The loop of life

For a long time now, life for many has followed a predictable pattern and the industrialised system has sold us the ‘journey’ and in reward for going along, we get trinkets for our services, which we then spend back into the system to buy the lifestyle they system sold us.

It’s a ‘loop of life’ from birth to death and if we have children, they start another loop of the same journey and so on. It ‘s self-perpetuating.

We can, of course, be ‘happy’ following this loop, well, often what we believe is happiness. It is more likely to be on surface as we are fearful of not fitting in, so we pretend we are happy.

We are conditioned for this ‘loop’ from birth, into early years by our parents, who have already been fully conditioned, then by school and then work and wider society. We follow the path fearful of stepping out of the loop.

The conditioning leads us into a loop that is dominated by unconsciousness, deep in thought within our minds, driven by fear, and as the conditioning is very ego driven, it leads to a great deal of comparison, judgement, criticism and suffering internally and externally.

The loop is there, we are all aware of it, and yet we happily enrol on the journey, fearing there is no choice and, of course, it ‘gets better’ as everyone tells you.

It takes bravery and consciousness to step out of the loop, to break free and to unlearn our conditioning. We have to be prepared to be vulnerable and to enter the wilderness, to be on the edge, to be alone. Yet when we do this, when become who we truly are, instead of pretending and following the loop, we experience true joy rather than the shallowness that a new car, or a bar of chocolate or more trinkets will bring us on the loop. We free ourselves from suffering of the mind and the ego and we then step out on a journey where we can be what our soul wants to be…our true-self.

Collide

I am doing #inktober again this year, where there is a daily prompt and you have to do an ink drawing and share it to Instagram.

Today’s prompt was ‘collide’ and that got me thinking that most humans ‘collide’ when communicating rather than meshing or melding or gliding together.

Communication, most of which is actually not verbal, is one of the things that humans are most challenged by, yet it is one of the main parts of our everyday life.

Communication is so ego driven from the filters in our mind that portray the story of ‘little me’ in our head and to the exterior world. This means that we rarely sense, see or hear the other person as we are so wrapped up in our story. The thing is, so is the other person, so we ‘collide’.

If we seek to understand and listen to other person, if we let go of our story and free ourselves from the ego, we can communicate with others without collision.