This week was trying on account of two factors. Firstly, I turned thirty-one. And, for me, birthdays always cause me to step back and evaluate my life in a very objective, measured way, which is something I typically don’t do in my day-to-day life; however, when you reach a milestone, such as a birthday, you are forced to say: “This is my life at thirty-one”. In short, my birthday arrived with a sobering tinge of inner melancholy – because hey, I’m not a billionaire yet and nor do I have my Nobel. A terrible shame, I know.
Secondly, Sarah left town for a week-long work trip, so I was faced with our first real separation, which was not unbearable; although, it had its moments.
So, I’m not crying woe is me or anything, but like any human, I live my life according to my hopes and dreams and fears.
As I said, it was a trying week – but the time alone was good, as this entry evidences.
What follows is a series of notes I took after meditating last night and choking down a small but vile dose of an ancient, sacred plant medicine.
Like all my meditations, these are verbatim, with any added notes in italics.
Meditations Session Ten: Trusting Life and Going into Fulfilment Through the Care of Mind, Body, and Soul For Happiness and Love
Note: I am not objective around others.
Just ask your authentic-self: is this healthy?
Forgive your mistakes, learn from pain; do the alchemy when your soul is in pain.
You need to learn from your pain, your mistakes, your habits.
Levels = evolution. Level up. Get comfortable.
Write the rules for your life.
Return to principles.
Life: likes vs. dislikes. As an activity to become more familiar with the self.
Keep life simple [Only the necessities.] This was inspired by the teachings of Epicurus, who advised his students to live life according only to the necessities of their well-being.
- Lunch / Read
- Walk or Gym
- Meditation / Sleep
Sundays: Coffee shop / plan and review
Note: Withholding approval = power over others.
Don’t hold any thought the divine self doesn’t.
Think about how harshly you judge yourself (ego / judgements).
Practice non-judgement and loving-kindness on yourself.
Love is our highest word and the archetype for Love is God.
What we all need is Love, and most all of our problems arise from going about getting it in the wrong ways.
We have to embody our own God: to be the dad we didn’t get, the best friend we never had.
We have to be able to look to ourselves and trust ourselves.
All you need to be right now is the best 31 year old you. The rest will follow accordingly and work out too.
You have to not only trust in the future, but the past as well – [Honor Your Past]
If you’re gonna trust the future to deliver you from your past, you need to trust the past to deliver you to your future.
No one else can love you but you. They [people] make flattering mirrors, but ultimately we see only ourselves, our perspectives in them.
Quit looking in others for the mirror. For you can only see what’s already inside of you.
Reflect on the energy you want to feel in return.
You’re worthy of feeling great about yourself all the time.
If depressed, return to principles (Read your meditation notes).
Rest your mind, remain calm inside yourself.
Be calm: pure consciousness. Hold a calm, relaxed gaze, then follow your body’s physiology.
A spiritual life gives you the faith that your intention will manifest.
Faith = power of the Will.
Faith can only ever be in the self.
Confront fear and dispel it moment by moment, as it arises.
Ego is not an enemy of God / Spirit.
Ego is not an enemy to faith, only to reason [Which absolute faith requires]
Don’t monitor the conversation in your head so much as stop having one.
If a man is to know himself, to live an intelligent life of reason, he must be willing to deduce from his feelings his beliefs, and from his beliefs pure reason, so that his habits and actions will follow.
To trust yourself is to live your own truth. To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. – Emerson
To trust yourself is to trust the will of life.
To attune to your inner intuition is not just to know how you are feeling in a given moment, but why.
You’ve gotta like yourself in order to be happy.
But you’ve also gotta be happy in order to like yourself. Welcome to the paradox of life you have lived in. Now live happy.
Love is the key to happiness and happiness is the key to love.
So, self-esteem = Love? Self-esteem = trusting life. It has brought me this far, this close.
Trusting life = being fully in the present moment, without fear, without judgement.
Being in the present moment = being happy and grateful.
Happy and grateful come from living well. Think well. Be well.
As you sow, so shall you reap.
Think well and be well.
Believe in yourself.
Believe in yourself.
If you don’t, life’s going to be very hard – as it was.
You don’t need a God to believe in yourself. You just need to trust life.
And to trust life you just need to believe in yourself.
Life’s very scary if you don’t believe in yourself, if you don’t trust yourself. It’s terrible.
You have free will. Trust yourself. Believe in yourself. Because a belief in a God won’t save you, but a belief in yourself will.
Trust you are here for a reason, and that you are perfect for the reason you are here.
Trust you haven’t suffered in vain.
Trust in Love.
Believe in Love; that is God; not the religion; not the creator – but the reason.
You’re here to Love.
This is what you are made of. Love.
You are not God. You are Love. God is perfect (Divine) Love.
You’re here to learn that. To live that. To be that. (Divine Love).
You’re day-to-day life should be designed to maximize the love you experience.
To have loved is to have lived.
And you are entirely worthy of abundant love.
Live it. Give it.
The Universe sends the Love you give back to you as happiness.
So too, the Love you withhold comes back as fear.
Choose to love rather than fear yourself – your existence, for they are one in the same.
