We don’t perceive reality. We see what we expect to find based on our beliefs. So, our ability to perceive is in direct proportion to the size of our mask. Our limited perception is the mask hindering the truth.
The larger the mask, the less we can see. Our mask is made of beliefs. And beliefs are nothing more than barriers. As a result, spiritual work that confronts our beliefs will increase our insight and perception. This is a destructive process.
“With spiritual work, the terms ‘is’ or ‘are’ become progressively replaced by the term ‘seems to’, which is due to the increasing realization of the degree to which perception is the mask that hinders truth.” — David R. Hawkins
Confronting our Illusions
Good inner work confronts our beliefs. The ability to see beyond or through our beliefs sets us free. The goal of inner work enables us to take off the mask of illusions. In this sense, the path is more about seeing our illusions than grasping the truth. This doesn’t mean the search for truth is unworthy.
The path of truth is a lifelong journey. As we learn to discern the facts from fiction, that mask comes off a little more. Even moving the mask to the side one or two degrees makes a life-changing shift possible. The shift allows us to notice other possibilities. Confronting our illusions is the only way we grow.
Seers and Shaman teach us that other levels of reality exist. These are processes that expand awareness. Most people are born with access to three states of consciousness, waking, dreaming, and sleeping. However, this is But the dominant Western cultural narrative does not want you to seek these possibilities. They want to keep paying customers. It’s all about control. The cultural narrative is all about control.
Perception is the Mask of Mythology
The cultural narrative programs our beliefs. Half of the population of the world is controlled by three religions. These are the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. None of these are original paradigms. They are the rebranding of Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, and Assyrian mystery religions. This is the bedrock of mythological superstition in Western culture.
“One man’s myth is another man’s religion.” — Joseph Campbell
We understand mythology becomes powerful in a cultural narrative dominated by any religion. However, not all religions are harmful. For example, Taoism and many forms of Paganism have the least barriers to free-thinking. In fact, many encourage the development of your own path. This contrasts with the concerns of Western organized religion, which are the heart of the Western cultural narrative.
Western organized religion has by far the most boundaries and restrictions dictating values and thought. As a result, these are harmful. They adversely affect our ability to think and reason. So, they restrict our ability to move beyond the default settings of normal reality.
However, believers of these paradigms don’t view their religion as mythology. They would admit that it contains a great deal of myth. But, they believe in its divine inspiration. You can point out errors in fact and logic until midnight. But unless they can admit to at least one of these problems, they will remain staunch believers. It’s a testament to the power of groupthink manipulation to skew the core of perception. Their masks are firmly in place. Perception is the mask ― distorting the truth. Confronting our illusions helps us see mythology as metaphors instead of facts.
There are tools that can help us remove the mask of mythology. These are what we can spiritual technologies.
Above all, perception is the mask that hinders the truth. And, the largest part of the mask is religious mythology. So, moving beyond the barriers of mythology is one of the major goals of real spiritual work. Confronting our illusions is the only way to take off the mask.
Likewise, we understand that leaving behind the falsehoods is just important as grasping the truths. In fact, once you take off the mask you’ll find that your personal truth is the most important truth you will discover.
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Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia