Are you up against a whirlwind of an illusion and a confusion over reality, or are you awakened to the Illumination we all share?
Consider people when they are in their thirties, they worry about losing their looks.
In their fifties, they worry about losing their capacities, and a little less concerned about their looks. By their seventies, people worry about losing everything: control, relationships, and their very lives.
A Course in Miracles suggests through many messages that we’re often too busy thinking we have many different problems, but we really have one—and that is our separation from God.
As times of our lives pass on by, we lose our hair, muscle power, memory, strength, and agility. We lose our taste buds, libido, and the ability to have a good night’s sleep.
We’re always worried about something coming along to interrupt our life. Losing something is always a fear, and an illusion of that scenario can be frightening.
Hippocrates was the first to compare life to seasons, and aging to winter moving in.
Long ago Horace wrote about time in that, “Sad age comes. Farewell to laughing, happy love and easy sleep.” Chateaubriand called time an “ultimate shipwreck.”
On his sixty-ninth birthday, Whitman called himself “an old, dismasted, gray and battered ship, disabled, done.”
In 1936 Freud wrote a letter to a colleague about time giving him the chance to “look forward with longing to the journey into the void.”
Mary Sarton in her sixties enlightened me where she wrote optimistically that the joys, peaceful times, and the relationships of her life have had nothing to do with time and an ultimate end in this world.
She said, “They don’t change. The morning and evening light and flowers, music, poetry, silence, the gold finches darting about …”
Time only exists in your lifetime here in this world, and as it does people sometimes stop being able to buy their own groceries or go to church without help from a loved one.
Marathon runners’ legs fail them. Golfers’ backs, hips, and knees go out on them. Bikers give their bikes to their grandchildren.
Champion athletes worry about making it to the bathroom. People begin feeling about their bodies, as Yeats put it, that they are “tied to a dying animal.”
With any given number of words, it’s easy to explain how the ego operates and what it is all about that points to a realization not easy to explain but can simply be better realized with one word. Truth.
When a thought arrives to the brain it’s either of a self-projected image or it’s a thought that has no projection but is a reflection of the light of truth that certainly extends.
What do I mean, here by an illusion?
Let’s be honest and ask ourselves where does Truth come from? Did we invent it? Or did we project it and if so, what does its image look like, or can we rather agree that Truth simply has always been what it is?
We can then say its extension has been extending forever without a starting point. Nothing needs to be constructed in order to extend.
An extended thought is never partially extending, but always consistent and is what Mary Sarton was able to see in the meaning behind light.
Each of the two thought systems is extremely opposite: God, or the ego-based mind; unseparated extending Truth or its opposite consisting of hunches and partial loyalty to both at the same time is impossible.
For instance, how can what is true sometimes be partially true? On the other hand, illusion is always illusion, and regardless of any kind of constructing will forever remain unreal, and never has the potential for becoming true.
This is where Freud looked at time as the journey into the void.
But everything that is unreal, such as time, does have a truthful thought tied to it which is the fact of its falsity.
The Holy Spirit uses illusion as well as truth to show us that the results of each are as different as their foundations—rock or sand—and we can’t really vacillate between them while being one with our Source.
(I also suggest a related article on when we assign categories we do show a preference to our illusions, but this cannot be reality.)
In the next section of this article let’s discuss how we decide our real and true destiny.
We all choose either an illusion or the truth.
I mean, whether we realize it or not, one of two roads in life. The old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike will decide their destiny and how they live in this world.
One is the broad well-traveled road of mediocrity; the other is to greatness and meaning.
The range of possibilities that exist within each of these chosen destinations is as wide as the diversity of the gifts and personalities in the relationships we choose.
But the contrast between the two destinations is as night is to the day.
What I mean is the path to mediocrity places limits on your potential. The path to greatness in all that you do including healing a love relationship or a marriage unchains and realizes your potential.
Or the path to mediocrity is the quick-fix short-cut approach to life. The path to greatness is a process of sequential growth from within. It is a mission in life.
Travelers on the lower path to mediocrity live under the laws of the ego-based mind which is an illusion. Yes, which include indulgence, scarcity, comparison, and competitiveness.
Travelers on the upper path to greatness rise above the wrong-mindedness of the ego and all its influences and merely choose to become the creative force of their lives.
One word expresses the pathway to greatness.
Those on this path have dug out their choice and inspire others to find theirs.
Let’s carefully consider why A Course in Miracles teaches us that: “Nothing alive is fatherless, for life is creation,” and the Course continues this lesson by asking us to contemplate this question: “Who is my father?” and, further asks, “Would be faithful to the father we choose?”
Depending on how you choose to answer, you may have a conflict of interest.
If you choose to see the ego as your thought system and surely you did make the ego, then how could the ego-mind have fathered you?
This choice gives you an authority problem that is your source of conflict, because you made this separated thought system with the use of your wishes, for how you’d like the world to be, you think.
But you’re not certain.
No true free will, only fantasy wishes, is the state of mind where you must either make the ego your father, or its entire thought system made from separate and different wholes will lose its legs to stand on. Or, we can say it will lose its footing in its sand-based foundation.
(Also check out another related article about: The ego mind and its own doubts can’t understand life beyond the body eagerly looks forward to your death, but is so afraid of its own…)
Let’s move on here and look more deeply at thinking in your heart about God’s real Thought as the light that illuminates you.
An Illusion about Your True Reality
The unseparated real Thought of God creates by its eternal extension, while the separated dreaming part, or tiny segment, of the mind projects its images to coincide with its wishes.
The unseparated is whole and has no separate parts that need standing on. It doesn’t wish, but merely knows what its own wholeness is creating.
There’s no second guessing. Try to consider it like this:
Think of God’s thought as light, and you are a ray of this extending illumination.
Since the source of this light is of infinite abundance, the rays forever illuminate. The closer you get to the center of this thought system, the clearer and brighter the light becomes.
On the other hand, the more you get caught up in the web of the ego’s tangled thought system which weaves a veil obscuring the light, the more unsettled and indecisive the dark shadows seem to be due to lack of light.
The lack becomes less and less a lack and even the slightest spark or little flicker is enough to shed some light into your dreaming state of mind.
By holding the light to the darkness, you can see your way to a potential starting point to living your true free will.
Yes, some of us may just need enough light to approach the starting point, where others will need encouragement to continue their already taken steps to freedom.
Take an honest look at the way you’ve been traveling thus far.
The one and only Truth will support you as solid as rock and give you confidence for the journey.
Truth is the Oneness that you comfortably and securely are and does not pull you in different directions, which illusion is so capable of.
Did you make up the many reasons for the many directions of illusion that presents you with the confusion over reality?
Did you make yourself, or were you created by an extension of Thought Whose Idea has come—a ray of light.
When you are willing to see your inner reality with Divine Light as being of God, then so will the world around you see themselves the same, because we are a part of each other.
We will come to know the ego’s foundation as too fragmented, and fragile, and cracked apart for the required support necessary, to not only have a successful life here on earth, but with the relationships that support our purpose and match this success.
Even when we slip from time to time through the cracks and seem lost, it will be okay, because the light will shine into the tiniest of crevices you’d ever imagine.
Leo Tolstoy has written, “Each time of life has its own kind of love.” Begin seeing that the Lamp of your unseparated mind is always lit—and that illumination is what you and I are.
It is our true reality and pulls us through the cracks with each other’s help. We can say that God leaves the porch light on.
(I must also include here another related article about: our inner Light and real Consciousness, and just how cray circumstances at time approach us.)