An Illness Of Ideas

Maxwell Akin
4 min readDec 15, 2022

Our lives are rooted in our ideas.

Many of us are living lives afflicted by ailments as vast and varied as:

• Stagnation
• Insecurity
• Scarcity
• Loneliness
• Confusion

And so on and so forth.

When we live a life of that sort, we suffer from an illness of ideas.

Our ideas are no longer serving us and, as such, we must take on new ideas.

Before we dive into this notion, though, let’s clarify our thesis.

Our Lives Are Rooted In Our Ideas

Our lives are rooted in our ideas.

Some of our ideas — those that affirm our creative power, for example — may be quite good.

But, some of our ideas — those that affirm our lack of worth, for example — are not.

Here are five ideas that many of us live from and, as such, suffer from:

• We are all alone, in this world/universe.
• Our bank account equals our self-worth
• We have to do it on our own
• We are limited
• Other people know what is right for us.

Many other such ideas exist. But, these are common ones that you may, perhaps, relate to.

Here’s the thing, though: these ideas don’t have to mean anything.

Rather, these ideas are just that: ideas.

Within this very moment, there exists an infinite number of ideas.

You can pick and choose the ideas you want.

You can live from the ideas that resonate with you.

You can select the ideas that inspire and enliven you, allowing you to do wonderful things.

But, before you do that, there’s something else we need to clarify.

We Live From Our Ideas

Our ideas are the root of the life we live because we live from our ideas.

We live from our ideas because we think from our ideas.

Our ideas are, in this sense, assumptions.

But, not just assumptions; limitations.

One of your ideas may be that certain things are impossible to you.

You can think from this idea and, in doing so, preclude these possibilities.

You will, in doing so, confine yourself to other, potentially less fulfilling, possibilities.

And that’s just one vague example.

Yet another one of your ideas may be that you are unsupported.

Unsupported by what?

Other people and other forces and other powers.

You will, as a result of this, think from these ideas.

And, in doing so, these ideas serve as your limitations.

No, not merely your limitations; these ideas serve as the foundation of your confinement.

Your confinement to the infinite abundance of gifts and blessings and possibilities that exist right here and right now, all within this very moment.

To go beyond your confinement, you must entertain new ideas. And, in doing so, you can change your world and, more importantly, the one you are and the one who lives in such a world.

Thinking From A New Idea

Right now, in this moment, think of an idea that appeals to you.

Your idea can be as simple as “I am a good writer” or as elaborate as “I am a creative being who can, and will, develop new methods of producing renewable energy.”

Right after you select your idea, try to think from it.

Just pretend that you are the person you wish to be and think of something that this person would, perhaps, think of.

You might be thinking about your experiments or the writing that you just produced.

You might be thinking about your vision for renewable energy or the new books you are writing.

No matter what, give this a few minutes, so that you can get a feel for the idea.

Just give yourself a few minutes and get a feel for the idea.

While engaging with the idea, try to focus on something: you are a creative being and, as such, no circumstance or situation can define your power or your worth or anything like that.

So, you may not have, at this time, written any books. But, you certainly can!

You may not have, at this time, conducted many experiments with renewable energy. But, you certainly can!

And, that’s the thing: no matter who you want to be, or what you want to do, you can.

Sometimes, all you need to do is embrace a new idea and, with that new idea, a new way of thinking.

A new way of being in this world and experiencing yourself.

Returning to the experiment, though, give your new idea a few minutes.

And, then, if you like it — if it inspires you and leaves you wanting more — make a commitment.

A commitment to begin thinking from your new idea.

Right now, at this very moment, you are a great writer.

Or, returning to the other example, a creative being who is creating breakthroughs in renewable energy.

You may not be able to see tangible proof of this, but you will be creating this proof soon enough.

To truly live from this idea, direct your thoughts and feelings to it, all throughout the day.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t always easy. But, if you do it for long enough, you will become the person you wish to be and live from the ideas that most resonate.

And, when you do that, well, it’s more than special and more than lovely.

Really, it’s absolutely extraordinary in ways that surpass the phenomenal!

Conclusion

Remember, you are more than you think you are and more than your ideas.

You can always select a new idea to live from.

Regardless of that, though, thank you so much for reading this essay!

As always, if you wish to reach me, you can do so at “maxwellcakin@gmail.com.”

Best wishes, and have a lovely day!

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Maxwell Akin

Hey! I’m Max! I Hope You Enjoy What You’re Reading, And If You Want To Reach Me For Any Reason At All, You Can Do So At “maxwellcakin@gmail.com”.