Where are you? This side of the road? or the other? What do you see? Is what you’re seeing right now actually happening? Wind blowing on your face, a child’s ice-cream melting and his mother trying to wipe it quickly with a tissue, a cyclist passes by ringing its bell incessantly, an old lady waiting to cross the street but unable to because of the running traffic, fruit vendor guy polishing his fruits for you to buy, a couple arguing on the other side of the street while holding hands. A scene imprinted in your head. Are you awake? Is this real? Or are you dreaming? Are you here? Or just imagining it sitting on your chair? “Ouch!” – you pinch yourself to check. So, maybe you are on that street, living it. Maybe it is actually happening. You can see the pink coloured ice-cream dripping, the red coloured top of the girl of the arguing couple, the blue coloured sari of the old lady who you’re rushing towards to help cross the road. But then your dog barks really loud and you wake up. That wasn’t real. Was it not? But you lived it while it happened, didn’t you? You were there. Except you weren’t. Was it just an illusion?

Even if it was just a dream, even if was nothing but a piece of your imagination, you experienced it. You lived it. Your emotions were real. It was the truth of your reality. You felt the cool wind blow on your face, you heard the couple’s arguments, you anxiously waited for the ice-cream to drop, you wanted to help the old lady cross the busy street. It happened for you.

The day passes, you take your dog out for a walk and see a lady at the other side of the road and are reminded of what you saw earlier and want to help this lady cross the street too. Why? Because what you experienced then was as real as it is now. Even if it was an illusion, you experienced every small detail of it as it was lifelike. What you have now, you believe it to be true, so this is the truth of the moment. It is about belief. It is about knowing, about faith. Nothing will change what you experienced then. Your emotions were real. What you felt was real. What’s stopping you from accepting your experience? Because it happened for you. And it will become a medium for your learning and growth too.

It is true if you want it to be true. If you accept it to be true. What we experience, what we feel, our emotions – only we know, only we choose, because only we live. It’s our choice to live it or negate it. Live in awareness of your emotions however you experience them.

Illusion or not, we experience everything internally. We feel everything. Our experiences are personal to us. If our choice is to experience illusion, we will doubt our reality too and then that doubt will become our reality. We will never know we live in illusion or reality but what we surely know is that our experiences are always genuine. They are the truth of our current moment. Accepting and acknowledging that experience allows us to move from our doubt of that illusion. Our existence is as real as it could be and that is our only truth.

If we say everything teaches us something, this will too. Allow it!

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