Okay, I'm going to take a risk here and throw out that, in order to be a good husband, I am now 2/5ths thorugh the Twilight saga. It's not something a lot of people would admit, so I take pride in that at least. I finished the second book last night, and something hit me in meditation this morning. I am going to reference the book, so I guess this is a *spoiler alert*.
If you haven't read it, and you want to, watch this instead. It's one of the most breathtaking magic effects I've seen live.
Okay, so...here goes.
Bella has been left by Edward. She realizes when she does something that puts her well being in danger, she hears a voice...Ed's voice. It's not him, only a delusion. Yet she continues to put herself in harm's way in order to hear this farce.
A farce, mind you.
It's a ridiculous claim, and she knows it. But do we?
How often do we make delusions for ourselves? How often do we build someone up in our minds, and chase after that person? It's not the person who stands before us. It's a delusion. Whether it's the thought, "This person is not right for you", or "This person really means you harm" is inconsequential. It's a delusion you seek, not the truth.
Or this: You swore to never drink caffeine again. (Lame depiction, I know) However, everything around you resounds the pleasure of giving in. This, you say, is a sign from God. He wants you to do this. He's putting it in front of you.
How are you sure that these signs from God aren't delusions you're running after?
It all goes back to the self. Once you lose the self, you have no delusions to conquer. It's all impermanent. That is what rings true throughout life. Everything passes. It's nature.
Seeing things as they really are...is that so much to ask?