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Are you part of the illusion?

March 1, 2011
The Weekly Reflection February 28, 2011
If we take our vulnerable shell to be our true identity, if we think our mask is our true face, we will protect it with fabrications even at the cost of violating our own truth. This seems to be the collective endeavor of society: the more busily men dedicate themselves to it, the more certainly it becomes a collective illusion, until in the end we have the enormous, obsessive, uncontrollable dynamic of fabrications designed to protect mere fictitious identities – “selves,” that is to say, regarded as objects.Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable (New York: New Directions) 15 Thought for the DayTo have an identity, we have to be awake, and aware.Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable (New York: New Directions) 15

Contemplative Pause 

Throughout this week, pause, take a breath, and listen with your heart. Become aware in that moment to how you are a part of the illusion or sharing your true identity.

This is taken from an email I get weekly.  I LOVE Thomas Merton.  If you like it, you can subscribe by sending an email to  Also, the Merton Institute offers an exquisite study series called Bridges.  I recommend it for anyone who delves deeply into self and spirit.  You won’t regret it. It’s the BEST!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2011 10:09 am

    My mother introduced me to Merton when I was in college, I think 🙂

  2. March 1, 2011 11:52 am

    **raises hand, shamefacedly** I KNOW i have been a part of the illusion…struggle with this, daily.

    • March 2, 2011 8:09 am

      Me, too. It’s a constant struggle to be real, not just the real you think is real, or hope is real, or want everybody else to believe is real. Sigh! N

  3. March 18, 2011 7:27 am

    ‘ pause, take a breath, and listen with your heart…’
    Thank you for sharing Thomas Merton!
    I would like to share to you too the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂

  4. May 3, 2011 9:15 am

    I love Thomas Merton! Have you ever heard of Richard Foster? He used Thomas Merton in some of his devotions….Thanks for the great thoughts, nice blog!

    • May 3, 2011 12:17 pm

      Yes, I have several of his books. Thanks for your comments. Hope I get to write more soon. Happy Spring!

  5. ALIVE aLwaYs permalink
    May 28, 2011 1:14 pm

    This seems like the theory, and the practical version – the youtube video of Nick Vujicic sharing his story, your previous post. It sure is inspirational, knowing who you truly are, acceptance!

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