how the mystical spiritual journeys of both characters reflects a blending of Eastern and Western philosophies, writing assignment help

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One reviewer wrote the following commentary on Richard Bach's Illusions: "Are we so busy “knowing” that our failures to feel or to pay any attention to our intuition keeps us from achieving all that we could? Does our focus on the material—both our physical selves and the tangible world around us— keep us from seeing the illusions it presents, and keep us from knowing our deeper, spiritual nature?"

By most accounts Illusions serves as a novel to bridge Eastern and Western ideologies as we follow two men on a personal spiritual quest to discover the proverbial meaning of life. Throughout their journey there is a constant theme that the universe provides gifts, but work must be done for those gifts to reach their full potential. Bach writes: "You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however."

In an essay (1000 words minimum) discuss how the mystical spiritual journeys of both characters reflects a blending of Eastern and Western philosophies. Please use specific examples that reflect the totality of the text. Reference how the battles within their minds impacts their ability to more quickly reach their potential.

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Running head: ILLUSIONS

ILLUSIONS ESSAY
Richard Bach’s illusion is a novel that addresses the concept of how we perceive reality.
Authored by Bach, the book asserts that what we refer to as the reality is just a form of illusion
that we develop to either enjoy ourselves or for the purpose of learning (Bach, 1989). In the
novel, the author presents to us two characters that happen to meet the in the United States, and
develop a student- teacher relationship. It is through this relationship where we learn that the
world is just illusory in nature, and through various quotes used, we also learn the reality of the
author’s assertions. Although the duos have diverse ideologies, a careful analysis of their life
journey reflects an overlap of ideas, presenting an aspect of both eastern and western
philosophies.
The two men, Donald Shimoda and Richard Bach were both pilots. Flying and selling of
rides was their business, and that’s how they earned their living. Donald and Bach were both
from west America, representing the ideologies of the eastern philosophies while Bach
represents the western. Their conversation when they meet helps us know their differences in
how they perceive learni...

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