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Mindset Shifts: Wandering Into the Unknown with Intent and Direction

“What do you mean exploring?” Lacey asked Gus.

“Urban exploring. We enter abandoned buildings, explore them, photograph them. We take nothing; we leave nothing. We’re just observers.”

When I read this line in John Green’s bestselling novel, Paper Towns, I became aware that it had given me a sense of relief. There is so much in our world to see, even as observers, and to take in, and to discover. It is the curiosity of the unknown that takes us there.

It’s convenient and nearly natural to think that once we’ve seen the surface of something, that we know what is within it. To force yourself to question what may be beneath the surface means uncertainty. To let yourself wonder what could exist beyond what they eye can see means your entire perception of reality could be a false. Suddenly, you realize, the more you see the less you know. And that is scary. Because we like to have things figured out. We like to have everything in its proper place with its proper label that everyone can properly identify. And it makes sense – it’s safe, its content, its simple.

But for those out there that seek truth; for those that seek self-actualization, for those that need to know and understand: Well, you’re not even interested on what’s on the surface, unless it means having a better understanding of what lies beneath it.

Each year of my life, I get less and less interested in the surface of things, and more and more obsessed with the layers below them. For me, the world offers infinite ways to explore Life. At times, this even feels overwhelming. I often say I wish I could live 10 lives, and be aware of all 10 of them, so I have more time to explore more layers. My curiosity is relentless.

It’s important to note here, for those out there that are like me with their immense curiosity to understand and experience, that there is a difference between wandering aimlessly to discover and explore and wandering with intent. Aimless wandering is like a leaf blowing in the wind – it goes wherever the wind takes it, without needing to make any choices, or having any conscious path. You may end up in some incredible places, and there’s always a healthy dose of going where the wind takes you to be had in life, but ultimately, it can be very ungrounding. You can spend so much time obsessing over your immediate surroundings, that you don’t really end up anywhere. But when you wander with intent, you get to experience both ends of the spectrum – you get to feed your curiosity in the present moment, as well as be observant of it as you move forward to the parts of the path you see in the horizon. You get to build curiosity on curiosity. It is moves forward, rather than always being linear.

About Lauren Rains

Life gets pretty f*cking nuts sometimes, doesn't it? Every day I wake up more to myself and more to this world. This website is an expression of that.

Space Travelers is multi-layered exploration of our existence here on this rock we call Earth. We're going to talk about the matrix, UFOs, and astral travel, and explore our awakening into the divine masculine and feminine. We'll discover our bodies both the physical and subtle body. We'll contemplate the sacredness of mother earth and the concept of who/what the hell made this place in the first place?

I also aim to keep this website rooted and grounded, referring to topics that are effecting us in the here and now, such as fighting against the oppression of women worldwide, pealing away layers of social conditioning greedy capitalists are using to turn us into consumers, and navigating this insane technological revolution before the AI take over. I can geek out on consciousness up in space all day, but life happens here on the ground and this is the time we were born into.

This website is about integrating into our full human experience, aligning with ourselves and with each other, shedding skins and transcending into the unfolding layers of ourselves.

My wish for you, and for myself, is to unfold and evolve into our highest selves. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We need not sell our souls to the status quo.

I'm on the journey too. I write this blog to speak to others who are waking up, or who desire to wake up. Because we can't do this alone.

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  • Paul StJohn

    Never lose your fervor and fascination with the deeper things of life, for they provide fuel for introspection and contemplation. Seek the deeper things to help find ways to make this world a better place for those who come after.

    • Thanks so much for the comment John! I just saw that you left this one month ago.
      In fact, right now, I’m on a road trip of the US (as you may have seen on facebook) and one of my main intentions for this trip, is to get in touch with some deeper areas in my life that I haven’t given my full attention because, well, I didn’t think I could do it. That’s all about to change though.
      I couldn’t imagine a life where one doesn’t dive in deep. ;o)