Magician's Veil Hides Life Truths
Six Grand Illusions Obscure the Deeper Truths in Life
"The magician's deception here is the subtle reinforcement of the idea that the present moment is of little to no value, that the past is something we cannot undo or ever forget, and that the future is intrinsically more important than the present."
The below essay invites you on a journey behind the veil of the magician. The six grand illusions presented peer beyond the machinations of the mass media and the political chessboard in which so many are enmeshed to explore deeper truths. I invite you to read this thought-provoking essay with an open mind and take what works for you. We can use this information as we work together to welcome in a new paradigm based on greater truths.
Magician's Veil Hides Life Truths
By Sigmund Fraud / themindunleashed.org
For a magician to fool his audience, his deceit must go unseen. To this end, the master of deception crafts ingenious illusions to divert attention from reality. As the audience is held entranced, the deceptive acts are committed. For the gullible, reality then becomes inexplicably built upon on a lie. That is, until the those fooled wake up, realize that they have been duped, and recognize the truth. Maintaining belief in the illusion, however, is often more comforting than exposing the magician’s secrets.
We live in a world of illusion carefully crafted by unseen magicians. So many of the concerns that occupy the mind and the tasks that fill the calendar arise from unconsciously implanted impulses to become someone or something that we are not. This is no accident. As we are indoctrinated into the corporate-consumer culture that now dominates the human race, we are entrained from a very early age into a collective mentality that espouses untouchable truths and promotes particular ways of being and behaving as required to succeed in our world.
Remorseless psychopaths within the power elite in our world act as the cunning magicians who subtly manipulate us with countless unseen deceptions. They blind us with endless barrages of innuendos and absolutes aimed at shattering self-confidence. And the vast majority on our planet are too overwhelmed or too complacent to peer behind the magician's veil and explore the deeper truths awaiting those with the courage to go there.
Banksy, the revered and elusive revolutionary street artist, once commented:
“Advertisers are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you, and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. And all the while, they are laughing at you.” – Banksy
Yet advertising is just the tip of the iceberg. When we look further, we see the overall organization of life in our modern world is centered around the pursuit of illusions and automatic obedience to institutions and ideas which are not at all what they seem. Most of us are in a very real sense enslaved by this system. Many call this somewhat intangible feeling of oppression "the matrix," a system of pervasive control that invades the mind, programming individuals to pattern themselves in accordance with a mainstream conformist version of reality, no matter how wicked it gets.
Six of the grandest of the illusions which keep us enslaved to the matrix, the ones that have so many of us still entranced, are outlined below for your consideration.
1. THE ILLUSION OF LAW, ORDER AND AUTHORITY
For so many of us, following the law is considered a moral obligation, and many of us gladly do so even though corruption, scandal, and wickedness repeatedly demonstrate that the law is plenty flexible for those who have the muscle to bend it. Police brutality and police criminality is rampant in the US, the courts favor the wealthy, and we can no longer even lead our lives privately thanks to the intrusion of state surveillance. And all the while the illegal and immoral permanent war rages on in the background of life, murdering and destroying whole nations and cultures.
The social order is not what it seems, for it is entirely predicated on conformity, obedience and acquiescence which are enforced by fear of chaos and violence. History teaches us again and again that the law is far too often used as an instrument of oppression, social control and plunder, and too much so-called authority in this regard is false, hypocritical, and unjust.
In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., "I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."
When the law itself does not follow the law, there is no law, there is no order, and there is no justice. The pomp and trappings of authority are merely a concealment of the truth that the current world order is predicated on control, not consent.
2. THE ILLUSION OF PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS
Adorning oneself in expensive clothes and trinkets, and amassing collections of material possessions that would be the envy of any 18th century monarch has become a substitute for genuine prosperity. Maintaining the illusion of prosperity, though, is critical to our economy because its foundation is built on consumption, fraud, credit and debt. The banking system itself has been engineered from the top down to create unlimited wealth for some while taxing the eternity out of the rest of us.
True prosperity manifests as a vibrant environment with an abundance of health, happiness, love, and relationships. As more people come to perceive material goods as the form of self-identification in this culture, we slip farther and farther away from the experience of true prosperity.
