We are all caught in the illusionary Rat Race or the Race to the Bottom. It’s a ridiculous thing. Why on earth would we continue running in never-ending cycles chasing never-ending illusionary goals? And at the same time maybe help in worsening a better global outcome? Because we are chasing the illusion of happiness by competition, we have not enough reserve energy left to come to real global happiness. Happiness supported largely by cooperation and care for each other. Service to others more important than service to self.
Think about it: you will always remain a rat, even if you win this race. But this is only a part-time victory. As soon as you have won a race, you will feel the urge to win the next one. It never ends. You will keep chasing your illusion. Stop with it. Spend your Energy on better things, for example on true happiness. You deserve it. We all deserve it. It is ridiculous to not want global happiness. So we need to stop these illusionary ratrace games, chasing illusionary goals stimulated by illusionary self-invented, self enforcing ‘burning’ platforms. And you need to see that the way we appraise people for their contribution to this illusionary ratrace performance is stupid. It only enforces the ratrace further. Performance comparison the way it is usually done will keep people from believing they are already qualified or capable. So how do we reinvent this ratract? For starters, we don’t have to put big efforts into trying to win the (rat)race as soon as we are able to see there really is no race going on, but a self-enforcing, global illusion that is controlling us. So it all starts with another mindset. This doesn’t cost any money.
If you are experiencing an ever-increasing consciousness, it might be that your brain is working overtime. This is nothing to worry about. It happens to many people. This is because there are an increasingly lot of new “consciousness” Energies out there in the air finding their way to our brains. But you don’t want you brain to become something uncontrollable, like a runaway train.
And although it’s always a good thing to keep your brain active and in good “shape”, it also needs some “consciousness” rest from time to time. Practice some meditation to give it the rest it deserves. You will see this will do wonders not only to your brain but to your whole body. And by the way, meditating is very easy to do. Good luck practicing!
Because all of world’s crises, we have an increasing innovation backlog. And these crises are creating global fear withholding us from radical innovation, which could give the economy an enormous boost. Maybe the mindset should just shift. A mindset that makes us believe that in the end it is better to regret something we have done than to regret something we havent done. A fear-centric mindset stifles innovation. And thus wit holds radical improvement. And the strange thing is, this fear is only an illusion that is in our head. Get rid of it. Put Energy into improvement, not in stalling improvement. Listen to the fearless, they might help the fearing. Together we can do much better if we want to.
We all know about values that we can give a certain weight. Sometimes we call these weak attractors and strong attractors. Some examples are weak attractors like Intoxicated or Taking . Their strong attractor counterparts are Sober respectively Giving. So for all these weak attractors there exist mirrored strong attractors.
Now how do you get from weak attractors to strong attractors? You need strange attractors like for example enlightenment which gives you a better balance between the two opposite patterns. With enlightenment you will be able to better balance contrasting values such as Prejudiced and Tolerant, Intoxicated and Sober, Scrupulous and Fair, Flattering and Praising, Local and Global, Superior and Equal, Barren and Prolific, Reserved and Outgoing, Artificial and Natural, Indulgent and Considerate, Reckless and Courageous, Taking and Giving and many more.
Global consciousness is a growing phenomenon. And yet, it seems we are still suffering from consciousness firewalls. These illusionary firewalls are blocking breakthrough ideas, thoughts, potential inventions to reach a certain population. And last but not least, some of these ideas could carry the solution or direction to solve (some of) worlds problems and crises. But if they don’t reach the ones they should reach, they remain of no real value. Think of the improvements we could make to our beautiful world if we could combine real problem solvings ideas and we could reach out to those that are in a position and willing to translate them into action. The improvement potential could be enormous. But what would it take to really combine these breakthrough improvement ideas to reach those people that could make the difference putting them into action?
We need to heal the world. And it’s not a big thing. It’s only a bit fear that is in our way (“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival” ~ Steve Maraboli). Humanity is awakening more and more, partly induced by the many crises we have created collectively. In this awakening process, enlightenment plays a pivotal role. But it comes at a certain cost. As Adyashanti explains: “Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” And Carl Gustav Jung also knew it already a long time ago: “There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” So this means that healing the world is very much possible but it requires some creative adaptation, a new mindset maybe. We were taught to “face reality” before we understood that we were creating it. Feeling you are a victim is an illusion. Because everyone is a creator. Here are some tips from Robin Sharma for becoming a person that is really willing to heal the world.
