In certain parts of Africa, people wishing to show that they recognise one another fully, and that they are real to one another, will often say, “Indeed, you throw a shadow.” The phrase implies that there are people around who are just not real. Their world is one full of illusion.
What is actually real? In our day and age it’s a question uppermost in our minds. What is real? Lance Armstrong can create an illusory world around him and dupe millions. Beyonce, in front of thousands, can express all the emotion and gestures of singing a song, yet lip sync her way through it. The illusions around us are legion. They’re not only around us, but in us as well. Surely to perceive reality as it really is becomes all important. I don’t think we can fully do that, but learning to see and experience it as deeply as possible, is of the essence..
Some years ago I discovered Zen and it’s art of insight. I’m still just a beginner and always will be. I know very little, but this one thing I do know, nothing has quickened my sight to my surroundings and liberated me from my inner illusions, as this path has.