your ordinary ways

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What happens in scientific inquiry is a model for what happens in ordinary life. Our subjective world is built on illusion. Various research has shown that we form a misshapen image of our past life, of ourselves and our bodies, of time, of other people and other countries. The lies we continually tell ourselves serve the purpose of giving coherence and continuity to our word and of protecting us against the threats to our personal stability. Without them our lives would be far more chaotic, impersonal, and painful.

Our self-deception, however, costs us fatigue and tension, and produces unreal perceptions of the world. Maturity, and perhaps enlightenment, consists in seeing reality as it is, even when it is at variance with our dearest hopes and most firmly held convictions.

The French psychologist Claude Bernard wrote that “it is that which we do not know.” The British biophysicist Francis Crick, speaking on the importance of standing back from one’s ideas, said: “Just as important as having ideas is getting rid of them.”

By putting our own ideas to one side, we achieve nakedness of mind. Stripping the mind is not only a cognitive act, but it also overcomes self-affirmation. In order for realization to take place, it is necessary that the will of the individual be left behind. Only then is it possible to glimpse an immensely greater and more intelligent will.

~Piero Ferrucci

from seemingly opposing world views- from opening to possibility to ridding oneself of unnecessary illusion…..how to reconcile?

inquiry for today~   this choice to be alive is your own practice- your own grayscale of interbeing………you choose……

blissed and unreal

Surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.

The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living.

The courage to go on that hunt in the first place — that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.

While the paths and outcomes of creative living will vary wildly from person to person, I can guarantee you this: A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life. Living in this manner — continually and stubbornly bringing forth the jewels that are hidden within you — is a fine art, in and of itself.

~Elizabeth Gilbert

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