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A Magnificent Obsession
“In the last analysis, the essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from these hidden sources in individuals.”
– Carl Gustav Jung
This section is the beating heart – the energetic fire – behind HyperLearning. Inspiration, desire, a magnificent obsession that is truly and wholly yours no matter what… it is this kind of certain undeniable purpose of living that drives the desire to learn more, learn better, learn faster, and achieve levels of being and knowing that are concomitant with your Soul’s Unique Purpose.
The Autotelic Self:
Where Discipline Ends and Passion Begins
Finding your Soul’s Unique Purpose is well beyond the notion or pursuit of discipline – which is usually forced. A Magnificent Obsession wells up from within – it is your passion – you wouldn’t do anything else. To outsiders, it looks like discipline, but for you – discipline isn’t on your mind whatsoever. Purpose is.
A Magnificent Obsession turns on a beautiful, interior fire called Autotelos, or the Autotelic Self – which drives self-generated, self-driven learning, projects, growth, and development, creativity, and service to others.
Auto = Self Telos = Growth, Creativity, Accomplishment
Think about a time in your life when you cared about something so much – an idea, a new thing, a project, a relationship, a destination, a goal… that it did not matter what anyone said, what the obstacles were, the sacrifices you had to make, the risks that were involved, the odds of success or failure… this was your passion, your destiny. No one outside of yourself could drive you towards it, and no one could keep you from it.
We all have this Autotelic capacity, this drive for Self Generated Growth, Creativity, Accomplishment – it is native to who we are – even if it has laid apparently dormant for years.
All we have to do to rekindle it is to decide to so. Here are some energetic downloads of what Autotelic people say. This is what it feels like:
- “F#%& it, I am alive, and while I still draw breath I can cultivate, realize, and offer the best of myself and what it means to be a human being.”
- “To hell with the obstacles, this is what I care about. I am going for it come hell or high water.”
- “I want the best relationships possible. I will be the kind of person who draws in the most meaningful, memorable relationships – intimately, personally, socially, professionally, because I love loving and sharing deeply with other people in ways that are significant and life-changing for the better.”
- “Life is to precious for me to waste it not having these questions answered. Whatever I need to read, watch, write, talk about, or experience, I will find out the answers to my life’s deepest questions.”
- “I can do more. I have been wanting to want to do more, be more, for years. My time is now. I am at my prime – and if I don’t feel like I am at my best, I will create the prime of my life in every moment – because I say so.”
- “I love this family, this city, this country, this environment, this world so much I can’t help myself. I must do everything I can for the betterment of humankind and life on earth, in my own Unique way.”
The American Poet Walt Whiman in “To a Pupil” from Leaves of Grass wrote:
Is reform needed? Is it through you?
The greater the reform needed, the greater the personality you need to accomplish it.
You! do you not see how it would serve to have eyes, blood, complexion, clean and sweet?
Do you not see how it would serve to have such a Body and Soul, that when you enter the crowd, an atmosphere of desire and command enters with you, and every one is impress’d with your personality?
O the magnet! the flesh over and over!
Go, dear friend! if need be, give up all else, and commence to-day to inure yourself to pluck, reality, self-esteem, definiteness, elevatedness;
Rest not, till you rivet and publish yourself of your own personality.
That is the passion and purpose of the Autotelic Self.
With that, let’s now look at developing a Magnificent Obsession in this and the next section, “Multidimensional Goals, Intentions, and Ways of Being.”
Keys to Success
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
– Albert Einstein
Napolean Hill, the success researcher hired by Andrew Carnegie to do a 20-year project on a formula for success, (called The Law of Success in 16 Lessons) outlined three major keys:
1. Define Your Dream
Know what you want to order on the menu of life. What you really want – it doesn’t matter that it is impossible, or others don’t support you. Defining your dreams will help unseen forces begin to coalesce around what you want.
Your Dream(s) can be GENERAL or SPECIFIC. For example, my (David Rainoshek) general Dream is:
“I will inspire people to a Magnificent Obsession with creatively discovering and actualizing their Unique Self Purpose. This is my Unique Self Purpose.”
