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Deconstructionizm

Deconstructionizm and Practice

Hi there, my name is Deborah Butler. I work with my husband in Martin Butler’s Dark Way deconstructionizm practice; it’s all about reprogramming yourself from your conditioning that doesn’t work for you.

Debbie Butler

Learned Behaviour

You've lived a lifetime of learned behavior, which you’ve had over the years since you've been a child.

As children, we learn to survive, we use various techniques, we may become people-pleasers, we may become scapegoats, we may become proud, strong, bullying, and many other things.

However, although these behavior patterns worked for us as children, as adults, they no longer work.

Deconstructionizm of Conditioning

Because of the conditional patterns that don’t work anymore, people are drinking too much, smoking too much, taking antidepressants, having anxiety attacks, and also feeling suicidal.

When life becomes too much, you need an escape, and that’s how we cope with it.

However, we don’t address the main problem, which is that life is not a happy playground. We need strategies for coping with life that will replace our delusion. In the past, we often went into a fantasy world where we could pretend that life was wonderful.

The only problem with this is that one day we come crashing down, and when this happens, we have very few ways of dealing with it.

The one thing we do try to do is annihilate ourselves. We do this through the methods I’d mentioned before: drugs, distractions, extra ones like keeping yourself busy, and developing things like religions.

And yet, we never really address the main problem that is staring us in the face. We are unhappy.

 

Deconstructionizm Practice

This work I do with Martin and some of my colleagues addresses the fantasy and stares the reality of the situation square in the face.

We work with you and help you understand the reality of life and the chronic situation.

On the face of it, it may seem highly pessimistic and very negative to some, yet I would argue that the people who try to paint over existence with white paint are the pessimistic ones.

If you're sick of annihilating yourself and trying to paint over reality with fantasies, then contact me and we can discuss this work.

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Introduction:

In the labyrinth of human existence, where the complexities of body and mind often intertwine. The quest for freedom is a timeless pursuit. Baruch Spinoza, the 17th-century Dutch philosopher, offered a profound perspective on this journey. At the heart of Spinoza's philosophy lies the notion that true liberation, both of the body and mind, can only be achieved through the art of understanding. Here, I explore Spinoza's teachings and their pivotal role of understanding in attaining freedom.

Understanding Spinoza's Philosophy

Spinoza's philosophy is deeply rooted in rationalism and pantheism, proposing a monistic worldview where God and nature are inseparable. Central to his ethical and metaphysical works, particularly in "Ethics," is the concept of 'conatus.' This conatus denotes the innate drive of all beings to persevere and enhance their existence. For Spinoza, the will to life, or conatus, is intimately tied to understanding.

1. Understanding as the Key to Self-Preservation

Spinoza posited that individuals possess an inherent striving for self-preservation, which he called the conatus. This instinctive drive, however, can be either hindered or facilitated by the degree of understanding one possesses. The more we comprehend the world around us and the mechanisms governing our own existence, the better equipped we become to navigate life's challenges.

2. The Power of Knowledge to Diminish Fear

Spinoza acknowledged the pervasive influence of fear on human behavior. Fear often emerges from ignorance and the unknown. By cultivating understanding, individuals can unravel the mysteries that shroud their existence, thereby diminishing the grip of fear. Knowledge becomes a potent antidote to the anxieties that shackle the mind.

Understanding and Freedom of the Mind

1. Emancipation from Passionate Attachments

Spinoza argued that the mind can be enslaved by its own passions and irrational desires. These passions, driven by inadequate understanding, lead to inner turmoil and hinder the pursuit of a harmonious and free mind. Through the pursuit of knowledge, individuals can emancipate themselves from the chains of irrational passions, attaining a clarity that fosters mental freedom.

2. Rational Autonomy and Emotional Resilience

Understanding, according to Spinoza, enables rational autonomy. When individuals grasp the causal relations that govern their emotions and actions, they gain the ability to navigate life with emotional resilience. This autonomy is a pathway to freedom, allowing individuals to respond to external events with reason rather than succumbing to impulsive reactions.

Understanding and Freedom of the Body

1. Harmony with Nature

Spinoza believed that understanding the laws of nature and aligning oneself with them is essential for physical well-being. The body, being a part of the natural order, thrives when it operates in harmony with the broader cosmic forces. Understanding these forces allows individuals to make informed choices that contribute to bodily health and longevity.

2. Mitigation of External Threats

By understanding the causal relationships between external factors and the well-being of the body, individuals can mitigate potential threats. Spinoza argued that knowledge of the natural world equips individuals to make informed decisions about their lifestyle, diet, and environment, thereby enhancing the body's capacity for self-preservation.

Conclusion:

In the tapestry of Spinoza's philosophy, the art of understanding emerges as the thread that weaves together the fabric of freedom for both body and mind. Through the pursuit of knowledge, individuals can liberate themselves from the shackles of ignorance, fear, and irrationality. Spinoza's teachings remind us that true freedom is not an external condition but a state of being cultivated through the continuous exercise of understanding. As we unravel the mysteries of existence, we find the key to unlocking the doors to genuine freedom – a freedom that transcends the limitations of the body and liberates the mind from the tyranny of unchecked passions.

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