Illusions

Illusions: false reality; fantasy; erroneous concepts or beliefs; false perceptions

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Voltaire

We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. Rabindranath Tagore

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Einstein   

It is good to have dreams. It is also, good to have self confidence and to believe in our capabilities and abilities. However, it is a bad thing to have false illusions of these same things.

   This may seem contradictory. Dreams and goals is mental imagery of something that can be accomplished if all the necessary steps are taken. Self confidence implies beliefs that have a solid foundation.  ‘Illusions’ implies that we are ‘deluded’ and what we see is not based on present possibilities. Illusions indicate difficulties in dealing with reality. What may be dreams for some may be illusions for others.  

   ‘Specific and definite planned action’ is a necessary part of ‘realistic’ dreams and aspirations; illusions are mental thoughts that have little probability of further action. What is the difference between healthy dreams and unhealthy illusions? It may be very fine. If we are aspiring to be more than we are, and are emotionally committed to achieving what we aspire to be; we may be on solid ground. This means we are mentally planning and are proactively engaged. It may be at a snail’s pace, but we are moving forward. On the other hand, if all we ever do is to ‘fanaticize’ about what we can be, we may have illusions.

   Perhaps the only difference between illusions and realistic aspirations is the lack of commitment and action. If I ‘take definite actions’ toward achieving what I have fanaticized about; perhaps, I have just moved past illusions. Maybe I aspire to be a marathon runner. As long as I am one hundred pounds overweight, I can never realistically do this. Once I truly commit, have a vivid mental image and actually start losing the excess pounds, perhaps I am on my way. I may have moved from a mere illusion to a realistic possibility.

     No one knows what they are truly capable of. Many have been labeled as being hopeless dreamers, and then gone on to prove everyone wrong, defying all odds. The psychology of this is complex. The point is to move past fantasy into some type of action and take some steps forward. When we start giving our illusions some substance toward reality, we have begun to move into the realm of the possible and perhaps even the probable. We should turn our illusions into goals and dreams by taking some type of definite action!

Challenge:  Do you suffer from illusions?  Is your concept of reality ‘off center?’ If you are not actively engaged in your goals and aspirations, you may be suffering from illusions. Revisit what it is that you want to accomplish. Consider it in great detail. Outline and document the actions necessary to go forward. Take action! Move forward! To go from illusions to creation requires moving from mental intentions to concrete actions.

Wisdom: Truth is too simple for us: we do not like those who unmask our illusions. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spiritual: (NIV)

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:1

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

We are told that with God all things are possible. If God is truly our Heavenly Father and loves us as his children; it is logical and believable he only wants the best for us. He designed us for successful living. Until we realize the secular world is full of illusions, we are like the prodigal son who tries to find sustenance in the pig pens of life. When we bring God into our lives, we will see more clearly than we have ever seen. God loves you.

Prayer:  Help me to step forward and take the necessary actions to become what I am intended to be.      

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