“You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it. That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer, and understand, for all that is life.” — Jiddu Krishnamurti
It’s too easy to get lost in the reverie of daily existence, fuelled by the industrial paradigm: get up, go to work, work hard, come back home, eat and go to sleep. (And we do that for 40+ years in the hope of one day having enough money to retire and do all the things we’ve been putting off.)
But it’s not life. It’s an existence — and a depressingly uniform way at that.
To my mind, we never go deep enough. Yes, there might be moments where we question the status quo, but beyond the play, we don’t question why we think things into existence.
Oh, and ask this question:
You might see all this as ridiculous. “I’m happy with my life.” But it never lasts — our mind sees to it that way: imagine yourself on the perfect holiday, and then imagine being in that place for three months, and then a year…and before you know where you are, your mind will find fault, get bored and your fantasy may turn into a nightmare.
When I started off with my messaging — Awaken the Genius — I thought it was all about maximisation of our talents, but I now realise it’s nothing of the sort. Instead, we need to drop everything, exist fully in the moment and give 100% of our self to the moment (The Now as Eckhart Tolle would say). In that way, we reveal (or is it revealed to us) our natural state, i.e. bliss-consciousness.
Of course, this is a millions miles away from the dynamics of social media or business development, but, in truth, that was no more than a gateway to another world, which in turn lead me to this place, which in turn led me to the idea — no it’s much more than that — of living my life according to the Twin Trail and being invested in a future that’s much, much closer to the true version of me, and not some faux, egocentric, narcissistic version where I’m always trying to prove something.
Right now, I feel more settled than I have for a long time. That’s not to say it’s not challenging, not least the fact that I find myself having to explain my acceptance of the situation, rather than being driven to offer up a mind-led explanation for everything.
I suppose what I’m saying is that I’ve been born again, or at least I’m reverting to a much simpler way of living which chimes with so much of the real me.
If you’re expecting me to go in another direction, then I hope that’s not the case. Yes, this message might get a bit repetitive but that’s only because I think it so important – to live our lives according to a higher purpose. I do think, as Matthew Fox has articulated, it’s possible to be spiritually connected whilst still being plugged into the (commercial) system; but, clearly, you may have some difficulty if you’re striving for more and more but you don’t know why (that was me a few years ago). I fully accept that I’ve got some work to do in conveying a clear message about ‘my thing’ but I’m not worried about that in the slightest. Indeed, over the past few weeks I’ve managed to pick up a few speaking engagements and I intend to start sharing my philosophy on why I think it important to connect our life’s purpose with the work and business we work for and in. Absent that I see huge problems not just on the employee engagement front but also for those businesses who recognise that there’s more to life than simply turning a $ or two.
For me this feels fresh, even though I know that the messaging is not new. For you, my view is that you have to decide if you want to stay enveloped in the status quo — the Flat Earth position — or if you see something more profound, and life-changing off in the future.
Or at least that’s how I see things.
A new dawn.