There are days here and there when I wonder what fantasy actually is. Apart from being a state of mind, it is clearly an ideal place to be at some stage in your daily thinking. Fantasy can be anything from reality right through to illusion – and everything in between. Fiction is not fantasy. Fantasy is very real. It takes an extraordinary level of concentration to maintain the purity of thought required for the creation – or the construction, if you like – of a flawless fantasy. It takes some practice, too.
Fantasy requires minds to find a steady stream of consciousness through which their ideal can be projected. To find the ideal you need to be a positive thinker. To find a steady stream is essential. Fantasies do not travel well under bumpy conditions. They are delicate in nature. Nature does not have fantasies about killing, or causing suffering to living things. There will be fantasies found about eating, feeding frenzies. About sex. That is perfectly natural. Nature takes time to build a fantasy with the reality; she does not waste time dreaming about pain.
Fantasies are for the bravehearts. For those that dare to think big. Small fantasies are not necessarily smaller than any bigger ones you may have along your way. It depends how deep small goes. How shallow your perception. When you understand the motivation behind a fanciful way of choosing to live, you will understand how absolutely essential the propagation of fantasy is as a very real – and viable – reality.
What does it mean to be ‘equal’? Equal how? Equal to what? When the statement was made that all men are created equal, which equality was being referenced? Was it the more ethereal ‘energy’ we share as human beings, that equality, or was it the notion that each embryo is created with as much future potential as any other? Or was the statement itself a demonstration of inequality because it references men, only? Perhaps all men are created equal. All women are not. That is clear at the outset. Equality is a tricky word. It holds too much promise for too many people who will never get to be ‘equal’ in today’s world. Sadly there are those people.
Equality is about fairness. Balance. Wherever there is an imbalance, there will be discord. The system does not handle discord well. Nor does it create equals. The very system discourages equality, equals. The system is about working your way to the top, surpassing others. It would seem that in the greedy world of capitalists, being equal is never enough. There is the compulsion to be better, to earn more, to have more. To outshine your peers. It becomes an obsession for many people. Perhaps those at the top of the capitalist ladder do have ‘equals’. Perhaps they consider themselves ‘equal’ to people who earn the same as they do. That is perhaps their measure in life.
It is worth fostering equality as an ideal. I think it is an ideal. It is something to strive towards, like peace. Equality is a work in progress. Should it become the norm rather than the exception in the long run, that can be considered an ideal outcome. The child who cannot read or write is not equal, in 2014, to the child who can. The child with access to technology is not equal to the child that does not. This is how it is in our world. Despite the ever-present inequalities, though, and the concerns that these inequalities raise, it is not to say that the ‘unequal’ cannot reach the heights that the ‘equal’ tend to reach. They must just apply themselves to working with what they have and trust that it is enough.
There are conditions for flight. That is the first thing to understand. Before you fly, you need to know where you are going. Up – or down – is not enough information. Should you imagine for one moment that flight is not what you are made for then please correct that bit of misinformation for yourself. You are made to fly. How you manage that feat is up to you. Train your mind. Train your body. Free your heart. Open your consciousness out, lay your thinking bare and find what parts of it are worth keeping and which parts are worth losing. To fly – you must travel light. If you have too much baggage on your mind, you cannot find lift. That is how it is.
Fear plays a big role. Imagine letting go, letting yourself free to think and be and trust and love and live and learn and understand. That is all in your power. When you want to understand the power that you can unleash as a human being you must immerse yourself in your emotions. You will be astounded by their strength. Look at what you feel most strongly about in your life. There will be something. If what you feel strongly about is negative then you are doing yourself a disservice. You are taking your psyche down without supervising its transition and that is not responsible. Be responsible with your thinking, your thoughts. You cannot allow negatives to dwell in you. You decide what – and who – affects your life. Know that you are not on this planet to avoid your feelings. You are human. Your privilege is to feel – do not disrespect Nature by ignoring your own say-so. You must face your feelings if you are going to fly. It is up to you when you are ready for that adventure, it is up to you when you take flight. It is something you will know inside of you. You will know when it is time to let go of the branch to which you cling. There is no point holding on too tightly to the first branch you find yourself on. There is another branch with a better view. You have to trust your ability. For some people, the likes of meditation is flight. The stilling of the mind means the spirit can be free to feel how it feels to be. When you can invite yourself into a state of being that allows you to feel what it is to be human, then you can understand yourself, your purpose. You have to focus on freeing your thoughts. You should not cling on tightly to them, either. There is a way of having thoughts and letting them slide by without fixating on any single one of them. Observe what you think and consider the quality of your thoughts. Your thoughts are energy. When your mind thinks freely, creatively, it flies. You just have to hope that it is a homing pigeon. The adventure to be had out there in the wilds of the mind is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it likely that your mind will wish to return to the mundane reality of daily existence in this dog-eat-dog world. The wilds of the mind are unlike anything you will learn on earth.
