The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life. To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something. Not to be on to something is to be in despair.
Walker Percy, the mid-century Alabama author, is best known for his philosophical novels. His first work: The Moviegoer won the 1962 National Book Award for fiction. The search to know more about our world, and the worlds that exist in and around it, is getting narrower. Modern technology has opened doors that were sealed shut in the 196os by the glue of religious and political fallacies. We do know a little more about different reality, but we still hang on to the old way of looking at our self. It’s easier to be complacent and suspicious about new discoveries. We find comfort in the familiar, and fear in change.
Percy’s search for answers brought him to a place that relatively few people knew about when he was writing. The fact that our psyche is like a multidimensional TV set is still a hard fact to believe. We think our mind has only one channel, and our inner remote is fixed on that station. The mind can be tuned into more than one station, even though we only focus on one at a time. In a strange way, all the stations within the psyche are latent in the one we usually watch.
Inner coordinates unite all these stations, but these coordinates are foreign to us. At times, we change our channel using these psyche coordinates, and we experience another reality. We usually call this unfamiliar channel a dream or a figment of our imagination. We forget the fact that everything is a figment of imagination. Imagination is the creative process behind our psyche.
Reality has been defined as the focus of our energy and attention. When we focus on another channel within the psyche, like dreams, we become aware of the energy that creates these mental experiences. We begin to realize that we are on to something. That something is our multidimensional realty. That reality is never in a state of despair.