Deserted Highway Blog

A Viewpoint of Knowledge

Way back in 2012, I started writing a blog which I entitled “Deserted Highway”. The hosting platform closed after some time, but not before allowing time for authors to download their content.

Recently, I finally decided to look in my removable drive for those old blog posts. It took some time, but I managed to find them eventually. I will be re-posting them here as they were originally posted on the Deserted Highway Blog.

I will try to discuss some of the content as I post it, but, that may not always be possible. The primary purpose in doing this is that I will be able to see for myself, (and of course to share with you, the reader), how my understanding has changed over time. All of the relevant posts will be categorised as “Deserted Highway”.

My first post on the Deserted Highway Blog was entitled “Acceptance”. It was written around 5 weeks before I actually posted it on the blog, and looking at it now, I can see that I was probably in quite a negative frame of mind on the day that I wrote it.

Acceptance…
by ZanderGlasgow @ Tuesday, 31. Jul, 2012 – 16:47:47
Originally written on June 22, 2012

So, you’ve had a bad day…

Big deal!!!!

You’re not the only one.

If everyone had a better attitude and were actually happy within their own lives there would be a whole lot more acceptance and peace in our lives.

The best way to do this is to accept things as they happen. Live life on life’s terms. Far too many things are out of our control to worry, fuss and fight over.

Acceptance comes from a viewpoint of knowledge that comes from within. That viewpoint is the knowledge and acceptance that we are powerless over other people. What they do, things they say, how they behave and, in fact, every little thing about others is out of our control.

The only person you can change is yourself. If you want to change other people – get a new perspective, stop judging and trying to get others to bend to your will. Treat a person with respect and understanding and you will have changed yourself, not the other person.

I think there’s a big chance that I was writing this more to myself than I was to any reader.

It reads like I was venting frustration at someone or something.

Since this is a short post, let’s see if I want to make any comments on it or change anything as pertaining to my current understanding.

So, you’ve had a bad day…
Big deal!!!!
You’re not the only one.
If everyone had a better attitude and were actually happy within their own lives there would be a whole lot more acceptance and peace in our lives.”

Frustrations vented – let’s swiftly move on…

The best way to do this is to accept things as they happen. Live life on life’s terms. Far too many things are out of our control to worry, fuss and fight over.”

No change here.

The best way to have a “better attitude” is indeed to put away any resistance to the present moment and accept whatever is happening right now, where you are, whenever that may be, under every circumstance – unless, of course, you are in imminent danger, in which case it is quite natural to seek an escape.

Also, as I will write in a future post under this category, there is very little outside of the self that we have any meaningful control over.

Trying to change or manipulate circumstances that you have no direct control over is guaranteed to cause you psychological and emotional problems.

Acceptance comes from a viewpoint of knowledge that comes from within. That viewpoint is the knowledge and acceptance that we are powerless over other people. What they do, things they say, how they behave and, in fact, every little thing about others is out of our control.”

An attitude of acceptance is indeed manifest from a certain viewpoint of knowledge that is “perceived” only by self-reflection and knowing who you truly are. However, that viewpoint of knowledge is far more than the knowledge and acceptance that we are powerless over other people. It is in fact the knowledge and experience of your true nature, (I will discuss this in a future post).

The only person you can change is yourself. If you want to change other people – get a new perspective, stop judging and trying to get others to bend to your will. Treat a person with respect and understanding and you will have changed yourself, not the other person.”

If “the only person you can change is yourself”, the question then becomes “How can I change myself?”

I started asking myself that question about 30 years ago. That was a year or two before I entered the 12 step programme of my choice, (where my ‘journey’ truly began) and it wasn’t until after my spiritual experience (or paradigm shift) in 2012 that I started saying that the only times I had ever experienced any significant change to the way I viewed the world and related to it was when my current point of view was challenged with another, higher perspective.

However, I now recognise that there were many instances of seemingly isolated insightful events that were not directly related to my perspective being challenged by another person’s point of view.

If you want to change other people – get a new perspective.”

The only way to change other people is to change how you perceive the world that you live in and those you share it with.

Your perception is your specific view of the world. No one else views the world, its incidents, its accidents, and its happenings exactly the way you do. Your perception is unique to you alone. This is your personal reality.

The most awesome thing that I have come to know about my unique personal reality is that I can choose to change it. That’s what this website is all about.

Quick tip: It will be highly beneficial for you to open your mind to new ideas, put away any preconceived notions and engage with the material objectively.

If you are at odds with your experience of the world, then you are very likely to be unhappy at some level to say the very least.

Every technique or strategy that I have ever come across in my 30 years of searching for true happiness has, in some way, been all about changing the individuals’ point of view or mindset, whilst none of them was able to fully bring about the promised transformation for a sustained or significant amount of time.

The problem, I have found, and I’m not alone in this understanding, is that we have forgotten how to use the apparatus of the brain and mind that we have been endowed with since the very day of our birth.

I will write more about this in future posts, but let me leave you now with a question you might like to ponder for a while.

Do you think that events in the physical world have the power to make you feel a certain way or have any lasting effect on your long-term mood?

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