Truth vs Illusion

There is a lot being said about truth-telling these days.

We are in troubled times. The lies we have built our lives upon are being exposed or challenged. It is unbelievable how smudged the lines have become between what is real and true and what is not.

What is illusion:

. a thing that is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses

. a deceptive appearance or impression

. a false idea or belief

(thanks Google definitions)

As a Shamanic Reiki Healer, I often travel into non-ordinary reality to obtain information, guidance, and channel Healing Energy from a place that is outside of normal everyday awareness. Those who do not understand what I do or have never travelled into these realms may say that I am living in illusion, since my impressions I receive are completely outside of normal awareness. Most people who are introduced to the technique wonder if the information that is coming through is real or imaginary. The truth is sometimes not clear. But what proves the existence of this world is the effects it has on those who engage in it.

There are many who live outside of tangible provable reality. They call it faith.

Today we see in normal waking "reality" those who are guided by principles which are dictated by a sometimes unprovable and factless reality. But for centuries this has been the case. Most religious beliefs are based on some out of the ordinary experience, a text that is believed to be Divinely inspired, or by a passionate and usually very well-spoken leader who is able to convince others of his or her beliefs or perspective. You would think there would need to be sort of proof but typically this isn't completely necessary. No one has ever found evidence of many Biblical stories and yet it is the reference point for a multitude of beliefs.

Belief seems to hold all the power here. Sometimes beliefs are held up with facts and sometimes not. But beliefs seem to trump facts. (pun intended??? hmm.. not saying.)

I am no stranger to the awareness that it is easy to be deceived when emotional intensity and a strongly-held, established belief comes online. The more people who believe something, the stronger it becomes and the more power it wields.

In my early days I was really rooted in a belief system who controlled every aspect of my life. My thoughts and beliefs navigated my words and actions. When I began to see some flaws in the belief, my whole world came crashing down.

I believe this is the year when our strongly held beliefs come under scrutiny.

What do we believe and why do we believe it?

This is not an easy process.

Our beliefs many times create our identity.

I like to recount the kid's movie that came out when my now thirty-five year old daughter was ten. Since I am not completely sure of how mentioning the name of a movie infringes on copyrights, I am just saying it was a movie about talking toys. In the movie, one of the toys believed he was a super-hero. He believed his purpose in life was to save the universe from an evil presence. Because of his belief, it would seem that the universe conspired to reaffirm his beliefs. For awhile.

Eventually the illusion was revealed. He was not the savior of the universe. He was a toy.

His purpose in life was not to save the world.