© 2009 Lynsey

027 – Reptiles of the mind

The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. — William Blake

It’s all well and good to want to make personal change happen. We all want to have a six pack of abs, buns of steel, give up smoking, win friends and influence people, pick up a hot date, have perfect skin – and still be home before dinner. Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.

Tonight, standing at the end of this, the grungiest alley in Wellington, I felt waves of hostility and fear pouring out at me. It’s not a safe looking place at all. I felt nervous just taking the photos. Fear of the darkness. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the boogieman. Fear of putting my feet out of bed in case a hand grabs around my ankle. Some of these fears are primal – part of our genetic memory – the archetype of us descending into the labyrinth in search of ourselves.

May be there are some ways we can make our inner explorations safer. We can travel with a friend or two. We can brighten up the lights. We can take a few steps at a time. We can make some notes as we go. We are stronger than we think we are. We can pick the day/time to do it – this alley is nowhere near as scary looking in the daylight. No matter what, it takes a real effort to go on through our own grungy alleys. Better that than reptiles of the mind.

Manifesto
26. Every day take action. Every small step counts.
38. Every day be brave and give things a go. Use fear to trigger you into action.
44. Every day remember how far you have come.

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