Some people overpack for trips. Are you overpacked for life?
Great post, enjoy the analogies, and it seems that there is a lot more in there that is worth teasing out a little deeper.
I am certainly a collector. I collect stuff in every dimension, and some stuff is useful, and some stuff requires more maintenance than it delivers value – that stuff is definitely worth getting rid of.
In the emotional realm, it seems to be being worth getting clear about what is useful and what is not.
It seems to me that it is not the experiences of life that need to be forgotten, these to me are always worth remembering, even if they seem at the time to be hell on earth.
As human beings we find it very difficult just to have experiences. What we tend to do is to judge everything – this is good, that is bad, …….
Most often it is these judgements about something, rather than the thing itself, that get in the way. The more simplistic the judgements, the less likely they are to actually be useful to us.
As children, we have to start with simple things. All of us have to start making sense of the world of volition with simple distinctions, and the simplest way to divide any infinity is into two (good/bad, right/wrong, good/evil). These seem to me to be children’s attempts to make sense of our infinite creative power and our infinite ability to make a difference in the future, for ourselves, for our family, for our tribe, for our wider community, for humanity, for life itself.
It seems to me important that we move past the simple (and necessary stage in our growth of) binary distinctions of childhood, and move into a realm of distinctions that are ever closer approximations to the potentially infinite chain of consequences of any action.
Part of the process is realising that we are each one amongst many, and as the ripples of our choices spread out into the wider world, they meet with and interact with the ripples of the choices of everyone else, and that the precise effect of any of our actions rapidly become unpredictable in this wider sense.
So it seems to me that the emotional baggage that we can most powerfully leave behind is our declarations about the value of anything. The labels we put on experience of right/wrong, good/bad, good/evil are the things that taint and disturb our existence, trying as they do to make sense of this infinitely variable universe in which we find ourselves by stuffing all aspects of it into one of two boxes.
The more we can go beyond such simplicity into the infinity of infinities beyond, and the more we can simply bring acceptance of all experience, the greater the freedom we each experience to make a real difference in the here and now.
So for me it is a big yes to dumping our declarations, of past, present and future; and just learning to trust our intuitions to enable us to be and do the best we can in the instant, moment to moment to moment.
It seems to me that all of theology is firmly rooted in those simple binary distinctions, so it is all best disposed of with the rest of the baggage. Seems to me that Jesus said a lot when he said “judge not lest ye be judged”.
So yeah – dump the baggage of judgements, and keep the wealth of experience, and work at eliminating judgement from the experience of life (as far as that is possible) [that is conscious level judgements, the unconscious level judgements are necessary, and what allow us to survive in life, they are instantaneous, in the moment sort of judgements, not the sort that hang around and become grudges].
Context is key to what we make of experience, change the context, and we change all of the meaning and significance (though the experience is unchanged).