One of the more noxious messages from the self-development world is this idea that you should "Find your why", like meaning in life is an easter egg or something.
Not only does this reinforce a narrative of lack.
This sets people who feel a lost on a wild goose chase for something that can't be found.
Modern culture has a real obsession with "being on track", or "things falling into place"... a glorification of linear progression towards some ideal.
But are things really supposed to "be in order"? Whats wrong with a bit of chaos, not knowing and just seeing what happens?
"I just want to live on land surrounded by beautiful mature trees", I said to Allie.
"You're way more of a hippy than people think Jiro", he replied.
Yep.. truth is I've always felt like a hippy and had a high regard for the hippy ideals of freedom and non-conformism.
As a middle-class kid at a grammar school, blazer on, studying Latin (why?) and playing rugby with the other boys, I felt like a outsider and couldn't wait to get the hell out of bland suburbia.
I was always intrigued by rebels and fringe movements. I didn't really know what being a hippy entailed apart from getting really stoned and having dreads, so I did the first bit a lot.
I remember one day rushing between meetings, doing the "corporate power shuffle", and I caught a reflection of myself in the window of HSBC bank. Something in that moment of time cut through the facade, and I saw quite clearly a reflection of a person who was not me. It stopped me dead in my tracks.
City-boy staring, agape at the window, in a moment of schizophrenic bafflement.
There are things that just happen in our brains as we age, that evolution has pre-programmed for survival. But through recognizing what these things are, we can design a life that blends in the appropriate amount of child-like joy and abandon, and achieve more flow in life.
ReWilding describes the philosophy of reconnecting with our innate nature, with powers, traits, skills that we have lost over time. By going back to the wild, in subtle or dramatic ways, we reclaim our full potential as Human Beings and rediscover solutions and perspectives that hold the key for our future.
"Based on 40 years of consciousness research in areas such as meditation, kundalini awakening, feeling release therapy, the drinking of ayahuasca and brain wave training, Erik Hoffmann has developed a model of future brain evolution and global consciousness transformation. He maintains that the global crisis facing us is basically a crisis of human consciousness. It is the human ego with its destructive thoughts and insatiable greed that stands in the way of a new and better world. "
So we have the Buddhist monks, Yogi’s and many other wise fellows telling us that it is our quality of mindful attention, our engagement with the present moment that is the gateway to optimal living... and now modern psychologists, and neuroscientists rather late to the party, are doing the same.
The wave of the day, a perfect, crisp feathering lefthander pops up from nowhere. You are magically in prime position. Everyone else scrambles to avoid getting cleaned up, while you serenely glide to glory. Why did you start paddling? A secret message fom the wave gods? Did your eyes actually see a bulge in the distance? Or did you just have a hunch?