Truth of The Matter
What matters in life? When the day starts, what is the one thing that one might think of before doing anything? Everyone has a way to deal with life. Everyone does whatever they do to make their day, their night, their life a little better everyday. What is the one thing that stands out? What has one accomplished that would be remembered by others? In the past few weeks we have had very famous people pass away; Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, just to name two. What did they leave behind that would be remembered? What is their legacy?
When one lives within an environment of suppression, not being able to 'think outside the box', one gets a little depressed. More than likely a person will get out of that situation and away from those circumstances at some point. It is the person that is responsible for themselves and how they live. Thinking 'outside the box' is desirable but, in an environment where one is not given the opportunity to grow intellectually, one is met with obstacles that are detrimental to ones growth. The boundaries that surround a person are not necessarily those that they themselves created. Mostly what boundaries there are were placed there by others who were allowed to be in that persons environment.
What once was considered 'academic' or 'intellectual' is now considered advantages to those that do think beyond the limits in a persons environment. 'Thinkers', who were once thought of as 'brainy' or 'know-it-alls', and who are of the creative sort, think far beyond what others might consider to be 'normal'. Artists, Actors, Writers, etc. are those that find what binds them to their environment and they create ways to go beyond what has trapped them within their repressive solitude.
Can a person find the ways to live beyond the trappings within their limited environment? No. That's the simple answer. What can a person do to relinquish the chains that bind them to a place where negativity is all around them? A more complex answer would be less understandable and more redundant, so I won't bend your mind to think too much. Suffice it to say, people can and do find ways to live a 'normal life', if you can call it that, beyond the walls of their mental cells they once believed were real. One can be more than they, or others, have believed they could be and can live quite productively outside the skewed reality of others. This is not to say that there are those out there that do not have a perspective of their own. They, too, have a oppressed view of their mostly self imposed isolation from what is deemed as 'reality'. Is it wrong to think that one could not live productively or happily within an environment that is created in a cookie-cutter manner, with self deluded preconceived ideas? It's possible, just not practical.
The Rule of Self - Acceptance
An article from Psychology Today states, "When we're self-accepting, we're able to embrace all facets of ourselves--not just the positive, more "esteem-able" parts. As such, self-acceptance is unconditional, free of any qualification. We can recognize our weaknesses, limitations, and foibles, but this awareness in no way interferes with our ability to fully accept ourselves." (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolution-the-self/200809/the-path-unconditional-self-acceptance) In what could be considered more 'pop-psychology' or 'psuedo-science', it is best to remember that we are individually unique, equiped with all the attributes we need to be able to think for ourselves, receive information from outside sources and judge for ourselves the value it has in our lives. Most people cannot accept anything less than what they desire for themselves, becoming more arrogant, oftentimes narcissistic.
From the book, "Scientology: A New Slant On Life", L. Ron Hubbard writes, "The mind seeks to guarantee and direct survival actions. It seeks survival not only for the organism (self) but seeks it for the family, children, future generations and all life. Thus it can be selectively blunted. A mind can be blunted concerning the survival of self and yet be alive to the survival of future generations. It can be blunted concerning groups and yet be very alive to its responsibility for the organism (self). In order to function well, the mind must not be blunted in any direction." (Page 61; "Our Efforts for Immortality)
We all have varying perspectives of life, of ourselves, but we seem to invalidate our past struggles or make excuses as to why we do not want to learn from them. The very idea of accepting ourselves begins with accepting the things in our past that created the blocks or the ridges we had to climb over to get to where we are in our present life. Still, the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs, the things we have had to put aside to gain distance from our past is what haunts most people today. Even though, when asked, they will say they have no regrets, the past they so eagerly wanted to separate themselves from, finds ways to advance into a persons present day life. That is known as 'karma' (destiny or fate, following as effect from cause).
Self acceptance is not as easy to do as one might think. It is not something you can accomplish over night. It is a process of realization with the addition of viewing your past with an open mind and a need to amend whatever wrongs you have committed against yourself or others. The need for a person to accept themselves will be positive when one brings to an end the negative aspects of their own past. By doing so the ties that bind a person to the limitations they believed they had will be severed and one will be able to continue to live beyond those limitations and break free from the boundaries others have set before them.
Next: Radical Thoughts of a Rational Mind - Part 2: Mindset of Misinterpretations.
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