“ Studying optical Illusions is not only relevant for science students … illusions rule our everyday lives, with or without our conscious awareness…….
To prevent ourselves from swaying into worries and depressions, which are usually a paradox of negative belief vs. illusion - we need to often ask ourselves – Do we believe what we see or do we see only that which we already believe in?”
When we start reading about metaphysical concepts, our first mind-set is often that of speculation. Could concepts like the souls being creators or the existence of an alternate world be real; as real as the fact that a wooden table is made of wood, or are they simply illusions, a part of a fantasy world, which may or may not exist?
While worrying about what is reality or truth, and what is illusion or fantasy, in abstract aspects of life, we need to be aware that reality is not an absolute concept, but more a matter of perception. Everything is not made of wood and hence cannot be measured on the same scale.
The concept of the soul is an abstract concept as concepts like truth, honesty, God or heaven are. The belief that the soul exists cannot be seen or touched by the naked eye, as the wooden chair can be. Yet, it can prove to be very useful in helping us understand our inner selves.
Those who have a problem with believing in the term ‘soul’, can also use alternate terms like ‘‘the inner self’, ‘the me within’ etc.
Knowing ourselves from within is necessary so that a resonance is achieved between our inner needs of evolution and our material needs.
This resonance between external/material or bodily needs, and our internal/emotional or soul needs works to ensure that the efforts we put in towards achieving what we desire externally, get us rewards which give us satisfaction from within . Otherwise, it has often been experienced in our world that hard work gets us success and money but does not necessarily lead to happiness.
Finding ourselves, as souls, helps to break this recurring dichotomy between the needs of the body and those of the soul. When we discover our soul identity, we break free from the negative clutches of a so-called reality of life, towards an alternate perception of reality, i.e., the reality of life as viewed from our soul’s perspective.
For example, a life-threatening problem which may cause us intense anxiety from the worldly perspective appears an illusion from the perspective of the soul which cannot die. When we realize this illusory dimension of worldly matters, we seek to understand what the soul is gaining from creating these negative experiences which are essentially unreal. That knowledge aids us in healing ourselves by defeating the fatalism within us.
In this process, we arrive at a more complex dynamics of all that which life on Earth entails from the soul’s perspective of evolution. Thus, we reach a higher level of consciousness.
Entering the world of the soul is a step by step process, which begins with finding how our subconscious mind works, because our subconscious mind is the channel through which information passes from the body to the soul and vice versa.