Friday, 26 February 2016

There is no Illusion

Hi Ray
So I watched episode 1 of the Brain show on BBC. I then taught a mindfulness group about judgment versus discernment. However, two strong questions emerged from the groups.
1.Given how much of reality we project from a template in our brains, can we ever really know true reality?
2. Where does morality come in if our perceptions are so intrinsically biased? Is there such a thing as right and wrong or are these always figments of our perceptions?

1. The only true reality I am aware of is consciousness and until that is seen all we have to go on is whatever is encoded and projected from our brain. If somehow this projection of our brain were to become more accurate and truthful this would result in for instance the understanding that symbols, words, language, beliefs, and memory being inaccurate and ultimately false or non existent become what they actually are - non existent. These words I am using cannot convey the power of the meaning of what I am saying, but this is realisable and the whole of reality is using every means possible to bring about this understanding. It is in the hands of infinite intelligence and again the more we are aware of and trust in that intelligence the deeper our understanding becomes. Knowing that we cannot know reality from the perspective of the brains projection is what finally does the trick, so this is not about knowing reality it is not knowing reality and the realisation that within the brains projections it can never be know.

2. Morality is whatever you believe it to be this leaves the possibility of infinite ways of getting it wrong. Morality is not so much about right and wrong it is about what is most effective in reaching our true purpose. Negative thoughts, intentions or actions take us in the opposite direction to our true purpose because the result of negativity is always the creation of a reality in which we become  more and more lost in the desires inherent in that wrong direction. As I have said before one of the most important principles to understand is the difference between the absence of free will and the knowledge that we are absolutely responsible for everything, even from the wrong understanding of morality. In the relationship between you and the world the only thing you can be sure of is that whatever you do or think carries with it a consequence. The consequence cannot be uncreated once it has been created it can only be lived through and learned from. All life operates from the same rules in relation to responsibility. It seems that it is only in humans that the debate about free will exists and because for most humans reality is based on their false view that they have free will they have to go through the process of finding out this belief is false.
Morality based on the understanding that negativity of any kind takes us in the wrong direction so morality free of any negatives would be like signposts pointing towards the right direction, it is only in this sense that right and wrong exist. It can be assumed that consciousness is entirely free of negatives and positives.

Thanks Ray. That is immensely helpful. 
Point 2 I still feel stuck on. 'Negative thoughts, intentions or actions take us in the opposite direction to our true purpose because the result of negativity is always the creation of a reality in which we become  more and more lost in the desires inherent in that wrong direction. '

What do you define as 'negative'? Is it possible to define ‘negative' in this context without getting caught in a circular argument?

Hi Louis,
 I define negative as non existent. In Sanskrit it is said that there is no illusion, negatives being non existent and therefore illusion do not exist except for the one who imagines they do.


  1. Can anyone explain to me what is meant by NO BELIEF IS TRUE ( isn't everything we know a belief expect I AM/ consciousness ) From Jed McKenna books and I have hard time understanding it, please explain and give un example.

  2. Hi Muri
    To understand why no belief is true it is necessary to understand the word belief. One definition of this word I have come across that is useful is - belief is that which we make palatable to ourselves. Palatable means like or prefer so all beliefs are things that we like or prefer. This means that we can like or prefer anything, reason or sanity are not required we just have to want to believe what we believe. As well as the meaning of the word belief there is the question of why we prefer to believe what we do. If you look at this question carefully it will be seen that we believe what we believe because we perceive an advantage to do so. None of this really matters in the end a belief either works (does not cause suffering) or not. It can take many years to find this out because we have a tendency to like our beliefs and therefore tend to hold on to them. There is a very complex system at work here in which meaning and physical sensation work together to create something that seems absolutely real like when we are angry or sad or any other emotion. When we are angry we are completely convinced that we are justified in feeling this but the true reason we are angry is that something has happened that does not conform to our belief. A useful guide is if a belief involves a negative of any kind in terms of feeling or meaning then it is false. Some beliefs are useful and this means that ultimately they are still not true but nevertheless may be useful for now, these things may change. The only thing that does not change is consciousness but until that is seen we are dependent on beliefs which may or may not be true or may or may not be useful. Hope this helps.