Albert Einstein offers some guidance
You may already know by following this journal that I have been advocating a regular practice of self inquiry based on the power of compassionate self acceptance, the "goal" being self-liberation. When we liberate ourselves from past conditioning, dualistic thought, and survival preoccupations, affirming that we are safe, significant and connected, another perspective of life becomes possible, one that may seem quite foreign, disorienting, or disconcerting. Why the hell would anyone choose to give up a path that is so familiar in order to plunge into an unknown way of being in the world?
Presently, we are discovering that our prevailing human mindset has propelled us "headlong" toward the brink of ecological destruction and never ending violent conflict. And it seems to offer no path out. It is precisely a new mode of operating that is needed, but it is not possible without liberating ourselves from what is familiar. Albert Einstein left us with some guidance on this subject:
"The significant problems of our time cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them." "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create."
"Whatever there is of God in the universe, it must work itself out and express itself through us."
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