What is 1+2? What is the value of 1? What is the value of 2? If we take the value of 1 and add it to the value of 2, what is the outcome? Given what we have learned throughout our lives, the value we get is 3. Now, my question is this – Do you accept that?
Is there any part of your mind that has a desire to question it or are you 100% sold on 1+2=3? If you do have, even a slight hesitation to accept it, then you’re on the right track.
This is a far-fetched example of this concept but, it does work. When you have a mindset of never being satisfied, never accepting anything at face value, or have the tendency to question things that often go unquestioned – you are a unique breed. You should fully embrace and explore this.
Let’s be clear – I am not referring to an existence consumed with questioning and never trusting instincts. That approach to life could be the cause of insanity and frequent panic attacks. I am referring to knowing who you are, trusting yourself, and never being satisfied with what you’ve been taught. Living a life that builds upon reaching new ideas and new concepts. Embracing life and allowing curiosity to flourish. Informing yourself about things you are unfamiliar with. Count on direct experience to determine your opinions. Take the opinions of others and utilize them but, never allow their opinions to fully form your own.
This is your world. This is your show and you are every cast member, the makeup artists, the producer, the director, and the stunt doubles. The root of your perception and your physical reality is your mind. Everything you see, hear, touch, smell, and taste adds to your direct experience.
The most common response I get from people when I ask about their main objective in life is, “I just want to be happy.” While this is a nice thought and a reasonable goal – I feel it’s cause for concern. Being happy, while a highly profound state to live in, is largely due to familiarity with the other emotions we possess. Being familiar with other emotions and feelings can make those moments of happiness and bliss even more satisfying. Feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless, angry, betrayed, bitter, or cynical are never goals we set out to achieve – but these feelings and emotions are inevitable. Granted, many of these emotions stem from personal choices and decisions we make in response to them but, ultimately, they occur in all of us. It’s a certainty in life and these emotions should be embraced. We are designed to feel these things. It’s a culmination of direct experiences and human emotions that guide us through life. Everything you experience, every person you meet adds a little spice to your bowl of life.
Focus, fearlessness, resilience, and embracing life – including the temporary darkness – is the path to inspiration abundancy. The photo below is a clear example of focus and patience. That is John Te. He’s Mr. Hyde.
Mainstream and cultural beliefs alter focus. Superfluous programming takes precedence over factual data and worthy information. Superficial redundancy breeds illness, apathy, and weakens an already disconnected individual. Many like to claim that people are crazy, insane, stupid, or just plain nuts. Everyone believes everyone else is crazy. Nobody ever claims themselves as one of the infamous “horrible drivers” we all talk about. Nobody claims to be one of the ‘crazy people.’ This, I believe, is a product of living in a society that sustains itself on fear-driven, love-struck by disaster, mainstream media reporting. Repetition is powerful. Regardless of how enlightened or “awake” you feel you are. Subconsciously aimed repetitiveness will find a hole in your mind and enter it with ease. You may be asking – What exactly do you mean by repetition – what kind of repetition?
Repetition comes in many forms. It can be friends or associations. It can be mainstream media or any television programming. It can be rules and regulations made up by people of “power.” It can even be taken to the depths of religious beliefs. Molding a child’s mind and perception of reality before a true sense of questioning anything develops. This is all done by repetitive interaction – either verbally or by electronic media.
Egoism, individuality, and self-defining – overshadow the true self and the unity we all share with each other. It’s a transparent desire to seek shiny toys. The search for shiny, seemingly unreachable, possessions is a primal approach. Like a caveman who found the biggest rock in the cave. He pounds his chest knowing his possession created a tiny sliver of envy in the other cavemen. Possessions do not define you. Your truck. Your house. Your bank account. Your hat collection. Your shoes. They are just “things.” Sought-after human inventions while we travel this human experience. I won’t sit here and write about how possessions are completely primal and should be avoided, however, it does create an issue if it is the dominant force that is driving your will. Nature, enlightenment, constant state of amazement, and gratitude. Life is beautiful – This is where you find answers and calmness.
I’ve heard the argument that, “If possessions make people happy – then what’s the problem with it?”
While this is a nice sentiment and, at face value, seems innocent and perhaps has some validity. I am a firm believer in ‘inner-happiness’ being the only true happiness we can achieve. Possession-based contentment or possession-based happiness is an externally focused state-of-mind. There is not even a percentage of your true self that is defined by external means. True self is internal. The search for your true calling and your true identity is within you. 100% within you. Living in a ‘possession-obsessed’ society where excess and decadent desires are often praised – It’s difficult to break free from this toxicity. I can prove this to you if you are questioning me. (Which you should be doing anyway) Do this – Go to your TV or turn on the radio and tune to a station that is music or news. I promise that within an hour – you will know what to buy, what is bad for you, what is good for you, and what dis-ease you probably have and which medication you need to “Talk to your doctor about.”
Proof we’re connected – Natural disasters – The primary first response people get within them, in their heart, is an instant need/desire to help. This isn’t a form of individuality or indicative of a nice person. It’s a common emotion that exists all over the world. It’s a sub-section or product of our collective consciousness. When we get this feeling of wanting to help others who have just suffered a tragic life experience – we are ultimately getting this desire to help ourselves because we are all one unit of consciousness.
An intense shift is required. Not a change in political policies. (Although some would certainly be beneficial) Not a different person sitting in the White House. (This would be beneficial as well) A collective understanding. Perhaps it’s time we get back to our roots and slow down. Yes, we need to slow down.
Life continues to amaze me. I can’t express how grateful I am to be a part of this. I’ll let you in on my most recent “wow” moment. It happened just a few hours ago. I took a break from writing this post to go put some gasoline in my Jeep. I get up early in the morning so it’s best if I don’t have a bunch of stuff to do before I get to work. Anyway – I make it to the gas station and all the pumps are occupied by other drivers. I pull up behind a car and begin waiting for the man to finish pumping his gas. As I sit there and look around, I begin to feel the energy from everyone. The life stories that surround me. Billions of experiences and stories within a 30-foot radius. I glance over to the pay booth and the clerk (Girl – mid 20’s) opens the side door and comes out with a broom and a dustpan. She begins to sweep around a few vending machines. I become consumed with thoughts of life, movements, and constant changes. People working menial jobs just to have the means to buy food and shelter themselves. (and perhaps their family) Sacrifices. Selfless acts. Random acts of kindness. I felt love and I could not tell you exactly who or what it came from. I didn’t care. It felt nice. I felt human – and that is what life is all about. Standing alone, pumping gas, and smiling while looking at the sky.
In this moment – all I saw was a dark sky. No substance, no clouds, no sun, no stars, no moon…but it was incredibly beautiful.
Thanks for reading, my friends.
As always, Much Love –