Perhaps the best definition of this elevated state of existence is illustrated by mindfulness and living in the here and now. This comes out of Buddhism but my favorite modern rendition is in Eckhart Tolle’s, “The Power of Now”. I’ll leave the details for you to explore, but the end result is that living in the here and now liberates us from living each moment as a means to an end.
For example, when you got out of bed, was your morning routine an instruction list to put you at work on time? Or did you take care to make your bed, neatly tucking in the covers, honoring the rest it provided to you? This isn’t “normal” for most of us, but it opens up a whole new beautiful world. The way most of us operate, living for the next moment– that liberating breakthrough that would make all our toil worthwhile– is an ingrained pattern of self-deception that keeps us meticulously fixated on a to-do list, distracting us from ever enjoying the fruits of our labor. Unaware of an alternative, the truth is the next moment never comes.
Practical people resist this mindset for the same reasons they resist ideas of religion. Surrendering to the whims of the moment makes us fear we won’t make it to work on time. What if this leads us to losing our job, losing our possessions, and innumerable destructive ends? Be it mindfulness or any other religion that offers a more colorful picture outside of the physical reality, what if toking these hallucinations leads to our physical destruction?
They value ‘thinking for yourself’ over living in this fantasy land. Thinking for yourself is critical, but who is the self to which we owe this service? If that self enslaves our lives to be no more than a means to a physical end, than what a lousy master it is to serve. When we live life “outside of normal” our sense of self becomes so much bigger than ourselves. We transcend worrying about this piddly game of life and work towards rewards in a much bigger game.
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