So many of us humans concern ourselves with altering the lives of other humans. We invest time in forming alliances and social institutions and rules to control people. Of course history has shown that when people are forced to conform to political and religious systems, they may outwardly behave in ways to avoid punishment. However, what they feel in their hearts is contrary to the wishes and intentions of authority.
Eventually such systems fall apart because they do not allow for personal head space and our inner drive for freedom. Those who continue to push for social control are driven by the untameable territory of their own inner selves. This outer effort to control the outer behavior of others is renewed each generation as they struggle with their own inner conflicts.
If and when people discover that subjugating others is futile and evil, they let go of narrow concepts and accept the diversity of humanity. Regardless of mind control techniques and technology, there will be those of us who remain skeptical of conformity. Such outliers are nourished by calm minds that enable us to connect with the vast, amazing places of inner space.
Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels was one of the pioneers of Outer Space exploration. He has said that while he was in Outer Space he was also able to deeply explore the inner space of his mind. He let go of conceptual beliefs and saw the Universe with new eyes. Outer Space opened him to the vastness of inner space.
Fortunately, we don’t need to orbit the planet in order to explore inner space. We can consciously calm our minds and enable our own journeys through the mysteries of inner space. It is inner space where new music and stories live. It is this calmness of mind that reveals the empathetic realization that all people have inner selves that cry out to manifest themselves in the outer world. We deeply realize that oppression and suppression of people is spiritually harmful to everyone concerned.
You might practice formal meditation or simply allow yourself several minutes out of each busy day to let go of your worries and activities. These are smart ways to enable your own exploration of inner space. It is in inner space that we are totally free to let go of beliefs and mentally explore alternate realities. It is during these quiet times that we rediscover calm and peace of mind. These are times when we are able to feel profoundly joyful. Inner space is where true happiness lives.
One does not need to reject the outer life. We can participate in activities, engage in intellectual and philosophical pursuits, engage in creative pastimes we enjoy. It is the balanced approach between our outer spaces and our inner spaces that enable us to fully experience the act of living and allow others to live complete, fulfilling lives, too.
It is the balance between outer space and inner space that helps us explore life as mental astronauts.