And thus are two sons made, and both appear to walk this earth without a meeting-place and no encounter. One do you see outside yourself, your own beloved son. The other rests within, His Father’s Son, within your brother as he is in you. Their difference does not lie in how they look, nor where they go, nor even what they do. They have a different purpose. It is this that joins them to their like and separates each from all aspects with a different purpose. The Son of God retains His Father’s Will. The son of man perceives an alien will and wishes it were so. And thus does his perception serve his wish by giving it appearances of truth. Yet can perception serve another goal. It is not bound to specialness but by your choice. And it is given you to make a different choice and use perception for a different purpose. And what you see will serve that purpose well and prove its own reality to you.
Reality needs no cooperation from you to be itself. But your awareness of it needs your help because it is your choice. Listen to what the ego says and see what it directs you see, and it is sure that you will see yourself as tiny, vulnerable, and afraid. You will experience depression, a sense of worthlessness, and feelings of impermanence and unreality. You will believe that you are helpless prey to forces far beyond your own control and far more powerful than you. And you will think the world you made directs your destiny. For this will be your faith. But never believe because it is your faith it makes reality.
We have already said that wishful thinking is how the ego deals with what it wants to make it so. There is no better demonstration of the power of wanting, and therefore of faith, to make its goals seem real and possible. Faith in the unreal leads to adjustments of reality to make it fit the goal of madness. The goal of sin induces the perception of a fearful world to justify its purpose. What you desire you will see. And if its reality is false, you will uphold it by not realizing all the adjustments you have introduced to make it so
The significance of Brahman is expressed by neti neti (not so, not so) ; for beyond this, that you say it is not so, there is nothing further. Its name, however, is ‘the Reality of reality.’ That is to say, the senses are real, and the Brahman is their Reality.
Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad
The nature of the one Reality must be known by one’s own clear
spiritual perception; it cannot be known through a pandit
(learned man). Similarly the form of the moon can only be
known through one’s own eyes. How can it be known through others?
Who but the Atman is capable of removing the bonds of ignorance, passion and self-interested action?
Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the
identity of the individual spirit with the universal Spirit. It can
be achieved neither by Yoga (physical training), nor by Sankhya
(speculative philosophy), nor by the practice of religious ceremonies,
nor by mere learning. . . .
Disease is not cured by pronouncing the name of medicine, but
by taking medicine. Deliverance is not achieved by repeating the word
Brahman,’ but by directly experiencing Brahman. . . .
The Atman is the Witness of die individual mind and its operations.
It is absolute knowledge. . . .
The wise man is one who understands that the essence of
Brahman and of Atman is Pure Consciousness, and who realizes
their absolute identity. The identity of Brahman and Atman is
affirmed in hundreds of sacred texts. . . .
Caste, creed, family and lineage do not exist in Brahman. Brahman
has neither name nor form, transcends merit and demerit, is
beyond time, space and the objects of sense-experience. Such is
Brahman, and ‘ thou art That.’ Meditate upon this truth within
Supreme, beyond the power of speech to express, Brahman may
yet be apprehended by the eye of pure illumination. Pure, absolute
and eternal Reality such is Brahman, and ‘thou art That.’