Who are we? What are we? How do we know we’re not living in a computer game?
I think we’re all trapped and conned into believing that this is all we are… in this body here on Planet Earth in the year 2016.
When we’re born we’re told who we are. We’re given a name, an age. We’re told “this is how the world works”. We are bounded. Our parents, schooling and environment all conspire and confirm to you that you are X.
We’re told what behaviour is worthy, good and acceptable. On the flip side we’re told what’s shameful.
By complying we survive.
What you see in smart children is strong obedience, self-control and self-consciousness early on. You adapt quickly. You cut off all your edges. You become smooth. You’re what society admires, people like you.
However there is a big conflict between who we REALLY are and what we REALLY feel, and the identity we’re given. It’s the source of much pain discomfort, existential angst.
Living a lie comes at an immense personal cost because it’s not real. It’s an act. I suspect this often leads to depression.
According to the evolutionary theory of depression, a bout of melancholy was designed to alert the individual to the fact they were potentially on the wrong path or that there were threats in the environment that needed to be addressed. It spurred the sufferer to withdraw and take a time out in which he or she could analyze the situation, ferret out and troubleshoot the issue, and reemerge in a better place than before.
Depression is not a bad thing. It’s just the body shutting down, looking to retreat from society until it can recover in a safe space.
When we’re solid again we come back, have power and a very strong gravitational pull to others. Personally speaking my last article was viewed by several thousand views.
So who are we really?
We are souls inhabiting human bodies in a small corner of the universe. There are other places and times and universes that we exist in. We reach those places through our imagination and our dreams. Some people access their imagination through drugs (although I wouldn’t recommend that).
Because many people have had to sever their imaginations to survive, there are professional imagin-ers. These come in the form of writers, actors and artists.
Films, stories, theatre and books, tap into the our universal unconsciousness. They transport us into other universes and places. They remind us that we’re not just this person now. We’re timeless. We exist whether we’re dead or alive. We are all connected to everyone else.
Books are hallucinations based on the energy put into those words by the author. Great actors and writers put you in the shoes of another person. How do you feel? How do you act? What are you troubled by? In this other world, we’re no longer trapped inside our own troubles. We see that other people are just like us too.
Writers and stories give meaning to people’s lives because they bring the truth home.
You are much more than you’ve been told you are.
We live in this mad world that’s very reductionist. It tells you who are. You are to study, work for 40 years, marry and have kids, retire, then you can rest and enjoy yourself. We’re controlled by money, bosses and the whims of others.
Practically we might need to follow that path in the meantime.
But our true nature is much more expansive and full of possibilities. Our current situation doesn’t stop us from reaching into imaginations. It doesn’t stop us creating, drawing, writing, imagining, painting, guiding, helping, loving, entertaining and laughing in the meantime. These are the things that matter. Once you push past all the self-consciousness, conditioning and fear you start to create masterpieces.
By accessing our creativity and imagination, we become whole humans again. We become strong and real. We emit a strong cosmic pull to strangers from all over the world. As wacko and voodoo as that sounds – it’s true. I’ve seen it happen many many people.
The process probably involves the destruction of things close to your identity. Relationships might change and end. As will friendships and work. Everything changes. But this opens up new amazing positive possibilities that we’re not ready to see or fathom yet.
Our creativity leads us towards who we really are, what we really want and the feeling that we matter.
Because at the end of the day – we all want to matter, don’t we?
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