The Freedom of Options

freedom of options

We are embedded with the ability to forget and move on. It is a human quality that has allowed us to evolve past our biggest tragedies whether they are personal or collective, yet our collective consciousness dictates life events and hinders this ability. Each new generation can be taught to fervently hold on to the past, to the extent of dying for it. Likewise, a generation raised to be oblivious of the past would not inherit any of the complexes of its respective society. If an Israeli and Palestinian baby were accidentally switched at birth, would they hate their families before or after they learned who they supposedly are?

It is because we operate within our fields of collective consciousness that many of us lead a “mono-themed” life. It has the same tone, same likes and dislikes in the same stereotyped situations, with the same reactions to different scenario’s. A person with an aversion to people who dye their hair purple will react to every purple haired person they randomly walk by the same way, whether they were a punk rocker or a neurosurgeon. Of course this also extends to much larger interactions such as those between people of different religions, races and so on. Almost every human being on earth carries a list of premeditated criteria that serve as their algorithm to life, but what many people don’t realise is that many of those criteria are actually not their own.

Mobile applications are sophisticated interfaces that essentially access and present large amounts of data in one way or another, depending on their purpose. Through them it becomes extremely simple to look through and select from massive stores of information. Deezer, Spotify and Apple music are examples of humongous libraries of music you are able to access and choose exactly what you feel like listening to. The Google play store, Facebook and Instagram are other examples of searchable data. It is this ability to handle and integrate information that makes a computer such a powerful tool. The mind functions in much the same way, integrating life experience to formulate identities that are used when reacting and responding to life. The minds searchable pool is affected not only by the individuals life experiences but also by the collective experiences surrounding that individual. Ask yourself, how much of my personality is nationality? How much of my personality is religion? How much of my personality is family? And how much of my personality is self?

Nature has made us complementary to itself. Our bodies contain receptors that interact with every element of nature. Our eyes contain light receptors that allow us to see, our noses contain chemical receptors that allow us to smell, and so on. Our bodies also contain receptors for naturally occurring medicines such as aspirin and chemotherapeutic drugs, from which the myriad of synthetic chemicals are fabricated. It is perhaps the most ironic example of our complementarity to nature that our minds contain specific receptors for recreational drugs. Cannabinoid receptors in the brain are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain sensation, memory and mood, and interact specifically with molecules found in cannabis (more commonly, marijuana). Opioid receptors interact with molecules produced by opium; the plant used to make heroin and morphine. Psilocybin, the active molecule in magic mushrooms, interacts with serotonin receptors in the brain giving it euphoric and hallucinogenic properties. This essentially is testament to our body’s natural abilities, we can in theory consciously and voluntarily heal ourselves, induce states of euphoria, and heighten our senses yet in our two hundred thousand year old history, individuals who truly possess these capabilities remain virtually unheard of, or are characters in mythical texts.

Ultimately our deepest personal interaction is the internal dialogue we choose to have with ourselves. Science has shown us that we are limitless yet how limited or expansive we are is directly reflected in this dialogue. Do you speak to yourself in a derogatory or supportive way? Do you belittle or admire yourself? Do you think you’re a normal human being or a special one? Learning to talk to your emotions rather than from them, is perhaps one of the most informative practices when breaking out of conditioning. How do you respond to anger? To jealousy? How do you fall in love? You see if our knowledge of life was complete, then we would be the most harmonious creatures on the planet, yet observing the state of our selves, our bodies and our world it is an understatement to say that we know nothing. I know nothing, even though this article may sound informative, I know nothing and through that realization I have come to know more than I ever dreamed of. I know that I am of love. I am of peace. I am of abundance, just like you. I know that you can only climb the stars as deep as you travel within yourself. Let the world be available to you because only those who truly love to sing sound beautiful. Surrender your ego to the wit of life, and learn to trust in the unknown, then access the freedom of options denied, and you will find your way home.




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