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If we sit around waiting for ‘others to change’ or ‘things to change’, or ‘a sign’, the end result will be inactivity and regret. This type of personal dialogue shares a single commonality, fear. And fear is the absolute opposite of faith.
Fear on its own is not always a bad thing. Some fear is even helpful, such as pulling your hand back from a hot stove or avoiding a suspicious looking snake. But more importantly, fears are learned behaviors. Likely, we learned not to touch a hot stove by being burned, or not to mess with snakes because someone taught us they were dangerous. Through our natural aversion to pain, we learn to avoid things that hurt us, as well as those we believe possess the potential to hurt us. This is a key point, because anything learned has the potential to be unlearned. It is important to consider this when examining the difference between fear and faith, in relationship to action.
If we are afraid to make a decision (to act), it is because we know we cannot predict its outcome or consequence. They are ‘unknowns’. Now consider for a moment that fear of an unknown is irrational, because it possesses equal potential for good and bad. Therefore, it is irrational to fear what is not known, because that fear stems from a fabricated rationale, the result of our own construction.
When we are presented with something we haven’t previously encountered, we draw conclusions through comparison. In the case of fear, we draw conclusions based on comparing unknown things to things we know to be harmful or potentially harmful, thereby allowing the unknown to be relabeled as ‘known’, or the irrational, as ‘rational’. By this process, we ‘know’ and we can realize the ‘benefits’ of rationalization to justify our fear and inaction, so we don’t have to risk the unknown… the gamble… which works great…until we begin to regret. Regret follows fear-based inaction, because fear prevents us from living fully by imprisoning and paralyzing us from accepting possibility, potential, and growth to enter our lives. Fear is stagnating…it is death. Faith, in contrast, is informed, but willing. Alive with potentiality that opens us to all possibility by denying fear the power to compel irrational, unfounded decisions.
Fearful living does not prevent bad things from happening to us. We cannot absolutely control, predict, manipulate, or will things into being. Unfortunately, we keep trying, because every now and then we have some success with the predictions, our manipulations. Those little ‘successes’ only serve to support our delusions and lend credence to our belief that our fears are warranted. This in turn, prompts us to apply them to every other situation causing a similar fear response.
The good news is as previously stated; learned can be unlearned. A propensity to fear is not easily conquered, but absolutely possible. Past does not have to dictate future. Let every new, unknown situation present itself as a challenge…a curiosity…a chance to choose faithfulness over fear 🙂

Meditation: Affect…


Blog 8 ImageConsider the power of the individual…

Existence is the constant, creative process of becoming, never finished, always evolving. We must take into account we are the makers of things; moments, mergers, interactions, and results.

The undertone resonating in life is that things are causal; they impact and ripple in a pond of complex interconnections, beating and banging into one another, manifesting worlds. We cannot ignore the aspects of being, content instead to classify and compare as if everything followed similar patterns.  Patterns do not answer the question why.  They are surface-symbolic, only the aftereffect end-points in a state of instability.  Moments in life have the power and potential to change us forever and as we change, we change things.  They are the inevitable changes spurred by innumerable variables of assemblage; consistently arrange new complexities of unfathomable proportions.

Never underestimate the power of the moment…your behavior, choices, and internal dialogue matter.  In each individual there lies a historical blueprint of existence they extend unknowingly into the world to relate with things and others, creating new worlds.  The discoveries of one generation impact those coming after and almost certainly in ways they could not have imagined.  Through the ordinary, the day-to-day, the extraordinary is formed unpredictably and the genealogy of affect is manifest.

March 2012:  A high school student was involved in a fatal car accident.  She was not the fatality.  She hit a pedestrian attempting to cross the highway in the dark.  As I passed the scene I saw her, head in hands, sitting on the shoulder of the road, staring at the sheet-covered body.  I contemplated the scope of affect in relation to those involved, including myself and the long line of cars creeping in a grisly procession past the scene.  I considered the remarkable changes to life taking place, actively, in the moment; the presence of everything arriving at once, unfolding and potent.  It was an intimate collision of histories, experience, choice, and happenstance, so remarkably unstable and messy.  Looking at the two bodies, one living, one dead, I reflected on my own life and how easily we, as individuals, are created and recreated in a breath.  The tendrils produced by such constant recreation generate remarkable, unknown results.  Tendrils, moving outward, extending, into communities and individual lives to create change, putting into motion a grand evolution of landscape.

And landscapes are different, because situations and encounters are different.  No two are ever produced identical, nor can they be reproduced the same.  Affects are at work within the abstract nothingness that fills spaces between events; the things that make up real life, disorganized and elusive.  Influence is collected, stored, processed and released anew as something else.

You can be better than a moment ago…

Affect tears apart the fabric of time, space, and death to reveal the fluidly unpredictable and powerful.  In fact, we are objects interacting with other objects, animate and inanimate, generating constant states of becoming something.  Statistics are therefore confined to averages, because affect says nothing is predictable.  And affect is absolutely correct…