I was never drawn to Paris. Not even a little bit. There was a time when my soul yearned only for the dazzling white sand of tropical beaches (so elusive!), or the well-trodden Himalayas or Alps, or even the glass skyscrapers of contemporary Asian megalopolises. But never Paris.
And breathe! I did it. Fourteen days of writing an article a day, with only one day off on Sunday. The result is twelve written pieces; a task I’d set myself with a deadline of three months, but completed in just two weeks. This piece is the last one in the series. But how to keep it going every day? And have I succeeded in my mental detox through this intensive and mindful approach? Time for a review.
Everything you see here today is my conversation with my “past self”. Sometimes I address my past self from ten years ago; sometimes it’s the person I was only yesterday.
I am not addressing some hypothetical target audience, nor do I imagine a specific person facing their own problems; I’m not trying to save the world and I’m certainly not trying to please everyone (although I would like to be liked, yes). I talk to my past self about what I see today, in order to adjust my path. Offering help and support, removing fears, undoing any limiting beliefs and often just giving myself a good splash of cold water – it all makes me healthier.
Continuing the conversation “Why do things work out well for one person and not another?” I would like to say something about the most essential skill in matters of conscious change. If you asked me to name just one thing that distinguishes people who live according to their own rules from people who do not, I would say without the slightest hesitation: self-control.
Why do things work out well for one person and not another? Sometimes recurrently? What is that about? Is it written in the stars or the laws of nature?
I press one button, and it as if the last three years of my life never happened. Contacts, photos, recordings, reminders in my calender, call and message history – all gone. Just like that! I feel like at least 10kg of weight has lifted from my shoulders, and maybe, I have gained a few years of life as well.
To believe you are unique is a surefire way of living a mediocre life. While you go around believing that your duties are individual and your problems exclusive, opportunities and solutions are slipping out of your reach. The first step on the path to consciousness is the ability to recognize the oneness of existence in all its diverse forms, where you are not just a witness on the other side of a window, but are a part of the overall flow of vibrations, no different in essence from anything else.
Turbulence on the flight, a run of bad luck, encountering problems on the path towards transformation – what is to be done? Here is an example from my weekly column in which I reply to readers’ questions.
The mark of a happy person is a healthy appetite for life. And it’s the journey that makes them happy. If you look closely, it is easy to see what all these people have in common: 1) they know exactly what they want, and 2) they go and get it. So how do I know what I really want?
At one point in my life I realized that thoughts can have tangible effect and it revolutionized my outlook on life and the world. It took me six months to eventually manifest this discovery in real life, thanks to abundant examples that prove it works (according to personal experience): contracts were closed; people appeared in my life. But there was always a niggling doubt, and it took me five years to figure out what it was. If my experience can help somebody advance on their path and “see the light” a little sooner, I will consider my mission accomplished.