William Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players...”. This line always shook me to the core. The idea that this entire world is a gigantic divine orchestration, a beautiful sonnet stitched into the fabric of time, is truly an astonishing perspective. When we step out of the depth of the discord and turmoil, we choose to leave the first person perspective and become an observer of time. We play the part, but by consciously choosing to observe with non-attachment, we release fear and the need to feel the weight of what is around us. By being the observer, we can now find a new level of sovereignty and freedom. When this realization takes place, that is the exact moment that the hammer breaks the chains. The illusion is no longer a deciding factor of our reality. We can now escape the dream by joining the dream in harmonious union. We can recognize it for what it is, and choose to play with our reality. This is when we merge with our higher aspects and truly begin the journey. A lot of this path has been recognizing the dream, and then slowly breaking the patterns of belief associated with the dream. This was a heavy concept a first. The idea that this is all an illusion really brought about a level of deep emotional scarring. This is when the truth hit. How can this be an illusion when it feels so real? I think our concept of illusion has been skewed over time. When I think of the word "illusion", I think of a fake magical act. I think of slight of hand, trickery, and deceit. I think of being lied to. But that, once again, is a limited belief that has been stowed upon me by my experience of life. So, I choose to look at it as this, IT'S NOT THAT SERIOUS. THE ILLUSION IS THAT LIFE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS HARD. It's our programming and beliefs that create this discord within us. Our world is set up to keep us in a state of fight or flight. That's how you can easily implant a belief and instill control onto someone, through keeping them in the survival mode. That's when the animalistic tendencies set in, and we have no choice but to shut off our intuitive abilities. We are kept in thought and away from the heart. So, it's a time to bridge the gap between these two realities.
As I am typing up this blog post, my roommate comes into the room, getting extremely upset that he can't find a tool of his. His incessant suffering was induced by the difficulty of his experience. His patterns of belief made it so the outcome would be long, trudging his way to find this one tool he needed. As soon as I asked him what's up and he released this belief by expressing his frustration, he opens up one tool box and the tool is sitting RIGHT THERE. It wasn't that hard, but his mind had predetermined the outcome. He had a conscious decision right then and there, to just give up on finding the tool and resign to the miserable suffering of life. To never try again as the fated existence he knew would just lead to a tragic end. But, his persistence paid off.
Now, I know this is just a tool, but it's so much more than that. It's the recognition that this illusion doesn't have to be difficult. It's all about our attitude and perspective. I struggle with this EVERY SINGLE DAY. I wake up going, "Damnit, I'm still here." I make it a pact with myself every morning to suffer. Do I want to? No... It's engrained in my belief system. As soon as I smile and laugh a little bit, I notice the day get easier. I notice my mood shift, and so does my reality. Everyone is smiling, everyone is dancing, everyone is living in the magic. That's how powerful our minds are. The eyes we choose to see with will reflect the I's we embody. Vice versa as well... The I's that I choose to embody will reflect the eye's I choose to see with.
So, this illusion is not driven by some external force. Rather, it is governed by my internal condition. Every person in my reality is a fractal of a subconscious belief that is reflecting back to me. That means, that every character on the stage is showing me exactly what I need to see about myself. This thinking can seem awfully grandiose, especially living with a mental health diagnosis that has grandiose delusions as a symptom of a manic episode. Not to get too conspiracy theory, but it's almost as if my thought process is set up to be a "problem" in the eyes of certain structures and forms of thought. Certain philosophies and doctrines have set me up for failure in the eyes of societal views. So, this is where we press onward toward self discovery and self empowerment. We consciously choose to detach from the inherent suffering induced by our reflection, become the observer, and change our internal condition to adjust our external reality.
We now become an active player in the game, yet we've discovered the source code and choose to rewrite our program. This is when the shift begins...
I truly believe our reality is much more complex than that. But this is a great starting point to truly innerstand what is going on. Funny that this idea isn't a new thought. This philosophy has been around for a very long time. Us "New Agers" aren't really that new, are we? We're more "Rediscovery Agers". Seeking truth that has been hidden in time, casted out by many, and brought back to the light once again to prevail. And so it is, and always will be...