“Since psyche and matter are contained in one and the same world, and moreover are in continuous contact with one another and ultimately rest on irreprehensible, transcendental factors, it is not only possible but fairly probable, even, that psyche and matter are two different aspects of one and the same thing. The synchronicity phenomena point, it seems to me, in this direction, for they show that the nonpsychic can behave like the psychic, and vice versa, without there being any causal connection between them. ~ Carl Jung, “On the Nature of the Psyche”
Also, this: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/07/your-thoughts-do-not-create-your-reality-stupid/
also, this: https://www.livealifeyoulove.com/buddha-knew-law-of-attraction/
Most people fear life because they don’t trust it, and we fear what we do not trust in.
Fear comes from not trusting in the eternity of the soul; fear comes from being attached, from the idea of loss.
And I don’t know what is next, but I know this life isn’t permanent, so there really is nothing to fear.
“I know not if this earth on which I stand is the core of the universe or if it is but a speck of dust lost in eternity. I know not and I care not. For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth. And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.” – Ayn Rand, Anthem
And it’s our thoughts that shape our experience of reality, our highs and lows.
So we should think the thoughts of the reality we desire to experience.
I am calm. I am comfortable. I am at peace.
Because all we ever have is now to experience it.
So match the thought to the feeling, the feeling to the action, and the action to the desired feeling.
There is a reason humans have thoughts.
So we can feel our experience with them.
And if you don’t believe that you control your thoughts and feelings, then you don’t trust yourself.
So trust yourself. Trust your experience of reality, but also understand that you are the creator.
For if you didn’t believe your thoughts had any influence, you would’t listen to them.
So why do we listen to our own thoughts?
Well, some of them actually feel really good.
It’s the thoughts that don’t, which make us unhappy, that trouble us.
So why do we continue listening to the thoughts that trouble us?
Because the mind – the unconscious – where thought is processed and translated into feeling, this mind does not distinguish between good and bad thoughts, happy and sad feeling. It just feeds the thought into the unconscious to be processed.
The filter is the conscious mind. It’s where we have the ability to say yes or no.
And this filter follows the dictums of the soul, where the will resides.
However, we lose touch with our souls, our wills, and we become slaves living unconscious lives.
We must endeavor to live consciously, healthily.
We must care for our bodies and our souls if we are to have happy and healthy minds.
And that choice is ours.
So go to that yoga class together.
And if you don’t have someone, go alone, and you may meet someone.
That’s why we’re here after all: Love.
So why don’t we love our own minds, bodies, and souls more?
I suppose we don’t always make that a priority.
We don’t understand the mind, body, soul connection as the ancients did, that and or we don’t value our minds, bodies, and souls more.
Why? We value other shit.
Why? Because society has told us that feeling cool is more important than feeling good.
Why? Money. Pleasure, unlike fulfillment, is marketable. Because pleasure is instant, whereas fulfillment actually takes time.
But pain is here for many. And humans would rather feel good than bad.
So they make unhealthy decisions, whether it’s eating or drinking, and these things ultimately cost us our wellbeing.
So what must we do?
Love ourselves more. Care about other shit less. Or at least realize how important lifestyle is to happiness.
Because if we aren’t choosing to live a healthy lifestyle, we are screwing our happiness.
Which no rational person would do – were they not living in a society that places other things above happiness.
Because in the modern world we live in, you can buy pleasure but you cannot buy happiness, because happiness comes from the fulfillment of our thoughts (Into their physical reality).
And you can pay for some guru or life coach to tell you this OR you can just know it to be true in your heart.
But maybe your heart has been silenced by a mind and body too tired, too out of tune to connect to the soul and listen.
So RAISE YOUR VIBRATIONS !!
Maybe it’s surfing. Maybe it’s Yoga. Diet, water, exercise. Basically being a healthy human that gets into flow, that lives an actualized life.
Which, you haven’t been entirely… (Or much at all)
So step your game up.
Quit limiting yourself like a fucking
So choose to love yourself in your thoughts and resultant lifestyle choices.
Choose to trust that you’ll make it through not only without those unhealthy crutches, but because you went without, because you choose to nourish your mind, body, and soul out of love rather than fear.
It’s only by the providence of synchronicity by which I have become the man I am today, and I have no doubt that at thirty one these lessons are precisely what I need to take my life to the next level.
Looking back, I see that when I lived in a manner that followed the habits of happy, healthy people, I too was happy and healthy. But, of course, our vices are a great comfort to us, whether it be junk food or junk substances, and, as I have outlined above, I think these things cause us to numb ourselves, and consequently numb our connection to our souls, our inner will, where the directng voice of consciousness resides.
It’s not by coincidence that spiritually actualized people live healthy lives and value their minds, bodies, and souls. Lord knows that someone who is relying on the comfort of their vices is by no means happy. They’re just afraid of losing that comforting crutch because they are in pain and they want a solution now, but it only makes it worse and actually perpetuates as addiction.
As the ancient maxim goes, the mind is a terrible master but an excellent slave; however, we must remain conscious in order to have mastery of our minds. We must be able to direct ourselves from that inner voice of the will.
I know after this experience that I absolutely must take care of my mind, body, and soul in a manner that allows me to remain connected to my inner voice.
And I know modern life doesn’t revolve around these things, but it’s your fucking life. Start living it rationally, for nothing is more important than your health and happiness.
As the ancient Stoics believed: virtue alone was sufficient for happiness. I finally understand this at a deep level. Lord knows, I already knew that vice alone was sufficient for misery.
In short, trust life. Trust yourself. Love yourself. And care for your soul. That means physical practices. You don’t want to live life like a lab rat, addicted to fats and other chemicals. That’s not wellbeing. That’s comforting your fear with pleasure, rather than trusting life and going into fulfillment.