#002 | What If… reality isn’t real?

In this episode of the “Paradox of Life” podcast, titled “#002 – What If… Reality Isn’t Real?”, hosts Monique and Colin delve into the intriguing question of the nature of reality.

They explore the idea that our perception of reality might be an illusion, influenced by our brains, experiences, and personal perspectives. The discussion touches on various philosophical, neuroscientific, and spiritual concepts, including the role of the subconscious, the impact of conditioning and genetics on perception, and the limitations of language in conveying the full spectrum of human experience.


  1. The concept of reality as a subjective experience shaped by individual perception.
  2. The influence of the subconscious mind and genetics on how we perceive and interact with the world.
  3. The limitations of language in fully capturing the depth and nuances of human experience.
  4. The role of shared experiences and collective consciousness in shaping our understanding of reality.
  5. The impact of societal systems and cultural conditioning on our perception of reality.
  6. Exploring the idea of living in a simulated reality and questioning the nature of existence.


Seven of Pentacles


  1. “We basically hallucinate most of the time… the brain creates reality in a way that’s the most efficient for survival in this moment.” – Monique
  2. “What we focus on is what we see, so when we shine our light of consciousness onto something, that’s the thing that we see.” – Colin
  3. “Just because we’re not aware of it doesn’t mean it’s not there.” – Monique


  1. The Matrix (movie reference)
  2. Studies on the experiences of twins and their individual perceptions
  3. Philosophical and neuroscientific concepts regarding perception and reality


This episode challenges listeners to reconsider their understanding of reality, inviting them to explore the idea that what we perceive as real may be a construct of our minds, influenced by a myriad of factors.

It encourages a deeper examination of our own perceptions and beliefs, and the role they play in shaping our experience of the world. By understanding the subjective nature of reality and the power of our consciousness, we can begin to see the world in new ways and embrace the endless possibilities that life offers.

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