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The Stuff of Illusion

8A thought from 1457:

“Looking at the single moment of thought, it has no shape, it abides nowhere for its duration, and there is nothing in it to despise and reject.  It is like clouds in the vast sky, like bubbles on the water.  […] Thoughts and things are one emptiness.” (Ikkyu-shi Sojun).

This thought from almost 600 years ago applies today: the illusion of self is always made of the same thing-less thing – illusion is made of illusion.

The Stuff of Illusion

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2013). The Stuff of Illusion. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 20, 2020, from


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