Little Onion

Alan Watts:

When you can really allow yourself to be afraid and you don’t resist the experience of fear, you are truly beginning to master fear. But when you refuse to be afraid, you are resisting fear, and that simply sets up a vicious circle of being afraid of fear, and being afraid of being afraid of fear, and so on.

And that’s what we call worry. Worry is simply a chronic condition, and people who worry are going to worry no matter what happens.

Because when one possible threat is exterminated, they will immediately discover another… because worry is an infinitely skinned onion. And you can go on and on and on, because the moment, you see, you reduce the size of the onion and you get your worry down to about this, suddenly your whole sense of distance and size changes.

And because you’re looking so intently at this little onion, it fills your whole field of vision and is once again a big onion. You start peeling that down. But as you get another one about this size, then it enlarges itself in your judgment and your sense of values. And once more, it’s colossal.

So if you are disposed to worry, there is always plenty to worry about.

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The Holographic Universe

Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe:

Put another way, there is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it — from snowflakes to maple trees to falling stars and spinning electrons — are also only ghostly images, projections from a level of reality so beyond our own it is literally beyond both space and time.

And:

Pribram realized that if the holographic brain model was taken to its logical conclusions, it opened the door on the possibility that objective reality — the world of coffee cups, mountain vistas, elm trees, and table lamps — might not even exist, or at least not exist in the way we believe it exists. Was it possible, he wondered, that what the mystics had been saying for centuries was true, reality was maya, an illusion, and what was out there was really a vast, resonating symphony of wave forms, a “frequency domain” that was transformed into the world as we know it only after it entered our senses?”

And:

Considered together, Bohm and Pribram’s theories provide a profound new way of looking at the world: Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time: The brain is a hologram folded in a holographic universe.

For Pribram, this synthesis made him realize that the objective world does not exist, at least not in the way we are accustomed to believing. What is “out there” is a vast ocean of waves and frequencies, and reality looks concrete to us only because our brains are able to take this holographic blur and convert it into the sticks and stones and other familiar objects that make up our world. (…) In other words, the smoothness of a piece of fine china and the feel of beach sand beneath our feet are really just elaborate versions of the phantom limb syndrome.

According to Pribram this does not mean there aren’t china cups and grains of beach sand out there. It simply means that a china cup has two very different aspects to its reality. When it is filtered through the lens of our brain it manifests as a cup. But if we could get rid of our lenses, we’d experience it as an interference pattern. Which one is real and which is illusion? “Both are real to me,” says Pribram, “or, if you want to say, neither of them are real.”

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You Are the Big Bang

Alan Watts:

Astronomers say there was a primordial explosion, an enormous bang billions of years ago which flung all the galaxies into space. Well, let’s take that just for the sake of argument and say that was the way it happened.

It’s like you took a bottle of ink and you threw it at a wall. Smash! And all that ink spread. And in the middle, it’s dense, isn’t it? And as it gets out on the edge, the little droplets get finer and finer and make more complicated patterns, see?

So in the same way, there was a big bang at the beginning of things and it spread. And you and I, sitting here in this room, as complicated human beings, are way, way out on the fringe of that bang. We are the complicated little patterns on the end of it. Very interesting.

But so we define ourselves as being only that.

If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlique, way out on the edge of that explosion. Way out in space, and way out in time.

Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you’re a complicated human being. And then we cut ourselves off, and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang. But you are. Depends how you define yourself.

You are actually — if this is the way things started, if there was a big bang in the beginning — you’re not something that is a result of the big bang, on the end of the process. You are still the process! You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.

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But we’ve learned to define ourselves as separate from it.

We have been hypnotized, literally hypnotized by social convention into feeling and sensing that we exist only inside our skins. That we are not the original bang, but just something out on the end of it.

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And so what I would call a basic problem we’ve got to go through first, is to understand that there are no such things as things — that is to say separate things, or separate events.

So the world doesn’t come thinged; it doesn’t come evented. You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. The ocean waves, and the universe peoples. And as the wave, I wave at you and say ‘Yoo-hoo!’ — the world is waving at me with you and saying ‘Hi! I’m here!’

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Build a Life That Turns You On

David Cain:

If there’s a real secret to “seduction,” here it is: Always be building a life that turns you on, represent yourself as honestly and straightforwardly as you can, and have conversations with a lot of people. That’s it. Connections will happen. If you’re bad at those things, give yourself as long as it takes to get good at them. You have time.

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Shift Your Mental Diet

Neville Goddard:

Become a drinker and an eater of the ideals you wish to realize. Have a set, definite aim or your mind will wander, and wandering it eats every negative suggestion. If you live right mentally, everything else will be right.

