How to deal with a world of illusion
I hope it offers some measure of understanding on how you can break free from illusion.
Human beings as a general rule like drama. Just pay attention to the movies and shows on TV to get an idea of just how much we like drama and excitement. Would the movie theaters make money on a movie of a peaceful, calm and happy life? I believe this is part of the reason we have created a world of high emotion and drama. Just look at how mesmerized everyone is with the life of Michael Jackson. And of course when people die they make big news not when they are living peacefully. I can remember watching on the news hurricane Katrina right before it hit New Orleans. We all sat on the edge of our seat waiting to see what would happen. I remember even thinking, "This is really exciting," then feeling bad for the thought. But we all have this reaction, it is human nature. My point with all of this is; we are creating all the drama we see in the news and in the world. We are actually creating this with our consciousness. We are creating our own life's movie.
There is a transformation of consciousness that is being birthed in our world today. The concepts I am presenting here are extremely radical to most people and until this time could not be conceived. But now is the time of the opening of consciousness and awareness. This is the "Great Awakening." The whole idea is our lives are a miraculous projection of our own creation.
All the great mystics have said this world is "all an Illusion!"
In Vedanta philosophy the world is said to be Maya or an illusion. It is all a big dream in the mind of God. The great Swami Baba Muktananda said, "The world is simply a play of consciousness.
"Paramahansa Yogananda said, "Our lives are like a moving picture show in the eye of God."
Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you."
The Upanishads state that our higher self is like light and our lower self is like a shadow.
Course in Miracles teaches us that everything is in our own mind including our body.
Let me explain the mechanics of our miraculous illusion and what we can consciously do to master our movie set to create the movie we want of our life.
We go to movies, concerts and sporting events because they make us FEEL a certain way. Everything is about our feelings. So if we think we want a certain thing or person it is generally based on the way it, or they, will make us FEEL. When another person evokes a feeling of hurt or love in us, our reaction is to blame that person for making us feel a certain way. But you are in charge of your own feelings nobody or thing is controlling how you feel. Emotions are strong feelings and have the power to create anything you want in your life. Realize there are only two core emotions, fear and love. When you come from a place of desperation you are coming from fear, and when you come from a place of love you come from abundance.
How does our consciousness work? How do we get caught up in this illusion?
Our minds are composed of three parts; the conscious mind, the subconscious mind and the superconscious mind.
Your conscious mind is the reactor to stimulus in the world. The way in which it reacts is based on beliefs we have acquired. Our beliefs are stored in our subconscious mind.
If you have a recurring pattern in your life it is simply the way the brain is programmed to work. It will naturally react instinctually with the defense mechanism of fear. But we have a higher power to work with if we choose - this is the superconscious mind.
Swiss psychologist Carl Jung said, "Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate" or, "That which you deny will become your destiny. "
Beliefs are how we create our supposed reality. Beliefs, unconscious or not, are creating the events in our life. These beliefs are composed of limiting patterns instilled in our subconscious mind. They are acquired from our ego self or shadow self that is not part of our true self which is the Divine. Our superconscious mind is our higher self or our connection to the Divine. This is who we really are, everything else is an illusion. Our conscious mind is controlled by our ego which is operates on fear. So our ego is based on fear and our superconscious mind is based on love.
The more we choose to come from a place of love the more the ego will try to control the mind. The ego does not like to be defeated. So the struggle will not be easy. More and more issues will confront you as you decide to not let the ego take charge of your mind. I guess this is the struggle of the darkness and light suggested in many spiritual texts.
Limitless power comes when you surrender your ego to the higher power. You will then receive inspiration that becomes your intention that comes from a source beyond your ego. It comes from your higher self. This is the power of the Divine. This direction will come from your heart, not your mind. When you follow your higher self you are following your Divine path.
There is no power outside of yourself. There is no power in the illusion you have created, not in anyone or anything. Other people are there to reflect back to you what you are thinking or feeling, based on a belief that you have. You project things from within yourself onto everyone else in your life. Additionally other people are in your life to teach knowledge or move you forward in growth.
Letting go of the Past
Limiting patterns within your beliefs hold you back from the realization of the truth and keep you locked into the illusion. Everyone and everything out there is essentially you. To totally release your grudges and resentments against others will release you from all negativity in your life.
When you realize that the way you feel has nothing to do with the person who activated the hurt in you, you can then realize it is only an issue that has been activated within you from a past hurt or event. It is a limiting pattern. You will keep attracting people and situations to reflect this issue until you learn to release it and let it go.
Every one of us has a past hurt that controls our life. This creates a pattern forming our beliefs and judgments. Until you can fully recognize and feel the hurt that is deep within you, it will continue to operate and sabotage your life. Take it a step further to understand why you are feeling this way. This is about something within you, not anything or anyone "out there" because there is no out there. Realize this belief is based on false assumptions about yourself.
