The Grand Illusion

David Price
3 min readDec 11, 2021

Pursuing the horizon

Andrey Remnev

“The birds don’t know they have names. Watching them, I thought, “who cares what they are called?” — Thomas Merton
I’ve come to believe the same applies to God. God isn’t invested in “titles,” we are. I don’t think God cares in the least what name or names we have created to describe Him/Her.
What need is there for a title or distinction when you “are all, and, in all?” Is it even possible for God to have a “need?”
We are one with God and therefore one with all of creation, we’ve either forgotten it, or we don’t want to believe it.
Our belief in “separateness” is the grandest of illusions.
Remember and Believe.

— Paul Pignal

‘Awareness knows no resistance and is, thus, peace itself; it knows no lack and is, thus, happiness itself; and it knows no otherness and is, thus, love itself.

— Rupert Spira


Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion?

— Rumi


“I saw a man pursuing the horizon”

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;
Round and round they sped.
I was disturbed at this;
I accosted the man.
“It is futile,” I said,
“You can never — ”

“You lie,” he cried,
And ran on.

— Stephen Crane

A human being without a culture is impossible. The problem comes when the conditioning of the culture is completely unconscious. It’s even worse when that culture is anti-life, when it trains its members to live on the surface of themselves while chasing chimeras, when it defends itself against questioning, insights and self awareness. I’m afraid we live in such a culture and it’s colonizing every corner of the globe. That bodes ill for the viability of Planet Earth.

Cultures come and go. Ours looks to be a sprint rather than a marathon. It has a bad combination of powerful technology and spiritual blindness. We know something’s wrong because, if we…

David Price

I write about creativity, loving, language learning and psycho/spirituality. I’m a longtime painter and reader.