Staying Inspired is Inspiring to Me

Being able to stay steady with Purpose (the ultimate inspirer!) is what allows me to stay inspired!  Recently, many over the Globe celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela, a man who was “unstoppable.”  I personally agreed with that but also that his determination was inspiring. We have some uplifting sayings like: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”  Considering the inspirational value of such sayings reminded my of an impressive book by Richard Brodie called Virus of the Mind.  Brodie was inspired by his Purpose, as his Heart Wisdom drew him away from University to join Bill Gates of Microsoft. As I understand it, Brodie would postpone university study to pursue a project that would revolutionize the culture to make Personal Computers (PCs) a household item, not to mention its use in business and industry.  Yes, cynics will point to the money, but cynicism can be a symptom of a mind virus too.

As anyone might look back on their life, Richard Brodie, could not help himself but to also be inspired by the revolutionary idea of a “meme,” a revolutionary term coined by Biologist, Richard Dawkins. With the same zeal as with Bill Gates’ inspiration, Brodie could see that their dream became like a virus, which would spread by duplicating itself in the minds of millions, including mine!  Now, with the same zeal, Richard Brodie, has applied his talents, researching the scientific field of memes, which is called Memetics, along the lines of Genetics, which studies the special things about our genes and how they are passed from one generation to another.

Brodie’s idea of the “Mind Virus” is because it spreads by duplicating itself, hopping from mind to mind during communication, so that this Science of Memetics would propose that “the meme is a building block of a culture.”  This idea is exciting to me, as I am aware that the mass-subconscious of the Western Culture needs and oil-change, even although it contains Sheldrake’s Morphic Fields that have proven to support the learning of new ideas, which we can now call memes!

Many Neuro-Scientists, as does Richard Brodie, recognize that we have inherited alertness to danger in our evolution; also we have what evolutionist William D. Hamilton calls “the selfish gene” just as designer-memes in the advertizing world can successfully appeal to our inherited tendencies to fight, flee, feed, and find a mate. Even with the most successful of Sheldrake’s Morphic Fields, designer-memes will spread more rapidly.

On the other hand, 20th Century Social Scientists have noted that we have strong tendencies toward “belonging” or affiliation, many of us use a “caring instinct” and/or urges toward distinguishing ourselves, perhaps like Abraham Maslow’s “top of the ladder” called “Self-actualization.”

One question remains.  Will the designer-memes hold sway or will there be enough of us to “be the change we want to see in the world”?   Frankly, I can imagine many people actually exploiting with designer-memes.  Yet, I can also imagine, as did the Beatle’s song “Imagine”, a victory of Hearts over self-centered minds, as the meme of Purpose remains the “fire in the belly” of those who dream of good things happening on a mass scale.  “You may say I’m a dreamer. But, I’m not the only one!”  I think it is clear that examples like Bill Gates and Richard Brodie were “On-purpose” as I write this for the same inspiring reason!   Yes, I know the Self  that is actualised at the top of Maslow’s ladder!

There is one more source of inspiration here and it doesn’t actually require us to gather in great numbers as did Mandela’s followers.  It can take place in the quietness of our awareness in what has been called Mindfulness Meditation, as we breath, in the here and now of the present moment, and as we contemplate the meme of our Purpose, we can give the power of agreement to all others with their Purpose in mind. This is actually lending our power to the Purposeful Morphic Field in the mass-subconscious!

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4 thoughts on “Staying Inspired is Inspiring to Me”

  1. Rather than ideas hopping from mind to mind, the fact that there is only One Mind which we all share and think out of implies that we all share the same One Idea that’s circulating throughout the One Mind. What draws it to my mental focus is resonance. Resonance works in what is called “field dynamics” every day, and there are many different “fields” of collected ideas and data. There’s the “field” of medicine and healthcare, the field of music, the field of science and technology, etc. In my own personal experience with field dynamics, whenever I have concentrated for a purposeful period of time — like when doing research and writing a book or article on a particular subject that piques my interest (and that’s a key to resonance) — I tap into that field and, according to my interest and resonance, begin drawing on its storehouse of experiential data, some contemporary (recent) and some of it more historical (ancient). I’m enjoying your “stream” of thought. Where does it flow from is the point of my input here. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Anthony,
      I think you are referring to “the river of life” flowing, as a mutual friend of ours referred to the mind as a water-wheel. I totally agree with your perspective but some people are operating a “self-active mind” which has been inherited in an evolved brain with sympathetic nervous system, more alert to threats or danger than the parasympathetic calming with pleasant thoughts. Our mutual friend, Uranda, pointed out that some unfortunate experiences have contaminated the cistern of the water wheel.

      Dr. Rick Hanson is his recent book, HARDWIRING HAPPINESS, mentioned:
      · “The psychologist Daniel Kahnemann received a Nobel Prize in economics for showing that most of us will do more to avert a loss than to acquire an equivalent gain.
      · [He continues] Lasting intimate relationships usually need at least five positive interactions to balance every negative one. … Negative contaminates positive more than positive purifies negative; … The extra impact of the bad on your mind is based on its extra power on your brain, which responds more intensely to unpleasant things than to equally intense pleasant ones.”

      My intention to introduce the idea of memes, especially “designer memes” in advertizing, is to point out that greedy people can “create” potential losses, thus fear of missing out in the market place.

      I have hinted in other posts, that developing a communication style of working with positive resonance would be most beneficial in immediate situations and in the long term. In fact, your approach is my vision in action! Of course, I love the chance to agree with you, as “two or more in agreement,” is a very powerful thing in the mass subconscious! Yes, Many Thanks. Paul Blythe, being inspired again.

      1. Thank you, Paul, for this excellent statement of purpose and approach in working with the self-active state of human mentality. I do understand what Dr. Rick Hanson is saying. When I think of how much clean water one has to pour into a glass of dirty water in order to purify it, the analogy “holds water” (pun intended).
        The question that comes up for me relates to the nature of the mind. Is it more like water or air? If air, then the saying “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness” speaks to the impact of light on shadow. It only take a candle’s light to completely dispel the darkness in a room. I’m not sure which metaphor works best here. Negative thoughts and feelings immediately dissipate the moment I give thanks for what IS and stop bemoaning what ISN’T.
        The difference is made by the direction of my looking. When I look down upon the state of our world, negative thoughts and feelings knock at my door for entertainment. This is particularly true when a TV commercial intrudes into my space while I’m enjoying a program. When I look up and give thanks for having a world in which to live and explore life’s many wonders and miracles, positive thoughts and feelings enter in quite naturally offering much inspiration, which lends power, as you say in your concluding sentence, to the “Purposeful Morphic Field of the mass-subconscious.” Thank you for hearing me out.

      2. Thanks for adding your perspective. It certainly offers light on shadows for those of us who perceive things that way. It is inspiring to me to know friends are around, instead of “a voice crying in the wilderness.” These are remarkable days!
        Best wishes in you Vibrational Practice, Paul

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