I’ve had an idea for a post rattling around in my head for weeks now, but I never thought I had it together enough to write a blog with it. Part of the problem is that I haven’t slept well in ages, it seems. I go to bed, and a half hour later my body hurts so bad that I get back up. Or – I have a migraine and don’t sleep anyhow. When I do sleep, I get perhaps 3 hours before I roll over on my hip or shoulder, and wake myself up.
Anyhow, I decided to just toss this out there, and see what everyone thinks. Please forgive that it isn’t very polished.
It’s about Illusions. I was a youngster when I first read Richard Bach’s “Johnathan Livingston Seagull” – and that was probably my first brush with Illusions as a concept of reality in this world. A follow-up book by the same author was “Illusions: the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”. I’ve never tried to hide the fact that I think this world is not real – but recently I started to ponder the deeper question: If it isn’t real, why do so many believe that it is?
As I pondered that question – I began to realize that my video games held a clue, even if accidentally. THEY are created illusions, and people actually pay money to dive into them for entertainment. As I looked at this, I realized that each illusion world was supported by MANY other, lesser, illusions built into the world, that define what the world is and how it works. When people accept the rules of that world, playing the game becomes “real” to them for as long as they are plugged into it.
Which leads to a supplemental question about OUR world – what illusions exist to define it, that are accepted by so many people as to make it “real” to them?
Over the last couple of weeks, I have attempted to formulate a list of such illusions. I don’t really know the best way to present this, so I’m going to just make it a list.
Dignity, Morality, Nobility, Organized Religion, family, society, nations, governments, power, success, wealth, health, pain, illness, possessions, duty, honor, sacrifice, obligation.
There is a proof to the fact that these things are illusions – just challenge someone else with the idea that one of them isn’t real and watch their reaction. If they bought into it, they will become livid over the suggestion that they are wrong – but they can’t PROVE they are right. They can only prove they are willing to use force to make you withdraw the accusation.
Well, I’m done looking for ways to apply The Secret, or acquire affluence in general.
Ok, I haven’t exactly made a secret of the fact that I was uncertain about what I am passionate about – that thing the Success Guru’s call “My Calling” or “My Mission.”
After getting Natalie Ledwell’s book last week, one of the bonuses she shared was a series of interviews (usually around 15 minutes long) with acknowledged masters of the Law Of Attraction (LOA). I’ve shared in earlier posts my reaction to interviews with Bob Proctor, and Marci Shimoff. The most recent one I watched was Joe Vitale.
In this one, Natalie pointedly asked Joe what advice he’d give to anyone who didn’t know what their passion was – which immediately made me sit up a bit straighter. Here was a question I REALLY wanted the answer to! He said (and this might not be exact, but it is as close as my memory will make it) “Look at what you’re afraid to do. Your life’s purpose will be hiding right behind that which you’re most afraid of doing.”
Geee – thanks Joe. It only took me about a nano-micro-second to know EXACTLY what he was pointing at in my life. I’ve had dozens of different people, from all over the social and political spectrum, tell me that I should do it, and it actually was something I entertained the idea of pursuing when I was a kid.
Surely there has to be another way! That’s one bridge that burned beyond repair many years ago. I lit the fire, too.
In this lifetime, I am NOT going to be the President of the United States of America. That’s one reason why I made the joke on one of my earlier blogs about not running for president myself, but if someone who knew how to organize and finance a campaign wanted to start one and draft me, I’d do it. It was a safe statement, because I knew in advance that it would never happen.
I am not going to live in a fish bowl and have my every behavior scrutinized and criticized by people who can’t actually DO anything, but make a living off of making others worry. I’m not going to try to obtain a job that can’t do anything of lasting value without the cooperation of 541 elected foot-draggers and progress blockers who only care about their own profit, or their own path to power.
Besides which – someone out there kills idealists who manage to get elected and try to buck the system, or change it.
When I got this newest LOA book (newest in my collection, at least), I started very quickly with looking at how I could use my daily affirmations more effectively. One of the ideas I hit on was to make my own mind movies – just as Natalie did in her book. Problem was, I didn’t actually have any software for doing that.
So, I went online and found a freeware program called Ice Cream Slideshow Maker (I kid you not!) that looked to be capable of doing what I needed. It was easy and quick to learn, too. Oh, did you hear the “BUT” coming? Sorry.
But, when I copied the folder of images I have to the slideshow I encountered a limitation I hadn’t anticipated. My folder had 168 images in it – things that invoked feelings of health, strength, abundance, spiritual enlightenment, joy, peace – well, you get the idea. The freeware version of Ice Cream Slideshow Maker (ICSM) would only let me use 20 images in my slideshows.
Well, I made one slideshow that complied with their limits, and I liked the results, but it wasn’t REALLY what I wanted. I wanted to be able to use all 168 images – plus anything new that I might add to the folder in the future. Hmmmm….
Yesterday, part of the solution dropped into my lap, quite literally. Several years ago, I heard about a spiritual practice out of Hawaii that you might simplistically call “Responsibility Meditation”. I won’t even try to put the real name here – because I couldn’t pronounce it and I think the name just gets in the way of applying it. I think you have to have 3 tongues to get all the inflections in right (that’s a joke). I tried back then to learn more about this practice, but using the internet I could only learn the name of one practitioner, and no contact information on him. So, I shelved the idea.
What happened yesterday was that I was watching an interview with Marci Shimoff where she mentioned using this technique – and told the exact steps and phrases that she uses! It’s so simple it floored me! Now, I just needed to find a way to apply it to my meditation.
Today when I opened up my image folder, I noticed among the folder control tabs was one labeled “Slideshow”. So, I opened it up, and looked. The slideshow function gave me the ability to use the ENTIRE CONTENTS of the folder, and adjust the playback within 3 different speeds, and even randomize the playback. OKAY! Now I have everything I needed.
Oh, and FYI – those simple directions for the “Responsibility Meditation” practice are here:
Spend just 5 minutes a day, every day, meditating on whatever you want to fix. During your meditation, visualize the situation, as completely and vividly as you can, then repeat the following phrases to that visualisation, over and over:
Please Forgive Me.
I LOVE YOU.