The illusion of separation
We all perceive the only reality we live together, differently. Even if we stand next to each other, at the same place and we both experience the same phenomenon or observe the same object. We perceive the same object differently. That’s the fact. But even considering that, reality, objective truth – in the end, is only one. The same for all of us. We just perceive different aspects of the same reality.
Otherwise, logically, we would be isolated from each other. And then it would be true that we all live in our own realities. But those who devote any attention to life, who sees and feels what’s going on under the surface (to which most of us are limited), knows that the whole concept of isolation – idea that we could live separately, whether on a physical, emotional or mental level, is our great illusion. And the moment we realize we all live as one organism, an illusion of isolation will slowly disappear. The isolation comes exactly from the illusion of mind – from a mental image that we all live in our own realities.
Late German psychoanalyst and one of the most famous psychologists of the 20th century, Erich Fromm in his book „The art of loving“ identified the question of overcoming the isolation as the basic question of living. The question of redemption from the isolation, from separation – and reaching the unity, the wholeness. The question itself, as he assumed, comes out from the conditions of human existence. He considered the question a turning point in solving the problem of human suffering. Because everything we do in our life, we do for one reason – the unconscious inner desire to be connected. The desire to overcome loneliness, isolation. To become whole again and thus liberate ourselves from suffering.
I dare to doubt the pertinence of that question. Because of how I see and experience it. It seems to me that the question doesn’t come out of conditions of human existence, out of reality. It comes out of the illusion of the mind. Because the question itself assumes the existence of isolation. And so there is a need to perform some activity to overcome the isolation, to resolve it. From my own experience, I can say, there is one and only way how to solve the question, and thus how to overcome the isolation. It’s called awareness. Understanding that isolation does have its own reason and purpose but is just a great illusion of the human mind. Not the reality. Same as that question itself…