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Bewust zijn
Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening. George Gurdjieff

What the Bleep do we Know?
Link naar de film die al tien jaar oud is en nog steeds onovertroffen. Over kwantumfysica. Helaas met vreemde ondertiteling.

Werk doen dat bij je past of je werk passend maken bij wie je bent
We are speaking not of people who still have to prove their social usefulness, but of those who can no longer see any sense in being socially useful and who have come upon the deeper and more dangerous question of the meaning of their own individual lives. To be a particle in the mass has meaning and charm only for the man who has not yet reached that stage, but not for the man who is sick to death of being a particle. The importance of what life means to the individual may be denied by those who are socially below the general level of adaptation, and is invariably denied by the educator whose ambition it is to breed mass-men. But those who belong to neither category will sooner or later come up against this painful question. Carl Jung, The Practice of Psychotherapy

Are you programmed? 
Psychologists tell us that by the time we’re in our mid-30s, our identity or personality will be completely formed. This means that for those of us over 35, we have memorized a select set of behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, emotional reactions, habits, skills, associative memories, conditioned responses, and perceptions that are now subconsciously programmed within us. Those programs are running us, because the body has become the mind. This means that we will think the same thoughts, feel the same feelings, react in identical ways, behave in the same manner, believe the same dogma’s, and perceive reality in the same ways. About 95 percent of who we are by midlife is a series of subconscious programs that have become automatic – driving a car, brushing our teeth, overeating when we’re stressed, worrying about our future, judging our friends, complaining about our lives, blaming our parents, not believing in ourselves, and insisting on being chronically unhappy, just to name a few. Joe Dispenza

Star Wars
De maskers die de mensen in Star Wars dragen stellen de echte monstermacht in onze wereld voor. Als het masker van Darth Vader in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (de eerste Star Wars film) wordt afgenomen, zie je een ongevormde mens die zich niet als menselijk individu heeft ontwikkeld. Je ziet een vreemd, deerniswekkend soort ongedefinieerd gezicht. Hij is een bureaucraat die niet voor zichzelf leeft maar voor een opgelegd systeem, aldus Joseph Campbell.
In de eerste film zat een diepere symboliek die helaas ontbreekt in de laatste film. Het gaat nog wel steeds om de vraag of je je aan het systeem onderwerpt of dat je je eigen kracht vindt en ontwikkelt. May the force be with you!

Can you accept the notion that once you change your internal state, you don’t need the external world to provide you with a reason to feel joy, gratitude, appreciation, or any elevated emotion?  Joe Dispenza