Welcoming the Unknowing–Welcoming Empowerment

So, today I woke up feeling uneasy and restless. An aimless, ungraspable intensity to do something that felt so pressing but just out of reach, flavored the morning in an overwhelming melancholy. A push to “do” without an aim or a goal – that is what I felt. So what do we do with that Unknowing that takes us at times? How do we empower ourselves with that? What do we do with that energy which wants to create, but is diffused, and without a set medium to create from?
By welcoming it? Yes, indeed!

Welcome this Unknowing

It came to me as the only option. That Unknowing itself became a teacher of sorts, a medium to unleash the power within. It showed the lack of knowledge in what I would usually do to fulfill others’ mandates of what was expected of me. With no pull from others, I felt like a balloon with no string; a cloud with no substance. I discovered the “unbearable lightness of being” as Milan Kundera calls it, and I discovered how to be at ease with that lightness.

I realized that it is just the uncomfortable transition to being truly me. There is a learning that has to happen when we step out of the confines that have always held us. There is a vastness to this new freedom that is so ungrounded and uncomfortable; that which can truly empower us.

The Unknowing is not Foucaludian
There had been a time when Foucault seemed right, and polity did make good from it. For him, knowledge may be power, but this not knowing can be powerful still; can be uplifting still; can be boosting still.

However, not knowing doesn’t mean ignorance. Not knowing is, when I wish to a write something that makes some difference is someone’s life today, but I do not know what it is that I must write. Ignorance is not that. It is not caring if your writing makes someone better or worse. It may even unleash the power within, but that power will be directionless.

Like life itself, the new boundless state of not knowing, needs practice to become comfortable; to become known. Until then, I will welcome the Unknown as a friend and teacher. Because it is only by moving beyond what is comfortable and usual can we grow and empower ourselves. And, for a better focus, growth is a goal most worthy to pursue.
-Oscar

What if?

“What if” is a phrase that has whole lot possibilities in it. When you are a child, you think “what if I were a grown up.” When you grow up, you think “What if I were a millionaire.” Even if you are a millionaire, you wonder, “What if I were the most powerful person on earth?”

But what if you actually knew the power within you? Would you still be asking questions of others and of yourself?

Power Within You

Power Within You

The Secret of Life

Life is dynamic, it is an ever-flowing river that will take its own course. But just like the forces of nature design it course, so do our psyche and decisions in life. There is no bigger secret of life that just going with the flow. The idea is not to give up, but to understand what it needs from you, and make efforts to give it that.

You will never know what it has in store for you; sometimes it may be flowers; sometimes thorns. It may actually become useless wondering how to change your life. But we wonder. And sometimes, doing that gives you answer that you may never get otherwise.

What May Happen in Life

What if life is actually a lot simpler than you make it?

What if the force of everything was working FOR us?
What if that entire force is the real power within you?
What if you are doing and being exactly what you need to do and be right now?
What if you really can do nothing “wrong”?
What if this life really is some sort of dream?
What if what “you” are is just an idea, a concept?

What if you could be so relaxed into our own lives to such a degree that the “you” which feels that the secret inner hunger just dissolves into the Life you find yourself in?
What if there is One that is Conscious through everything and you just “tap into” that One?
What if you ARE that One, and you just were taught to forget it?
What if that One were “dreaming” you?
What if the Dream is trying to wake itself up?
What happens if you live for the whole manifestation and not yourself?
What would life be like knowing the whole Creation is in flow to bring you what you need, and you are naturally bringing others what they need by your natural and authentic action?
What if everything is extremely simple that you don’t need to wonder how to change your life?
What if you were already perfect?
What would you do today if you could feel the full force of the Universe flowing through everything you do?
What if the power within is the only power that exists in the universe?
What if?

– Oscar

How to Find Yourself the Success that is Sought?

how to find yourself

how to find yourself

How do we define success? Accolades? Parties in your honor? Awards?

Does success always have to be fancy? Have you wondered about it? Has it always plagued you how to find yourself in a decent position among those who make a show of success and sing tirades of how they did it?

And have you ever wondered if it counts how many and what sort of efforts you made to make success kiss your feet? Well, one thing, success is different for all. Another thing, different people have different ways to find it. Some try everything they can, some find a sturdy way of progressing and then stick to it. Human population growth statistic tells us how dissatisfied human of all nations, classes and races are with their lives. Looking for grand success with complex means need not really bring in satisfaction.

I still recall a practice from my childhood days. My brother and I used to get to rent a video game system if we were good as kids. Consequently, we always ended up fighting. We would get a game like “Street Fighter” or “Mortal Combat”, where we would have to compete against each other. My brother would try to use as many buttons, and make as many different moves as possible to get my guy. I would find one thing, one button, and just keep pushing it, just keep doing the one thing that worked. For me, it worked almost every time. He would yell, he would fluster, and get so mad. “That’s cheating!”, “That’s not fair!”, “You can’t do that!” He had all kinds of reasons why me winning with one move was not a real win at all.

