Since gaining insight into the nature of the human experience, it has presented me with some interesting "challenges" in my response to some common situations.
"Hi, how are you?"
In the past, if someone asked
how I was, I would say something like "fine, thank you, how are you" as a form of polite greeting. Or, if so inclined, I might give some indication of my feeling state in the moment, whether good or bad.
But with an understanding of the
illusion of all thought and feeling, and the understanding that I will always be perfectly fine no matter my circumstances, it often occurs to me that I can't really answer the question of "how are you" with any truth, or with any mutual understanding.
The closest-to-the-truth answer would be that, "I'm not entirely sure 'how' I am, since I'm a vibrating mass of energy producing a continually changing flow of made-up thought in each moment, and anything I believe about how I'm feeling
is an illusion, even though most of the time it feels really real. And by the way, how I am feeling will change in some way in the very next moment. But ultimately, I will always we be perfectly fine, even if it may not feel that way in the moment. Yadda,
Maybe I should just stick with "I'm fine". 😄
"How would you rate our service?"
In the past, if I was asked to complete an opinion survey or give feedback on service, I (if
inclined to participate) would respond with my thoughtful perspective.
But with an understanding of the illusion of thought and feeling, and the continually changing flow of personal perspective, the idea of completing a survey appears
to me now to be completely ridiculous... How can I give any valid opinion knowing that it's all made up, that it will change in the next minute, and that I could consider each response from an infinite number of perspectives? It makes me giggle to ponder the
fact that all marketing is actually created based on measuring everyone's delusions. Although, since our delusions are sometimes very common and pervasive, maybe that's why marketing can still be effective. 😊
"Do you know... blah,
Whenever anyone asks us a question, it is in our nature to answer it. And unless I am actively consulting, coaching, or training, then answering immediately would usually be my automatic response as well.
with an understanding of the illusion of thought, it often occurs to me, either before, during, or after answering, that I am COMPLETELY making it up (which I find completely hilarious). I'm also noticing how often I answer questions with confidence and belief,
when upon reflection, I have no valid facts to confirm my response. I'm just in the habit of responding with whatever thought pops up in my head, and behaving as if it's true.
Noticing how much everyone else does the same, it's a wonder
that we have the ability to effectively communicate anything! 😄
"I'm having a personal crisis"
In the past, if someone shared that they were experiencing some personal or family crisis, I would offer some words of
empathy, communicating my personal "hope" that it all works out.
But with an understanding of the illusion of thought and feeling, and the understanding of our innate human resilience, I see with complete certainty that they will get through
the situation in some way, however it turns out.
However, this particular truth is something that they often won't be able to see (or hear), especially when their minds are full of disastrous thinking. And so the best I can do in the moment
is to "hopefully" 😊 respond more from a space of love, than from fear, however that ends up occurring to me in the moment.
The interesting thing about all of this, is that I don't really have any challenges in communicating in a world
of illusion, but for my thinking that I do. What I do have, is the view of another perspective of life that is more than just what I think, while at the same time being nothing more than what I think, if that even makes any
sense at all. And if it doesn't make any sense, perhaps I do have challenges in communicating after all? LOL 😃