Flight must be kept in context. Should you wish your mind and soul to fly, do not think of flight as in fleeing – you look at flight as in freedom. Freedom of spirit. Flight as in fleeing is something for animals that are going to be eaten. As humans, we should not feel the need to flee from one another. It is wrong that there are aggressors in this world. Who does each one think he is? That there are people loose in our world who will extort and kill or maim other people or animals is hard to understand. These people should be put in cages or put down. You have to wonder what you are if you will deliberately hurt another person, another creature. And we all know what deliberate means. Who does a man think he is when he murders someone? You cannot just decide another’s life belongs to you. If you decide that, you must know you are trading with your soul. Know that your soul will be haunted forever by the spirits of those/that made dead by your hand. You cannot escape the fact that you will atone – big time – for taking a life. That is why it is not easy to be trained as a soldier. To know that you might have to shoot someone to save yourself, your country, is not a knowing that will sit easy with any sane man.
Start by asking yourself how much you know about this planet you inhabit. Its people. Its animals. Its problems. How much do you know about yourself? It is easy to assume that you know everything there is to know about who you are, since you are the one who has lived with you since birth, but in each of us there remains the unknown. There are aspects of ourselves that lie dormant, waiting patiently for the push it will take to wake them up. That push comes from facing adversity. From loving with everything you have. From procreating. From creating. We are all creators. Take pleasure – and pride – in your creation: your life. If you cannot feel pride about your life then you understand you are on the wrong path, wasting your potential. If you cannot feel positive about your days and the place you find yourself in them, then you realise you need to adjust your thinking. You cannot avoid having to modify your thoughts when you want to take yourself out of a mediocre situation. There is not one of us who should accept mediocrity. If your life is mediocre, fix it. It has the potential for excellence. You should want to find the best in yourself. If you do not feel that need, you should perhaps question your purpose on this planet. If you cannot define your purpose, you need to find one. You cannot go from dawn until dusk each day without true purpose.
Others are helpful when it comes to making us aware. Be willing to take another’s opinion on board, sometimes it will be your saving grace. If a person is brave enough to tell you what you don’t want to hear, respect their courage and do your best to impact the assessment. If you do not trust the person who is giving you their opinion, then do not bother taking their words to heart. Use them as exercise, emotional exercise. It is easy. You will know if someone is criticising you, or giving you feedback. You cannot mistake the feeling of being criticised. Be grateful for feedback when it is objective, honest. Do not accept insults, accept the truth.
In your awareness, make space for further awareness. Expand your capacity. Know that your mind is eager to stretch itself to accommodate the new. Be curious about who you are in relation to other people. We are not all the same, but we are a collective. Your differences are your distinction. Similarities are sweet, comfortable, routine. They make us feel safe. A difference makes a difference. Find your best in your distinction. You will not find your best when you sit in the ditch with the rest of humanity whining about the world owing you a living. The world owes you nothing. You owe you. It is important to realise that giving in this world is what is required right now. Giving is vital for a person’s well-being. Until every single person on this planet is in a position to give (something back), we have a problem – an imbalance. When you give nothing, you get nothing. When you have nothing, you cannot give. It’s a vicious circle.
The thing to know is that the world does not pick up man’s mess. The world moves along at a pace unchanged. Time ticks as fast as it always did, we only have twenty-four hours in each day. Make sure you use your hours for the betterment of yourself, of others. Be aware of your wants, your needs. Be aware of what you say, to whom. What you have to say for yourself, tells.