Reality Maps

System Busters

Break free from limiting systems: a guide for system busters.

an invitation

Sometimes the only system a person might want to break free from is one of illness or poverty. But systems have a habit of unwinding: pull a tiny thread with consciousness and pretty soon reality itself starts to unravel. When we realize the power of our hearts and minds in literally determining and creating the reality we experience, we start to want to break free from other limitations, and before we know it, we are determined to free ourselves from all unconscious systems.

So you can certainly use SystemBusters to get that better health, make more money, or find that perfect partner/job, and to bring more happiness and fulfillment into your life. But be warned: as beings with infinite potential, each of us has a deeper innate hunger for freedom, a natural propensity to fly. And when we taste freedom, life even in a gilded cage starts to feel like a prison sentence. After all, a cage is a cage.

The process of becoming free is usually stepwise: we tend to replace the cages of our lives with larger and larger ones, until we have the courage perhaps to break free from cages altogether — the proverbial enlightenment. Or we may choose to adopt different cages at different times, freely stepping out of each delimitation when it no longer serves us in the moment. This way, our cages or conceptual patterns serve us rather than enslaving us.

If you insist on living in the same cage year after year, decade after decade, you hold a responsibility for the constriction this will inevitably place on your soul, and the deadness you will inevitably feel as a consequence, and the destructivenss that will follow from that. Most of us consciously and unconsciously work to maintain the status quo of our cages because we are afraid of change. We tend to be agoraphobic when it comes to stepping outside the world-views to which we are habituated, world-views which support our very identity. But life has an annoying habit of throwing up challenges that invite us to look at greater possibility — an invitation to adopt a larger cage, and eventually, no cage at all.

We usually mistake this invitation as life's capriciousness, be it the start of a new relationship, a serious illness, a spontaneous insight, a broken marriage or a career success or failure — especially the failures. We see this as capriciousness because we have been conditioned to believe that we are not responsible for the events that happens to us, and that a fulfilling life involves merely wealth accumulation, breeding a new generation, obedience to suffocating gods or material doctrines, and insanely narrow definitions of individual happiness. Nothing could be further from the truth: we are responsible for it ALL, and if our Shangri-la of personal fulfillment is depressingly superficial and vacuous, there is little point blaming modern society. We need to stand up and take responsibility for what we experience.

Life's capriciousness is an invitation to take on that responsibility.

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