From that Dream – that Way of Being – all of my life’s work flows into specific expressions, including the 92-Day Juice Feasting Program on JuiceFeasting.com, The Spectrum of Diet Project, There is a Cure for Diabetes, B-12 Exposed, Juice Feasting: An Integral Hero’s Guide, and HyperLearning.
We will get detailed on defining your dream in the next chapter, “Multidimensional Goals and Ways of Being.”
2. Get a BURNING DESIRE for Your Dream’s Achievement.
A passion in your heart that drives you and your dream – even when you are tired – to do something that is ultimately larger than yourself. In fact, if it will ultimately serve something larger than yourself – then that “larger-than-yourself” reality will drive the kind of Burning Desire that will go on and on and on and on…
3. You Must BELIEVE at a High Level the Dream Will Manifest for CERTAIN.
This is a faith – not just mere words – but a deep knowing that it is important for a larger reality that this Dream will happen and keep growing ever more magnificently and skillfully than even you can currently imagine or conceive.
These three Keys by Napoleon Hill remind me of an excellent exerpt from The Three Pillars of Zen by Roshi Philip Kapleau on the “Three Essentials of Zen Practice” as taught by his teacher, Yasutani Roshi. Whether or not you have any interest in Zen, this is a timely illustration due to the nature of Zen practice as mind training. From this long-standing lineage of mind training we can draw some parallels to the interior qualities necessary for the energetic vigor and orientation for both Zen and HyperLearning as Life Practices. Here is Japanese Zen Master Yasutani Roshi on the Three Essentials of Zen Practice:
The first of the three essentials of Zen practice is strong Faith (daishinkon). This is more than mere belief. The ideogram for kon means “root,” and that for shin, “faith.” Hence the phrase implies a faith that is firmly and deeply rooted, immovable, like an immense tree or a huge boulder. It is faith, moreover, untainted by belief in the supernatural or superstitious. Buddhism has often been described as both a rational religion and a religion of wisdom. But a religion it is, and what makes it one is this element of faith, without which is is merely philosophy. Buddhism starts with the Buddha’s supreme enlightenment, which he attained after strenuous effort. Our deep faith, therefore, is in his enlightenment, the substance of which he proclaimed to be that human nature, all existence, is intrinsically whole, flawless, omnipotent—in a word, perfect. Without unwavering faith in this the heart of the Buddha’s teaching, it is impossible to progress far in one’s practice.
The second indispensible quality is a feeling of strong doubt (daigidan). Not a simple doubt, mind you, but a “doubt-mass”—and this inevitably stems from a strong faith. It is a doubt as to why we and the world should appear so imperfect, so full of anxiety, strife, and suffering, when in fact our deep faith tells us exactly the opposite is true. It is a doubt that leaves us no rest. It is as though we knew perfectly well we were millionaires and yet inexplicably found ourselves in dire need without a penny in our pockets. Strong doubt, therefore, exists in proportion to strong faith.
I can illustrate this state of mind with a simple example. Take a man who has been sitting smoking and suddenly finds that the pipe which was in his hand a moment before has disappeared. He begins a search for it in the complete certainty of finding it. It was there a moment ago, no one has been near it, it cannot have disappeared. The longer he fails to find it, the greater then energy and determination with which he hunts for it.
From this feeling of doubt, the third essential, strong determination (dai-funshi) naturally arises. It is an overwhelming determination to dispel this doubt with the whole force of our energy and will. Believing with every pore of our being in the truth of the Buddha’s teaching that we are all endowed with the immaculate Bodhi-mind [the awakened mind of Love], we resolve to discover and experience the reality of this Mind for ourselves.
The Epicenter of HyperLearning Success:
A Magnificent Obsession
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and your find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far then you ever dreamed yourself to be.
At the epicenter of these three aspects of success is, in my opinion, a Magnificent Obsession. Such an obsession drives dreams, amasses energy (be it emotional, financial, technological), and gathers people and events around itself.
