The real difficulty in moving (escaping) from being an encultured, (and therefore conditioned) human being, to an authentic and free individual, is that our sense or memory of our pre-encultured state, is so remote and effectively covered up, that any dis-covery of it seems to be unlikely, random, at ‘the whim of the Gods’ or perhaps founded on the seeds implanted in our early experience by the most liberated aspects of our significant others – our parents and other early contacts.
However it comes about, the impulse to explore our world and question ‘what is’ is what encourages us to become fully human and not merely a self-replicating robot/wage slave that seems to otherwise be our fate.
As I see it, the purpose behind engaging in the practice of mindfulness meditation, is to dis-cover the degree to which we are prisoners of the random but highly conditioned (programmed?) thoughts that filter through our minds and influence (direct, control?) our behavior and life.
Learning to focus one’s attention on the ever-fleeting moment, provides one with the freedom to consciously follow thought patterns of one’s own choosing to give your attention to some thought in particular, to think about what you like to think about. To literally THINK WHAT YOU LIKE, rather be entrapped by some random thought coursing through you mind.
Becoming selective of what you choose to think about, pay your attention to, focus on, is the beginning of your journey to liberation from the tyranny of your (until now) DANGEROUSLY IGNORANT INTELLECT, dominated as it is by conditioned/pre-programed thought patterns.
Our first great challenge, when we begin the journey toward real freedom of thought, real liberty being and a really authentic life, is to become aware of the extent of this ‘chatter’ in our heads, the so-called ‘internal dialogue’. Only then, do we have any idea at all, an inkling of the reality of the situation we find ourselves in.
Until that happens, we are, essentially none other than self-replicating robots, living a life determined by the conditioning imposed upon us by others, most of whom have been similarly treated/conditioned/programmed.
Truly, like echoes in a canyon, our lives are too often mere variations on a theme, some cultural norm, un-original, un-imaginative, un-inspired, un-holy and empty of any real meaning.
The question then becomes – ‘What is it that stops a person from engaging in this exploration?”
What could possibly stop a person from escaping the prison of their conditioned mind?
How can someone, come to the realization, that they are in fact imprisoned ?
And what has been so effectively and deeply embedded in their mind that it lurks there as a fundamental block, a fiendish impediment to liberation from their conditioned state and growth toward full humanity?
F E A R
Fear of the unknown. Fear of freedom. Fear of being dis-comforted, disturbed by the unfamiliar, the unusual, the unknown, the uncontrollable.
False Evidence As Reality so often wins the day and the chance to throw off one’s shackles and live life fully, freely and at peace, loses out again.
That’s mad. So sad. Too bad. the awful reality of people’s lives
I note the recent surge in movies and TV programs about Zombies and wonder if this is some kind of underground attempt to present the awful reality of people’s day-to-day lives in metaphor?
As with the (perhaps) more explicit film “The Matrix”, where the few fortunates, who had chosen liberation-from-their-mental-bondage by taking the RED pill are constantly under siege – or threat of attack – by forces aligned to the energy/life-sapping Masters of the great majority, who had taken the BLUE pill.
As Pink Floyd put it – those who had “swapped cold comfort for change”
So many metaphors. So many examples of ways to describe the escapees.
Authentic. Outliers. Outlaws. Outcasts. Enlightened. (more) Fully human. Liberated. Seers. Vanguard. Visionaries.
It feels to me like a tragedy
When someone, opts to stay blind.
When offered a way, of seeing anew,
They’d rather stay hiding behind,
The lie that they live, cold comfort that gives
Them solace, for losing their mind,
To the fears that control them, from deep in their psyche
Religion’s implant the fear of death.
The beginning of slavery.
IGNORANCE WINS THE DAY.
Similarly the unwillingness of Vegetarian/Vegans to examine the consequences, to themselves AND their children on who they may impose their belief system, of the irreversible damage done by their ignorance of the consequences of the lack of Vitamin B12 in their meat-free diets. Mostly, all in the name of another mis-understanding of just where their food comes from, how it’s grown and treated and the many unintended consequences arising from that (almost invariably) mono-cultural process.
SOME OTHER QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER….
What is it brought you to this place?
What are you doing HERE?
What have you come here for?