Figment of My Imagination

Am I here or only a
figment of my imagination
in this world of illusion?
What I used to think was real
has faded like morning fog,
burned away with the rising sun.
What is left when all I believed to
be true turns into vapor, sleight
of hand or simply empty wishes?

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18 Responses to Figment of My Imagination

  1. JanBeek says:

    What a beautiful word reflection on a delightful photo. Love it! ❤

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  2. Carly says:

    Life is an interesting concept, isn’t? Is life a matrix? I have wondered at times. 😂

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  3. InnerDialect says:

    Reblogged, credits to you : crystal clear honest writing, on this Blog ! Hats off

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  6. Raunak says:

    Pat, wanted to share this with you…yesterday a man I met shared some words of wisdom with me. He said, ” One of the many keys to happiness is for you to accept that things never remain constant. Change is a defining character of nature. When you have all the riches in the world, be aware that you may not have them tomorrow. When you have all the sorrows of the world, be sure they won’t be by your side for long. If a person lives by this principle, he has unlocked one of the doors to happiness.”

    I think we very often mistake something that is transient or temporary, to be an illusion. The mind needs to condition itself in differentiating the two. If one identifies that what is transient, the passing away of that thing does not cause sadness because we already had the knowledge of its nature. Actions borne out of something that is transient are not something to worry about. Illusion on the contrary may give rise to actions that may have an unwanted impact on real life.

    Its a deep topic that I’m still playing with in my mind!

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    • Pat Cegan says:

      Deep and worthy of thought, indeed. I struggle with this, with the concept of duality, and with the idea of us creating our own realities. Just about the time I have them figured out, my mind says, “Yeah, but what if…”
      🙂 Thank you for sharing this. The words of your friend are wise as are yours. I am still mulling your ideas about desire and want. On the surface, it seems simple but as I ponder your book, I see the layers of understanding. Isn’t life interesting! hugs, pat

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      • Raunak says:

        Pat, life sure is interesting. We humans are blessed with two very beautiful abilities, logical reasoning and emotional attachment. We have to use both but we cannot combine the two. As an illustration, think of life as a walk on a tight rope. Balance is the key to walk this rope. Our left hand is logical reasoning and our right hand is emotional attachment. We use both the hands spread out in either direction to balance ourselves on this tightrope called Life. But if we bring the hands together, we lose our balance and fall.

        If we master the use of these two, every question can be answered. It is when the two abilities combine and we do not know how to control them, our vision of reality becomes fuzzy.
        (I hope that makes sense…it just came to my mind..please feel free to dispute)

        I am glad that you could see the depth in the concept of desires and wants. Its a subject that many have only touched but never truly defined. I question the very notion that asks us to get rid of desires to seek eternal happiness.

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  7. Nina says:

    Reblogged this on Living Well and commented:
    what’s left when your illusions and delusions are stripped away
    is absolute truth

    for better or for worse
    not really here nor there

    but the objectivity of the truth
    depends on perspective being squared to truth

    so, it comes back to the stories that we tell ourselves, really

    and, as someone near and dear to me explained, so you might as well make it a good story.

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  8. Humbled Pie says:

    This is a great photograph!

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  9. Great photo accompanying awesome words…thank you.

    Be encouraged!

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    • Pat Cegan says:

      Thanks for the encouragement, Stephen. I was thinking the other day how often we fail to say “thank you” when someone does something nice for us. Especially with those with whom we live. Encouragement is also something we can easily and generously give and everyone can use a good dose once in a while. hugs, pat

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