Another "Socrates" night, and more lessions in Living in the Now. None of this is new information, but what is new for me is gaining more and more of a visceral sense of being in the moment and keeping oneself there.
Here, best I can describe, are last night’s lessons (by the way, almost all of Socrates’ lessons are labs or practicums…Learning by doing/being/experiencing):
- It really is true that you’ll only truly get to know yourself in the moment. Elsewise you are chasing ego ghosts.
- Your fears can work for you: When you really come to understand that acting from ego you are going to get the opposite result from what you want, it scares you straight pretty quick, and you can get into the moment, back centered with your heart, very quickly.
- When you live in the moment, you have got to have an open heart. You are leaving yourself open for some ups and downs! But the increased volume of all emotions is worth it. The emotions also help you stay on track in the moment. So, higher volume, easier navigation of your boat in the flow of life.
- Socrates says "welcome to the land of the brave and the free" to those that are learning to live in the moment.
- Any kind of judgement cuts you off from source (nothing new here, but I am catching myself sooner and at more subtle levels.)
- There is nothing more you need to know about strengthening "connection" than learning to be conscious.
- "Enchantment" may be a particularly useful feeling to have towards life if you want to create "magic". I think this is how Socrates lives. Here, by magic, I mean that the right things appear at the right time, in a way so amazing it creates a feeling of wonder. I notice in the definition of enchant they put "attract" as a synonym…Very interesting. What we are talking about here is someone that is using the so-called law of attraction. Socrates does seem to have a remarkable amount of synchronicity in his life. (See below for one example.)
Socrates rarely acknowledges that he is a teacher, but I did get a thumbs-up last night when I mentioned what I had learned.
Here’s an interesting tidbit. I’m not evaluating, just sharing an observation. I fully admit that scientifically this means nothing, but I’ll include whatever data I can. We’ve said goodbye to Socrates, when we were going to drive home, around 30-40 times. He never has said anything about driving home besides "drive safe." Tonight he said "drive safe, don’t pick up any hitch-hikers," which I thought was kind of funny at the time. Driving home, we suddenly came upon a hitch-hiker in the pouring rain. First time we’ve ever seen a hitch-hiker on our drive home, or really at any time in our area. We didn’t pick him up!
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