“For cognition to be complete…it must be detached, disinterested, desireless, unmotivated. Only thus are we able to perceive the object in its own nature with its own objective, intrinsic characteristics rather than abstracting it down to ‘what is useful,’ ‘what is threatening,’ etc. To the extent that we try to master the environment or be effective with it, to that extent do we cut the possibility of full, objective, detached, non-interfering cognition. Only if we let it be, can we perceive fully…in many..situations, to give in is to overcome, to be humble is to succeed.” Abraham Maslow – Toward A Psychology of Being
Lately I’ve noticed the gold in the process of letting go, releasing motivation. It’s especially useful when life backs you up against the wall once again. Me and this here wall (forgive the intentional murder of grammar), we know the be, the grin up against the next big obstacle with the chips fallen all around and the fan coated in stuff no one’s too keen to smell and the room too and none of it anyone’s fault. No one to blame. No victims. No helpers. Just life. The power in comprehension birthed from a detached, disinterested (Even!), desireless, un-mo-ti-va-ted growth process is, well, unique. You know what it does to blogging? Well, it brings out this weird kind of whatever yeah ok, that seems like a great idea “approach.” And voila! A post emerges. It’s not like there’s a heavily worn path to this location here but it’s a must for me.
When restoring the stuff, the fibre of “Who” “I” “AM” apart from all that’s been intentionally left behind, this particular bit of the process claims a potent, vital, critical point on the path of growth. It reveals how attached we become to attachment, to interest, to desire, to motivation and how much energy we put into trying to keep up these forces, maintain their existence. STAY MOTIVATED…an often exhausting endeavor in manufactured earnestness, no? It requires massive doses of courage to detach, allow disinterest to be what it is, allow a lack of desire to simply be, and believe in self apart from…gasp…motivation.
What is discovered? An organic wellspring of something unable to be named slowly bubbles up and things happen. Life emerges. Motivation isn’t as much a goal as a by-product in this particular phase of personal growth. And if our lives are “merely” about surviving, putting food on the table and a roof over the heads we love, detachment can provide a haven from the storm disrupting long-established motivation into a frenzy of confusion. How to be motivated in an increasingly difficult world? It comes from a death, a stalling, a time of allowing the seed seemingly lost under the concrete to find the inner vibe and…
It’s not that all planning, all cultivation of motivation goes away forever. It’s that a both/and reality coexists oftentimes in cycles and seasons that inevitably create a whole reality of unity.