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Overcoming Delusion

Dec 13, 2022 | Daily Trek, F*ck the Bucket List

Overcoming Delusion - Ayelet Baron - Radical Trekking

Overcoming Delusion

The greatest delusion we may be experiencing is that we are powerless to deal with the overwhelming darkness that is going on in our world. And nothing could be further from the truth. 

The noise of this world can be deafening and distracting. You’ll be overwhelmed, stressed, or simply living in fear—all weakening your immune system. It can be scary or exciting not to know where you’re headed. But you’re more in control than you ever imagined. 

The question is, what is within your control and what do you imagine as your journey—not your destination? Maybe it’s an ability to trust yourself enough to steer toward what truly ignites your soul.

Maybe, like Bucky Fuller, you realize that “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” And maybe the new model is a healthy way of living? 

Our Current Delusion

We don’t need to be victims of false identities and stories. There were generations of children who played outdoors and would find themselves lying on the grass or running through fields. These kids were curious about what lay beyond the horizon, imagining possibilities.

Parents today often complain that their kids cannot detach from their devices and have no interest in going outside. Is it because of devices that our kids have become separated from nature? Where is the source of our delusion?

It is not the technology itself that is to blame. For those ingrained in our current paradigms of how we are supposed to live and work, and what’s appropriate and inappropriate (another version of right and wrong), there’s no space or time to imagine. It’s mostly about trudging through being overwhelmed, which is a trap and delusion. 

It’s not that our kids don’t want to play outside because of technology—it’s that the programming we are running on keeps them as busy and distracted as we are. Like us, they get their cues from what is valued, rewarded, and recognized in the external world as we encourage them to be responsible and grow up. 

Courage to Play

Our own level of play and playfulness teaches and conditions children, as well as our own relationship with life.  

Sovereignty comes from within. When we shift from fighting and start flowing with the natural currents and rhythm of life, we’ll discover what has been waiting for us. 

Rainer Maria Rilke asks, “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

This is a time to step into our power and anyone who gets offended by us has wounds to heal as in the new world, there is no strife.

Robert Johnson reminds us, “You can refuse a shadow projection and stop the endless cycle of revenge if you have your own shadow under conscious control. To be in the presence of another’s shadow and not reply is nothing short of genius. No one has the right to dump his shadow on you. And you have the right to self-protection.”

The decaying paradigms of competition will no longer be effective when we shift to rely on our own power source. Until we take bold steps into the unknown, the status quo will continue to be deafening with more conflicts, pain, and deep division. More of the same is more of the same. The only way out is in.

Facing Delusion

And yet the virus of fear keeps us haunted by our own shadows. Why take anyone down in a world that has a twisted version of justice and fairness playing out in reality? Why compete to be the superstar when we can co-create? 

Let’s be mindful of our conditioning of believing we should live as winners, unconscious of what we’re actually losing.

Will we go on suffering through life being busy and occupied with how life should be, or will we let the light in and choose to create something outside of this decaying paradigm, which no longer resonates with who we are? Along the way, we will lose people who choose to judge us or blame us for their own wounds. And that’s part of the story we consciously choose to leave behind. 

Imagine having healthy relationships where unconditional love streams through our veins. I know firsthand that it’s possible and beautiful. It defies the need to struggle and the current programming on transactional relationships.

But when we experience, for example, a young woman making pioneering life choices after co-creating with our books, we know that the foundation is being built. And more and more people can thrive when we live from pure intention.

How do we unwind from limiting beliefs that constrain our very being? Can we take steps outside of our comfort zones when we become aware that the safety nets are no longer safe for us?

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