Lessons on being present from a half-mad genius

The film “Fight Club” was one of my favourite films for a long long time.

It’s about a couple of guys who essentially are tired of self-medicating and self-sedating with shopping, possessions, alcohol, drugs.

Tired of chasing the empty dreams of Western culture, they instead insist on finding their authentic way of being in order to squeeze the most out of life, in order to be fully and completely alive.

Well that’s my take on it. I’m no film critic.

I loved the film when I saw it in my early twenties, it was just the thing that spoke my language, spoke to me of wanting to grab life absolutely by the bells without compromise..

And it was half mad too. That always helps.

Whether you see the film or not is up to you, the point I want to make is that the author of the book is a genius.

I came across some of his quotes recently and was blown away.

If you google “chuck palahniuk quotes” you’ll see what I mean.

Well, it may be personal opinion … up to you to take it or leave it.

One quote I saw from the film is the following:

“This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time” - Tyler Durden

And I get it … go now, do it now, don’t wait until conditions are perfect. You can always adjust and fine tune later.

Good advice actually for me who is weaning myself off my addiction to perfection so I actually do something.

Perfection can freeze you in such a noble way: “it’s not right so I can’t send it off now” …

… and so years later I’m still doing the same thing.

Or, I can’t decide on what will be the best decision, and so no decision gets made … Years later …

I don’t know if you know that, but I do well. Nice to see because in awareness I can make adjustments for it.

So - your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.

True, but equally true is that this is your life and it’s beginning one minute at a time.

You can begin again in each and every moment.

In fact you do - nothing of your past can touch you here, now. Its all gone. All your memories, all the stuff that happened because you were there and you lived through it?

It is now just a thought.

A firing of neurons, a connection of brain tissue, a muscle memory.

No matter if you thought you were awesome or horrible in the past, you get to start again. It doesn’t matter if you were a saint or a sinner, you get to go again.

Good news!

I leave you with the man himself:

“Your past is just a story. And once you realise this it has no power over you”

- Chuck Palahniuk

Keep the peace!

  • Arjuna

p.s. if you want to know how to live this as a reality, you really need to learn to Ascend. Simple, does it for you.