Future Control is a basic guideline I have successfully used to carve out a good life for myself in this world. This is a follow-up from my thread
Finding your Inner Voice of Wisdom
. Once we have found the Inner Voice of Wisdom,
what do we do with it? The short answer is, we listen to it and do what it says, if wisdom is to be a guiding light in our lives.
Future Control is the idea that we have a lot of control over our futures.
There are things we cannot control, so we are forced to accept
them. But there is much we do have control over, and our actions in the present have a great deal of effect on our futures.
Here's an example: I lock my car when I go home as a form of Future Control. Our neighborhood once had a thief come through and open every car door
that wasn't locked, and I had some stuff stolen. Now, I invoke Future Control and lock my car doors. It won't prevent someone from smashing their
way in if they really want something, but it will prevent the casual thief from stealing my stuff.
Here's another one: I'm out drinking, and I've had too much to drink. I could take the risk and drive home, and leave my future to chance
- the chance of a DUI, the chance of a fatal crash, etc. Or, I could invoke Future Control and eliminate those possibilities by calling a
. I have crossed onto a new timeline with a much higher likelihood of getting home without issue.
Here's my current example from this morning, which led to my posts today. I am a musician, and I am planning on playing out again in the spring,
after taking the last 10 years off to raise kids. It is inevitable that beautiful women will offer their advances on me. It happens. If I cheated
on my wife, and got caught, it would ruin my life. Even if I didn't get caught, it would affect me at a very deep level, and gnaw at my conscience.
If I did get caught, my wife & kids would leave me, which I would find disastrous.
How am I going to Future Control this? By giving up porn. I resolved, with the help of my Inner Voice of Wisdom, that it could be an issue in my
future. My Voice of Wisdom also told me that viewing and desiring the naked bodies of other women plants the seeds of desire deep within me, and
seeds that are planted can spring up at any time
, in times of weakness, convenience, opportunity; it is now clear to me that these thoughts
have a strong potential to lead me down a path to ruin.
My family is such a high priority to me that I would sacrifice almost anything if it meant preserving my relationship with them. I am a normal male
with normal testosterone levels, and enjoy looking at beautiful, naked women. I have to sacrifice that if I want to listen to my Inner Voice of
Wisdom, and keep on the wonderful path I have now. This also ties into another of my threads,
Sacrifice Your Self To Your Own Cause - A Path Towards Enlightenment
. Following the
path of Wisdom is difficult, but rewarding.
Sometimes, I'll be driving along, quiet of mind, open and receptive, and out of nowhere I'll get the inner voice speaking up: "Get off this exit
and take the back way home". I follow the advice, and what happens is usually uneventful, and I get home safely. What would happen if I didn't
follow that advice? I don't know, but we're not worrying about what would have happened
if we weren't
listening to our inner
guidance. All I really wanted was to get home safely, and I did.
Once having found the Voice of Wisdom, acting wisely
is the next step. Use Future Control to prevent problems that are likely to pop up.
Reduce chance when you can. It's all about carving out the life you really want to live - a true, gratifying life guided by your soul, paved with
honor, honesty, and happiness.