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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about the power of narratives to create a reality that brings you happiness in life.
In this podcast you’ll find:
- Meta-narrative: one overarching story that explains reality. We are all bought into the same narrative.
- All of us have a narrative.
- We tend to assume other people buy into our narrative.
- What are our narratives and how do they influence us?
- Try to understand the power of narrative in creating the life you want.
- The stories you tell yourself create your reality.
- Thinker/Thinks podcast
- Like a fish in water. The water is the narrative, and we are the fish.
- Middle Earth vs. Star Trek Federation
- Ontological differences can be massive.
- If our interpretation of the world is only a story/narrative, it can be a bit disempowering.
- If we can’t accept that our interpretation is a story, we are going to overvalue that story.
- It isn’t good to believe our narrative is the only narrative, and it’s not good to believe that nothing is real.
- There is a middle ground where we can understand that everyone has a narrative and still agree to assimilate into a collective narrative.
- Like color. We all seem to agree with what is considered red. But how do we know that other people are seeing red in the same way we do?
- Remember that we have narratives just like everyone else.
- How can we change our narrative from, “I’m the worst person who ever lived” to “I am a human being like everyone else with strengths and weaknesses.”
- Once you understand these are all stories/narratives the more agile you become in your thoughts and perspectives.
- Two factions are emerging in the political atmosphere of the US.
- They can’t even agree on the story. They see reality completely differently.
- Disagreement isn’t over particulars it is fundamental to the stories we are telling ourselves.
- How do we navigate a world where people don’t even see the same reality?
- Sometimes divergent sides are playing the same game, just opposite sides.
- Narratives can help us identify how we are similar to others.
- If we are reluctant to let go of our narrative, we can try to shoehorn other people’s narratives under ours to make it the definitive truth.
- This looks like openness to other narratives, but it’s actually a diagnosis of their narrative.
- How many of us have been taught: “If it weren’t for God’s grace I’d be a drunk in the gutter?”
- As if, once we untether from that baked-in narrative, there’s nothing else to tether us.
- Once we let the narrative that forms our morality go, we have nothing to tether to and corruption is the feared result.
- We see people’s narratives duking it out all the time. We call it war.
- How do we use these narratives for personal empowerment?
- It hearkens back to addiction. Many people trade one narrative for another, just like they trade one addiction for another.
- Are you addicted to your narrative?
- Do you act like a junky when someone tries to pull it away?
- Can you not see outside of your narrative?
- When someone questions it, do you start to freak out?
- If you believe that giving up one narrative will only result in the adoption of a more harmful narrative, is it because you know you traded one addiction for another?
- Empowerment comes from letting go of the addictions.
- Be open to change. You can likely trace previous narratives that changed. Have you ever believed in Santa Claus?
- If you truly believe you will become a drunk in the gutter if you leave your current narrative, then your relationship with your narrative/story is controlling you. You aren’t in control.
- If you can’t handle life without your narrative/story, you may have an addiction to it.
- Whenever you encounter someone else’s narrative, you will try to shoehorn it into yours.
- As human beings, we can’t resolve major conflicts if we refuse to allow that other people’s narratives/stories are just as true as ours.
- Hold your narratives loosely.
- If we could all do this, we could end war.
- We hold the power within ourselves.
- It’s not the narrative that holds the power. It’s our attachment to it.
- These podcasts are narratives. We try to cast a narrative to give you a more empowered perspective.
- Let’s work together to create open frame empowering narratives.
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