Month: February 2018

Reflections

Be careful with your beliefs


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I’ve been thinking lately about what do people mean to say when they say that your 3.-Ciseri_L-Esule.jpgthoughts manufacture your reality.

A very interesting concept right? I mean, is it true that I can have anything I want just by thinking about it?

It’s pretty obvious that you are not going to make and ice cream in front of you just by imagining it, but at the same time, you can think your way into having one (working and the buying one or so).

As we live, we have to believe in stuff in order to function. Our belief systems determine how we are going to respond to anything that happen to us, so they are extremely important for our survival. We have in our heads a pre manufactured idea of who we are and how is it that we have to act in the world to survive , but we have to be aware that our belief systems are not the ultimate truth but they are sort of tools that we use mentally to thrive.

There is a saying in ancient eastern philosophy that says that in the end, all knowledge will be proven false. This is a very deep quote and not easy to understand at all, but let’s try to see where it takes us to.

So, every knowledge will be proven to be false.

I want to relate this idea to the idea in stoicism that teaches us that things themselves are 225px-Magritte_TheSonOfMannot the problem. Stoicism argues that there are no problems, there are just situations or phenomena but that our judging of it is what makes the problem a problem. So, all knowledge will be proven false? well in a way this makes sense because our “knowledge of things”can be proven false by a higher knowledge and that knowledge by even a higher knowledge  and who knows, knowledge and phenomena being infinite, we are never really going to come to a conclusion.

As human beings we use what we know to act in the world. But there are times in life when we have to literally forget what we know in order to understand life in a higher paradigm. Has that ever happened to you?

A time where you have an  aha moment in which you understand something that was literally in front of you but you hadn’t seen it in that way and therefore you move to a higher paradigm? 

Those experiences makes us  realize that what we thought was true, isn’t anymore and is during those moments that you let other thoughts  mold your life. In this sense I do believe that our  thoughts beliefs, determine what is possible and what isn’t.

So, with this new understanding, what can we do with it?

Well, i would argue that it is our duty to see life as truthfully as possible and to do that , we have to accept constantly that our belief systems are not the final truth.

Why is this important?

This is important because your belief systems determine what is possible and what is eyenot. If you think, even unconsciously, that you are never going to be able to become a lawyer, you will never become one and it’s the same with everything in our lives. Changing Belief systems change the very person that we are. We are always going to maintain our core essence but we have to realize that we must change through life to become whatever it is that we are going to become.

The choice is yours. Don’t get played by other people telling you to take your place and shut up. The choice to become the creator of life is yours, embody that and the possibilities are infinite.

 

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Stoic mind Organization


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How does one achieve an organized mind? First, let’s see what Marcus Aurelius says about this.

“You need to avoid certain things in your train of thought: Everything random, everything MARCUS AURELIOUS HEAD.jpgirrelevant. And certainly, everything self-important or malicious. You need to get used to winnowing your thoughts, so that if someone says, ‘What are you thinking about?’ you can respond at once (and truthfully) that you are thinking this or thinking that.”

Marcus Aurelius

 

Thinking is not easy. Just as I’m writing this I am struggling to correct my train of thought so that I can be clearly understood. I hope I’m successful in my intention. I want to talk about two bad habits we all inccure into when we think.

#1 Self absorption

There is a difference between doing something and “trying to do something”. When we are actually  doing something we enter into the famous and thoughtless flow state. When we are merely trying to do something, the ego comes into play and it becomes a very, very strong obstacle to  do what we intend to do.

The ego becomes a heavy burden and makes us care about what is not even important. Being self-absorbed is a terrible habit. My first glimpse of this bad habit was while I was still in university and I raised my hand to answer some question in a geopolitics class. This was a hard topic and to think about a solid answer is hard, but what made it even harder was thinking about how I looked while answering the question.

What made the task hard was choosing the words and the attitudes to “try to appear smart”. When you are at the ego mode of doing stuff you do not care about doing the right things and do them correctly. You are to busy monitoring yourself to maintain an image that you deem important, shooting yourself in the foot because you are not doing what needs to actually be done. This is the difference between trying and being. When you “are” something, there is no ego, there is just right action and a comforting silence in our heads.

#2 Not being clear on your purpose

You can tell the size of a man by the size of his problems. 

You are quite unique you know. You are quite random as well. There is not one single 51a7fb95d69a284ee9eeb72a27644eb7--photography-art-night-photography.jpgperson in the entire universe (really) that has experienced the same stuff you have. This is your most valuable asset. You are valuable not in how similar you are to others but in how different. This concept is extremely important, to define your purpose clearly you need to do the highest possible good. This is contribution. What do you like the most, what are the unique ways in which only you can contribute?

Think about this, you may think that you have to scorn the things that you like to not be egoistic (like maintaining your hobbies just as “hobbies” and keep working at something you hate). But by not giving the world the gift of your specific set of traits and abilities you are actually priving us of the best stuff you can offer. If we do not like our job or life situation and we keep at it as if we were being forced, we are just reenforcing us being egoistic and afraid. This is where the bad habit #2 comes into play. We have to contribute by being the best possible self we can aspire to be, be that writing, dancing or fixing cars. This is why you have to be clear on what you want so you can be it and become absorbed in the process and  not in how you look while doing stuff you don’t even like.

If you correct these two bad habits, you will have an organaized stoic mind. You will live in the present and you’ll enjoy more life generally as you are doing what you and what everyone of us needs you to be doing, contributing. Farewell.

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