Rule Number 6

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I want to start this post by sharing a story Wayne Dyer told in his book The Power of Intention.

Two prime ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6”, whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws. The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by a hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. “mair, please remember Rule Number 6.” complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology. When the scene is repeated for a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: “My dear friend, I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of Rule Number 6?” “Very simple,” reölies the resident prime minister. “Rule Number 6 is ‘Don’t take yourself so goddamn seriously.'” “Ah,” says his visitor, “that is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquires, “And what, may I ask, are the other rules?” “There aren’t any.”

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I was given a good lesson about this. Lately, I was on Instagram sporadically again. I set up that account in order to see my daughter’s travel reports when she is on vacation which she and her husband were recently. Anyway, after another very busy and nerve-wracking day opening my Instagram account once again. And before I could find my daughter’s posts I was bombarded with all kinds of meals, selfies, now I am doing this and now I am doing that, and so on (of course from different angles). 

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While I found myself getting dizzy from shaking my head, my ego pushed THE button. Immediately, my mind started spinning and opened the flood gates for my inner dialog. I don’t want to go into detail (and believe me, it was very detailed😈😄). To sum it up, it was like: “Do I really need to be ‘blessed’ with each detail of every person’s day as soon as they open their eyes in the morning? I am honestly happy for others being excited about how they fill their days and enjoy their lives. But I don’t need to walk next to them from morning to evening in being updated every 10 minutes.” My ego was excitedly dancing about my inner rant. But all of a sudden, I paused and remembered Wayne Dyer’s statement in his book and the story above. And a voice inside me said: Stop taking yourself so goddamn seriously!!
It really hit me and another talk began: Who am I to judge how important or meaningful it is what others want or feel the need to share? Whatever the reason behind it is, I can rely on that there is one and if it is only their passion and hobby. However, it is none of my business. It is everybody’s freedom to share whatever, whenever and how often they want to share. No one forces me to look at all those pictures. If I don’t like it I can simply leave the place. After all, I grant the same to myself and the readers of my blog too. So, drop the arrogant attitude to know better and lift yourself above the ego’s low energy.

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All of a sudden, I was calm again. The stress and anger which was building up due to my incomprehension dissolved instantly – homemade anger and stress which destroy mood and health. And in addition to it, it steals my time because I am wasting it with destructive thoughts. Then I began to laugh about myself because I realized how ridiculous my reaction was. I watched my daughter’s photo’s and then closed the tab. Good job, ego, you tricked me again! I am only human and far away from enlightenment but at least I realized it again. And that is the only way to learn and to make a change for the better. I have noticed that I have been keeping this lesson in mind since. For example, when I am driving behind someone who is rather crawling than driving down the road, or when I am lining up at the check-out and the one in the front is counting coins while the line grows, … I immediately recall rule #6. This is such a relief!

ac6e7e854703684cc49b68d3d5d9cbd1.pngNot taking yourself so seriously keeps you focusing what really matters and keeps you from distraction. Also, it keeps you respectful and tolerant. But most of all it prevents you from complete unnecessary stress. Complete homemade stress! Stress is a desire of the ego that you are better, faster, smarter. It goes along with anxiety and pressure. What’s the sense? It is the desire of the ego… not yours! Not taking yourself so seriously is the main ingredient for compassion. You can be compassionate even though you don’t agree with other people’s opinion or attitude. Again, however others act, speak, treat me is their path but how I react is mine. My reaction is in my responsibility. We all have the same rights to live the way we want to live. So, don’t fulfill the ego’s desire and enjoy the peace within you by following Rule #6.

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Such a great reminder Erika.. This post should be handed out to all members of Parliament in the UK right now..LOL.. My hubby was getting all frustrated at the debates in the house of commons televised yesterday, I told him to ‘Chill’… Step back, and calm down… 🙂

We all should have a Chill Button a Rule Number 6.. And this is a timely reminder on how our energies are entrapped within the Matrix of our Techo world, in which we are so easily manipulated via the media bombardment.. Which after all is but a view point, a perception, a window in time, to an idea we subscribe to be it left, right, black or white..

Had we not had such deep communication, via the internet, people wouldn’t be addicted and would be pursuing hobbies, enjoying company eye to eye contact.. instead of feeling isolated behind a screen spilling out every intricate detail of their days..

I must read again Wayne’s Book The Power of Intention its been read twice and still sits upon my bookshelves,

I will never forget the story of his manifesting those needle nose pliers. Showing us what we put our attention on is what we will get..

A timely post dear Erika.. May we all be reminded of Rule Number 6 🙂 ❤
Much love my friend and Thank YOU.. ❤

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OMG, yes, how timely it is indeed looking at the politics all over the world! That is actually the best example. Too many forgot why they are in that position. It is for the benefit of the country and not for their ego.
But yes, it is really easy to be trapped. Even when trying to be tolerant and free of judgement we can start judging others who aren’t as tolerant as we think they should be and we are already trapped again.
The idea of writing that post actually came after I saw all those self-positioned posts. “Gosh, really, do they all think that everyone wants to know each and every activity of their days? Please, don’t take yourself so seriously!!” As you said, taken pictures and living in this virtual world almost more than in the real world supports this ego-driven behavior.
I thought the same about the book when I checked on that story. It is a wonderful book and such a guide for the soul.
Thank you for leaving your insightful lines, Sue. As always, I appreciate it very much that you are taking the time and comments so detailed. Have a lovely evening 💖

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Yes I find it sad really that people have nothing more worth while in their lives, its sad as I feel they are very insecure wanting people to approve of them, giving them praise etc..
All it boils down to is lack of love, lack of love of self,
I guess we could all go there, in fact I have been there, feelings of unworthiness etc, And I suppose at times I share too much of ME in this virtual world, so I shouldn’t judge.. But deep down I think many of these individuals have lost their direction…
We have come through the layers of our own emotional journeys through out the years of learning, reading, meditating and finding our inner self, the one we are comfortable with..
We have to understand many are at different levels of their own evolution, using the technology we never had..
Its a constant evolving world, and I learn every day..
Learning to laugh at my self has been one of the greatest healing tools,,, So rule number 6 really works..

Thank you Erika.. I love, reading your insightful posts.. and I enjoy our transfer of thoughts through our conversations here Much love my dear friend.. ❤

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Yes, I agree, Sue. I too believe that the reason for such extreme “posing”- and “sharing-my-life”-attitudes result from a lack of self-esteem or the feeling of being important and loved. That is why many of those “influencers” have surgeries or whatever they do to impress and make sure they are something. Very sad indeed. And you are right, the technology we are having today opens up new ways of journeys. That’s why we really need to be careful with judgements. I won’t support such appearances but with rule number 6 in mind, I let them do what they need to do.
Thank you for your sensitive ways of giving us more insights, Sue. Lots of love 💖

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I stay away from social media as much as possible, Erika. Only WP is my main source here on the internet and even then I get overwhelmed. As for rule #6, that is my norm except for those times I am being tested, or exhausted, or fighting for one of my cats’ life. Then I do take myself very seriously until the storm passes and then I am back to laughing at me again. My heart is usually light. However …. we all have our moments. xo

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Haha, yes, we do. But we need to take ourselves seriously unitl to a certain point. I think we all know those points when our ego pushes us to be right and to stand up clearly for an opinion which only draws energy from us.
As to social media, yes, so do I. It is my blog which matters and the other platforms are rather scaring me away… lol.

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