Manual for Teachers: Section 8 . . HOW CAN PERCEPTION OF ORDER OF DIFFICULTIES BE AVOIDED? . . . . . . . . . . page 24 paragraph 2

Section 8

HOW CAN PERCEPTION OF ORDER OF DIFFICULTIES BE AVOIDED?

page 24, paragraph 2

HOW CAN PERCEPTION OF ORDER OF DIFFICULTIES BE AVOIDED?

HOW CAN PERCEPTION OF ORDER OF DIFFICULTIES BE AVOIDED?

HOW CAN PERCEPTION OF ORDER OF DIFFICULTIES BE AVOIDED?

2 Illusions are always illusions of differences. 2How could it be otherwise? 3By definition, an illusion is an attempt to make something real that is regarded as of major importance, but is recognized as being untrue. 4The mind therefore seeks to make it true out of its intensity of desire to have it for itself. 5Illusions are travesties of creation; attempts to bring truth to lies. 6Finding truth unacceptable, the mind revolts against truth and gives itself an illusion of victory. 7Finding health a burden, it retreats into feverish dreams. 8And in these dreams the mind is separate, different from other minds, with different interests of its own, and able to gratify its needs at the expense of others.

Separation

4The mind therefore seeks to make it true out of its intensity of desire to have it for itself.”

What do I want that is so intensely desired that an entire world was imagined to satisfy this desire? It seems that the wish was for a separate self, independent of God and my brothers. So what do I gain for efforts? I get to be different, special, and I get my needs met and I get to decide how to do that, all by myself.

I have been watching TV lately after I acquired an Amazon Fire Stick, which gives me a lot more options of the types of shows I can watch. What I have noticed is that I like mysteries. I like them in my books as well. I like to unravel or even watch the mystery unravel.

Distractions

It occurs to me that this mirrors part of the appeal of the world we made. It is filled with mysteries I get to unravel, some as simple as deciding on the brand of toothpaste is best and as urgent as deciding how to deal with a serious problem. In fact, the world presents me with an unending stream of problems for me to solve.

Independence

Sometimes I am the hero and sometimes I am the failure. But it is always me, alone, independently making decisions. I have treasured that independence, that separate, special self.

Imagining Separation

What I have discovered is that it is all a farce. I have never been separate and never been independent. There is no world in which I play out this fantasy. There is only an imagined world seeming to appear in the gap I pretend exists between all things. And even that was dreamed up long ago and is only an ancient memory.

This world of separation was a thought in the mind that existed hardly an instant. I pretend to bring it to life by remembering it and I fool myself into believing I am living in it, all so that I can act as if I am a separate self, making plans and deciding on my own and making things happen. What a goof I am. I used to think this was my superpower. Now I think my superpower is my ability to awaken from this soured dream of separation.

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