“There is more to forget than there is to learn.” ― Guru Tua
We have limited time and mental capacity. We need to make room for the things that are important. This means we need to learn the things we should forget to make room for the things we should remember.
Some people measure their progress or success by the amount of things they gather. But more and more we are learning it’s the quality not the quantity that matters. It’s the same with spiritual matters. Some people measure their spiritual progress by how much they know and how much memorize. But again it turns out it’s really more about remembering the things that are important.
The Things We Should Forget
This is a major life-hack. If you learn apply it to your life, then you will benefit in many ways. You will save time and effort. You will be more productive and enjoy life more. Learn the things that we should eliminate from our lives and new opportunities have room to show up.
There are three things we need to learn to leave behind. First, the programing of the cultural narrative which contains bias, prejudice, and justification for the misuse of people and the planet. If you can’t see this operating in the environment, then you must enhance your observational skills. Because if you can’t see it, you can’t forget it.
The second is the unhealthy programming scripts of Ego, controlling our personality and instincts. Not all the programming of the Ego is unhealthy. It only gets that way when it warped out of shape, by the programing of the cultural narrative. We need to identify it, eliminate the harmful and then we should forget it.
The third are the things that are a waste of time and energy. This is is a de-cluttering exercise that involves the mind and the environment. Junk can be physical or mental. Most of the time, it is both. Getting rid of the clutter of the mind includes attachment to physical objects.
“Yes, there is much more to forget than there is to learn. Our institutions teach us mythology and history as facts. So, we should forget and unlearn these things. They sell us things and ideologies that clutter our lives. We must reject them. It’s important to learn the things we need to get rid of. Otherwise, they will obscure our perception of reality.” ― Guru Tua
1) The Programing of the Cultural Narrative
The cultural narrative is the driving force in our lives. Although this narrative differs on the surface, it shares some common tactics. One of these tactics is to keep you busy and distract your attention. One way to engage you in the memorization of useless information. Then, use this to distort your memories and thinking. In this way, you are engaging your mind in things that keep you from observing what is going on. Heaven forbid if you start thinking for yourself. This is why you need to question the cultural narrative.
So, the key to becoming a freethinker is to learn what to learn. Learn that things that are important and those that are useless data. Forgetting the things that are consuming your time and distracting you from what is going on.
2) Unhealthy Programing of Ego
The Ego isn’t evil. It is a necessary tool connecting our consciousness to our bodies. It provides a default set of thinking patterns, behavioral modes, and values that we need to acclimate us to this life.
The problem is that none of us grow up in ideal situations. The more trauma we face, the more our programing gets twisted. The more levels of harmful cultural programing we receive easier, it is for these institutions to control us.
3) Decluttering the Mind and Our Environment
Commercialism starts its programing earlier in our lives. Companies and institutions sell us things by learning to trigger our basic instincts. Fear is the biggest motivator, they have devised many creative tactics to influence our thinking.
This is a very complicated process for many people. That’s because our identity, our beliefs, our feelings are all tied together with the programing of the Ego and our dominant cultural narrative. So, there is no one size fits all approach. However, there are some good resources that can help you through this process. Peter Walsh is an author we recommend.
Learn the Things We Should Remember
If you think about it, we are our memories. If we lose our memories, we become a blank slate. However, studies show our memories change over time. We can color them in different ways. So, one thing we want to hold on to is our memories. We can learn to adjust them to remember the important life lessons.
We recommend the use of an exercise for exploring memories. This is an exercise we work with at each session of our introductory phase one meetings. This will show you what you value and what you fear. It expands your awareness of dreams and memory.
Don’t overlook the important people in your life. Honoring your ancestors is a way of acknowledging the sacrifices of those who make our life possible. This is a common practice in many ancient cultures that we should not forget. Our lineage is part of our DNA.
Honor those who are in your life now. Don’t wait for them to become an ancestor before you acknowledge their presence. We should remember to tell those who have contributed to our growth.
Relationships are the source of many of our major life lessons. You should not try to forget these because they are are part of who you are.
Memories are often anchors holding us hostage to the past. Memories can color the value of life and relationships. They can be tools for positive change, or they can hold us back. If we recognize their power, then we can use them to improve our life.
“Memories can either bind us to the past or link us to the wisdom for living a more enlightened present.” ― Guru Tua
3) Life Lessons of Wisdom
Creating lasting value in your life is about developing wisdom. Many believe we find the path to wisdom in understanding the lesson of these experiences. Your ability to learn depends upon the level of your awareness. Only then will you be able to understand their value. Perhaps the ones that don’t resonate with you are the ones you need the most. Lessons are are one of the main ways we learn the things we should remember.
4) Beneficial Spiritual Processes
There are several ancient beneficial spiritual processes. They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine. So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group. We like this simple method.
- Tools to enhance critical thinking. This study of basic logical reasoning along with spotting logical fallacies and logical axioms. Then we also use a comparative analysis. This is a step-by-step way of comparing beliefs between different worldviews. Above all, these tools will help sharpen your ability to discern fact from fiction.
- The Enneagram Personality Profile. This is an analytical tool. It provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct.
- Seated meditation is often the heart of your spiritual practice. This includes a range from Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation through Japa Meditation and more advanced Siddhis of Patanjali.
- Moving meditation helps us strengthen the mind-body connection. It is also an important key to our health and wellness. This progression includes several methods of energy collection, such as Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.
- Pathways for expanding and exploring awareness. This progression includes a range of processes from lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey and Guided Meditation to third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness. Practical tools to guide your path, a spiritual journal, and automatic writing.
- Healing practices are the final group. This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu. Self-care is also a part of this group and is vital to our overall health and wellness.
More to Forget than there is to Learn
Learn the things we should remember and forget. Don’t get them mixed up.
Interested in spiritual exploration? Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions. Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their own path.
Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia
Peter Walsh, Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life