My Big TOE (Part 2 of 3) by Thomas Campbell
Will Melt Your Fucking Brain
One Line Summary
Physicist DESTROYS all your preconceived notions of reality with deep logic, wordiness and bad humor
First things first: if you haven’t read Part 1 of the My Big TOE review, do that now. I’m going to assume you have the basics down already.
This review is based off of Book 2 (Discovery) of My Big TOE. And just like Book 1, it’s a serious conceptual heavyweight.
Book 1 largely laid the foundation. We learned about who Campbell was, belief traps, PMR / NPMR, AUO, the Fundamental Process and much more.
But what about you? Where do human fall into Campbell’s My Big Toe?
That’s what we explore here. The down and dirty practicalities of all this modeling.
For those have had little to no experience with NPMR (non-physical matter reality), much of this book will either fall on deaf ears or destroy a lot of previously held paradigms.
If you do have experience with NPMR, then Campbell will probably be able to present all this in a rational way you haven’t been able to do yourself.
Why it’s Awesome
I gave Part 1 of My Big TOE my highest rating, and Part 2 continues to deliver. In fact, I’d say Part 2 is even better because this is where it starts to get practical.
So what are human’s relationship to AUM (previously AUO)? Since AUM is essentially a giant consciousness fractal, that makes human consciousness a piece of the whole and the whole itself.
This is similar to the Holographic model described in The Holographic Universe. Each piece contains the whole, yet is distinct.
We are what Campbell calls individuated units of free will consciousness. Like a giant game of World of Warcraft, everyone plays out their character while interacting either others.
There are, of course, rules and constraints to our consciousness and to the game we are playing. One being that we have these seemingly physical bodies that interact with a seemingly physical world.
I say seemingly because as Campbell points out, there is no actual physical world. Physical space is inside consciousness. You’ve never experienced space outside of it.
This is the exact realization that I came to around a year ago during what people would call an enlightenment experience. Consciousness is primary, the physical world is secondary.
So why does the physical world seem so convincingly “real”? Because it has internal consistency due to the rules we all play by.
But let me say again: you’ve NEVER experienced the physical world outside of your consciousness. In fact, the question is ridiculous. The moment you experience anything it’s now in your consciousness and cannot be otherwise.
That means the standards by which we consider things “real” are largely misunderstood. Reality is beyond our human notions of “real”. In fact, it’s beyond our human notions of anything.
Okay, so let’s say you buy Campbell’s theory. What’s the point? Why would AUM create a giant virtual reality?
According to Campbell, it comes back to the Fundamental Process. As individuated units of consciousness, we have a seemingly human body in a seemingly physical world to learn and increase the quality of our consciousness.
What is quality of consciousness? It’s your accuracy of perception about the world and your ability to embody the traits of AUM (infinite love, detachment, creator).
High quality consciousness people are not bound by selfish desires or dogmatic beliefs, experience a positive emotional life and create their own reality.
You could essentially say that high quality consciousness is happiness. But notice this is a MUCH DIFFERENT definition of happiness than the one most people buy into in mainstream culture.
Low quality consciousness experiences negative emotions, holds dogmatic beliefs and is bound by ego.
This is not to say one is better than the other. Is a seed better than a flower just because it hasn’t grown into a flower yet?
Obviously not. And that’s the attitude someone with high quality consciousness takes towards low quality consciousness: just at a different place.
So if you feel you’re stuck in low quality consciousness, don’t freak out. That’s an essential part of the process.
In essence, Campbell portrays life as one big “school” for learning. Have you ever noticed that life just continually shoves whatever mistakes you’re making in your face until you fix them?
That’s what learning is. That’s what we’re doing here.
Of course, many people will not even admit that they are the one’s making the mistake. They will consistently diffuse responsibility to other people or things.
These people are going to have a rough life. Because in this school of hard knocks, you either get it or you have to keep retaking the test. There are no shortcuts.
Fortunately, just like passing any test, all you really have to do to learn to navigate the maze of PMR is to keep paying attention in class.
How accurate is Campbell’s “learning lab” model of the world? I don’t know, but I believe is has tremendous value either way. It’s a great way to look at life’s challenges.
Speaking of beings in PMR, Campbell also drops this bombshell on us: we are not the only conscious beings that exist.
Since consciousness is primary, everything in reality is conscious. It only differs in degrees of what Campbell calls “dimness”, i.e complexity.
There are also conscious beings in what Campbell calls NPMR (Non-physical matter reality). These beings run the range from low to high quality consciousness just like us.
Pretty weird huh? Fortunately, this is all verifiable by you, should you choose to try.
It keeps getting weirder. According to Campbell, the distinction between “normal” and “paranormal” is largely one of human construct. Once someone begins to understand the paranormal, it becomes the new “normal”.
That means that in My Big TOE, precognition, remote viewing, clairaudience, telekinesis and other bizarre phenomena are valid perspectives.
How? Because consciousness is primary. When you switch the primary source of existence, suddenly something like telekinesis seems more than possible. It seems inevitable.
Personally, I’m still skeptical of serious paranormal phenomena because I don’t have any experience with it. But I do trust Campbell’s opinion enough to be open to it.
Alright I think I’ve given you more than enough to think about. Let’s move on.
Why Does It Suck
Let’s just say brevity is not Campbell’s biggest selling point. I’m only 2/3 through this book and I feel like I’ve run a mental marathon. It could almost give Godel, Escher and Bach a run for its money in terms of complexity.
The other downside to this book is that it’s just not very accessible to anyone who probably already doesn’t understand what Campbell is saying. Those who will get it, will get it. And those who won’t, won’t.
Also, as I mentioned I’m still skeptical about the paranormal and many of the models Campbell lays out here. So take this book as interesting food for thought.
The Wrap Up
Campbell continues to deliver. I may have to add this book to my Top Ten just out of sheer completeness, complexity and willingness to challenge mainstream beliefs.
I’d say this book is right for you if you have had some higher consciousness / satori experiences and are looking to integrate these experiences into day to day life.
For those who haven’t, reading this book is going to be emotionally as well as mentally challenging. But this is about as easy as it’s going to get.
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