It’s still pretty quiet, but way under the radar of mainstream media, some fascinating news is percolating.
Turns out that this world is an illusion … and science continues to experiment with it, while the media are finally reporting on it a little more frequently.
Here is one excellent recent example:
For goodness sakes, if Business Insider and Bank of America are talking about it, we’re finally getting somewhere!
And also this:
Awesome. We are finally catching up to what Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr and other brilliant minds figured out a century ago … and what all the prophets either taught or suggested … that the world is not what we think it is!
To wit, here’s an excerpt from chapter 13 of New Eyes: A Unifying Vision of Science and Spirituality …
“The distinction between past, present and future is
only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
– Albert Einstein
“Everything we call real is made of things
that cannot be regarded as real.”
– Niels Bohr
Reality as we think we know it … is not real!
The fact that the world is all energy makes it an illusion, which means that you are vulnerable to believing it is something other than what it is. In spiritual terms, believing the world to be physical means you are sleeping. When you are asleep, you believe yourself to be an egoic avatar in the dream world instead of the consciousness or soul that manifests it.
All of the major religious traditions agree on this.
The man Siddhartha Gautama became known as the ‘Buddha’ upon his enlightenment. In Pali, an old language from India, the word Buddha means ‘awakened’ or ‘to awaken.’
Awaken from what? The life dream we are experiencing.
“The world, indeed, is like a dream and the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage. Like the apparent distances in a picture, things have no reality in themselves, but they are like heat haze.”
A mirage seems to exist, but it does not.
In Hindusim the world is maya, which in Sanskrit means illusion, as physical life conceals the nature of spiritual life. As such, we are in danger of misinterpreting the dream world as true reality. Similarly, in Kabbalah the world is a dream state in the infinite mind of the creator.
Christian teachings, when understood in the proper illusory light, are very illuminating on this concept as well.
The Bible gets to it early, in Genesis 2:21, when “the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep.” The Bible never mentions Adam waking up. It’s a long book, you would think that would be mentioned somewhere, unless it is deliberately making the point that mankind is still sleeping. (Which it is.)
Then there is this classic snoozing reference in Luke 22. The night before Jesus was crucified he went to the Mount of Olives to pray and he asked his disciples to do the same. He went for a while by himself to pray and when he returned, the disciples had fallen asleep.
Now, if you are a disciple and Jesus himself asks you to pray, do you instead hit the hay? Of course you don’t. You pray feverishly and repeatedly until he returns and tells you to stop. But Luke 22:45 says that Jesus came back to the disciples “and found them sleeping for sorrow.”
Do you sleep well when emotionally anguished? The disciples had just shared a Last Supper with their leader, who was preparing to die the next day … you would think they might be pacing around and wringing their hands for sorrow, not sleeping!
Well, that was what they were doing. They were very worried.
If you focus on the flesh aspect of this world, you are asleep. Jesus wanted the disciples to be thinking spiritually, or wakefully. When he witnessed them pacing and feeling sorrowful over their belief that he was going to die, Jesus thought of them as sleeping spiritually.
In Matthew 26 the story becomes almost comical, if read literally.
First, Jesus “found them sleeping” and said to Peter, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” You can practically visualize Jesus shaking his head at Peter, who was clearly worried about Jesus’s impending death instead of supporting him in the wisdom that he was in fact overcoming death.
Continuing, Jesus left the disciples again, prayed again, returned again and “again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.” That’s right, they had heavy old eyes and could not see straight. (Unless you believe they literally fell asleep again.)
Jesus then left a third time and returned and said to them, “Are you still sleeping?”
Perhaps it’s possible that the men who followed Jesus so passionately kept napping during his hour of need as if they had nothing better to do, but to New Eyes it is clear that the disciples were merely agonizing the fate of Jesus … and thus had slumbering souls. It was a great thing Jesus was doing, something that he expected his followers to understand, yet instead they were fearful.
The ego was awake in them — the soul was asleep.
“This place is a dream, only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”
– Muslim poet Rumi
When you sleep you dream, and in that time and space, it seems like reality. If you have a nightmare and are grieving in it but wake up, you may laugh as nothing actually happened. You were temporarily deceived into believing it was real.
Rumi stated that’s how it is with our reality. If you are asleep to Truth, you think the physical world is real. Things that happen in a dream seem bad at the time, but after awakening … not so much.
“A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion,
does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.”
If you wake up from your sleep and realize your soul is having a physical dream, you no longer suffer. Our physical life is a temporary home, and any peace you achieve from the flesh is a deception.
“The life of this world is but comfort of illusion.”
“Foolish dreamers live in a world of illusion.”
– Proverbs 14:18, The Message Bible
“You are from below; I am from above.
You are of this world; I am not of this world.”
– Jesus, in John 8:23
Jesus was speaking as Christ, anointed with the Holy Spirit and beyond the flesh-obsessed ego world, aware that this place is just a dream. He was above it, fully awakened.