Confused Key

Existence is a dreamlike experience. If you fail to reconcile this fact, you will suffer. The symptoms of such suffering include dissatisfaction, frustration, and anxiousness. In other words, you’ll have a very bad time. You’ll be utterly confused by the disjointed logic as well as constantly worried and scared of everything. You’ll feel like Alice, lost in a wicked Wonderland.

But this confusion is the key out of your dilemma. This confusion actually reveals the dreamlike nature of existence. In a solid world, things would make sense. Because things DON’T make sense, you know there’s more to it — something beyond your perception is serving as the foundation of this experience. And if that’s true, then this world is generated by something you can’t see: the dreamer.

You’re confused because you refuse to accept that this is a dream. You strongly deny it in fact, grabbing at loose bits of “evidence” that support your case of solidity. You’re stuck on this firm-earth theory of yours and claim counter-evidence is mere coincidence or cherry-picking or the ideas of a delusional madman. But the only award you win for your argument is misery — a stupid prize for a stupid game.

You sit there convincing yourself of your dire predicament: lost in a harsh and brutal world as you struggle to survive despite the world’s best efforts to destroy you. And with this story, you scare yourself into a dissatisfying inaction. To end this self-induced nightmare, simply stop arguing. Abandon your theory of solidity. Believe instead, that your attitude and expectations directly affect your experience.

You are the dreamer. Through your focus and attention, you alter your experience. Allow your confusion to serve as a reminder of what this is. Seek to follow the paths your preferences paint before you. There is NOTHING restraining you except your own belief in lack & limitation. It’s a dream after-all, something you’re reminded of EVERY night.

Complicated Belief

It seems to me, that a “belief in simplicity” is the primary component when it comes to effectively doing something. If you examine “talent” for instance, it’s the ability to perform a function without complication. If you have a talent for memorization, you simply recall previous facts — there aren’t any complex routines-of-memorization to perform, the facts just remain in your mind.

Whereas if you believe something is complicated, you’ll have trouble doing it. For example, if you’ve never ridden a bicycle and wonder how the heck you can manage to keep a two-wheeled vehicle stabilized while simultaneously peddling and steering, then you’re probably going to fall a few times if you try it. But eventually, as you get comfortable with the concept, biking becomes a piece of cake. It’ll go from seemingly complex, to effortlessly simple in just a moment.

What unlocks an ability, is not learning or even practice, but the acceptance of a belief that an ability is not complex — it’s simple instead. Again, “talent” is whatever we see as easy and uncomplicated. For example, my friend is a talented cook that can mix and match ingredients at-will, devising flavors that please the palate — to her, cooking is easy. Whereas I see all those ingredients, their various amounts and mixtures, their commingling flavors, and the assorted heating elements involved — and I see complexity. As a result, I’m not a good cook.

Take school for instance, its primary purpose is to take you-the-student through a ritual-of-schoolwork in order to convince you that you’ve learned something. And at the end, you’re given a certificate to further prove to you that knowledge has been imparted. But if you examine the curriculum involved, it’s woefully incomplete and teaches little of importance — and the students barely retain even that.

This is not a condemnation of the education system by the way. I’m saying the process of “learning” simply doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you’re convinced of the simplicity of the subject-matter. If you believe in the ritual of education and accept your status as graduate, then you can move into a professional field that you no longer believe to be complex.

The question then becomes, can we merely turn-on talent by convincing ourselves that the activity-in-question is not as complicated as we thought — that the activity is actually simple istead? “Beginner’s luck” is a thing because the beginner simply doesn’t know better — he assumes that a particular activity is easy. But if self-doubt finally convinces him of an activity’s complexity, he’ll lose his ability.

We don’t think about what we’re doing while doing something well — we just do it. Autopilot takes over as our consciousness sits back to watch the show. But if we consciously believe an activity to be too complex for autopilot to handle, and our consciousness attempts to perform it manually, the outcome is a mess. Whereas whenever consciousness is comfortable with an activity, it sits back and allows autopilot to perform unencumbered, as it should.

Temporary Truth

If it was possible to observe an absolute objective reality, wouldn’t we all see it and never have a single disagreement? And wouldn’t people throughout the historic narrative share a similar outlook? And as we personally age, our own interpretation of reality often shifts. Being that it’s so difficult to determine, we can deduce that it’s impossible to define an absolute objective reality.

This means it would be a futile effort to search for an absolute objective reality OR defend a particular interpretation. In other words, it’s opinions all the way down. Therefore, ANY description of an absolute objective reality is simply not true — it’s a personal perspective that’s only applicable in the exact moment it’s described. A description of this so-called reality can, and often does, change.

