Personal Liberation and the Art of Self-Sabotage

Dr. Bruce Lipton is a cellular biologist that has studied the power of the subconscious mind and discovered that DNA and genes can be turned on and off based on how our mind works. With over 3.5 trillion volts all the way up to 70 trillion volts in total cellular capacity, our brain and body are constantly working through electrical messaging to create our reality through every cell in our body.

Dr. Bruce Lipton on Brain Power

We must first understand that:

“There is no problem, and therefore there is no solution.”

Zen Proverb

If there is no problem, you ask, what’s the actual issue?

“The whole trouble is just our failure to realize there is no problem.”

Bruce Lee in “Striking Thoughts”

If what Dr. Bruce Lipton, the way of Zen, and Bruce Lee says is true, then it must also be true that we create EVERYTHING that happens either through attention to something or the opposite: a lack thereof.

Our subconscious brain is committed to making the reality that we want and believe to be true, actually true. With our brain subconsciously charging up to 70 trillion volts of electricity through the cell membranes, it only makes sense that what we believe will actually be made true in reality.

So how do we change? Where do we start? Glad you asked.

The 8-Fold Path to Eliminate Suffering

Correcting False Values and Gaining Knowledge of Life’s Meaning annotated by Bruce Lee in “Striking Thoughts”

  1. First, you must CLEARLY see what IS wrong.
  2. Next, you must DECIDE to be cured
  3. You MUST act.
  4. SPEAK so as to aim at being cured
  5. Your livelihood must not conflict with your therapy
  6. The therapy must go forward at the staying speed, a critical velocity that is sustainable. It takes energy, action, and motion on a CONSISTENT basis, all the time for this therapy to work.
  7. One must THINK and FEEL about it incessantly
  8. Learn how to contemplate with the deep mind

or…

  1. Right Views (understanding)
  2. Right Purpose (aspiration)
  3. Right Speech
  4. Right Conduct
  5. Right means of Livelihood
  6. Right Effort
  7. Right kind of Awareness or Mind Control
  8. Right Concentration or Meditation

Personal liberation starts with you. The art of self-sabotage is an art we are all familiar with. We sabotage because we don’t know better.

Now you know better.

The Will

Having the “will” to do something is like having a magical power at times.

The “will to win” and even the two actionable phrases which most of us are now hip to:

  • I will or I can
  • I can’t or I will not

Say those two phrases in your head, and see if you can feel inside of you the inner motion of the waves and neurological energy that sparks or doesn’t spark.

Bruce Lee on The Will:

“It is the WILL that makes men, success takes perseverance.”

“Experience shows that the athlete who forces himself to the limit can go as long as necessary. It means that ordinary effort will not tap or release the tremendous amount of latent power in the human body. Extraordinary effort, highly emotionalized conditions, or a true determination to win at all costs will release this extra energy.”

“The spiritual power of a man’s will removes all obstacles.

lastly, and most importantly:

“What does self-willed mean? Hell, isn’t it knowing above all, that indeed, one is the captain of one’s soul, the master of one’s life? Now what causes such realization and , consequently, brings about a change in one’s behavior? TO BE REAL, TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONESELF.

The innate power in the body enacted when you decide that you WILL indeed do something, no matter the cost, is quite possibly one of the strongest powers in the world.

Whether you decide to use it or not is completely up to you and your will.

Good Will Hunting

“Real loss is only possible when you love something more than yourself.”

Sean Mcguire – Good Will Hunting

This post isn’t about loss. It’s barely even about the movie, which I’ve only just fully seen for the first time in the last few days.

Recently taking Instagram off my phone to get some things done opened up some more creative space, and after having been told I reminded a friend of Matt Damon’s character in the classic flick I knew I had to give Good Will Hunting a watch. I know, scold me later.

Wow.

Here is the Good Will Hunting short version of the Netflix description :

“When professors discover that an aimless janitor is also a math genius, a therapist helps the young man confront the demons that are holding him back.”

Demons. We all have them. Over the last week, I’ve had so many signals that I was going to be facing my own demons. The funny thing is, I thought I had faced most of them.

These demons are the ones that you don’t get the opportunity to face unless you’ve been doing some serious cleaning. These are the demons that are well fed with old and outdated belief systems that have kept them comfortable and camouflaged within our minds and lives.

Watching Matt Damon play the role of a genius, angry, self-centered young white male had me shaking my head, but at the end of the day, I allowed my demons to guide me and my day to day actions without me even knowing it.

Arrogance. Fear. Lack of empathy. Procrastination. Inconsistency. The list goes on. These are vices that I thought I had overcome and dealt with, but there’s still some areas that need work.

These demons have hampered my genius. They have held me back. And I have done nothing but let them.

Because we are all geniuses in our own ways, and we all need to discover how to stop holding ourselves back.

So why the first sentence about loss? Well, you can’t really truly care about something outside of yourself, more than yourself, unless you have let those other things go, completely. And until you can care about something outside of yourself, more than yourself, you can never truly experience loss.

I have ran from everyone that ever truly loved me, thrown wrenches in my own plans to keep myself from truly caring or experiencing true failure, and given myself every reason in the book as to why my situations aren’t always really MY FAULT.

