When a person puts on a costume to play a part in a play, they assume the persona of that character. The performance reflects their interpretation of the characters personality, body language, and thoughts. Just as when an athlete puts on the uniform prior to his stage entrance, he too assumes the role of the mighty warrior of sport. Identified only by the position he takes on the playing field, his identity is transformed from the single identity to the member of a team.
The role becomes the safe haven from the reality of one’s own self. Behind the uniform, a warrior of sport can hide from his own reality. A new ego or self emerges, and assumes the role of leader. A grand or victorious performance will excuse all previous transgressions or signs of weakness. Crushing or humiliating your opponent earns the ego the right to greatness, and creditability amongst your peers or fellow countryman.
Validation forgives all of life’s sins, and toughness in the face of illusionary adversity brings the stature of importance. But what of the illusion; the self has an answer which can be found if not on the battle field of sport, then in the battle field of life. After all, are they not one in the same?
A visionary who sees threw the illusion, is one who is truly living in the Now. The grand stage, in which the self performs it acts of deception, creates the emotional discord that drives the ego to power. Without this stage of which performances are perfected, the ego has no venue to hone its craft. Illusion is the binding agent that brings the emotion to the ego, and feeds the self. In order to break free of the self, and take the power back from the ego, we must look through the illusion.