“Now man may delude himself, he may yield to the belief that there is nothing invisible, and that that which is manifest to his senses and intellect contains everything which can possibly exist. But such an illusion is only possible on the surface of consciousness and not in its depths. Feeling and desire do not yield to this delusive belief. They will be perpetually craving, in one way or another, for that which is invisible. And if this is withheld, they drive man to doubt, to uncertainty about life, or even to despair. Occult science, by making manifest what is unseen, is calculated to overcome all hopelessness, uncertainty, and despair—everything, in short, which weakens life and makes it unfair for its necessary service in the universe.” ~Rudolf Steiner
We Delude Ourselves
Deluding ourselves has become so much a part of our world today that many are deluding themselves into believing they are not deluding themselves. They listen to new o hear what the wish to hear rather than the truth. And if the reporters tell them the truth, and it isn’t what they want to hear, the label it fake news. Fantasies are excepted as real with no proof whatsoever. But truth with plenty of proof is scoffed at if it isn’t what people wish to be true.
Another way we delude ourselves is hiding from reality with entertainments and activities that serve no purpose except to keep us happily occupied with fantasies. We pay teachers and researches very little, but pay a fortune for movie actors and football players. That simple fact tells us where our society has placed the emphasis: on entertainment rather than truth.
Illusion of Matter
One of the primary ways we delude ourselves is in the beliefs regarding the dimensions of reality. It is comforting to many to believe that the dimension they are in is the only dimension. To believe in higher dimensions means having to work to get to those realms. We would rather not work, so we pretend they don’t exist.
But Steiner says we can’t successfully delude ourselves that way. Deep down we know it is a lie. We may be uncertain of the truth, but we know it isn’t in the limited realm of matter. Death, wars, disease, re the gifts of this realm. There has to be something better. And those who say there is no proof of such higher dimensions have simply not looked for such proofs. Of course, you can’t judge the quality of grapes using a test designed to judge the quality of eggs. Likewise, you can’t prove the spiritual by using the limited means of matter to do so. Since the spiritual is not matter, matter cannot prove its existence. Which is why the only way to stop deluding ourselves is to awaken our spiritual faculties. Only the spirit and soul can “see” and understand the spiritual worlds. Continue reading “We Delude Ourselves Believing Illusion”