It has been a week of mixed emotions and reality checks for me, virtual and otherwise.

I suppose I could get into a long discourse here on the nature of reality, and suggest that the world as we generally see it — and feel it — is an illusion, as in:

Let me take you down
‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about
Strawberry Fields forever

As a theosophical sort of transcendentalist, I get that “life is but a dream.” I really do know that, sort of . . .

So why do I feel so much sadness when I see people I have worked with for decades being layed off? Why is my heart broken by the seemingly irreversible doom faced by the newspaper industry in Canada?

Is it not written by sages that “all things must pass”?

Indeed, as one beloved colleague being layed off told me before she departed, we can’t expect a company to hire us for life.

Yup. That’s reality.

We’re there to serve the owners, and when they no longer need us or can afford us, out the door we go. Forget about the “we’re all family” stuff in the workplace. That is a fanciful fairweather friends line of thought — an illusion.

Which is not to say that it is bad. It’s just the way it is, baby.

But it still hurts, ya know. And it is still hard to go back to work and see all the empty desks . . .

Ultimately, I am more aware today that what counts the most — if anything does in this world of illusionary experiences — is the love you have with your partner and family and close friends.

And, perhaps, the knowledge that we are each, in “divine” immortal essence, manifestations of the One in its multi-dimensional playground we call “the universe.”

Well, that is the hope, anyway. But there comes a time when one doesn’t really care much about such metaphysical theory, because God’s playground can be just so damn depressing, and the thought of eternal nothingness seems so appealing . . .

No, mustn’t go there. But I can see down that dark tunnel of depression, and I can understand why some succumb to it.

Hold on world, world hold on
It’s gonna be alright
You gonna see the light — John Lennon


Speaking of illusionary experiences and reality: Virtual reality is about to become reality big time, according to various soothsayers. One video I was watching this week predicts that smartphones as we know them now will be obsolete in three or four years as we all switch to virtual reality devices that are in the making.

Who knows? Nothing would surprise me. I mean, who would have thought that I would be watching TV shows on my phone now?

So, in a bid to cash in on the illusionary nature of VR and make some real coin as the technology starts to play a major role in our everyday reality, I bought some stocks in a company called YDreams Global Interactive Technologies, and am eyeing another firm called Spectra7 Microsystems — both trading on Canada’s TSX exchange.

I’ll talk more about VR in future posts.

— Jillian

Photo: The lotus symbolically represents karma in many Asian traditions. A blooming lotus flower is one of the few flowers that simultaneously carries seeds inside itself while it blooms. Seed is symbolically seen as cause, the flower effect. The lotus is also considered as a reminder that one can grow, share good karma and remain unstained even in muddy circumstances. (Photo: Nevit Dilmen/Wikipedia)