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Overcoming challenges by doing it

Procrastination, fear and obstruction overcome by activity.

Human society loves immediate gratification but nature shows that the reward is often delayed in coming after action.  The acorns I planted sat silently sleeping for many months before manifesting as an oak sapling.

Human society loves immediate gratification, but nature shows that the reward is often delayed in coming after activity. The acorns I planted sat silently sleeping for many months before manifesting as oak saplings.

You achieve nothing in life without intelligent action.  After time away I faced challenges to writing on Liberated Way again: fear of losing writing form; procrastination formed from the fear and inertia of writing inactivity; the changes to WordPress that made the blogging platform strange, complicated and clumsy, changes that I totally disliked.

Change is a universal truth in nature, Heraclitus observed  “everything flows,” a motto I have adopted for my business.  Living things adapt to change or fail in the game of life.  It is for us to flow with the changes, adapting in harmony with nature.  Change has no master, it is useless complaining, and worse, doing nothing.  Regret is painful to those that make no attempt to meet a challenge or seize an opportunity; by attempting something and failing such as getting light out of a potato a few days ago, provides relief from regret.

The only answer to challenges in life is activity, getting your hands dirty, taking the cuts and bruises; learning through failure; expending energy, tears, sweat and sometimes blood through a painful, sometimes boring process against relentless obstacles, opposition and pain.   It might seem that after a massive expenditure of time, energy and money in a painful fight resulting in abject failure the individual might question why they bothered, but hidden treasure such as wisdom born from experience in the attempt, and a tough mind born of the strife of the stressful experience is the least of rewards no book or easy walked path can give you.

In this game of life those who act are the hero, those that complain and do nothing are the zero.  The rewards of life come to the hero who has acted because they have planted seeds that often reward them later on with a harvest of benefit.  Those who do nothing, plant nothing, and often harvest nothing but regret.  It is also the case rewards in life are rarely immediate, manifesting months, years even decades later after the attempt just as my acorns I planted took many months before manifesting as oak saplings.

It is good to use intelligence in action, by following a path with intelligence increases success and reduces the pain suffered by a process of action.  The flowers I planted in my garden I intelligently decided to plant in the right season, the joy of watching them slowly manifesting as spring flowers is born of this intelligence.

The only answer to these challenges against my blogging was plunge in and get writing again, it was hard and messy, with mistakes, but now I flow again as I write this latest article.

I am rewriting some blog posts

No new blog posts for a week or so on Liberated Way.

frog and a rainbow

I photographed this frog today, and surprisingly I caught a rainbow too.

Liberated Way will soon mark its third year of existence, and I am in the process of rewriting some of my past blog posts to reflect my current aims of this blog.

Rewriting blog posts takes time so I will be posting no new content for a week or so.  I will continue to read and comment on all the beautiful blogs I follow.

Enjoy my photo I took today of a frog.  Nature hides many surprises, and this frog appeared in my garden by surprise giving me a number of good photographic opportunities.  Another hidden surprise was the rainbow I found in this photograph of the frog.

Know the apple, eat it.

Blogs that deny comment, deny themselves wisdom.

The brave gain wisdom by eating apples, the cowards gain nothing but ignorance.

The brave gain wisdom by eating apples, the cowards remain ignorant.

I visited dozens of WordPress blogs under the philosophy category, some apparently are ignorant about what philosophy means – “love of wisdom”.  How does one gain wisdom? You know the apple by eating the apple, the wisdom comes from sensory experiential activity.

Some of the would-be philosophers chose to disable comments on their blogs.  How does an individual gain wisdom after expressing their ideas on a blog unless they are brave and allow the opportunity for feedback? How can I know that ideas I share with the world are worthwhile unless I test them against the perceptions of others?  If a reader comments on a blog post it offers to me  self-reflection upon the ideas I shared, it is like eating an apple, for I am experiencing a reaction which results in wisdom.

Is it better to allow a child to run about in nature, fall over, experience cuts, bruises and stings through their activities of play, or lock them in the house all day, restricted to safe boring activities? Will the safe child be a happy wise child?  Those bloggers terrified that their ideas might be commented on, or dare I say challenged, will gain no wisdom.  I never read those blogs.

Bridges to prosperity

I review the purpose of this blog. (Warning potentially deep philosophy ahead!)

Logo of the Liberated Way.  The sun is prosperity, the bridge is creativity, wisdom and liberty.

Logo of the Liberated Way. The sun is prosperity, the bridge is creativity, wisdom and liberty.

In my town of Colchester the Celtic leader Cunobelin, the Romans considered the first king of Britain, struck an estimated one million gold coins.  Upon some of these coins was the image of an ear of corn, a Celtic symbol of prosperity.  In the rule of Cunobelin Colchester was the largest most well defended settlement in Britain, with a vast industry, farming, fishing and population.  In the Celtic mind the mother goddess blessed Colchester with strength and abundance, symbolised in the ear of corn struck on the coin.  Potentially even today, with its treasury of fertile land, abundant water and with investment in renewable energy Colchester could potentially out last any collapse of civilisation that could engulf the world.

