We keep hearing that this world and everything around us, is an illusion. We are being told by our teachers that there is neither form nor substance, no good, no bad, no dark or light, neither right nor wrong.
What is true about illusion?
Some turn illusion into a concept. They say: “ There is nobody out there to be perfect or imperfect. How can I be imperfect, if there is no perfect? But what they often mean is: “I don’t have to change anything, because there is nothing to be changed and nobody to change”.
Some say: “Everything is perfect” , but if there is perfect, there is imperfect and by making a choice, you are disconnecting one from the other. What you actually do, maintaining that everything is perfect and the imperfect does not exist, is to uphold the illusion of separation.
You need to understand – first and foremost – that one is in the other. The illusion is neither in the object, nor is the illusion in the current characteristics or qualities of the form. The illusion is in believing in the concepts of time and separation and that anything in this moment, is exactly as it was in the moment before, or will be in the moment after.
Everything is moving, everything is changing. Nothing at all persists.
Lets say you pick up a pebble from the beach. Is the stone an illusion? Of course not, it does exist. It has a distinct form, it has certain qualities – and it has the ability to transform. If you say that stone has a smooth surface, what you are saying is that comparable to a rock, roughened by the wind, a pebble sanded by the waves feels different. But what is true is that what is in the pebble is in the rock and the other way round.
What is true is that the pebble is coming from the rock, and the rock is formed by the pebble. There is not one, without the other – each is the other as it can turn into the other.
And so this is true with us humans. The only illusion is separation – and that special form of separation called time. To believe that we are not the rock, if all we see is the pebble. To persuade ourselves that the other is not doing exactly what we have asked them to do. To believe that I can do anything, without affecting the others. To think I can do good without doing bad at the same time. To be convinced that I am right – and the other is wrong and fool myself about the only truth, that is that I cannot be right, without being wrong at the same time.
It is not that it does not exist, it is just that one cannot exist without the other.
This is what we have to contemplate on. This is the key to understanding the New Earth. We are not separate. And as long as there is lack or separation in our lives, it is a pointer that we are keeping apart, what god has meant to be together.
Separation is the only illusion there is.
a concept, a picture of reality……
humans are the only part of the creation
who are both blessed and cursed with the possibility of conceptual thinking,
the rest of creation exists in the state of submission to natural law
Only humans can or do ask, “What is my purpose in life. Why was I born.”
The good news is,
Ekhart’s teaching, the perennial teaching and/in all of its forms, of the egoic delusion leading to
” be still and know that I am God”
can do I still argue with that?
the Egoic Delusion that we are seeing,
with the help of persistent gentle intra personal reminders………
leaving behind – —
Oh…and the being is human. No separation….
This is causing me to ponder. It seems ‘co-dependency’ makes me feel separate……………..as in, “I need you to understand (appreciate, respect, etc) me.” Or “It matters to me what you think.”
These reactions are stressful and cause separation. And it’s not enough to just hear and read it. I have to live it.
So, in a life situation where my perception is I’m being ‘falsely accused’ and rumors spread, instead of defending and protecting myself, it is ok to allow my perception and the situation to be as they are. If I am comfortable with my own actions and story, that’s all I need. No need to convince others. It ultimately doesn’t matter. My ego feels bashed but in Truth, I do not. When I detach from my ego (as in, realize it isn’t me), I can allow a stressful situation to come and go like the wind.
I had a full day yesterday of resistance and being identified with ego. My story was very important and I wanted to tell the world. I wanted to ‘do’ something. I didn’t. I let it be and there were times that I felt so scared and frustrated. I want to move through this and come to the feeling of peace of love.
Today is a new day and I can feel the Truth in my heart. And the more this comes to Light within, the easier it is to see my ego and its ways and needs. And I lovingly reassure it that everything is going to be ok……..cause it has Me. 🙂
Doing things differently than I’ve always done is hard! But as the rewards come to fruition, I see it won’t feel that way for long.
Like what Fatima said……….leaving behind a humanbeing. xoxo
Becoming aware of everything that divides us is in itself the healing. Each little step we take, each instance of recognition of another pocked of separation in ourself, makes us breath more freely. It is such a relief finding these hidden corners of the festering blame-pain-insane…I welcome my anger, my irritation, a pain in the neck and a splinter in the eye…they all show me where I need to go and look…Look and see. End separation. That is the only truth to live by.