How do you demonstrate your life goals?

Posted: January 22, 2010 by Thrivelearning in Uncategorized
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Studying Alan Watts, I recently came across this from his “The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are”.

“…the game of life as Western man has been “playing” it for the past century needs less emphasis on practicality, results, progress, and aggression. This is why I am discussing vision, and keeping off the subject of justifying the vision in terms of its practical applications and consequences. Whatever may be true for the Chinese and the Hindus, it is timely for us to recognize that the future is an ever-retreating mirage, and to switch our immense energy and technical skill to contemplation instead of action. However much we may now disagree with Aristotle’s logic and his metaphors, he must still be respected for reminding us that the goal of action is always contemplation—knowing and being rather than seeking and becoming.

As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched, and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering.”

This really brings up that there are three basic approaches to life:

  1. Take the Western concept of always pushing through to get goals, accomplishments, attainments, and acquisitions around you.
  2. Take the Eastern concept of simply throwing it all over in favor of the quest to be one with the environment, the nascent creation of all which is ever present.
  3. Or start really enjoying the journey rather than the end of it.

None are actually more correct or better than the other. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. I’ve listened to both Larry Crane and Hale Dwoskin, as well as their mentor Lester Levenson – each of these has a quite different take on how to approach life, although they each use releasing to forward their own particular approaches to living.

Frankly, you’ll be better off no matter which one you follow – or if you follow none of them. That is, if you want to get better.

Because, if you really want something, you’ll get it. If you want to get better, ultimately you will.

Now I got onto this study of Watts because of his lectures on the Tao, which is a great complementary study to Levenson’s Sedona releasing method. That and Jesus’ own direct words.

Funny that I ran across this answer to a question of what to do when you get perfectly imperturbable. Not surprising, though…

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