When we chose to look at the world in a particular way and then forget that we have so chosen, then – in a sense – we have ‘moved outside the Circle of Nature’. We have ‘moved outside the Circle of Nature’ because we no longer have any genuine ‘root’ – we have therefore become unrooted without knowing it! We’ve lost our connection to anything real. Now, the thinking mind has become our root and this is no good because the thinking mind isn’t actually any sort of ‘root’ at all…
The thinking mind can never serve as ‘a root’ because nothing that comes out of it can never grow. Everything that comes out of the thinking mind is that same thinking mind – thought just repeats itself in lots of different ways and because we are so hypnotised by it – because thought supplies for us all the reality we are ever allowed to know about – we perceive its tedious reiterations as ‘something new’. We perceive its tedious reiterations as ‘genuine reality’.
Nothing interesting can never come out of the thinking mind and so how could we ever call it a’ root’? Roots are rooted in something other than themselves, and they give rise to some sort of growing plant with a stem and leaves and possibly flowers. Thought on the other hand derives from an illusion and it never goes beyond that illusion. How can we move beyond an illusion on the basis of that same illusion? How can we step away from an illusion unless we see it to be as such? If we don’t see the illusion to be such then we will simply carry it with us wherever we go! We will lug that useless illusion around with us every day of our lives, heavy though it may be…
So thought takes us on an endless journey that isn’t actually any sort of the journey at all; the ‘journey’ thought takes on isn’t any sort of journey at all because it starts from an illusion and never departs from that same illusion. We never depart from that illusion because when we’re under the influence of thought we never see it for what it is. What we are engaged in therefore is nothing more than ‘endless distraction’. We’re caught up in a state of distraction that goes on and on forever, unless it is interrupted.
All of this is absolutely inevitable once we choose to look at the world in a particular way and then forget that we have done this. Our particular way of looking at the world becomes the world, in this case! The world itself – which is not a choice – gets completely forgotten about, it gets lost without a trace. So at the same time we forget that we chose to look at the world in this particular, slanted way, we also forget that they ever actually was a world to choose to look at! The choice we made is invisible because the true world is (or vice versa).
People love to say that ‘we create our own reality’. This is a meme we get bombarded with almost every day. Indeed we do – but not in the way that this phrase is generally understood! We create our own reality, but it isn’t actually any sort of ‘reality’ at all. It doesn’t actually have any connection with reality at all. It will be better to say that we create our own illusion; we create our own illusion which we mistakenly perceive to be ‘the only reality there is however could be’. We create our own personalised illusion, and we ourselves are part of that personalised illusion. We create our own illusion and we ourselves are that illusion!
When we choose to look at the world in a particular way (a particular narrow and slanted way), and then proceed to forget about this choice of ours (or forget that this choice is a choice) then we have created ourselves, in other words. The way we create ourselves is by making a choice and then losing sight of the freedom that we had to make it. The way we create ourselves is by losing sight of freedom, therefore! Unless freedom is completely eliminated, then there can be no such thing as the self.
What extraordinary trick this is – in a blink of an eye (and with as little effort as this) we can forget about the world which is not a choice (which is also ‘the only world there is’) and instead, we get completely swallowed up in a world which was our choice but which is not a world at all but merely a state of ‘endless distraction’! What a truly astonishing thing this is! This ‘trick’ is so very easily done – what could possibly be easier than ‘forgetting’, after all? What effort is there in it? What could be easier to do than to forget, and what could be harder to do than remember again? If forgetting is the easiest thing in the world, then remembering what we have forgotten (when all traces of it are gone) is the hardest…
We do indeed ‘create our own reality’ therefore, but what of it? Creating our own so-called ‘reality’ is – as we have just pointed out – ‘the easiest thing in the world’ and so we can’t really expect to get a Nobel Prize for it! It’s as easy as falling off a log, and a lot harder to recover from. We do indeed ‘create our own reality’, but the truly perplexing question about this is “What do we get out of it?”
Art: undervolt & Co mutation. Yoshi Sodeoka
Author: Nick Williams
Nick Williams works and writes in the field of mental health and is particularly interested in non-equilibrium states of consciousness, which are states of mind that cannot be validated by standardized experiments or by reference to any formal theoretical perspective.