It all starts with a thought.
All of it. How you feel. The choices you have. The person you see when you look in the mirror.
It all started with a thought.
Now, that thought might exist as an unconscious thought, but it still is a thought. It acts like a seed that grows into the immersive experience of your perception of reality.
The mind generates your subjective reality. And your mind generates such great, such convincing realities, such a great full resolution simulation of the world that you will often mistake the simulation for the actual thing.
This is the first and most common fallacy.
Remember always this: the map is not the territory.
The menu is not the meal.
The words are not the things themselves.
Everything you experience is at least one step removed from the thing itself. You will never touch, see, smell, fuck, or taste reality directly. You will almost always find yourself stuck with the mind between the experience and yourself.
The quicker you realize this, accept this, the better off you could be. Although it might sound easy, what you probably don’t understand yet, as your eyes read these words now, is that by accepting the reality that you are experiencing a simulation of reality and not reality itself, you have to give up a lot, namely believing that you are right.
Because you’re not. Information you convey might be more accurate than anyone else in the room, but that has little to do with you and a lot to do with the information. Also, that information could very possible be proven wrong in the near or distant future. Instead of right or wrong, think more or less useful.
In fact, you will probably find it useful to get rid of the be verb altogether. It creates logical traps and hidden snares that can muck you down into Chapel Perilous rather quickly. And you don’t want that. Trust me.
True, it does have its place here or there, but if you can train yourself to avoid it altogether, to not rely on it for creating easy associations, conditions, and characteristics, the faster you can grow out of that idea you have of yourself into something…better.
Take a deep breath.
It seems that I spend a lot of time explaining my position (or lack thereof) on certain topics, which I find discouraging for a couple of reasons. The first is completely selfish—I don’t like to repeat myself. I get tired of explaining why I believe language and how we use it to be very important to ourselves and others. I’ll say something once or twice, but after that…well, I find the repetition aggravating. (For the record, I recognize this as a failure for me to communicate effectively based on this principle: The meaning of the message is the response you receive. Basically, if someone doesn’t understand me, the responsibility rests largely upon me because I did not use the right language and patterns to deliver the meaning I intended for that particular person. Of course, some exceptions exist, after all, some stupid people are roaming this world, even now.)
The second reason discourages me because I interpret my continuous repetition of what I consider to be ‘fundamentals of thinking’ as a sign that there are a lot of people out there who are ignorant of or openly reject these fundamentals. And from my point-of-view, they are essential to creating more effective options (i.e, more freedom) in how a person feels, thinks, speaks, and acts. I don’t take them to be objectively true, but in my experience they have been of the most use when compared to other ways of thinking that I have tried out. As so, they have become the structure for how I run my ship.