Sacrifice & Worship
Mythology & Religion share the stories of sacrifice & worship, in order to achieve meaning.
But what does that mean in modern day times? The short answer is to sacrifice the safety of known, and begin to worship the potentiality of the Unknown.
When I awakened, like many, I did not realize I was asleep - until I woke up. My true journey began; I took the first step forward toward the discovery of living life with meaning & purpose as opposed to simply existing in the known.
I discovered that the Unknown becomes known, when you move toward it.
Responsibility & Meaning are entwined.
In seeking meaning, I discovered that wanting something 'more than this' in life meant taking responsibility; I needed to move toward something better. I needed to release the fear of the unknown, and move toward it.
‘Responsibility’ is a massive unknown; and the brain, due to its primary function of survival, has a habitual aversion toward the unknown. To the brain, survival is achieved in the arena of known, not unknown. Therefore I had a constant battle subduing the fear the brain created of the unknown.
This is where the Mind became my greatest weapon. The mind offers the opportunity for voluntary exploration of the unknown by using curiosity over judgment. In other words, the mind allows you to drop judgment of previous perceived shortcomings & replace this judgment with curiosity – curiosity as to why previous results did not give you the desired "better than this" that you seek.
I learnt to capture & control time & space.
Time & Space
When we concentrate on time & space alone, awareness rises; and with it an understanding that the Mind has the capacity to overrule the brain’s habitual behavior of survival & the need to cling to certainty of the known.
The known can only be found in the present moment, therefore it is imperative to rule over the brain, keep it focused in the present moment, while gently moving it toward the unknown future.
How often is your brain focused in the present moment? (I would suggest rarely).
Take 60 seconds to pause, and witness where the brain takes you. Keep a finger on the pulse of how often it goes to the past or the future, and how little it remains in the present.
The mind is the vehicle of Imagination
The power of this formless part of you (the Mind) is beyond anything known to mankind.
The Mind has the capacity for imagination. Imagination is no less real than perception (how you view the current moment).
The Mind has the capacity to create an image (thought), and this image is given to the brain to process (the brain does not know the difference between a thought & reality). The brain will accept any image the mind offers, and will commence the process of creating a reality from the image. It will then flood the body with related chemicals (neurotransmitters/neuropeptides/hormones) in order to move toward the goal of the image.
In order to live with emotional freedom
Sacrifice the habitual behavior of the Brain, and worship the ability of the Mind, this is the first step toward emotional freedom.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul J Pettit
Born in Sydney Australia in 1963.
Paul is a practitioner of *naturopathy, certified life coach, certified reflexologist, & certified naturopathic usui shiki ryoho reiki therapist. He is also a published author of a self-help series of books, and Podcast host of Mindfulness Mondays
Paul specializes in mindfulness-based practices.
* Naturopaths use natural therapies to treat pathology or diseases and dysfunctions.
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