In church today, the minister used an entertaining analogy to make an intriguing point. He recalled that during a cross-country plane ride years ago, he was trying to concentrate on a talk he was preparing but that his eyes kept being drawn to the movie that was being shown, even though he wasn’t wearing any headphones and couldn’t hear a word that was being said.
That was one way to experience a movie, he pointed out. A second way to experience a movie is to watch it and listen to it in a theater. In that environment, it’s easy to be drawn into the movie to the point where your consciousness is so absorbed in it that your own problems and concerns disappear for a while.
Then he said, “But there’s a third way to experience a movie, and that’s what everyone here is doing right now.” After the congregation’s laughter subsided, he went on to explain that even though the life we’re living is as real as anything we can imagine, it really is only a dream of God’s, that the only true Reality is the realm of Spirit, and that all of us were actors in a movie called maya, the Sanskrit term for illusion. Indeed, just as we awaken every morning and look back with amusement or relief at the dreams that seemed so real in our sleeping hours, we may very well look back at this existence as a dream when we leave this world.
As moving pictures are sustained by a beam of light coming from the projection booth of a movie house, so are all of us sustained by the Cosmic Beam, the Divine Light pouring from the projection booth of Eternity.
The forms projected on a movie screen appear separate from one another; but try to grab an object from the screen and you discover that, just as all creation is but a single Divine thought, the lifelike reality on the screen is produced by a single beam of light.
The external world of physics has thus become a world of shadows. In removing our illusions we have removed the substance, for indeed we have seen that substance is one of the greatest of our illusions.
Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington
Switch off the projector of God’s mind and we would cease to exist as surely as celluloid characters vanish when the movie projector is unplugged.
So impossible is it for the world to continue without God that if God were able to forget the world it would instantly disappear.
ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
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Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.