In reviewing the purpose of my blog I asked myself what one word would describe this purpose: prosperity.  I define prosperity as health, happiness and abundance.  The word abundance can mean many good friends as well as wealth.

The logo I commissioned for Liberated Way over a year ago is a bridge leading to a rising sun.  The sun is my symbol for prosperity, the bridge is symbolic of creativity, wisdom and liberty which lead to prosperity.  Three blessings arise from the three bridges, which I hold sacred: play from creativity; experience (doing) from wisdom; and choice from liberty.  The three curses that arise from doing the opposite of the bridges, and lead to the opposite of prosperity, which is a wasteland: hubris instead of creativity; ignorance instead of wisdom; control instead of liberty.  Hubris and creativity are linked because they both spin-off from imagination; creativity is grounded in the earth, hubris floats in self-delusion.

The followers or readers of Liberated Way are stakeholders.  The stakeholder is defined as those who benefit from, participate in, and have a say in that which they have a stake in.  When I write my blog posts for Liberated Way I need to think in terms of stakeholder benefit, participation and feedback.  A blog post usually has something buried into it I hope a reader benefits from, the comments provide feedback, I have yet to work out how a stakeholder can participate in Liberated Way.

I am a steward of Liberated Way.  What defines the stewardship is a saying of a Celtic archetype called Bran: “let them who be chief be a bridge to their people.”  The steward is a bridge, the stakeholders are the people.  The steward looks after the stake in which the stakeholders have a stake in.  The relationship between steward to the stake is akin to the relationship of parent to child  In nature the mother and father swan take joint stewardship over the cygnets, their parenting is stewardship, which involve three roles: protection, feeding and guiding.

In Celtic philosophy the children are under the authority of the mother, to harm a child is to anger the mother and ultimately the goddess of the land with dire consequences.  In all Celtic legends is the relationship between king and the land, the aspect of the masculine and the feminine, for instance in King Arthur, whose hubris caused the break between land and kingship, the fall of Camelot, the wasteland and the quest to restore the connection in the Grail Quest. The stewardship is balanced between a masculine and a female aspect.  The female aspect is protection, feeding and guiding.  The male aspect is defined in the fourth branch of the Mabinogion “Math, the son of Mathonwy” The male is dependent upon their mother to give them three things, otherwise they are not a man: a sword, a name and a wife.  Without a sword the man is impotent and useless; without a name the man is invisible and nothing; without a wife the man is weak and a coward, since strength arises from the land, and the land is female.

In nature all motion is caused through imbalance where the inequality between two parts causes the stronger to move to balance with the weaker, thus there rises in this imbalance strife.  The sword of the steward maintains the imbalance so that there is always motion through healthy strife.  The name of the steward is about how that which is hidden, dark and potential becomes revealed, manifested and set in motion; a common theme in Celtic philosophy and many mythological traditions.  The wife is about joining the female and male in the universe together to create something, be it a baby or a poem; seeds buried in soil grow, seeds on rock die. The male who harms women, children, land or the female aspect becomes disconnected from the source of his creativity, wisdom and liberty; he becomes sick, weak and useless, a thing to be kicked into a hole and forgotten. Prosperity comes to the steward that links the female and male together.

From this background I am working on creating something in this blog of benefit to you the reader.

Beware what you publish

What is published can rarely be taken back.

What you unleash on the internet you won't be able to take back.

What you unleash on the internet you won’t be able to take back.

WordPress has a wonderful option called scheduler which allows you to schedule blog posts in advance to publish at a time and date as you require, so I could go on holiday for a week and leave seven posts in schedule to publish each day I am away without being present.

Scheduler has the advantage of allowing you time to think, a review period in which you can decide if it should be allowed to be published.  Once you publish, you are damned.  When I hit the publish button 690 people at the time of writing will get the post in their e-mail, and some of those may forward the post to others.  Sometimes when I publish, the embarrassing spelling error reveals itself like an ugly spot on the nose, the moment I make a cup of tea to calm my frustration.

Better to write something and let it stew a while before publishing, for sometimes what is published can cause problems if it is controversial, or in some manner is a poor post.  The day I wrote this blog post was after two insightful events. Firstly, I was distracted by a phone call, I hit publish of a post I was supposed to schedule for the next day, a cup of tea moment.  The second event was a blog post I trashed because it failed to meet my publishing standards, I am glad it will never see the light of day.

Enjoy your internet publishing experience, but beware that anything you publish on the internet will likely never be erasable, and it will stay to impact you and others for the rest of your life.

Dealing with ignorance on sustainability

Ignorance is a curse.

Be an example, and make available the knowledge, then let the ignorant choose their own path.

Be an example, and make available the knowledge, then let the ignorant choose their own path.

