So I’ve been wondering for a little while, what is motivation and where does it go or come from? Sometimes it is very apparent in my life and I do lots of things and sometimes it is not there and apathy is my ruling energy. At first, and for a long time, I have explained it as the fact that the TAO (way of life) is somewhat tidal, ie, it comes to the fore and then it retreats, this, in Hermetic terms is called the law of rhythm. The law of rhythm essentially means that the “pendulum of momentum” can only swing to its maximum point in one direction before it invariably falls back the other way, in fact, it HAS to, there is no other possibility. So I accepted this theory and principal for a long time, it served me well as there was also a sense of giving up ownership, “not taking responsibility”, well it’s a law of the universe isn’t it! The law of rhythm, it’s Natural and EVER pervading, as I said, it served me well. But do you know what, I can’t accept that any more, not just because it is an old way of thinking and every once in a while we need to do a self audit, meaning that we question who we are and how we think to see if it is serving our best interests for our now and the future and not just because that saying “oh it’s the universe” is a bit of a cop out. No, there was something else… So, this morning, I was due to start work at 7am, the irony of what I do is just magnificent by the way! I work in a milk factory fulfilling various roles. Not much glory in that, but the irony is that I am so Anti-dairy it is ridiculous! Why? partly because cow’s milk is for cows NOT humans, partly because it is acidic and causes GREAT distress to our human bodies, partly because it is an industrialised mechanism that profits from the abuse of animals, anyone in this life who is conscientious should be looking for alternatives. Partly because that after drinking a glass of milk we are actually left with a net DEFICIT of calcium in our bones as the body draws calcium from our bones to neutralise body acidity, this is all VERY true, but they won’t tell you that though, will they! And also partly due to the fact that the heifer has been forcefully impregnated and then had her baby taken away so that we can steal the milk, well if that isn’t bad energy, then I don’t know what is! But this is the start of a VERY big subject that “may” lol turn in to a rant and take me off subject..But no, the irony is, is that for the last 2 1/2 years the dairy industry has financed me to study natural medicine and nutrition which has shown me enough evidence to move away from the dairy industry as a whole and in fact I will tell many others, and have done already in fact, to move away too! Oh’ and I have even mentioned the mucus build up that dairy products cause, really bad for sinus issues and if there is anyone who is Asthmatic in the family, take them off it straight away! So, we were talking about me going to work at 7am. Well, I got a call at 5am to say that the shift had been cancelled, no biggie really, although the $40+ per hour would have been greatly received but alas, not my point. So at 5am I was awake and could have gone to work quite easily, and in fact had work been on I would have got up, no worries and no problems. At this point I think it important to say that I am NEVER late for work, honestly, NEVER! Now for me, this is a big thing as I ALWAYS used to be late for work, meeting people and just generally doing things, I guess that I was nonchalant about pretty much everything, I gave it no real value. I have lost job after job for being late or not turning up at all and I had to rectify that. So what did I do? I had to look at how important it was in my life to have work. Yes, I had to look at what I gain from it and why I “shouldn’t” be late. So what I did was place a value on it, I realised that work allowed me to live the rest of my life. It allows me to live where I live, which is a pretty sweet pad actually, it has allowed me to study something that I am passionate about, it has just allowed me to pay for a life coaching course that I am really, REALLY passionate about, it allows me to eat the good food that I eat, to see my family and to wear the nice clothes that I wear. So OK, I put it as a priority, so therefore I am motivated for it, I get up at STUPID hours sometimes to make my way in to do what is essentially quite a boring job in a shitty old milk factory, and trust me, I do do some SHITTY, STINKY jobs there but I ALWAYS put in maximum effort and I am NEVER late! I have just told you why this is, because of the value that I get back in return, it facilitates my life, the “rest” of my life. I have just put the word rest, as in REST OF in inverted commas because quintessentially that is my point, I saw it as the “REST OF” my life. So, this morning I woke at 5, got a phone call and at that point, whilst laid in bed, had a few thoughts, probably as most of us have done and still do, these thoughts were, shall I get up and do X, Y or Z, or shall I just stay in bed? Of course, I chose the bed option, otherwise I would not be writing these words to you now. But the question is, why did I choose the bed option? I was awake, I felt pretty good and clearly, for those two reasons alone, I had had enough sleep and I certainly have plenty of things to be getting on with, in fact I have and absolute SHIT TONNE of stuff to do! My list is long, REALLY LONG! But