Originally Posted by supertom
Hey, so how can I be totally OPEN, say when im reading, there might be greater truths that im blocking out. im rading abraham again and im seeing it totally differently this time, that 99% of people wont see
Steve already wrote a good post for you, but I see an opportunity to share an analogy of my own.
I liken limitations to training.
In a game I used to play (Diablo 2), I would deliberately under-power my character when taking on human opponents to improve my ability. You see when you only have limited options available, or when you have a significant weakness, you must learn to work around that. When you finally do ramp yourself up to maximum capacity again, you will significantly better. Unnecessary movements will be eliminated, and you will have gained a whole new repertoire that augments your full power. In the weakened state, your flaws are exposed and hammered out, much like impurities in a forged blade.
You can use the same principle for physical training.
A while ago I did some training with some leg weights. You'd be surprised at what adding a little bit of weight can do to you. It's not such a strain on your muscles, but it sure chops down your cardio endurance. Again, limiting yourself and restricting what you can do proves beneficial. Once you take those leg weights off... well, lets just say it's good fun.
So limits become useful because they confine your scope and force you to grow in new, different ways, kind of like pouring a malleable substance through a mold. I'm not sure whether we all start of perfect or not, but at least, I know it's useful to improve yourself by limiting yourself. That's a fundamental principle that continues to hold up for me.
So consider that the non-physical you is investing energy (you) within the physical world so you can grow and make improvements that, when you de-invest from here, you can take with you and continue your existence. That doesn't mean you're perfect, be it physically or spiritually. I think that's a common misconception, and while I can't speak from experience, it makes sense that the non-physical is merely another realm for growth--for desires, experiences, and experiencing existence. Lots of people like to say that we're perfect, and at some fundamental level, we might be, but I think "perfection" is the most inherently unsatisfying thing you could wish upon yourself. Wish for an instruction book, not perfection.
(This post was fun to write.)