the usefulness of the illusion – the Law of One


Living within the illusion I feel that I am isolated and on my own in a world that challenges me to survive. The root of this mind-set is the belief that I am this body, for it is the body that can be harmed and destroyed. This is what we call ‘death’. My main purpose from the perspective within the illusion is to prevent harm to my body (for I do identify myself with this body) and to keep it alive as long as possible. When I remain limited by this perspective, my approach to life is one of ‘service to self’. I see myself as a center (my body) and all is valued according to usefulness to my existence as this body.

This perspective on life, if not expanded to include my identity as an aspect of something larger and all-encompassing, leads to conflict with my environment as I am prone to actions that are detrimental to my environment (and others in my environment). The experience of being able to satisfy the desires that arise from this perspective leads to what we call ‘ego’ – behavior that refers to satisfying desires of this body-based identity.

Since this behavior sees itself as the center of existence, egotistic behavior knows no limits – each desire that is satisfied feeds a sense of power (“I can achieve many things”) that then suggests an even greater desire to be pursued. At no time is this craving for “more” tempered by the sense of being a part of something larger, more encompassing that one desires to be in alignment and harmony with.

It is said that this experience of living within the illusion offers grand opportunities to become aware –while in the illusion of separation – of being something greater: an all-encompassing identity, i.e. the Creator. The Creator, according to this perspective, tasked Itself with recognizing the illusion for what it is while immersed in the illusion. It is said that achieving this awakening from the illusion of separation while within the illusion is a way of accelerated spiritual evolvement. The term, ‘spiritual evolvement’, as I understand it, refers to Creation becoming increasingly aware of itself as the Creator, and thus releasing its compulsion to perceive itself as separate from the Creator.

As part of the process of awakening to Itself as Creator, existence and all beings in existence become consciously aware of their creative power and use this power to align themselves increasingly to the fundamental law of existence which is Love, because Love brings all aspects of Creation more and more into Oneness with themselves as Creator.

In the realm we inhabit which we call Earth, this option of the usefulness of the illusion seems to be missing the mark, as many aspects of Creation appear deeply lost in the illusion and unable to overcome it in order to awaken to themselves as Creator. Information has been and is being received by some on Earth to the effect that energies are being released by the central sun of our galaxy that will make it easier for human consciousness to awaken from the trance of the illusion. This information furthermore includes teachings which can support this awakening process. The following material from this body of knowledge was received by humans around 1980.

Don Elkins, Carla Rueckert and James Allen McCarty were involved over many years with experiments designed to communicate with extraterrestrial beings. This work led, among other things, to the publication of this communication as “The Law of One – the Ra Material” which consists of 5 books by Don Elkins, Carla Rueckert and James Allen McCarty. The following excerpt is taken from the part of the Introduction that was written by Carla.

“… this is an introduction to a book which consists of transcripts of messages of a very precise nature having to do with metaphysics, philosophy, and the plan of evolution, both physical and spiritual, of man on Earth. Consequently, what I propose to do is share with you some of the research material which our group has collected through the years. Since all of these examples come from the same group we never describe who the receiver may be as we feel that it is the information that is important rather than the person who is transmitting.

“According to an entity called Hatonn who has spoken with our group and several others for many years, the purpose in being here of at least some of the UFOs that are seen in our skies at this time is much like the purpose that we might have in sending aid to a disaster-stricken or extremely impoverished country. It is a desire to be of service.

(Hatonn’s information is in italics / emphasis in bold is mine:) “We have been contacting people of planet Earth for many, many of your years. We have been contacting at intervals of thousands of years those who sought our aid. It is time for many of the people of this planet to be contacted, for many now have the understanding and the desire to seek something outside the physical illusion that has for so many years involved the thinking of those of this planet.

“The process we are stimulating is one which is self-generating. As more and more of those who desire our contact receive it and pass it on to others, then those who receive this passed-on information will then themselves be able to reach a state of thinking and understanding sufficiently in tune, shall I say, with our vibrations in order to receive our contact. For this, my friends, is how contacts work. It is first necessary, if the entity is to be able to receive our contact, for him to become of a certain vibration as a result of his thinking. This is greatly speeded by involvement in groups such as this. And then it is finally done through meditation. In other words, the verbal communications given to the entity by the channels such as this one create a system of thought and a desire for spiritual awareness that raises his vibration.

