“There are only two ways of developing yourself in this world: the nerve cell way and the cancer cell way. The first rather expands itself through others by making connections and accepting them totally. The latter expands itself at the cost and detriment of others and destroys itself and others”. (“The magic of immortality”, Burislav Severest).
I completely ignore whether the author of this sentence is a wise master or a fake one and to be honest, I do not really care for. Yet, I am sure he took this from a powerful source since it appears robust enough, as if it was rooted deeply into an intuitively accessible knowledge.
A connection is an asset. Knowing how to make it – an art. Life consists in connections of every kind: your attention to these sentences, the first thing you will have in mind related to them a minute later, your mood at the end of this article, at the end of this day – the general feeling about your accomplishments… What are you connected to and what is connected to you? Have you ever asked yourself this question?
The nerve cell reproduces exactly what an intelligent form of life does everywhere: optimizing its duplication and reproducing its connections/links as much as needed to form an optimized organism. Explore the nature, everywhere you will see intelligently repeating patterns. Explore successful people, every one of them repeats intelligently successful life schemes.
What’s the key to read through this? Let us say “links”, or if you prefer “connections”. Humans only can behave through two main patterns: connecting or competing. The latter consists in a self-affirmation and the fact of taking advantage of something. Many have been taught since their childhood: “defeat others before you get defeated”, “win or lose”, “get rich or die poor”, “be someone or you’ll be nothing”.
On the contrary, the first option – connecting – invites you to get interested in life’s different facets and consider the great wealth it represents from all perspectives. This option will invite children to reflect on their life’s outcomes: “did you check how he got so far in his career so you could do same?”, “do you know what made you fail?”, “have you tried everything you could?”, “what else could you do to improve your situation?” – notice how contrasting this sounds compared to what you have just read.
You wonder where does this insatiable optimism come from? Well, let me ask you the following question: consider your life’s all unfulfilled wishes, thoughts, dreams, doubts and fears – what is each worth? Nothing. Absolute zero life value and zero kinetic energy. Not only this is not worth of anything, it has created much frustration and negative emotions in your body. Concretely, you have sold yourself an indefinitely delayed project and then argued in favor of using someone else’s projects or ideas to make your living.
This is exactly how the destructive cell works: it delays its own production of necessary tools for energy development and instead takes on other cells. How does this end? Vampirism
And now consider the alternatives that you have already fulfilled – what is this worth? Everything. You have learnt, acquired experience, made some discoveries, spared the knowledge that mattered to you and made your life records. You are not selling yourself anything, you are like a child with the Eastern eggs – trying to uncover what matters to you the most right at this moment. To do this – you relate to others, you relate to everything, all the hints that can help you navigate your way – you play the game of unconditional expansion of the knowledge. Knowledge of your “self”, knowledge of your “thoughts”, knowledge of the world’s phenomena, knowledge of your senses…
This is exactly how the nerve cell works. How does this end up? Gratitude.