My colleague Jack Pransky said something I love. It’s been the inspiration for my upcoming Being Human Workshop.
This is how Jack summed up the truth of what it means to be human:
“All we are is peace, love, and wisdom, and the power to create the illusion that we are not.”
Isn’t that beautiful? And profound? Really, take that in. Sit with the simplicity and truth in that statement.
All we are is peace, love, and wisdom. Peace, love, and wisdom aren’t just a nice place we can all tap into. That places them apart from you.
They actually are you. You are them. They are all of us. They are our nature, our human blueprint, the unchangeable, unshakeable, non-negotiable essence of who and what we all are at all times, no exceptions.
Murderers, terrorists, teachers who give a lot of homework, politicians…they are peace, love, and wisdom too.
Which brings us to the other part of who we are and what we have—the power to create the illusion that we aren’t peace, love, and wisdom.
We’ve been given the coolest gift on earth—the ability to create and live out an infinite number of very real experiences in our minds, through our own power of thought.
We think—all of us, always—and we experience the results of our thinking as what we call “life”, “reality”, or “the way it is”.
Except the results of our thinking are just our personal reality and they aren’t even that for long. The experiences we create with our gift of thought are impermanent, temporary, and always in flux. Oh, and they are illusory, like Jack says.
It’s a virtual reality (like this commercial)—they are emotional, physical, vivid, sensory experiences created in-our-minds-only and lived out as if they were happening in the world around us.
So, that’s what we do. We think and create and experience our own creations. And we fall for our own creations, not realizing what they’re made of. We treat them as if they are real rather than as the illusions they are.
When something looks real, you try to change or fix it. Hence billions of people trying to change and fix themselves, mostly dissatisfied until they do.
But when something looks illusory, there’s nothing to fix. Illusions are impermanent. They change on their own. They “fix” themselves in that way.
Then, when the illusion fades, we get to turn and look back toward what we all already are: peace, love, and wisdom and the power to create the illusion that we’re not.