Waking Up from The Dream
Back in the mid-eighties, we walked into a health food store and noticed aÂ tarot card reader who, for a nominal fee, offered short sessions for theÂ store’s clientele.Â The two of us were departing within the week for a sixÂ month intensive course at a meditation center in Europe and thought it mightÂ be fun to see what she had to say about our imminent trip.Â We had high hopesÂ that these six months would produce the Self Realization for which we hadÂ worked so long and hard over many years to achieve.Â So when our turn came,Â we sat before her with expectations of a fun, lighthearted reading into ourÂ futures that would affirm that we were on the right path, a path that wouldÂ bring us the illumination we desired.Â Contrary to our expectations, we wereÂ in for a big surprise.Â It is shocking how disturbing it can be when someoneÂ gives you information that goes in opposition to your point of view.Â Here,Â next to the 7 grain bread and organic beans, this tarot card reader told usÂ what she saw with the best of intentions and ultimately, we did not like it.
Gazing at the faces of the cards before her, she said, “I see you are goingÂ on a trip.”Â This sounded like a good beginning. We hadn’t given her anyÂ information.Â Next she said, “And this trip is not a short vacation but aÂ lengthy stay at a distant land.Â You will be traveling over a large body ofÂ water so wherever you are going, it is overseas.Â The cards indicate thatÂ this journey is one that is not lightly undertaken but one of a spiritualÂ nature, rather like a pilgrimage of sorts.”
Wow, we thought, she is really good!Â If there had been a hidden cameraÂ recording this event, the tape of our meeting would now show us eagerlyÂ listening to catch every pearl of wisdom that this reader had to impart. ItÂ is funny how we human beings idealize our lives hoping to prove that the roadÂ we are traveling is the perfect or right one and maybe it is for awhile.Â ButÂ the smooth road we were on with this reader was about to take a very sharpÂ and bumpy turn.Â She certainly had created credibility with us by describingÂ the near future events that were part of the script of our lives but then sheÂ said something that sent us into an immediate panic and we broke into a coldÂ sweat.
Looking at the pictures intently, as if to catch some subtle nuance, thisÂ woman solemnly pronounced that as a result of this trip and our experiences,Â we would become – disillusioned.
Oh No!Â We wanted illumination from this investment of our time and energy,Â not disillusionment, whatever that meant.Â It sounded so negative and weÂ wanted our lives to be positive.Â Here we were, about to invest six monthsÂ and a lot of money and we certainly didn’t want to be disillusioned as aÂ result. To tell you the truth, it is hard to remember what happened next.Â Â The idea of being disillusioned by this trip of a lifetime, which we hadÂ planned to save us from ourselves and the domination of life, was suddenlyÂ upsetting.Â We thanked her, rather stiffly, and left that store deeply shakenÂ by those few words that we disagreed with.
One week later we were in Europe.Â Six long months later, we were leavingÂ Europe, in fact, disillusioned.Â On our journey, the two of us discoveredÂ that we were not interested in a counter culture way of life which by itsÂ very nature is based in opposition to that which already exists.Â Rather, weÂ realized that we wanted to live from our truth, which is not for or againstÂ the so called establishment.
When we got back to the States, we thought about the tarot card reader andÂ what she had said and finally broke out the dictionary to look up the wordÂ disillusion.Â We were surprised by its definition because we had thought ofÂ being disillusioned in all the terms one might find in a thesaurus, i.e. failure,Â disappointment, falling short of, dashing one’s hopes, etc.Â In fact, theÂ primary definition of disillusion is “to free of illusion and false ideas.” What it means is that the illusion under which you have been living isÂ dissolved so that you see the truth of the situation, as it is, not as youÂ would prefer it to be.
This disillusionment was the beginning of our Self Realization.Â After weÂ returned from Europe, we discovered that nothing was going to save us fromÂ ourselves and the domination of life.Â No matter where you go, you bringÂ yourself along. Over the past years, as seminar leaders, authors andÂ individuals living our lives, we have come to realize that the only time lifeÂ dominates you is when you are not living in the moment, when your hopes forÂ the future create an illusion of how it will someday be better than it isÂ now.Â True freedom happens when the illusion dissolves and you live lifeÂ directly in each moment not as you would prefer it, but as it is.Â If youÂ want to live life to your potential, rather than strive to be a better you,Â discover who you are and how you are being in any given moment.
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