OUR DELUSIONAL SELF

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“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein

If you look at the image above you may see a vase or upon further examination you can also see two faces looking at each other,but it is difficult for our eyes to see both at the same time…this concept led to the important insight that the training of our brain determined what our eyes would see first and also its tendency not to see the whole picture.

According to Gestalt Psychology the diagram of the vase is the figure and the two faces are the ground…this perception is equally true when looking at the interrelationship of our self and environment…they are inseparable,interrelated and interdependent…but we usually learn to focus our attention on the self (ego)and tend to ignore the environment…social conditioning is inclined to stress the importance of the self while encouraging us to ignore and exploit our environment…this has become a source of serious problems not only in our alienation from Nature but we are also finding it is destructive to live in a way inconsistent with the natural intelligence of our environment…it is becoming clear we are dependent on a balanced relationship with our environment or we will not survive.

Our mistaken perception of seeing our self as the primary factor in our relationship to the environment occurred by a false assumption in social learning which can be corrected …we may still find the clarity possibly through science that this assumption is false which can lead to an understading our harmony with the environment is necessary for our well being and survival.

“The true value of a human being is determined by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self”~ Albert Einstein

In the image below,can you see both the old lady and young lady ?

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