But it was a win, after all. A win is a win. And, doing something simple, over and over that works, actually WORKS! Success doesn’t have to be fancy; it doesn’t have to be complicated either. If you are still ill at ease thinking how to find yourself that magic bean which grows a stock leading to treasure, think again. May be you just need to do your daily job well to do well in life.

Do what works; do it well; repeat.
Don’t over think; don’t over act or react.

This applies to everything in life. If you have a side-business that is helping pay off debt, but it is not exciting, keep doing it. It will work and pay off. Don’t lose small avenues of improvement in search of something grand.

If you have a diet that is working but is bland and uneventful, keep going.

The secret that economists keep looking for to attain holistic human population growth may be just this bit – figuring out what works for you. The greatest treasure in life is just beyond the dry, barren deserts. The gold is within the common soil. Don’t be fancy, just be consistent.
Find what works.

Do it.
Repeat.

Rock on!
-Oscar

Know Yourself to Ride the Cycles of Life

We live in a story. This life, the people, the drama around us, the rad, and the sad are all a very real dream. It’s hard to believe, but it is the way it is. Who were you before you were born? What will you be when you leave? Do you know yourself?

Know Yourself

Do You Know Yourself?

What We are

We come from a Mystery and will return to a Mystery; and in between lies a dynamic, an ever-flowing river of experience. We paint this experience with the stories we have been narrated to us. We modified them, and created ourselves. Some serve us, but some hold us back. One thing I discovered as I looked at the stories I tell myself, and this natural unfolding of the Dream of Life, is that the Cycles of Life can create Flow or Turbulence depending on how we act. This means that the key to empowerment lies in our own acts.

The Vitality of Action

Action is the Juice in the squeeze. Even action-less action is an action. Meditating, for example, IS an action too. When our actions come rolling in flow with the Cycles of Life, we don’t fear the natural unfolding; when we act out of fear or desperation, the very same Cycles become a brick wall.

Just know that everything is in flux. The hard times are there to help you appreciate the good ones; the thin times flavor the thick. Business is slow to prepare for the good times, and good times are for preparing for the “Bad”. Nothing stays the same. But, there are times when we feel trapped, like “this crap will last forever”. The trick is to lean into it. Allow yourself to be OK with “hell” lasting forever.

What Action Must be Taken?

Allow yourself to know yourself; to feel how you feel; to see the situation as it is, and Act. There is an odd, consistent crack in the “forever feeling” when you do this. Like the cracking of the thin shell that holds a baby bird captive in its egg. Just beyond the constrictive, black abyss is an alive, vibrant world of endless possibilities.

Just like not letting go with either hand on monkey bars, if we cannot let go of the past there will be no momentum to carry us into our future. If we cannot let go of our story, we will be unable to write our future. As soon as we let go, energy is released, and me move. Allowing, letting go into the Flow, is an action. Let the Cycles of Life work for you and realize nothing is permanent; that is your path to empowerment. No-“body” gets out of this life alive. We are all walking soil; so enjoy this dream we have the privilege to be in, and make it your own.
Change the world; it’s yours to change! And ride the Cycles of Life to your advantage!

Live Rad,
-Oscar

How to Find Yourself behind the Façade of Normalcy

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How to Find Yourself

Is Normalcy a Façade?

The more you try to find what the definitions of “normal” is, the farther you will be driven from it.

Here is the scenario – your best efforts go in trying to be how everyone else around you acts because that is considered normal. You try harder every day, every time, to just fit in, to seek their approval, just this one more time. And you push back the feeling of being weird so hard that you want to forget it.

But the truth is that the flimsy shell beneath which you hide yourself is just a hair’s breadth away from crumbling. Isn’t it true?

My Word to You

Let the shell crumble.

No shell, no façade, can stay in place for too long. The sooner it comes off, the better.
So, show the world your flavor of the “weird”. There is all probability that the ones around you will be shocked at times. Do you know why? Not because it is out of place but it reminds them of their own shell. It makes them realize how transient it is and that theirs too could crumble any moment.

There is nothing in you that you must hide. Normalcy comes from norms. And norms are only manmade. That is nowhere near changing lives, that is dictating lives. Don’t let others make you.

Be yourself, totally yourself, lose yourself in being you.

Why Must You Be You?

The world doesn’t need even one more normal person when there is already a crowd. The world needs you weird; it’s already full of “normal” numbskulls! It’s quite mundane to have clones of clones all around. The sincere employee who can never take a break; the dedicated housewife who must always tend to her children all the time; the overburdened student who must score an A in all subjects – we already have an army of those people, and of those who are constantly trying to be all that.

Is there anything that is different about you? If there is, then you must not hide it, because it is as much a part of you as your eyes or your hands.

Next time, leave that webpage up that you would have hidden it when others came by; bring that book to read on your break that you thought may make you look weird.

Do tell me what is that one thing that you could do today that would challenge the status quo. Please tell me of you wish to learn how to find yourself.

Chip the shell, free yourself.

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