It wears on you...physical existence. But it's not our physicality that is the burden. It's fear. Fear is what makes people crazy. Pushes them to do even crazier things. As if responding to fear will prevent whatever it is you are afraid of from coming true. Manifesting in your reality. But it's a physics problem more than an issue of philosophy or psychology. Schroedinger's cat rather than the tree falling in the forest.
When you think about that which you fear, you think it because you have been receiving environmental clues. Those clues prompt you on a subliminal level. That part is psychology, yes. The next is philosophy, for, you may think and feel fear, but you also have a complex brain and opposable thumbs to help you noodle through a rational solution and act upon it--as long as you avoid what existtentialists like Sartre called mauvaise foi, or "bad faith." Bad faith decisions occur when our fear is so great, we refuse to take responsibility for ourselves, our lives and our decisions. That is why so many get stuck at the first part. The psychology. Just thinking and feeling fear can be completely paralyzing.
Where there is a will, there is a way...except, fear removes free will. And, we let it.
Is that thing you fear going to happen? Yes, it will. If you let it rule your thoughts, it will eventually rule your actions, too. You will actually put yourself on the path of manifesting that fear in order to justify your thoughts, feelings and actions. Every single day you breathe. And, you may not even know it.
Because fear often starts in our subconscious, we are unaware it even exists. Or, why. So, you can put the cat in the box, but you don't have to to know it will die. The tree that falls leaves evidence of its gravity, whether you're there to see it or not. You don't have to physically dodge the death of a 40-foot giant to know it is dead.
The way light disperses when watched is different than when it isn't. Or, is it? What we see is not happening the moment we see it. It's actually already happened, we're just unaware of it. So, we can sit and wait for the cat to die, for the tree to fall, for the light to change, for the sun to rise...but no matter what, it is our very physicality that allows us to do more than that. More than wait. More than just watch. More than remain afraid.
Why be afraid? Our bodies give us an opportunity to be active participants in our own lives, and, the lives of others. You don't need a bigger sign than your own existence to know that you are destined to do more than just exist. The fact that you have thoughts that exceed existing is proof that you are here, in this physical space and in your physical body, to be an active participant in this physical world.
For the last several weeks, if not longer, I'm often brought back to consciousness around five o'clock in the morning. Sometimes it takes me a while to look at the clock. Other times, I wake with a start as if late and see numbers like 4:44 or 5:55 on the clock. This morning was no different. Why do I wake without an alarm? Because, I am connected to other minds, other bodies. Consciousness may exist outside of our bodies, like in some science fiction novel or movie, but it is our physical bodies that allow us to tap into it, as it were. As well as the consciousness of others. Harvard's 2014 study results proved that strangers in different countries, across thousands of miles, are aware of each other's consciousness. Harvard's study used the term "telepathy." But it is our consciousness that connects us, one to the other. The internet is not so great as the many complex strands of humanity, all connected through consciousness. Yours, mine, and ours.
As I waited for the sun to rise, my mind sensed another's. Within minutes, that mind sent me a text-based message: "You know, the sun isn't up yet...."
Not only did another mind know mine was awake, it knew why. When I rolled out of bed at an unnecessarily early hour, it was not to go work out, or write, or clean, or cook a big meal, do chores, or take a shower...it was literally to watch the sun rise. Someone 700 miles away woke up this morning feeling me waiting in front of the big window. I wouldn't just call that remarkable; I'd say it's more along the lines of miraculous.
Yesterday, at exactly 3:31 in the afternoon, I thought of a particular person. At 3:32 I checked my Facebook page. Guess who was looking at my page at that exact moment? Yes, the person who popped into my mind not 60-seconds before. There is more for humanity to learn about this world than millennia of teachings has ever taught us, or ever will. The sun will rise whether you watch it or not, but every sunrise is unique. We do not all have the time or ability to indulge in watching what is essentially a few minutes of natural beauty, but if you find yourself waking up in the dark, perhaps it is your cue to get up. Find a good window, or, take a walk outside. And, turn east. It's likely another human being, maybe even a thousand miles from where you are, will be waking up early, too.
It is time to #awaken to the wonders of this world. If you are reading this, you are ready....