This world is not an illusion. It is consciousness. Supreme consciousness, through its own power, contracts itself to assume the attributes, forms and objects that we perceive as the universe. Consciousness is all that exists. Within itself, consciousness creates a primordial vibration, a spanda, an impulse of creative intelligence. With this pulsation, creation emerges, projected upon the screen of consciousness, made of consciousness, within consciousness. The apparent forms are the same as the perceiver of the apparent forms.
It is the nature of supreme consciousness to create. On a cosmic level, creative intelligence vibrates and becomes the universe, an unlimited number of apparent forms.
Our life unfolds in the same way. The supreme consciousness vibrates and produces impulses of creative intelligence that we experience as our thoughts, feeling and ideas. We literally create our own universe within us, made of our consciousness, exactly as supreme consciousness creates the universe. Our mind is the irrepressible power of the creative intelligence of consciousness. When our mind becomes still and there are no thoughts, what remains is supreme consciousness.
As consciousness expands into apparent forms and attributes, it assumes the role of object and subject. This projection of consciousness, within itself, creates an appearance of differences. As the mind creates thoughts and as thoughts create ideas, we begin to live in this outwardly focused world of appearances and differences. Our mind creates its own reality and we live in it.
The thoughts, ideas and feelings cover over the source of thoughts; pure consciousness. In this state, we think we are the body, the thoughts and ideas. We think the world is different from us. We forget that we are the supreme reality. We forget that we are the same consciousness as the objects we perceive. We forget our true Self that is the supreme reality. When we are only aware of our thoughts, feelings and ideas, we no longer experience the source of them. We experience our self as a separate individual. But this is a misperception. This is the spiritual journey; forgetting and remembering. Whether we forget or remember, we always remain supreme consciousness. Our purpose is remembrance.