and supernatural mysteries. But by being totally skeptical, you can even get to the bottom of the mystery of life itself. It’s not that you solve the mystery, just the opposite: you put back the mystery into the mundane and ordinary. For you, the whole existence becomes mysterious, and yet you won’t have any questions any more. So if you want peace of mind, and want to know the absolute truth, go for the big mystery!
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