Illusion Busting

Take a quick glance at the photograph below.

Photograph of illusion.

Is this a case of a wardrobe malfunction or indecent exposure?  😲
Careful now. It might just be an ILLUSION.   😂

The picture above is a perfect example of something “illusory.” You tend to see something that is not so. You definitely might see something shockingly unbelievable or unreal at first glance. But it is nothing that a good quick second look cannot rectify in perception. See how the visual sense of the eyes can fool you at first glance. 😀

It is the same thing for our human perception of life and the world around us: We need to always take an introspective or reflective “hard” second look (pun not intended), sometimes as many as a third, fourth, etc. time, just to discern the truth in what we believe we are perceiving. It can be difficult, almost frustrating in many instances, but the spiritual discernment that results from the mental exercise and effort are worthwhile. 😊

In Roman Catholic religious teaching, this has been called an “examination of conscience” (consciousness, actually) as part of the sacrament of Penance (now progressively called Reconciliation). The process forces us to inquire into and ferret out the errors or mistakes in our thinking processes (our so-called sins against God) we have made and entertain in the mind, that support and reinforce the belief (sense) that we are separate and apart from God.

It is a very good spiritual exercise to perform regularly so that we can come to realize the many erroneous beliefs that we have been carrying with us as part of our burdened humanity. Once realized, we acquire spiritual discernment over that aspect of spiritual truth, and then we can release and let go those toxic beliefs. We open the soul to God’s healing from within every time we die to one of those erroneous beliefs. 🤔

Spiritual discernment brings with it an increased sense of freedom in the Spirit and more liberation from the human condition. As the Master Yeshua declared:

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
(The Gospel According to John 8:32, HCSB)

But first things first. Get a good second look at what the world show production (what Yeshua referred to in his teachings as the prince of this world or mammon) is presenting before you, whether it be about you personally or your life, or the world you live in. The first glance is always deceiving. 🙄

However, once you see through the deception — the “illusoriness” of this world — you are on the way to “knowing the truth” by which you will be set free. This is “mindfulness” at its truest sense — to become aware of the emptiness of the material sense or the human-based sense perception of the world. (Click here for more illusoriness caught on film. Acknowledgements go to the Sunday Express for the use of the photograph image used in this blog.) 🤭

Be an illusion-buster. It’s a game played by life. Remember, it’s not what you think it is. Have fun! 😉

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2 Responses to Illusion Busting

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