3. THE ILLUSION OF CHOICE AND FREEDOM
Read between the lines and look at the fine print. We are not free, not by any intelligent standard. Freedom is about having choice, yet in today’s world, choice has come to mean a selection between meager options, always from within the confines of a corrupt legal and taxation system and within the boundaries of culturally accepted and enforced norms.
Look no further than the dubious institution of modern democracy in the US to find a shining example of false choices appearing real. Two entrenched, corrupt political parties are paraded as the pride and hope of the nation, yet third party and independent voices are intentionally blocked, ridiculed and plowed under.
The illusion of choice and freedom is a powerful oppressor because it fools us into accepting chains and short leashes as though they were the hallmarks of liberty.
4. THE ILLUSION OF TRUTH
Truth has become a touchy subject in our culture. We’ve been programmed to believe that "the truth" comes from the demigods of media, celebrity, and government. If the media declares something to be true, then we are heretics and publicly ridiculed if we believe otherwise.
In order to maintain order, the powers that be depend on our acquiescence to their version of the truth. Even as independent thinkers and journalists continually blow holes in the official versions of reality, the illusion of truth is so powerful that it takes a serious personal upheaval to shun the cognitive dissonance needed to function in a society that openly chases false realities.
5. THE ILLUSION OF TIME
They say that time is money, but this is a lie. Time is your life. Your life continually unfolds in an ever-evolving manifestation of the now. Looking beyond the five-sense world, where we have been trained to move in accordance with the clock and the calendar, we find that the human spirit is eternal, and that the each individual soul is part of this eternity.
The magician's deception here is the subtle reinforcement of the idea that the present moment is of little to no value, that the past is something we cannot undo or ever forget, and that the future is intrinsically more important than the present. This carries our attention away from what is actually happening right now and directs it toward a fearful future. Once completely focused on what is to come rather than what is, we are easy prey to advertisers and fear-pimps who muddy our vision of the future with every possible worry and concern imaginable.
We are happiest when life doesn’t box us in, when spontaneity and randomness gives us the chance to find out more about ourselves. Forfeiting the present moment in order to fantasize about the future is a trap. The immense, timeless moments of spiritual joy that are found in the beauty of nature or in quiet meditation are proof that time is a construct of the mind of humankind, and not necessarily mandatory for the human experience.
If time is money, then life can be measured in dollars. This is total deception, because life is, in truth, absolutely priceless.
6. THE ILLUSION OF SEPARATENESS
On a strategic level, the tactic of divide and conquer is standard operating procedure for authoritarians and invading armies, but the illusion of separateness runs even deeper than this.
We are programmed to believe that as individuals we are in competition with everyone and everything around us, including our neighbors and even mother nature. Us vs. them to the extreme. We are constantly comparing ourselves against all around us using standards set by the hidden magicians. This flatly denies the truth that all life on this planet is infinitely interconnected. Without clean air, clean water, healthy soil, and a vibrant global sense of community we cannot survive and thrive here.
While the illusion of separateness comforts us by gratifying the ego and and offering a sense of control, in reality it only serves to enslave and isolate us. The more we recognize the interconnectedness not only between all members of humankind, but also with all of nature and the world around us, the more we welcome in a new paradigm in which the magician's veil is lifted and we all co-create lives based on deeper truths with ever greater choice and freedom.
The grand illusions mentioned here have been staged before us as a campaign to encourage blind acquiescence to the machinations of the matrix. In an attempt to disempower us, they demand our conformity and obedience. We must not forget that all of this is merely an elaborate sales pitch. They can’t sell what we don’t care to buy. Find the courage to pierce the magician's veil and open to much greater realities and you will be doing a great service to all of us.
About the author
Sigmund Fraud is a survivor of modern psychiatry and a dedicated mental activist. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com where he indulges in the possibility of a massive shift towards a more psychologically aware future for mankind.
Note: The above is a version of the original article edited significantly for clarity and impact. For another concise, profound article on the state of our world and what we can do about it, see "Creating a New Paradigm."
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