One of the things people have a difficulty with, in my experience, is creating a vision for their lives.
When I ask what they want, what they are up to, they draw a blank.
And even when and if they have some answer, it is not something that even if they got it, would make them happy, fulfilled, joyful, connected, loved, etc.
Every aspect of you has a different ‘agenda’…
The Selfish Gene
the soul/spirit or whatever you want to call it, the high minded aspect of you
these all want something different… and you, who you consider yourself to be: you are like the person in the middle of the ball game where the ball is thrown in a circle, past you… and you are always left without a ball.
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I woke up with the question: if circumstances changed, would I be happier? Would YOU be happier?
I asked Source, and the answer was a surprising no.
How come, you ask? Isn’t that I am not happy because of things in my life, in the world? things that frustrate me, anger me, drive me crazy?
My health, for example. My neighbors. Workmen that cause almost as much damage as service.
And every question Source answers with a resounding no.
SOURCE: click to continue reading Why changing your circumstances won’t make a difference for you…
Some of my Playground students are starting to see that if they didn’t have the ITCH, they would react to life differently, they would be less upset, they would have a life, maybe, worth living.
So how does this work?
When you are in reality, things are as they are. A is A.
Ayn Rand was widely hated for this statement, but of course if you life like A should be B, then you would hate her, instead of looking to see: is A really A? What have I hijacked it with and what is the trigger?
The questions intelligent people would ask.
SOURCE: click to continue reading Take away the ITCH and what is left?
Once you distinguish something, you start seeing it everywhere… not only where you expect it, but really everywhere. This is done by something called the reticular activator or reticular activating system.
I teach distinctions, distinguishing, and my students are reluctant to learn and start seeing… Until you see it everywhere, everything is still about you… and no transformation can take place.
The new distinction I have learned from a set of books by Hungarian engineer, Gyozo Margóczi, is that all emotions are created by words, even though feelings are not… Feelings are a little pressure here, tightness there… no meaning. There is a feeling and then you add a word, and you get emotion. Depending on the word you add, the emotion changes.
Here is the map-of-feelings-translated-to-emotions2020 with the corresponding feelings…
SOURCE: click to continue reading Scientists are trying to keep you on the 15th floor of your being. Why? Because it is super easy to influence you on that level.
The consolation prize you get, instead of a rich and fulfilling life
We all have it… unnoticed, unidentified, undistinguished, sneaking past your conscious awareness, the strings that make you a puppet on a string, robbing you of your life, using it for its own purposes… laughing at you. I can hear the laugh.
The racket. The insidious, ubiquitous racket.
It is a machine… and it is powered by an unfulfilled and unfillable desire, I call The Itch… the itch that cannot be scratched.
The desire for attention, for significance, for winning every transaction, for love, for filling your gaping hole inside.
SOURCE: click to continue reading Why it is normal to be miserable: the itch you are trying to scratch
Do what’s difficult when it’s easy.
This principle comes from Seneca, the elder, but it seems that it has another way to say it: do what you see, when you see it.
I am, in some way, still a child and crack up when I hear bathroom humor. I can’t talk about passing gas without laughing. Yours truly is about five years old in this regard.
One of my favorite such jokes is about the dude who goes to the doctor, and asks him to do something about his farting: it is silent and doesn’t smell… but it still bothers him.
The doctor scratches his head and gives him some pills… and tells him to come back a week later. The dude is back, enraged: your pills made my gas smell like hell, he says.
To which the doctor answers: good, we have cleared your sinuses, so you can smell. Now we’ll work on your hearing.
Now, why am I telling you bathroom jokes? To entertain you?
No, this is education.
Your body, your brain, Consciousness works the same “shoot holes in it before you can tackle it” way.
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I am here, waiting for the cable man to fix my internet. It’s been down since yesterday afternoon.
It is hard to remember what we did with our lives before the internet… for me it’s been 18 years. It is hard to figure out what I can do that does not involve the internet… Finally I settle on writing, editing, and such.
It’s 11:30 am. The repairman was scheduled to be here at 11. I am sitting here, uncharacteristically anxious, contemplating that the man won’t even show up, that he will lie, that I will have to be another day without the ability to work.
It’s excruciatingly painful. I am diligently making room for the bad feelings, including them, breathing normally. Then I have a suspicion: is this mine? I normally don’t get anxious: I take life as it comes.
Turns out I tuned into the repairman: it’s his anxiety. Hm.
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