A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind, from within more than the lustre of the firmament, of birds and sages. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have been drawn lately, somewhat organically to exploring my own mind. Not in an ego driven way I hope. But this idea that my life is driven by the activity of my thinking mind, its interaction with my heart and spirit and the choices that I make and then act on. Its been strange and yes a bit spooky but most of the books/podcasts/videos etc that I have looked at especially in the last 12 or so months have in some way teased out this expansion of a sense of responsibility – the ability to choose a response to a situation. Even the choices that I haven’t made and the disciplines I haven’t exerted have also been choices and if and when I have looked carefully at them I have gleamed something out of them too. The self reflection bit has been amusing at times, but mostly, it has been sobering and at the same time when I took time to look and listen for the cues, reassuring and even enchanting.
Please don’t read this as a pseudo “Law of Attraction” mystical/ quantum physics kind of thing. I am not talking about manifesting any of my dreams through anything other than hard work, self management and choice. Some of that for me includes choosing where to focus. Positivity tends to bread positivity, but not from within a vacuum of denial. Rather perhaps from a radical awareness and a choice of the reaction, we learn and can then grow and through these growth spurts we change and then our circumstances change. Even the quick fix solutions to many problems, require both an initial choice (and faith) and some ongoing decisions to work. The meal replacement shakes do not work if the stay packaged up in your cupboard or worse yet waiting for you at the post office.
So the watching the gleam of light that flashes across my mind has been mote apparent. It doesn’t deny my reality or my body but it expands me beyond my body and has meant for me a deeper sense of personhood which is a double edged sword. I have a higher standard to hold myself to, but thankfully more self-forgiveness and internal courage to go with it.
For a long while it was very hard to find the words to explain all this. I have barely scratched the surface of whats going on in my inner being. but it feels good.
Right now I am reassured that life wandering as it feels and the reflection that comes with it. I have might have a purpose or a use in Robert Greene’s Ted talk. Nothing is wasted.
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