Leonard Cohen: Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore

 

Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore.

Leonard Cohen

I am not sure in which context this was said, or what Cohen meant by it. 

For me, it means that this reality – as it appears to me and others – is something I cannot afford to ignore. Consensus reality is something I cannot afford to ignore.

I want to live according to it which means to be a good steward of my own life (as Adyashanti says), be a good citizen, be a good member of the ecological community, and be a good ancestor for future generations. At least, as much as I am able. 

Even within awakening, this is the case. Within awakening, we realize that all is the play of the divine, and that consensus reality is created by our ideas in our own minds. And yet, we still wish to live according to it. (Unless wisdom, kindness, and experience tells us something else is better which sometimes happens.) 

Sometimes, there an early glimpse of reality can be followed by the mind telling itself I can do what I want, nothing stops me, I can ignore silly human conventions. This is a pitfall of early phases of awakening, or a childhood disease. If we decide to listen to this voice we soon get the consequences and hopefully learn from it and become a little wiser and more mature. If Cohen had something like this in mind, he wanted to point to this pitfall and how to avoid it. 

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Initial notes…..

  • Reality is one of the possibilities I cannot afford to ignore.
    • that reality is as it appears 
    • is true even w/in awakening
    • is true in a limited sense (not final, absolute) 
    • and it’s good for us to live as if it’s true, and also find the ways it’s not, include both 

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