If you have an internet connection and a social media account, you cannot miss the new movement that is coming to the world. We call it a spiritual movement but it is actually an awakening. People wake up and see behind the curtains of illusion.
However, many spiritual teachings, publications, and articles are so contradictory and confusing that people end up feeling more lost than before.
Due to misinformation, unproven facts, and things that are taken out of context, people make bad guesses. These false assumptions ruin the quality of your life and destroy the world you live in. Here are 7 of the most widely accepted assumptions that are not true:
1. The world is getting worse:
No, it is not! You watch too much television! If you tell that to a person who lived in the 1600s or 1200s, they’ll take a big piece of wood and beat you. They were in constant repression of expressing their opinions. People have been burned to death for saying “maybe the Sun doesn’t revolve around the earth”!
They had no medicine, they lived shorter lives than the modern world, they traveled mainly on foot and on a horse, death rates were higher, poverty was higher, creative expression was minimal, education was minimal, they were fighting for food, had no idea about science… how is the world worse than that?
We are the most advanced, the most educated, the freest, the most respectful, and the most connected to each other than ever in human history, there has been no better time for opportunity, for the creative expression, travel, learning, and discovery, life expectancy is highest, technological progress is accelerating, we are awakening and growing to higher levels of consciousness…
The world is far from perfect, but it is certainly not getting worse. If anything, it’s much better. The media and the news always report bad news, because that’s what grabs your attention. It’s a defensive mechanism to pay more attention to potentially deadly news.
And that’s why we’re probably assuming the world is going to poo. However, the same bad stories, maybe even more bad stories, happened before we had a TV and the Internet. The difference is, if two people get shot on the other side of the world, you won’t have a clue. If there is a hurricane or an erupting volcano 5 km from your home, you will have no idea.
2. Be like the kid you were when you were young:
You will never be able to be like the child you were when you were young! When you were young, others took care of you. You didn’t care if you had something to eat; you didn’t care if you were dressed; you didn’t care if you were dirty you didn’t care if you got hurt; you didn’t care if you only played all day.
You didn’t care because someone else cared for you! If you are injured, your parents will take care of you. If you have not eaten, you will be fed, even if it is forcefully. Try not to eat today, nothing will happen. What people mean when they say “be like the kid you were when you were young” is to keep that wonder about life, to get your head out of our egos.
We grow up and harden our outlook on life thinking we know everything. But if you expect to be exactly like the child you were when you were young, you will be disappointed. You have the responsibility to take care of yourself now, maybe even take care of your own children.
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3. Think only positive things:
Anyone who has ever tried to think only positive things either lives in constant torment of their own mind or has realized how stupid it really is. You don’t have the ability to control your own mind. You don’t have the ability to filter your thoughts. Think of your mind like the sky. Sometimes there are storms.
You don’t overcome storms by controlling every lightning bolt or stopping all storms everywhere but by letting them pass. There are bad thoughts in your mind, this is normal. Let them pass. You are not your thoughts, you are the one who observes them.
Just as the sky is beyond the storm, you are beyond your thoughts. And when you’re not trying to control, things will naturally move. As soon as you start to control your thoughts, you disturb your balance and more and more bad thoughts accumulate.
Negative thoughts, like negative feelings, are natural. They teach us something about ourselves. They are there to help us see the full spectrum. Running away from one or the other creates negativity.
This is exactly how we run away. You don’t have to limit yourself, you have to learn to be yourself with no limits. Of course, you can think of any topic. You can explore ideas and information, you can connect things.
But thoughts are exactly what they are, thoughts. No more no less. They don’t have power if you don’t give it to them. Don’t focus your life on creating better thoughts, because you’d be neglecting yourself and what you really love to do.
4. Eat only healthy food:
If “bad food” were as bad as the internet makes it, the poor would have died out long ago. The same with people who smoke and drink. And I know chain smokers who live past their nineties.
When I see what my parents eat and how they live their lives, I really wonder how it is possible that they are healthy. They eat “unhealthy”, they drink, smoke, they do not exercise. The only explanation is that health is not as simple as “eating only healthy food”.
Do you know that poor children who grow up playing in the dirt, eating various foods found in the garbage, have stronger immune systems than children who have been kept clean and fed almost perfectly?
Yes. They stimulate their bodies to fight bacteria and to be stronger from a young age, so in adulthood, their bodies are much stronger than children who have never been in contact with dirt.
The point is, health is a balance between what is considered healthy and what is considered unhealthy. Going to either extreme is a disruption of the balance you have created to be healthy for you. Some doctors consider an obsession with healthy eating to be an obsession with overeating. I’m not saying to eat bad food either. I say don’t be obsessed with healthy eating. Create a healthy balance.
5. You’re the most incredible human being:
No, you are not! You are not perfect. Neither is the guy next to you. We all have flaws. When we accept that we are not perfect, we free ourselves to be who we really are. And we are fine. Living with the burden of always being perfect will make you an asshole.
And by default, this will make you flawed. So accept yourself as who you are. Accept the fact that sometimes you can make a mistake and you will be free to do it right. Perfection is a construct of your mind, you have no idea what is perfect according to the Universe, maybe you already are. So just be you. You’re okay.
6. You should kill your ego:
So why would you have an ego in the first place? Without an ego, you will have no attraction to any human being. It is a misunderstanding of what the alchemists have called the darkening of the ego. You are not killing your ego but you are burning its impurities. Then you take what’s worth it and create a pure new version.
Then this version is illuminated. This whole process is like taking a bath. You face your fears, you do what scares you just so you can discover your strengths and be inspired by them. But it’s not something you do once, just like a bath, you have to cleanse your ego every now and then.
As we grow older our ego becomes cluttered with various impurities, fears, false information, false image, false perspectives that prevent us from living the life we want to live. We serve the faults of our ego instead of the purpose of our soul. This is where you need a bath. But if you kill your ego (which I don’t think is possible) you are removing the part of you helps you grow.
7. Be kind to everyone:
By nature, you are an animal. You have natural instincts that only care for your survival. This is a part of you as same as your sainthood. To be nice to everyone is to neglect your nature. You have to find a balance between kindness and rudeness.
You have to find a balance between yourself and others. You don’t have to be nice to everyone, sometimes you’re just angry. Don’t be an asshole, but you don’t have to be nice. Of course, that doesn’t mean to be cruel. Be nice as much as you can, but above all, be honest! Don’t pretend you’re a saint.
You are human. It’s okay to be mad, angry, and sad sometimes. We all are. Trying to be always nice will backfire. You will be cruel to yourself. If you hear stories from people who are nice to everyone, trust me, they didn’t try. It came naturally to them because they grew as individuals. Focus on growth and kindness will come naturally to you. Don’t try it! Do!