By a change of mental diet, you can alter the course of observed events. But unless there is a change of mental diet, your personal history remains the same. You illuminate or darken your life by the ideas to which you consent. Nothing is more important to you than the ideas on which you feed.

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The Precipice

Tilda Swinton:

I wouldn’t go on performing were it not for this interest in unpicking or examining how it is that we lumber ourselves with the idea that we have one identity, and we have to carry it, and we cannot change it or modify it in any way until we die.

And that both moves me and saddens me; that society has somehow hoodwinked us into thinking that this is the case. Because as far as I’m concerned, identity is a sort of … I’m not sure I believe identity exists. I think the only thing we can really rely on is change, and our sense of ourselves is completely amorphous.

And so, when, if I’m talking about a narrative, and I look back at my work, very often I’m looking at the story of someone who reaches what I call a precipice in their life. When they have to encounter their sense of identity, and they have to shift. Or, they have a choice about whether to shift or whether to perish in some way.

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You Are the Life-Dreamer

Tim Freke, author of Lucid Living:

You are the life-dreamer dreaming the dream of you.

It is an amazing, transformative, bittersweet dream, full of laughter and tears, triumphs and losses, hope and despair.

If you give yourself to this great dream it will awaken you to what-is.

If you consciously engage with this deep drama it will teach you kindness and make you wise.

So why not dare to commit to the adventure of your life?

Because essentially you are always safe, even when the life-dream becomes a nightmare.

That’s right, isn’t it?

When you dream it can be terrifying, but if you dream lucidly you know you are always essentially safe, because you’re not just the person you appear to be in a dream. You are the dreamer.

In the same way, if you live lucidly there is a deep knowing that you are always essentially safe.

So take the risk and really live!

You are the one appearing as someone and your life is deeply significant.

You are the one who can light up the darkness.

You are the one who can bring love to your world.

You are the one you’ve been waiting for.

I am writing these words to wake you up, because I see what a wonder you are.

You are infinite potential playing at being a person.

The creativity that created the whole universe is within you and it wants to express itself through you.

Can you hear the call to share your gifts with the world?

You are the mystery of life made manifest.

I am in awe of your vastness and touched by your fragility.

I see your greatness and your smallness — and I celebrate both.

I encourage you to wake up to oneness and feel the limitless love, so you can embrace your vulnerable, tender, ambiguous humanity — just as it is.

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Go Forward

T. Lobsang Rampa:

Everything is in a state of movement, all life is movement, even death is movement, because cells are breaking down and turning into other compounds. Let us remember at all times that one cannot stand still on a tightrope, one can either go forward or backward.

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Focus on the Beauty

Abraham-Hicks:

Focus on the beauty of your environment in every way that you can. Immerse yourself. Engulf yourself. Do everything that you can to be in love with this, and in love with this, and in love with this, and in love with this, and in love with this. Do everything that you can think of, to do in a day, that will make you happy while you’re doing it.

Because your intentions are already in your Vortex. Your Inner Being already knows what you want, and the path to it. So you just gotta be as happy as you can be, so that you’ll be in the receptive mode, so that you’ll be ready for the idea.

The ideas are being flowed to you all the time. You gotta be happy to get the idea. To receive it. To understand it.

And to feel enough momentum in it to say, ‘This is what I’m going to do.’

If you can get it, that all you gotta do is tap into that, you will never be discouraged again. You’re only ever feeling a feeling of discouragement when you’re not tapped into that.

So, our encouragement to you is, do everything that you can do to just stay in this happy place.

There are so many reasons to be happy.

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Risky Bets

Paul Graham:

Because biographies of famous scientists tend to edit out their mistakes, we underestimate the degree of risk they were willing to take. And because anything a famous scientist did that wasn’t a mistake has probably now become the conventional wisdom, those choices don’t seem risky either.

Biographies of Newton, for example, understandably focus more on physics than alchemy or theology. The impression we get is that his unerring judgment led him straight to truths no one else had noticed. How to explain all the time he spent on alchemy and theology? Well, smart people are often kind of crazy.

But maybe there is a simpler explanation. Maybe the smartness and the craziness were not as separate as we think. Physics seems to us a promising thing to work on, and alchemy and theology obvious wastes of time. But that’s because we know how things turned out. In Newton’s day the three problems seemed roughly equally promising. No one knew yet what the payoff would be for inventing what we now call physics; if they had, more people would have been working on it. And alchemy and theology were still then in the category Marc Andreessen would describe as “huge, if true.”

Newton made three bets. One of them worked. But they were all risky.

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