Refocus Your Locus
“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”
— Terence McKenna
This is the trick. This is what all the teachers and all the philosophers who really counted in civilization understood. This is how magic is done. Hurl yourself into the abyss of the unknown and realize that facing your own darkness, your own truth beyond the truth of who you really are will alchemize a path that will lift you up and carry you to the next chapter in your life. How is this done? Not easy. All the greatest thinkers, scholars, entrepreneurs, inventors, painters, musicians understood this construct. Instead of internalizing their fear, sadness, and anger, those brilliant “defiant ones” used it as rocket fuel to propel their genius onto the canvas, the recording studio, the medical laboratory, and the stage.
When we get caught up in the internal nonsense (especially when things are not going well in our life) to the point where it can be an all consuming exercise (which is why many of us go to therapy, go on anti-depressants) and lose control of the life we once knew. A lot of the noise in our head is nonsensical noise. We ultimately have control over this nonsensical nonsense. We ultimately can mitigate the volume from this nonsensical gobbledygook that permeates our psyche. Ultimately we are masters of nothing and many times slaves of our own neuro-chemicals.
The way out of your own way is to create a life strategy that promises to create the conditions and processes that will allow you to find your calling in life despite your current circumstances. Understand your monkey mind well enough to shift your focus away from the chaos both inside (and around you) and develop a close personal relationship with your inner spirit. Have the audacity to find your life passions again (if your life depended on it).
What is it going to take to get better care of your mental health ? The noise (almost all of it) is a fallacy that our mind creates.
The monkey in our mind tries to convince us of the fallacy that our life passions we once dreamed of doing should fade away and lose meaning with age (which is complete bullshit). Woody Allen coined this fallacy ozymandius melancholia. Ozymandius melancholia describes activities (that we once loved) lose their meaning over time. Sadly this is a fallacy our messy, noisy mind tries to convince us. The monkey mind also tries to convince us that we don’t have the time to do things we once loved because of time, children, finances, a.k.a, “ adult responsibilities.”
So go ahead. Dream that impossible dream and jump into that scary abyss of the unknown. It’s just a “feather bed” after all…