I truly believe that we create illusions simply because we need them.
I guess the best way to describe it is that imaginary things are easier to see because they don’t need to be in front of us for us to believe in them. they simply exist, always there to comfort and let us live the lives we imagine we want.
though that’s the problem… when an illusion isn’t fact, the two eventually collide and limits us.
so the comfort dwindles and discord arises and we find we are anxious and blocked and irrationally upset — we are forced to go to war with our illusions. we start destroying the physical because it’s easier to kill a man than a ghost. we tear our lives down piece by piece and for a second, we’re liberated. we’re in the light. we let go. we know that nothing matters and for a brief second… we just are.
we just are up until the letting go leaves us in the illusion of nothingness. therefore we create another one.
the intangible things that are present in our lives are the things we don’t think we can go on without. the illusions we have to live with so we can just go on with living.
we eventually realize that all things are myriads of expressions of distorted ideas, and that all things are the simple alignment of the illusions we perceive and how the world reflects them back to us. happiness always came from getting the things we thought the illusion would like, and that unhappiness was realizing that receiving them filled the void and then we crafted another illusion to replace it. all never lasting, false things are products of this, and the only way to transcend them is to simply be aware.
the past is rosy because the illusion shifted as we did. our lives are only ever projections of ourselves. any tension over a given situation immediately dissipates as soon as we look at it from another perspective, because all of a sudden we realize that our perception was just one of them — and we weren’t necessarily right.
it’s impossible to let go of the things that only exist in your mind. the only thing you can do is be aware that they’re there. the only thing you can do is ask the questions, challenge the beliefs, put assumptions and certainties on the table and dismantle them. question what you were taught. question the whole, the core, the root, and all the things that have otherwise gone unquestioned.
the greatest secret of life is realizing that these things aren’t part of us. they aren’t natural. as easily as we created our illusions we can get rid of them, we just have to be aware that they are just that. ideas.
if you don’t, you end up living in the illusion that others have created for you and be forced to call it “reality.”