Life is a dream—for some a nightmare.
Real spiritual experiences always increase our joy. This is partly because true spiritual experiences always involve an element of greater inclusion, expansion, and connectedness.
It is a sad and tragic commentary that dualistic religions (religions still caught in the trap of ego mind and its fixation on good 和 evil) have been the cause of so much pain and discord, each one believing they somehow represent “God’s Will.” The fact that there are 50,000 different denominations in the Christian world alone, each with their own interpretation of “God’s word,” should tell you something about human thought-based perception as a means of maintaining separation and egoic specialness.
History tells the story. Religion, a human invention, tends to separate people into “believers” and “non-believers,” despite many creeds and injunctions that altruistically suggest otherwise. Upon truly awakening, many people naturally drift away from the spiritual kindergarten of religion. This is not to say that someone can’t have a genuine spiritual experience within a religious context.
Religion Does Not Guarantee A Spiritual Experience
Spirit is not limited by any time or circumstance at all! For some, a religious context may offer the ideal environment for their emerging spirituality. But religion itself does not guarantee a spiritual experience or connection.
The arrogance of dominating hierarchies, of dogmatic separation and “holy wars”, is a sure clue that the ego is in the mix, as only ego is invested in hierarchies that separate rather than join. You can inherit a religion like you can an accent or hair color, but your spirituality is entirely up to you!
Sadly, many religions become happy havens for the ego and offer institutional support for propagating fear, intolerance, anger, and even war. If you doubt this last statement, have you seen the evening news lately?
The only way this could make any sense is if somehow this dualistic “god” of religion was not the true God of Unconditional love, but instead the projection of collective ego tortured by its own inner divisions. If the conflicted ego is your god, then I suppose you would be justified in worshipping a god of fear who wages wars to punish “sinners” and “evildoers”—basically those who don’t agree with our interpretation of truth and thus pose a threat.
Religious Dogma: The Cause Of Much Suffering And Division
I have touched on only one aspect of the insanity of the world here. No matter where you look in the man-made world of madness, you will find the same glaring inconsistencies, and the cause of much suffering and division in the commonly held thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs of many as held in our institutions and unquestioned historical patterns.
If anything today challenges the deeply revered “myth of progress,” I would say that the tenacious hold of pre-literate and dualistic religious dogmas on society proves that we are still, in many ways, in the clutch, if not the shadow, of the Dark Ages.
Is The Movie Over Yet?
This brings us to the question of “ending the drama.” How do we solve the problems of this mess of a world on the brink of self-destruction and oblivion? I will not even consider offering political, economic, or philosophical solutions from the same level of mind that created the problem. Most “solutions” in the world today simply do not work because they are only addressing the effects of a deeper, hidden cause of our woes.
As in our symptom-suppressing disease care system, Band-Aids can only cover up symptoms; they cannot address root causes. I’m just going to say it: Solutions for the problems of the world and your life do not lie in “fixing” anything, but rather in recognizing the world has no more reality than a dream and is thus not real at all!
This statement definitely strikes at the heart of the ego’s thought system, which we grew up with and accept without question. The ego’s version of you and the world, as convincing as it may be, is essentially limited to the realm of sensory input and conditioning from others who likewise are limited to a conditioned material orientation. Just because the majority of people around us think and feel the same way does not make the consensus viewpoint right.
The part of you that chafes at the notion that there is no world is the part that may unconsciously suspect it is true . . . and if it is true, then the whole house of cards built up by our belief in ourselves as separate and independent egos could come tumbling down. To this I say “Great!” That belief system is going to come down sooner or later anyway, as any structure started in time will end in time. The idea that time-based structures are by necessity temporary is a basic tenet of Buddhism, a largely non-dual thought system.
We Are Living In An Illusionary World?
“Where does the suspicion that we live only in dreams exist?” you may ask. Remember that spark within? The fact that the world is an illusion is one of its key messages, and this realization is a crucial step in your awakening.
I am happy to tell you that the illusion is not only “unreal” but also destined to evaporate back into the nothingness from which it arose. It is just a matter of time.
