There are multiple forms of illusion in this impermanent existence we call Reality.
There's the metaphor of the free mind caged in the materialistic reality of modern society; with films like "They Live" and "The Matrix" touching upon this aspect in their own way. This is first stage Meditation stuff, breaking your mind free from the illusion the modern world sells us at birth.
Don't forget, outside this chaotic Work > TV > Sleep > Work communal infrastructure we all unquestioningly abide by... you are a free man. You don't need to live this way. You are NOT trapped... unless your greed and desires get the best of you, you are FREE to walk away at any time! The physical world is insistent with it's shackles, but you can always go live "Off the Grid". Nothing is truly stopping you from living differently. Which bring us to the second illusion; The Inner Self.
The outside world may not be a strong enough illusion to fool you. You may live outside the chains that bind, but your inner world is a much stronger prison... it knows you. It IS you. Or is it?
Have a look at our "The Ego Ends Here" shirt description for deeper insights into the relative nature of the mind... how a blind ignorance of the working mind is making you depressed, keeping you living in a state of perpetual suffering (at every little event that doesn't go the way you wanted). This is next level Meditation craft, helping you unchain your psyche from it's ruthless bashing of your self-esteem and happiness... because Life is hard, people are mean and "F*ck that guy that cut me off on traffic!" Everything is just so unfair in the real world, it's all out to inconvenience you. Just you.
That brings us to the illusion of the "Real World" or "Reality" as we like to call it...
a place that's perhaps not as "Real" as we've been conditioned to think.
Now you're probably thinking "yeah whatever dude, this kind of stuff is spiritual hoodoo guru"...
Sure, to the uninitiated and purposefully ignorant... if you ignore the thousands of years of psychedelic drug use on the planet, going back to the Amanita Muscaria mushroom referenced in some of the earliest religious documents known to man... you could chalk it up to wishful thinking or metaphysical pseudo-science.
Except we now have Quantum Physics.
The literal fabric of our perceived reality has been coming into question within the science communities of the last 50 years. The profound implications of Entangled Particles has massive potential to disrupt the way man perceives his environment. This hasn't been discussed publicly in a widespread manner that educates the mass population, because it's an extremely threatening idea... as everyone on the planet kinda felt after watching the movie "The Matrix".
Science itself is beginning to gain clarity... and they simply don't know what to do with the information, because it conflicts with just about every traditional scientific view of the Universe. It goes against everything that many believe about Life.
The environment in which we live, is Sentient.
It should be noted, this is exactly what Indian Yogis and Buddhist Monks have been teaching The Seeker for literally 5000 years now. Wise men have been trying to get the world to recognize these things since the beginning of recorded history. Animism is one of the world oldest beliefs, yet scientists refuse to entertain anything which isn't a repeatable pattern of provable theory. Despite the obvious, in many cases... which every human being is capable of engaging on a personal level.
That said, quantum physics is finally pushing modern science into facing psychological truths they don't like... Science is literally playing catch-up to the naked Yogi dudes sitting in Himalayan caves seeking Enlightenment; for millennia now.
So now you've been introduced to an idea that you can literally start paying attention to, right now... if you begin to consider the implications of something as crazy as this might sound, you will realize the world has been trying to tease you into taking interest in your own metaphysical existence for your entire Life... so, Are you Experienced?