Examples of Magnificent Obsessions include:
- To help: yourself, your family, a particular group, a project, your nation, the world
- To be smarter than the people around you
- To cultivate greater meaning in your life and that of others
- To expand your awareness and your mind – which is your greatest gift and your right
- To be financially independent doing what you love
- To avoid becoming senile in your later years by maintaining mental vigor, agility, and creativity
- To go beyond your parents in living a full, meaningful, informed, and creative life, and to raise your own children to do the same
- To create more beautiful moments and a life worth writing about
- To be the most genuinely interesting and valuable person to other people in any situation
- To be a shining example of a healthful life as inspiration to others in a society that needs direction and redirection regarding food, lifestyle, and health
- To laugh more and to be the one that helps other people heal and grow with laughter
- To be more inspired and on fire about the precious gift of being alive
- To wake up in other people their greatest potentials and opportunities
- To be more and more free in a life that is full
David Wolfe writes in The Sunfood Diet Success System:
At the bottom of it all, the final goal is that people just want to be happy. When all else is detoxified away, the pursuit of any goal is about achieving happiness.
Maintain your happiness no matter what you are doing. Set happiness as your highest goal and organize your life around it. All beliefs, ideas, goals, and activities which diminish your happiness limit your potential. There is something in Nature which always attempts to guide you towards growing and achieving the greatest levels of happiness if you simply tune in, listen to, and act upon your intuition.
Always remember to keep your own happiness or harmony of mind as your number one value and all else will fall into place. The best way to make others happy is to be happy yourself! Your own happiness allows you to fully enjoy the abundance life has to offer. As long you choose your own peace of mind as your guiding principle, you will never make a bad decision on the way to achieving your dreams.
Magnificent Obsessions generate Goals and Ways of Being, and those Goals and Ways of Being support, in turn, your Magnificent Obsessions.
Taken together, these fuel all the reasons you need to cultivate HyperLearning as a Life Practice, and thus foster the unique creative impulses of your life.
This is true happiness and peace of mind.
Let’s now look at Multidimensional Goals and Ways of Being that can give shape and direction to your Magnificent Obsession in Chapter 4: Multidimensional Goals and Ways of Being!
David Rainoshek, M.A.
 Kapleau, Roshi Philip. The Three Pillars of Zen, pg 69-70.
A Magnificent Obsession
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A Magnificent Obsession
- HyperLearning Course Welcome
- Cover Art Commentary
- Acceleration Begins NOW:
- Benefits Preview of HyperLearning
- Chapter 1:
Introduction to HyperLearning: How to Revive Your Natural Ability/Drive to HyperLearn
- Chapter 2:
Five-Minute University: The Elements for HyperLearning
- Chapter 3:
A Magnificent Obsession
- Chapter 4:
Multidimensional Goals and Ways of Being
- Chapter 5.1:
A Map for HyperLearning Better: Integral Thinking – Part 1
- Chapter 5.2:
A Map for HyperLearning Better: Integral Thinking – Part 2
- Chapter 5.3:
- Chapter 6:
FLOW: The HyperLearning State of Optimal Experience
- Chapter 7:
Print: Read Better than Anyone with PhotoReading and SpeedReading
- Chapter 8:
Accelerate your Media Speed Like Neo in The Matrix
- Chapter 9.1:
Reduction and Organization
- Chapter 9.2:
Cultivating Transformative Relationships
- Chapter 10:
HyperOrganize Your Interests and Passions
- Chapter 11.1:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 1
- Chapter 11.2:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 2
- Chapter 11.3:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 3
- Chapter 12.1:
Complementary Life Practices
- Chapter 12.2:
- Chapter 12.3:
Meditation and More
- Chapter 13:
Bonus Inspiration: The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
- Chapter 14.1:
Materials to Keep You Inspired
- Chapter 14.2:
More Materials to Keep You Inspired
HyperLearning: A Mystic’s Perspective
- About the Author:
David Rainoshek, M.A.