“There are only right and wrong choices. If you make a wrong choice your body knows it, but if you make a right choice the body knows that and relaxes and forgets right away that there was a choice. You reload your body, like a gun, for the next choice. If you want to use your body again for making the same choice, it doesn’t work.” – Carlos Castaneda
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“Our default tendency to focus on external circumstances is a continuous assault to convince us of our limitations. To refresh the truth of our unlimited nature you must vigilantly look within.” – Albert Pellissier
“People who make permanent and universal explanations for their troubles tend to collapse under pressure, both for a long time and across situations.
Learned helplessness is the giving up reaction, the quitting response that follows from the belief that whatever you do doesn’t matter. Explanatory style is the manner in which you habitually explain to yourself why events happen. It is the great modulator of learned helplessness. An optimistic explanatory style stops helplessness, whereas a pessimistic explanatory style spreads helplessness.” – Martin Seligman from Learned Optimism
Seligman and his colleagues conducted an experiment using dogs.
Imagine two dogs: The first dog is slightly shocked but has a lever he can push that will stop the shocks. He quickly learns to stop the shocks. He’s in good “psychological” shape. A second dog does not have a lever. He can’t stop the shocks. Rather, the shocks … Read More »
I attended a workshop yesterday and listened to a handful of speakers. I noticed a thread in every story in which each person reached some point in their life where they had achieved all of the status symbols and outward appearances of success. In each case it was at this point in their lives when they acknowledged how miserable they were which led to a total reexamination of themselves and the path they were on. Motivated by finally having enough, each person changed course, sometimes dramatically, and pursued a new personally chosen, more fulfilling path, driven by internal values instead of society’s values. If you are still sleepwalking on a path to impress others, or the one you bought into unwittingly under the influence of culture, this is where you are heading. If you are one of the lucky ones … Read More »
“Can you and I, who are simple, ordinary people, live creatively in this world without the drive of ambition which shows itself in various ways as the desire for power, position? You will find the right answer when you love what you are doing. If you are an engineer merely because you must earn a livelihood, or because your father or society expects it of you, that is another form of compulsion; and compulsion in any form creates a contradiction, a conflict. Whereas, if you really love to be an engineer, or a scientist, or if you can plant a tree, or paint a picture, or write a poem, not to gain recognition but just because you love to do it, then you will find that you never need to compete with another. I think this is the real key: to … Read More »