The Reality of Illusion
There are two ways to look at the world.
One way is to see everything around you as real, but not only real… important. So important that if you do not do everything in your power to defend it you will go insane.
The other way to look at reality is to not see it as unreal, but as an illusion. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that everything is black and white. See everything around you as - not unreal - but instead as rendering; which is computer language that basically means to convert, for example, a file into visual form. Or instead of rendering think of it as in the process of becoming.
Reality is not an illusion, cannot be an illusion, if you simply investigate what the word reality actually means.
What does the word reality mean?
Reality is the state of things as they are or appear to be, and reality exists independent of human awareness. But a dream can appear very real and all things could possibly exists independent of our own awareness. How do we really know where our dreams go when we wake up? Everything is therefore potentially real.
Nothing is an hallucination. Everything is an hallucination. Everything an illusion. It is not the physical form that is the basis for reality. The illusion is the reality, but it is not an illusion. It is real. Or as real as you want it to be.
That is what the rendering process is all about. If you want shit to be rendered, shit will be rendering. If you want gold, then gold you will have.
If you want to render in VHS quality then render in VHS, if you want to render in Hi-Def then render in Hi-Def.
Only when the responsibility to perceive the reality of illusion is placed firmly in your own hands can you truly begin to shape the reality of your illusion.
So what does the word illusion mean?
Well there are many synonyms and most of them are about something false or deceiving, but how can something be wrong when nothing is right... when everything is an illusion... then everything must be right. Everything is the reality of the illusion.
One definition of illusion that I think works best is that it is an optical illusion that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality. In other words our eyes see the illusionary world, but we don't see the complete illusion it resides in. Like seeing a ghost, but failing to see that the eyes that saw the ghost don't exist.
I find that this kind of thinking is very liberating.
Natural Born Alchemist © 1 February 2015