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March 07, 2014

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Ruiz rambles on like a half-wit, and ends by saying,"When the voice in your head finally stops talking...it's inner peace". It's true. When I finished reading his loopy rant, I was greatly relieved.

Yes Brian, it seems the Toltec way to some extent embraces our modern understanding of the way our brains operate. Also, the excepts you selected could be aligned with Buddhist, Sufi - and some Advaita teachings.

I find though, that when studying any of the above there is so much dross included it tends to taint and almost invalidate what is being said.

A very interesting post, Blogger Brian.

Don't believe yourself. Now there's a bugbear if there ever was one. What is it that does not believe "yourself"? It's the goddamned "yourself" all the way down. And up, and sideways.

"And she'll have fun, fun, fun 'til Daddy takes the T-Bird away."

“We know that every human around us is a storyteller, and that everyone distorts the truth. What we share with one another is just our perception; it is just our point of view.”

Can’t see much wrong with the quote above - and quite a few others are not entirely useless. After all, it is the unquestioning belief in our own particular stories that produce fundamentalists, literalists, nationalists etc. It is possible to see the limitations and absurdity imposed on us and let such dogmatic thinking drop away.

Perhaps the phrase quoted “Don't believe yourself, and don't believe anybody else” could invite us to question some of the things we are told along with some of the things we tell ourselves. Ditching them still leaves ‘ourselves’ - and without the weight of beliefs that conflict with reality perhaps we can feel a little more ‘peace’.

i always used to think like this. and I'm glad to read your blog.
"...You are the only one who can change your story, and you do this by changing your relationship with yourself." so true.

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