The Rules for Being Amazing
1. Risk more than is required.
2. Learn more than is normal.
3. Be strong.
4. Show courage.
9. Speak your truth.
10. Live your values.
15. Adore mastery.
16. Release mediocrity.
17. Aim for genius.
18. Stay humble.
19. Be kinder than expected.
20. Deliver more than is needed.
21. Exude passion.
22. Shatter your limits.
23. Transcend your fears.
24. Inspire others by your bigness.
25. Dream big but start small.
26. Act now.
27. Don’t stop.
28. Change the world.
- Robin Sharma
Umberto Eco’s statement “Was zählt, ist was ich nicht gelesen habe…” is a good representation of the vast amount of knowledge humanity already has available collectively. But can we even comprehend how much knowledge there is collectively? If you take a look at the circle figure, it gives a (not fit to exact scale) image of knowledge distribution. If we would be able to count all the existing knowledge and map that onto what a single human can comprehend in his/her own brain (the “What you know” segment in the circle), then the segment would be probably invisible in this picture. The same is probably valid for the segment “What You Know You Don’t Know”. Which leaves almost the full circle for the “What You Don’t Know You Don’t Know”. So in the end, you don’t know anything significant. So you have to realize that you will probably never make it through the whole circle, it’s just too much. So you have to rely on others. You have to rely very much on others. And be prepared to accept that others have knowledge you don’t have. And that ‘external’ knowledge might be very valuable, so you have to consider linking it to you own knowledge. This all starts by trust. The more you trust another’s knowledge and the better you and the other are able to link your mutual knowledge, the more you’re knowledge together can grow and add value. Create something more beautiful together than if it was based on your sole knowledge. So stop trying to control others by knowledge you yourself don’t have, start trusting others to fill in part of the puzzle. Make knowledge work together.
For those of us who believe anything can and should be organized in layers, stacks, domains, groups, categories, hierarchies, taxonomies, (black)boxes or any other ‘labeling’ constructs, Maslow’s hierarchy is of course a splendid reference framework. You can kid yourself into thinking that you need to have to fulfill the basic needs of feed and water first (the lower layer) before you can for fulfill the needs to (for example) be creative (the upper layer). Of course this is pure nonsense. Your needs can be fulfilled without putting them in a hierarchy first. What if we consider adding Social Media viewpoints to Maslow’s hierarchy? Would it mean that to have the needs of safety fulfilled you need to be on LinkedIn? Or thus it mean that LinkedIn helps in fulfilling the needs of ‘security of employment’ only? If that is the case, then maybe we would also need Social Networks for fulfilling the needs of ‘security of body’, ‘security of resources’, ‘security of the family’, ‘security of health’ and ‘security of property’. That is, if you take the figure in the top left as a reference model. And to support those Social Networks, what Social Media would be helpful there? Anyway, hatever viewpoint you find attractive, it looks like there is still a lot of development to do in these areas, both in terms of rethinking of ‘hierarchies’ and in terms of rethinking of the added value of social networks and the social media that support them.
Demi Lovato has a good point. Her quotes: “The mirror can lie. Doesn’t show you what’s inside. And it, it can tell you you’re full of life. It’s amzing what you can hide just by putting on a smile.” can get you thinking about how the outside can trick you. If you look into the mirror, you will never see the beauty you have inside. But once you dive a bit deeper, you will start to see and recognize the beauty that is inside. It’s inside every human begin. In fact, inside every living being. Beauty. It’s there. So the next time you look in the mirror, and it lies to you again, take some time and think about your true inside. Think about the beauty you possess inside. Because you are beautiful. And by accepting for yourself that you are beautiful, you will have a stronger feeling to not try to live up to the external imposed, illusionary standards of someone else’s ‘reference’ beauty. You will truly start to discover your beautiful self. And you will see that to be-you-tiful can be very beautiful. Beautiful, isn’t it?