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The Five Illusions of Man

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Many philosophers and spiritualists have revealed that we live in an illusion. An illusion is something which is mistaken with reality.

I agree that we live in an illusion. However, this illusion is founded by the following smaller illusions which prevent us from reaching spiritual maturity and living a happy life.

1. The Illusion of Projection
We always believe that people must be the way we expect them to be. Therefore, we hate it when people do not fulfill our expectations. We fail to realize that everybody is unique and that unconditional love occurs when we accept people for who they are. An example of projection is when children expect their parents to behave as they like, and parents force children to do what they think is right.

Another example of projection occurs when men believe that women must know how to cook and care for children, while women believe that men must have qualities such as strength, wealth, and courage. These ideas often lead to conflicts and disagreements in marriage. Therefore, to avoid conflict and to live a life full of love, you must drop the illusion of projection.

2. The Illusion of Identification
The illusion of identification occurs when we think that we are one with our material wealth. It also occurs when we trust that our skills, academic qualifications, and achievements are what define us. This illusion leads to the rise of the ego, which is the cause of many broken relationships and business failures.

The ego does not listen to new ideas, it thinks it’s right and everybody is wrong. Drop the ego by disclaiming the illusion of identification.

3. The Illusion of Invincibility
The illusion of invincibility makes us believe that we will live forever. Invincibility is an illusion that prevents us from taking risks and enjoying every moment of life because it makes us believe that we will be here for a long time. Are you ever conscious of the fact that you will die?

Spiritual teachers and successful people such as Steve Jobs encourage us to remember that we will one day die because being death conscious enables you to celebrate life by enjoying every moment life offers.

4. The Illusion of Attainment
Most of us have the illusion of attainment. We believe that there will be a day when we will become blissful or worry-free because we will not have problems in our lives.

However, no matter how much wealth you attain, you will still face problems. Even prayer does not keep problems away. Instead, it guides us through them.

Many people become successful and commit suicide because they had the illusion of attainment. They thought that having wealth will remove all their problems, but to their surprise, they found out that they had more problems to solve after being successful. Therefore, drop the illusion of attainment and realize that life is a series of tests which you have the ability to overcome.

5. The Illusion of Separation
The biggest illusion is that of separation. We think that we are separate from God and his creation. We fail to realize that the creation itself is God.

There is no distinction between God and the creation. God manifests himself through his creation. Therefore, we are all one with God and other men. You cannot live in this world alone. You need people. We feel sad when people lose their loved ones because we also feel the pain, and this is because we are one.

Furthermore, we are one with The Creator because life itself is God, and without God, we cannot live. Therefore, drop the illusion of separation by realizing that God is not far away. Instead, he is near you, he is in you and you in him.

Have a good day.

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10 Comments

  1. Sarah

    January 11, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I love this.

    • Isaac Wechuli

      January 12, 2018 at 3:10 am

      Its true..but the illusions are many…The five ones are just the major ones (In my opinion)

  2. charly

    January 13, 2018 at 6:36 am

    the truth being told by the african child …i love it

  3. Oliver Ahalo

    January 17, 2018 at 3:23 am

    Food for thought. This is a enough therapy to kick start my day!

    • Isaac Wechuli

      January 17, 2018 at 7:05 am

      Thank You so much man. the day always has to start brightly for us to be energetic and enthusiastic in whatever we do

  4. Ranjit Rajput

    January 26, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Nice Post..

  5. AKSHIT MUNDHRA

    February 22, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    nice article

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The Happiness Lie, and How the Pursuit of Happiness Benefits the Elite

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Happiness occurs when we have pleasant emotions because our life is happening the way we want.

Most of us think we are entitled to be happy all the time. However, achieving a constant state of happiness is impossible because usually, life doesn’t happen exactly the way we want. Things we don’t like often pop into our lives every now and then. For this reason, I think the only place you can achieve a constant state of happiness is ‘heaven.’

We have been conditioned to believe that we came into this world to be happy and that our main purpose in life is to pursue happiness. This is A LIE folks. Look around you, study history, and you’ll realize that THE CREATOR never brought us here to be constantly happy. Instead, The Creator brought us here to surmount all obstacles, and grow into our full potential.

The idea that we came here to be happy has been sold to us by the elite so that we constantly chase happiness. The elite hugely benefit when we chase happiness because this pursuit results in consumerism.

Today, we excessively buy material things because we believe they can make us happy, and as a result, the elite make huge profits because they own a large percentage of the companies in the world.

Besides making us spenders, the pursuit of happiness also benefits the elite because it prevents us from discovering our true nature. The elite know that they won’t manage to control us if we discover who we truly are. Therefore, they make us so obsessed with chasing happiness that we never care about knowing ourselves.

