“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” – Albert Einstein
Life is indeed mysterious and magical. From birth we begin a personal journey of self-discovery. As we grow through childhood we begin to form our beliefs and opinions, deciding what we like and what we don’t like. We form our identities. For some, this journey continues to be all-encompassing, because they constantly analyze themselves and others. It can become so consuming and blinding that many become oblivious to the mysterious, until they are eventually forced into recognising its beauty.
The secret to a happy and fulfilling life is to recognise this beauty right now. We have a choice to see beyond our personal identification and obsession; in doing so we free ourselves from our limiting judgements and opinions, and our ideas about who we are and what we are capable of. Only when this happens can we experience the beauty of the mysterious and realize the simplicity of living a happy and fulfilled life.
At Innate Thought we specialize in helping businesses transform the way they achieve breakthroughs in productivity and performance. We also work with ‘Beyond Recovery,’ an organisation who specializes in addiction and mental health. This is a transcript from a client who attended a recent Beyond Recovery programme while serving a nine-year prison sentence:
The first thing I learnt was to stop searching out and to search in, to look at my wisdom. The course helped me to realise who I am and who everyone is. I started to get on with my prison life, but there was a change in me. For instance, we were playing football and I just stopped and looked at the sky and thought wow isn’t that incredible. I became aware that no one was seeing it, that no one was looking, they were just getting on with life, like it was nothing. I started to look into people’s eyes, which I hadn’t really done before and I thought wow they’re incredible too.
I think we are all part of the same thing; it doesn’t matter about race, colour or any cultural differences. We are all the same. That’s how I live my life now, I know that I’m protected and safe and I am part of a oneness. I don’t feel alone anymore and that has been such a massive help to me.
We are all from the same thing here, there is an energy behind life that no one can explain, we can only feel it. When I was doing the course I felt that I could feel it in myself and in other people, it actually made me cry and in prison that’s not the thing to do! I felt in touch with real life and I’ve never ever had that before.
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Ever since then I’ve been on my journey and it’s been incredible, for me it has been life changing. I’ve beaten my mental health, which I’ve had a problem with for years. I’ve realised that I had created my own suffering. Most of the things that happened to me in my life were because of me.
I couldn’t see the beauty in me; I couldn’t see the beauty in anything. I kept thinking life is rubbish, life is hard, life is this, life is that, and I kept going over and over thinking these thoughts. Before I knew it people had withdrawn from me, my life began to shut down, so I started drinking. I then came to prison and did horrible things… but now, now I just feel like, “what have I done?!”
I want to be in the here and now, living now with the awareness of knowing this is just my experience. I want this real life now, and now I have it I refuse to go back to my old ways…
I hope you enjoyed reading. Thank you.
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