The individualist lives by his highest values and would never purposely trade a higher value for a lower value. In addition, he integrates the hemispheres of his brain in a way that allows him to tap the powers of his mind. That means his reasoning and intuitive abilities blend together rather nicely. When it comes to his life purpose, he takes charge of his thoughts, feelings and actions.
Objectivism and the Individualist
The Atlas Society states “Objectivism is the philosophy of rational individualism founded by Ayn Rand (1905-1982). In novels such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Rand dramatized her ideal man, the producer who lives by his own effort and does not give or receive the undeserved, who honors achievement and rejects envy. Rand laid out the details of her world-view in nonfiction books such as The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.
An individual who practices rational individualism realizes he possesses power because he (she) exists an Integrated Individualist who takes complete responsibility for his thoughts, feelings and actions, and confidently accomplishes his goals and desires. He eliminates negative feelings of anger, hate, envy and jealousy from his being.
His actions harmonize with his values and he definitely wouldn’t consider accepting the second-hand values of others. He has complete confidence in the efficacy of his mind and he takes purposive action. Can you imagine an individual of this caliber lamenting the sad fact he doesn’t know where his thoughts and feelings come from or why he acts on them in self-destructive ways?
Here’s what’s nice. Once you adopt the role of the Integrated Individual you capture control of your mind and you excel at reconciling your life to your surroundings. Plain and simple, your effectiveness in dealing with life’s challenges and obstacles increase. It becomes virtually impossible for you to stumble towards mental instability or act out of line with your ethical beliefs.
That fact that Objectivism advocates reason, individualism and capitalism (free enterprise) makes it an excellent foundation for living a happy and free life. However, I believe you have to build on that foundation to experience a successful life. And that’s what the individualist does.
Human Action and the Individualist
The individualist understands that the starting point of all human action is the individual. Now, isn’t that something to get excited about! Understand, you are the starting point in all analysis of market phenomena.
Let me remind you that the political establishment hopes you never discover the following information. If enough people embraced it, they would possess the power to end the dishonest careers of this elite group of plunderers.
Human action exists as a manifestation of the human mind, dealing with the actions that are open to individuals in achieving their goals and desires. An individual comes into the world with instincts that may preserve his life, however what separates him from the lower animals is his power of reason. His ability to reason allows him to choose possible courses of action, so that he can act to achieve whatever he is seeking. The strong-willed, reasoning individualist, who acts with purpose, is more likely to achieve success than men and women who are weak-willed or somewhere in between.
The individualist understands society cannot act, since it is only a combination of its individuals. Only individuals act. Happily, people can embark on cooperative action to attain common goals.
The science of human action begins its reasoning from individual action and develops the full implications of that action which makes it a deductive science.
Obviously, when you take action on something, you start a chain of consequences. Of course, effective actions result in desirable outcomes.
Success Principles and the Individualist
A person may believe he embraces the philosophy of Integrated Individualism but fails to exercise control over his thoughts, feelings and emotions. He acts in an irrational manner, especially when confronted with unpleasant circumstances. Because of this possibility, the individualist studies and applies success principles to his life.
How do you feel when you awake in the morning? Do you experience positive thoughts and emotions and are you ready to conquer the challenges life presents you? Do you have desires, plans and goals that fire up your enthusiasm? Are committed to taking purposeful action to accomplish these? Do you consistently capture the joy of your existence?
If you answered yes to all the above questions, then you are the master of your thoughts, feelings and actions. You generate positive energy and attract the things and circumstances you need to succeed. Life expands as a wondrous adventure and you experience pleasure and ecstasy regardless of whether other members of the economic system are experiencing good times or suffering bad times.
Even an individualist has to deal with failure and disappointment. Fortunately, you have a choice. Do you learn from failure or do you allow it to permanently beat you down? You will make mistakes; especially since there’s no such thing as perfection in the sphere of human action. The most successful people in the world made plenty of mistakes, yet these courageous men and women kept plugging away, finding out what didn’t work, finally discovering the right formula for success. The Integrated Individual learns to turn failure into success. Tony Robbins, author of “Unlimited Power” and many other books on success, states “I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy”
If you’ve completely missed the mark on your valiant attempts at success, think of the valuable lessons that failure provided you. Only a fool would fail to learn from adversity. The individualist doesn’t let failures flourish, then die in vain. He’s grateful for the education he received. The irrational person ignores the lessons and instead plays the blame game because he’s completely unaware that he’s responsible for his life. If you begin feeling like your problems are solely caused by other people, then it’s time for you to wake up.
Law of Attraction and the Individualist
People seem to possess some wild ideas about the Law of Attraction, like believing you can park your rear on the couch and visualize your way to happiness, success and prosperity. Well, it doesn’t work that way. A girlfriend and I tried it, only to see our circumstances go from bad to worse. We learned the hard way that without action nothing happens.
It’s true that you become what you think about most of the time. Obviously, if you think success thoughts you will probably take the kind of action that attracts success to you. If you think negative thoughts, you usually hang around like-minded people which guarantees failure.
It’s good to visualize your dreams and desires and keep your mind focused on them. The next step is putting together a plan to achieve them. Finally, you have to take action and more action. I almost forgot to mention that it helps to possess a definite purpose in life. Wandering around aimlessly and indulging in mind-numbing activities will cause you to attract nothing but mediocrity, pain and suffering. I know, I tried it and had to put up with the disastrous results, which weren’t very pleasant.
The more you’re in touch with reality, the better your chances at attracting your dreams and desires. As a person attempting to live as an individualist, I believe in the Law of Attraction. You must understand it can work for you or against you depending on the quality of your thoughts, feelings and actions.
Subconscious Mind and the Individualist
You may find this section controversial because of one of the recommendations I will make. However, let’s deal first with meditation.
Looking back over my own life and some of the difficult challenges I faced, I can say with certainty that meditation excels as one of the most important paths to practicing individualism. It’s the type of activity that helps you repel irrational behavior.
You may be asking yourself “When will I find the time to meditate? It’s important to realize the payoff far exceeds the time spent.
Meditation increases your energy and efficiency so much that you can accomplish more in less time. I estimate that for every hour you meditate, you gain three more hours to pursue your definite purpose and enjoy the pleasures of the body, mind and spirit. That’s quite a bargain. You trade one hour to gain three hours.
If you meditate for just 24 minutes per day you gain 72 minutes for a total of an extra 48 minutes per day. Imagine what you can do with that bonus of time. Another benefit of meditation is your sleep needs decrease. I prefer to meditate first thing in the morning. I feel so good after my journey that I’m able to go full speed and I have plenty of time and energy to do what I want to do—my way.
Get up an hour earlier if necessary. Wouldn’t you love to live the life you always dreamed of? Invest at least 24 minutes to an hour a day in yourself. It’s well worth it.
I have found that one of the best ways to tap your subconscious mind is through the use of Tarot cards. For some reason, the cards can help you reveal what really resides within you. It’s almost uncanny because when you or a superb reader shuffles the deck, it seems the subconscious mind knows where every card is and provides you the reading you need. I can verify this from my own experience.
Some psychologists or psychiatrists might not like my next statement, but here it is anyway. *Tarot cards work just as well as the Rorschach Inkblot Test or sentence completing techniques and it’s definitely quicker at getting results than years of psychoanalysis. Of course, that’s just my opinion. Anyway, don’t get me wrong, I’m not telling you to fire your analyst tomorrow. I am just revealing a great method of tapping your subconscious mind.
*I do not believe in using the Tarot for fortune telling. It is a psychological tool.
The individualist stands tall and so can you.
RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze