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Your Skill Sets Vs Your Conscious Mind

Published on 5/29/2018
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About 10 years ago I purchased this book called "The Psychology of Consciousness" written by Robert E. Ornstein and it triggered the following thought.
You never know when your skill sets might come in useful vs your conscious mind.

Pedagogue described in one dictionary as another name for "teacher" but one who is strict, stiff or old-fashioned, as in pedagogue who stands in the front of the room and lectures...

The story

Nasrudin sometimes took people for trips in his boat. 

One day a pedagogue (teacher/ schoolmaster)) hired him to ferry him across a very wide river. 

As soon as they were afloat, the scholar asked whether it was going to be rough.

"Don't ask me nothing about it," said Nasrudin.

"Have you never studied grammar?"

"No," said the Mulla.

"In that case, half your life has been wasted."

The Mulla said nothing.

Soon a terrible storm blew up. The Mulla's crazy cockleshell (frail boat) was filling with water. 

He leaned over towards his companion. 

"Have you ever learned to swim?"

No," said the  teacher.

"In that case, schoolmaster, your life is lost, for we are sinking."

The two characters in this story represent two major modes of consciousness:

The verbal, rational mode is portrayed  by the pedagogue, who is involved in and insists on neat and tidy perfection; 

the other mode is represented  by the skill of swimming. 

Look at it - on one level these two characters represent different types of people. The verbal-logical grammarian can also be the scientist, the logician, the mathematician who is committed to reason and "correct" proof.

The boatman, ungraceful and untutored in formal terms, represents the artist, the craftsman, the dancer, the dreamer whose output is often unsatisfactory to the purely rational mind.

There are many different interpretations that could be applied to this story. The characters in the story can also represent major modes of consciousness which exists across cultures.  But...there has to be a balance between your skill sets and your conscious mind.

Whatever the business you are in do not be daunted by the fact that you do not or cannot operate on the level of others. You have your own unique strengths which should be recognized by you and targeted.  
Knowing and understanding you is important to your way forward, never comparing yourself to others, while creating your own path.

You may be the dreamer who can sit quietly and focus on what you want, your starting point, where you are going and the means to get there.  Know your skill sets. What you are capable of.

"All Our miseries derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone"
                      - Blaise Pascal -

The boatman was quite at peace with his circumstances because  he knew that when it came to crunch time he could swim to save himself - a skill set he had that the teacher didn't. He also knew that the schoolteacher's logical and "correct" way of speaking could not save him if the boat sank.

Who would you rather be under these circumstances?

There is always something that you are capable of doing so never let into your conscious mind the negative thoughts of others and never compare yourself with others. Let this be the lesson you learn along the way.

The point I am making is you need to know your skill sets, figure it out and work with it. Quiet your mind and think on how you will use your skill sets to your ultimate benefit.

"How can the world know peace when we have lost the gift of stillness?"
                         - Maya V Patel -

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