Our predominant mental attitude is directed by confrontation. What we choose or refuse to act upon guides the development of conditions. This is the story of evolution, be it our species or an idea.
The comfort of instant gratification keeps us from accepting responsibility for how choice contributes to the unfoldment of conditions. Choice is the byproduct of thought. Inaction of thought is a choice. The choice of inaction is thought.
Discomfort can be avoided by taking initiative to respond to conditions in life. All conditions are opportunities to gain wisdom by relying on observational response rather than emotional reaction.
The only way to maintain comfort is through discipline, otherwise the conditions of life will continue to feel overwhelming. Comfort is always an illusion. Discipline develops personal morality.
Listening allows us to access the unconscious. Consciousness holds us accountable to knowledge we have gained by allowing reluctance to hold us back from awareness. This conflict is what keeps consciousness endlessly in pursuit of “awakening” the ego; a conflict all mythology reflects and all religion rests.
(7.20) Insight enables us to understand the value of making application of knowledge we have gained. Many seem to think knowledge applies itself, which is by no means true.
Self governance is the only suitable alternative to prescribed or learned brief systems. The self realized person constructs and maintains personal morality on the basis of love. Anything less than love is an instant capstone preventing the maturation of consciousness to the individual.
As a part of nature, or physical bodies respond to our willingness or react to our reluctance to participate with natural law.
Snæfellsjökull, Iceland (Jules Verne’s Journey To The Center of The Earth inspiration)