We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.
- The Truman Show
The filter of illusion occurs in the split-second that it takes one to engage the ego-mind. Meditation pulls one into the present moment wherefrom infinity pours, raw and unfiltered, imbued with TRUTH and the LIGHT THAT HEALS ALL LIGHT. Try to apprehend it with the senses, however, and the fountain of the present moment instantaneously condenses into a vast array of finite objects, which upon closer examination turn out to be altogether different & separate from the experience: Instead one perceives a collection of reference points within one’s own consciousness, comprising attributes of a little replica universe, but conforming to one’s belief systems, habituated thoughts, and conscious/unconscious expectations/fears/desires. In a mundane waking state (absent mindfulness / meditation) one is reflecting on fresh memories of perception, rather than perceiving directly. This is one reason why it’s so hard to explain consciousness. You can’t describe to someone what it feels like to sit in the rain; it has to be experienced.