They make us focus on useless ideas, such as ‘my life is better because I am happier than you.’ For this reason, we take stupid selfies and post them on social media to prove that we are living happy lives. We have been made to believe that being constantly happy is the main goal of life. This belief has led to drug addiction and depression when we face hardships because we think life is unfair to us since we are not constantly happy.

Little do we know that no one is constantly happy because we were conditioned to be dissatisfied with what we have. For example, we are always happy when we get a job, but after a certain period, we get bored with the repetitive routine that we can’t wait to be out of our offices. Also, we are always happy when we buy something. However, after a certain period, we become used to it and start looking for other things to buy.

With this in mind, it is impossible for us to achieve a constant state of happiness because it’s our nature to be constantly dissatisfied so that we pursue growth. As Mark Manson puts it in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,We have evolved to always live with a certain degree of dissatisfaction and insecurity because it’s the mildly dissatisfied and insecure creature that’s going to do the most work to innovate and survive.’

That being said, understand that it’s okay to be unhappy and never ever pursue a constant state of happiness because it’s impossible to achieve it. Instead, pursue a meaningful life which comes only when you are brave enough to be authentic.

‘You feel separate from happiness and believe that you need to achieve something first to become happy. Then you start pursuing happiness and going after things the world told you will make you happy. But they never do. At the end of your life, you will realize that the pursuit of happiness was a lie.’ – Positivelypositive

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Top 3 Misconceptions about Optimism That Make Us Give Up on Optimism and/or Believe It Doesn’t Work

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Today, we strive to achieve an optimistic state of mind because many influential individuals and spiritual leaders advise us to be optimistic. Besides this, we practice optimism because we are aware of its advantages. However, most of us give up on optimism and believe it doesn’t work because of the following wrong beliefs we have about it.

We Believe:

  1. Optimism automatically makes an individual successful

The self-help industry has made people believe they can attract success by simply meditating on a bright future. For this reason, many individuals practice optimism without putting in the effort, and they give up on optimism and conclude that it doesn’t work when they don’t attract success after a certain period. Little do they know that optimism takes long to attract success, and it only attracts success if accompanied by many years of hard work.

I believe the main purpose for optimism on the road to success, is to enable an individual to keep working despite the number of obstacles he/she faces.

  1. Bad things don’t happen to optimistic people

People believe that only good things will happen to them if they practice optimism, and for this reason, they give up on optimism and believe it doesn’t work, when bad things happen to them while practicing optimism. I think motivational speakers must constantly remind people that optimism doesn’t prevent bad things from happening.

The main purpose of optimism is to enable you to persevere through hardships. Optimism enables you to attain inner peace during difficult times because it makes you believe that things will work out for you.

It is easy for a pessimistic person to succumb to depression when things don’t work out because this individual will believe that things will never change. Therefore, the main advantage of optimism over pessimism is that optimism enables a person to maintain a healthy mindset during hardships.

  1. We can immediately attain an optimistic mindset when we decide to do so

Most of us believe that we can immediately attain an optimistic mindset when we decide to be optimistic. We, therefore, give up on optimism when we fail to maintain a constant state of optimism after a few hours/days of trying to be optimistic.

We fail to realize that we must practice positivity for a long time before we attain an optimistic mindset

If you just try to attain an optimistic mindset without practice, you will fall back to pessimism every now and then. Therefore, the only way you can become constantly optimistic is by working on achieving this mindset every day.

Last year, I gave up on optimism because I always succumbed to pessimism after a few minutes of trying to be optimistic. I concluded that optimism is an unreachable state of mind just because I couldn’t maintain it for an hour. I never knew that I must constantly practice optimism for me to attain an optimistic mindset.

This year, I’m trying to be optimistic by trying the ‘optimism challenge.’ In this challenge, you are supposed to avoid worry, complain, or any negative emotion for three weeks. And if you complain or entertain any negative emotions within the three weeks, you will have to start again until you complete three weeks without allowing any negative emotion in your mind.

According to Brian Tracy, the founder of this challenge, something good will happen if you successfully complete the challenge. I welcome you to this challenge, and please let me know if anything good happens to you after continuously staying optimistic for three weeks.

Concluding Remarks

I believe optimism is responsible for making many individuals persevere on the journey to success because it’s easier to keep working if you believe that your hard work will eventually pay. For this reason, we must practice optimism if we want to successfully complete our journey.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence – Helen Keller, American Author

It’s hard to work towards your goals with a pessimistic mindset because you will have to force yourself to work every day. Besides this, a pessimistic mindset will increase your chances of giving up because you’ll believe that your efforts won’t pay off. That being said, embrace optimism, and believe that everything will work out for the best.

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