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.
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”!