Self Help Flim Flam
They say the wake doesn’t drive the boat.
This is a nice metaphor.
Meaning the stuff you leave behind doesn’t impact the future.
Or it least it shouldn’t.
But like many self-help ideas, this is a description.
A description of an ideal case.
Metaphors don’t really explain how to do that kind of stuff.
Carrying baggage is a very, very ubiquitous metaphor.
Like the fairly common one about the rich guy who went to see a monk.
The rich guy had problems with life and wealth and all those things.
The monk asked the rich guy why he was collecting so much stuff.
He didn’t have a decent answer, other than it feels good.
The monk asked him why he didn’t bring much to the monk’s mountain top meditation room.
The rich guy said he wasn’t going to be there long.
Just Passing Through
The monk said that’s how he lived his life.
Since he was only “passing through” he didn’t need to bring much.
The idea being that we humans are only physical humans for a brief period of time.
Of course, this is another metaphor.
Another common “carrying too much baggage” metaphor was in the movie, “The Mission.”
A guy wanted to reach a mission on top of a huge hill.
And he wanted to carry all his “stuff” to the top of the hill.
All his heavy armor, weapons etc.
This climb was a kind of symbolic transition from “bad guy” to “good guy.”
When he got to the top, the locals helped him and cut away his “baggage” symbolizing that he didn’t need is armor and weapons any more.
You’ll find this kind of metaphor in plenty of places.
Just In Case
Of having baggage, which represents unfinished business from the past.
The basic idea is that we all have baggage, and we all are, therefore, limited in what we can do.
The more baggage we have, the fewer places we can go.
The more baggage we have, the less flexible we can be.
There’s plenty of comedy movies that have this metaphor as well.
The male, swashbuckling hero is cutting a path through the harsh and vicious jungle.
His female counterpart, a rich city girl, is dragging all kinds of baggage.
This is us, and our baggage.
One “part” of us wants to keep going through the jungle, to explore places and have adventures.
Cut Yourself Loose
But another “part” of us wants to carry all that junk, just in case.
Weapons, armor, dozens of shoes, etc.
Of course, all this baggage is really a hallucination.
The things you carry in your mind.
The way you remember things.
Things you think impede your progress.
But the reality is most of our memories are false.
Which means you can go inside your own brain, and cut all your baggage lose.
And move more freely and flexibly through your life.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.