The Reality Of Our Illusions

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Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.

Sigmund Freud


“A young boy and his father were standing in an open field bordered by maples and willows, when a wind lifted through.Β  The young boy excitedly began to twirl and spin through the brightened trees.Β  Out of breath and dizzy, the young boy tugged at his father’s sleeve and says, “Daddy, Daddy, if you run too fast, you can’t tell what’s real!”

Slowing down is the only way to see through our illusions and into reality.

Which one are you living in?


15 thoughts on “The Reality Of Our Illusions

  1. Love to you and love this essential question. We all live in both don’t we? Plus, actually, imagination is often such an improvement on life. It is almost like real life needs to improve, dramatically, in accordance with our own imagination.

    1. It’s true, our imagination can create infinite possibilities in our real life or can create overwhelming fears and illusions that keep us from living with ‘what is.’ Lovely to hear from you Cindy! Thank you 🌈

  2. A blur of both I’m afraid.

    “This remembered world was somehow more vivid than the physical world I inhabited, and I phased between them.”

    Tara Westover, β€œEducated: A Memoir” (Random House, February 20, 2018)Β Β 

    1. I think when it comes to surviving our past pain, loss or grief, we need to phase between both worlds: problem is, often we lean to much into the illusion and lose sight of the freedom we gain from facing our pain. Love that quote. 🌈

  3. I’m quite firmly planted in reality at this point…didn’t dare to look too long at the figure as it might have swept me into land of illusion πŸ™‚

    1. Ha πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you didn’t get swept away! Reality isn’t always pleasant, as you know, but it’s where we learn and find our freedom. πŸ’•πŸ’š

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