Here’s a little something to “mess with your head”.
You’ll need to read this a few times, and then just wait for the realisation to hit you later on.
You know how sometimes when something big happens, everyone’s account of it is different?
People see and hear different things?
Sometimes they came away with radically different stories?
No-one can agree on exactly how it panned out?
Well, that is happening all the time.
We don’t experience things as they are, we experience them through the “lens” of who we are at the time it happened.
We apply our emotions, beliefs and perceptions to create a memory.
Then, when we remember those things later we remember the things we “stored”
(remember they were stored as the person we were back then), through the perceptual lens of who we are now.
Read that a few times.
Until it sinks in.
Until you realise that your memories are not “real” because they are perceptions, of perceptions, of a reality that no-one can agree on.
So, in effect they are made up.
And if you’re making them up, they’re not real.
And things that aren’t real can’t hurt you, can they?