Angry Harry Avoids Trouble18 August 2022
They come because they are in pain.18 August 2022
How to be miserable.
1. Imagine that you’re alone in the world and that you can 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 by achieving more and being better (than other people)
2. Create an imaginary person who is you, only better. An imaginary person who 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗮 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 i.e. gets up early, is dedicated and organised and never has bad thoughts about other people, who never gets jealous, despondent or cynical.
3. Create some imaginary people 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗮𝗹 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 to get to where you think you want to go.
4. Make a plan to become the ‘𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳’.
But isn’t this what we’re supposed to do? Isn’t this what everyone on LinkedIn says I should do so that I can become rich and successful?
If you see the world the same way as the majority see it, it limits creativity. Creativity comes though questioning the pervasive value system, not by finding better ways to conform to it.
What is the effect of looking things this way? It promotes motivation through lack and not good enough. It promotes a rejection of now and the riches of just being aware of being alive, here and now (while it lasts), to send mind off into an imaginary future where you’ve ‘made it.’ It creates a dislocation and separation within mind. Dislocation and separation means energy-sapping conflict and isolation.
These are a far from optimal states.
A conviction that life is about me and I must achieve to deserve doesn’t promote easy access to intelligence, creativity and connection, which is where the great stuff happens.
As I work with people, I find that the thought system I describe above is their greatest obstacle to happiness, but they believe they need it to keep them in line.
As we examine together, we uncover the absurdity of this system, which is installed in us at such an early age that we believe that it
𝙄𝙎 the world.
There is another way.
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Image: Oskar Schlemmer Self-Portrait 1912