HJ: The illusion is that life is happening to us, when, in fact we are either consciously or unconsciously co-creating with every thought, belief and perception that passes through our mind. What we experience and perceive is a direct reflection of what we allow into our consciousness based on these thoughts, beliefs and perceptions. Our mind filters input based on what we deem (read: believe) is important. Have you ever noticed something on second glance that you had missed upon the first? Our perception of reality works in the same way. We only see what we allow ourselves to see and again, this happens either unconsciously or consciously. When it is happening unconsciously, we are immersed in the illusion and can not see it for what it is. When we become conscious of our perception, we can begin to see how the illusion operates and work with it in such a way that allows us to co-create our reality on our own terms instead of feeling like it is ‘happening to us’. On one hand this is a basic concept to master for those who are interested in expanding their conscious awareness. On the other hand, it is an advanced concept if one is coming from a more limited perspective, as it requires a fundamental restructuring of how one perceives themselves and the world around them.
Getting Real with Reality
By David G. Arenson, ND | Find Shambhala
Is there such a thing as a true reality – perhaps the whole world is a dream or a dance of consciousness dreaming itself alive.
What is reality?
Merely conditioning, based on beliefs? Or something more?
The real reality is within. What you see is an illusion, and only reflects what your brain is capable of showing you via its own mechanisms. Technically and physiologically speaking, you’re unable to see the truth that you live in an illusion that can equally imprison or free you.
“A human being is a part of a whole—called by us ‘universe’—a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." ~ Einstein
Are we real? Are we even capable of seeing what is real?
“We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us." ~ Rabindranath Tagore
All we can do is be open to what is true, and grip on to what we can feel with our senses, and I include all six senses in this. The era of gurus is over. Consciousness is shifting on the planet and as human beings, we are evolving to a higher level. In fact, we have no choice to evolve or to die out. Such is the nature of life.
“Nature’s way is simple and easy but men prefer what is intricate and artificial." ~ Lao Tzu
Our “awakening" (if it turns out to be so) coincides with a massive technological shift, with the introduction of mobile communications and all the way to full automization. Finally we will have robots and computers to do all the work humans used to do. We no longer require a go-between, as availability of information and resources is widespread. Life is immediate, especially media and entertainment. Everything is being presented to us on the film screen of our minds. Immediate. Often even larger than life. The question of “what is real" is becoming more central as entertainment takes over many lives.
The key at this point is not knowledge, but wisdom; not attitudes but beliefs, a return to an appreciation of the simple things in life.
“Nature’s way is simple and easy but men prefer what is intricate and artificial." – Lao Tzu
Is there such a thing as a true reality? Perhaps the whole world is a dream or a dance of consciousness dreaming itself alive?
Loving what appears before us (reality as we see it) is a process and sometimes can be very challenging; it’s not always blissful, or at least not immediately so. It is through cultivating a compassionate and accepting heart, that we develop these feelings and qualities within our souls. Then we end up discovering that it was there all along and really, we were just coming home to ourselves.
It’s not data that’s killing us; it’s our inability to sort that data into bite-size chunks of information that is placing the greatest challenge to our systems. We are literally being inundated by stimuli. This fun and exciting period in our development has also placed enormous stress on our bodies, whose capacity for handling stress has a threshold that we keep crossing, as we push ourselves further and higher, closer to the abyss.
We are pushing ourselves artificially to achieve more, to spend more time at work—which is creating a profound imbalance in our health and well-being. It makes no sense. Surely we should have more time than ever before?
Why is no government addressing these issues, and speaking about it frankly? It’s like a collective cloud of ignorance that enshrouds the official messages. While evolving the system, and updating policies that were developed hundreds of years ago is the only sane way to operate, it’s like the status quo would rather freeze itself than face change.
Is change so scary?
Since we have created the technological means essentially to run a society for human being that requires minimum human work input, what is the agenda of those who want to keep people blinded?
This is a time when we are gaining the ability to listen to our higher selves, gain clarity about our lives through turning inwards. All the answers can be found within. This is no secret.
There is no reason to seek out answers via gurus, doctors, monks, imams, psychologists, priests/ nuns, rabbis, holy men or women, or any other authority figures. A person is already complete, whole, worthy of love, beautiful, powerful, wise—a genius creator. From a spiritual perspective, we already have access to everything we need.
“Crystal clear and radiant with inner warmth and fullness, we know nothing else is needed. We have returned home." ~ Tarthang Tulku, Seeing the Beauty of Being
This is a time of personal power, learning who we truly are—celebrating our true magnificence.
We can thus empower ourselves to live more fully expressed lives, to bring to fruition the highest vision of who we are. We no longer need to think small; we are giants. This knowledge changes everything.
Go with an open heart, go with a full heart, go soundly into the world with love.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart " ~ Confucius
David G. Arenson ND, Naturopath, Spiritual Teacher and Transformational Coach. An international speaker and author who has explored over 20 countries, David developed a system of initiation called Shambhala Therapy, and is the Founder of Shambhala Retreats. He is currently working on a book about how to be a modern-day superhero, and is developing a network of dreamers, called I BUTTERFLY. To find out more about David, enquire about organizing wellness retreats or speaking engagements, visit his website, www.findshambhala.com – Journey with David to Shambhala. W: http://www.findshambhala.com F: http://www.facebook.com/findshambhala