Freedom is more than choice. It’s awareness of choice, but awareness of choice is not true, actualized freedom without vision. So what vision do you have for your freedom?
Lately, I have been dealing with the affects of doubt in my life. So the topic today is the impact on doubt in the process of meditation.
Doubt is a very common process. We are brought up to engage in the style of thinking that encourages doubt, and honestly, doubt isn’t completely worthless. But to the degree that we doubt, we block our ability to manifest. My ability with doubt is very strong. I compulsively weigh and evaluate everything, often to my detriment. While this does help me to avoid problems that other people seem to have more frequently than I, it doesn’t create anything. Well, perhaps except for a “blank slate” sort of life.
When you seek to create in life, there is to my experience always an illogical or dreamy element to start with. This is necessary and a vital part of the process. If doubt creeps in when you are getting the feel for your creation, then it’s like arm wrestling with yourself. I have a saying, “Whenever you fight with yourself you loose.” I haven’t found any examples in life where that isn’t true.
Carl Sagan once said, “An organism at war with itself is doomed.” Absolutely true. It isn’t a huge mystery that our subconscious keeps sending us messages of doom is it? And of course the virtue of the focus makes us or breaks us. I have a similar concept on one of my MySpace comment graphics. It was said in a way most people would recognize, even if it is a bit corny, in “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace“. When Qui-Gon tells young Anakin that his focus determines his reality. It’s a simple truth, and it is the truth.
So when your focus is doubt what do you get? When you declare everything to be dubious? Failure. Because when your focus is doubt you include yourself in the doubt. It is akin to the law of “like attracts like”. Though more “rational” thinkers dismiss the law of sympathy as nonsense. There are plenty of examples of “like attract like”. The law of sympathy is most clearly defined in hermetic philosophy. Roughly put, it goes “like attracts like, and like affects like”. It’s something similar to empathy, but more on the aspect of attraction. An example of “like affects like” is how someone might be in a bad mood, depressed maybe and you in a good mood. We all have an element of depression in us. Moods are contagious.
We all have some element of doubt in us.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.