The next step to releasing the beliefs, judgments and resentments that control you and your life is to find forgiveness. But it is not about finding something wrong with you! It is about coming to a place of gratitude. There is nothing to really be forgiven because there is nothing wrong within you. You have only distorted everything believing there is something wrong with yourself. So, forgiveness is actually about understanding and finding appreciation and gratitude. You must focus on what you appreciate about others but particularly about yourself. Then you will see the resentments dissolve. In actuality there is nothing to forgive because the Divinity that is you has never come from a place of judgment. We have created the illusion of judgment. In the "Course in Miracles" it states, God does not forgive, because in order to forgive you must judge, and God has never judged us in the first place. We are the ones with judgment. God is love and acceptance. We created this illusion of judgment and right and wrong.
Gratitude is the most powerful energy you can have to heal and shift the negative energy of resentment. Once you feel this energy of gratefulness you are in the zone of the power to create miracles. When you are grateful there is no room for resentments and negative beliefs, for to be in judgment and negative emotion is to be ungrateful. Shift to appreciation and gratitude and you will be in connection to your higher self and at one with the Divine. You will manifest what is for your highest good, which is better than what you could even imagine for yourself. Gratitude will shift everything in your life. You will learn to love everything, everyone and especially yourself. GRATITUDE IS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
Surrender to the Higher Power
Ask that your intentions not come from the ego but from the Divine. Let your inspiration move you from your heart and ask that, "not my will but Thy will be done." Trust the Universe! All you have to do is let go, and the Universe will drive the perfect circumstances and people to you to achieve what is in your highest good. Let go of all fear, doubt, and any negative emotion that will prevent you from achieving your desired goal. Remember EVERYTHING in your life that happens is always directing you to your highest goals and is promoting growth on a spiritual level. There is nothing else out there. There is only one true source and everything else is a projected illusion because the source is all there is, it is you. The one God that directs and is everything. It is pure oneness. It is LOVE.
Paraphrased From "Busting Loose from the Money Game" by Robert Scheinfeld
"Everything that exists is really just inseparable thought. There is only one dream which explains our common experiences, but the mind has split itself up so that each unit observes the dream from a different point of view, which explains your own individual experience.
You are infinitely powerful. Your natural state is infinite abundance. You are playing a human game and have unlimited creative potential. You are creating everything in your own movie you call your life. There is no such thing as out there! It is all within you.
Realize that every time you keep telling the same story of your life that you do not like, you keep up the beliefs that it is real and you are the victim of this story. Since it is all an illusion you must come from a place that you fully appreciate your power to have been able to keep the illusion real. You must stop any judgment. You cannot use this process to change, fix or improve something that is not real or an illusion. As you release your power out of all the limiting patterns, your higher self will help you create what it wants for you which far greater than anything you could have imagined for yourself. "It" will come...you do not need to go looking for it! And you will begin to find infinite compassion and appreciation for everything in your creation, even the apparently difficult people and painful experiences, because "they" are "you." Accept the present moment without reservation, wanting, and you will flow with well being under the guidance of your higher self. All you have to do is to dissolve the limiting patterns that you have created that obstruct this flow."
The case of Dr. Hew Len whom Joe Vitale writes about in his book Zero Limits
Paraphrased from "Zero Limits" by Joe Vitale
"This is about a Hawaiian healing technique called ho'oponopono. It means "to make right." Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len worked at the Hawaii State Hospital on cases for criminally insane patients. He had remarkable success on healing patients that had been given up as hopeless. He took the charts of these patients and prayed over them by looking deep within himself to heal what was in himself that caused the issues, and through the healing of himself he healed the patients. He was asked, "What were you doing within yourself to heal these people?" Dr. Len explained that total responsibility for your life means that everything in your life, simply because it is in your life, is your responsibility..... In a literal sense the entire world is your creation. This means the entire predicament the world is in is your responsibility..... You have created it! The economy, the President, terrorist and poverty, and to change all of this means you have to change YOU. You see none of it really exists, it is all a projection we have created and we can heal it. What a freeing and powerful way to feel. You see ho'oponopono really means Loving Yourself. Dr. Len revealed that he would say over the criminals' charts, "I'm sorry, and I love you over and over again." He said I was simply evoking the spirit of love to heal within me what was creating the outer circumstance. To love yourself is to heal yourself and the world. He exclaimed that there is really no out there. Everything is all within you.
Therefore to heal or improve anything in your life, the only place to start is within yourself. And to heal you must love. Love everything and everyone and you will begin to feel the Divine connection and everything will heal. The prayer is, "I'm sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.""