Foggy Start

Oh man, what a morning. Ugh, and last-night too. Not the best. I won’t bore you with the details, but it was rough. My first thought and interpretation was: “this is definitely not going to be my day today, bad-day here I come.” But do you know what interpretation I settled on instead? “Witness my power, ye mighty, and despair!”

Through my ability to manifest the world I experience, I created a tsunami of unpleasant scenes. The sky itself was overcast while the streets were masked in fog. That’s true power right there. Of course it’s a dumb way to wield my creativity, but at least it demonstrates my ability to shape the life I’m living. If I want a horrible time, then so be it! It is done! Voila!

No, I didn’t specifically wish for a bad time — but that’s the problem. I didn’t specifically wish for a good time either — and the turbulent mind, when left on its own, undisciplined, will take you on a wild ride filled with dips and dunks. And boy, did I let my messy mind lead the way. Unpleasantness was the product of my unconsciousness.

Later that morning was a lot better, I had a fine time walking my son to school, then met up with my wife and we walked around town for about an hour. It was great. I couldn’t have planned it better and the temperature was just right. And the fundamental thing that changed was my attitude: from helpless pawn of life’s cruel game to absolute creator of my own reality.

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Life in the Slow Lane

When in love, nothing changes except for the perception that she loves you too — and from there, the entire world alters before your eyes.

And just imagine if the signal you received was only a mistake, a misinterpretation on your part, suddenly the world darkens once again.

Interesting no? That an entire world brightens or darkens on such a simple thing. That’s all the proof you need: what you’re perceiving “out there” is nothing more than a fanciful fiction manipulated by your mood.

YOU create the world you inhabit, of this there can be no doubt. So induce a positive interpretation. Encourage feelings of love and satisfaction and triumph — and whatever else you enjoy.

You can always feel loved by a benevolent power that creates this world for your amusement. And in every face you see, you can interpret love. In every hint of warmth, you can feel a hug, love’s tender embrace.

This isn’t hard. On one hand you can allow your ceaseless thoughts to take you on a rudderless journey through an intensely turbulent world, while on the other hand you can purposefully direct your interpretations to perceive nothing but resplendent glory.

The entirety of freewill boils down to this decision: engage in the practice of discipline and direct your mind to see the glorious garden before you — or simply concede control to an erratic mind that takes you on a wild ride.

If you can handle it, go right ahead and feel the thrill of such an unpredictable experience. But for those that prefer quiet-pools and kiddie-rides, there’s an option for you too. You haven’t been left out in the cold. Seek it, and hot-cocoa by the fireside awaits.

Sink or Swim

Dear Rich, if life is so awesome why am I not having a great time?

Dear reader, plain and simple, it’s because you lack discipline. Imagine that you’re thrown into a pool of water at a young age and have no idea what’s going on, you thrash around believing you’re about to drown at any moment. Luckily, the water isn’t too deep so you’re able to manage, but once in a while you lose balance and take a mouthful — it’s not a pleasant experience at all.

Now imagine that you know how to swim. This is discipline. It’s remaining calm, it’s working WITH the water to remain buoyant — it’s moving your body in a controlled manner, in sync with the motion of the ocean. From this disciplined perspective, you’re able to maneuver wherever you want and have fun while doing so.

So dear reader, in order to enjoy yourself, you have to learn how to swim through life — and that’s achieved by mental discipline. Without it, your thoughts are flailing around completely uncontrolled — you’ll need to rein them it. You’ll need to calm yourself and get comfortable with remaining still — float. And from there, you can coordinate your movements to head in a desirable direction.

Trust in buoyancy, trust that you’re being kept afloat by life. You clearly don’t know how to swim through it, and you clearly haven’t been treading water this whole time. You float, end of story — believe it. You’ve actually been fighting against life and submerging yourself with your frantic efforts. Stop fighting, calm down, embrace the stillness, now gracefully glide. And off you go….

Spiritual Means

Spirituality is not an end but a means. The point of Monopoly isn’t sitting there trying to become one with its creator — the point is to play the game. You show respect and appreciation to any creator by engaging appropriately and attentively with his or her creation.

Spirituality comes in when you’re reluctant to engage, perhaps intimidated and a bit scared — when you’re not having a good time. Spirituality is a way to ease you into the experience of existence.

“Hey there, this is the creator, it’s actually a really fun game, don’t worry, everything will be okay.” And from there, the hesitant participant starts to feel as an invited guest and a part of something pleasant.

So if you’re taking the spirituality approach, it’s just that, an approach — it’s a path to ease your way into life. It’s like the shallow-end of a pool — eventually you have to dunk your head and swim through the deep end. Spiritually is a start, not a destination.

Well-wishing World

If you attempt to get through the world as if it’s a purely physical place, you’ll tend to think of yourself as an only slightly evolved animal. But when we think of animals in their natural habitats (whether true or not), we tend to think of them on high-alert. Either they need to escape predation, or defend against rivals, or scour for a source of food. The world doesn’t care about them — each animal must fend for itself within a harsh and brutal landscape. And similarly, when we think of ourselves as human animals, we tend to go on high-alert.