How can I be so confident? It’s simple, really. Any belief or thought system based on error must eventually implode, because errors have absolutely no foundation or reality in and of themselves. Only truth is true. Only what is true is real. All the rest is simply nothing—even an error that is held so deeply and dearly by the part of the mind invested in separation.
What is this error? It is simply our belief in the possibility of separation from our Source and hence from our True Self and each other. As we recover from all our illusions of separation, even the distinction between Source, Self, and others must yield to the Oneness, which has never changed, remaining as it always has been.
However, the mind begs to argue. One cannot maintain a dualistic perspective without the presence of the opposite point of view. This is not a criticism or judgment—it is simply an observation.
自我爱的复杂性，因为有更多的复杂性来比较混乱，并最终放弃的东西，我们相信是我们无法把握。 然而，自我，作为基于虚幻一个结构，只能得出结论疯狂。 只要它的运作，自我是使用来自我们仍然之一，它想象分离是完全没有意义的简单，显而易见的事实来分散雾里看花的高手。
小我的最大的恐惧在于，一旦你醒来，你会发现（取得真正的）的事实，你不再需要一个自我。 作为一个有限的，自包含的，和自我持续的计划，自我有没有单一的删除按钮，像一个讨厌的电脑病毒。 它是由头脑的另一部分，则一部分 is 实，创建并经常推送按钮，直到作业完成，该病毒被淘汰为好。
生活的“游戏”的构造方式似乎倾斜朝向自我的生存。 毕竟，我们做了自我，我们神圣的共同创造者。 什么我们做什么，我们做的非常好！ 二元思维系统在其自己的操作系统里面不透气。 换句话说，这样的非二元性的“替代”的思想使得系统完全没有了自我的思维体系中感，因此容易被打折扣，如果不敢妄言嘲笑和诋毁。
这就是为什么听证会“这个世界是一个幻想”可以带来的愤怒和恐惧的一些。 这也是为什么它是不明智试图说服违背其意愿的任何人。 相反，觉醒的人只是认识那里的自我是从哪里来的，并赋予它没有任何权力撼动精神的真理的坚如磐石的基础。 我们原谅，这意味着忽略了不可能的，并选择了冲突的和平。
我一直觉得，如果有这样的事，作为普遍的真理，那么它是非常简单和方便（它是！）。 毕竟，我们大多数人都基本上是简单的生命，一旦我们摒弃虚假的复杂性自我的外观。 事实上，今天地球上的大多数人不处理与同级别的复杂性困扰的文明（读：“citified”）的先进技术，但精神上的贫困人民的世界。 因为他们已经几千年，大多数人都只是参与了生存和支持他们的家庭的日常的日常事务和亲人竭尽所能。
如果说人类自我的戏剧世界是不是在我们的信任和我们自己的感觉信心面对真正的苍蝇。 现代科学方法是建立在什么可以看到和测量的基础是真实的; 所有的休息是不是真实的（或至多可疑可疑！）。 作为现实的最后仲裁者在我们的感官这种盲目的信任充其量是站不住脚的，可笑的在最坏的情况，尤其是当你考虑如何严格限制，因此不可靠我们的感觉还真是！
平坦的世界和最近的地心宇宙是基于感官的逻辑既坚定的信念。 这是我们的身体在太空中提供了一些分离的小我的信条是普遍的和不可逆转的最有力的支持分离的感官知觉。 然而，做我们的感觉真的有意义呢？
不同的感觉器官昆虫存在于一个完全不同的世界。 这世界是真实的，你的还是大黄蜂“？ 归于最终和独特的意义，基于一个物种的感觉器官一个宇宙是可悲的还原，而且最重要的是降低了你和你的创意，无限的心灵有条件地栽培的神经回路的肿块。
心理学家知道，即使感官知觉可以期望和偏见，当证人往往证明在法庭上不同的同一事件的叙述中介导的。 如果真正的现实的一个条件是，它必须是一致的，不变随着时间的推移，那么我们可以说，无论是多变没有资格作为真正的本质。 如果事情在我们的世界能够与意见或希望看到的东西不同的翻转变化，是什么，我们实际上是“真实”的感觉呢？
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