Who Charts Your Course?
Shortly after birth, we all make the decision subconsciously to believe that the purpose of living is to escape pain and/ or pursue pleasure. Untold stories throughout every culture and tradition show that using this decision to lead your life leads nowhere. We can explore this more in another post but to be awake as a man, you must continually question this premise made several moments after birth. It follows that the one requirement for waking up and charting your course is to questions this basic premise. Sit now for a moment and look at the last several decisions you have made with your life and examine whether or not those decisions were made based on this first decision.
Every religion and especially the mystical traditions give instructions that are the same in regards to what your first step is. In Christianity, it is to renounce, renounce your ownership of your personality and realize that it is a largely a collection of subconscious decisions and reactions. In Judaism, it talks about becoming a “shomer” or literally a watcher. Lets face it, 99% of us are largely like a machine with buttons that can be pushed with predictable reactions, not exactly charting our own course. Once you break away from that basic decision, there is a frame of reference you can develop that is a higher aspect of yourself. Initially this part of yourself is weak and must be built strong through exercise. It is a life-long pursuit with many hills and valleys. Step aside, renounce or cease owning your personality and become a watcher of yourself as though you were looking through a glass ceiling in the room. You have the power to tap into a higher aspect of yourself and liberate who you really are – and you are more than you ever think.
The aim of the noble man is to be awake to truth at all moments, to get rid of the screen of personality, judgment, and imposed suggestions and liberate your true self. The most real part of the majority of people is not really real at all but is made mainly of layer upon layer of personality, suggestion, and the pursuit of pleasure or avoidance of pain. The nobleman’s aim here is not to wake them up – they need to come to it on their own accord but to raise the mood of the interaction and let them see that you are living truth through example. It should also serve to remind you to be a watcher! It is then that they may approach you and ask you what it is you are in to. It is only then that you should share your path of the nobleman!
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Freely adapted from work of Gerald Epstein, MD and Rhondell