“We of the Confederation of Planets in the Service of the Infinite Creator are very sorry that we cannot step upon your soil and teach those of your people who desire our service. But, my friends, as we have said before, this would be a very great disservice to those who do not desire our service at this time, and we are afraid we would have little effect in bringing understanding even to those who desire it, for understanding, my friends, comes from within. We can only guide. We can only suggest. We are attempting to do this in such a way that the seeking of the individual will be stimulated to turning his thinking inward, inward to that single source of love and understanding, the Creator, that is part of us all, part of everything that exists, for everything that exists, my friends, is the Creator.

“We are very privileged to have you join with us in this great service at this time in the history of your planet. For this is a very great time, a great transitional period, in which many of the Earth’s people will be raised from their state of confusion to a simple understanding: the love of their Creator.

“Hatonn speaks of our desire to seek something outside the physical illusion. What he talks about so persuasively is something that is often referred to by members of what Ra calls the Confederation of Planets in the Service of the Infinite Creator as “the original thought.” This is another term for our word, “love,” but implies a great deal more. It implies a unity that is so great that we do not see each other simply as close friends, or brothers and sisters, but, ideally, as the Creator; and, as we see each other and ourselves as the Creator, we see one being. This concept is at the very heart of telepathy and Hatonn talks about this concept and the original thought in general:  

“At this time I am in a craft far above your place of dwelling. I am at this time able to monitor your thoughts. This, my friends, might seem to some of your peoples to be an infringement, but I can assure you that it is not. Our capabilities of knowing the thinking of the peoples of this planet Earth are not designed in any way to infringe upon either their thinking or their activities. We do not consider the knowledge of the thoughts of others to be an infringement for we see these thoughts as our own. We see these thoughts as the thoughts of the Creator.

“My friends, it may seem to you that a thought of a nature other than one of love and brotherhood might be a thought generated not of our Creator. This is not possible, my friends. All thought that is generated is generated by the Creator. All things that are generated are generated by the Creator. He is all things and is in all places, and all of the consciousness and all of the thought that exists is the thought of our Creator. His infinite number of parts all have free will, and all may generate in any way they choose. All of His parts communicate with all of the creation, in His entire and infinite sense.

“We are not attempting to change the thinking of our Creator. We are only attempting to bring His ideas to some of the more isolated parts for their inspection and appraisal. Isolated parts, I say, my friends, and why should we consider these parts to be isolated? We consider them isolated because from our point of view they have chosen to wander far from the concept that we have found to permeate most of the parts of the creation with which we are familiar. We find, my friends, that man upon planet Earth in his experiences and experiments has become isolated in his thinking and has divorced it from that to which we are accustomed in the vast reaches of creation which we have experienced.

“I urge you, my friends, to remember what we have brought to you. The next time that you are, shall we say, backed into a corner by the circumstances which prevail within the illusion of your physical existence, remember what you have learned and do not forget what you have worked so hard to obtain. You will choose at any time to alter your needs and desires from within the physical illusion to your being within the creation of the Father. As long as your objectives lie within this physical illusion it will be necessary for you to be subject to the laws which prevail within this illusion. If your desires can be altered by the application of what you are learning and are lifted in the creation of the Infinite One, then, my friends, you may have a great deal more ability to remove yourself from the corners into which the illusion seems to back you.

“To some who may read these words the concepts may seem to be a less than practical and certainly overly idealistic method of discussing what many have called the new age or the Age of Aquarius. It certainly seems unlikely that an entire planet could go so wrong philosophically and that beings supposedly more advanced than we would care enough about us to attempt to help us.

“However as we look for the heart of the “cosmic” system of philosophy, we find much that is clear and simple without being simplistic in the least, much that is ethical without being dogmatic—in short, much that is informative. Here Hatonn speaks of the nature of reality, which, in the main, seems to have escaped the notice of Earth man:

“My friends, man on Earth has become very shortsighted in appreciation of the creation. He does not understand the true meaning of the simple and beautiful life that surrounds him. He does not appreciate its generation and regeneration. He learns that the very atmosphere that he breathes is cycled through the plant life to be regenerated to support him and his fellow beings and creatures, and yet this seems to the vast majority of those who dwell upon this planet to be an exercise in technology rather than one in theology. There is no awareness of the Creator’s plan to provide for His children, to provide for their every desire and to provide a state of perfection. Man on Earth has lost the awareness that is rightfully his. And why, my friends, has he lost this awareness? He has lost this because he has focused his attention upon devices and inventions of his own. He has become hypnotized by his playthings and his ideas. He is but a child in his mind.

