When it comes to personal development, there are lots of ideas we can use to become the best versions of ourselves. The idea I share in this episode of the podcast is one of those. I was reminded of it recently when I watched The Tibetan Book of The Dead. This documentary film follows Buddhist monks as they perform the rites of passage for those who have recently died. Their goal is to help the consciousness of the deceased person either realize it’s true nature, or find a good rebirth. The movie has some profound implications for we the living, and our own journey through life, most importantly the idea of letting go.
- The Tibetan Book of the Dead is read to those who have died, to assist them in either waking up to their true nature, or finding a good rebirth.
- We can adapt the central idea from this book to our own personal development journey.
- While the idea is to help the individual who has died, let go, we can learn from this as well.
- We can use this idea in our own lives to help us let go of old ways of being and doing things (i.e. our old story).
- When we let go of the old, we make a space for the new.
- It’s about waking up to our power to change, and our true nature while we’re still living.
- We’re always faced with the challenge of transcending our story.
- We can’t create better experiences while we cling to our old story.
- Staying in our comfort zone feels good, but it’s detrimental in the long run because we never level up our experiences.
- Life is meant to be a continual transcendence of consciousness, and we’re meant to be always improving our level of awareness.
- A good question to ask yourself is, “Who do I need to become to attract or create the experiences I want to have in life?”
Quotes of the Week:
Seeking the truth and practicing compassion. That is the way life becomes meaningful.” ~ This is the answer one of the Buddhist monks gave to his young student, when asked, “What is the meaning of our journey through life and death?”
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu
- The Tibetan Book of the Dead – This movie, narrated by Leonard Cohen, explores the teachings of the Bardo Thodol, and follows Buddhist monks as they administer these death rites to individuals after they have died.
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