Good Will Hunting. Because we are all geniuses in our own ways, and we all need to discover how to stop holding ourselves back.

Freedom and Happiness

The Seeker Post #19

You know, I spent an hour writing this post, about an hour ago. Freedom or Happiness.

I noticed that the WordPress auto-save feature was auto-saving for about the last thirty minutes. Just constantly blinking. I had uploaded quotes on freedom, quotes that you will see here shortly, maybe Quotes that had meaning with the content I had written. Not freedom and happiness.

Content which seems irrelevant with the feelings of frustration I feel now based on words I had written which no longer are here on this page, in the order that I wanted them to be. My phone even just randomly restarted. Where’s the freedom and happiness?

So how can I write on happiness at this time? How can I write on freedom when I am bound by the necessity of the time crunch of getting the things done that I chose to do today in the timely order I had previously made? How can I write on happiness when it seems I should be upset? What is freedom and happiness?

Man cannot be free if he does not know that he is subject to necessity, because his freedom is always won in his never wholly successful attempts to liberate himself from necessity.
Hannah Arendt
Quote by Hannah Arendt

It’s exactly that. Whether the universe was testing me, or possibly even saved me from a mediocre post, I will never know. So let’s try this.

Freedom and Happiness is not:

  • how many likes we get on a social media post-it’s just cool to see that people think the things we think are cool, are indeed cool
  • the person in our life-it’s just nice to know that someone sees the worth in us that we have a hard time seeing ourselves
  • money, cars, clothes, jewelry, or anything material-it’s completely wrapped in the time and work we put in to allow us the freedom from the necessity of survival to purchase things that will rot and become obsolete
  • friends-we are just looking for our tribe of people
  • food or drinking-you cannot quench and inner hunger or thirst with physical goods or consumables, although a good experience is always desirable and can be obtained from more than just food and drink
Freedom for me is to live with dignity, and if my dignity and freedom is controlled by a man, I will never be free.
Manal al-Sharif
Quote by Manal al-Sharif

Freedom and Happiness is:

  • thinking and acting in our own uniqueness without any fears because of social constructs
  • not having to wonder about anything related to survival; whether paying bills, going to a job because we have to, or the food we have to obtain
  • being able to think creatively, because you have the energy to
  • helping others, because we can
  • letting our inner light shine-truly being unafraid of anything
  • not what you think it is, it can only truly be felt in every moment in which you are truly free and happy

This post was originally about walking naked on a nudist beach, which, if you’ve never been naked in front of strangers, is still one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. In fact, a couple years ago I would have chosen to step in a cage over walking naked in front of a bunch of strangers.

My suggestion on achieving freedom and happiness? Anytime you have the thought to do something and you wonder what your parents, friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or these “strangers” will think of you, you are not free. The more you allow the unfree thoughts to run free is the act of caging yourself in.

The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.
John Dalberg-Acton
Quote by John Dalberg-Acton

I found my truest freedom in walking naked on a beach. My deepest rooted fears were exorcised. I now know true happiness lies in being able to make every choice as freely as possible. Freedom and happiness is up to you to choose to have.

The Time In-Between

Where the Magic Begins and Ends-Post #18

Audio Thoughts

It’s nothing but a cycle. A cycle that is waiting to be controlled. A cycle that can be seen, prepped for, and used wisely. If you stand in the ocean with your back facing the ocean you will be swayed with every wave that crashes down on you.

Except, you know the waves are coming after a few of them.

The time in-between each wave and what you do with it is up to you.

While you can have a good idea of when the waves are coming, turning to face them gives you a better chance of bracing yourself and remaining unmoved. You can plan to advance in the time in-between.

The time in-between. The time in-between beginnings and endings.

You might be familiar with these beginnings and endings:

Beginning to end of school.

Beginning to end of your lunch break.

Beginning to end of that cup of coffee in your hand.

Beginning to end of the Marvel Avengers. No, but really, all good things ALWAYS come to an end.

Beginning to end of every relationship. Or more accurately, beginning to end of the stages of every relationship.

What do we do with it? With this time in-between? Plan for it. Learn from what happened before. Use it wisely. If you know where you want to go, use it to figure out how to get there. If you don’t know where to go, use it to figure out where you want to go. If you don’t use the time in-between wisely, you can never create sentences that work together in tandem.

Do you know what this means?

Your life is a story. YOU are writing the book. It’s totally up to you how you want each sentence, each paragraph, each chapter to go. You can spend chapters doing the same sentence, over, and over, and over again until the book gets closed. No one wants to read a book that’s looping the same sentence over and over, that’s exactly why books get closed sooner, rather than later.

The “best” life is one that is lived so vividly that you begin to exist in every moment that you’ve ever lived.

James Taylor

With the hindsight that we obtain from experience, you gain foresight, allowing yourself to live in both past and future moments. You’ll begin to act with intent, an intent that comes with belief, that you DO have purpose, and whether you know what it is or not is irrelevant. In-between that time, work, believe, have faith, and create the magic for your future.

Don’t let the time in-between pass with no action. You can take control of the ebb and flow of every single cycle in your life.

Write your story with the time in-between. The time in-between is where the magic happens.