People are asking one question and one question only: how do I get started? How do I get to where I want to get to?
And when I tell them how to get started, they ask the same question again. My answer wasn’t good enough.
So the insight I got is this: when you followed the current harmful teaching to imagine yourself where you want to be, you are expecting me to hand you the key… not tell you how to build that new reality from the bottom up.
This “imagine…” bullshit has destroyed people’s ability to see themselves, and reality, accurately.
Nothing works the way those “imagine…” people say… everything in reality is built from the ground up.
Yesterday someone asked me how to talk to someone to get a date.
I offered, instead, to look if he is ready to date, if he knows what he wants from dating, what is his agenda, etc.
In this “imagine…” culture people want to build castles in the sky… no foundation. 1
In my business I had a breakthrough about two years ago… no. exactly two years ago.
I bought the 67 steps… for 67 bucks. It is a life course, and in the right hands it is like an MBA. I have been listening to the steps, 4-5 a week, and gently move my life on new paths, my business on new paths.
But this week I had an observation: If you have this “imagine…” mentality, then you look at each step as a journey where the goal is to get through it. Not to get what’s in it, but as an inconvenience.
I never had that attitude, the “imagine…” kind, so I never had a “homework” attitude either. I was there to learn what there was to learn… wherever I was. I am not even looking at the destination.
There are many attitudes that will keep you unhappy and unproductive. Optimism, an “it will work out” attitude will get you in trouble.
The only attitude I see as productive, as an attitude that deals with reality as it is, is called practical pessimism… the philosophy of winners. The world is full of optimists to whom bad things happen, who never amount to much… smiling all the way to the grave, crying into their pillows.
I used to drive a lot. Lived in New Jersey at the time: I traveled from client to client… and to deliver my magazines. At night. In three states.
I spent time preparing for the worst… I got myself a cell-phone when it was two thousand dollars and it was tied to the car… but I was never stranded, lost and desperate as a result.
I got myself a battery charger. I had a fully examined spare tire that I could install in less than 10 minutes flat, even on a busy highway. I practiced. I made sure I could remove the lug nuts myself… that they weren’t put on too tight.
I had drinking water, and a thermal blanket with me. And maps.
And every time I left my house, I said: today is not a good day to die.
I had it and have it in nearly every area of my life. Instead of imagining that nothing bad will ever happen to me.
So, what would you do if you wanted to raise your vibration, and build a life that is worth living?
First, I guess, you would declare that the life you are living is empty, meaningless, and therefore not worth living. Because unless you tell the truth about your life, you are stuck with it.
The second thing you may want to admit is that it is meaningless because of you. As long as you blame it on others, you are stuck with it.
This second thing will put the emphasis on you, and suggests that you start working on yourself.
Showing how hapless, unaware you are. That you are clueless, your life is a mess upon mess… and your comprehension both habitually and constitutionally can only be “approximately”.
So what is the next step?
Because the starting point measurements show what keeps you living life, approaching life akin to standing on one foot… the next step is to increase your coherence. Physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
To take you out of survival, to take you out of scarcity.
The Water Energizer. Bringing up your cell hydration to a minimum of 30%. (Between you and me, when MY cell hydration drops to 30%, I can see it, and I can feel it. I start making mistakes, I start tripping over my own tongue, I make false steps. But 30% is a big step in the right direction… 50% cell hydration is where you become approximately as intelligent as your constitution and your knowledge level allows.
You won’t know things you don’t know. You won’t have capacities open that you don’t have. You won’t magically become beautiful, kind, compassionate, or diligent, if you aren’t that kind of person.
But you will be able to be who you are… whereas when you live life from one foot, you are always defending, explaining, or attacking.
There is pretty much no path for you unless your hydration is consistently above 30%.
If you have the means, the tools, the ability to be there but you aren’t… that tells me that you are happy with your wretched life… and I am OK with that… as long as YOU are.
Once you are reliable to drink your Energized Water, you are allowed to do the 67 steps. Whether you do it for life learning, or business learning, doing the steps they are meant to be done or better is your next job.
The journey is long. You’ll start seeing results, depending on where you were when you started.
I started seeing results a few weeks into the program. I didn’t do it for the results. I still don’t. I do it because unless something forces me to look at things I don’t normally look at, I get tunnel vision.
But if you do a step as homework, your tunnel “doing my homework” doesn’t shift.
I guess the first hurdle for most people is to get out of “homework mode”… and into life mode.
In the original Karate Kid there is a jump in the movie from the kid being in homework mode to being in learning life mode.
It gives no justification for that shift. What is visible on the screen is therefore psychologically, ontologically, scientifically is flawed.
Mr. Miyagi never says that to learn karate, you need to become a different person. Karate is not a set of moves, it is a way of life.
To be able to do the wax on wax off menial tasks with the right mindset is what is needed in the 67 steps: a shift in who you are. Allowing and helping the steps to shape you…
The desire number is kept high by this “imagine…” bullshit. If you ask you’ll get, manifestation crap.
It’s keeping the eyes on the fruits not the whole tree. The destination not the journey. This life-philosophy gives rise to the “homework” attitude.
How do you get out of the high desire trap? I don’t know. I know what I do, but I don’t know if you can do it.
I simply divert my attention to what I am doing. To what needs my attention. To work, to the now.
If you have a weak handle on your attention, you’ll have a hard time doing that… But you can practice.
You go unconscious when you are in the “fruits” mode… the job is to get conscious, and move the attention to what you are doing.
One interesting symptom of high desire is that you hate what you do in real life. It feels like the real life is what you imagined. So you hate your job, hate your everyday life… yearning for the more interesting, more rewarding dream.
I had an insight and a lasting breakthrough in that in 1988… when it took me a lot of work to remove all the triggers that took me into desire mode. But after about a week, I started to enjoy my work, and my overall happiness and satisfaction with my life was suddenly high.
Things are enjoyable or not only in comparison.
The desire, the dream, the unreal, makes everything really wonderful. And reality is just so-so.
But in the comparison, reality is bad, distasteful, tasteless drudgery, and that is the life you live when you have high desire number.
As you are working to alter who you are, as you transform yourself from desire driven puppet to someone who causes their attention to go where they say it should go, you become a whole different person.
A higher vibration person. A more likeable person. A more effective person. And a much happier person.
As you come out of the deep well of desire based life, you will come to a place where you can choose a direction for your life… Not before. It may take years for some of you.
And beware… if you forgot about managing the triggers, if you became optimistic, instead of a practical pessimist, you’ll miss the early signs of the desire trap’s return…
The story about climbing out or the trap being easier the second time is wrong. Mistaken. Inaccurate. The second time it’s actually harder. But you can do it… and I hope, for your sake, that you will.
There is no one more unhappy than a person sitting in the bottom of a deep well, dreaming about being up where the sun is… instead of climbing… he keeps on dreaming.
- As I was looking for pictures for this article, I actually realized that the “imagine…” culture is actually the result of “approximate listening”. Most people, most quotes don’t way: imagine and it will happen… imagine and you’ll have it. They say: imagine and then do the steps… have the box cover to put the jigsaw puzzle together… And that is actually not a bad thing.
Warren Buffet has a famous saying: if within 30 minutes you don’t know who is the sucker in the room, then it is you. You are the sucker.