In our constant search for meaning in this baffling and temporary existence, trapped as we are within our three pounds of neurons, it is sometimes hard to tell what is real. We often invent what isn’t there. Or ignore what is. We try to impose order, both in our minds and in our conceptions of external reality. We try to connect. We try to find truth. We dream and we hope. And underneath all of these strivings, we are haunted by the suspicion that what we see and understand of the world is only a tiny piece of the whole.― Alan Lightman, The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew
A few weeks ago a friend said to me that we experience many deaths in a life time. And it is true. I think that as Lightman indicates we are conditioned early in life to attach to a rather fixed identity of who we are and how to live. It is not necessarily to believe that what we have become and what we believe ourselves to be is an ultimate truth. It is more of a relative reality, a product of our cultural and collective conditioning. It could be no other way considering the lack of options, for a more authentic realisation, at that time of being born and raised. I think that in my own opening to life I have begun to let go of these layers that have influenced my perception and way of being that has been more of a contraction as opposed to an expansion into life. Awareness has been the tool that has aided in understanding the limitations of traditional and conventional concepts and perceptions. This unfolding into unrealized and mysterious areas of being seems to be ongoing now that I am beyond the fear and habit that so hypnotically fed a static existence.
These days there are more options and there is more collective awareness.
An example would be the Buddha. In his book ” The Scientific Buddha” Donald S Lopez writes that the “Buddha presented a radical challenge to the way we see the world, both the world that was seen two millennia ago and the world that is seen today. What he taught is not different, it is not an alternative, it is the opposite. That the path that we think will lead us to happiness leads instead to sorrow. That what we believe is true is instead false. That what we imagine to be real is unreal. A certain value lies in remembering that challenge from time to time.”