When I log into my Facebook account, I always meet with hundreds of selfies. These selfies mostly strive to portray the illusion that the selfie-takers are living a happy and luxurious life.
Three years ago, before I started reading and watching self-help material, this selfie shit used to stress me. It even resulted in me succumbing to depression because I thought I was the only one with problems. Besides this, the selfies made me believe that my ‘friends’ were making progress and I was the only one left behind. I was broke, and nothing seemed to work out for me. All my relationships sucked, and the only thing that gave me hope was prayer.
However, today, these selfies never stress me anymore. It’s not because I stumbled upon millions of dollars, but it’s because I realized that they are pieces of shit. It dawned on me that some of these people who take ‘happy’ photos of them in luxurious places were as broke as hell. Besides this, some were even more depressed than I was, and their insecurities made them post ‘selfies’ that showed how good their lives were. In addition, I realized that they posted selfies because they were self-obsessed attention seekers, who used selfies to get validation and praise.
When I started my blogging career, some of these individuals came to me for advice on how they can deal with depression. Others thought blogging had made me rich and they continually asked me to lend them money. I then realized that a good number of the ‘selfie-takers’ had larger problems than me and the selfie shit helped them create an illusion of everlasting happiness and prosperity.
Let me tell you a big secret. There is nothing like everlasting happiness in this physical world. Life is full of difficulties because they make us grow into our full potential. Therefore, don’t think that some people are problem- free just because they continuously post silly photos of them having fun on social media.
Posting a selfie is not a bad thing. I am just uncomfortable with individuals who continuously post selfies with the primary aim of showing people how they are always joyous and rich.
I am concerned because this selfie nonsense has made some individuals succumb to depression. People compare their lives with others based on selfies, and they believe they are the only individuals with problems.
Little do they know that most of the ‘rich-selfie-takers’ are not wealthy. I have successful friends such as Dan Western (Founder of Wealthy Gorilla) and Josiah Humphrey (CEO at Appster) on Facebook, and I have never seen them posting silly selfies that try to show the world how rich they are. These individuals are always working hard and they don’t have time to show off their wealth.
Therefore, never be fooled by the selfies. Ignore them at all costs, and don’t let them drain your energy. Just focus on your progress and realize that many individuals who show off on social media are neither happy nor wealthy.
And to all the people who constantly show off on social media, my main advice to you is that you SHOW UP, don’t just SHOW OFF. HOPE I SEE YOU AT THE TOP BECAUSE I WILL PERSIST UNTIL I SUCCEED.
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Why Reality is an Illusion: Five Major Factors That Influence How We Perceive Reality
‘Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.’ – Albert Einstein
We love advising each other to be realistic without knowing that reality doesn’t exist since it’s an illusion. An African’s reality is different from an American’s reality. Moreover, a cat’s reality is different from your reality although we live in the same physical realm. For this reason, the only reality is Infinite Intelligence/God. Everything else is an illusion.
To prove reality is an illusion, I’ll share five factors that influence how we perceive reality.
Most cultures’ belief systems affect how they perceive reality. For instance, the Maasai warrior believes a boy only graduates to manhood if he kills a lion. This belief system affects a Maasai’s perception of reality as he might believe that all adult males who haven’t killed a lion are still boys. For this reason, the Maasai might think Bill Gates is still a boy because he’s never killed a lion.
Besides this, an individual who believes snakes are bad will be scared to death if he encounters a snake while an Indian girl who plays with cobras won’t be scared of snakes.
Senses are the biggest proof that reality is an illusion because animals’ super/extraordinary senses make them experience a different reality from us. For instance, while we can’t detect anything at night, snakes have infrared sensory organs that allow them to detect warm blooded animals at night. Also, a bear can zero in on the smell of a rotting carcass a mile away but we can’t.
3.The Information We’ve Been Exposed to
The information we’ve been exposed to affects how we perceive reality because it shapes our belief system. For instance, an individual who has read many inspirational books might believe it’s possible to be rich regardless of one’s social-economic status. On the other hand, a person who has never read these books might think it’s unrealistic to believe that one can rise from rags to riches.
Dimensions are levels of consciousness that affect how we perceive reality. People stuck in the 3rd dimension of consciousness believe human beings are victims of circumstances. Besides this, they believe the physical reality is the only reality that exists.
On the other hand, people who ascend to higher dimensions, such as the 5th dimension, believe in the existence of a spiritual world. Moreover, they believe they are limitless beings who are masters of their circumstances.
Your emotional state determines your reality. For instance, the sunset might be a beautiful experience when you are happy, but boring when you are sad. Furthermore, fear can result in you seeing things that don’t exist.
That being said, no one should ever tell you to be realistic because reality is subjective. It’s affected by belief systems, sensuality, information, dimensions, and emotions.
Besides this, whenever you are sad remember that you have created that reality and for that reason, you can make yourself happy by changing your belief system, and emotional state.
And lastly, realize ‘there’s no reality except the one contained within us. That’s why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.’ – Hermann Hesse
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6 Popular Lies We’ve Believed Our Whole Lives
Most of us believe the lies we’ve been told by the media, books, teachers, and other sources of information because we never assess the validity of the information we receive. For this reason, we’ve let lies govern our lives hence resulting in us having a wrong understanding of life.
Here are some of the main lies we’ve believed since we were young.
1.Suffering is Normal
Religion and the media have made us believe that we were born to suffer. We thus believe suffering is a normal occurrence, and we avoid trying to free ourselves from suffering.
However, suffering is abnormal, and it occurs when people fall out of alignment with Infinite Intelligence/God by embracing negative qualities such as laziness, ignorance, doubt, pessimism, greed, selfishness, self-centeredness, and so on. Suffering will stop existing if we all get into alignment with Infinite Intelligence by embracing positive qualities.
2.Religions Teach Different Things
Religions have disunited the modern society because people think they teach different things. People are too dumb to realize that they teach the same things. For instance, all religions lay emphasis on virtue and teach about a place/state of no-suffering. The only difference between religions is that they teach the same things in different ways.
3.Financial Success is the Ultimate Goal of Life
Financial success is important because it improves our comfort levels and allows us to help others. However, it’s not the ultimate goal of life. The ultimate goal of life is to understand how Infinite Intelligence works so that we can fall into alignment with its greatness.
4.Marijuana is a Bad Drug
Marijuana was important to many ancient societies as they used it for medicinal and religious purposes. Besides, some societies used it to make paper. Today, some physicians use it to treat mental conditions, and many people secretly use it for mental relaxation. This drug is only bad when over-consumed.
5.The Government is Dedicated to Serving Us
Most of us still believe the government is highly interested in serving our needs. We participate in voting because we believe the leaders we choose will serve our interests. Little do we know that these folks are only interested in serving their interests. Their families come first, their dogs second, and we come last.
6.Ancient Man was Dumb
Ever since we were young, we thought ancient man was dumb because we believed everything the media and our teachers told us. We think we are the most intelligent humans that ever lived. We are unaware that ancient folks were so intelligent that they understood the importance of the natural environment and invented technologies that modern man can’t. Besides, we don’t know that ancient men understood the medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual value of all plants although they never attended school.
N/B – Read Llailla Africa’s book, ‘Africa’s Holistic Health’ for more about the ancients’ knowledge about the medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual value of all plants.
In conclusion, never accept any piece of information without analyzing its validity. By doing this, you’ll never suffer because your thoughts and actions will only be guided by the TRUTH, and The Truth Shall Set You Free
Anyway, besides the above lies, there are many lies we’ve believed and allowed to guide our thoughts and actions. You are free to mention them in the comment box below.
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