commitment forms results
Talking with Tera Freestone today, she interpreted my use of the word “commitment” to refer, basically, to an already spontaneous arising of focused energy that can be expressed in language and be communicated to one or more other people, and not only CAN be expressed, but naturally WILL be expressed- somehow. That is my paraphrased recollection of the conversation.
Commitment may be personal (like regarding language, diet or exercise) or interpersonal. Commitment can be more or less specific- like with lots of quantifiable measures like specific timeframes or schedules. Details can be added, modified, or retracted.
Commitment is what is already expressing itself. Results are formed by commitment. In fact, every actual result is a by-product of commitment.
Instincts rendered into language qualify as commitments. Commitments are recognitions of “what I am doing.” Of course, it does not really matter what the source of a commitment is, as long as it is really a commitment, rather than something like a belief: “what I should be doing” (according to whatever “spiritually dead” model of language).
Commitments may involve inviting or requesting something of another specific person. Communicating a commitment- especially to anyone in particular who is involved in the commitment- may be a natural part of how a commitment expresses itself.
Now, if my words do not fit with my results, then my operating commitments may be still unidentified by me. So, I may ask “what commitment is expressing itself in these actions and results?” Again, any result that I experience, I may have been committed to producing.
If I experience poverty or illness or suffering, I can claim that as the result of my prior commitments. Such a claim of responsibility defuses any possible excuse-making, blame-casting, scapegoating or villain-seeking. (Of course, I may also claim a commitment to any of those, or any variation of identifying myself as a dependent victim of reality).
I noticed this distinction lately as I was thinking over the course of many years of communicating with people about patterns of human behavior that I have noticed in economics: buying, selling and borrowing of various investments. A few people that I have warned about developments that I saw as obvious made adjustments based on my communications, but most did not. So, I have said that they were committed to staying with the strategies they already were using and thereby producing the results they actually got, such as job losses, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and so on. By the way, I have experienced those or similar things myself, too.
I even experienced a severe breakdown in my physical health about 3 years ago: a loss of the ability to walk. Was that a result of my commitments? Well, wasn’t it? What else could it be!
My particular commitments produced particular perceptions (as in sensitivity to certain possible interpretations and meanings) which led to certain actions (reflexes, responses, or reactions) and thus to whatever result I actually experienced. In particular, I focused on certain other issues while my attention to my bodily health developed only exactly however it did, such that soon my attention was diverted to my bodily health by the dramatic development of the sudden loss of the ability to move my right leg. Business as usual was interrupted. In fact, I claim that I was committed to interrupting it!
So, I think it was in an exchange a few days ago with Anita, I asserted that I had been committed to dependency, noting that dependency had been a persisting result for me. I had been committed to denying that I was indirectly producing dependency, and that commitment involved a sequence of frustration and blame and various tests of “isn’t someone going to come and save me… from dependency?”
Dependency is an entirely valid outcome to produce. There are other words one could use- like “support.” I was seeking the support of other people and the results I produced fit perfectly with a commitment to produce occasions to ask other people for support (charity). That can also be called a commitment to produce humility (as in humiliation or embarrassment).
If I was humiliated about my circumstances in life, I was committed to producing that humiliation. Or, if I was proud, I was committed to producing pride.
So, my interpretation of anyone’s producing the result of poverty is that poverty corresponds to dependency and lack of choice. At least, that is how I am expressing my own experience.
Further, lack of choice corresponds to focus, like as in clarity. Desperate people do not have the luxury of confusion (or even of embarrassment). After all, there may always be time for that later, after any crisis has passed.
A commitment to freedom (and/or prosperity) is what produces the result of freedom (and/or prosperity). Other commitments produce other results.
There is no such thing as a wrong commitment, by the way. Again, commitment is an expression of instinct, of Holy Spirit, of “sacred urge,” or, as people like Werner Erhard and Esther Veltheim and Ramana Maharshi may have used the term, of “Self.”
Commitments form through language and are communicated as language. In any instance of a formation of language (or even a gesture), some particular commitment (at least one) is always expressing.
If I type something on the computer then do not save what I am typing before something interrupts the process, then my commitment to type was whatever it was and my commitment to save occasionally as I type may suddenly develop. Commitments are what I value.
If I invest in advice that leads to big monetary losses, that advice is what I value, as well as the results available thereby. If I invest in research that indicates exactly how certain investments are most safe or lucrative and certain ones are not, then my commitment forms my actions and so on. If I choose not to invest in such research, again, what results is a perfect fit for my commitments.
So, with all of that being said, I notice that a commitment to freedom has been operating for me. I have an experience of freedom in many forms. Fitting with the general commitment to freedom, I notice a specific commitment to prosperity (which is a word that to me includes economic freedom). However, I have also been committed to dependency, yet ashamed of dependency.
Now, I claim that dependency is dependency. In other words, dependency is an entirely valid way of relating. Children are naturally dependent on adults. Some people are dependent on governments or on a particular other person or on maintaining for themself a particular persona or identity or role, such as that of the victim or the savior.
I invite you to notice what commitments have been operating in your life as the source of your experienced results. If you are specifically interested in freedom, prosperity, and partnership, I request that you communicate that to me.
By the way, in my commitment to experiencing dependency, not only did I experience humility, but gratitude- like for the support of those on whom I had been depending. A commitment to experience gratitude can take many forms, but perhaps only one at a time.
February 20, 2010
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