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The Neverending Story: An Exercise in Using the I and the it Perspective

Updated on April 15, 2012

There are three treasures to keep: compassion, moderation and humility. – Tao Te Ching

In the movie, “The Neverending Story”, the young boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, while reading a book that he stole from an antique bookshop, inadvertently becomes part of the story. He becomes the person of the lead character, experiencing the trials and travails that are part of the goal of saving Fantasia’s Childlike Empress.

In Quirinus hubpages, the counterpart of Bastian would be the Quirinus hubs author, yours truly. The difference is in the character. The similarity is that the story, which was supposed to only be a story, becomes the character’s real life situation, taking both characters through the trials and travails in pursuit of the goals of the story.

In a past article, I have made this observation, about being sent Difficult Life Lessons as I write and need to learn them. I pondered on whether to proceed with writing articles about difficult life lessons, considering that these present themselves as real life experiences, just like classroom exercises, shortly after they are written about.

Am I ready to experience difficult real life situations?

Or are the topics merely foresights into what the future holds and spiritual guidance as to what insights or perspective to use upon experience of the forthcoming difficult life situation?

Backgrounder Prior to Unfathomable Humiliation

Quirinus background life lesson was provided the previous week through Enlightenment as a One-Step Procedure. So I went about my week exercising mindful awareness for things that came into my conscious attention.

The most important lesson presented in the said article is about using the I and the it perspective in the conduct of our daily lives. The ‘it’ is the term used to refer to our limited, ego-based self, for example perspective. The ‘I’ is the term used to refer to our Higher Self, which derives its identify from the Inexhaustible (as discussed in Ultimate Power from the Inexhaustible ).

The I, which constantly objectively (or without judgment) observes the it, among other things previously discussed, has the responsibility of extending love and compassion towards the it, as it goes through life challenges.

Practicing the I and the it Perspective

By mid-week, the it’s business demands had become almost totally beyond control. I knew that I should consciously step in and implement whatever the situation needed to bring a semblance of work life balance.

The it was feeling guilty about the plans. The I was joyful with deep knowing, that the right thing had been carried out in having distanced the it from the work environment.

Other People’s it Perspective

Most of us still operate from our it perspective or ego-based self, which is in constant defense of our material possessions or stature in life. It is not difficult to understand that most people will not understand it when we step back from a situation and refuse to engage in conflict.

The situation has developed into a highly volatile situation where egos are scarred and nerves are frayed. In such cases, some people’s perspective becomes tainted with emotional overtones and individual defense mechanisms.

The I continues taking the objective observer perspective, viewing one’s own it’s pain and other’s it’s anger.

In anger, others can strike back and resort to humiliating one’s it. One’s it can feel doubt as the situation unfolds. The I sees: ‘it is feeling doubtful” and persists in extending love and compassion to the it.

In retrospect, after the dust has settled and everyone’s frayed egos have vented out, the I wonders how one could have survived such a humiliation, without falling apart or running away.

The Tao’s Way

“The Tao’s way is to raise the low and lower the high; to take when there is too much and give when there is too little.” – Ray Grigg

Before the end of the day, it seems that the Tao or God or destiny stepped in to balance the situation. The other’s it, by stepping on other people’s toes, inadvertently painted itself into a corner where no one could save it from.

Reviewing the Lesson

In review, was the humiliating experience really meant to humiliate? To be honest, as far as the it, in the thick and heat of the confusion, was, it felt exactly that way.

1. It is a daunting task to move from the it to the I perspective in the heat of emotions. It is important that even before an actual experience happens, for us to resolve to be prepared to switch modes.

2. Considering that we will seldom have repeat of experiences if we learn the lesson that was meant to be learned from previous experiences, perhaps that is our life purpose:

To grow our it into the I, eventually harmonizing the two.

From the I perspective, the event was actually a propitious opportunity for the it to grow into the I, the mystery revealed by the unfathomable Humiliation.

Back to the Neverending Story

“Be confident. Be confident.” Bastian was repeatedly admonished as he passed through the gates of the Oracles. That too should be taught to the it (at certain levels of personal development) which in total darkness of what could really be the whole picture, begins to doubt the outcome of the situation and the practice of the I and the it perspective. That’s a parallel between the stories’ characters Bastian and my ego-based it.

The difference between the two stories and also the liberating discovery in my it’s experience is that the I did not need to struggle to be anything other than an objective observer, continuously extending love and compassion to the it.

The I does not need to struggle to be anything. The I does not need. It simply is.


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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 5 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thank you for the compliment, Joan! I believe our observations/comments are a reflection of oneself, that is: you probably write interesting hubs yourself to notice such trait in others. Let me hop over to your hubs myself. Best, Quirinus

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      Joan King 5 years ago

      Very interesting!