December 30th, 2017

My personal definition of spirituality is how we emotionally deal with our personal reality. There is Reality and there is reality. The former is what Phillip K. Dick meant when he wrote in the short story I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon:

She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” That’s all I could come up with. That was back in 1972. Since then I haven’t been able to define reality any more lucidly.

In the latter case, I think, Wright is talking about the story we constantly tell ourselves to make sense of what happens around us. That never goes away, unless, we make it go away.

If you accept the idea that many of our most troublesome feelings are in one sense or another are illusions, then meditation can be seen as, among other things, a process of dispelling illusions. p. 39

From Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by Robert Wright

Wright goes way out on the Bodhi limb, hell, he’s treading air, when he asks us to accept the idea that many of our most troublesome feelings are illusions. But’s he’s right. The key word here is, of course, feelings. How we feel about something is can change and we have the power, with practice, to make, and even direct, that change.


Found in my electronic chapbook.

*With sincere admiration and apologies to Robin Williams

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