[Schulz] came to see that the better part of his shyness was really vanity, or self-centeredness. “Shyness is an illusion,” he would say, late in life. “If you get out and do something and talk to people, you don’t have to be shy. Shyness is the overtly self-conscious thinking that you are the only person in the world; that how you look and what you do is of any importance.
Have you ever walked along a beach? You walk towards something in the distance. For the longest while it never seems to get any closer even though you are walking and walking. Then all of a sudden, you are there. You’ve arrived at last. That’s what grief is like. Meanwhile we are running with you in the spray of the surf at the edge of the shore where the sand meets the sea. We are cheering you on.
Throughout our history human beings have conducted and practiced all kinds of rituals and activities with the motivation of obtaining peace. We have fought wars in the name of achieving peace because we are under the illusion that peace is something external, something to be obtained.
In general, it’s not too hard to corrupt an American, mostly a matter of supply to their demand.
Supply should be variegated to encourage the Illusion of Choice. Other than that they’re looking for numbness, so be ready to sedate. Drugs, booze, television, shopping, etc…
Familiarity can provide the misguided illusion of understanding. Assume nothing.
Break an Illusion, and you open the eyes of the intelligent.
GHOSTS IN THE MIND
There are no ghosts among the living
The only real ghosts exist in our minds
So fear not the dead but the living
Because the living can harm but not their ghost
Have you ever seen a dead man risen?
Don’t you see that nobody comes from the grave?
It’s because the dead are nice to each other
Even the vilest repent, and are kind to their neighbors
Each one content with the land of their lying
If you believe that you are not omnipresent, omniscient, and ultimately omnipotent, then you are deluded.
To say ‘I’ where I’ is not – is the greatest illusory attachment (raag).
Some people are magic, and others are just the illusion of it.