On Motivation

“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.”
― Ayn Rand

For the last three days, I was searching for motivation. Something which can push me to write something and then push me further to finish it. Yeah, both are separate from each other. The push to start is not the same as the push to end. It seldom is same.

Have you seen an empty canvas? or an empty page? or a void in your life ?

They all let you imagine anything you want. They lay there looking at you. Waiting for you to put something on them – fill them up with something you want. They want you to act.

They become a beast, a demon for me. Constantly taunting me, looking into my eyes, with sinister smiles. And most people will stop there & run away or let it be or simply destroy the stage. The fear binds you and snatches that precious moment of action from you. So how do I act?

I like to keep my demons along. I like to mingle with them. I like to live around them.

When I am faced by one such demon. I simply say ‘Hello’ to it. If I look at a blank canvas – I would throw a color on it, or make any random stroke on it. If I look at a sheet of paper – I will doodle on it, scribble on it. I will place any silly idea into the void. The main point is – in case of fear – I take silly action, even if it turns out to be a mistake.

And that little silly action – motivates me to move ahead. The huge possibility of better & foolish things fills up my mind-space. That imagined world charged with the creative energy propels me to keep on moving. That is all the motivation one needs to keep on dreaming and keep on taking action.

Whatever one fills in those dreams – will affect the path one chooses, the mobility to get to the dream, the perseverance to face the problems, the tenacity to keep on a single path.
What you imagine will either motivate you or demotivate you. And sometimes will lead you to change paths or stop in your journey.

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”
― Zig Ziglar

And I am in love with it. No, Not with the fear. Fear is dreadful.

I am in love with the ability to change my imagination at will. I can keep evolving my dreams – I can keep changing them. It is amazing. However, the more dependent you are on the external sources for this imagination – the more dependent you are on others for motivation. They will decide it for you my friend.

From the recent meetings with friends, i came to know that generally people have this perception that I am aloof, proud, crazy, lonely, e.t.c. Sorry, if you feel like that. Well, some part of it is true also, and some of it is the ‘detachment’. I want to take control of my world. I am trying to work on it – it gets crazy sometimes. And that leads me to the last part – the part which motivates you to end it all.

The vision of the golden egg at the end of the line. The view of the goal post.
The excitement of getting to the last page. The satisfaction of the last stroke of brush.
The pat on the back or the hug from the loved ones. The achievement of standing on the podium or receiving an award.
The pride of increasing bank balance. The lust of an object.
The love of a person. The attainment of moksha.

To be honest,this part of motivation still eludes me.

At that stage, there is no demon left to taunt me. They are all standing beside me. The quest to growth keeps my imagination rolling and I keep on moving.
Sometimes I imagine that all these demons see their own finish line ;and at the sight of it, we all fall into a chaos of individual race to the finish. And sometimes I imagine that the vision of the golden egg does not mesmerize me. Howsoever it may be, I hope that in my journey when I decide to stop and look back at the path I traveled – I find the finish lines crossed.

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt,

This post is part of the Dungeon Prompts Season 2 : Motivation.

UPDATE: Other contributors for the Motivation Prompt :

Role Model – The Story of an Ordinary Girl

Positive Push – Dream Cloud Diaries

Walking With Reason – MarthaOstout

Motivation – Writing Works in Progress

Motivation – Human in Recovery

What Motivates Me? (Haiku) – Traces of the Soul

Motivation – Cher Shares

Dreams – Writing Works in Progress

The Struggle Between Mind and Matter – The Seeker’s Dungeon

The Meaning of Motivation Changed – Shadows of the Divine

When You Call Me – SplitSpeak

One Square Root of One Percent – My Spirit Journey

Arigato. 🙂

A Mummified Rama [SHSF]

What is Cryonics?

Well, Cryonics means ‘Icy Cold’. It is the low-temperature preservation of humans and animals who cannot be sustained by contemporary medicine, with the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future.[for more info – link]

Doesn’t it sounds similar to the practices of ancient Egyptians,in other words, Mummification. The aim was the same for them, to re-incarnate the dead in the future, by some means unknown to them in that period. And here we are in 21st Century with modern & more sophisticated technology trying to achieve similar goals. Modern science made us a more rational being only to pursue earlier thought superstitious ideas in a scientific way. Wouldn’t you agree? Joseph Campbell seems to agree.(I think so)

“I would say that all our sciences are the material that has to be mythologized. A mythology gives spiritual import – what one might call rather the psychological, inward import, of the world of nature round about us, as understood today. There’s no real conflict between science and religion … What is in conflict is the science of 2000 BC … and the science of the 20th century AD.”
― Joseph Campbell

In the Indian context, many similar conflicts crop up due to our rich unexplained heritage & modern age science. Earlier I used to doubt every aspect of traditional culture. More of skeptical of it i.e. reasoning them out, trying to explain it using modern connotations. And day by day with each new report coming from science world – it looks authentic. Please don’t consider those  superstitions which are truly exploitative in character or deal with the psychological aspects of culture & society. I don’t know what more to add to it. I just wanted to make a point here – nothing else. Just like Campbell did.

On another line, although related with the new-age technology is the idea of virtual personalities. The idea of using ones’ online & social activity to create an ever present virtual avatar. Which can be programmed into some android in future. You get the idea. So, I was thinking why wait for someones social activity – why not use data from historical & mythological texts. Can’t we encode the ‘Bible‘ to create virtual persona of ‘Jesus’ or make alive ‘Rama’ or ‘Krishna’ from the great epics of ‘Ramayana’ & ‘Mahabharata’. With so much rich & diverse scriptures , we can have a whole virtual world of Gods & Demons. Then we can have the replay of epics in a virtual world or even get to see new epics getting formed. We don’t even need the god-men who profess of talking to God or preaches Gods’ teachings. I think this must have been already thought by someone .But as it can have heavy repercussion on the religious industry, it must have been suppressed.

Ancient Egyptians would have rejoiced by this technology. Their Pharaoh alive again talking to them from a screen – truly a Gods Work. And we Indians would have had our re-incarnation of ‘Kalki’ walking us to humanities doom.

A fascinating idea perhaps or just a fantasists’ imagination.


P.S – I think this can be one viable idea, that’s why i included it in SHSF (Stay Hungry Stay Foolish) series.