Internal structures are harder to define than external structures because they are invisible and exist within us. It is the authorities that dictate our habits and thinking, and ultimately affect our behavior. Everything we know to be true about ourselves flows from this space because it translates our lives to us. It has nothing to do with our feelings or belief systems. These authorities will govern us until we decide to follow the journey towards what we really want.
The ancient Hebrews were literal in their thinking. To them, the heart was the authority within which governed them on their journey. As the history proceeds, they were captured and taken to Babylon to live as slaves in a foreign land. They were taught the ways of Babylonian thinking and traditions, and after a few hundred years, they forgot about their promised land. The ways of Babylon became inviting and they fought for a place within a structure that was never designed for them. After years in captivity, they were granted freedom from slavery, but the Babylonian ways of thinking had completely infiltrated their lives. To this day, they are still using the Babylonian alphabet to translate their sacred scripts.
Just like in the example above, we have defined six different internal structures that govern us for as long as we choose to remain stuck within them. Each system that we step into has its own rewards and punishment. Instead of trying to solve the problems that each of the internal structures presents or strategizing how to overcome them, we need to learn how to completely step out of the structure and set our gaze upon the journey towards the stream.
These internal structures were allowed to form within us because they presented the promise to give us what we want. For example, if you knew that treating your spouse with kindness will ensure that she wouldn’t leave you, you would immediately adjust your attitude. The same can be said about the discovery of how relaxed you feel after smoking a cigarette. You will form a habit to keep getting what you want, even if there’s a price to pay. The nature of an internal structure is that it will keep us locked into things that worked in the past to get us what we need but no longer satisfies. People too often resist change because of the uncertain future that a life without their internal structures would hold, even if they know it’s bad for them. It’s like an adult walking around with his favorite blanket as a child, refusing to let it go.
We cannot solve the problems that each structure presents, because we will only end up more stuck. We cannot formulate endless strategies of how to overcome these structures and nurture ourselves with psychology and positive thinking. We can only choose to leave behind the internal structures and move on with our journey. This book does not present step by step strategies that will help you fix your life and overcome the things that hold you back. The purpose of this book is to present a map that will lead you towards what you really want.
For example, imagine you inherited a country which held everything you needed to be satisfied in life, but you were too young to rule over this land. The land was then divided into six different states and each given a ruler to govern over it while you grew up. The only problem is, nobody told you that you inherited the entire country or that you had any authority, and you grew up as a commoner obeying the laws of the different states. What would it take to convince you that it’s your country and the authority to rule over it is yours? Are you still on the journey to find the treasure you know would bring true satisfaction, or are you stuck in a foreign land?