Okay, I just saw my post from this morning, and there were serious typos in it. I can’t believe anyone hit the heart. Thank you if you did, but damn! And I would like you to know that every time I find such mistakes, it’s because I’m in a hurry.
I had written early this morning, got everything ready to post, and then had to rush off to try and earn some money. Every time I do this, I screw up. Not that I don’t screw up other times, because I do. I’m one of those writers, though, who after my initial writing, revision, and evidently poor editing, I may not read my work again for some time. I don’t even know what made me look back at this morning’s post.
I wrote all questions this morning. The section I messed up was this, which I will give correctly here. “What does all this pragmatic reasoning say to our Heart? What? Does it declare — oh, I think it does — that we at core Self don’t have the abilities, the gifts, the will, the fortitude, the implacability to discover all the fulfillment, safety, security, reasonableness, significance, satisfaction, joy, and rejoicing within us? And what about things greater than those, yet work in concert and harmony with those, emotions and realities of peace and love? Should these not be the things, the commerce, the qualities of pragmatism?”
I go back to this because these were direct words I heard from my Heart. I love to think in questions, anyway. I use questioning extensively in dealing with students. I model for them and train them to think in questions. Questions create a brain response of receptivity and give our brains a marked place to store new information, thoughts, connections, and answers to the posed questions. It’s like they create a little file folder in which we can tuck away all related information. Pretty nifty.
This morning I presented question overload, I know. It was purposeful. If we were working one on one, I would ask you to analyze the questions and create two or three categories, and then place each question in one of your categories. I would have you talk about or explore in writing what the categories mean to you and why you placed each question where you did. I might have you do some directed freewrites on the content of each category. And more.
But we are not working together, at least not this evening. Therefore, please allow me to make a few points. My questions, while they could be answered in many ways, were only meant to help readers think about their relationship of core Self to the world. Our adept ego knows how to confuse our minds, and it does so in order to help us feel, look, and be socially acceptable. The only problem is the standards of society are not, by and large, Heart standards, because they are mostly set through ego.
Proof? It’s abundant. Most people identify themselves as their job: teacher, masseuse, server, etc. That is not who you or anyone else is. Those are jobs, but what do the jobs represent? How do they make us feel, which is especially significant because some dynamic led us to willingly accept them? (Hint: Ego). How do you think you would feel if you were living Heart truth, core Self identity? Would your ego-prompted job be one, as I asked this morning, that you dread awaking for, endure with gritted teeth, and seethe over with unidentified, anger? Are they jobs we can only dream of retiring from? If we feel like this, we are not living Heart, and this is not condemnation; it’s sorrow.
Yet, society says we must suck it up and keep plowing ahead thinking about some future, one in which we will be free to do something else. Bullshit. Such an attitude is viewed as pragmatism; we have to be realistic, be practical. Why can’t you discover who that core Self is and decide how you can express that to the world?
We can, and that is the focus of so much of my work. Discovery of Self leads to the meaning of life. Pragmatism should be redefined. A pragmatic question should not be about what I have to do to make money, to have things, to be acceptable to society. A pragmatic question should be about how any activity of life helps me express who I am as core Self. If it doesn’t, then find out what does and walk away from what doesn’t — no “But what if this? How about that?”
Whether pragmatic or not, all of the significance and meaning of life hangs on knowing who we truly are. Society works against that, because society is egoic and egos will eat the standards of others up and shit out acceptability and conformity. I won’t have it, and neither should you. One day, the more people awaken, maybe Heart standards will be the norm.
Until then, we all have those big questions to answer. Who am I? How do I live that in expressions of love to this world? Those are the only questions that really matter, right now, tomorrow morning, or all the time until they are answered.
And I have to answer that about things in my life, things not serving Me, at least not directly. Progress, growth. Onward and Upward!
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!