We have limited time. We need to make room for what is essential. So it is best to learn the things we should forget to make room for the things we should remember.
“There is more to forget than there is to learn. Some things we should leave behind and some things we should keep fresh in our minds. Learn the difference.” ― Guru Tua
Some people measure their progress or success by the number of things they gather. More and more, we are learning it’s the quality, not the quantity, that matters. It’s the same with spiritual issues. Some people measure their spiritual progress by how much they know and how much they memorize. It turns out it’s more important to remember the things that are important.
Learn The Things We Should Forget
Many people find this a significant life hack. If you learn to apply it to your life, you will benefit in many ways. You will save time and effort. You will be more productive and enjoy life more. Learning the things that we should eliminate from our lives and fresh opportunities have room to show up.
There are three things we need to learn to leave behind. First, the cultural narrative programming contains bias, prejudice, and justification for the misuse of people and the planet. If you can’t see this operating in the environment, 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 the cultural narrative distorts it. We need to identify it, eliminate the harmful, and then we should forget it.
The list of things in this category relates to religious jargon. If you are involved with one of the three main Abrahamic religious traditions, this is your problem. You may not realize it, but all of the doctrines and dogma are recycled mythology and superstition taken from the mystery religions of the Medditrainian. Yes, the Abrahamic faiths are the rebranding of the Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian and Persian religions. So, you can waste a lot of time following and memorizing useless data.
The third is the things that are a waste of time and energy. It 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 mind’s clutter includes an attachment to material 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 necessary to learn the things we need to discard. Otherwise, they will obscure our perception of reality.
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. So they engage you in the memorization of useless information. Then, use this to distort your memories and thinking. In this way, you engage your mind in things that keep you from observing what is going on. Heaven forbid if you start thinking for yourself, so you need to question the cultural narrative.
So, the key to becoming a freethinker is to learn what to learn. Learn which things we should remember. Remember those who are essential to your heart. Discard the things that are just distractions—forgetting the things that consume your time and distracting you from what is happening.
2) Unhealthy Programing of Ego
The Ego isn’t evil. It is a necessary tool for connecting our consciousness to our bodies. It provides a default set of thinking patterns, behavioral modes, and values that we need to acclimate to this life.
The problem is that none of us grow up in ideal situations. The more trauma we face, the more our programming gets twisted. The more harmful cultural programming we receive, the easier it is for these institutions to control us.
3) Decluttering the Mind and Our Environment
Commercialism starts its programming earlier in our lives. The TV is the babysitter for busy parents. So, companies and institutions sell children things by learning to trigger our basic instincts. They have devised many creative tactics to influence our thinking.
Unraveling your real needs from those programmed by advertising This is a highly complex process for many people. That’s because our identity, beliefs, and feelings are tied together with the Ego’s programming and our dominant cultural narrative. So, there is no one size fits all approach. However, some excellent resources can help you through this process. Peter Walsh is an author we recommend (1).
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 unique ways. So, one thing we want to hold on to is our memories. We can learn to adjust them to remember important life lessons.
We recommend the use of an exercise for exploring memories. It’s an exercise we work with at each session of our introductory phase one meeting. It will show you what you value and what you fear. It expands your awareness of dreams and memory.
Don’t overlook the crucial people in your life. Honoring your ancestors is a way of acknowledging the sacrifices of those who make our life possible. It’s 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. Please don’t wait for them to become an ancestor before acknowledging 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. Don’t forget these because they are part of who you are.
2) Fond Memories
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, we can use them to improve our lives.
“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 the actual value of life is understanding the lessons of life. 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 one of the primary ways we learn the things we should remember.
4) Beneficial Spiritual Technologies
These processes are a collection of proven methods for exploring consciousness. We call them spiritual technologies. They help us expand awareness and unlock the gifts to reach higher states of consciousness.
These tools differ significantly from religion. They do not require faith or belief in any religious doctrine. Anyone can use these processes to develop their full potential. All you need to do is follow the process, and it’s just like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
We select the best of these ancient methods for our blended learning method. These processes are time-tested by generations of use, and they stand up to the rigorous tests of science. They are repeatable processes, and several produce measurable effects on our physiology. These changes include increased brainwave coherence, lower heart rate, and increased skin resistance. Changes like this prove these partitions of consciousness differ significantly from waking, dreaming, and sleeping.
We divide these tools into four major categories:
Everyone can use these methods to create their unique spiritual path, and you can start with any of these methods. The more of them you use, the faster your progress.
More to Forget than there is to Learn
Learn the things we should remember and forget. So, please don’t get them mixed up.
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(1) Peter Walsh, Let It Go: Downsizing Your Way to a Richer, Happier Life
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia