Tag Archives: Illusory World

Substitute

Everything we see in this world is just a ‘Substitute’ for the real thing .

 

 

From ‘A Course in Miracles’ :

The world you see is vengeful world, and everything in it is a symbol of vengeance . Each of your perceptions of “external reality” is a pictorial representation of your own attack thoughts . One can well ask if this can be called seeing . Is not fantasy a better word for such a process, and hallucination a more appropriate term for the result ?

You see the world that you have made, but you do not see yourself as the image maker . You cannot be saved from the world but you can escape its cause . This is what salvation means, for where is the world you see when its cause is gone ? Vision already holds a replacement for everything you think you see now . Loveliness can light your images, and so transform them that you will love them, even though they were made of hate . For you will not be making them alone .

 

The Universe Speaks

The Universe is always speaking to us .

Here in Britain we are having gorgeous weather . Beautiful spring days and clear and cool at night, and last night I was outside speaking to my neighbour Nina who remarked upon the crescent Moon which was being reflected in a window . I turned around to look at the real Moon and realised the Moon in the window was the complete reverse .

My camera doesn’t seem able to capture the images, so below I have included some images from NASA, which hopefully makes my point .


The real Moon

 


The reflected Moon

 

For some reason, this was nagging away at me and then I realised what the Universe was saying . We are looking at the reflected Moon which shows us the exact opposite of reality and we see our world of death, pain and hunger but this is not real .

In reality, there is only Life, Peace and Abundance but because our belief system is programmed to see death and pain, this is what we see .

Our world is an illusion – a mirror of reality . All we need do is turn away from the reflection in our Mind and look up and see the real Moon .

 

He’s Misstra Know It All


He’s a man
With a plan
Got a counterfeit dollar in his hand
He’s Misttra Know It All

We all know someone who is incredibly opinionated and constantly offers advice . After you have been on this Earth for a short period, you normally find their advice is wrong and it is probably best to do the complete opposite of what they say . “Misstra Know It All”, as the song says .

We all share this trait to some degree or other, as it is a cornerstone of our ego’s belief system . Another common aspect to the personailty of the ego is to be ‘right’, as in “I am right” and some people even give up their lives because of it . This can be seen in politics, religion and science where you often find two competing forces fighting to prove who is right . It is alleged the philosopher Giordano Bruno was executed for claiming the Earth orbited the Sun .

At about the age of 4, young children are sent to schools to learn and this goes on for the next 12 years or so . If you go to University, you can be in full time education for twenty years .

In our world, the intellect is praised above all qualities but what is it we learn . We learn what the ego wants us to believe, which is actually false knowledge of the true reality and our real nature . The mind (with a small m) is deliberately filled with all sorts of rubbish in an attempt to deny the true Mind (with a large M) .

Buddhists recommend emptying the mind in meditation so that we can connect with our deeper self and true knowledge . The Zen teaching “You cannot fill a cup that is full” describes this perfectly . In fact, the ‘Know It All’ trick used by the ego is meant to stop you gaining awareness .

The intellect can be a marvellous tool . Without learning I would not be able to write this post or drive a car, but its true purpose is as a servant of the Heart, where we find real learning . The Heart is our true Mind and where knowing comes from . If you want to solve a problem, listen to the Heart not your mind which will offer you a quick fix, but won’t solve the original problem .

In reality, the Heart has only one answer to every problem – Love . This is the answer to everything and is all we really have to learn or more accurately remember . It is what we are and is the only part of us which truly exists .

All we have to do is look at our world and see where the mind has taken us . The answer does not lie in the intellect but our Heart . As a man (Shakespeare) far cleverer than myself, wrote :

The fool does think he is wise but the wise man knows himself to be a fool

 

The Big Illusion

From A Course In Miracles Lesson 132 : “I loose the world from all I thought it was”  :

What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs ? And what can save the world except your Self ? Belief is powerful indeed . The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the truth . A madman thinks the world he sees is real, and does not doubt it . Nor can he be swayed by questioning his thoughts’ effects . It is but when their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom comes to him at last .

The world is nothing in itself . Your mind must give it meaning . And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real . Perhaps you think you did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for your thoughts to give it meaning . Yet in truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came .

But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world and can accept the lesson now . There is no world because it is a thought apart from God, and made to separate the Father and the Son and break away a part of God Himself and thus destroy His Wholeness . Can a world which comes from this idea be real ? Can it be anywhere ? Deny illusions, but accept the truth . Deny you are a shadow briefly laid upon a dying world . Release your mind, and you will look upon a world released .

 

All The World’s A Stage

We all think everything in our lives is terribly important . We start the day rushing to get to work and then spend the rest of it careering around attempting to get things done . We get stressed and tired, and there seems to be no let up in all this vital doing .

If you have no job, you use up the time trying to find work to earn money to survive, and this is just as pressured as employment . Even in ‘your time’ you get worked up with all the things that need to be done . Everything is so critical .

Nothing is important ! Not even your death – especially not your death . Nothing we do is important unless we think it so . We are experiencing an extraordinary dream and life is nothing more than an illusion, and like all dreams it will soon be forgotten when we eventually wake up .

People far cleverer than me have tried to tell this truth to humanity but it hasn’t sunk in yet . Below is the best description of our illusory world I know, by someone very skilled with words, William Shakespeare from As You Like It .

Life is only experienced in the Mind . It’s not real !

All the world’s a stage
And all the men and women merely players .
They have their exits and entrances
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages .

At first the infant
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms .
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like a snail
Unwillingly to school . And then the lover,
Sighing like a furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’eyebrow .

Then a soldier
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth . And then the justice,
In fair round belly with capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut
Full of wise saws and modern instances
And so he played his part .

The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice
Turning again towards childish treble,
Pipes and whistles in his sound .

Last scene of all,
That ends this strange, eventful history
Is second childishness and mere oblivion
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything .

I Feel Your Pain

After many years in the company of healers and spiritual ‘ truthseekers’ I have observed the one personality trait which appears to be prized above others is empathy . Empathy is when you are able to put yourself in the shoes of others, and can recognize and sympathise with the pain that another person is feeling . Empathy comes from a good place and shows compassion by the empathisor ( if there is such a word ) .

However, there is misguided empathy and this comes from our distorted view of the world . Our ego believes in pain, death, poverty, misery etc but in reality none of these actually exist apart from in the Mind . Most of us know the pain when a relationship breaks down but this stems from the belief we have separated from this person . In reality we are always connected .

When someone else is experiencing ill health, we may empathise with their experience but again this is a distorted view of the experience as illness is an illusion . When a close relative or friend dies someone may feel bereft at their loss as they believe the other does not exist anymore but in fact there is no Death or separation . The compassionate person who offers empathy and sympathy can be just as caught up in the illusion as much as the person who is experiencing the pain .

True empathy comes when one is able to see through the illusion . However, when another person is experiencing serious pain it probably is not the right time to give the sufferer a lecture that their pain or loss is not real and just an illusion . Realisation tends to come when someone is in a stable state of mind .

Empathy is the flip side of self pity and both come from our belief in what is not real .Separation, pain and death are not real and what really needs to be healed is our belief in these experiences as it is only our belief in them which gives them life . We only see Death because we think it is real .

Empathy is a good quality and shows compassion . Unfortunately, there are those in this world who seem unable to feel anything and have completely shut off from their emotions and seem to have no compassion, and their egos have completely taken over . However for those who are able to feel compassion it is easy to get caught up in the illusion but when one realises the pain is not real, it doesn’t mean one should not help . Your help may save the day but remember the truth in the experience .