One has to decipher for themselves what truth is, but just as it is when someone is stranded in the desert, what’s real and what’s a mirage can be very difficult to distinguish exactly which is which.
Our mind takes a situation and perceives it in the way it has been conditioned. This perception determines how attached we are to the situation as a perceived reality. But is the perception real or are we just seeing a mirage? This doesn’t mean there isn’t a reality, it’s just means that one’s perceived reality is part of the mirage. Okay so what does this actually mean? I know there are many ways to interpret this, but since I wrote it I will explain what I meant. There was a TV commercial with two men stranded in the desert and every time someone came by to offer them assistance, they chalked it up to being a mirage. The assistance was real, but that’s not what the two men perceived. To them what they saw was a mirage so even though the assistance was real, it was ignored.
So how is one to distinguish between what is real and what isn’t? To me the first thing to establish is none of it is real, but how can this be? What of war, abuse, gang violence, death, poverty, greed, etc, all real, but only because the human aspect of the mind makes it so. None of how humans behave and use the mind is life’s doing, so what is done is only real to the extent that humans fabricate these things. If it wasn’t for humans the atrocities of life would never occur. This is where the mirage comes into play. It’s all nonsense made up by a Conditioned Mind to make one believe that what happens in life is real. But how real can it be when as soon as it occurs it becomes the past and only exist in one’s mind.
We live in a fabricated world of the past, present, and future, because regardless of what happens, all things pass. As soon as something occurs it becomes the past, but we attach a perception to it, so the past is part of the mirage. It happened, there’s no denying that, but regardless of what occurs, it’s only a memory, a thought, and a thought has no real substance to it except for the energy it’s given. Even though it happened it’s not happening now, so by living in the past, life is lived as a mirage.
The future is part of the mirage also because it hasn’t even occurred yet. So a reality can’t be attached to something that hasn’t happened. It may or may not happen, but there’s no reality in something that hasn’t happened yet, so this too is fabricated as reality, but this is part of the mirage. This leaves the present, but this is also part of the mirage. You may ask if it is always now how is this part of the mirage? Because as soon as it is now it Instantly becomes the past. So is it always now or is it always the past? And with the future not even here yet, how can we decipher which part of the past, present, or future is real? But again what of the things that were listed above, like war, abuse, poverty, and what not, aren’t they real? Yes, but only in the sense that they’re all part of the same mirage because as soon as they occur, they become the past and only exist in one’s mind. So in summary what’s in the past, present, future should remain in where they are, this is of course unless one wants to live their life as if it were a mirage.