Sounds kind of backwards doesn’t it?
Sounds counterproductive doesn’t it?
It’s downright blasphemy to think that we should unlearn what we have learned. I mean we were taught all of our lives that we never stop learning throughout life.
Well for your information, a good deal of the information that you have received has both helped you and it has hurt you.
Learning is when the information that we intake is perceived to help our lives in some way, shape, form or fashion then we call that information knowledge.
However, some of the information you perceive as knowledge and to be helping you is actually hurting you.
Take from spiritual master Sri Ravi Shankar
“Knowledge is a burden if it robs you of innocence.
Knowledge is a burden if it is not integrated into life.
Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t bring joy.
Knowledge is a burden if it gives you an idea that you are wise.
Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t set you free.
Knowledge is a burden if it makes you feel you are special.”
See this, that’s almost an oxymoron considering that in the normal use of the word knowledge it’s considered to be a plus to your life.
But have you ever questioned your “knowledge” and really determined whether it was based on an absolute knowing or because you were taught that it was an valuable life lesson?
Example: I was just watching one of my favorite financial experts Robert Kiyosaki the other day and he was talking about how, from the time most of us were young, we were taught go to school, get good grades, then go to college to get a degree so we can land a job and save for our retirement.
This was the typical way of looking at life; it was the information that we considered to be “knowledge,” especially if it was the motivational kind.
Well Robert Kiyosaki would sit here and tell you that those lessons up above are some of the worst financial advice you could ever receive.
I don’t know about you but, if you look at the current state of the world financially, 1% of the world owns the most money; so I would rather take financial advice from a guy who’s worth millions then the typical outlook on finances.
This is not a financial piece but it just goes to show you a perfect example of how the “knowledge” we were once taught wasn’t so knowledgeable after all. If you are interested in learning more about finances, Robert Kiyosaki is brilliant in that department.
Before we move on I’d like you to ponder a few other things so that you can get to the very root of your knowledge and determine what is absolutely necessary information and what information could actually be hindering you from experiencing peace, love and joy.
- How did you learn to walk? You were taught.
- How did you learn to talk? You were taught.
- How did you learn to eat? You were taught.
- How to did you learn to listen? You were taught.
Now you see those up above are forms of conditioning. And you see that they are necessary forms of conditioning because without them we not be able to survive in this world.
But borderline, I’m also here to tell you that most of the stuff you ‘know’ or your “knowledge” has also been taught into you and taught itself to be knowledge.
You may think you see as an individual, but you were also taught how to see, you were taught how to hear, taught how to feel and how to react.
It may seem like you are your own person when it comes to your life, but you have been hardwired down to the very root of your mind.
Do you know why robots are considered so smart?
First off smart is relative, and robots do human things just at more rapid rates because they were taught human things; so, of course, to the human perspective they are going to look like, “Oh my, how far technology has come.”
Most of society watches the same amount of TV per week, eats the same food, goes to get a job to work dollars for hours, suffers at the thought of Monday, is thrilled on Friday after work and then rinse, wash and repeat.
It’s all robotic, a mechanical society engineered by humans from centuries ago who disliked change, but one thing is a fact: change is something that happens all of the time, it is the ONLY thing that happens, and it is the only constant.
Consider your perception, it’s generally speaking the way that our brains are hardwired to process information through the senses.
The way we see, taste, touch, smell and hear have all gone through the process of conditioning from culture, race, religion, gender and all these labels that have divided the human race.
Consider all of the different cultures from around the world, and it’s like taking a magnifying glass to the fact that culture does shape our perceptions, likes, dislikes, interests, thoughts, feelings and everything in between.
So when you take your perception, your perspective, and you put it all into one large lump sum and go back to the time you were born up until now, you can get a better picture of why you like the things you like, or dislike, how your entire perspective has been molded from your surroundings.
“You are the average of the 5 people you hang out with.” – Jim Rohn
This is exactly what Jim Rohn is speaking on here. He doesn’t mean that you’re an exact clone of the five people you hang out with; he means that you’re in some way, shape, form or fashion going to be influenced on how to think, feel and act by the people that you are around consistently.
It doesn’t just end there either, you are also being shaped on average by the shows you watch, what you listen to on the radio, the food you eat; your senses are developing a taste for all of this and once this taste dives deeper into these things, they then become drugs.
No longer does it become something that you enjoy because you must have it, the drug is the link that ties the mind.
It’s doesn’t seem like a drug though, because it’s so subtle, everyone is doing it, so it must just be the way things are.
Once you can see clearly everywhere you are being conditioned, where you are being cultured to death, told what is right, what is wrong by other people who think they are certain but don’t know any better, you can clear the smoke and mirrors that block neutral awareness.
Do you know what it truly means to rebel against society?
It means that you have completely accepted that you have been conditioned to death in every which way you can think of and there is no way to go back in time, so going forward you’re just going to be more aware of the habits that you have acquired are generally on autopilot.
They are on autopilot because to the conditioned mind it’s just the ‘right’ thing to do, so you don’t bother questioning it.
And just by being aware of your thoughts, your feelings, your actions the conditioning will now have less control of you.
You can start to think more for yourself, and rely less on society. You can now start to say, “You know Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma I know you guys want the best interest for me but I’m sorry your interest is not always for me, but it’s for you, because “you” feel it’s the right thing to do according to the self-image you have chosen for me.
I’m not going to go get a job but I an going after my dreams; I’m not going to go to college but I am instead going to spend the next 4 years of my life learning finances from millionaire Robert Kiyosaki.
P.S: This is, of course, an example.
Now this may or may not have anything to do with your current situation, but the point is you’re not bound by the limits of the images that people have created for you.
You can start to live your life creatively rather than by set of rules, guidelines, conditions and all the robotic and mechanical “beliefs” that we have developed unknowingly because we thought it was knowledge.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth – not going all the way, and not starting. – Buddha
If you’re going to start living your life creatively, then it is only in your absolute best interest to go all of the way.
It’s going to be tough, it’s going to be scary as hell, there are going to be a lot of mistakes (beautiful, amazing mistakes), the roller coaster is going to bring you on an extreme high (but also an extreme low), you are going to get uncertain, there will be times when you want to give up and go back to society’s way where things are more certain, where the road is already paved.
I promise you though, that if you go down the easy road, then it will be the worst decision of your life in terms of being happy, peaceful, loving and experiencing the life you deserve.
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
But I’m here to take that quote to the next level and tell you that there is only one way (and one way only) for you live a creative life and that is by paving your own road.
There is no road ahead of you, absolutely no certainty, no future is guaranteed, but it is for this very reason that it is the road you must “create” if you want to experience this world to its absolute peak.
Now I want to make this a bit less scary for those of you who are terrified and that is simply by “creating” that path by making the foundation of your life the present moment.
The path and the future only become terrifying when you start worrying about how things are going to work out.
“Well what happens if this?
What happens if that?
I know that’s going to happen and it’s going hurt.”
You tell yourself these things and cause yourself all kinds of anxiety, worry and emotional stress without those things actually being reality.
There is nothing more uncertain then the future, well primarily because the future doesn’t exist, but even in practical terms, you can judge the future based on the past patterns, but you still don’t know for certain.
So remember that by staying completely present, then living a life of creativity becomes much more fun and exhilarating because, instead of trying to get to an end point, you enjoy each moment to its fullest and absolute capacity—each and every step.