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'Why do I feel so inadequate when facing a crisis?
'Because you are not really there. A story will help. A busy businessman sent other people to represent him at business conferences. But one representative was too nervous to think clearly, another was lazy, and so on. Their misrepresentations caused the businessman endless grief. Dismissing them, he repre- sented himself on future occasions. Likewise, you must not let acquired habits misrepresent you. Represent yourself. Let your real nature be present. It handles every challenge perfectly.'"
I would like to expand on this, with the specific aspect of what takes place in such behavior that is deeply rooted in the timeless awareness of being fully Here-Now; the narrowing of consciousness.
In such modes of existence and cognition, we have now become much less conscious of everything other than the matter-in-hand [less distractable]. Very important here is our lessened awareness of other people, of their ties to us and ours to them, of obligations, duties, fears, hopes, etc. We become much more free of other people, which in turn, means that we become much more ourselves, our Real Selves, our authentic selves, our real identity.
This is so because the greatest cause of our alienation from our real selves is our neurotic involvement with other people, the historical hangovers from childhood, the irrational transferences, in which past and present are confused, and in which the adult acts like a child. [By the way, it's all right for the child to act like a child. His dependencies on other people can be very real. But, after all, he is supposed to outgrow them. To be afraid of what daddy will say or do is certainly out of place if daddy has been dead for twenty years.] In a word, we become more free of the influence of other people in such moments. So, insofar as these influences have affected our behavior, they no longer do so.
This means dropping masks, dropping our efforts to influence, to impress, to please, to be lovable, to win applause. It could be said so: If we have no audience to play to, we cease to be actors. With no need to act we can devote ourselves, self-forgetfully, to the problem, or matter-at-hand.
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-------------------- "Their is one overriding question that concerns us all: How can we get out of the fatal groove we are in, the one that is leading towards the brink?" Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
"We may not be capable of eradicating the corruption of reason, but we must nevertheless counter it at every instance and with every means." Dan Agin
"Politics is the best religion and politicians are the worst followers."
-It's ok to trip as long as you don't fall.
-Substance over Style.
-Common sense is uncommon.
you can be an actor as long as you are aware that you're an actor. in fact for as much as you strive to be really you, won't you always end up acting? the ego claims his role in the gigantic theater of life and if you want to live you have to play some role. I think the most important thing is learning not to take ourselves too seriously.