Understanding The Nature Of Reality

Our perception of reality is mostly illusory. To put it another way, what we experience through our senses is real, but there’s far more to it than we are aware of and is only an expression of the ultimate reality.

But we don’t need to make perfect sense of this paradox. We don’t need to fully understand it, what’s most important is that we accept it. To truly understand, we have to let go of understanding. If your queries about the nature of reality cause you a lot of stress, let them go for a while, anything you need to know will come to you when the time is right.

Science tells us a lot about how things are, but does little if anything to tell us why things are. And the study of metaphysics, as interesting as it is, is unnecessary and peripheral to the art of living in the now and finding peace among the challenges of day-to-day life.

In his book Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning cited a story about a man who asked Mother Teresa to pray for him to have greater clarity, but she said she wouldn’t because “clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.” When he said that she seemed to have the clarity he wanted, she laughed and said “I have never had clarity, what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”

What Do You Know?

Just when you think you have it all figured out, something comes along and makes you question everything you thought you knew. Maybe the most important part of knowing is knowing that you don’t know, or knowing but without being sure that you know.

Once you are absolutely sure that you know something, you close yourself off in a bubble world, which can sometimes be very difficult to penetrate.

Learn, but don’t cling to what you’ve learned. Know, but know that you don’t fully know. Leave room for mystery and uncertainty, there’s plenty of it after all.

Handle With Care

In his book on marriage titled If Only He Knew, Gary Smalley recommended imagining that your wife has a “handle with care” sign on her forehead. Maybe that’s an attitude we should have with everyone?