We live in a time when society has exchanged virtue for compulsivity and taken such pride in this decision that they’ve denied taking responsibility for the failures they’ve brought onto themselves and turned to the government to aid them in blaming others.
When pursuing personal growth most individuals involve themselves with symptoms and therefore go around in circles never improving themselves. If you’d truly like to pursue personal growth you will first need to identify all of your compulsive behaviors. These may be physical and psychological. Once you’ve identified these and are able to get them under your control, all of the other issues you’ve been trying to address in yourself will go away.
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Sleep and wakefulness are two opposite states of consciousness with varying degrees in-between and extremes potentially beyond them. Wakefulness and it’s extremes are worth pursuing above sleepfullness (and it’s extremes) because it is only when your consciousness is pristine that you are capable of seeing things for what they are. The more your consciousness is subdued the more you become vulnerable to the realm of concepts and imagination. Therefore don’t be fooled into thinking a hallucinogen enhances your awareness, it merely puts you to sleep while letting your body remain awake. Rest assured, these are not enhanced states of mind, but rather hampered states of mind.
That said, while both states are opposite, their intent is not so! All realms of consciousness aim outward, toward awareness. So even if you insist on being in a state of slumber, your visions will attempt to wake you or dispel the lies you’ve been telling yourself.
Indeed, what a beautiful realm it is we live in that our eyes should open even after remaining shut. After all, everything is in service of awareness. You can choose to use the limited time you have wisely or inch your way there like a worm. Either way, we are all in service to the same ends.
Any relationship that is bound to become toxic or has already become so, is one where there is an unspoken or spoken power imbalance (or struggle). This is often characterized by one or both members seeing themselves as someone whom is being inflicted upon, taken advantage of or one deliberately trying to capitalize and extract something from the other. For instance, a provider may toil and struggle to make a living for his or her family and feel taken advantage of by a wife or partner that is not playing their part. And by “their part” we could be referring to them either toiling and working equally hard to provide resource for the family or even being an effective and hard working home-maker. Or imagine a home-maker that feels entitled to deriving benefit from their provider yet doing as little as possible around the house in order to extract as much benefit with as little output on their part. These are often referred to as energy vampires. In both these instances we see a power struggle at hand. I’m warning you… such a relationship is bound to dissolve and you best not involve yourself with such a person. It’s a waste of your time and energy. Here’s why:
If you read my post the secret to a long lasting marriage you’ll see me dive deeper into this topic so I won’t reiterate those points. What this post is attempting to contribute is an insight into emotional bargaining. It’s a form of manipulation used by those vampires among you that render your contributions invalid. A method, if you will, by which a member of such a partnership (be it in marriage or otherwise) can fool their partner into seeing them as the victim even though they clearly are, themselves, the oppressor. For instance, if one partner is working hard while the other is slacking and simply being a deadbeat leech and sponge, the leech could look at the provider/host and state: “Hey, so you know those things you work so hard to provide me? Well, they don’t really matter to me. I’d gladly live without them.” What this does, is it puts in the provider, the idea that all their hard work is meaningless and therefore, attempts to convince them that even though they are providing far more than their share, that they are still not providing them nearly enough (for the vampire). When your partner starts making statements like these, you know you are in the presence of a master vampire. Most vampires just extract resource from a host, but a master vampire is one that knows how to convince the host that what they are providing is of no real value and therefore artificially convinces them that there is no real imbalance at hand.
Run away from such people. They view people like a car views a pit stop. You’ll just be a “fix” for an addict and only serve to enable their condition. Run! For your sake and theirs.
If you would like to destroy a nation, simply infuse drugs among the youth and promote socialism among the active. In time, the nation will plummet like a house secretly digested by termites.