Where Is Your Commitment? (Part II)
Without releasing the shackles of this body centric need, which honors feelings over growth, you will be forever dancing to the uncommitted beat that progresses only part way towards your goals. We call this the “halfway-dance” and it takes place in the “comfort lounge” on the “first floor” of your “halfway house.” It is in fact a sun-primitive human nature. It arrived with the conceptual mind around one hundred thousand years ago and has been developing and taking command ever since. Without engaging the primitive drive to survive, or the exalted drive to grow, commitment cannot engage and the pain from lacking fulfillment becomes life’s entire focus. Everything ‘halfway’ becomes the theme, the perfected obsessions of life. Civilization supports this theme in order to maintain the illusion of ‘safe concepts replacing dangerous experiences.’ This is why today’s youth are so into extremes (sports, clothes, tattoos, piercing, video games, etc.) They are in search of the real experience in a world obsessed and driven by false images and meaningless concepts.
The halfway dance has been mastered and marketed over the past two hundred years. It dances for all who pay it attention and anyone who pays the fee. Life has become about earning a living, rather than living and experiencing the life already earned. Image has become more important than connection and with this, the concept out-plays the content. The halfway “market” fills with participants who are making a killer living on this halfway dance, but never really living. Fear has become the feeling of guidance because separation always requires a sense of safety no matter how false. This “safe-zone” has become the most dangerous place to live – especially when you die in it as a completely unfulfilled human.
It is time to turn the leaf. Live in the risk of total commitment. It isn’t about the mirror’s reflection being right, but about the projection being right.
Make this your routine on a daily basis – look into a mirror and challenge yourself to be you and nothing less. Smile and be vocal in this exercise. This may start out very serious, but it will soon turn joyful. You will find yourself in front of your self, standing at the mirror on the edge of each morning, grateful for a relationship that has become extremely real, from one that was assumed and granted.
Then take this real-time relationship into the field of your life, out into the risk of your commitment. Reproduce it with tremendous enthusiasm for the greatest possibilities of your life.