We are all slaves my dear. Yes, you too. You are a slave. And in ancient times, at least people had the decency to tell you that you are one. Today, they have enslaved you and you do not even know it.
It is not just how social media has hijacked your brain’s reward system by introducing instant likes, comments, hearts. It is not just that it is benefitting only itself but actually fools your brain into thinking that by being on social media – it is you – who is benefitting. Ha! Ha! Ha! The worst comedy show ever happening with us. The system is laughing at us, we do not even know it.
You can see it happening – You post something, within seconds, some will like it, you brain will release dopamine, you will feel like you have done amazing work. A voice will ring in your head “Good Job!”, “I am liked”, “I am worthy of a like”, “My work is respectable”, “I am something”, “I matter”, “I did something useful.”, “My work is meaningful”, “I am worthy of love and respect” etc. This feeds the ego-self.
What is an ego-self? An identity you have given yourself – your name, your gender, your height, weight, your appearance and the story you tell yourself about who you are – are part of this Ego-Self – In short – it is a made-up character, a point of reference chosen by soul to witness this reality.
Ego-self wants more of this boasting. Ego-self realises that even after doing the bare minimum, I can get this feeling of “satisfaction”, like I didn’t waste my time.
No dear, all you did is just give social media your attention. And they sell this attention! They need this attention! They feed on it like vultures. They make you it’s slave! All the while making you believe – it’s all in your favour! How Diabolical!
And why the hell did you fall for it? The word is “satisfaction”, it is a feeling generated by a chemical called “dopamine” and the reward-system in the brain. Oh! It feels good – to feel satisfied! Earlier people had to do hard physical labour to get this type of satisfaction. But today, you can google “Most satisfying video ever” and you will see tons of it online. You can instantly get the dose of satisfaction by doing almost nothing and feel good.
What is all this doing to us?
It is making us DUMB and DUMBER. It is making us live superficial half-lives. Because our mind is hijacked by this fake-reward system created by modern online life, it says to us, “Just do this much, it’s enough to get likes, it’s enough for my ego’s need of approval and validation. It’s okay if I do not believe in me, See, people believe in me, they like, share, comment on my work!” It does not inspire us to look within -“Why do I have this need for approval?” or “Why am I so worried to share my life? Why do I worry what people will say?” or “Why do I need people to love me?” and so on…
Since we are un-inspired to look within, we remain on the surface of our beings. We may look like we are living very authentic true lives and we may be doing that but we are still only working at the ego-self level. We are only working to support the ego.
All this moves us away from our SOUL. Oh! I can not stress this enough. This system is designed for them, it is not designed for you. You don’t get hearts and likes when you sit for 10 hours in meditation. But 10 hours on social media will give you ample amounts of hearts and likes! Won’t it? And how would that feel to you? Ah! Like divine! Bull freaking shit!!!!! IT IS NOT DIVINE!
So, now my dear, the real question is what to do now? There is no reward system in this world which works for your soul’s benefit. There is no online platform that celebrates your inner journey! There can not be! So either you make one reward system for yourself or you throw away the reward system by dissolving the ego in two ways – Either you say “I am nothing” or you say “I am everything” and hence you do not need appreciation or validation from others because you are nothing, or you are everything so who is appreciating whom? You are Zero-0 or Infinity-∞. And you reach eventually at Soul-level and you can hear the soul-self.
What is soul-self? It is the one who decided to take this birth and make-up a character and live this reality. What does THAT soul want? Once you chuck the reward system by dissolving some amount of ego (not completely because you will disappear from this world if you do so), you will be able to hear your soul-self’s voice. And then you can find out! What does that soul wish to do? What did it came to do here? How did it want to live this life?
It certainly did not come here to please others and sell a bunch of stuff. It definitely had a plan for itself. What is that? Ever wondered about that? NO! Your brain is hijacked! How will it think of soul-self and what is satisfactory for the soul-self when it is busy pleasing others and caressing the ego-self! You have no time, or energy or intention or need to do so. Why will you do it?
For years you will confuse EGO SATISFACTION as SOUL SATISFACTION!!!
OH! YOU WOULD HAVE WASTED MANY BRILLIANT MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE, MAY BE HALF A CENTURY BEFORE YOU REALISE YOUR MISTAKE.
But no matter when you realise your mistake, it will bring a major shift in your life towards a path of joy.
Joy is when you are in alignment with your soul. And you do not even have to do anything. Sitting still with your soul could be the most joyful experience. Have you noticed people in a trance state – when they are painting, dancing, singing etc – when they are in the zone – this is called being in alignment with the soul. It is most blissful. And if you are witnessing the works of art that come out of this state, they fill you up with tears, with overwhelm, they leave you with awe, jaws are dropped, hearts are touched, eyes can not hold back tears, ears can’t listen to anything else but that music. It just happens! You have no control over this emotion. You can not trick your brain into not feeling this. This is when a soul touches another soul, emotions flow out without your knowlegde.
And your soul can only touch another soul when it is in fact listening to the soul-self. When it is embracing the soul-self. When it is being the soul-self.
How can you do this magical work?
By constantly sitting with yourself and talking to your self. “What do you want, my soul? Speak to me!” And then JUST DO IT. DO NOT QUESTION! DO NOT JUDGE! DO NOT BLOCK! JUST FREAKING DO IT!!!
Claim your enslaved brain as your slave. Let it listen to your and only your soul!
WORK FOR YOUR SOUL!
Author’s Note : This is my current realisation. I am not at any way living in this free space of just following my soul’s orders. But I am aware when I am doing it and when I am not doing it. I am aware what happens when I listen to it and when I ignore it. I am also being urged to go even deeper. It is scary but I know all my treasures lie deep within the deepest parts of my soul. Let me go within and get them. I wish you do the same. Live only for your soul.
Anupriya is an Alternative Educator, Holistic Healing Trainer, Trance Medium and now an Author who has mastered many different healing and teaching modalities. She has worked in La Wisdom Alternative Learning Center in Bangalore for 2 years. She has educated children and parents on varied topics like emotional awareness, casteism in india, team work, career choices and addiction awareness etc. She continues to intrigue the minds of young people with her logical and experimental approach. Having gone through her own painful spiritual journey, she also learnt every healing modality that she could get her hands on. She has been training people in – Meditations, Reiki Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom technique, different forms of Acupressure and Reflexology, Ayurvedic Colour Therapy, Sujok, Naturopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, Chakra Healing, Angel Healing and Pendulum Dowsing etc from past 5 years. She has also developed faster healing methods for trauma and abuse victims using various guided meditations, creative visualisations and breathwork. Her faster methods work best with working professionals who have little to no time for themselves and children who have no patience as she teaches very quick tips and tricks to recover from painful circumstances. She also offers longer ‘energy and consciousness’ courses for adults, teenagers and children who wish to awaken a deeper human and spiritual awareness within them.