So who’s to say what’s what? Well, nobody. You simply can’t do it. It’s not a functionality we’re provided as part of our existence. We can only experience a subjective world that’s more dreamlike than concrete. And that’s a good thing because a dreamlike world is malleable. We’re not stuck in an unchanging reality bound by stark rules of engagement. We live in a world of artists, gamers, and pop-stars.

Nothing needs to get done here, it’s a dream. So instead of survival, we snap photos of sumptuous meals. Instead of self-defense, we master the game-controller and upload videos of our gameplay. Instead of learning the ways of our people, practices handed-down from generation to generation, we do “whatever”. Finding our place in society and determining our career is a nebulous affair because that’s the type of world we’re in — it really doesn’t matter.

If you ARE concerned with the mundane trivialities of life on Earth, WHY!? That’s NOT what THIS is! THIS is where dreams come to fruition. This world is SO malleable that ALL of your wishes can come true if you simply follow them through. There is no “can’t” within a dream unless YOU are its speaker. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams…”

Redefining Defaults

The body is not a pain-generator, it’s a tool that allows the consciousness to experience an embodied existence. You can obviously misuse tools, for example you can hit yourself on the head with a hammer — that doesn’t mean a hammer’s primary purpose is to produce pain.

If you’re having an unpleasant time with your body, it’s likely that you’re misusing it (i.e. stop hitting yourself). It’s like you’re grabbing the wheel of your avatar and steering it into a wall — don’t do that. The body is fully capable of navigating through the world it was born into — allow this process to unfold.

Because of fear and skepticism, you’re using your influence to interrupt your life’s narrative — stop that. Dismiss fear and rebuke skepticism and just go for it, allow your avatar to freely flow in the direction it needs to go. It WILL fight you when you try to impede its journey and you WILL lose. Skip the stress by becoming a pleasant passenger.

Relatedly: when new circumstances arise, life is NOT trying to torture you or scare you, it’s simply presenting you with invitations to engage. These are opportunities to do something new and interesting. Again, don’t let fear or skepticism prevent you from progressing on this path. You CANNOT protect yourself through inaction — you can’t hide from life.

Life only seems like a harsh taskmaster because you’re distrustful. Life is more like a mamma bird that’s pushing you out of the nest — she wants to see you soar. Yet you, being scared, fight to stay in the nest even though it’s uncomfortable and you’ve outgrown it. As you fall from the nest, you keep your wings tucked and refuse to unfurl them. Boom! Of course the landing hurts!!

Something else to consider: the options you don’t prefer aren’t there to irritate you, they’re simply part of the buffet. If you see something you’re not partial to, don’t select it — but don’t demonize it, just focus on the things you do like. Because something undesirable exists, don’t assume all of life sucks — just pass it by and select something that does interest you.

In essence, an absolute external world does NOT exist, the world you experience depends on your focus and emerges from your thoughts and attitude. Fear and skepticism are your enemies here. If you defeat them, it’ll be smooth sailing on an epic adventure through a grand narrative of human existence.

Six Times Six

I can’t forget that 6 x 6 = 36. When I was in 3rd or 4th grade I drilled the times-tables for a few weeks until I had it down cold. That’s a problem. It’s a problem because I’ve been telling myself pessimistic stories for DECADES. How am I supposed to forget ideas that I’ve been relentlessly repeating for so many years!? Like a martial-artist, I’m trained to react on instinct with split-second responses — in my case, with 40 mega-tons of negativity. Therefore, I must change my defaults.

For instance, when I think of the human body, my default is to see it as an instrument of pain, fragile and forever susceptible to the whims of a wicked-world hellbent on inflicting endless damage in the form of tiny internal organisms all the way up to blunt-force trauma from huge external objects. It’s just a waiting game until someday something catches me. And even if my vigilance keeps me safe, my poor weak body will one day collapse in on itself, ravaged by old-age.

Wow, that’s bleak. So instead of repeating THAT story over and over to myself, I should pick a new more-pleasant default. For example, my body is the projected image I imagine it to be, like a vision in a dream. If I imagine it to be weak, it’s weak — whereas if I imagine it to be strong, it’s strong. Everything else in the world is also a projected image, therefore my body can interact with these images in whatever way I choose. And instead of an instrument of pain, my body is an instrument of pleasure, providing me with a wondrous view into an exciting dreamworld of endless enjoyment.

Hm, that’s a bit better. Now I just have to drill THAT into my head. Another example is how I feel about participation. My default is to see participation in life as a burden, basically a sentence handed down for crimes I didn’t commit, an injustice put upon me as punishment for existing. That’s pretty bleak too. So instead of a burden, I should see participation as an opportunity to play. Life notices me standing in the corner staring at the floor and comes over to offer me a way to engage. How kind of life to be so caring towards an ungrateful guest, yet life never gives up, always offering something new to do.

