Much of our delusion has been learned from others…some of it activity taught and trained. That is why it is sometimes referred to as conditioning. In the whole socialization process, we teach various illusions that then become our delusions. Some illusions have some practical value (inches, lines of longitude, an hour, etc.) Some of these delusions keep us in line and give the powers that be the means of controlling the masses. It maintains social order. Continue reading Is delusion a thing trained into human minds? Could it be different?
The world is an illusion, but even illusions exist. I would never say that the world does not exist. Illusions get a bad rap though. Some people use the term “illusion” to put down the world. Illusions are great things. Movies are illusions. Virtual reality games are illusions. Dreams are illusions. The game of life continues because the illusions are believed.
I don’t like using the terms real and not-real. Are dreams real? Many westerners would say no. To many of the aboriginal people, dreams are real and sometimes more real than the world itself. So during this post, please don’t add any kind of real versus not-real context to anything said. Let us keep the topic to existing or not existing…and also illusions. Continue reading How can the world not exist? I just kicked a rock!
With this logic, you would not be most of your own body. You are not aware of what the adrenal or pituitary glands are doing right now. You are not aware of what cells in the body are dying and which ones are splitting to form new cells. You are not likely aware of your shins right now…well maybe now that I brought your attention to it. You are not likely aware of the inside of your nose nor your ear lobes. You are not aware of your ear drums. You are not aware of the backs of your knees. You are not aware of how many white blood cells you have right now or even feel one of them. I can go on like this…but I won’t.
My point is…not being consciously aware does not mean separation or not being it. Continue reading If I am everything, why am I aware of only me?
I can kind of see how someone could say nothing happens and nothing is done. When you wake up from a dream in the morning, you realize it was all in your head and nothing really happened and nothing was done (in reference to the “real” world). Similarly, when you watch a movie in the theater…before and after the movie is just a white screen. The movie was a play of images, and so you could say nothing really happened and nothing was really done.
But this is an attempt to separate yourself from what is being experienced. It is a putting down of the experience. During that movie, you did experience things happening and it may have made you laugh or cry. During that dream, you may have experienced flying or being chased or whatever. For the duration of the experience…clearly something is happening and things can be done. Continue reading Many teach that nothing happens and there is nothing done – do you agree?
Reincarnation exists, if I am to believe my own experience. When I first started the spiritual journey, I joined a weekly meditation group. One of the things this group got into was past life regression.
My first experience with past life regression showed that I had a knack for reading past lives as I caught images and impressions while others were being regressed. The two people leading the past life regressions then took me under their wing and taught me how to do it. Continue reading How does reincarnation fit with nonduality or doesn’t it?