Living ... Living Without Boundaries!
by: Edward B. Toupin
I know by now that you've heard
the terms "Debt-Free Living", "Disease-Free Living", or an
overabundance of other such coined terms for various marketing ploys to sell
products and services. However, I'm not here to sell you anything, as what I'm
offering, you already have! You just don't know it yet!
--- Context-Free ---
A "context" is a
circumstance, point of reference, or a situation by which a particular view is
aligned and a unique meaning is derived. Our personal contexts are those rules,
belief systems, and cognitive maps that we've developed over our lives that
provide us with a basis for making decisions, passing judgment, applying bias,
filtering incoming information, and learning new ideas.
Immediately, it becomes apparent
that living a "context-free" life is impossible. If we even attempted
to do so, we would become mental vegetables! Information and sensory
information would simply flow in and flop on the floors of our minds.
But, living with an overly
complex contextual point of reference can have a similar affect. In such a
case, information and sensory information are processed to the point of
non-existence and we neither move forward or backward in our lives and learning.
Instead, all data is "mashed" and "sliced" to fit neatly
within the knowledge we already have simply to ensure a "safety
With complex contexts,
regardless of how absurd or inaccurate our context is, the mind will devise any
justification even if it uses a basis of other absurd or inaccurate
information. It is our way to ensure that our "comfort zones" go
--- Your Contextual References
We all have some point of
reference that we use to analyze and store information that comes in through
our physical senses and psi channels. These contexts come from parental voices,
authority figures, experiences, trauma, and success. As we move through life,
the context is usually altered to accept new information and understand how it
is to be processed and managed.
However, many people's complex
contextual references block and isolate the internal mind to the point of
stifling and smothering the mental processes. The mind can then only reprocess
the same information it has done so in the past. In the end, you derive the
same answers to the same problems and end up back at the point you started.
--- Simplifying Your Context ---
On the extreme, over time, rules
beget rules until, eventually, we have a complex data filtration system that
kicks out anything that remote resembles some idea or information not
completely in-line with our systems of belief. The human mind tends to develop
such complexity to answer questions for which it is unsure. It creates a web of
cross-connected information to prove that our lives and beliefs are justified.
This type of thought process
leads to a stifling existence, little creativity, and a biased view of life as
a whole. In the end, we end up with self-composed theories about how things are
and should be and are unwilling to accept anything else. Eventually we can
become embittered, angry, frustrated, envious, and prejudiced.
The most effective, yet
difficult, way to manage such a situation is to simplify and eliminate those
rules and beliefs that have no basis in your life. Why do you hate? Why do you
feel a certain way about people or situations? That's a difficult way to
approach the solution since we will always develop an answer based on our
preconceived notions and complex rules of thought. Such preconceived notions of
people and situations are merely ideas to protect our imbalanced mode of
thought. This is where we need to start!
By identifying the notions that
create the feelings, it is much easier to analyze. Reduce these rules down to
the bare minimum and identify the foundation on which these rules are based.
You might find that, as you meander through your own thought processes, that
many of your ideas might be based on parental voices or misconceptions. Replace
the parental voices with your own commands and expectations. Analyze and
research your misconceptions to identify the realities behind the knowledge. Is
it realistic to think this way or should you modify your belief systems to
accommodate a new, realistic foundation?
--- Feedback and Processing ---
Once we're able to open our
minds to new ways of thought and reduce our preconceived notions, we are then
open to myriad new ideas and information that we never thought possible. Not
only will we be able to accept and process new information, but we will be able
In reality, our brain is merely
a processing portal for information. Put together, we are all but a massive
distributed processing system. I remember that SETI had this distributed
processing model for managing and processing vast amounts of data. It allowed
computer users around the globe to download their software, which processed the
plethora of data from their deep-space listening posts. The data was downloaded
to the users' machines, processed, and sent back to the central site for
consolidation and analysis.
The human brain takes in
information through our senses and processes it based on the rules and
cognitive maps we've created over the years. It then pushes the results back up
into the Grid, the Universe, for storage and access --- our long-term,
"collective" memory. The brain is not an isolated device and cannot
live as such. It requires input and information exchange --- sensory and psi
input is essential for healthy mental and physical processing.
--- What's next? ---
Intelligence is not what you
know, but what you're able to do with what you learn. The ability to apply
information successfully is a factor of one's ability to process information
efficiently. The ability to process information efficiently comes with the
ability to analyze results and adjust one's systems to intake the new
information and use it productively. This is called "feedback". Such
feedback comes from within and from our environment and is essential to growth
as an individual and evolution as a species.
When we isolate our minds, and
ourselves, through complex rules, we begin to create our own answers based on
previous answers. Over time, we deceive ourselves about ourselves and the world
around us. Stop the self-deceit and grow toward a fulfilling life! By
simplifying your belief systems and being open to new information in new ways,
you will drop the "excess baggage" that weighs you down and blurs
your vision while gaining access a vast amount of information and resources
that you never thought possible.
About The Author
Edward B. Toupin is an author,
publisher, life-strategy coach, counselor, Reiki Master, technical writer,
and PhD Candidate living in Las Vegas, NV. Among other things, he authors
books, articles, and screenplays on topics ranging from career success
through life organization and fulfillment. Check out some of his recent print
and electronic books as well as his articles covering various life-changing
topics! For more information, and to find out about his upcoming title on book
publishing, e-mail Edward at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his
site at http://www.toupin.com!
Copyright (c) 2004 Edward B.
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