The Illusion of Separation

The Open Window

Taos Ski Valley, NM

The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.
— Yasutani Roshi

The mind can grasp this concept fairly easily:

Boundaries and borders are just in our heads. The sense of separation is just a persistent thought.

To live it? Not so easy.

When you stop living as a Mortal and start living as a Soul, your boundaries start to fade.

When you stop living as a Soul and start living as Radiance, your boundaries fade even more.

Finally, when you stop living as Radiance and start living as Oneness, when you drop the belief in separation altogether, then you are free of the “fundamental delusion.”

You must deeply believe that separation is an illusion. It has to be felt. It’s not just a concept to be grasped.

To awaken, Oneness must be lived, not just understood.

The less there is of you, the more there is of Her.

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3 thoughts on “The Illusion of Separation

  1. I thought the same thing as Doug about the picture.

    Isn’t it interesting that all of those things that you take pictures of most frequently are of things that either separate, or connect, depending on how one views it? It seems like you are symbolically showing that there is more to this ‘on the other side of the door’, or ‘up the stairway’. I have thought that for a while now. Is that something you have noticed as well, or even intended?

    Today I am seeing that they illustrate the barriers that most of us see. Rather than the unity or Oneness that you say is apparent when the boundaries fade, most of us ordinary folks only see the ‘boundaries’.

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