“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes).” -Walt Whitman
First of all I would like to apologize for being absent from my blog last weekend. I had some friends visiting from out of town and the days just got away from me. However dedicated I am to writing and responding to comments, I am also dedicated to enjoying my life in the moment. I was entirely immersed in the experience of enriching conversation, delicious food and drinks all weekend.
I also think it was good to take a step back from this blog for a few days in order to recalibrate before moving forward. The continuing purpose here is to read self-help literature, apply the ideas to my daily life, and then write about my experiences. I want to be an equal opportunist when it comes to psychological, spiritual and personal development theories.
This gets me to the most essential point of doing this work-to practice radical openness and responsiveness to ideas that I would not have entertained in my previous, more empirically or “rationally” minded days. I want to live comfortably in a state of unknowing while resisting the very human urge to fill the void and achieve certainty. Instead, I prefer to think of the unknowing, not as a void at all, but as a condition for potentiality and growth.
With that, I do not want to assume the role of teacher here, but the role of learner. Many bloggers/writers/thinkers feel the call to teach, and do so intentionally. This is a beautiful service to provide for the world if done so in earnest. But for me, I feel a deep desire to grow, not just through the readings that I do, but through the interactions I have with people in this community. For this reason, I encourage all contributions, as long as they are not hateful or disparaging of other people or their ideas. So please, think of this as a safe space for exploration of new (or more traditional) ways of knowing. I believe that we all have special, esoteric knowledge to share with others, just by virtue of our own unique situatedness in the world.
I started this project focusing on law of attraction theory because I am fascinated by it. I also thought it was appropriate to begin a blog about openness and learning using a more fringe, though commonly held set of ideas. I am committed to exploration, no matter how wacky and weird the concepts might seem. But, I also welcome the ideas of more traditional religions and spiritual practices as well. With that, I reserve the right to contradict myself, or change my point of view at any time, all in the service of radical openness and the state of unknowing.