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Giving Up The Ghost July 9, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

As we let go of the unreal, the real is revealed.


“I am that I am.”

Look deep, the answers lie within.

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Tammy - July 9, 2015

I really like that photo Nancy.

nrhatch - July 9, 2015

Me too ~ my dad took it when he was stationed in Korea at the end of WWII.

2. L. Marie - July 9, 2015

So true, Nancy. Why do we do this to ourselves and others? I know why. We’re so afraid of what others think of us. I shouldn’t keep saying “we.” I know I am. Not a good place to be.

nrhatch - July 9, 2015

You are not alone, Linda. :mrgreen:

* We spend time and effort protecting our reputation (which isn’t even “real”), often at the expense of being who we “really” are.

* We wear masks to protect our fragile Ego (which is also not “real”), suffocating our selves in the process.

* We buy stuff we don’t need to impress people we don’t like.


When we look within for guidance, we see who we really are and when we know WHO we are, we know HOW to live.

3. Hariod Brawn - July 9, 2015

The Via Negativa; Neti-Neti.

nrhatch - July 9, 2015

Yes! The “what is” is . . . the what is not, is not.

nrhatch - July 11, 2015

I’ve never heard the term Neti-Neti before. Sounds like a great way to be . . . or NOT to be:

“Each time we transcend a dimension of our being that we previously identified with, our sense of self broadens until we are free to be whatever life demands us to be. The more that we transcend, the freer we are, for then we are no longer bound by any single sense of self. This means that we can move freely in life, like water cascading over smooth rocks.”


Hariod Brawn - July 11, 2015

A wonderful quote Nancy; many thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

โ€œYou have put so much energy into building a prison for yourself. Now spend as much on demolishing it. In fact, demolition is easy, for the false dissolves when it is discovered.โ€

โ€• Nisargadatta Maharaj “I AM THAT”

nrhatch - July 11, 2015

Here’s to dissolving our prison walls!

4. Grannymar - July 9, 2015

I don’t believe in ghosts, so there are none to let go!

nrhatch - July 9, 2015


I view memories as “ghosts” of sort . . . most are friendly ghosts (like Casper or the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future); others are toxic spirits which haunt us if we let them.

5. Val Boyko - July 9, 2015

I’m feeling a bit clueless here …. what am I missing Nancy?

nrhatch - July 9, 2015

Maybe you’re clueless because your energy is already focused on the “real,” Val? ~> Without the “unreal” blocking your vantage point, you no longer have a frame of reference. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

By way of example:

Let’s say that LOVE, GRATITUDE, and COMPASSION are “real.”

If you spend your day bathed in thoughts of Love, Gratitude, and Compassion, there is no “unreal” to wash away.

No mud. Just clarity.

Val Boyko - July 9, 2015

Thanks Nancy. Yes – I am attuned to this perspective and ply occasionally feel a bit muddy – I definitely don’t spend my day bathed in thought of love ๐Ÿ˜Š
… Wondering where the old foreign gentleman comes in?

nrhatch - July 9, 2015

I’ve shared him before but I opted to include him here because he seems so “grounded.”

6. diannegray - July 9, 2015

This is a great photo, Nancy. There is no pretense in this man and nothing masking his true self ๐Ÿ˜‰

nrhatch - July 9, 2015

Yes! That’s why he seemed the perfect “poster boy” for the post.

7. suzicate - July 9, 2015

Such an interesting photo! Am I correct you’ve posted this before, perhaps taken by your father or grandfather?

nrhatch - July 9, 2015

Yes, one of my dad’s photos from the tail end of WWII ~ I love the “special effects” which just happened to be there when dad developed the shot.

8. Debra - July 10, 2015

That’s a great quote! And what a stately and impressive posture this man carries! Good choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - July 10, 2015

He seems fully grounded in the present.

9. beeblu - July 11, 2015

Lie outside and look up at the stars – aah, that’s definitely better.

nrhatch - July 11, 2015

Yes! Stop. Look. Listen. ~> without allowing the filter of past experience to obscure the view.

10. Behind the Story - July 11, 2015

Looking at the photo, the first thing that caught my attention was the shadow (ghost) in front of the man.

nrhatch - July 11, 2015

That’s one reason I chose the shot for the post ~ grounded amid swirling “ghosts.”

11. Jacqueline King - July 12, 2015

Thought provoking and inspiring, Nancy ~ thanks for the links to further study too! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - July 12, 2015

Thanks, Jacqueline. Happy pondering!

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