If you get anxious or depressed, the most likely reason is what you are telling yourself about yourself, others and life. Emotional Cognitive Distortions are irrational ways of thinking that create anxiety and depression. The fastest and easiest way to improve the quality of life I know is to change how you think by getting rid of them.
Physicist Barrie Condon has written a wonderful book, “Science for Heretics,” challenging many of the assumptions of science that we all take for granted. Here is my review.
Rather than asking whether reincarnation and karma are real, we can ask, “Are they helpful?” IDL says “yes,” and “no,” depending on your level of development.
Could there be a “cult of positivity?” Is there an oppressive culture of mandatory optimism? Could positive thinking be a groupthink, mass-mind massive delusion, called a perceptual cognitive distortion?
The “Shadow” is Jung’s term for all the repressed parts of yourself that you need to re-own to become an integrated Self. This concept becomes less important and helpful the higher you climb on your developmental ladder.
Enlightenment is easy and fun once you realize it is a moment-to-moment process of waking up out of your normal irritations and dramas.
You can spend your life locked in the cellar of your own fears, manufacturing threatening people and situations to keep yourself stuck, or you can “wake up” and realize that this is a self-created drama, and spend your life “surfing” instead.
The three types of cognitive distortions that keep you asleep, dreaming, and sleepwalking your way through life are emotional, logical, and perceptual.