Confusion: Sewing With A Two-Headed Needle

Confusion: From Latin confundere ‘mingle together’. To make (someone) bewildered or perplexed; to identify wrongly; to mistake.

Adopting two or more concepts (such as enlightenment and salvation) confuses our mind, as these are mixed metaphors that we are trying to bring together.

Enlightenment:  awareness, freeing a person from the cycle of rebirth
Salvation:  deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ

This ‘mingling together’ is trying to travel along our path and someone else’s at the same time, and splits resolution. Ourpath is personal conflicts that have to be resolved in order to be able to realise our true essence of pure consciousness, which is non-duality.

Following another’s path is duality.

Confusion can also be called ‘conflation’. The result of conflating concepts may give rise to fallacies and ambiguity. Conflation is the merging of two or more sets of information, texts, ideas or opinions into one, often misunderstood as being equal, treating two similar but disparate concepts as the same: ‘salvation’ and ‘enlightenment’ could be two such concepts.

Again, this is exactly why the Buddha said,
“Do not take my word as truth; test it for yourself.”

Following others will deny your reality.

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