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I am not a believer of mainstream truths.
Of course, with the exception of the irrefutable laws of nature, which, are not human made; and most likely are wrongly interpreted by us.
I don’t believe in universal remedies. I don’t believe that we can standardize human affairs. Specially in business, this seems like it’s been an obsession for many decades.
We have overall what I call institutional “vectors”; different areas of our society where there has been an establishment of institutions and organizations whose aim is purely to get control over our human activities and dictate the “best practice” in every single aspect of life: Health, Education, Security, Food, Economy… you name it.
Those “institutions” bombard us with their army of information and best practices; I think most people have started to believe that without them, we wouldn’t exist as a civilization.
I have been wondering, when has been the last time that I have had a thought completely by myself- without the interferences of all these noisy channels, institutions, people?
The field of metaphysics combined with neuroscience has arrived to an agreement to the fact that our “reality” is just a perception, an image in 3D produced by the brain. The famous philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer concluded that those images that we see as the outside world, are the projection of our thoughts (private and collective) about how we see the world.
In that regard, it is not crazy to think that two people see two very unique and different worlds from their own perspective. Maybe they will agree on some elements of the collective thought- perception: For example, that there is a tree outside a window, that the car is red, and from the day always follows the night. But perhaps there are other elements of reality that are completely different.
I think it is fascinating to discover, that there are more than 7 billion of ways about how to look at the world. At the same time, it is quite frightening. If each individual is living his own personal reality, how can we collaborate with each other so that we can share an harmonious reality while respecting each other’s unique world perspective? Is that even possible? I guess that is exactly the attempt of all those “institutions”- to provide us a collective reality that must be widely accepted-instead of promoting the world of free thought and action.
I believe that we could never have a full understanding of the world and even less about ourselves, when we are constantly looking at what others think- including the mainstream truth sold by all the existing media and social channels.
The only way to find truth, as cliché as it still might sound, is to look inside, and to listen carefully to your body. Your truth is the only truth that can ever exist. As Schopenhauer rightly says:
“Fundamentally, it is only our own basic thoughts that possess truth and life, for only these we understand through and through. The thoughts of another that we have read are crumbs from another’s table, the cast-off clothes of an unfamiliar guest”.
That’s why our nature is mainly in a restless state. We cannot be simply satisfied by sitting around and being content about purely existing. Our mind capacities oblige us to think that there must be something else out there other than existing for the purely form of being.
We have been trying to find this truth by observing the world; by developing a sense of awareness and understanding.
It is well known that when you believe in something, that becomes a reality for you. What we call the law of attraction is nothing more than a manifestation of the true operations of the thought. As James Allen beautifully describes it:
“Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this— that man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny”.
Of course, the inevitable question we now face is how to identify when a thought is purely our own, or when it is being influenced by external forces?
I would dare to say, that most of the thoughts that are coming to us during the day are the result of the information coming from a collective cloud- all the information you get from the media, the values and traditions that were taught to you from your family; the books you read, the people you interact with. All of them are forces that are shaping consciously or unconsciously your thoughts.
The only way to find the truth coming from your inner self is by allowing silence into your life. Permit to have some time for yourself, where you can stay in silence and not be disturbed with noises.
Meditation is a good way to have access to your own thoughts. Also having a walk alone in the nature, with no other disturbance but the sounds of the natural life.
Another way is simply to sit still and let your mind wander away. There will be a point in time that everything will come still. The truth will come by itself, like a birthright.
If we have an aim in life, I think that finding our own truth must be it. Otherwise, why to bother to be alive at all?
You are the only responsible to find out who you really are. It is no one else´s responsibility and no one else can do it for you.
Do not give your right away!
“Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abandoned state; but in his weakness and degradation he is foolish master who misgoverns his household. When he begins to reflect upon his condition and search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter of application, self- analysis and experience.”- James Allen