Let me backtrack a bit a give you an overview of what this post is all about. My whole life I’ve been asking myself questions like:
- what is success?
- what makes people successful?
- what is my purpose here?
- how can I go after things I desire and at the same time bring good to others?
- what is the very best thing I can do with my life and my time?
- and so forth.
I realized that questions themselves define the frame. By frame I mean your mindstate, the frame of mind through which you look at the word. Just by asking questions you essentially placing your mind in a box, a “framework” within which you’re attempting to answer them. Most important questions are outside of reason and logic. I’ll type this really fast, in one shot, so bare with me if you find typos :).
Ghost in a shell and the flashlight
It is much like walking into a dark room with a flash light. The flashlight has some interesting properties. It has a limited capacity of how much light it can emit (measured in lumens). If you concentrate light, you’ll get a very bright but small surface area. If you keep focusing it, you’ll get a laser beam. If you disperse it you won’t be able to see as clearly but you’ll kind of get an idea of what’s in the room. I think Reality is like that. You literally create it by choosing where to look and how intensely you’re looking in any particular spot.
No one sees the Creation as it really is. Everything we see is distorted by lenses of memories, emotions, senses and its interpretation. Where you look … is what you choose to see! You create your World by your attention and your language.
“Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
With words God created the Universe. With mere words men can also create, heal, kill and influence the world. With words I create computer software and transmit logic to electromagnetic machinery. The string theory in theoretical physics is based on the idea that everything in Creation is made of vibrating loops (strings) of sound (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory).
But … as you know, most of human communication is non-verbal: its made of body language (posture, gestures, breathing patterns, eye movements), vocal tonality, speed, pitch and so forth. The actual word content in communication is a very small portion of it.
However, your “inner dialog” and thinking is 100% words (and related symbols/imagery). Words are connected to each other with associations. Some words have a lot of associations and strong connections, some are not. The word “Love” has amazingly strong connections and associations, while
“kiwi” might have very few. This brings me to this point:
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Our language has everything to do with our happiness and how we perceive the world. I came to realize (in a very new light) that I should rephrase everything in the positive form because of the way it profoundly directs my attention. The words I use to talk to myself and others pull all kinds of associations and emotions related to them. By speaking and thinking of things that are noble, beautiful, right, true, honest, pure I dramatically affect my perception of the world. And since my perception of the world is my world, I literally change it and how it reacts to me!
Emotions link mind and body. Your thoughts and language also have a profound effect on your body chemistry … and therefore your health.
To me, the key to staying happy is staying in balance. Mind, Body and Spirit are one. Vital focus areas of Life are one.
Because I am so visual, I prefer mind-mapping to written word to help me “see” and focus. It’s kind of like an outline. The above are (dynamically changing) vital areas of life. If I click on Environment, it expands to the following:
The environment is composed of many “forces” that assert themselves on your decision-making. (I purposely removed some of these forces for this blog J) Some forces are very strong, some are weaker … but how you live is always up to you. No one can force you to think a certain way. Freedom of thought is the freedom you always have!
If I click on Health, I get this:
Body is a temple of Spirit. Mind and body are inseparable. Every day is an opportunity to grow and develop in all of these areas. If I click on physical training, I get something like this:
Nourishment (I do not like the word “diet”):
And so forth…
Each item on this map expands to multitude of sub-screens. The “leafs” (end points of these screens) contain text (in paragraph form). If I was to print it out it would probably be a 50-page book.
At this point I’d like to hear back from you guys, if this stuff is interesting I’ll post more. I might even post the map from which I generated these pictures, the “source code”. Any feedback is appreciated :)