Live From Mexico

There's some pretty cool stuff happening here, actually


Well, it's taken me a couple days to settle in and get my bearings. I've finally found a moment to do a bit of writing though, so I figure I'll put some time into making updates for the handful of people who might actually read this.

Mexico 1

I landed in Puerto Vallarta on the 17th, proceeded to take a bumpy ride to Sayulita and wandered into El Refugio around 4pm. It's taken me until now to find a spare moment where I haven't been exhausted by brushing off my Spanish chops and generally acclimatizing to life around here.

...are you bored by the regular blog posting yet? I am! So I'm just going to jump straight into the fun stuff. Sayulita is kind of... magical. While the universe is generally pretty good at listening to what you ask for and working to meet that, that whole system seems to work a bit better here. Aside from the fact that I've been totally set up to launch Greenspots from the outset, there's also the whole thing about running into the right people at the right time - over and over again.

It's the kind of situation that gives you pause to consider what you're asking for. There was a time when I was really interested in the concept of 'manifestation' and making it a regular part of my life, but at this point I try not to ask for much. Thoreau says'you never gain something but that you lose something', and I've come to understand what he means a bit better in the wisdom of my late twenties. He was talking about the advancement of human society and how we trade the beauty of nature for the conveniences of modernity, but I think a lot more about how it corresponds to the growth and development of the human being.

We follow a parallel path, it seems. We're born fully and unabashedly alive, knowing everything but incapable of communicating it. We trade that for language, a compromise that allows us some ability to abstract away from the moment we live in - and to do so in a way that other humans can explore that same abstraction. We gain the ability to name things, to interact, and to specify. At the same time, we lose sight of the infinite unity that is this world. I'm okay with that last bit though, I'm sure that the white light of universal consciousness gets boring after a while.

Anyways, there's this pretty cool thing that happens once babies become aware of themself and others - they start playing around. If there's anything worth losing universal consciousness over, it's the ability to play. We learn the rules, and then we start to play around with them. Really, we never lose this capacity. We can lose the awareness of that capacity, though. Some people call it self-authorship, which is a way of talking about how we write our own stories. We can use the gift of language to actively adjust the lens through which we view our world, but doing so involves some active effort.

What I call baseline reality - the lens we are given by society, is not particularly helpful. It doesn't encourage self-authorship and inspires us to spend our effort on things other than writing a good story for ourselves - writing a good story for others, for example. There's an interesting side effect to discovering other lenses, however, which is that you might stop wanting to look through that first lens. When you realize that it's possible to tune your reality to pretty much anything, it can be tempting to choose whatever suits you best. The only problem with this is that the lens that suits you best is probably not going to work as well for anyone else, and chances are you'll end up going through this whole "life" thing by yourself.

So here I am, in this magical place on the Pacific coast of Mexico. I have the capacity and the means to build a healthy and successful life for myself, but what might a person lose in gaining their so-called "perfect life"? I suspect that it involves turning your back to the baseline truth that many people never manage to look past in their lifetime. To anyone who might actually understand what I'm talking about - don't worry. I've had a 'perfect job' before, and it took me a year to quit. I don't plan on trying something like that again.

No, I've got different plans for this adventure - and for my life as a whole. From the outside looking in, I can take the time to build a lens that works better. Not just for me this time, but for everyone. I'm already in a space where I can look my life's history and see the greater good in it. I don't really have anything to gain from asking more for my own benefit. Even if I did, I'm certain I'd only end up alone and isolated from everyone who lives in the world I was raised in.

So, I don't really ask for anything anymore. All I ask is what I can do for others, because other people know what they need best. If I can build a lens that works better for everyone, there's a chance that I'll be able to build in a reminder that we learned how to do most of the really important stuff in the first few years of our life: laughing, crying, breathing, and above all - playing.

It's going to take a while, and I really can't even say when I'll be done... but I promise it'll be worth the wait. In the meantime, I'm going to try and remind myself to have a bit of fun while I'm living in a world of possibilities. ¡Hasta luego!

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