Awaken Conscious Creation!
by Tom Razzeto
© Copyright 2007 - Tom Razzeto
Is our physical world the "totality of reality" or is it just "part of the picture"?
Many of us have heard people say, "The world is an illusion". Why would anyone say that? (Knock, knock, knock on a solid table.) It sure seems real to me! What evidence do they have? Why would anyone believe them? Why would anyone even listen to them? And what could they possibly mean by it?
Well, I suspect that people who have had near-death experiences or out-of-body experiences might have been saying something like this for thousands of years. I'll talk more about that later but right now, let's focus on what they might mean by saying that the world is an illusion.
Our modern society frequently thinks that if something is said to be an illusion that it is completely not real. No reality to it at all. Nothing. But consider a stage magician. He is a master illusionist. Many of us have seen the magic trick where he puts his assistant in a big box and cuts her in half with a saw. What we see is real. There really is a box, a saw etc etc. But we are not seeing the whole picture. We don't see that there is another person hiding in the box who makes up the other half of the assistant and creates the illusion of one person cut into two pieces.
So I think that a good definition of an illusion is something whose true reality is greater than or different from what we first think. The dictionary says that an illusion is a mistaken idea, a misleading image. So, in a funny way, it can be said that an illusion is real. Yes, it has a reality to it. It's just that that reality is different from what it at first seems.
In this example, it is important to note that our physical senses are doing their jobs perfectly. We are accurately seeing the head and feet sticking out of the box. But we are making a mistake if we think that the feet that we see are the feet of the assistant and that false assumption leads to the incorrect conclusion that the assistant was cut in half. That idea is completely false but our raw perception is accurate. Once we see the bigger picture, we are no longer confused or tricked by the illusion. The incomplete picture can lead to the wrong conclusion.
So is there really more to the physical world than that revealed by the physical senses? What is the true nature of reality? What role do we play in it? To what extent do we have freewill? To what degree do we control our life? What is the big picture?
Right now, let's take a look at the first question: Is the physical world just part of the picture? Is there more to it?
As I mentioned earlier, I am going to approach this question by talking about OBEs and NDEs, among other things.
So let's conclude this chapter and move on to the next subject.