Friday, October 3, 2014
Some Thoughts on Complexities
I spent some time today thinking about the various complexities that enter our lives. It takes a certain discipline and a certain will to learn to ignore them. Most complexities are imaginary. They are the result of our minds creating associations between things where those associations really don't exist. Oh, there is cause and effect - the causal chain is simply how the world works. But, sometimes we assume a cause and effect and where there really isn't one. This is illusion in action. One of the things we can do to attain a greater state of awareness of what is real and what is not real is to simply pay attention to the causal chain, really pay attention to it. If we focus and meditate on the causal chain, if we walk through the parts of the chain, if we consider the relationships and the sequence, we can often pierce the veil of illusion. Life is not entirely a cluster of random events, but it is very close to that. Our mind loves complexities - we can perceive them, we can understand them, we can even embrace them - but we need to be careful of the illusion. We need to be careful of the times when we create our illusory complexities and then act as if they are real.