When change occurs, it is not something YOU do, therefore any attempts to change stemming from ideas will never work but will instead create problems. It could be said that life lives you. You don’t live life.
This subject has fascinated me for a while especially since the scientific community has proved what the Buddhists were saying over 2500 years ago. It is a life-changing revelation that has received little attention. I find it astonishing and reprehensible that this information is not publicised and displayed to the public and given that the recognition including a corresponding level of fanfare displayed after the Newtonian world theory was shattered to pieces following Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Instead, we are bombarded with gossip and mind-numbing drivel; “topics” ranging from Donald Trump’s alleged affair with a pornstar to the detailed analysis of the current state of Kim Kardashian’s ass curvature during the course of her pregnancy.
Science has now dispelled the idea of free will, and although at first, this may sound depressing, once this fact is actually realised, it is in fact quite liberating. Despite what you may think and feel, you are not a locus of consciousness inside the head.
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“Losing a belief in free will has not made me a fatalist – in fact, it has increased my feelings of freedom. My hopes, fears, and neuroses seem less personal and indelible. There is no telling how much I might change in the future. Just as one wouldn’t draw a lasting conclusion about oneself on the basis of a brief experience of indigestion, one needn’t do so on a basis of how one has thought or behaved for vast stretches of time in the past. A creative change of inputs to the system – learning new skills, forming new relationships, adopting new habits of attention – may radically transform one’s life. Becoming sensitive to the background causes of one’s thoughts and feelings can -paradoxically- allow for greater creative control over one’s life. This understanding reveals you to be a biochemical puppet, of course, but it also allows you to grab hold of one of your strings.” Sam Harris