For years, many philosophers and spiritualists have revealed that we live in an illusion. I agree with this ideology. However, I believe 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 Expectation
We always think that everybody must be the way we expect them to be, and we hate it when people don’t behave as we want. We fail to realize that we’ll live peacefully with other folks when we learn to embrace their flaws.
2. The Illusion of Attachment
The illusion of attachment 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 define us. This illusion leads to the rise of the ego. The ego does not listen to new ideas, it thinks it’s right and everybody is wrong. Eliminate the ego by dropping the illusion of attachment.
3. The Illusion of Immortality
Today, it never occurs to us that we are mortal beings as our lives are not guaranteed. This illusion of immortality prevents us from treasuring every moment of life because it makes us forget that life is short and death can occur at any moment.
4. The Illusion of Achievement
Most of us have the illusion of achievement. 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 achievement. 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 achievement and realize that life is a series of tests which you have the ability to overcome.
5. The Illusion of Disunion
The biggest illusion is that of disunion. We think that we are separate from God and his creation. We fail to realize that the creation itself is God.
There is no separation 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 disunion 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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The Problem with the Christian Concept of God
The Biblical God, ‘was a God of wrath and vengeance sitting over the world. This God demanded an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and only the blind unquestioning, and complete obedience of his creation satisfied this universal autocrat.’ – Manly P. Hall: The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones.
Born in a Christian family, I loved reading the Bible and watching Biblical films – that my mum bought– because I wanted to understand how God works. My interest in the Christian God resulted in me earning an A in Christian Religious Education (CRE), a subject that claimed to expose God’s revelations.
However, I started doubting the Christian God after studying ancient spiritual philosophy and embracing deep thinking. I realized that whatever created the world is a mysterious, impersonal, unknowable force, and therefore, the knowable Christian God was created by the religious leaders of the Christian age.
These leaders believed God behaved like man, and thus created an egotistical God (If you’ve read the Bible, I believe you’ve noticed how the Christian God possesses egoic behavior).
This God forces people to worship him and becomes angry when people worship other gods.
For instance, in Exodus 20, he becomes mad when the Israelites bow down to an idol, for he tells Moses, ‘I have seen these people, and they are stiff-necked people. Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them.’ Besides this, he promises to throw those who don’t obey him in eternal fire.
He also refers to those who worship him as ‘his chosen ones’, and orders the killing of anyone who attacks these folks. For instance, he orders Saul to eradicate Amalek, an enemy of Israel. According to Samuel 15, he says, ‘Go now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and assess.’
Besides being egotistical, another problem I noticed, is that the Christian God lives far away from the earth. He dwells in heaven while we dwell on the earth. This concept of God is responsible for the belief that God is separate from man. It has made people believe they are servants of God, rather than part of him.
Many Christians will be offended by this post, but I don’t care because I’m writing the TRUTH, which will eventually set us free. My Christian readers must know that their concept of God is man-made, and it was created by egoic men who claimed to be spiritual.
The true God, our Creator, is unknowable as Hermes Trismegistus, the wisest man ever, claimed, ‘God is Spirit, which in itself is unknowable and undefinable, but which may be considered and thought of us an Infinite Mind.’
No one, including ancient spiritual masters, could define God, and no one will ever know where he came from, what he is, and how he created us. We might only know his principles by studying nature, but we’ll never know he’s personality because we have limited minds. However, we might fully know him when we die because after death, our souls might dissolve into his consciousness.
Peace Be With You
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Is There an Afterlife?
I’ve always doubted the idea of an afterlife because I compared death to sleep. However, my beliefs about the afterlife changed after studying ancient cultures and modern religion.
I realized that most ancient cultures, for instance, the Africans, Arabians, and Greeks, believed in an afterlife despite living far apart.
The Greeks believed the soul survived death and went to Hades. Moreover, they believed good Greeks enjoyed life after death while evil Greeks were tormented.’ Also, all African cultures believed their ancestors’ spirits survived death, and they regularly poured libation to them. Some African cultures even performed burial ceremonies and rituals that ensured their beloved ones traveled safely to the spirit world.
Besides ancient cultures, modern religions believe in life after death. For instance, both Muslims and Christians believe we survive death, and our current actions determine our experience after death. As well, Buddhists believe in the afterlife because death only leads to the end of the body, but not the spirit. They believe that an individual can be reborn after death.
With that in mind, can it be possible that an afterlife doesn’t exist considering that ancient cultures living far away from each other believed in life after death? Did religions and ancient cultures make up the idea of life after death?
I believe the intuitive abilities of ancient/deeply religious folks allowed them to realize the existence of an afterlife, and I support them because I recently discovered that we have a spirit-self besides our egoic and physical self. I think death only eradicates the physical and egoic-self but fails to eliminate the spirit-self.
Also, the fact that we are energy beings forces me to support the idea of an afterlife because as Einstein said, ‘Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.’ Maybe we survive death because it only alters our form by turning us into pure spiritual entities without a body.
Furthermore, my belief in the spirit world forces me to support life after death because this world allows souls to experience life without a human body.
Anyway, we’ll never know if an afterlife truly exists. But we must strive to live life to the fullest because, if life after death exists, we might regret failing to live up to our full potential. Maybe our eyes will open when we die, and we’ll realize that we stressed over trivial things instead of enjoying life in a magical and blessed world.
Peace Be With You
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