Disillusioned

 

dis·il·lu·sion

Noun: Disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be.

Verb: Cause (someone) to realize that a belief or an ideal is false.

Synonyms: noun. disillusionment – disappointment – disenchantment | verb. disappoint – disillusionize – disenchant – let down

The word disillusion is often used as something undesirable. And yet, to me it’s exactly what I want for myself.

Holding tightly to an image as true, as accurately representing a world “out there”, I create an illusion for myself. Reality is always more than and different from any image, and sometimes radically so.

So when I look a little closer, and find what’s more true for me than the image, my illusions are revealed as illusions. I am disillusioned. And it’s a relief.

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I have seen what happens when I take a thought or image as true. It’s out of alignment with reality, and it’s inherently uncomfortable and painful.

In contrast, when I examine these images and thoughts, I see they are just that – images and thoughts. They may be useful and helpful to some extent, and yet they are very limiting when held too tightly as true.

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The word disillusion is often used as something undesirable. And yet, to me it’s exactly what I want for myself.

Holding an image or thought tightly as true, I create an illusion for myself. I perceive and live as if the image is true. And any image is inherently out of alignment with reality, and holding it as true is inherently uncomfortable and painful.

Finding what’s more true for me than the image is disillusionment. From the illusion created by the image, something else is revealed. And it’s a relief.

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