Siddhartha (Buddha), grew up living the life of a prince within the walls of his father’s kingdom. As a young man, age 29, he ventured out into the world one day, and was distressed as he beheld those in poverty, sickness, and other forms of suffering. He immediately went out, seeking for an answer to what he had seen. His seeking culminated with his experience of enlightenment after meditating under the Bodhi tree, after which he declared simply, that the suffering he had perceived was “illusion”.
Admittedly, the concept of illusion can be confusing as we’ve grown up in the world with our identity bound to this self that functions in the illusion—the physical world. For the most part, we are unaware of ourselves as God created us. This self we know consists of our personality, our body and all our perceptions of people and things as apart from us. That’s a key. The illusion is where we live in our belief we are separate from each other and from God. It is from this “reality” we are taught we need awaken and remember ourselves as God created us—to Remember God. In that remembering we can experience reality that is established in the eternal and that is in alignment with the will of God.
What’s confusing is how real this physical experience seems. The body gets sick or experiences pain and it seems real, with some diseases threatening our very existence. We experience loss or emotional hurt and what we feel seems real and sometimes devastating in its effects. We hold core beliefs such as “no one is there for me” and we believe it to be true as we then have the subsequent experiences of feeling alone with friends and family. Again, most of us grew up believing we are our physical body and the concept of self in the world that we have developed with maturing. In order to know ourselves – to awaken, we have to let these all go and clear a space in our minds where we can be taught and given experiences that demonstrate who we really are.
Looking upon the chaos and suffering of the world we, like Siddhartha, may experience pain upon seeing it. Can we agree that God, Being Love, did not create this world or will that it be thus? How could such suffering come from love? This can be a foundation to strengthening our ability to accept this experience as illusion…a dream. While I learned these concepts back in the 70’s, I’d never worked to undue my beliefs that uphold my experience of life in this world. Before A Course in Miracles and New Thought Churches, I never had the tools for it--nor had I yet studied Transformational Kinesiology (TK) whose purpose is to loosen our beliefs about our identity in the world so we can live as a soul. Holding firm to our beliefs of this world, we will never have more than the ups and downs it can offer. Fortunately, there is great support for our awakening -- both seen and unseen. It offers everything we truly want.