We are all laboring under flawed assumptions, building our lives on misunderstandings. Even the most supposedly mentally flexible of us allow ideas that just aren’t so to rule. At the same time, we envy the freedom of others who aren’t limited by our own particular false premises.
In my last piece, I discussed where our thoughts come from—perhaps from an earthly stream not really belonging to us. Well, obviously, we don’t all have exactly the same thoughts. We’re, each of us, tuning into slightly different channels, sort of like playing a Pandora radio station that’s been selected specifically for you.
Whatever process customizes our thoughts fits them neatly into our false assumptions: Women are no good. Only the rich come out on top. I’m bound to get feeble as I grow old. If I eat x, y, or z, I’ll get sick. I’m smarter than others. All I have to trade on are my looks. I can get away with anything. And so on.
And most of us are working under multiple, multiple false premises, one built upon the other, and doing us no good whatsoever.
What’s the solution?
Well, if it were easy to overcome these deeply ingrained sets of untruths, it would be easy. But it’s not—an idea that itself could be a false assumption—right?
Here, you have to start with an underlying concept that your life can be made into a happier one and that what you think has something to do with how happy you are.
Taking the power out of these memes can begin with observing what thoughts do arise in us and whether they might possibly be worthless in obtaining life’s more positive objectives.
And then what? We can keep observing and keep countering the ideas that seem even to our ordinary, faulty human minds to be false. Maybe I’m not as smart as I think. If I stop having to be smart all the time, maybe I can relax and just be whatever the heck I am. Maybe if I don’t feel so superior to others, I can enjoy them more… And so on.
The process of inquiry on this very ordinary level can effect change over time. Of course other means of change might be quicker—energy medicine and spiritual conversion, for instance—but this is another strategy to get us where we want to go.
Let’s look into what we’re thinking that may not be the real “self” and see how we can change what we allow into our world—one thought at a time.
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