I had a really great week last week. Probably the best this year of what I call “The Trifecta”: harmony between soul, body and mind. And harmony between relationships, business and self-care.
Every Sunday evening, I plan the week ahead. This approach has varied from week to week, but the essence is to establish some intentions, determine priorities and think about what I want to accomplish. As I sat down last night with my planner journal, I reflected on the prior week — asking myself “How can I replicate that?” I found myself pondering (with a good amount of anxiety) this question as I fell asleep. This morning on my walk the anxiety continued. What if I couldn’t repeat it? What if I have another flat week? What if I get bored and distracted?
Then the answer appeared: “You can’t repeat it.”
Here’s why …
All the formulas (and rules and systems) are made up. But formulas are so appealing to the mind — especially the linear and literal Western mind so deeply conditioned towards repeatability and productivity and success. What’s the common question when someone loses a bunch of weight? Or builds a successful business? Or has a long marriage? … “How did you do it?” We want a formula so we can replicate whatever success someone else had. So these formulas become advice, or books, or business models. They are all selling “better”. This is why I’ve often said the only formula that works is the formula for selling formulas.
Of course, there are some fundamental elements and factors to almost every aspect of life — but they are more like a recipe than a formula. A recipe is laid out for the cook to follow — but every meal will be different depending on the cook’s skill, conditions, equipment, meal size, etc.
I’ve held this view on formulas for some time. So today, I decided to challenge it and test it. Surely, there must be at least one natural formula. Something that could be repeated. I pondered formulas for physical health, spiritual growth, business growth, relationships, parenting, finance, productivity. Nope. All the formulas were made up.
Then I found it.
The formula for Reality …
Logic + Faith = Reality
Let’s deconstruct that …
We are split creatures — part animal and part spiritual. So our reality would also contain both factors.
Logic is the application of reason, science, structured thinking. It’s opposite is irrationality — which is evidence of mental illness. Logic needs faith in order to live and grow in present reality.
Faith is the acceptance of Not-Knowing; the realization there are moments in life that can’t be explained. It’s opposite is certitude — which is manifested by extreme religiosity or rigidity (which are also forms of mental illness).
Without faith, logic becomes sterile, animatronic, stagnate.
Without logic, faith becomes delusion and confusion.
Combined, they create a blending of the mystical and the material. They create Reality. With Reality, we can experience it in the physical realm as well as the spiritual realm. Take anything that’s real and tangible and you can see this. A baby is not just a small human created by two other humans. S/he is also a symbol of creation, possibility, love, commitment.
This is why I also believe that the laws of physics exist in both logic and faith:
All three can be experienced in both the material and mystical realms.
Take NASA’s exploration of space — especially in the early years. Logic (applied science) was absolutely essential. But so was the acceptance of Not Knowing. Just listen to astronauts talk about seeing the earth from outer space. They are not making only logical observations. They are expressing awe. They are having a spiritual experience.
So why are all other formulas flawed?
I think it’s because all other formulas are selling some kind of illusion. No two people experience the same life. To promise this to another is to sell an illusion.
All you have is Reality — how you experience logic and faith in your life. This is why mastery comes from consistency. It’s why all of the important things are not processes — they are practices.
I know I can’t exactly repeat my Best Week of the Year. But I can fully experience Reality this week. I can do this with a single pause. I can choose to see at any moment where logic and faith come together to make Reality. And each day, I can make touching this Reality my highest priority.