How does one reinforce the concept of virtuality (a term used to denote the illusionary nature of reality) within their thoughts, thus making unreality their default understanding of the world? Well how do we reinforce anything? Practice, practice, practice of course. We drill until it becomes second nature. So the question becomes, how do we practice maintaining a particular perspective?
For instance, we could immerse ourselves in media that features the unreality of reality. There’s TV shows such as The Twilight Zone, there’s movies such as Total Recall (1990), The Truman Show (1998), The Matrix (1999), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Doctor Strange (2016). And in books there’s stories like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or even the Bhagavad Gita. And of course there’s video games that literally put us within a virtual realm, such as Minecraft.
Then there’s taking time out in regular life to scrutinize the storylines and notice patterns, stringing events together as cohesive narratives. We can even use our emotions as triggers to remind us to take notice — anxiety, anger, anguish — perfect, now we just sit and stare at ourselves. To make self-observation easier and automatic, we can practice meditation.
We can place little physical reminders around, items we’ll notice, such as statuary or even small signs that say something significant, like “Virtuality”. But of course it doesn’t take long for these types of reminders to blend into the background, so we must specifically stop and contemplate or switch them up from time to time.
And perhaps listening to something relevant prior to sleep might set dreams down the right path. In the waking hours we should keep holding up the lens of virtuality, examining everything under its influence. Aches and pains now work in our favor, loud alarms reminding us to examine our surroundings from an illusionary standpoint. Allowing the physical nature of reality to betray itself is quite the effective strategy.