“The Magician’s Companion: A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious Symbolism”
Bill Whitcomb, 1997
I. Law of World Views
The world we perceive is actually the interface (mixture) of the nominal world (the Tao, the objective reality that is unknowable), and our selves (the subjective). Changing your world view does not change the eternal, real world, but it does change the perceived world. This is important because it is the world we touch, see, and act upon. Changing your world view makes real changes in the world, which is real to us. (See below, VIII. Law of Reflection)
Because there are an infinite number of ways to perceive the world, there are an infinite number of worlds we may assemble with our awareness. The true underlying reality is unknowable to us as long as we retain the worldview of separateness and self. You can become one with the universe but you cannot step back and observe it, because you are in it. You cannot observe a phenomenon without altering it by your mode of perception. There is no such thing as an independent observer. You participate in creating the world by perceiving it. You participate in creating the world by perceiving it.
World view is one of the most important concepts for humanity, one we really need to grasp as a species. It would help to bring about peace and harmony among our people. Since each of us have our own world view we will never truly see the world the same as anyone else. If we can understand this then we begin to gain ground on true understanding. And if the true underlying reality is unknowable by us then we can begin to accept that we are not ever truly right nor are we ever truly wrong. From that point perhaps as a people we can begin to see that we much accept others as they are and their world views even if those world views do not match our own.