Be Brave, Question Reality

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The idea of living a life of peace is, at best, a remote possibility if we do not look below the surface of the reality we witness so that we may get in touch with the Truth of life.

Heal Yourself to Heal the World

I am a huge fan of movies which have a spiritual theme to them, whether they were intended for that purpose or not. One such film was I Heart the Huckabees. I loved this line from that film:

Mr. Markovski we see a lot of people in here who claim they want to know the ultimate truth about reality. They want to peer beneath the surface of the big everything. But this can be a very painful process, full of surprises. It can dismantle the world as you know it. That is why most people prefer to remain on the surface of things. Maybe you should go home. Take it easy. Let sleeping dogs lie.”
-Lily Tomlin’s part as an Existential Detective.

The plain truth is this path towards living in peace is not an easy one.

Most people never wonder about the reality they see. They simply believe that the world they experience is the world as it is.

For these people, as long as their normal, routine day-to-day existence is working, they feel no need to examine their “truths”.

Let’s face it, questioning what we hold as truth is not an easy task.

Not too long ago, I re-read. “If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him” by Sheldon B. Kopp It is one of those books I keep on my shelf to revisit every few years.

Sheldon addresses this lack of desire to really evaluate our truths, in the first chapter of this book. Listen to what he says about why people seek therapists.

People seek the guidance of a psychotherapist when their usual, self-limited, risk-avoiding ways of operating are not paying off, when there is distress and disruption in their lives. Otherwise we are all too ready to live with the familiar, so long as it seems to work, no matter how colorless the rewards.

And so, it is not astonishing that, though the patient enters therapy insisting that he wants to change, more often than not, what he really wants is to remain the same and to get the therapist to make him feel better. His goal is to become a more effective neurotic, so that he may have what he wants without risking getting into anything new. He prefers the security of known misery to the misery of unfamiliar insecurity.


I say all of that to tell you this: being willing to question your reality; being brave enough to say “yes” to the possibility of peace in your life places you in a very small minority of the human race.

Know this to be true and realize that most of humanity will think you are weird simply because you have the courage to question your life and your role in co-creating the world you experience.

Thank you for your willingness to look below the surface. As we heal ourselves, the world has no choice but to heal.

I applaud you!

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Below The Surface, Films, I Heart The Huckabees, Illusion, Movies, Psychological Therapist, Question, Quotes, Reality, Sheldon D Kopp, Spiritual, What Is Real

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I frequently refer to myself as a student of Love because everything I do is for the purpose of exploring and working to become the greatest expression of Love I am capable of becoming.

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author avatar brendamarie
21st Sep 2015 (#)

what an amazing article. i love it.

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author avatar onenow
21st Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you very much Brenda.

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author avatar peachpurple
26th Sep 2015 (#)

A brave way to encounter the reality

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author avatar onenow
29th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you for reading the article and taking the time to comment.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2015 (#)

Most people seem to live on the surface but I'm not one of them. All my life I've been a seeker and still hope to keep on learning. I try to keep an open mind. Blessings.

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author avatar onenow
16th Oct 2015 (#)

Having just been introduced to you through your comments, I am completely satisfied that you have an open mind and a willingness to learn in all areas of your life. I imagine this is a life-long habitual, choice.

I applaud you for your accumulation of wisdom.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
24th Oct 2015 (#)

I have had a fairly varied life living in few countries and understanding different cultures. I like to explore, keep an open mind. I have realized we are same, from the same source, but get divided by beliefs.

We are emotional beings and few exploit our emotions for their selfish ends. It works well for the majority to let the sleeping dogs lie.

Thought provoking share, thanks Onenow - siva

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author avatar onenow
24th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva.
Yes. You are spot-on. It does work well for many to never investigate who and what they are, until their lives break. Then they are lost because they never developed the tools to properly examine their beliefs.

For some, they get through life without the tragedies that tend to awaken people. I have seen many who, upon retirement, lose their identity because it was tied to their work. We really are complicated beings. There are times I have wished that I was one of the people who could just go through life with their heads buried in the sand; but then I have an aha experience and I remember why I started questioning who and what I am and what is ultimately Real.

Thanks for reading my article and for your thoughtful comment. You help make my time here worthwhile.
- Elliott

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