anyway, the question still remained unanswered, why did I stay in bed and why did I not feel the same motivation to get out of bed and do the other stuff as I would if I were going to work? Well; firstly, have you ever had a question that you wanted answered by the universe, something that you really want to know, formulated it and pretty much spoke it to your universal mind and then received the answer? Well I do that, a LOT and sure enough the answers come to me. I’ll quickly tell you the dynamic of why that happens and yet I SHALL cover that at a later date too. Basically we have the conscious, analytical mind that is there to differentiate between things and we have our subconscious mind, which is our contact with all other consciousness throughout the whole cosmos. It is known, that our solar plexus Chakra is the root of our communication mechanism with the super consciousness that is the universe, it connects us with the “everything” that has all consciousness, EVER! So what we can do is formulate a question within our consciousness, ask it to our subconsciousness, ie, I would like to know this please, and then just wait for the answer. I have asked and wondered what motivation is for some while and today, it came to me and here it is. The amount of motivation that we have to perform a certain task is in direct proportion to the value that we place on fulfilling that undertaking. Yes, I will say that again;
“The amount of motivation that we have to perform a certain task is in DIRECT proportion to the value that we place on fulfilling that undertaking”
This then leads me to the term that came in to my head called, “fractional marginalisation”. This, essentially means that we appropriate value on certain things and marginalise others. ie, I used to place more value on going to work than cleaning my teeth for if I got up late I could quite easily skip cleaning my teeth as opposed to skipping work, due to the repercussions. So I, in fact we all probably do, place more importance upon one thing than we do another by putting a value on it. This actually has quite far reaching ramifications. Consider a relationship for example, how about if a person puts GREAT value on being able to see their friends but yet their partner puts more value on them just being alone, will that then cause a distress and imbalance within their relationship? Still on the relationship theme, how often do we see the main bread winner working longer hours in the office, or wherever, even the “MILK FACTORY”, to the detriment of his or her family and loved ones, all for the reason of justifying its importance to feed and support the family, fractional marginalisation in its purest form. And yet we do it with so many other things too, for example, “oh, I need to just chill out instead of work out” Value on relax time other than keep fit and healthy. When in fact it may even be the exact opposite way round to bring the most benefit to the person in question, perhaps working out will bring them more reward. And in fact some others do have it the other way around because they know the value that it brings to their life, they have a different ratio or perspective on what should be marginalised and what should be put as a priority. So then, my TRUE question would be this; should anything really be fractionalised or marginalised at all? My answer to that would be no, and I shall tell you my reasoning behind that too. Imagine this for example; our subconscious, or our autonomic processes were given the option or capacity to marginalise and fractionise, and what if it said, “agh fuck it heart, sorry buddy, you’re gonna have to pump a little bit harder because the muscles in my legs can’t be fucked to contract as to push the the returning venous blood from the feet up the legs, they just can’t be bothered, it’s not too important” How would the heart respond to that? It’d be like, “fuck you buddy, we’re a team here, we all work together mate, you do your bit and I do my bit, in fact you do your bit to “make sure” that I DON”T have to do more than my bit at all!” Or imagine this scenario instead; our blood buffer system (which regulates our blood Ph level, an ingenious system, which really you should look in to it is incredible!) says to the lungs, “look here mate, you’re gonna have to increase this breathing rate thing as we are getting wayyy’ too much Co2 in this blood and I just can’t be fucked to start turning some of this acid in to alkali so be a good chap and pick up your work rate for a bit hey, there’s a good lad”! There’s a “good lad” are you fucking kidding me, seriously! The lungs are gonna say, “fuck you buddy, you do your shit, you do what you were meant to do hey, and just get on with it”. This, to a large degree WILL cause disease, because when one system is not looked after then ALL of the others have to pick up the slack! And yet do you know what, we actually consciously do this on a daily basis, how about when we put strain on our liver by drinking an excess of alcohol just to appease the mind? Or again, how about we put strain upon our pancreas by eating sugary foods just to appease a craving of the mind? Or even how about we put strain upon the heart by eating too much salt, which increases blood volume, where salt goes water follows, meaning that the heart has to pump harder to squeeze more blood around the body. Did you notice there that I added three of the main addictions