Essentially, I’ve seen myself as a poor forsaken creature trapped within a harsh and brutal environment against my will. With only my cunning to protect me, I must struggle to survive another day amidst a world trying its hardest to kill me. Okay, that does sound dumb — and obviously I can see that I’m not tough nor cunning. In a way, my default view of life is crumbling away because it just doesn’t make sense — it doesn’t align with my experiences.

I haven’t been subject to the whims and ways of a cruel world, I’ve just had a bad attitude. It’s like watching a scary-movie before bedtime, it influences your dreams in a bad way, typically resulting in nightmares. By being so pessimistic, I’ve painted a very negative picture of the world. With a bad attitude, I twist whatever I see into something nefarious. The opposite would likely be true too: a positive attitude would result in a world-of-wonder, a playground to enjoy, an experience in which delight is the default.

So to sum up and create a new equation:
NO: Life + Me = Pain
YES: Life + Me = Delight

Reference Section

Without a reference, can something exist?

In certain forms of computer programming for example, once the references to an object are removed, the object is cleaned-up by the garbage collector — it’s gone and the memory is free to hold new objects. Because space in memory is finite, things have to be kept tidy or else the garbage piles up.

In programming, references are simply variable names — but in the physical world, references are not only names but visual references and thoughts and ideas and stories.

For example, my pencil exists because I can see it. If I put that pencil in a box and bury it underground, does my pencil cease to exist? As long as I remember that I buried it and where, the pencil will continue to exist because there’s a reference to it. Whereas if I leave no record and happen to forget, then perhaps the pencil ceases to exist.

Think of history: as you go back in time, the narrative degrades substantially. We don’t have a clear record of daily life from a thousand years ago. As we move forward, older things fade away. If we want to know how previous peoples lived, we have to piece it together like a puzzle and even then it’s just a guess.

Another aspect to consider is this: does inquiry itself cause things to come into being? In other words, does the act of observation and examination result in the formation of details that were previously absent? For example, did microscopic organisms come into being at the exact moment microscopes were invented?

If this world is a simulation, why would it bother rendering something unobservable? Not until we look in a particular direction would a scene manifest before our eyes. This line of thinking leads to the following conclusion: if we look for the worst, we’ll find it. Therefore, it would be foolish to create and maintain references to things we find unpleasant.

If references are the mechanism by which an object’s presence is maintained in the world, it would be in our best interest to nurture the references we prefer — the ones that evoke enjoyment. So forget the sad stories, refuse to retell and reinforce them. Memory is maintained through repetition — so repeat only what brings forth delight and know the goodness of life.

Wrong View

What if I told you the world isn’t what you think it is? What if I said it’s NOT actually a torture-chamber designed to inflict maximum pain and suffering? Well if you’re anything like me, you’d say: “You idiot! I can see with my own eyes that this world is a hellscape in which strife and misery are rampant! You’re either a fool or you’re trying to lure me into a false sense of security! Either way, I have no time for this nonsense!”

Fair enough. But what if I told you that the unpleasantness you’re experiencing is simply a misinterpretation on your part? You focused on one tiny aspect while completely missing the larger world you’re within. For example, imagine you entered an immersive game in which you were surrounded by dirt — it’s dark and dank and the sounds you hear are low and ominous. You feel frightened so you stay put, not sure what else to do. You remain that way for the entirety of the game.

Upon exiting, you say to the game’s developer: “Wow, that sucked! What a crap game.” And the developer replies: “Oh that’s odd, it was supposed to be really fun. Hm. Well what’d you think about the skies and the oceans and the llamas? How about the mountains? Weren’t they majestic at least?” Confused, you say: “What are you talking about?! It was dark dirt all around!” The developer replies: “Oh, you were supposed to dig through that, like a growing plant emerging from the soil. Beyond the dirt was an expansive world filled with every imaginable delight.”

In other words, you messed up. Whoopsies. Yes, you are currently surrounded by muck and mire, but it’s YOU who is torturing yourself. YOU simply need to stop scaring yourself. Existence is more dreamlike than you think: the way in which you experience this world correlates directly with your thoughts. In other words, a bad attitude makes everything seem unpleasant whereas a positive attitude makes everything seem great. External circumstances are the RESULT of your attitude, they are NOT the cause. You had that reversed.

You believe that horrible things happen which then cause you to have a miserable time. In other words: bad things first, feeling bad second. No. In actuality, you felt bad, and that turbulence created a storm of horrible happenings. You were in a bad mood and told yourself a sad story. Everything around you became dark and grey and unpleasant to be around. THAT is what’s happening here.

To get out from the muck and mire you must STOP telling yourself terrible tales of gloom & doom. That’s IT! Suddenly you’ll spring forth from the mud, the sun emerging overhead, a resplendent glow lighting up the land, and you’ll begin to experience the delightfulness that surrounds. You’ll be glad to be within such a world, ever grateful for the enjoyment you’re experiencing. THAT is the right view.