Another name for high-alert is high-anxiety — we worry ourselves to death thinking about all that could go wrong in the world. But here’s the thing: not everyone is on high-alert — and they’re no worse off than those that are — in fact, they’re prospering and enjoying life. What this evidence demonstrates is: as humans, we are NOT living within a harsh and brutal landscape. And those that believe themselves to be, are confused. And unfortunately, high-anxiety is a symptom of this confusion.

The remedy to confusion is enlightenment. And enlightenment is the realization that everything is okay. You could say the point of spirituality is this: Be calm and trust that the world wants you well. Worry won’t protect you — if the world was truly a random affair, it could end you a million different ways before you ever realized what was coming. The only power that worry provides is the ability to make your experience of existence unpleasant. It’s a stupid power to utilize.

But if it’s already on, you’ll have to turn it off. And the way to do that, is to undermine it. Anxiety is built on a foundation of fearful beliefs — these must be dismantled and replaced with beliefs that instill calm and trust. Fear is not a protector, just a trickster that gets your heart racing. Perhaps you’ve even developed a nasty addiction to the thrill fear provides and refuse to see past the hole you’ve hidden yourself within. To move forward: trust there’s a way out when you look for the light.

Coma Theory

Dear Rich, spirituality-stuff just doesn’t gel with me. I don’t get the god-stuff nor the fragment-of-god stuff. I’m not technology-oriented so Simulation Theory isn’t helping. I don’t understand vibrations or frequencies or lightwaves or whatever. And the lucid-dream analogy isn’t quite workin’ for me. Ya got anything else?

Okay dear reader, try this one on for size. You had an accident and you’re in a coma, your body is currently lying in a hospital-bed. The world you’re experiencing right now is occurring in your imagination. The higher-intelligence that designed your imaginary world, is you. You pretty much based it on the physical world that your body resides in, but there’s a few key differences.

For one, it’s completely non-physical. Because it’s formed in your imagination, you can make drastic changes at-will. If you don’t like how the story is going, you can just blip something into existence. For example: Is the nightly news a little boring? Ha, now look what you did! It’s crazy out there! Or did a character get hurt in your coma-world? Look, they’re miraculously healed!

Second, you’re now a helpful higher-power. In other words, little-you can appeal to big-you for help. For example: little-you finds himself in a bad situation and doesn’t like where things are headed. Little-you says, “Dear Creator Big-Me, please fix this mess!”. Big-you obviously hears this plea because you’re the one creating the story. You take pity on little-you and craft a better outcome with a happier-ending.

Third, time isn’t a thing. Because the world is taking place in your imagination, time is fluid — events slow-down or speed-up as necessary based on however you want to add detail or speed through uninteresting parts. And death comes whenever the story calls for it — it’s not random in any sense.

Fourth, technological limitations aren’t a thing. There are no limits in a non-physical imagined world. Do you want commercialized space-travel to happen? Sure, no problem. Robotic self-driving cars? Yep. Video-phoning across the globe? Sure. How about wishing things into existence? Yeah you can do that too.

Oh, and you know what else dear reader? You might even get bored while imagining a mundane story. You might purposefully add a bit of drama and chaos to your tale — just to make it thrilling.

So there you go dear reader, a different, more physical way to approach spirituality.

Evolution of Belief

Preface: For many years, perhaps decades, I believed in a chance-based physical reality that incorporated concepts such as big-bang, survival-of-the-fittest, evolution, medicine, and matter. I’d label it Scientism: the misapplication of science as a belief-system. Because of the intensity associated with that philosophy, I was afflicted with anxiety until the stress eventually forced a retreat.

After examining the world from a more objective perspective, I’ve come to the conclusion that the world is a magical fantasyland of wish-fulfillment (I seem to have went in the extreme opposite direction). The very fact that a change of worldview can happen lends evidence to the idea that we are not living in an obvious reality — otherwise the truth would be apparent to all upon initial inspection.

I wonder though, why would I ever accept Scientism in the first place. But like any extremest fundamentalist, I grabbed an idea and held tight, shutting-out all evidence to the contrary. I brainwashed myself into a shitty-belief system. And I suppose I’m surrounded by people that don’t enjoy debate or arguing, so no one challenged my ideas to any great degree.

But when I was finally beaten by my own beliefs, my long-time friend’s perspective of the world welcomed me in. She has always believed in magic and spirituality of all sorts. Because of her, I read the Bible, I started watching Oprah, I learned about The Secret and the Law of Attraction, I started investigating spiritual topics and reading associated literature — as well as watching videos and shows of a spiritual nature.

Of course, under Scientism, I thought my friend was just being silly with her beliefs. Obviously they weren’t true, they were for entertainment-purposes only, a way for her to amuse herself while dealing with the harsh realities of life. But it turns out that she ACTUALLY believed that stuff. And oddly enough, it aligned with her experiences. In other words, the circumstances of her life defied my beliefs and supported her own. What could I do at that point but surrender to the evidence before me?

And so I have. Spirituality is my reality now. Yes, I recognize that I tend towards the extremes — but that’s just my nature, I’m fine with it. I should also mention that Simulation Theory helped in the transition of my beliefs — it seems to serve as a palatable pathway to spirituality for those of us well-versed in technology. Through Simulation Theory, I found it much easier to grasp the concept of a non-physical semi-deterministic reality that’s created and maintained by a higher intelligence.