The persistent illusion

Whatever way you cut it, whatever the point of view: physics, spiritual, social, organisational − we are not only connected, but also highly interdependent. The point of view that goes counter to this is that of the ego. Ego creates separation. When we live from the perspective of the ego (as most of us do, most of the time), we divide the universe into two categories: Me (everything inside this bag of skin) and mine (everything that belongs to what’s inside this bag of skin). This gives rise to the bubble in which most of us live, most of the time − the bubble called the “me centred universe”. From…

Connected or separate?

After my recent short post, “I am everything and everything is part of me,” I received many questions  - most requesting clarification. The human spirit yearns for a sense of connection, a sense of meaning and fulfilment. Evolution works against this. From an evolutionary perspective you are a gene transmission machine, the same as any living thing - a plant, a fish, a bacterium, a worm. All of our adaptations are to support this blind process; to survive, in order to reproduce, in order to pass on the genes you carry. The way in which we perceive reality is part of this. We perceive reality not as it is but…

I am part of everything and everything is part of me

Evolution has shaped and twisted your perception to increase the chances of survival of your genes. This creates the illusion of separation - the embodiment of which is the ego. The ego divides our perceptions into two categories: “me” and “not me”. However, your ego is simply the story you tell yourself in response to your treatment by people you never chose. Suffering arises when you cannot see this, when you continue to believe in the illusion of separation. When you are fully connected to the present, when the thoughts stop, the mind is silent and the ego disappears, the illusion of separation also disappears. Then you experience the truth…