Unraveling Object Perception: The Illusion of Things
At some point in life, we’ve all heard the phrase, “seeing is believing.” However, what if what we “see” is not truly what is there? Delving deeper into the understanding shared by spiritual thinkers like Bentinho, we can begin to see that our perception of objects may not be as straightforward as it appears.
The central idea presented here is a fascinating one: all that we perceive as tangible objects are merely perceptions. These are not “things” in the truest sense but rather our brain’s interpretations. Consider this – you’ve never experienced an actual thing. What you’ve experienced is perception.
Now, this might sound counterintuitive. After all, isn’t the world filled with tangible objects? Trees, rocks, cars, and even our own bodies – aren’t these all real? Well, if we heed Bentinho’s insights, we come to understand that while these appear to be things, they are nothing more than perceptions within our consciousness.
A critical aspect to highlight here is the role of assumptions. Much of our modern science hinges on the belief in an objective, Newtonian world of separate objects. Yet, no one, among the billions on this planet, has directly encountered a thing outside of their perception. The study of the existence of objects without any solid proof of their reality can be seen as a kind of blind faith.
To truly awaken to the deeper reality of our existence, Bentinho suggests, is to see without the veil of thought. When we let go of our thoughts, even just for a moment, and exist in a state of pure awareness, we encounter a different dimension of experience. Here, in this state of awareness, we see that every experience confirms that it’s made of love, awareness, and the light of God.
It’s like realizing that the movie we’re watching is not just the characters and the story, but also the light projecting it onto the screen. Similarly, our perceptions are not just the tangible things we believe them to be, but the light of awareness that illuminates them.
“You stop trying to change what is. You know yourself directly in this way, realizing that nothing can be separated out from this space. Know the light, and you know everything.” – Bentinho
To further our understanding, we can turn to spiritual scriptures. In the Bible, John 1:5 says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” It reminds us that the light of consciousness, the light of God, is the true reality that permeates everything.
In conclusion, when we perceive objects, we are, in essence, experiencing the play of light, love, and awareness. By attuning ourselves to this deeper understanding, we can begin to view the world, not as a collection of separate objects but as an interconnected dance of perceptions.