…abused by the “common error”?

The Spanish painter Diego Velasquez wrote in his journal: “The people here permit themselves to be abused by the common error.”

Do I do that? Permit myself to be abused by the common error? And what is the common error?


“We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness.”

While I suggest that each of us could ask himself/herself this question and find your own answers, let me put forth a  possible answer: the common error is identifying with my ego, identifying with my body. Thinking, and believing, the ego or the body is me.

A misperception!


Alternative? Wait, listen, in the Silence, after enquiring: “What is the Truth here?” Or:  “What am I?”,  “Who am I?”


Six-year-old Max, my grandson, drew that little drawing above. He’s not yet (and may he never be!) “abused by the common error”!


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