This article may be the most important article you'll ever read... This is not an exaggeration. Any day is a good day to wake up, but around these weeks of greed and herdlike stomping to get more stuff, it is especially a good time. So, as you understand, this is a wake up article...
We all say we hate complainers. And we all complain.
But is there any form of complaint that is not a downer, that is not a racket, that is a good thing?
I like to watch entire series of television shows on Netflix. If I don't like it, I just start another one. No commercials, no TV needed, easy.
"What does it matter how many lovers you have if none of them gives you the universe?" French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan posed that question. I invite you to put it at the top of your list of hot topics to meditate on. In doing so, I trust you won't use it as an excuse to disparage your companions for their inadequacies. Rather, I hope it will mobilize you to supercharge your intimate alliances; to deepen your awareness of the synergistic beauty you could create together; to heighten your ability to be given the universe by those whose fates are interwoven with yours.
In the current live course, from Upset to Communication we have come to the last of the four non-elevated fields of communication, Admirer-admired. My horoscope, above, for the coming week reflects that.
One of my students has already sent me her collage. It has given me a glimpse into her internal conversations that is deeper than I have ever seen... and I have known her for almost six years now.
Collages, where you go through pictures in magazines, or memes on the internet, are the best way to reveal to yourself your relationship, opinion, attitude about the world, about others, about yourself, about effort, ambition, etc.
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…"
I am reading a book, The One Thing. Tai recommended it, so I had been resisting.
But like most of the books Tai recommends, it does have a kernel of gold... Maybe more than one kernel.
One of these is what he says about will power. Quite fascinating and very useful.
He says, that just like glycogen, brain food for thinking, will power uses energy, food, and can be depleted.
I don't have to rely on will power, because about a year ago I started to reorganize my life to habitually do the things that serve me, and remove the opportunities for doing things that don't serve me.
Update 4/4/17: New insight: Building Bridges (BB) is quite slothful by nature... I am changing the picture to an actual bridge... because it is a more apt illustration: you want to get to the other side, and you need to do a ton of work to get there... and you have no skills... but to build skills you also have to build a bridge between the thought and the action that builds skills... So most Building Bridges never actually do anything. The only BB I have ever seen do something is a guy who has undertook reading... and following that method, he is now adding skills to his toolbox. He may amount to much.
So what is the trick?
I recommended that he starts reading not worrying if he understands, or if he enjoys it. He trusted me and started to read that way. After a while comprehension imperceptibly grew, and now he enjoys reading.
Once a BB experiences how learning a skill works, they grow wings.
It takes a lot of skills to build a bridge, but each bridge is the same: you have to start with no visible results plus faith. Faith that the investment will work out, even though they can't see it.
Without this a BB will just live randomly, thrown about like a dry leaf, never amounting to anything.
I am reading a book that says: the purpose of life is survival. 1
So I am going to look at the issues that hold my students back through that distinction: survival. If what I find is true about my students, it is probably true for other people... as well, maybe even you...
So, the question is: how does lack of humility serve survival... or the illusion of survival? After all an individual's ability to survive increases greatly by learning new things... and yet.