Weekly wisdom about being human and living habit-free

(plus, a video surprise!) delivered to your inbox.

The Content Blob that is You

by Dr. Amy Johnson on November 16, 2017

Please Share!

I recently heard an actor being interviewed about her process for getting into character. 

She explained that she creates a history—in her own mind—for the character she needs to become.

The movie script points toward some history, of course. But this particular actress goes beyond that. She vividly imagines her character at various moments in her life. She mentally creates the lens through which her character views the world.

This “content blob” (my words, not hers) full of pivotal moments, personality traits, and insecurities is something the actress carries with her as she becomes the character she’s portraying. That content blob is the identity she steps into.

The actress’ process fascinated me. It makes perfect sense.

There literally is no identity—no character—without a content blob.

There is just presence. Label-free space.

This is true for our actress and it’s true for you and me. We aren’t “you” or “I”, “Amy”, “Bill”, or “Steve”, in the present moment.

Your character is thought-created, truly no different than a fictional character in a movie. Your identity is nothing but Thought carried through time.

It is the content blob you call “me”.

You identify with it and cling to it, but it’s no more real than any other thought. In fact, it’s so unreal that it dissolves the second your little mind quiets and you fall into the present moment.

Said another way, you must be living in your head to some degree—holding onto subjective (i.e., personal, made up) concepts and interpretation—to experience “me” and the history, memories, and shackles that identity entails.

Before all of that, you just Are. You simply exist.

“I can’t escape my thoughts about ‘me’”, you might be thinking.

We spend much of our lives in concepts and identities and there’s nothing at all wrong with that. But you aren’t stuck there. You find yourself “out of your mind” at times, in that peaceful place beyond ideas and labels. Falling into that space is the most natural thing in the world.

And when you are firmly planted in “I am me and here’s what that means”, that’s okay too. It’s helpful just to know where you are. You’re in a label, an idea, a content blob. Ideas, labels and content blobs aren’t stable. They aren’t truth. So you don’t have to take them so seriously.

You aren’t any more locked into a blob of subjective memories and traits than an actor is locked into the character they happening to be portraying. The moment the director yells “Cut!”—the moment you fall out of your mind—you come back to the real you again.

Please Share!

Seeing Freedom…Even Deeper

by Dr. Amy Johnson on October 19, 2017

Please Share!

So many of you are feeling into the Truth of what I share.

You’re seeing that you are well and thriving by default. That you’re feeling your moment-to-moment thinking brought to life within you; that the world out there doesn’t create your experience.

It makes sense that your mind is like a snow globe, settling down when you stop shaking it up. That life moves through you. That you don’t need to heal your own trauma or rewire your own brain.

You’re seeing these as Truths, Principles, and that’s helping a ton.

And sometimes it feels like we stall a bit in our understanding. Like maybe we could go even deeper, even further, but there’s an invisible belief or objection or doubt holding us back.

In this webinar (I did last week for the Three Principles Global Community) I talk about 3 things you can see that can help you go even deeper in your understanding:

Seeing these Truths as impersonal, looking beyond appearances, and having a new respect for the always-true nature of Principles are three things that have helped me (and many others) tremendously when it comes to seeing more.

 

Please Share!

You’re not the Boss of Me: How a very Basic Understanding of Your Brain (and What Powers Your Brain) Can Free you from Pretty Much Anything

October 12, 2017

The publisher of The Little Book of Big Change asked me to write something for their blog about the lower brain. I was a little hesitant. Not because an understanding of the brain isn’t super interesting. It is. And seeing how the brain works in a deeper, more insightful way–beyond the mechanics–can be incredibly freeing. […]

Read the full article →

Here’s How We’re Going to End the Violence. I Have a Plan.

October 5, 2017

Okay guys, here’s how we’re going to end this senseless violence nonsense.   I have a plan. And it includes you, so listen up. I need you to realize the truth about your human experience and your spiritual essence—what is real and what isn’t—as deeply and fully and as you can. I know that sounds bossy. […]

Read the full article →

Your But Is Too Big

September 28, 2017

When I was seven or eight years old, I got to pick out two flavored lip balms from my mom’s Avon catalog. The flavors I chose were Banana Split and Strawberry Shortcake.  The lip balms came in tubes just like real, grown up lipstick. This was the highlight of my summer, no kidding. The fancy-looking […]

Read the full article →

Sadness, Humility and the Truth about What’s Under the Bed

September 21, 2017

I’m not typically sad.   Of course I experience up and down moods like anyone, but depressed isn’t a feeling that visits very often. Except for this past summer. Off and on, here or there. There was a depth to my moods that I can’t remember experiencing in the past. A flat feeling that I recognized […]

Read the full article →

The Implications of Being Born Habit-Free

September 14, 2017

Back in June I was a guest on Human Being TV, which is a great little YouTube channel devoted to sharing the Three Principles understanding. We talked about the fact that we are born habit-free, with a design based on our shared, innate health. We talked about what habits really are and how change really […]

Read the full article →

Why Tools and Practices Are Nice, but They Aren’t ‘It’.

September 7, 2017

I spent years feeling less-than because I wasn’t a regular meditator.  (Wait…you too?) It just seemed so appealing. So magical. There you are in stillness, tapped into something far deeper than your typical, mind-manufactured experience. Feeling at one with all of life, in complete peace and tranquility. Insights and creative ideas flowing through you. Wayne […]

Read the full article →

You Can’t Heal Trauma or Rewire your Brain

August 31, 2017

Three of Gwen’s immediate family members died, and two of her remaining family members cut off their relationship with her, within a 10-month time span.  A month after the third death she asked the not-at-all-rhetorical question, “How do I get over this?” “What do I do? How do I heal myself from the trauma of […]

Read the full article →

You Don’t Have an Inner Pig. Your Habit is Actually Your Best Friend.

August 24, 2017

There are several books out there who talk about your habit—and the thoughts and feelings that lead you to engage in your habit—as the enemy. They talk about a monster, saboteur, beast, or pig that (metaphorically, of course) lives within you and leads you to into your habit over and over. There is so much […]

Read the full article →