Scarcity is what happens when your way of life is borrowed

Scarcity is what happens when your way of life is borrowed

Have you ever found that while you’re dealing with a really inspiring person, you feel inspired yourself? As if you become completely absorbed in their reality and you can genuinely feel everything they’re saying is legitimate and potentially even life changing? Do you then find that the next day, or even a few days later, that the illusion has vanished and you only wish you could grasp onto that state again? How wonderful it would be to feel that way again!

The Hero Experiment

I want you to picture a character you feel empowered by in a movie, book, TV show, video game or even a person you’re incredibly inspired by in the real world if you so choose. Someone who makes you go “Wow, if I could only be like that person, I wouldn’t have any of my current problems!”. I want you to picture them in your mind, and really perceive yourself as them, feel free to close your eyes for a moment and really stew in this image.

Now wipe the image from your mind, feel free to focus on some boring old object nearby to break the illusion. Feel what it’s like to be normal you.

Where is your Internal Hero?

Here is a curious thought. It may sound like a bit of an odd question, but I encourage you to really give it some thought with an open mind. Where does this feeling from the above experiment come from?

Where does that feeling come from when you’re listening to a motivational speech, watching a movie with a bad-ass hero or heroine, or thinking about a person who inspires you?

A Heroic Example

If you’re wanting to do anything from start a business to get an amazing romantic partner, chances are you’ve met someone who has what you want. What does it feel like to be in their presence?  Do you ever feel like you can sense what it’s like to be them? Does a part of you feel like it already has the same thing as them, that moments ago before thinking about them, you felt you were lacking?

Okay, okay, what are you really getting at?

This all comes from a place, and that place is entirely independent of any external factors. Everyone and their cat will tell you that being present is important, but most people will spend the majority of their lives either avoiding pain through distraction, or attempting to re-live pleasant moments or re-capture states of flow or enlightenment.

Basically, in the same way that you make yourself inspired when thinking about your favorite super hero, and imagine what it would be like to be like them, you are doing the same thing with fears and insecurities. You are determining temporary states to put yourself in. As long as you operate from borrowed concepts like these, whether positive or negative, you will always live in scarcity due to operating from passing states of mind.

Mind Alchemist

When you operate from the place where you see yourself as the alchemist of your own states of mind, you become spontaneously free. You’re no longer using your superpower haphazardly. You no longer rely on motivational speeches on YouTube or reading a shelf full of self-help books to make you feel good, because you realize the only reason those external things can make you feel that way, is because you have the ability to make yourself feel that way.

Use this power you’ve forgotten or didn’t notice you had, and see how much easier life becomes.

Practical Enlightenment, the path towards real change

Practical Enlightenment, the path towards real change

“A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.”Alan Watts

What is it that a monk learns after 30 years of meditation? What does enlightenment feel like? Is it really a thing? Can I be spiritual enough without meditating that long?

I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon over the past few months with people who’ve recently begun considering themselves “spiritual”, but are seemingly more upset with their lives than before this label. Perhaps in a sense, ignorance really is bliss, but that’s not quite the whole story either.

I. Before Spirituality

A person lives their 9 to 5 life with some level of satisfaction, and a level of acceptance for the rest. This is often accompanied with a subconscious seeking of distraction from everything that is unknown. For instance, the person who watches television during all of their free time after work, believing “I’ve earned it after working for 8 hours and commuting for another 2!”. This argument is not inherently right or wrong, but of course feels correct to the one making it. It gives an individual the means to not need to deal with problems they aren’t sure how to solve, such as with their partner or children. Instead, these things are ignored and left to simmer in the background until the tea kettle blows in some form or another.

II. During Spirituality

One day in the scenario above, let’s say the tea kettle blows and leads to divorce due to issues that weren’t being dealt with. Now let’s say one of these people realizes that ignoring a problem for too long causes a lot of pain, and decides to turn to spirituality to learn more about themselves.

Along the way the person discovers they have a hundred different limiting beliefs, isn’t a heart-focused entrepreneur, should be eating vegan, isn’t meditating enough, doesn’t have the morning routine of a winner, isn’t following their passion and isn’t hanging out with successful people enough.

Everything becomes broken down, analyzed, re-analyzed, and over-analyzed. Is life really supposed to be this complicated?

III. The Next Stage

For 99.967% of human history (totally a legit statistic) humans worried about very few things. Get food, eat food, make love, don’t die and sleep. Existential crises are born from cultural influences. When we began to farm, we established the difference between “my land” and “your land”, and more layers of hierarchy developed. Women had to be virgins in order to guarantee the children of farmers would inherit their land, and there were not a lot of other ways to prove it at the time. (You could make a religion out of this) Along the way, we successfully invented new ways to be insecure about everything.

What appears to be the most common realization from people who meditate for a long time? That a lot of the things they used to worry so much about were actually irrelevant. This is similar to the realizations people have on their death beds, that they can’t believe they spent so much time working, worrying about things that never happened, and not spending enough time with their family and friends.

IV. Practical Enlightenment

I consider Practical Enlightenment to be the most effective way I’ve found to make use of the insights of life-long meditators and those on their death beds. It is only ego that says you are more enlightened if you meditate more, eat vegan, and follow your passion. This is a “solution” discovered with the same thinking that created all of these problems in the first place.

Practical Enlightenment is not a way of thinking or an act of doing, it is a place you operate from. I know this will take a little bit of explanation, so let me get into it.

When you watch TV in order to avoid dealing with your partner, the place you’re operating from is one of insecurity, fear and doubt. There’s nothing inherently wrong with watching TV, or even binge watching TV. You may say “Oh, but someone might be binge watching TV all day, everyday, surely that’s wrong!”, and in some sense you are correct. Though they would certainly be operating from a place of insecurity to lock themselves up that much, or they happen to be watching a show they absolutely love, which is at worst an occasional thing.

If you’re a minimalist vegan who sells hand-made bracelets and donates 70% of the profits to feeding children in the third world, you aren’t necessarily more “enlightened” than a person who works 9 to 5 and spends their evenings partying each night. Both of these people can be operating from the exact same place. Only ego decides “I am helping the world, therefore I am better than others”. Does that really sound like the enlightenment you’ve been seeking?

V. The Place

The place you should aim to operate from is not something you develop, it is merely your default state. When you are not operating from a place of insecurity, fear, doubt, or any other such thing, then you’re able to be naturally joyful, confident, and loving. When you don’t have an identity tied down to personally fixing the world or going to dance at a club, you can do both from that place just as easily.

This process is effortless, there is nothing to do, there is only the awareness to notice why you’re doing a particular thing. When you allow your natural instinct and drive to take over, you’re no longer scrambling to find the truth, and you can personally come to the same conclusion as those who have meditated for lifetimes. It’s supposed to be easy, and it is, only the ego and the thinking mind try to make it hard.