Human Beings are Magicians
“To understand truth, one must have a very sharp, precise, clear mind, a mind capable of looking without any distortion, a mind innocent and vulnerable.”
One of the greatest metaphors of human experience is that of the magician. Human beings are really magicians. We create our magic. Magic is illusion. We perform our tricks. We invest in illusions about who we are and what life is. For example, we believe that we are separate and different from each other, from all and everything.
We believe in the illusion that the chair upon which we sit in this moment is separate and different from us and we have no relationship to it...or the floor underneath our feet ... or the air that we breathe ... or the life that empowers us. We create this fantasy that we are islands unto ourselves, but this is an illusion. Even our most modern science tells us that.
Explore quantum mechanics which will tell you that your magic is simply magic. You’re living within a fantasy and you’re actually not a good magician at all because a really good magician is aware that the tricks he performs are tricks. They are illusions, and the real magician watches himself performing the tricks—the illusions.
But human beings aren’t such great magicians because they believe their tricks are real. We become so identified with our illusions that we believe them. We believe in the illusion of separation. It’s like a magician pulls a rabbit out of a hat and thinks it’s real. How have we become such bad magicians, such fraudulent magicians?
It has been said that the majority of our humanity is living a lie and that we are all really just a bunch of liars. We don’t like to look at ourselves in this way, but in terms of true reality and our experience of it, we’re not telling the truth if in this moment we cannot experience our relationship with the chair upon which we sit. If we can’t see the interconnectedness, the interrelatedness of all forms of life, we’re living a lie. And lies limit us. They limit our experience of life and we are the walking dead. We’re not fully alive.