Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 28
If you aren't experiencing at least a handful of moments per year where you look back on something you said or did and think to yourself, "OMG! That was so embarrassing, so cringe-worthy", you aren't really growing.
When you're really growing, this will happen even with things you said or did just 1 month ago. You will look back on it and recoil in discomfort at your own stupidity, arrogance, cruelty, or lack of perspective.
Rapid growth means rapid obsolescence, with shorter and shorter intervals between old and new models. Look at a picture of an iPhone from 10 years ago. Or a laptop from 20 years ago. "Ewwwww...." is right! Because the rate of growth in these technologies has been astronomic.
As each month passes, I can hardly look at my own videos any more. They are so embarrassingly ignorant and crude compared to what I know today. And today will just become the next yesterday.
If you're starting to see this manifest in your own life, don't get discouraged by it. Although it feels icky and embarrassing, the good news is, it's a clear sign of growth. Our aim in this work isn't achieving a state of perfection, but constantly growing a bit each week. It's really not your fault. The reality is, we're all just way too ignorant to be perfect. Many cringey mistakes will be made. The more cringe you get out of your system, the less there will be to bog you down.
Judge yourself by the delta between your past and current work, not by your past work itself. Although I feel bad about the videos I released 2-3 years ago, I feel good about having grown so much.
What should really alarm you is if you look back on your work from 1 year ago and think, "Wow! Such great stuff!"
Of course, don't take this as license to be stupid on purpose.
"The wise seek wisdom, a fool has found it."
-- British proverb
My friend Joseph Rubano is hosting his annual Enlightenment Intensive in the San Diego area on October 19-23rd 2017.
An Enlightenment Intensive is a hardcore 3 day retreat where you do nothing but self-inquiry exercises all day long, for 3 solid days! Good meals and housing is provided.
If you're serious about enlightenment, this is one of the best ways to make a lot of progress quickly.
If you're near San Diego, or even want to fly in for the weekend, it's worth the trip, even if you have to fly cross-country. Joseph is a master with decades of experience guiding people. I've attended his intensive in the past.
It's a very intimate, small group setting. 10 spots left out of the maximum 16. The pricing is very reasonable and flexible. This is not a commercial operation, and this is not an advertisement. I get no money from this. I just wanted to share this opportunity with you.
To learn more about it contact Joseph Rubano at his website.
The only absolute reference frame is that there are no absolute reference frames.
With anything you're angry about — and I do mean ANYTHING — you can stop and ask yourself, "What aren't I understanding about this situation? What is the bigger picture that I'm missing?" and I guarantee that you can find a bigger picture which makes you go, "Oh, of course... This is exactly as it must be. Reality is functioning perfectly so there's nothing to be angry about."
You could be getting nailed to a cross, and still find this understanding.
Now... whether you actually find this big picture, and how quickly you find it, is another matter. That will depend on your level of knowledge of the world, your level of personal development, and how much consciousness work you've done. Don't expect to always find it if you're a newbie to this work. But it is there to be found all the same. Which is nice to know. It's easier to solve a puzzle when you're sure it has a solution.
One way to see anger is as the result of too narrow of a perspective. The whole problem is, the mechanics of reality are so ingenious and epic, they dwarf the human mind. If you saw the mechanism in its entirety, you'd melt into a puddle of goo.
And don't forget, if you're unable to find the wider perspective, that's also part of the mechanism.
It's safe to start assuming that reality is perfect. The only imperfections are how you relate to it. And even those imperfections are perfect.
"The lazy one works twice as much."
-- Mexican proverb
I want to introduce you to these two thinkers. They have some important, fascinating, and paradigm-busting ideas about the evolution of human civilization.
If you like that one, watch these additional videos:
A lot of meta-lessons about epistemology can be learned here. Whether or not their theories are actually correct isn't as important as becoming aware of the many taken-for-granted assumptions you hold about human civilization. The point of these videos is to open your mind, not to get you to replace one set of beliefs for another.
It's a rather deep rabbit hole, and rather speculative. It's a lot of hours of watching, so don't get too distracted by it from your main line of personal development work. But this stuff is worth knowing about. It's important to start to break down the mainstream illusion which we've been taught, that 21st century society is the greatest thing ever. Nope, we are ignorant chimps, so stuck in the Dark Ages we hardly realize it.
"Success makes a fool seem wise."
-- British proverb
You can be sure that if TED bans a talk, it's one of the most important and accurate ones. People get so self-deceived by paradigm lock.
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one striking at the root."
-- British proverb