Last words on self-help

Posted: February 5, 2010 by Thrivelearning in Uncategorized
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After over half a century on this planet, I’ve come back to the point of realizing that you can only chase your tail so long. Ultimately, you see the senselessness of it. (Now if we could just get that across to our government cronies, both elected and appointed…)

That snark aside, there are a few basics I’ve settled on as basic to everything else.

You may have noticed that I’ve been working over Alan Watts’ lectures and books recently. Right after I’d been working over Levenson’s, Dwoskin’s, and Crane’s material on the Sedona releasing techniques. And that was all after boiling down Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, Charles Haanel, Earl Nightingale, plus Serge Kahili King (and now, back to Max Freedom Long – soon to be released as a newly re-published edition on http://gothunkyourself.com).

As I’ve privately admitted, I have little else to say in this area. It’s all over, done, kaput, finished.

But was I actually done with the subject of self-help after all this time I spent in Scientology, Christianity, and all of the above? Yes and No. What remains is application. It’s easy to know about Zen, and some like Watts found it a life’s purpose in studying everything they could in order to lecture and write endlessly about it. But there is a wide gulf of application that remains. Putting all this stuff to use.

It’s not enough to know and write. It’s also necessary to do. Walk your talk and all that.

Now, I am going to tell you right now that I don’t believe in all this stuff I’ve been writing. And, as I cover in my upcoming “Freedom Is – (period)” – your own mileage may vary. Your own path “up and out” of the morass you put yourself in will require different digging and climbing tools than the person climbing next to you.

For me, I have essentially two points:

1. The world around you is as you create it: “You become what you think about.” “The world is what you think it is.” This simply means that the world is your dream to make into reality. And this key point actually creates the rest. If you are here in this space, reading this, you are an individual. Quite different from whether you forward the concepts of the Tao and Levenson, who both hold that you are part of a greater Being and this world is more the sliver stuck in a thumb than actually surrounding you and affecting you.

Of course, this takes some practice to get used to. But you can start with realizing that there isn’t really anything but the “Now” and both past and future are constantly shifting depending on your current creative thoughts. At the extreme end of this, all the physical laws around you only work to the exact degree that you believe in them and hold that faith. Which of course explain all the miracles and magic which we occasionally confront.

2. Empirically, the Golden Rule works and applies to everyone. Again, the Huna, “We are all connected.” So that what you do for or against someone else is what you do for and against your self. Being critical of someone is a useless action. So your own progress, toward whatever goal you might have, is dependent on helping others achieve whatever goals they themselves would seek.

Of course, that means you have to allow others to have the right to think their own thoughts. And create their own lives. Or even destroy them. Doesn’t mean you can’t try to help them live it better – but about 3% are going to work hard at doing themselves in regardless, just the way this place is set up (empirically, anyway.) The “poor will always be with us” – because that is their choice. No amount of Welfare or education or charity will cure it.

I also consider that the rest of the basic 7 Huna principles hold true, as they are workable – to me at least. As long as I believe in them, they’ll keep working and explaining stuff I come across. But you can take them or leave them – your choice.

There are various corollaries which follow – that all the Freedom, Happiness, and Peace you could possibly want are already available. That the only limits you experience are your own. “All Power comes from within.”

So I don’t see that there is a great deal of writing still needed in this area. I have a couple more books to get out (Long’s work, “Freedom Is – “, and finishing up “Get Your Self Scam Free”). After that, I have lots of cartooning to draw and cross-reference in my blogging. Making fun of all the seriousness around us would seem to be a valuable commodity to have. As far as commodities are valuable at all…

But your life is your own. And what you consider how you can live life best is also only up to you. Like me.

I’ve found a deep and lasting peace. Now we can really start to have some fun.

Like Forrest Gump, “…and that’s all I have to say about that.”

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