I had a number of emails from someone young whose mind hasn’t yet calcified to the point where prising it open becomes a torturous and painful for them process. This young person has just realised something I brought up many times here on EM:
“The world we experience is an illusion and a dream in that we project meaning, stories, etc., but the world itself is real.”
Fuck yeah! I was impressed. It took me a couple of years after the Big Bang to fully formulate this. ‘Life is but a dream’ is only so because it is lived from imagining what is, instead of seeing what is: imagining what your friends and enemies think, imagining what your new job will be like, imagining fucking a hot new booty, imagining winning a lottery, imagining gaining or losing weight, imagining your next holiday, imagining leaving your drunkard husband, imagining getting robbed, imagining getting old, imagining winning that contest, imagining… imagining… imagining what does not exist and doing shit all to make it Reality.
When Jed McKenna said ‘Advertising is the art of monetising fear’ he should have thrown in insurance and virtual reality industries, TV, film and gaming industries, wedding and dating industries, education and public policy industries and many many more, which all ponder to the little scared child inside each human, burdened with oversized imagination and preferring to dream his life away.
The young correspondent of mine also realised what exactly is meant by ‘Ask yourself what is true’, the essence of self-inquiry.
“There’s only one thing you can tell anyone to do to make spiritual progress (I cringe using that word now), and that’s to REALLY look at what’s right in front of you. It’s so simple, and most people can’t understand it. I couldn’t for so long.”
Yep. Truth is as immediate as one’s breath, always within reach and always available if one makes an honest, self-directed movement towards it. From the above it was clear to me that this individual had processed something on a deep level of Insight, and so it came from within, a direct understanding unfiltered by words of another: a direct experience.
I felt a warm glow inside from knowing that someone might be well on their way to Reality and so could be spared living the rest of their life in Illusion.
BUT. Illusion is full of movement and colour and drama; illusion is what makes one feel alive. It is simply more exciting, as long as one remembers that it will all end one day, and would stop taking it all THAT seriously. In the realm of the Absolute – your mental delusions never mattered. In the realm of Grand Illusion – they screwed you up. In the kingdom of Reality – they simply added spice to your existence.