Living in the Real World – Beyond A Thousand Disguises

“We meet ourselves time and time again in a thousand disguises
on the path of life.”

~ Carl Jung

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The reality we experience is not actually real, it’s an illusion. From a quantum perspective, reality is a hologram.

We humans are ingenious. Our perceiving mechanism distorts and adapts what it perceives into a virtual reality that is more like a mirage in the desert than the original. This is a process akin to flattening our world into a map. The world is not flat, although people used to believe that. Pictures from space have proven that the world is round. And, of course, millions of people have travelled around the world, ending up where they began without reversing course so that seems to confirm it.

Knowing this, it seems incredible to suggest that we still do believe the world is flat in many other ways with many other proofs, but it’s true. For instance, many believe that some humans are inherently superior to others, by virtue of their skin color or ethnicity, or gender. This is an illusion. The more we perceive a mirage like this, the more we believe it’s real. Then, all our subsequent descriptions of “reality” are false. As Carl Jung said in the opening quote, we are meeting ourselves over and over again, disguised as “others.” We don’t know this, so we behave like kittens frightened by our own reflection in a mirror!

In fact, there is no other. All of us share one essence, one life energy. If we could see truly and get beyond our illusory perceptions, we would see this hologram of one consciousness that we share. As far as other people go, are we really seeing them as they are, or are we experiencing our stories about them, the disguises of ourselves we have projected onto “them?”

As human consciousness evolves through ongoing life experience, we evolve from illusion to truth and increasingly subtle holistic awareness develops. This is a progressive change from fiction to non-fiction which proceeds on to witnessing consciousness, watching ourselves, our true selves.

These days, the term “fake news” is often employed to avoid facing facts, but we can readily understand why people fall for it. All reporting is distorted, based on the illusion of separation and the descriptions that unfold from that. Everyone is enculturated into that illusion; everything is distorted from the beginning. Perceiving separation is an adaptation of what is into what is not… then we believe it and tell stories about it. That’s the media!

The good news, not deemed worthy of reporting by media, is that there is an awakening in more and more people to the basic fact that something is fundamentally wrong. What’s making a difference now is that science is getting involved and that helps because so many people feel science validates edgy ideas. Quantum science is actually providing a gateway into a new understanding for many people. Simply becoming aware of this simple premise – that the reality we think is real is not – and that it is backed by scientific studies… well, maybe we could now consider taking the idea seriously!

So, we begin to question: “Is this reality real or is it a figment of my perceiving apparatus, the mechanism of my individual consciousness? If so, is what I perceive to be real actually an illusion? Hmn, maybe I should begin to question a whole range of my personal beliefs. Is this real, is that true, what about this other?”

The root of all mystical traditions is inquiry. We begin with our own mind and beliefs. That process is usually initiated by some sort of personal awakening, some kind of quantum leap, which I have called the awakening impulse. We suddenly have enough expanded awareness to catch a glimpse of the real reality… and it haunts us from that moment on. Now we begin questioning, looking into things, and that drives the dismantling process for our illusory constructs. In a sense, we flip that old saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it” to “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

Here’s the real question: what remains when the mind becomes still? This explains why meditation is so vital, why quieting the mind is essential. Our spiritual journey is one of expanding awareness to traverse various milestones in personal evolution of incrementally increasing awareness.

We shift out of a belief in and perception of duality into the actual experience of non-duality, the unity of all and everything, called by many names. And we begin to see beyond the disguises that present themselves to us as the illusory “other.” We are one.


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