To Be Or Not To Be – The Forgotten Choice
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According to the hidden keys in Shakespeare, whenever we’re suffering from anxiety, depression or in a dilemma, there’s always a better choice than simply the lesser of two evils. A better, transcendent choice that will lead to greater clarity, transformation, deeper relationships, and a seriously fulfilling life. It means choosing to be – rather than not to be. It means choosing the soul, the true self, as our centre of consciousness – not the mind, the false self. The big difference is the true self sees things as they really are, whereas the, the false self can only make judgments of ‘good-and-evil’.
Trouble is we’ve forgotten how to chose ‘to be’. Because without a reference point we cannot make a choice. And, in the mind there is no understanding of the reality of the true self, the soul. Our suffering and dilemmas are entirely due to the mind-centred condition through which we perceive ourselves and our lives. Shakespeare has devoted his entire oeuvre to telling us that we’ve forgotten who we really are, why we’re here on this planet, and how we can fulfil a far greater destiny than death, dust, and reincarnation.
Shakespeare is so much more than a great poet and playwright – he’s also a true spiritual teacher unsullied by dogma and corruption. Through his plays and poems, he is continually shaking our molecules in order to wake us up to our authentic choice level. Four hundred years on, a few of us are starting to realise what gems are really hidden beneath the surface of his verse, characterisations, and dramas.
A year or so ago, quite by chance his hidden keys began to dawn on me. I felt this was so important, I put my leadership business on hold in order to capture and write down the historic revelations and insights that (little did I anticipate) would keep me awake into the wee hours.
I called the ensuing book Shakespeare’s Revelation, but the revelation was equally mine! You can read about it here on my website or just go ahead and buy the book now.
In a nutshell, through his plays, he’s asking us (humanity) one fundamental question: do you want to be – or not to be? Sound familiar?
Traditionally, directors, performers, scholars, and audiences have assumed that Hamlet was racked with indecision and saw his only way out by a life or death choice. Interestingly, the play works well enough when this assumption is made. But if you look at it through a different paradigm, a soul-centred, authentic leadership model, say, the value we can receive from Shakespeare’s wisdom goes up exponentially. Impossible to see through the mind’s filter, but clearly from a soul-centred perspective, no longer does Hamlet end in one of Shakespeare’s tragic blood-baths, but in a wake-up call to claim the spiritual potential inherent in our birthright.
Consider it this way: we can either choose ‘to be’, or choose ‘not to be’. If we choose ‘to be’ we are choosing our true self (to thine own self be true). If we choose ‘not to be’ we are defaulting to the dilemma of the false self, the erroneous self-concept the mind continually, relentlessly tells us to believe in!
However, from the level of the true self (to be) we can experience life in the present moment, we step free from time (past regrets, future anxieties) and quite naturally feel unconditional love for ourselves and all others.
From the level of the false self (not to be) we are stuck in our mind, we are driven by fear of unworthiness, we strive in vain to prove to ourselves and each other that we’re not inadequate, unequal, incapable, stupid, out of control – and we set goals (predicated on self-judgement) to become better than ‘them’ or be the biggest, brightest, fastest, richest, most powerful, most right, least wrong, most etc., etc. . . . Basically the mind is convinced we’re ‘not ok’ and drives us insatiably to feel we need to prove we are ok.
Of course, there is absolutely nothing bad or wrong at all about having great big, hairy-arsed goals – that’s not the point – the point is that even achieving massive goals does not prove we’re ok! Worse, it addicts us to achieving more and more of what never can prove we’re ok.
Because, regardless how we feel, or what the church or society says, we already are ok. All of us – no exceptions – are perfect just the way we are right now. If you refute this, you’re listening to your mind – not your soul.
In the mind (not to be) all we can see is ‘to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ or ‘to take arms against a sea of troubles’. Suffer or resist? And what’s the difference? It’s lose or lose?
In the true self (to be) we absolutely know the truth that we are ok, more than ok, ok! So we can set our goals, plan our lives, and build our relationships not on the sands of illusion, but on the rock of truth.
I realised that this is (partly) Shakespeare’s message to us, because for over 35 years I’ve been bringing the experience of soul-centred living to my clients in many different ways. The model I use to navigate through the false selves into the true self turned out to be the exact same (3-selves) model Shakespeare uses to drive the plots in his plays!
In this blog there’s just a micro-taste of Shakespeare’s legacy. In Shakespeare’s Revelation I’ve explored the fountain of timeless wisdom in over 10 plays. Even that is a fraction of what Shakespeare is giving us.
If you really do want a way out of dilemma, anxiety, and depression, and want to help your clients, friends, family, love-ones out too, I really encourage you to find out more about Shakespeare’s hidden keys:
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