“We experience ourselves, our thoughts, and feelings, as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us. Restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.”
When the river is full, we always see two riverbanks.
We talk about each side as separate.
Sometimes we wish we were on the other side. We speak of what it might be like to live there. We imagine our life would be happier, healthier, or richer on the other side of the riverbank.
However, when the river runs dry, we realize that the separateness was an illusion. We now realize that the river bed is ‘one’ continuous stretch of sand and is part of the same beautiful ground.
I can see others in this way too. The illusion of social media, busyness, judgement, competitiveness and ego in me, is the water. Once I let go of this flowing story in my mind, I have a clear new perspective.
I can see I am a part of everything and everyone and the only separation is in my mind.