I have been "harping" on this with my students: hear the principle first, and then hear the rest...
If I asked you (Cinderella) to separate the wheat from the chaff... what would you do first? If you are like me, you first find out what is the difference... in looks, in weight, and then start separating them accordingly.
I even used to use this capacity (oh, forgot to say, it's a capacity!) to hire or not hire someone to work with me. I would ask someone to separate a pile of things by their category...
For you Everything is the same as everything else ... except not always
Just for clarification: the Matrix is the same as the Chicken Coop in the novel, White Tiger...
As a mad scientist, my job is to distinguish the "things" that are in your way of direction, in your way of clarity, and to devise ways for you to go around them or through them. 1
One tool that has proven invaluable is isolation. Isolating what you want to see. Seeing it by itself. So you can see it for what it is, in all its glory...
In nature, to our eyes, things are grouped, things are undifferentiated and solid.
Your language supports that too... everything is the same as everything else, except not always. 2 That is how we see. We don't see boundaries, we don't separate out what we want to see, we always see things together. We say: it IS... but there is no "it" and therefore there is no "is". If we said: It seems that ... then we would be closer to reality... but we don't say that. That would require humility. Continue reading "The Matrix… one method of the Matrix is confusion…"
You are nearly always stuck. You may not notice, because you are not rocking the boat, shaking the tree, you are not trying for more, better or different, you are sleepwalking.
When I say "you" I mean, you, me, everyone.
And I am sleepwalking too, but at least some of the time I am conscious of it.
Now... where is this going... right? Do you have to say something, Sophie? yes, I do.
Yesterday was one of those "trouble comes in three's..." day.
My landlord said something that scared the bejesus out of me... it looks he wants me to move, or else. One of my students got mad at me and quit. And it looked I was on my own getting groceries... the store is far... and the groceries are heavy.
So I saw that regardless of my normally quiet mind, sleep was largely out of question. So I read thill 12:30, and got up at five. And sat down to work.
In the 67 steps there is a method to make decisions using a calculator. 1
Nine out of ten students skip it, the one that does it does it shabbily. Students won't do it or won't do it right even after I send them back to do it.
Why? Because the method uses questions that you don't want to ask. Why? Because they upset the apple cart.
I read a book, years ago, by a therapist, for people who can't make a decision to leave or to leave... 2 The one question that no one asked before was: when it was the best: was it really good?
I was in a relationship when I first read that book, so I asked the question and looked. And then looked at every relationship I had ever had. I found that even when it was the best, it wasn't really good... for me. As hard as it was to accept that, I decided that I am not going to live on crumbs any more... I am happiest alone, married to my life-purpose... I left and I have been a lot happier ever since.
An attitude is an approach. It is the result of an internal conversation we are having with ourselves. An attitude is 100% in your power, even if you don't feel you can change it. And true: you don't change it directly. You change the conversation, the things you say to yourself.
We are taught in the Tree of Knowledge culture to have a strong "why" for our actions. A reason, and agenda, a purpose to what we want to do.
This attitude will keep you on the Tree of Knowledge, and will keep you wretched: the Tree of Knowledge is the home of wretched living.
For people who have a real hard time conjuring up a big why out of nothing, this may be good news. For people who have invested a lot into growing their desire, visualizing, vision mapping, mind movies, and other happy horse shit, this is going to be really hard, and will feel unnatural.
The attitude that will help you climb the tree of life is the same attitude a guy, George Mallory, a mountaineer, had for climbing Mount Everest...