The greatest illusion is that we are separated from each other, that we are separate from our world.
It is this belief that is at the heart of all conflict and crisis, all destructive behaviour. We see the effects in our families, in society, and in our relationship with the environment. The illusion does have its uses, but when we forget that it is an illusion things go crazy. We stop treating our environment with care, and we stop treating each other with love and respect. We abuse or stop caring because we have forgotten that we are one, and that, whether we feel it or not, whatever afflicts any other part of the whole, will inevitably harm us also.
What affects my family affects me.
What affects my community affects me.
What affects my world affects me.
My state, my speech and my actions affect my family, my community, and my world.
The hero is one whose wakes up to this illusion and who gives themself to the whole, knowing that in healing others they will be healed.