“All of this may be very simply remedied, and man can once more return to an appreciation of reality rather than an appreciation of the illusion created by his mind. All that is necessary, my friends, is that he individually avail himself to this appreciation of reality through the process of meditation, for this process stills his active conscious mind which is continually seeking stimulus within the illusion developed over so many centuries of time upon planet Earth. Very rapidly, then, he can return to an appreciation of the reality in the functioning of the real creation.

“This, my friends, is what man of Earth must return to if he is to know reality: this simple thought of absolute love, a thought of total unity with all his brothers regardless of how they might express themselves or whom they might be, for this is the original thought of your Creator.  

The creation of the Father, then, as Hatonn calls it, has a very simple nature, a nature in which love is the essence of all things and of all their functions. Yet this “real” creation obviously is not uppermost in most of our minds because we live in a day-to-day atmosphere to which the Confederation has referred quite often as an illusion.

“We of the Confederation of Planets in the Service of the Infinite Creator have been, for many of your years, aware of many principles of reality. We are aware of these principles because we have availed ourselves to them just as the people of your planet may do.

“It is possible through meditation to totally reduce the illusion that you now experience that creates the separation—an illusory separation—to what it actually is, a total illusion. We have been continuing to speak to you about meditation. We have spoken to you many times about reality and about love and about understanding, and yet you do not seem to be able to overcome the illusion.

The reason for the illusion, my friends, is one that man on Earth has generated. He has generated it out of desire. This illusion is useful. It is very useful for those who would wish to evolve at a very rapid rate by experiencing it and by using it while within it. Many of us who are now circling your planet would desire to have the opportunity that you have, the opportunity to be within the illusion and then, through the generation of understanding, use the potentials of the illusion. This is a way of gaining progress spiritually and has been sought out by many of our brothers.

I cannot over-emphasize the necessity of becoming able to understand the nature of the potentials within your illusion and then, by self-analysis and meditation, reacting to that in a way that will express the thought that generated us: the thought of our Creator. This was done by the teacher whom you know as Jesus. This man recognized his position. He recognized the illusion. He understood the reason for the potentials within the illusion, and his reaction to these potentials and activities within the illusion was a reaction which was expressing the thought of the Creator, a thought of love.

“Keep uppermost in your mind that the illusion that you experience is an illusion, that it is surrounding you for the purpose of teaching you. It can only teach you if you become aware of its teachings. It is said that “He worked His wonders in mysterious ways.” This way may seem mysterious; however, it is the way of spiritual evolvement. There are many souls experiencing the illusion in which you find yourself; however, there are few using this illusion to grow. They are not doing this other than at a subliminal level because they have not availed themselves through their seeking to a knowledge of the possibility of doing this.

“Once an individual has become aware of the possibility of using the illusion in which he finds himself in your physical world for the progression of spiritual growth, it is necessary that he take the next step and use his knowledge to express, regardless of the potentials which affect him, the love and understanding of his Creator.

Law of One, Book One, Introduction, p. 30 – 38 (epub file)

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5 thoughts on “the usefulness of the illusion – the Law of One

  1. Tomas, I so enjoyed this writing! It’s a good affirmation to remind ourselves during these challenging times to hold these thoughts and reminders close to our hearts. As I do this very act I consistently find that “re-programming” of my thoughts is the way to diminish illusion of reality. I have been practicing re-cultivation of myself for many years and each step of the way simply presents the next layer of illusion. It’s quite the koan. The layers are thick and the distance between humonity and creator is vast…so it seems from the view of separatism. Yet those gentle and dropped moments into quietude so immediately vanishes the illusion. But what is to motivate one into the seeking. Aaaaaahhh, the very question we all wish one to be asking.

    • Yes, that’s the crux of it – one might say that there is nothing wrong with desire, only we desire satisfaction from the illusion, and that is delusional. Once we experience the satisfaction that the desire for connection to our God-spark gives, then the seeking gets fired-up. Until then we continually compromise and allow ourselves to be ‘satisfied’ by the ‘pleasures’ of the illusion. I remember the one character in the Matrix movie who betrayed the others, sitting with the agents black and biting into a juicy steak and commenting: “I know it’s an illusion, but it tastes so good!” That’s our plight, until we finally realize the total and absolute insanity of it.

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