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TED talk - Shekhar Kapur: 05 Transcript extract

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016326

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Story in this context is destiny panning out - part of the Great work.  Without knowing your destiny, your life becomes purposeless and you can go mad - or become depressed

A description of the experience

So what is a story? A story is our -- all of us -- we are the stories we tell ourselves.

In this universe, and this existence, where we live with this duality of whether we exist or not and who are we, the stories we tell ourselves are the stories that define the potentialities of our existence.

We are the stories we tell ourselves.

So that's as wide as we look at stories. A story is the relationship that you develop between who you are, or who you potentially are, and the infinite world, and that's our mythology.

8:02 We tell our stories, and a person without a story does not exist.

So Einstein told a story and followed his stories and came up with theories and came up with theories and then came up with his equations. Alexander had a story that his mother used to tell him, and he went out to conquer the world.

We all, everybody, has a story that they follow.

We tell ourselves stories. So, I will go further, and I say, "I tell a story, and therefore I exist." I exist because there are stories, and if there are no stories, we don't exist.

We create stories to define our existence. If we do not create the stories, we probably go mad. I don't know; I'm not sure, but that's what I've done all the time.

The source of the experience

Kapur, Shekhar

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