I spend some of my “entertainment credits” to shore up my cultural understanding of the country I live in, the United States. It is still study… it is still doing my work.
I read books you had to read in high school, and I find that they are really good books.
I watch shows that you watched, read nursery rhymes.
I am watching Twin Peaks.
It’s a cult classic, and I am learning a lot from it.
I learn that to be a cult movie, it has to be consistently weird. Like The Big Lebowski or really many of the Coen Brothers movies. The movie, Being John Malkovich.
But Twin Peaks takes it to a whole new level of weird. I am not talking of the surreal elements, those are just silly props. I am talking about people being themselves. Stupid, naive, self-centered, living in their made up universe… illustrations to “you live in a world of your own design”, having very little of your map of reality and reality have in common… all very funny and all very commonplace… but here made weird, so you can see it.
Through adding weirdness it is now clearly visible, that most things we watch have a soothing, unreal corrective lens on them, because I have a hunch that Twin Peaks’ representation of reality, the reality of human behavior, is closer to how it is.
Continue reading “Weird is the necessary ingredient to getting a cult following”
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so”.
~ from the movie “The Big Short”
Why is it that people don’t like this quote? Can you guess?
I see it all the time. People are quite certain that what they know is true, and are puzzled by the fact that they don’t feel good about themselves, about their place in the world, about their lives.
This includes smart people, and this includes people who are not that sophisticated.
We, as a species, are full of knowledge that just isn’t so. And when we build theories, actions, futures, arguments on those untruths, then things don’t work. Continue reading “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so”
In 1975, somewhere early spring, I was hugging my soon to be ex boy friend as hard as I could. He packed his car and was moving back to his parents.
I was sobbing. I told him I loved him.
When his car disappeared around the curve, I wiped my tears and sighed a sigh of freedom.
I asked him to leave. And I cried.
I didn’t make sense to myself, but often you don’t, and you shouldn’t.
Making sense means: your past is defining your future.
Loving someone doesn’t mean that staying with them is the best path for you.
You might be like me, your path will be long and arduous.
I had to go deeper, I had to go lower, I had to lose a lot more than just the security of a loving relationship, for me to find my own path. Continue reading “When you have to move on…”
Alexander the Great supposedly said:
Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.
Now, looking at it from the viewpoint of the fixed mindset versus the growth mindset you can see that the fixed mindset provides a barrier that promises you to keep you safe.
In the fixed mindset nothing is supposed to change: if you are great you’ll be celebrated, if you are stupid… well, the stupid should die… this was MY life principle for many decades… even if the stupid was me. Continue reading “But what about fear? What shall I do if I am afraid?”
Because of the filters on the Tree of Knowledge, one thing, the fundamental difference between the two trees isn’t getting through, I haven’t been able to teach it effectively.
The Tree of Knowledge was called, in the Old Testament, The Tree of Knowledge of good and evil… if my bible knowledge is accurate.
In that paradigm of good and evil there is no neutral. There is no other option but pick one.
Life is fundamentally different from that narrow view of life.
Anyone and everyone who views the world through that kind of filter: positive/negative, good/bad, true/false, right/wrong, etc. is low vibration, low intelligence, and low everything.
Because you think the filter is the world.
Continue reading “The tyranny of the right and wrong… your vibration is low if you are under the tyranny”
There is no such thing as enlightenment. There is moving to and living on the Tree of Life, raising your vibration, but enlightenment: it is a concept to dupe the gullible to strive for enlightenment, believe in instant salvation, and to give up personal growth and learning… all OK on the Tree of Knowledge.
Our civilization, the Tree of Knowledge culture is full of ideas that are just simply not true, but keep you running in place forever, craving, longing, yearning, and never attaining what you yearn for.
I could say that I am a myth buster, but being a myth buster is like being a revolutionary: just stirring up dirt, bringing the bottom to top is not useful: all the revolutions in the world resulted in more of the same.
So that path is not for me.
I prefer to go for the Original Design… going back 7,000 years, going back to the Tree of Life way of living and thinking.
Life comes to people without a manual. In many ways bibles, the Gita, the Koran, scriptures could be manuals to some aspects of life, but they are so full of mysticism, and bull, that they are useless except for the most astute… and their number is in the tens in the world, not even in the hundreds. I know only of one…
Continue reading “There is no such thing as enlightenment…”
Countries, people, soul corrections, have different attitudes to doing things.
Hungary (country), Finish What you Start (soul correction), England (country, ethnicity), especially, have an attitude of “How hard can it be?”
And they fancy themselves all-knowing, all-expert at everything.
My brother calls this the “do it yourself” culture.
And utter disrespect for people with experience, education, expertise. Or for skills, expertise, experience, and learning.
I worked as an architect in Hungary, for 11 years. Every client knew everything better. They considered me their guy who puts the stamp to their plan so they can get a building permit.
My brother was in a different profession, and his experience was the same: no humility, no sense of what it takes to actually be good at something, to see things fully. Continue reading “How hard can it be? said Father Brown as he was grinding the car’s transmission…”
Being successful as a human
When you look at people, you notice that there are two different ways to be successful:
1. worldly success… and
2. successful as in well rounded, fulfilled, joyful, and loving life.
The two don’t happen in the same person too often.
There are notable exceptions. Einstein was one of the exceptions.
Your vibration is a lot more correlated with the human success score than with worldly success score: fame, money, notoriety.
Obviously I train people in human success first, and worldly success second… and I have chosen, for myself, the same.
Why? Because no worldly success compensates for wretchedness.
Continue reading “The genius path to become a person with a Self”
What is the main difference between people who are worth a damn and people who aren’t?
The answer flies in the face of everything most anyone teaches, except one book and maybe one teacher in particular.
What is being taught is to take massive action towards your goal.
But almost no one is on the level among my readers, and I am not there either. On the level meaning where one massive action can get one to the goal.
The massive action followers are trying to build results on thin air… Continue reading “What is the main difference between people who are worth a damn and people who aren’t?”
You are hobbled. Hobbled by what others think you should do. Hobbled by wanting to be loved. Hobbled by the “right thing” to do, the “right way” to be…
This article is a little fragmented… I hope you get as much out of it as I intended for you to get. The “thing” it talks about is the main way your life is not enjoyable… so please, do yourself a favor and get in deep. Let me know where it doesn’t make sense…
We are in the middle of a workshop: Upsets…
And not surprisingly, I am dealing with upsets coming from yet another student. She feels hurt by my treatment of her. And I am pondering.
She is kinesthetic… acting brainy. Acting very quickly on what she thinks I am saying. And reacting very harshly. As if my word were what her life depended on.
Continue reading “Are you free to be yourself? If not, read this article…”