Q. Sometimes I get the feeling that I am the only real person in the world, there is only me and the people around me are just my ‘projections’. Is this perspective correct?

A. Seeing yourself as real while seeing others as illusions is a phenomenon that practitioners can but not must go through. Even if you see all things as well as the people around you as empty and illusionary, you are still far from enlightenment if you cannot see yourself as empty. That’s why ancient masters would say that if there is even a single thing as tiny as a grain of dust left that is not empty, it is as far away from enlightenment as the sky is from the earth.

You should realise that not only the people around you but you yourself are also a projection, an illusion. Then, there cannot be any difference between or amongst all things, including yourself, because everything is merely an illusion. This means that everything is one in essence although each thing looks and sounds different.

©Boo Ahm

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