Posts Tagged ‘Identity’

The end of hope

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

I went into the city centre today, as much as you can call High Street Auckland City’s centre. I browsed a bookshop for a couple of minutes and saw “The Audacity of Hope.” I didn’t read the book so I can’t comment on it, but it got me thinking about my own process over the past 6 months.

I have been working on eliminating hope from my mind set. That’s such a good phrase mind set. The set of ideas, beliefs which consitute one’s content and structure of identity.

But I hadn’t paid much attention to hope’s opposite – despair – which is equally a projection of what might be into the future. Now it is time to deal with despair. It strikes me that there is hope because there is despair and there is despair because there is hope. Hope is a dangerous ally, it causes misunderstanding of what is. In the context of business, hope takes too many risks as despair misses opportunities.

Hope and despair arise out of attempts to maintain consistency in one’s self image, i.e. identity. That’s why they’re actually the same thing, just with different bodily sensations attached. Hope is happy. Despair is sad.

It reminds me of Shunryu Suzuki’s council: “Not Always So.” We can’t know ourselves in the future, so why project?

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It’s a mystery

Monday, July 14th, 2008

I must admit, life is a complete mystery to me at the moment. I have no idea what is happening. That is not to say that there are no opportunities; there are plenty. And that is good. Each of them is a different future, each is uncertain and each requires cultivation. The only thing I can rely on is meditation and the cultivation of inner qualities. And that is good.

It’s actually quite interesting watching how everything is unfolding. If love is letting go of fear then I’m certainly learning to love life.

Eckhart Tolle’s view that the presence is here and now and can only be attained here and now it strikes me is right. And I like Krishnamurti’s uncompromising commitment to inner peace.

Could I say that uncertainty like certainty is also an illusion? Both thoughts are projections of identity into the future, creating a lack of focus on the present moment.

Eckhart also says that when you live in the now that you know exactly what to do. Perhaps he’s right.

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