With regards to perception, I’ve seen a few different models of reality. Most people seem to subscribe to the Religious Model: an obligation to fill out a checklist in order to attain peace/happiness.
The Transcendental Model implies there is no checklist, that your only choice is to turn your perception toward enjoyment and fulfillment (which, in the transcendental model, is available in any circumstance, as farfetched as that may seem) or not. It’s hinted at in mystical statements when saints and sages say the kingdom of God is within you; we are what we think, all that we are arises with our thoughts; etc. etc.
For most of my life, I followed the Religious Model, chasing after this condition or that condition, thinking that happiness was conditional. It was only after I started to experience the best outcomes after giving up strife or being easy and light, that I slowly began to prefer the Transcendental Model. Acknowledge the negative and abide in the positive, instead of the other way around. Have faith that everything is happening for the best, and that in time the reason will reveal itself.
As foolish as it may seem, I’m beginning to believe that being a happy idiot (as others may see it, anyway), a concept I once laughed at and ridiculed, may in fact be an incredibly powerful state of being. It may be our birthright—for a happy idiot can abide in transcendence without knowing a single verse of scripture or reading a single book of philosophy.
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