As you begin to be sustainable you will come across those who question why you are doing it, some may even treat you as a freak.  I had such a conversation with an individual yesterday who appeared unable to appreciate how close humanity was to a tipping point where the systems civilisation depends upon would collapse like a house of cards.  I gave examples, I explained the science, but they failed to “get” what I was saying.  It was late, I was tired and slow, but when I used the bank account example they appeared to “get” it at last: to maintain good cash flow you have to keep money coming in each month to pay the bills, if you take too much money out than you are putting into the bank account the bank will hammer you.

In my view my debate with this person was a waste of time, they may have understood what I was saying, but they did not care, they would continue to tread an unsustainable path holding onto old beliefs that civilisation would always be there for them.

Choice is beautiful, it is the choice of this person to believe and do what they like, even if it means they follow the masses to oblivion.  Control is bad, thus I respect the choice of others rather than force my beliefs and actions upon them.  I only have two options when it comes to persuading others to be sustainable: one is to make knowledge available about sustainability via tools such as blogs; the second is to set an example by showing sustainability in practice.  Arguing with people is a form of control, a waste of time and energy better used on the two methods I have mentioned.

Going Walkabout to be creative

Creativity is nurtured through new experiences.

Go Walkabout to nurture your creativity.

Go Walkabout to nurture your creativity.

The Australian Aborigines has a rite of passage where the young Aborigine undertakes a spiritual journey of six months in the wilderness called a Walkabout.  If you intend to nurture creativity you also have to step outside of your reality and head off on an unknown path, to undertake your own Walkabout.

I mentioned in my blog post yesterday titled “What is creativity?” that creativity is the ability to make connections.  Those connections won’t be easy to make in a controlled regulated environment; you have to let go, hit the road into the unknown, experience new realities that challenge your existing paradigms.  What fun to be the knight riding out into the unknown forest, rescuing maidens, fighting evil dark knights, slaying dragons and finding enchanted objects.  My Celtic ancestors knew how to have fun, even if it was only in their storytelling.

Going Walkabout is a strategy that is useful to develop your creativity.  If you are on holiday, rather than head off towards the predictable tourist traps, you could head off to the places tourists rarely go.  There is a type of tourist called a Dark Tourist who visits dangerous places marked by death and tragedy. If you are researching a project, go Walkabout with no fixed ideas around the subject of research, go off at tangents and keep an open mind.

I spent two hours today going on Walkabout through WordPress.  I started with my latest blog follower Sean D.Daily.  Having already visited his blog earlier in the day, I went off again to read his latest post, a quote from Bruce Lee.  I happen to like Bruce Lee, and his ideas are worth consideration, he said:

“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

Which challenged a paradigm I have that it is good to copy a successful person.  Thus I had my first example of creativity, a challenge to my existing paradigms.  Now for next couple of months I will be considering which is the right paradigm.

From the blog of Sean I clicked onto one of his listed blogroll links, I found myself seeing a half-naked photograph of Einstein, Winston Churchill in his bathing costume, and Dr Stephen Hawking walking and partying before being reduced to his iconic state he now exists in.  As this was not a blog, I returned back to Sean, then off I visited one of those who  “liked” a post of Sean’s.  Like any adventure you hit a dead-end and retrace your footsteps, so I was back to Sean a few times.  I then travelled from blog through to blog following blogroll links, likes, or comments, randomly, leaving my own trail of likes and comments behind me.

One blog I came across was a blogger who in his “About” page informed the world he hated himself and how everyone he knew seemed to backstab him.  I made a constructive comment as follows:

“I leave two pieces of advice for you:
1. How you treat yourself is how you will treat others. Try and find that part of you to love.
2. You have the choice of what and who you connect with in life. Cut the toxic connections and build the positive ones.”

He responded in an angry bitter way that surprised me:

“Your advice is both naive, and unsolicited. I do not seek advice from anyone on my blog, although I welcome sophisticated philosophical and existential conversations. (By sophisticated, I mean discussions with people familiar with formal logic, or at least a modicum of formal philosophical training.) Your first suggestion is just silly; self-loathing does not provide a necessary or sufficient condition for treating others badly. One sees the self in fundamentally different ways than others, so I have no idea upon what legitimate basis you made your statement. The second suggestion bears some plausibility, but attachment is a very real emotional, and perhaps spiritual, phenomenon. People often say that when they lose someone that they love dearly, they feel like a part of them goes missing. I concur with the appraisal, and as such, I not only mourn the loss of my lover, but I mourn the loss of a part of myself. Toxic or not, I cannot simply throw away the love, emotions, or memories that I build with the people I really love. Only a sociopath would suggest it’s possible to discard such profound attachments.”

Here then is an example of an individual who is trapped in his own self-defeating paradigms, his creativity shut off from considering new possibilities, even if it comes uninvited under his nose.  Such attitudes slam the door on possibilities for change, for new connections to be made, it becomes a mind trap keeping an individual locked into an unhappy state as that blogger currently exists in.

Not all experiences on a Walkabout are magical, inspirational or challenging, often it is dull, but nonetheless the self has been allowed off the leash to explore the unknown, and this is a good way to nurture creativity.