Late last night, while working in my darkened room, with only the light of my laptop glowing... a big brown moth flew into the lit screen. Crashed several times. Hard.
The metaphor was not wasted on me. I recognized my own light-chasing, head-banging work-style. And I suddenly "got" that the completion of my creative goals do not require self-torture.
Nature is my favorite teacher. Here are a few other things that moth reminded me:
Have you had any encounters with moths, or other insects, that taught you something? Please describe it. Big lessons often come from tiny things.
Ecstasy is a direction to lean into. So is pain. This is emotional posture. Most people I know, myself included of course, seem to have had their natural connection to ecstasy disrupted. And their learned connection to pain, reinforced. So it becomes a cultivated habit... to plan, prepare and make room for... pain. Hope + optimism atrophy, while cynicism grows strong + muscular. Stop trying to avoid disappointment. Disappointment doesn't kill. Cowardice kills. Risk disappointment. Ecstasy seeks to drench such fools.
All tied up, at my first bungee jump at Paradise Acapulco!
My friend, LeAnne, dove in like a fearless pro.
I, on the other hand, required a 6-minute pep talk, lots of deep breathing and, ultimately, a gentle push. I was soooo frightened, and nauseous, and I really thought I was going to fold and just turn around. Or vomit. Or worse.
Sometimes help is needed. That was one of those times, and I wasn't too proud to ask for, and receive, it. Next time, though, I'd like to squash all that at-the-edge hesitation. There's a big difference between leaping, and limply falling.
Graceless starts aside, I went head-first 164 feet, and felt what it is to plummet. And to "bounce back." I will hold that embodied metaphor a good, long time.
Free your MIND, and your LIFE will follow! Yes, there are costs and considerations... and each one is well worth it!
Adam Kokesh (the only author I'm aware of who didn't even bother to have his name on the cover), and the generous folks who support him, make this fantastic freedom primer available FOR FREE!! You can get it here: http://thefreedomline.com/freedom/
Please give it a listen or read. If you'd like to then share your thoughts/feelings here as a comment, I'd love to hear what got stirred in you.
Hi! I am having a three-month exploration in Acapulco! I'm exploring personal freedom, and am healing and restoring myself from a brutal Western conditioning that -- temporarily -- disconnected me from my own wisdom and power. Okay, that's enough background for now.
Moving on... to the floor-length window in my bedroom that OPENS. Yet, I've been in this space for a week without realizing that! Because I come from a strange part of the world where many windows are not intended/designed to be opened! Fresh air? Who wants to be bothered with the nuisance of a natural breeze? No, we prefer our enviroments as artificial as possible.
And so, due to a repeated occurrence in my life (windows that don't open) I wrongly presumed the window in my room was just for show.
Here's the exciting (to me) part: WHAT CRACKED THE CONDITIONING OF MY MISTAKEN PRESUMPTION was being in my roommates' bedrooms, and luxuriating in the wonderful cross-breezes flowing through. So it occurred to me there was no justifiable reason why my room shouldn't also have windows that open! And sure enough, nearly effortlessly, it slid right open.
With a single finger, I had access not just to the most amazing breeze that makes AC absolutely unnecessary (average temp is 85F + sunny), but I also get a gorgeous soundscape of a water fountain and bird songs. This is a very mundane example, hopefully making it even more useful:
Love + Liberation,
These ladies, strolling down a busy street in Acapulco, sure make their loads look easy to carry. One even keeps both of her hands free.
I giggled as I compared their poise to my recent, and graceless, wrestling with suitcases and stuff. It's easy to get bogged down, but buoyancy is possible!
Which brings me to the important question about your freedom I'd like to ask you. But first, let's be clear and precise with our language:
Freedom is defined as "the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint."
And, for our purposes, those last 4 words do not include hurt or harm to another. So, my question to you is, how much of that power or right do you exercise in your life? How often -- in your relationships, in your work, in your daily decisions -- do you exercise your power and your right to act, to speak and to think as you want? If not very, very often, WHY???
Whether you are restrained by:
* a tyrannical national government;
* a tyrannical negative inner voice; or
* more likely, both of the above!
... you can regain and enjoy more freedom. But there is some honest and daring work required. Here are three things I've been practicing:
1. Be quick to question. Any person, organization or system that tries to rule over you, should quickly be scrutinized... and likely, rejected. Would you ever consciously give your consent to another to rule over (e.g. master) you? Then don't do so, unconsciously.
2. Be slow to judge. Every person, without exception, knows something useful that you do not. Stop dismissing people based on shallow presumption and prejudice. Go deeper. Listen harder. Learn something amazing from an unlikely teacher.
3. Be intolerant of oppression. Anarchy -- or voluntaryism -- is a supremely ethical and philosophical ideal that CAN be lived into. When freedom is pursued, and traced to its utmost, you will find humans co-existing without compulsion and coercion. (Or, at the very least, working toward that end.) In a world that seems intent to domesticate, dominate, colonize and modify all life forms, anarchists steadily hold and develop strategies for personal sovereignty.
Freedom is not an imaginary unicorn. It is an innate birthright, that is too often infringed upon by inner and outer bullies. I'm grateful to be at Anarchapulco, surrounded by so many bold, brave, lovers of peace and freedom.
Do you appreciate romance, sensory pleasure and plants? I made a recent and simple discovery that includes all three! It's a triple-win I'd like to share with you. I hope it helps you get closer with yourself, and/or someone you love.
While making a tincture (an alcohol-distilled botanical infusion), I was slicing a large amount of fresh, raw ginger. Its juice was all over my hands. I licked my palm, and noticed pleasant tingling on my lips and tongue.
I had always loved ginger for its warm, delicious spiciness. But I never considered it as a natural, topical stimulant before. Add a bit of coconut oil, and you have a spicy-warm lubricant or massage oil. No partner necessarily required, but lovely if you have one ;-) XO