Why does the hamster enjoy its hamster wheel?
It seems silly, doesn’t it?
When we go to the pet store, we make sure to stop by the hamsters and peak at what they’re up to. It’s always the same- sleeping, eating, and running on that hamster wheel.
“It’s so cute!” we say through smiling faces. We give them one last adoring look, then off to get dog food.
It’s cute to us humans because we would never do this. We wouldn’t subject ourselves to living in cages and working 40hrs/week on the hamster wheel. That would be ridiculous!
Well, come to find out, the hamster loves his wheel because he’s living out his ancestor’s instincts. In a hamster’s natural habitat, it may run up to five miles/day for his daily workload.
The hamster is merely acting out what is in his nature, what he was built to do.
And as ridiculous as it may sound, we humans often behave in the hamster’s likeness.
Only we don’t have a 18ft x 18ft hamster wheel in our office. Our hamster wheel is much more deceptive, much more seductive.
The Human Hamster Wheel
Our hamster wheel is the “what if” game.
You should know this game very well- you play it all the time.
The rules are simple…
- Some event happens
- You imagine 50 possible outcomes
- You imagine how you would behave in those 50 possible outcomes.
At the end of the day, we probably log more hours on our wheel than the hamster on his.
Why do we play this game? What could possibly motivate us to behave in such a way?
We’re still using the caveman parts of our mind. We’re thinking safety. We’re thinking survival.
A few thousand years ago the difference between knowing what to do and what not to do meant life or death for your entire lineage. No pressure, right?
Technology has advanced at such a rate that most of us don’t need to use this mode of thinking any longer…but we do.
We didn’t get the memo- “You don’t need to think like a caveman any longer. Use this freedom to elevate your consciousness”.
The Tired Human
Obviously playing the “what if” game wastes enormous amounts of time and energy, but what is truly tragic is the loss of life.
While you’re caught up in the “what if” game, life is passing you by. All its beauty, all its opportunity, and all its peace- shoom, right out the window.
In the last moments of your life, you think to yourself, “I should have spent less time on that damn hamster wheel”.
The good news is it’s not too late.
You have the power to break away from the illusion of the fear of “not knowing what to do”. You have the power to open up your time and energy. You have the power to be free.
It’s devilishly simple. Almost too simple to believe.
Do yourself a favor and get behind this mantra- the new mantra to end the old “what if” game.
The most difficult part of breaking the cycle of illusion is to know when the illusion is happening.
Being aware of when the illusion is happening is the bulk and prerequisite of using the following mantra. First, you must realize you are caught in the “what if” game. Then, you must say (or repeat) the following mantra.
But how do I know when I’m caught in the illusion?
Good question. This is a skill that you will develop over the span of your life. Learn this skill and it’s “easy street” from there on.
BUT it takes most people years of undivided focus to become masters of this kind of Observation. For now, just try your best to catch yourself while feeling anxious or caught in thought- you’ll get the hang of it.
So there you are and you caught yourself playing the “what if” game after only five “what ifs”.
If this is a new practice to you, you might have thought of 100 “what ifs” before you caught yourself. The goal is to eventually get to one “what if” (if you arrive at zero then you will no longer need this mantra).
It’s short and sweet. You are encouraged to memorize it.
“There is peace in every situation and I will choose it as part of Creation”.
This is your bread and butter- use it.
You may say this mantra once, or several times to yourself to achieve your desired effect.
In the beginning of your practice, you will most likely continue to play the “what if” game shortly after you say the mantra. If this is the case, say the mantra again.
You might be saying this mantra more than you would like to for the first week. After a week, you will observe an obvious difference in the amount of times you say this mantra each day. This is your quantifying element to prove that it is actually working.
Don’t let life pass you by while you abuse your imagination.
Use this mantra to break the cycle of useless thinking and to quantify your progress.
Like always, if you have any questions about this or any other article, please ask by leaving a comment below. Also, we would love to start a conversation here. Tell us what has been your experience with mantras? Have you found them helpful? If so, in what way? Also, please share your favorite mantra with our community?
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