Today I was watching some videos about Ali and it got me thinking that at this point we view him more as an “idea” than an actual someone that lived a colorful life full of experience. He is perceived as symbol for many concepts which ultimately are formed from everyone BUT Ali. This way, we unconsciously shift the weight from his “unprejudiced” life towards our selfish “thoughts”. Just like kissing someone that we love is compared to the memory of kissing someone that we loved. The more apart in time are the two, the more the importance is shifted from “we are one with the Universe” towards the wishful thought for us to experience it again.
The moment we hear Ali’s name, is the moment our mind equals it to “greatness” and we naturally want to associate ourselfs with that WORD. We stop being neutral, ignore the things that do not fit our “needs” and search to “borrow” joy from Muhhamad’s life. The difference is that Ali saw, touched, heard, felt and smelled his life experience while we can only receive the light version, a compressed idea which could be translated only by ” the Mind “. In a way Balance = Happiness because we experience joy WHILE all of our senses are involved in that particular moment that provides us pleasure. “The Mind” on its own doesn’t have the capability to create joy because the later is not meant to be created by the brain alone. The closest it can get is to create an idea. That way, the mind feels productive and satisfied with its work. BUT the joy for the mind doesn’t equal with the joy for you as an actual human being that exist in this Reality. This is why for us its much easier to create plans to change our lifes “starting tomorrow” than actually following up on them with actions. We crown “the Mind” as the king which neglects all the remaining senses.
Imagine someone: that had 3 different religions, 4 different marriages with few “unofficial” children outside them, being racist while trying to fight racism, never admiting losses, always selling himself as better than you, constanly feeling “oppresed”, likely being a victim of “brainwashing”. Don’t perceive the mentioned as “good” or “bad” things but more so as a coin flip. Following it’s rules, the Universe made it sure that “head” and “tails” have equal chance to happen. It doesn’t matter if in a short period of time one happened more often than the other because it will balance itself out eventually. As far as I can tell, Ali went through his life never knowing that there is an other side of the coin. He was always “head first”, relying on his charisma. That made him unbalanced and in my experience you can’t be trully connected with the rest of world, to experience at its fullest. On the surface, Ali sold the idea that he is special, better than the rest but deep down he constanly tried to “prove” himself to everyone which is soo contradicting that it could create a black hole in your soul. Ali was famous and successful but do we give him as an example of how to live? We as people way to often view the life of others, trying to fill some emptiness inside us. IMO there are benefits from using the experience of someone else, but to do so we need to minimize the “labels” as much as possible. If we view Ali’s life just as a successful and motivational story, we cut it with a scalpel to fit inside those words.
Life is simple. Life is complex. Both are .. true BUT we tend to give the later a lot more weight thus our inner balance gets lost. It becomes harder to enjoy the “smaller” things – a tree, a bird, the weather, people around us. In order for us to be happy, things need to be ambitious, “bigger”, “prettier” and far away in the future while the years until then become just a mandatory inconvenience. All of that just to catch an idea. Does person “A” have the ability to experience more happiness than person “B”?! Society says “Yes”, the Universe says “No”! We are made even, no matter of social rank, love status or wealthiness – the amount of happiness that each of us is capable to experience its even, 10/10. A person could be enjoying his simple meal or could be misserable on a table full of food. What makes the difference? The way that we view the Present Moment. And what derails us from the capability of enjoying the later – the Mind and its constant bombardment of thoughts towards us.
Whats the common between most gurues, geniues and people with the ability to “understand” life and spot its patterns. They can help anyone but themselfs. They could give tips for happiness but often end up being loners. Its like the Universe tells them “Fuck you, by tring to cheat and “know” things” your punnisment – not being able to experience life. To know the game means not being able to play it.
