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Illusions of Self

Updated on July 27, 2013
Obstacles to Clear Water from Tony DeLorger
Obstacles to Clear Water from Tony DeLorger

Illusions of Self

By Tony DeLorger © 2013

Illusions abound in our moments of thought,

distracting us from a plethora of veiled truths,

always placed ironically at arms length,

and obvious to a mind focused on a selfless reality.

Too often we bend to the shallow and potent whims of advantage,

when reality itself hides reluctantly in the shadows,

hoping for recognition and the purity of action,

rather that the reactive ravings of ego.

Without the consideration of self advantage,

strategies fall from consciousness,

and the blindness that accompanies ill-focussed greed,

adds to the blurring of a distinct and righteous path.

Ego drives us to outcomes of benefit often without vision,

and it is this lack of true vision that creates havoc,

creates the pitfalls and blockages aligned to teach us impropriety,

and the results of ignoring the truths that govern balance.

Illusions of self grow from these tangential influences,

motives and actions that guide us to strife rather than resolve,

and in the end complicate life so much we suffer,

the illusions themselves guiding our responses and decisions.

When our visions of truth are without the illusions of self,

our paths are straight forward and far less contentious,

offering movement and decisions based on reality rather than fancy,

our minds open but informed as a consequence.

Freedom from Tony DeLorger
Freedom from Tony DeLorger

Freedom comes from unencumbered life, life not hampered by the imbalances created by our own ill-conceived actions and decisions. When we see clearly the truths that surround us and move selflessly to follow our dreams, we find a clear path. The universe never wants us to fail; it is simply by our own hands that we create paths of disharmony.


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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Agreed Wayne; glad you enjoyed it.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tony, very profound prose on the ethics and honesty of self. "To thine own self be true" Gain is only an illusion if you soul has lost.

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      So glad you connected Deonne, and enjoyed my words. Thanks for dropping in and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      Very well and beautifully stated. When we see, hear, feel, believe, and are ONE with TRUTH, all illusion fades away. We see life as it really is. We live in a friendly Universe that wants us to recognize and to know truth as it is the prerequisite to our living the lives that we desire...lives that benefit us and all mankind. When we are lead by ego, everything is evolved around doing the things that are advantageous only to one's self. We react to this illusory world and thus our lives are fraught with grave unhappiness, conflict, and pain.

      Great poem and food for thought!

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you connected Martin, and enjoyed my mutterings. Have a great day my friend.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You are quite right, For some time there were 2 mes.

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks for dropping by Jan, and glad you thought it thought-provoking.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Tony DeLorger, for your eloquent and thought-provoking lesson about our tendency to avoid truth. We certainly make it harder for ourselves by avoiding and not embracing. It's so scary, though, to completely trust the universe. Thank you for the poetic wisdom. Voted up and interesting.