For reasons unknown, June seems to stand out as my month of transformation and new journeys. It’s also been a time that found me suffering in a deep depression. My objectivist beliefs no longer sustained me, causing hopelessness to come for an extended visit. I sank into the pits of despair. Fortunately, depression often leads a person into a journey of transformation. As mentioned in the article Reluctant Objectivist Detours onto a New Pathway I discovered the Pathways to Mastership Course. That helped me find peace of mind.
For many years, I languished in a world of anger and frustration. The insane world, to put it bluntly, pissed me off. Despite my belief in rational thought and loving ways, I allowed the insanity and irrationality of the world to cause me to indulge in some irrational behavior. Fortunately, my knowledge of Natural and Economic Law protected me from disaster, allowing me to remain on the chosen path. However, the pathway always seemed cluttered with blocks and obstacles. Peace of mind seemed like a distant dream.
During a dark period of my life, I discovered meditation. Although, it took me years to realize it, I found a path that eventually led me to what I consider the Holy Grail, Peace of Mind.
Truth and Meditation
Although I might cause some uneasiness and disbelief in some practicing objectivists, I won’t whitewash my journey into Jonathan Parker’s “Pathways to Mastership.” It’s a marvelous program that helps the individual reach a high state of awareness, tap intuitive powers, increase reasoning abilities and gain control over his life. However, there was some mystical stuff I just couldn’t accept. Now that I’ve said that allow me to elaborate on an incredible moment of enlightenment I experienced.
In the conclusion of the course, Jonathan states “You might be wondering if you are making up these meditation experiences in your head.” Now most mystics and metaphysicians would probably come up with some elaborate explanation about the astral plane, other dimensions, alternative lives or something to that effect, which is all fine and dandy.” However, Jonathan said “Of course you are. Everything is all mind.”
I thought and meditated on this bit of wisdom for a long time. I knew that reality is exactly what it is, reality. But, maybe what I saw was only the tip of the iceberg. I asked the question, “What powerful insight is he attempting to convey?”
After receiving many fleeting glimpses of truth, the “eureka’ moment arrived. I experienced enlightenment (at least I think I did). It’s so simple. I wondered why I didn’t realize it sooner. Of course, many things seem simple in hindsight.
What he meant was that you are capable of manifesting the life you desire. You create your values, set your goals and you take effective actions. As Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek would confidently state “Make it so.” The climactic moment arrived as I realized you also create your peace of mind.
A Metaphysical Insight
Another profound statement Jonathan Parker makes in “The Pathways to Mastership” course is “Going with the flow, offering no resistance at all and not forming possessive attachments, that would be universal harmony.”
Unfortunately, many students of metaphysics misunderstand the statement. It could possibly lead one to believe that non-action is the path to higher awareness. However, action is the essence of life. Fortunately, meditating on cause and effect, developing your reasoning and intuitive powers, then taking action by using the correct means to achieve chosen ends is the way to success and happiness.
Going with the Flow
Going with the flow doesn’t mean joining the mass of humanity by unhappily floating down the river of pain, suffering, frustration and despair. Sadly, many men and women who attempt to escape the wheel of illusion mistakenly believe they flow in the stream of success and happiness. The unwary person believes he continuously sheds illusions, when in actuality he just accumulates more. In his darkest moment, he wonders why life doesn’t reward him for his “higher awareness” and supply him with the peace of mind he so fervently seeks.
Not only does energy surround you, you are energy. Going with the flow requires you go with the flow of your positive energy. You go with the flow of you. You may be asking what you do with the negative energy. Well, you accept it (non-resistance), flow with it (non-reaction) and allow it to dissipate (non-attachment) by easily releasing it. Tragically, most people allow the life-draining energy to sap their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual strength, which leads to some rather undesirable consequences.
Flowing with your positive energy results in you:
- Expanding the power of your mind.
- Increasing your intuitive powers, which unleashes your creativity.
- Reasoning more effectively so you easily integrate concepts.
- Realizing peace of mind.
I admit that I’ve often allowed negative energy to overwhelm me, which is why I didn’t always receive the results I desired. Talk about frustration and despair.
Offering No Resistance
Obviously when you’re in the flow, you don’t want to offer any resistance. Non-Resistance is one of the 3 Pillars of Peace of Mind.
