What is living – a comment

That is indeed the biggest problem with “modern” man today – he doesn´t really live.

What it´s worse is that he fears life. All pursuits he undertakes derive from this basic deep existential fear, he invariably banishes himself from his own life perpetually refusing to confront his real nature.

This constant escaping from himself he calls “life”. Someone who is always on the run, cannot be expected to take any real responsibility for anything, and thus whatever he does is shallow and superficial – despite generic skills and competence he remains an ignorant, his “success” means only destruction, all in all, never knowing in depth what Life or Love is, he fails totally albeit his “grand”achievements.

His so-called life means isolation, pointless struggle, sorrow, boredom and confusion. Inside of him he knows that, but due to his incredible arrogance he never admits this fact.

So what is really living…?

Living is “know thyself”. Living is finding out WHO YOU ARE. Living is finding out what Fear and Separation is about.

Living is responsibility – that is, the ability to respond comprehensively and substantially to WHO YOU REALLY ARE.

About julienmatei
I feel an inner urge to express what I see, to communicate and share with others all these impressions. Often the things I see are there, not yet manifest, but waiting... to be observed, talked about, and embraced. These new insights need another approach, a more vivid curiosity... Due to fear and prejudice we prefer to see only "the official" truth - but THE OFFICIAL TRUTH IS DEAD - being dead, it has nothing to give... We can continue pretending Death is fascinating or... we can take the trouble to LIVE... THE NEW has no definition yet... Again, IT requires another "perception", the courage to apprehend everything differently, from a totally new angle, with new confidence and inquisitive touch. This blog is not about interesting concepts, it is about participation... finding new solutions, inspiration, togetherness.

4 Responses to What is living – a comment

  1. goldennuggetde says:

    Hi Julien,

    thanks for those words of Yours. They hit the bull’s eye.

    I’d like to add some thoughts ….. as usual 🙂

    “Living is “know thyself”. Living is finding out WHO YOU ARE. Living is finding out what Fear and Separation is about.”

    What I’ve learned from the buddhists and which is really hard to understand: there is no I or me. So the question of yours might be more precise if we say “Living is finding out WHAT YOU ARE”. One of the milestone steps towards this is to get rid of all conventional definitions. I know, this seems so be contradictorily and it surely is sometimes. But that’s also a part which has to be learned. You got to skip all the sometimes so hardly learned patterns. You got to skip all thoughts about the past and the future. You got to skip the gossip in your mind. You got to skip the judge and the lawyer in your mind.

    What remains after all this is simple joy for living. No fears, no sorrows. And a beginning insight in what you really are. You are a tiny tiny grain of sand within the whole universe. You are a part of it … or – and this sounds weird – the universe is a part of you. To be a grain of sand sounds as if you were completely lost. But if the universe is a part of you it sounds as if you were the greatest and most grandiose being. And here we go: it’s all the same. It just depends on the point of view and that means that it derives from our thoughts. And our thoughts can never grasp the whole truth.

    So what’s the conclusion about all this?

    Your fears and feelings about you and your role within the universe is a creation of your thoughts. The more often you skip your thoughts as mentioned above you’ll lead a joyful life without the need to ask for the deeper sense of life.

    Just watch your dog or your cat closely: do You think they think about the past or the future?


  2. goldennuggetde says:

    Reblogged this on Zurück zur Einfachheit und kommentierte:
    A really interesting conversation …

  3. julienmatei says:

    You say:

    “One of the milestone steps towards this is to get rid of all conventional definitions.”

    Indeed, perfectly put.
    Now, the huge problem with names, conventions and definitions is that they are basically the outcome of Fear. Ego – which is fear – loathes the unknown, hence it tries perpetually to ensure its safety through creating symbols for its insecurity – names, definitions, tradition, “knowledge”. It cannot function outside Habit. Habit is obsessively reinforcing repetition, it is fear of looking outside the pattern. Ego can never be free as its intrinsic symptomatical nature is Conditioning and resistance to Life.

    To put it bluntly, ego hates – and struggles constantly against Life…

    It is contradictory to try to rid ourselves of conventional definitions cause – WHO ARE WE WITHOUT THESE PREVALENT DEFINITIONS AND PATTERNS? For most humans, this is the most nightmarish undertaking namely ” to skip all the sometimes so hardly learned patterns”.

    “if I skip thought, pattern, currently accepted methods and procedures WHO (or what) AM I THEN…?
    I have nothing left, all my “serious” pursuits show to be naught…”This is the most fearful challenge for most humans. This process equals death in most people´s mind.
    The fear of death is but a projection based on fear of losing this futile identity build on separation and fear.

    Ego is absence. Ego tries desperately to protect itself – its nothingness – through constant struggle, harsh dominion, ubiquitous conflict, competing and punishing all “other” egos. What else can it create other than pain and suffering?…

    What is most preposterous and contradictory is that Ego hates Joy. And that because true joy is participation – feeling always inferior, it refuses to participate, seeking invariably supremacy, trying vainly to be “special”. The same goes for real Passion – passion makes the ego utterly fearful of its own dissolution.

    So obviously, when you skip all these egos “prerogatives” what remains after all that ineffably simple joy for living. No fears, no sorrows.


    How on earth can you convince people to deliberately let their ego die, you come to know the greatest and most grandiose being – THE REAL YOU…

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