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Freedom From Illusions

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The Question

One of our subscribers asked this question:

What principle (example: Eternality, Health, Life, etc.) corresponds to freedom from illusions? Is Freedom one of the Universal Principles that we can contemplate as we would, say, Eternality?

The person who asked this should be applauded. It’s obvious, by the question, that he perceives the possibility of living an illusion-free lifestyle. Many people profess God is All. Yet, they seem to believe that life is chock full of unavoidable illusions and appearances with which one must contend. Let’s explore the answers to the question.

First and foremost, everyone must enjoy the freedom to contemplate any word or phrase they feel compelled to contemplate. As long as that word or phrase is in some way associated with God’s Allness, you have the green light. So, go for it.

Freedom Is A Tricky Word

However, there are some suggestions to consider. Look up the definition of the word freedom. Below are two of the definitions I found.

  1. “Absence of subjection to foreign domination”
  2. “State of not being imprisoned or enslaved”

Whatever dictionary you use will offer similar definitions. Look closely at the definitions above. Isn’t it clear that freedom presupposes a duality? The possibility of one being dominated or imprisoned by another implies more than one. It’s very likely that the contemplation of the word freedom will have you wandering up and down the back roads of dualism.

Contemplate This Instead

Take the idea: there is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence – God. Contemplate it. Know that this One includes, and is, your very Being. In such a contemplation, you’ll find no “other” to enslave the One. You’ll find no “other” subjecting the One to adversity or hardship. You will find that the One is free to be what it Is.

Confusion About Illusion — Is It Really There?

The question concerns freedom from illusions. What is an illusion? Webster’s Dictionary gives two pertinent definitions:

  1. “A thing wrongly perceived by the senses”
  2. “A misleading impression of reality”

These definitions say all that needs to be said about illusions. They state clearly that the illusion is not present. However, something is there.

If you mistake the fire hydrant in the distance for a dog, something is there – the fire hydrant. Seeing the dog is the fire hydrant wrongly perceived by the eyes. The fire hydrant is present. The illusion, the dog, is not present. That’s all you need to know about illusions and appearances. They are not present.

You know the Truth: God is All. Therefore, you know what is present, and that’s all you need to deal with. An illusion is an absence – a nothing. No one needs to be free of nothing.

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