Clarifying Illusion

By Sarah Petty L. Ac., Dipl. Ac. on July 11th, 2012

The Sun in Drag

You are the sun in drag.
You are God hiding from yourself.
Remove all the “mine” – that is the veil.
Why ever worry about
Anything?
Listen to what your friend Hafiz
Knows for certain:
The appearance of this world
Is a Magi’s brilliant trick, though its affairs are
Nothing into nothing.
You are a divine elephant with amnesia
Trying to live in an ant
Hole.
Sweetheart, O sweetheart
You are God in
Drag!

-Hafiz

Hello All!

Everyone staying cool? I know I’m struggling! It’s HOT! I am just going to give a short offering today. My mind feels like a swamp. It may be on vacation.

So, some of you may think this poem is a little out there-and well, some of you are right. I want to talk about illusion. A lot of eastern spiritual philosophy states that this world is an illusion. Hafiz above talks about this world being a Magi’s brilliant trick, speaking to the illusory quality mentioned in ancient spiritual texts. What are they talking about? I will try to explain this ancient concept relating to this modern world.

illusion |iˈloō zh ən|nouna
false idea or belief : he had no illusions about the trouble she was in.
• a deceptive appearance or impression : the illusion of family togetherness| the tension between illusion and reality.
• a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.

We are human. We live in the world of our complex minds that are always firing off signals to think, feel, react, touch, interpret. There can be an event that effects five people, and each of those people may recall that same event differently. Their experience will be different, their story will be different, and their dealing with it will be different as well. There is the phenomena: It rained the day of my wedding. Then there is story: It rained the day of my wedding because God hates me. Humans are natural story tellers. We entertain, escape, indulge, and we create our world through the stories we tell both in our speaking and in our subconscious. This is one part of the concept of this world being an illusion. Our stories, our memories, the past and future are illusions. As I’ve said before, and as the poem says above, the mind that dwells in illusion keeps us from the truth. We live in a world where we think we are human beings having a spiritual experience, when we are in fact spiritual beings having a human experience (-Ram Dass). The ego (mind) is designed to ensnare you and keep you hostage from the truth that you are filled with the light that is eternal. Listen for a moment. What stories do you tell over and over again? What is your experience telling the story? What is your mood? Does it broaden or narrow your perspective? Is it a big enough story to live in? Does it serve you?

To take this away from the abstract, I’ll give you an old story of mine that I rewrote several years ago now:

Original story: “I grew up in a single parent home with my mother who suffers from Bipolar Disorder. She was mean, nasty and hateful. She would put me down and ice me out. My mother doesn’t love me.”

Current story: “I grew up in a single parent home with my mom who was an incredible example of a strong modern woman. She worked, cooked and took care of me. She was generous, giving me every opportunity in travel and education. My mother loves me very much and growing up, she did the best she could.”

Both stories are true, one is just easier to live in. We create the world we live in everyday. In the time it took me to rewrite that story, I instantly was living in a more positive world, filled with love and appreciation. Take a story and see what edits you can make that will create ease in your body.

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