What does this mean and how can it apply to you? For this we're going inward. We're thinking about the self, and examining aspects of ourselves to help us beautifully along our spiritual path. Peeling away layers of illusion helps us to feel better in reality, to evolve and grow, and to find happiness and peace.
What Is Truth?
We're on an ongoing journey to approach absolute truth. We want to get closer and closer to the truth if we can. What is the truth exactly? On our spiritual path, as we're peeling away layers of illusion, we're finding ourselves, becoming closer to our true self. But truth is always a relative truth according to what we perceive as truth.
While we're in human form, we can get closer and closer to the truth to some degree. We can't know everything and that's why I say that enlightenment, as a goal that we're trying to get to, is not really achievable in a human lifetime. However, we can get closer and closer. There's so much more in the universe, that as a human being, we can't know.
Awakening is the start of the journey; sweeping realizations that catapult us onto our spiritual path, then the spiritual path stretches away ahead of us throughout our lifetime.
There are layers of perception that make up our personal illusions. One main reason why we're here as a human being on Earth, is to become closer to our infinite self. To become more like our true self in the face of adversity. The catalyst that this human lifetime provides is quite a challenge. Layers of perception make up this illusion, for example, our five physical senses pick up only part of physical reality, most is filtered and canceled out by our brains. So there is much that we don't even see, hear or sense at all. What are we missing out on? We seem only to have access to a part of the truth.
So in this way, we constantly hallucinate reality. Our mind fills in the gaps according to our perceptions, for example, a cat has a much wider hearing range than we do. They pick up sensory inputs that we don't. There are animals that pick up more of the electromagnetic spectrum than us, they sense different frequencies of light that we don't they see.
Our mind fills in gaps according to our perceptions, so more layers of illusion are added. We can peel away layers in the search for absolute truth or get closer to it. Our old beliefs, ones we've picked up throughout our lifetime, especially as children, can be reexamined. We take on the attitudes and beliefs of our family, because children are very impressionable, and they soak up information like sponges.
Layers Of Beliefs
So you might have picked up religious, societal or political beliefs, social beliefs, for example how you treat others or animals, beliefs to do with money or lack of it; there are all kinds of beliefs that we can peel away to help reveal our infinite true self. We may have assimilated all kinds of dogmas and indoctrination, indoctrination into our society. Social media seems to be indoctrinating kids into being very vain and materialistic that's for sure.
Layers Of Trauma
More layers of illusion we've picked up are our past experiences and traumas. Our past experiences go a long way to creating who we are as a person. The way others have treated us, our attitudes, the way that we've treated other people. Our past experiences can cause us to be a confident person or an unconfident person, to have fears and phobias, for example, if we are attacked by a dog as a child we may be fearful of dogs into adulthood unfortunately. The past experiences had with others and with our surroundings and environment, shape very much who we are today and how we feel about ourselves and others.
If we've been in relationships that have been abusive, for example, emotionally abusive, these can reduce our confidence, making us anxious and fearful in many ways, and unable to get close to someone new.
So in peeling away layers of illusion we heal those experiences and traumas from our past, to free us of negative emotion that repeats on us day to day. As we're peeling away layers of illusion we might think about what we identify with. 'Who am I?', 'What groups do I identify with?', 'What material possessions do I identify with?'. These questions bring us to the ego which is a very big topic. This is something from which we want to peel away layers, to reveal the true self at the center.
Layers Of Ego
The ego, in part, represents the beliefs, perceptions, programming and indoctrination we've picked up. All of our perceptions, our self-image, self-esteem, how we perceive ourselves and the world around us; all of it. It's like a great big construct, a tangled web of information that makes us who we are. It's everything about us. When we go inward introspectively, we can examine aspects of the self and peel away those layers to try to figure out if they actually still serve us, if they're still relevant to us, if we want to identify with them, if I am this or that anymore.
This helps free us of much negative emotion because it can remove desires which we think, well actually, I don't desire that anymore. I don't desire that expensive car anymore, I don't desire to become this or that anymore, so we let go of the searching, seeking and trying to get to a place where happiness is supposed to be.
We find happiness is with us here right now, if we let go of some of those things. I'm not saying let go of your aspirations, but some of them you could, if you examine them. You think actually, that's not me. You can peel away those layers that you haven't thought to question before and now that you question them, you find you're freeing yourself.
Layers Of Duality
We can peel away layers of polarity and duality, we can swing one way or swing another. Like swing to the right or swing to the left; 'Which one of those politically am I?'. Wow, maybe the whole system needs an overhaul, maybe I'll just focus on love, peace and understanding; that's a great basis for everything.
So we can question what poles we're leaning towards in this dualistic reality on the path back to oneness. The spiritual path is a path back to oneness, eventually. So this peeling away layers of the self and peeling away the layers of illusion, is all thought, it's all layers of mind. Maybe we haven't thought to question these things before, but now we are, it contributes to revealing our true infinite self.
It's an amazing process, and we're lucky having had a spiritual awakening, that we know that this can be done. It's an ongoing process, you're constantly ever evolving, changing and growing. Our ego always needs a story and some identification, and when we overly identify with something, the search for truth stagnates.
We can ask ourselves a question; 'Is that really me or has that been given to me?', especially with our perceptions, our beliefs, and if we've been told who we are while growing up, told what we should be, and what we should be like. We can ask, 'Is that really me or can I decide to be something else that relates more to my own truth?'
It's a lot about finding your own truth. On the spiritual path, we each have our own truth, it's what feels intuitively right to you. It's important we realize too, that we don't always know the truth, we don't always know for sure. However, it's a great idea to question everything; the beliefs, ideas and concepts that we have taken on.
Here's a useful book to help us to become mindful in order to peel away layers of illusion: Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world.
There's A Lot We Don't Know
Here's a good analogy. Think of someone going into a dark cave wearing a spotlight on their head. The spotlight isn't too bright. The spotlight represents our current level of understanding and awareness, and the cave represents reality. As the person looks around the cave they don't see too much, but their headlamp representing their understanding and awareness, grows brighter and brighter. In that way they can see more and more of the cave, and start to realize just how large the cave is.
That's why I say, the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know. It's also worth remembering, that in the search for an ultimate truth, two people can have the same experiences, they can learn the same things, but perceive those things in completely different ways. That's another reason why I say your truth is your truth. Someone else might find their own truth because their perceptions are different to yours.
Closer To Truth, Less Illusion
So on this path of peeling away layers of illusion to get closer to our true self, we're getting towards a state of beingness, a point of pure awareness, free of all the illusions. We can feel more peace and tranquility, and not be so negatively triggered emotionally day-to-day. We are less controlled by others and the system, freeing our minds.
I recommend to keep reading and learning, using your discernment as to what is true and untrue for you. Begin to formulate your own theories and ideas, and in this way it all goes together in a melting pot and out comes your own wonderful revelations and creative concepts. It helps you to navigate reality without blindly following others or imitating them, and helps you to be far less reactive to other people and situations because you enjoy more inner peace. Self confidence is boosted too.
The truth of our reality at its core is love and understanding, I find all else falls into place.
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