Most of mankind exists in a dream state. The unwary man and woman floats down a stream of misery, oblivious to the fact that it doesn’t have to be this way. Unwittingly, the uninitiated individual allows the establishment to brainwash him with illusion after illusion.
Let’s go back to the 60’s and look at the hippies of the “Age of Love.” I doubt anyone could mistake their activities as an indulgence in rationality. Now, I have to admit there was some mindless fun and even some experimentation with altered states of awareness. Anyway, many of the “flower children” find themselves unhappily trapped under a rock, in a stream chosen by others, with no hope of escape. Others chose the path of a politically correct liberal, which means they completely sold out their roots.
Maybe they can wake up and realize a peaceful rebellion is about to occur, one based on personal liberty and economic freedom, Yes! The doorway to escape from illusion stands right before us. Behind it resides something no drug could ever supply, incredible peace of mind. Renewal of your body, mind and spirit exists as more than a distant possibility. The delicious nectar of the fountain of youth flows abundantly.
Not Forming Possessive Attachments
This one is rather tricky. It is virtually impossible to go through life without some attachments. However, most people allow themselves to become overwhelmed with the illusion of materiality. Have you ever heard of slavery? Instead of their attachments serving them, they serve their attachments.
By now, we should know that Non-Attachment forms one of the Pillars of Peace of Mind.
Before you start feeling uneasy, allow me to explain some facts of a rewarding existence. It is wonderful to savor the good things life has to offer. A tasty meal in an elegant setting brings far enjoyment than a tasteless meal at a slop shop. Comfortable, stylish clothes wear better than unstylish, uncomfortable clothes. It’s important to enhance your self-esteem. An ecstatic sexual experience with someone you connect with is far more rewarding than a less than mediocre sexual encounter with someone you don’t value.
If we can conclude that better is…well better, why shouldn’t we form possessive attachments? The reason is that our attachments can result in us experiencing more pain than joy. Here’s what happens.
A startling realization comes that all things must pass. You look on life with joy and satisfaction thinking about everything you value, love and cherish. Then the thought of losing it brings up feelings of despair. The question arises, “Why is everything transient? Why is each moment so fleeting, never to return? Of course, the only answer is, that is the nature of existence.
No matter what, your life and situations will eventually pass. Now that’s difficult to accept so we shove the painful realizations to the back of our minds. An exception might be if your life currently stinks and you want it to move quickly to something else. Surprisingly, many ferociously cling to their pain and misery as if it’s a lifeboat.
Mothers have to accept the fact their children eventually grow up and leave. Lovers have to live with the realization that their relationship will age and finally pass into eternity. We will even have to leave the music we love when the end comes. At least, that’s the way it appears to our limited consciousness.
There is only one way to live. Feel nostalgic about the past with its memories, but live completely in the present, accepting it will pass away as all things must, at least in this lifetime.
Do not become attached to your possessions. The Reluctant Objectivist attempts to practice non-attachment and achieve a peaceful state of mind, not that he always succeeds. He knows more success is better than less success. Obviously, you would prefer to experience your possessions as a source of joy and pleasure, not as a cause of pain and misery.
Live fully in the present, making every minute count. Your favorite songs, the touch of your lover’s hand, the clean fresh aroma of a cool spring morning, the delectable taste of your favorite food…all these things should be experienced and appreciated to the fullest.
Experiencing Peace of Mind in the Social Maze
I am probably not going to amuse any atheists, since I have no scientific proof of what I am about to reveal. I discovered and realized the following insight through 27 years of meditation, knowing it to be true. You can take it or leave it. I personally believe it is part of the Holy Grail, Peace of Mind.
When I think about my mortality and all my values vanishing forever, I rely on spiritual knowing. I believe all my loves and passions will live on through eternity. They never really pass away. Everything created exists eternally somewhere in the universe. So just live for the moment, enjoy life and have faith in your ability to survive through eternity. Believe it or not, it is possible to experience peace of mind most of the time. Eventually, you will Master the Social Maze.
RA Meyer – Master the Social Maze
P.S. The next article will describe what happened when I completely abandoned the path and decided I no longer needed to meditate.