Illusions within the dream of life

“How strange when an illusion dies. It’s as though you’ve lost a child” 
Judy Garland

 

1. The Illusion Of Free Will

We all imagine ourselves living freely, yet most of the stuff that we do we do not choose it. We do it to avoid consequences rather than doing things purely for joy.

Solution: Do what you love.

2. The Illusion Of Time

We are the only animal to invent time and as a result we suffer the fear of running out of time for our entire adult life.

Solution: Cast off your watch.

3. The Illusion Of Identity

We feel that we have a clear cut identity based on specifically selected and carefully reconstructed memories and experiences. Our identity is just a mind phenomenon. It can’t be located within us. It is just a series of ideas.

Solution: Shed your self-limiting preconception of who you are and what you are capable of achieving.

4. The Illusion Of Separateness

Because we are not rooted like a tree we think we are separate from other people. Really we are like the apples on the tree. We are related to all the other apples through our shared relationship to the tree. And like the apple I guess we die when we are finally picked. The illusion of individuation is so pervasive that we think we can live separated from the natural environment or from each other.

Solution: Act from a perspective of unity.

 

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