Life’s Common Dread: Being Caught Inside Your Head - Grasshopper
The ills of humankind have a common cause – being trapped within the talking machine and not knowing there is another way out.
The harmful escapism we participate in has one common spark - the inability to escape our own thoughts.
Talking to yourself inside your head is a common activity the world over. It becomes problematic when that voice takes over and there is no room for anything else.
We have our numbing methods of escape, but the problem returns when the effect of our method of numbing wears off.
You can’t numb you way to mental silence, only to mental shutdown.
The voice in your head will be there to greet you again after your bout of numbing the pain.
The main problem is not so much the voice in your head, but believing that voice in your head is you. It’s not you, has never been you, and will never be you.
The irony is this: That voice is separate and apart from us, yet its main thrust is to convince us that it is us.
If you pay careful attention to that voice, you will notice something: It repeats the same stuff over and over again. That’s because it’s a recording on autopilot. It plays its message and when it comes to the end, it recycles back to the beginning and you hear it all over again.
That message has been the same your whole life. It’s some form of you are not enough.
Once you begin to believe that message, you want to escape it. Who wouldn’t? That’s when our cycle of numbing begins. Our frequency of numbing syncs up with the frequency of the message, causing a perpetual stimulus/reaction loop.
The way off this bizarre merry-go-round begins with the recognition that you’re going around in circles.
Recognize that the voice in your head is leading you on a circular path back to the beginning of the message.
Once you have the realization that you have been riding in the passenger seat of a car that’s been going in circles, you now have the option of being the driver rather than being driven to all sorts of numbing strategies.
Once you recognize the voice in your head as an imposter, you create a space for you to enter.
Each time you recognize that this voice is not you, but a recording pretending to be you, you create the quiet space for you to come through.
The more you that comes through, the less pain you need to escape from.
All mental anguish is the result of the voice in our head. If we recognize it rather than numb it, we give ourselves an opportunity to discover that we’re really more than enough.
All the best,
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