Ignorance is a bliss. I am not sure that you could find a more truer statement than this. Its not about being stupid or smart. Its about letting go of control and trust the game/the universe. You could still receive all that knowledge – not with your brain but with your gut. Its like accepting that you are in a river and trusting its flow. Not trying to use your mind to create a boat, to reach the shore or to change the direction. Your ability to connect to life decrease with the increase usage of the brain. Basically trading experience for analytical view of the world. I dont want to be that person. I am 29 and I am not happy with my life. Whats the point?! Its like knowing the ending of the movie that would come out in a year? I dont want to be a loner. I want to fell in love, create a family and experience it in the best possible way. Right now, I am with one foot a piece on the ground and in the clouds. I sure hope that there is still chance for me to neglect the brain and its thinking. I would “try” to return to my flow, wish me luck 🙂
Imagine “Life” being a big, white, empty canvas. Each of us resembles a paint brush. By that, we are meant to leave a mark. It could be a gigantic one or a slim dot, both hold the same value. Imagine “Mona Lisa” without the small dots that filled her eyes?! There is no “right” or “wrong” collor. “Better” or “Worse”. “Good” or “Evil”. Each collor it’s there to be used – sometimes more often, sometimes less. Sometimes with a purpose, sometimes without. Its impossible to understand the “bigger” picture that we, as a unit, draw. So why worry about it? Thousands of brushes could be drawing the same things and you could be that ONE, that gives a new direction. Never forget that but also never grasp on the idea. Just draw whatever comes from inside you – it would never be a mistake.
A complaint often enough, its a “cheap”(easy) stand that the Ego tooks seeking validation while knowing that other people would likely agree with it. “The goverment is bla,bla”, “The weather is too hot/cold”, “That person didnt act correctly”, “I am so unlucky because of this, this and this” and so on. Basically by complaining, the Ego puts itself into a position of being “Right” and with that, it lives on via the confirmation from other people. “Yeah, John Doe is right and he has a point”. The better effect comes with someone nodding around and agreeing but if necessary, a “lonely” person could just “mumble” under their nose. Even if the complaint has some merit, I would ask you this: Why would you voluntary repeat something that brings you down? Would you say something ala “I am such a loser, I am so unlucky”?, If you had control over it … you would not! This is “the Ego” repeating one thing, as much as it can, in order for you to accept it and believe that its actually coming from you! Thus the Ego lives through you! Many times I have seen “unlucky” people finding and fueling each other with sad stories while receiving pleasure for meeting someone with a similar fate. Not every “sad” story comes from the Ego, some times people just want to share their experience. What makes it an ego driven: its the motivation behind it, the frequency of doing it and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with finding a public for the story.
How to stop? Life its imperfect and because of that, its possible and real. The mind brings on the “Self” concepts like “good” and “bad”. If we had control, we would likely choose only “good” things to happen to us and none of the “bad”. We would never lose anyone, would always be successful and so on. At the beginning this would bring enough pleasure for us to be happy BUT soon that would change. Everything ends the same way each time, you receiving the thing you want! Love and Success would lose their weight because of the lack of risk of not having them. Life simply becomes dull! Realize the idea that “Life” just happens.That you could never really brand something as “good” or “bad” because you could never trully know its effect on you. For example, a parent passes away. You were very close and thus brand it as “bad” thing. But what if he stayed alive for twenty more years, you took care for him for that period and suddenly Life passed you by. Which is better? You could never possibly know, so why live with the deception that you could?
For those of you seen the movie, remember the wild and incredible worlds that people created in their dreams? Our memories from the past and thoughts about the future are basically the same, minus other people being able to enter them. Imagine that you have the power to go in some parallel dimension and draw the whole reality by your liking? In a way you become a god … but you are all alone. We may be able to “put” people in our thoughts, they may even have 99% physicall resemblance with those from our reality but bottom line – they would never be more than a souless dolls. They cant think, they cant behave on their own and there is never an unknown factor with them. They are just detailed pictures you draw with your brain. What makes us unique its the hidden energy we normaly call a “soul” and that you cant recreate via thinking.
What is the problem of being too often inside your memories or project illusions about the future? For starters, we create the laws of nature and there is nothing that can threaten us. We become comfortable and we begin to get used to it, to like it. Once we go back to our common, shared world there is a lot of unknown and unpredictability involved. When we face them, that often creates fear! Often instead of trying to overcome it, we tend to withdraw to our safe illusions. Why you should go speak to the girl that you like and face rejection, when you can recreate her in your own imagination?
I want to believe that a big part of Life is about sharing it with other people! The next time time you project inside the comfort of your own thoughts, ask yourself this:
Do I want to be the lonely God of an empty world?!