that the body has? I did leave out fat, caffeine and nicotine but PLEASE, BY ALL MEANS look at the effects that these have upon the body, it is quite staggering! But hey, with this last part about our addictions and choices I am going in to a WHOLE new realm of things where I start talking about the physical and psychological properties of addiction and that, in itself is intense, it is some HEAVY shit! So at some point I shall write a full thesis on it and it may take me a while, but it’ll be up here at some point and like I said at the beginning I am here to tell you stuff, stuff that I have learnt so you don’t have to or at the VERY LEAST at a fraction of the cost! So, where were we? Oh yes, us placing a value on one thing more than another and there fore us not having any motivation to fulfill that “seemingly unimportant” task. I will pose one thing though and in fact it is quite relevant. Do you ever think that any other species miss appropriates their time incorrectly? No, of course not. Do they put more value on one thing than another? No, they are in harmony within themselves. If you look at a pride of lions for example, do you think that the lionesses wait until virtual starvation until they decide to go hunt? Nope! Do you think that the male waits until the invading, other male, is right upon his pride before he confronts him? Yet again, Nope, he is ever on guard. Same for insects, fish, all other mammals and in fact EVERYTHING else within the whole universe. So why do we do it? Because we have an analytical mind perhaps and we desire the highest return and put importance on that highest return. I go to work on time for example, ALL of the time because it brings me great return. I occasionally go to the gym because it brings me a good return. I muse about many things because it brings me a lot of answers to what seems to be my insatiable thirst for knowledge and answers and yet, I need to ask this question. Why have I put more value on one thing over another? Is it conditioning perhaps? And if it is, which of course we KNOW it is, am I not self perpetuating my own future by fractional marginalisation? By me placing more value on one thing than another does that then not keep me in a bound trap of “do and do not do”? Does it not mean that I do less of something because it rewards me less? Is that not the basis of habit? And then again, isn’t that return PURELY conceptual and objective and therefore open to “audit”? ie, am I viewing this particular task in the right way to ensure that I am getting the most out of it? Let’s just take it to this level before I have my closing statement. What ever you do and when ever you do it you will either be, at that very moment, living within your heart center or in your head so at every second you either get to choose how you think or feel anyway so how you think about or feel about something now will be, past driven, and COMPLETELY different to how you think or feel when actually doing it! If you want to think that something is good when doing it then it shall be so, and the same for bad I guess and if you really are attuned enough you can be living in your heart center so that all is only ever good and love anyway… So, to sum things up I shall ask you this question and I want you to think long and hard about it. What would you say is the most important out of all of the elements? Would you say that it is Earth, where we live, that gives us support, nourishment, plants and animals to eat? Or wind, that is in actual fact air, although not many realise this, wind is air and air is wind, or perhaps fire, that gives the whole planet life and warmth that actually melts what would be ice in to the final element to mention which is water? So what then to you is the most important? Which one could we do without or could we or even do without any? Do they all have the same value as they have the same importance? Can we not have one without the other and without the other two? I then propose one thing further, does fractional marginalisation then not exist apart from anywhere but in our own head? Does that then not mean that it is only a concept and a concept to be changed and adapted at will? After all, your current preferences were not always your “current” preferences, they were chosen to be, they made their way up this “fictional” fractional marginalisational ladder to reach the top at the detriment of all others and that was ONLY due to your psychology and conditioning up to THAT POINT…. So then, how do we get motivated? Perhaps by realising that EVERYTHING has an absolute and equal value, maybe by remembering about the elements and their harmonious interactions and to remind ourselves that EVERYTHING is as important as the other. And we haven’t even considered the cascade effect yet, that one thing leads to another and to another, and what an EXCITING prospect that is! So why not do it, it is ALL important, it will bring you and your body GREAT value and who knows WHERE it will lead! Although; one thing is for certain, more motivation, a happier, more fulfilled you and a BETTER life, not just for you but for all! So add value to your life, add value to EVERYTHING that you can POSSIBLY do! Live more vibrantly, love more passionately, connect with more enthusiasm, share more willingly, and honour with more respect.
“The only true riches in life can only ever come from those things that we deem to be of value”