Prompt - One Strong Belief
It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?
(Author: Buster Benson)
I believe that underneath everything, is nothing. And for us to raise our consciousness and get out of the selfishness of our little selves, we must not make another 'idea' as our flag and brandish it about. Look at our history. We change ideas, we try new ways to conform to someone else's great idea, and we just make a mess of it. Look at Jesus, and then look at the Church. We can not live another person's idea. It only leads to repression and violence.
We need to go beyond ideas into the living essence of 'now'. There is life. But life can not be thought. You didn't think yourself into existence. You were, before you thought you were. One of the biggest 'mistakes' of our latest thinking is 'I think, therefore I am.' You think then you are only a limited little petty selfish self. We must all work towards moving beyond thought. Transcending thought.
And I do this every day. I work with living and presence, and mindfulness in this moment. What comes from there is very very different than what comes from a self circling thought.