What is life about? I mean life for a human being? Not Life, but life...
There are two schools of preference. The main difference between the two schools is how they consider your size, and how they define what is your "job" in life, what should be your aspiration.
One school, the one that we live in now, the predominant school of thought, says that you are small, inconsequential, there is something vast and powerful that you must obey and fear. That you are powerless and you need to resort to magic and fantasy and help from supernatural beings to be able to make anything happen. Continue reading "What is life about? What is the purpose of life? I mean life for a human being? Not Life, but life…"
This morning something pulled me back to bed after I got up.
I considered it guidance, and I got back to bed.
What came next was amazing: trips down memory lane, all centering around mental illness, mental stability, your TLB, and what was in common among the many people I remember so clearly, people I spent time with in mental institutions.
As an empath, other people's feelings, emotions tend to tug at me. today 99% of what I feel is not mine... But before I became conscious, before I started to climb the consciousness tree, 30% of the feelings I felt were mine. I also had a lot more noise in my head... all talking at the same time.
The only reason I know, with 20/20 hindsight, that I was hospitalized not for what I felt, is that none of the medication worked... I wasn't the person who was crazy, I just felt the craziness of others.
My theory of mental illness has always been that it is an escape... a hiding place.
Continue reading "Read again: Is your inability to say what happened a type of mental illness?"
Your mind, your stupid part, has no direct knowledge about reality. It has no concern, no regard to reality... It has in it what the memes have programmed it to have... 1% reality, 99% b.s. And your mind is, therefore, your worst friend. It is killing YOU and it is killing your life... sometimes slowly, sometimes really fast.
Every Tuesday I read my email to find my weekly horoscope, and here it goes... again. Setting a context for my life, a context I could have never dreamed up myself... Rob Brezsny and his weekly horoscopes I would not want to miss. Continue reading "The mind is the stupid part of you…"
Most authors, most gurus, most spiritual/money/prosperity/marketing teachers contributed one distinction to me... if any.
Actually, most didn't... Famous ones, successful ones, amazing ones... nothing. I was left with nothing.
One of these distinctions, by Robert Scheinfeld, is considering that all you see when you look is through the limited perspective of the human mind. The 1%.
But seeing things the only way we can is not the problem. You see what you see. Continue reading "From the limited perspective of the human mind… why you make so many mistakes??"
During the summer of 1966 I ran into a girl I knew from elementary school. Turns out she applied and was accepted to the same school I was going to start in that September.
We were having a chat. I remember thinking to myself: Compared to her I know everything... why am I going to school?
We both graduated. I am sure she still thinks she knows everything. My experience is that I know less and less as time goes by.
Whether you can identify with my 19 year old person, or my 69 year old person, and to what degree will be important, so jot it down.
This article will attempt to answer truth value.
Continue reading "Updated: Truth value… let’s talk about truth value"
What is the difference between an opinion and an assessment, an observation, a statement, a theory, a hypothesis?
Many people use one word for many different things...
I have this "friend" who climbs the same steps I climb, except that he climbs it seven times each time, I climb it once or twice. He is a little younger than me.
I am fond of him: he is one of the handful of people I regularly talk to, eye to eye.
I often walk with him as he walks home: I guess I am hungry for human companionship: 10-20 minutes at a clip. Continue reading "Opinion? How should you hear what someone says?"
How Many Different Ways Do You Know Your Mind Keep You Trapped In A Dead End Loop Of Activity?
I've told you about me, finally, awakening that there is a mosquito invasion in every window of my duplex.
So I've researched for ways to get rid of the mosquitoes that doesn't involve chemicals, doesn't involve flame throwers, and expensive carbon monoxide machines.
One recipe called for brown sugar. I have never bought brown sugar, and I didn't feel good buying a pound of brown sugar for the mosquitoes... but I remembered that I had some black-strap molasses in my kitchen cabinets. After all brown sugar is not perfectly cleaned sugar... mostly they just mix the white sugar with some molasses... I can do that.
The mosquitoes love the molasses. They buzz above them, and then they go too close and the sticky gooey molasses trap them. They move around but can't get out.
This reminds me that we could talk about the morass: the mind's way to keep you trapped in useless servitude so you can't move forward.
Sound useful? Then let's get to it.
Ways the morass traps you
Continue reading "How Many Different Ways Does Your Mind Keep You From Hearing What’s Being Said?"
This is a four years old article. I am rewriting it to include fixed mindset, the distinction from Carol Dweck's book, Mindset.
When the mind takes over your perception you see what your mind wants to see.
We have all experienced how the mind tricks us into believing that something other than what's happening is happening.
When you are dizzy, sea-sick or drunk: the room seems to be spinning. When someone tells you skinny is good, you start liking skinny. When someone tells you you are ugly, you start seeing ugly.
Here are some examples:
1. You are not allowed to see what your mind doesn't allow you to see...
...this is why Japanese soldiers could not see, till the end, that they were beaten.
More than that: Japanese soldiers enlisted into the Japanese navy, but never considered that they should learn to swim: the option that their vessel would sink never occurred to them: after all their emperor was invincible. They would not even make any moves to get a life preserver when they were under attack: their mind told them that nothing can, nothing could happen to them... and they died by drowning... victims of the mind hiding reality from them.
You are that Japanese soldier, you just don't know it.
Continue reading "When the mind takes over perception: you see only what the mind allows you to see"
No sense of humor? You just answered the question in the title..
What does it mean about you what you know and what you don't know? or how much you know...
It means nothing about you. And yet we all pretend to know stuff... stuff we don't know. Stuff we can't know.
It is, to me, the most counter intuitive behavior, but I must be a freak, because I would never pretend to know something I don't know.
There must be a mistaken belief that if you know something you are better. Smarter.
This is one of the detrimental results of living on the Tree of Knowledge, where you don't enjoy life, where you don't experience fulfillment, love, happiness, because it is impossible to experience on the Tree of Knowledge. Continue reading "Are you a person or are you a role? Are you a person or are you an ego?"
This is part 2 of the article "The crucial difference between people who are on the top and you"
I will start with a confession: this is new knowledge. I myself have been part of the "not on the top" people...
Let me explain what happened.
About a month ago I read an article that had a list of 20 books that Charlie Munger recommends.
I measured Charlie Munger's overall intelligence at 150. And decided that he probably knows something that I don't. Both Warren Buffet and Bill Gates say that he is the smartest person they know... so who am I to not want to learn from him.
But instead of learning from what he says (you'll see why later in this article), I decided to learn from where he learns from.
We have been doing the same in the 67 steps coaching...
So I promptly ordered four of the books on his book list, and started to read.
Continue reading "If you can understand it, it is probably not true, or it is not the whole truth"