1. something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality.
2. the state or condition of being deceived; misapprehension.
3. an instance of being deceived.
This post is a response to recent questions from Claude. It is being posted here for the benefit of all.
If you sincerely recognize that you are experiencing in an Illusion then you already have the Keys to Freedom in your hands. Recognizing that one is stuck in an Illusion should immediately raise the question: "If this is an illusion, then where is the Reality?".
Divine messengers of all ages have always brought the same message to humankind: In order to find the Reality, we must look within. Specifically, we must awaken the Spark of the Divine that sleeps within our Heart sanctuary. It is this Divine Spark that has an affinity with the True Reality that we seek. We must fan this Spark from an ember into a Flame.
The world as we experience it is "real", as far as it goes. Just as a dream seems"real" to us until we wake up. This dualistic nature-order is designed to stimulate our five senses, which then report the results to our consciousness. Conversely, the thoughts, feelings and actions of humanity stimulate the surrounding environment. Our consciousness then registers the responses. This is the world of "being". "Being" is a big part of the Illusion. "Not-being" is the state-of-consciousness that can free us from the Illusion.
The core of the Illusion lies in the fact that human-beings have come to believe that we are separate from one another. Although externally we appear to be separate entities, in our deepest essence we are not. The sense of separation is something that has developed over many millions of years as the human life-wave slowly individualized itself on its involutionary journey into Matter. As a life-wave, we have now reached the end of our individualization process. It is time to gather up our myriad experiences, attributes, powers, etc. and pool them together for the sake of a unified humanity.
You mentioned that "This world is an illusion but a mental one. How can I free myself from this world when I am still a part of the illusion?" Well, recognizing the illusory nature of our existence is one of the first steps. It is, in fact, a major step. Next must come the understanding that the human-being is perfectly equipped and fully able to transcend this False Reality. How so?
Human-beings are twofold. We are simultaneously both mortal and immortal. The mortal part we are quite familiar with. The immortal part of us, the eternal Divine Spark, lives in the center of our microcosm, a region that corresponds to the location of the physical human heart. Only a small percentage of humanity are aware of the existence of this Immortal Seed. Our consciousness is so focused upon this temporary, mortal, False Reality that it is has become very difficult for us to locate and forge a link with the immortal part of our being. We must obtain the proper insight that will enable us to reactivate this Divine link.
An immediate step that can be taken towards freedom from the Illusion is for one to adopt an attitude of detachment from the things of the world. Stop reacting to all of the stimuli that are thrown at you via your senses, the mass media and by other human-beings. It is our automatic knee-jerk reactions to everything that duality throws at us that keeps us on this merry-go-round, hanging on for dear life.
- Thoughts and feelings of fear, anger, sadness, envy, criticism, vanity, etc must be deleted from our mental and emotional life.
- The sense that we are the center of the world and all others are our enemy must be done away with.
- The desire to survive and protect ourselves (self-maintenance) at the expense of others must cease.
- The recognition that humanity, as a life-wave is a brotherhood, must not only be completely understood and accepted, we must also live our lives in a manner that reflects this truth.
- In every moment, we should ask ourselves: who am I serving in this moment? Myself, or humanity? Me, or the person in front of me, behind me, beside me?
These are the first steps. These are the new habits of thought and feeling that must be adopted by us and thoroughly lived if we wish to successfully walk the Path of Return, the Path of the True Way. A total change in our current way of living is an absolute requirement. It is this fundamental reversal that will stir the sleeping ember that is our Divine Spark and enable a new Fire to light our consciousness.
Yes, we are a part of the Illusion and we do help to maintain it. In detaching ourselves from the Illusion we are able to move towards Freedom. Although we must continue to navigate this illusion and function within it, we can learn to do so without becoming attached to it. The attachments are what bind us to this False Reality and keep us locked up in a Prison of Consciousness. So, learn to be in the world, but not of the world.
Insight hands you the Keys. Yearning leads you to the door of Freedom. Fundamental reversal and the surrender of the selfish self puts the Key in the lock. A New Attitude of Life turns the Key and opens the doors of our consciousness to the True Reality that we left behind long ages ago.
It can be done. We are all capable of accomplishing this. It is literally what we were born to do.
Rise Above the Illusion.