Moving Beyond Optical Delusion

This is a re-post of a blog i read recently originally posted on February 19, 2013 by 

I hope you enjoy…

Moving Beyond Optical Delusion

EinsteinWe found a very interesting quote by Albert Einstein this week about a subject you wouldn’t normally associate with a physicist. Einstein had this to say about optical delusions: “A human being is part of the whole called the ‘Universe.’ (We) experience (ourselves) as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion in consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us. Our task is to free ourselves from optical delusions.”

He is right, of course. And the interesting thing about this insight from the “Father of Relativity” is that it captures the human dilemma of being spiritual beings (from theabsolute realm of creation) imprisoned as physical beings (in the relative realm of creation). Essentially, we are prisoners of ‘realitivity.’

Bmprstkr.OpticalDelThe thing about our ‘relativity sentence’ is that it fools tens of millions of people with the illusions materiality spins. Most people depend only on the physical senses and are incarcerated by optical delusions. Many more throttle back their consciousness by holding onto past beliefs and old scripts that keep them mired down in the shadows of rigid convention, religious dogma, and unhealthy assumptions.

Billions of people live in a world of BS. Debilitating BS. A BS built on negativity and a false sense of separateness. Down here – on Earth, that is – it’s all BS. Before you think we’re being a little cavalier with all of this BS talk, we need to clarify what we mean by BS. BS stands for Belief System.

People whose BS keeps them tied to the world of outer appearances live in a world of shadows, of ‘optical delusions’ as Einstein so aptly put it. They live in a world of separation and duality. A world that gives power to outer appearances instead of inner transformation.

Most people have sold out to the world of form. They have created a world that supports optical delusions to satisfy their materialistic appetites. And as we unfortunately see in the news every week, some people are in so much ‘optical delusional pain’ they want to inflict pain on others.

Plato gave us a brilliant description of the world of optical delusions we’ve created, in theCave Allegory from his masterpiece, the Republic.

CaveShadows-sxc824790_25483659In the Cave Allegory, Plato imagines a group of people who have lived in a cave all of their lives. They are chained to a wall so they can’t see the cave entrance. They can only face the wall.

Behind them is a constant light that illuminates various statues that have been placed behind them. The light’s movements cause shadows to flicker around the cave.

When the people of the cave see these shadows they think they’re seeing life in action. The shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality.

Plato then explains how a philosopher who was a former ‘prisoner’ is freed from the cave and realizes that the shadows on the wall are not reality at all. He sees that the light outside the cave and the statues which cause the shadows are real but that the shadows themselves are optical delusions.

The philosopher realizes that the shadows in the cave were just effects created by the real objects. He had given power to things that weren’t real.

At the end of the allegory, Plato is adamant that it is the philosopher’s burden to re-enter the cave. Plato reasons that those who have seen the light have a duty to educate those in the material world (cave) so they can spread light to those in darkness.

For us, it is our privilege – not so much of a burden – but privilege as Unity ministers and spiritual leaders, to help humankind move out of the world of shadows, and beyond the world of optical delusions into the light.

candle-hearts-small-sxc1414107_64674361 copyWe’re all beings of light. Mastering this human experience requires that we realize WE ARE THE LIGHT EXPRESSING ITSELF IN HUMAN FORM AS US!

We want to assure you that no matter what happens to you here on the human plane, you have the power to move beyond any and all optical delusions. It is delusional to think otherwise.

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  1. Blessings brother from afar,
    This is a really cool post. After reading this I must say with great confidence that we are merely a spiritual being having a human experience, nothing more-nothing less. Until we come to realize this, we will be lost in delusion. Many blessings to you and yours.

    • Thank you once again Brother,
      I appreciate that this post does not directly reference God or His Son Jesus in whose power we both believe. I know from my own experiences though that belief in them can be a big step for many and some need to take small steps in the right direction before they are ready to accept their Faith.

      Am not meaning to bypass God here, just to spread the seed far and wide and to till barren soil that it might more easily be sown.

      As for Oklahoma, it is a blessing that i hear the toll has decreased from that originally announced, although it is still in no way a good thing for those experiencing the aftermath.

      My prayers to all over where you are.

      • Blessings brother from afar,
        No bro, this is cool, this is part of your gift. It is a subtle transformation that God blesses us with. You mad me think so I know it make those who don’t know think as well. Great job really. Many blessings to you and yours.

  2. Salt and light – causing thirst, bringing healing and illuminating. You do these very well! Thanks for this excellent exhortation to go back for the other POWs. 🙂

    • Welcome Tami,

      Thank you! I guess it is a war we are in…POW’s indeed. Al praise to the One who can fre us from our prison and bring Peace to the war. 🙂

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