SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does "the reality of the illusory world" mean to you? Can you share a personal experience where the subject/object relationship collapsed for you? How do you stay aware of the reality of the illusory world without disengaging from it?
Wow, David I always appreciate your thoughts and your words. You appear to have this ability to penetrate life profoundly and at the same time comprehending it broadly. I experience you with a knowing-ness and aware-ness that offers you direct apprehension of the Essence of life. You make this Essence clear because you make the nature of my mind clear. Your clarity is your underlying depths and then you bring everything into Oneness. This is brilliant clarity and speaks of you being closer to a contemplative than just a thinker. Your contemplative mind is experienced where you appear to allow nothing to stick in your consciousness and you penetrate complexity with simplicity. This is to say David, your faith speaks for you and your open mind, a contemplative mind which offers us the key to understand the whole. I appreciate your faith where you teach absolute certitude cannot be achieved and itself is an illusion.
This is to say, you tickle my faith and you help me to observe life with an open mind. And it seems silly faith can be playful and winsome, yet it is rewarding as you offer this trust.
Regarding "the reality of the illusory world," I think of the reality of a mirage. A mirage is a real mirage, a real unreal, a real illusion, like any illusion. We live in the reality of the illusory world, and for me it's important to remind myself that it's a real illusion. It's real and it's not. I think that's what the Zen saying -- "Not one, not two; not both, not neither" -- is communicating. For me it relates to Scripture saying we are in the world but not of it. We are to know that there is Ground/Consciousness/Being/God out of which all these real illusions including our selves in physical form manifest. What's real is the Ground, and the rest is real illusion. The subject/object relationship has collapsed for me in orgastic experiences, in some experiences of feeling one with nature, and in my thinking where it has become clearer to me that at Ground Level all that is is one. Being aware that I am in the world and not of it helps me to not disengage from the world, not be totally captured or controlled by it, and to have a sense of freedom and choice which seems to make it all more livable for me.[Hide Full Comment]