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Thoughts on The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Too much thinking on the Past and I become sad and regretful. Too much thinking on the Future that may come and I become anxious and unfulfilled over not reaching that potential. In both cases, I become identified with my Mind/ my Ego which is linked to and relates to Time. To live in the Now, to live in the Present, is to silence the Mind/ the Ego, is to Be in the moment which is happiness. – from the book, The Power of Now

PS – too much thinking in the Now would mean I become reactive, not proactive which means I don’t work towards my Goals (my overarching goals coming from my identity) and Life becomes meaningless. So I must think mostly in the Now while taking lessons from the Past and using the Future-thinking briefly to guide my progress in the Now to achieve my Goals.

 

I include in this blog post the Amazon link to further browse and purchase the book, ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle if you liked reading my summary. I highly recommend it.

 

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Know thyself

30 years of my life it has taken me to realise the hidden wisdom within that cryptic saying “know Thyself” by Socrates thousands of years ago. Knowing who you are means you know what your personality is and if it is suitable for the job you will be doing for the rest of your life; if you are an introvert,
you will not enjoy doing work where you must and need to entertain and socialise with your clients to generate business compared to someone whose
hobby usually involves partying a lot. Knowing who you are determines what your vision is for the future and it is that future that determines who will want to stay in your life whether a spouse, friend, business partner etc. People diverge from each other in life because of circumstances and because their vision of what they want in life, determined by who they are, conflict.

I learned this from Myles Munroe and a Facebook friend.

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Minimalism

The more I get rid of possessions I no longer need and adopt a Minimalist way of life (except my ever growing pile of books), the more happier I become.

“Things You Own End Up Owning You” – Tyler Durden, Fight Club

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Red Pill and Blue Pill

Red Pill and Blue Pill

I appreciate the symbolism in this picture. I see it clearly in the Society we live in.

We can pick the Truth (the Red Pill) although it is ugly and we have to live and deal with the Truth/ Truths or we stick to rainbows/ unicorns and rose tinted stories (Blue Pill) we were brought up to believe in that was given to us by Society when we were psychologically programmed since childhood. There are things as they are whether in life/ dating/ corporate work environment/ war and there are things we ‘ought to’ or ‘should’ happen because it is the ‘right’ or ‘moral’ way.

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How many days left to live

I read on a blog somewhere many years ago on how many days a person can live: 365 days in a year, a 20 year old expected to live around until 65 years will have remaining years to live of 65-20= 45 years so 45 years = 45 x 365 = 16,425 days left to live.

Now, 3 years = 3 x 365 = 1095 days. In 3 years, 1095 days are removed from your remaining time to live so that makes you think a lot about if I go to this event or do this or that, am I wasting my time/ am I moving towards my life goal(s) with the limited time I have/ am I drifting aimlessly/ do I hang out with the right type of people/ do I have to argue with a person/ do I have to endure a difficult situation etc.

june-2018-calendars

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Abundance mentality vs scarcity mentality

Abundance mentality vs scarcity mentality

One is aggressive/ proactive, the other is passive/ reactive.
One plays to win no matter the cost, the other plays to survive and makes excuses.

Abundance MentalityAbundance and Scarcity Mindset

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Law of Attraction

What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

What you think and say everyday will in some form or another appear in your life whether as a situation, a person or an object. The fact you are reading this particular blog post or searching through my site, intellectualthinking.com, brought you to me.

Like attracts like; nevermind the magnetic poles you learned in Science (due to the delocalised electrons from the metal’s atom), we are dealing with the abstract here, ideas.

It brings me great joy, when I look at my site statistics, to know that people around the world, however few they may be, have taken a portion of their time (a time that is limited on this Earth in comparison to the age of the Universe) to view my ideas. An exchange of ideas between minds, yours and mine. To me, that shows I have made a difference, however small it may be. One of my life’s purposes is to spread ideas.

I have read how the Law of Attraction played a part in one of my idol’s life, Arnold Schwarzenegger; when he wanted to achieve something so bad, he would visualise his future self and his future life, let that submerge into his Subconscious Mind and then he would work tirelessly towards it in the present time no matter the setbacks.

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The idea of a Soul.

The idea of a Soul represents the most important thing within us that is preserved upon death but I find it isn’t explained properly how a Soul is preserved by the belief systems of today’s organised religion.

One question would be, how can a Soul be preserved if we keep changing throughout our entire lives e.g. were I to suffer Amnesia today or any other day, my personality would not be the same so would I have the same soul? It’s the same with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in Total Recall where he wakes up on Mars, realises that he has undergone hypnotherapy without being aware of it and his previous alter-ego, Hauser, had masterminded a plan to manipulate the current persona of Schwarzenegger’s character, Douglas Quaid, in a devious plot to enslave the Martian population in partnership with Quaid’s nemesis, Vilos Cohaagen. So although Quaid and Hauser have the same body, they are entirely two different “souls” working against each other, an aspect that complicates the idea of a soul.

Plus there are other factors to consider like how the environment and Genetics interact with this concept of the Soul. My opinion on an alternative theory of the soul developed through talking with my fellow Facebook friends. From my discussions with them, I have come to realise and accept that perhaps there isn’t a Soul but in actual fact there is the Unconscious mind, where all our hopes, dreams, fears, nightmares, instincts, everyday experiences etc. are stored and only come out in our dreams, through interpretation of the way we react to images or objects called projection or body language we show which we are not aware of when we interact with people in our daily lives. You know that saying, “the company/ army/ Government/ drugs/ money owns your soul”, that could mean in my interpretation that these organisations or objects have such a strong influence on us that it is ingrained in our Unconscious Mind and affects what we think of constantly and our habits.

On the idea of Reincarnation, perhaps Carl Jung’s work on the Collective Unconscious may shed light why certain groups of people believe in reincarnation. The Collective Unconscious is made up of symbolic Archetypes; these Archetypes appear essentially in every Myth and culture which shows it is universal and isn’t made up by our own individual experiences (which make up our own individual Unconscious Minds). You can say that the Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious are akin and equivalent to our instinctual behaviour from the moment we are born, thus you can say that the instincts of the previous generations who have passed away and the newborn has been preserved as they are all connected to this universal, omnipresent Collective Unconscious regardless of Time, Space and Culture. It is here that there is a preserved continuity.

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I think, therefore I am.

I think, therefore I am = my inner world is a reflection of my external reality or the second I die, all brain processes and consciousness ceases to exist so the subjective Self identified as Josh ceases to exist.
“I think” may mean the formulation of my supposed life goals/ meaning of life/ dreams/ what I want, which then leads to exist in the way that I am. Or I think, therefore I am may refer to the multiple Selves, where one part of the Ego is involved in thinking, the other Ego is involved in existing much like how the person that I am now is very different to the person I am in a workplace or when I am stressed.

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Common sense is not so common

Common sense is not so common. It’s a misnomer. On a Friday/ Saturday night when there is intense emotion, boredom, alcohol, illegal substances etc, then there appears to be a lack of common sense. Common sense should be called wisdom and wisdom is usually gained through trial and error or when you make the right judgement when weighing a variety of factors in an ordeal e.g. an example of wisdom would be neither being brutally honest (Honesty virtue) or being completely dishonest (Dishonesty vice). I think that is what’s “common”.