Are you experiencing your own self in the play of life? Are you the lead actor?

Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated
4 min readMay 20, 2024

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Vic Shayne
author
13 Pillars of Enlightenment: How to realize your true nature and end suffering

Illustration by RichardsDrawings, pixabay.com

Hinduism teaches that life is no more than a play (lila), making existence a cosmic drama so that life’s events are transient and illusory, proving the impermanence of the material world. The Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures highlight this understanding to help us to detach from the ego and its suffering. In the least, understanding life as a play can give us great insight into who we believe we are versus who we really are.

Consider that the self — who we think we are — is but an actor in a stage play that we call life. This is an interesting analogy or metaphor for life, especially when the play is compelling, believable, and engaging to the audience and the actors.

Out of consciousness comes the play and actors
Consciousness is expressed through endless forms — people, animals, objects, phenomena, nature, minerals, and on and on. We are all of this same essence of consciousness, and the play of life occurs because consciousness is interacting with itself. When consciousness forms a human being, its mind is influenced by all sorts of information, beliefs, feelings, and memories — all of which creates a sense…

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Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated

NY Times bestselling author writing about reality beyond thought, consciousness, and the self to uncover what is fundamental. https://shorturl.at/mrAS6