“At every moment of every day, an infinite amount of choices is offered to us. These choices have consequences; every decision made in the past determines our future.” Nathan explained. “And what makes us opt for one choice as opposed to another?” Nigel asked. “When we consciously reflect before making a choice, we always try to weigh the consequences it will have. Each of us acts this way in accordance to our understanding of things, an understanding that develops from our past experiences.” Nathan stated. “In Central Park you talked about the importance of discovering the real source of our thoughts and feelings.” Nigel reflected. “You remembered my words well. Indeed we have to be aware that we always decide ourselves which feelings we designate to every thought.” Nathan said. Nigel gave himself a few moments to reflect before asking the following question: “Isn’t each thought already linked to a particular feeling?” “That’s often the impression we get, but in reality, we all have the ability to choose which feelings we associate with a thought. The more aware you are of this, the more you will understand things. Your choices will then become more appropriate and your actions will render you happier in the long run.” Nathan answered.
How are we “conditioned”, and can we ever completely free ourselves from it?
Wherever we are or go, we carry with us an image of ourselves. We create and re-create this image based on our thoughts, words and actions. This image was progressively installed in our minds by the influence of our culture, education, traditions, nationality, and all the things we identify ourselves with. With time, we develop certain habits and a certain structure of thought that is the origin of our behavioural patterns, which are very difficult to break free from. Our choices then, become very restrictive and our habits become the boundaries of our world. Freedom from this conditioning can only be done by gaining awareness of how our thoughts are formed, especially the persistent negative thoughts which we have been identifying ourselves with.
The bus ride to Marrakesh took a few hours. Nathan, who had used those hours to think and reflect on all that had gone on, took the opportunity to ask Sanah a few more questions: “Sanah, what is the essential difference between men?” “The awareness they have of their purpose in life,” she answered. “Everyone has a purpose in life, then?” Nathan asked. “In effect, and everyone is capable of becoming aware.” She answered. “And how does someone exceptional distinguish himself from others?” He asked curiously. “By three exceptional characteristics,” Sanah stated. Sanah had Nathan’s full attention. He was extremely curious as to what she was going to say. “Someone exceptional does not need to discover that he has a purpose in life. He has always been aware of it.” She said. Nathan recognized himself well in this; he had always known that to be the case. Sanah continued: “Someone exceptional benefits from a protection that is out of the ordinary, which is his ability to distinguish true knowledge from the false.” Nathan understood better now why people often gave great value to his opinion. “And the third characteristic?” he asked. “It’s the most important one. From now on, it will continuously illuminate your path: the purpose of an exceptional person consists of accomplishing a higher mission.” She answered him.
In the book, Nathan does have a higher mission, but I believe that we all have “higher missions”. Whatever our purpose in life, whether it seems small or grandiose, is important, because after all, everything is connected… So there are no small or big missions, just different “assignments” for different people for one whole Big Mission—> Bringing out Love, Light and Peace…
Whether it’s with your literary work or the articles in your blog, your words are powerful. You do this humbly and modestly, which is part of your charm, but how do you explain the impact your words have on the readers?
The only thing I can say is that when I’m writing, there is a profound desire to put into words something which is much bigger then I. What I feel is without doubt, something inexpressible. Through my writings, the reader recognizes messages which touch and are particularly relevant to them. Thus, each reader creates their own new interpretation of these messages, each different from the other. These new interpretations influence the reader’s thoughts and emotions and help liberate them from their usual imposed thought processes. Through words inspired by the timeless source, things can become apparent to the reader that had not been beforehand.
“How will I know if I’m still on the right path and if the obstacles I’m faced with are necessary or not?” Mauro answered: “Let yourself be accompanied by your two guides, and make sure you do not starve them; the more you nourish them, the more they guide you in the right direction.” “Who are these two guides?” asked Nathan very curiously. “They are always by our side and appear in the form of questions.” replied Mauro. “Questions that need to be nourished and can help guide us?”Nathan said a little perplexed. “The first question is this: what resides within me?” “That’s the most important question for which one day I hope to find the answer!” Nathan answered. His father continued: “The second question is this: what can give meaning to my life?” “You are citing the two most fundamental questions of all time!” exclaimed Nathan. “These guides know better than anyone the right path you need to follow. Nourish them with your thoughts and experiences and they will help keep you from straying too far from your path.” “You said we could starve these guides? How?” asked Nathan. “That can happen when your thoughts and experiences no longer nourish them…” Nathan understood immediately his father’s message.
The use of fiction may be very useful for a philosophical writer, but do you think it might make it more difficult for the reader to decipher reality from its fictitious premise?
That could be the case, but nevertheless, it’s an exercise I invite readers to try. My intention through my writings is to captivate the readers in such a way as to increase their awareness of issues related to everyday life and to have them reflect on their deepest aspirations; ultimately, to have them discern their own reality. The gap I create through time-space concepts invented in my writings hopefully allows their imaginations to flourish and increases their awareness to the endless possibilities open to them. This gap can help every reader have a broader vision of reality, to surpass their limits, and perhaps even, to reach a higher state of reality. In addressing the key themes in my writings, namely the revelations made by our imagination and spiritual growth, I hope to have the readers understand that the boundaries they usually face- through their reflections and daily experiences- are arbitrary and illusionary. In my opinion, it is only when we move beyond our misconceptions of this illusionary world around us that we can access the deeper meaning of our existence as well as all other existences.