The worst thing to do is to not do.
'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
You might not be battling Kipchoge for the world record in the marathon...
...but leave the records for Kipchoge.
If you go the whole distance in training from the first hard fought and painful mile to running the full 26.2 miles in front of your fellow citizens spurring you on in your local race,
...what one hell of a journey.
I do not know what your obligations are in life, or even your likes, but in whatever you do:
Go the extra mile.
The holy scriptures of both bygone kingdoms and modern societies talk of "birthright"
...yet the gods still deny us the full rights to it.
Yes, heaven is good.
Yes, salvation is also good...I guess.
(I still don't know what I needed to be saved" from")
Nevertheless, our religious leaders talk of that which will be given to us in the hereafter as if it cannot be obtained here.
You see, I've always had a problem with putting off until tomorrow what can be done today.
Since the notion of divine salvation is in the realm of belief and faith, that's fine, I got that going for me...
...but I have to wait 20, 30, 60, maybe even 80 years for that?
People always talk about how life is so short, yet those are some of the selfsame people who drag themselves into work day in and day out who stare at a slow clock for 8 hours a day until they can finally blow the popsicle stand of some Mickey Mouse job.
Despite anything else, no matter how "long" or "short" this life may be, there is always constant motion.
We work with all the things that come into our life at every moment. Good things or bad things, there is always something to interact with. There are hardly any moments when we can just be totally quiet and still; even in meditation it is a constant battle to keep both your body and mind focused.
When you are constantly moving there is no time to stop and wait. You do what you can to get the desired result out of the situation.
Why can't "salvation" be the same?
Why must we wait until the hereafter for eternal bliss?
Why must we die in order to live?
I don't think it's necessary to do so.
We can make a heaven for us right here and now. How to do it? simple...
...declare that you and your surroundings is your heaven.
There is no mantra, no tantra, no scripture reading, no knowledge of vector calculus, necessary.
There is quite simply nothing to do for it; if you want it you have it.
The only problem that will keep you from getting what you want are the exasperations that it is "too simple" to do, and of course then you wont do it.
The belief in yourself is the truest faith that you can have.
You are the only one blocking your path. When you release your inhibitions nothing can stop you.
Not even the sky's the limit.
When was the last time you actually felt good?
Now, I mean real good.
In previous blog posts, we talked about the benefit of being content, which does mean not feeling the exceptional heady highs of thrills.
Of course, that is its own thing you see, thrill-seeking is staring danger (or perceived danger) in the face. Whether it’s riding roller coasters, visiting haunted houses real or constructed, or skydiving, there is no happiness for miles around in these instances.
These are particular avenues for fear to show itself without causing damage. It is just like taming a tiger for a circus act; the tiger is of course still a tiger; and in that it still has its carnivorous tendencies (as we all have heard the horror stories when it goes wrong), but there is enough husbandry to domesticate this wild beast to do particular tricks.
When you seek thrills, you are training that fear that is your wild beast to do tricks; domesticating it…
...until it turns on you.
The best thing is, of course, to keep wild animals wild. Domestication notwithstanding; just because these modern creatures that we call dogs and cats are so oddly mutated and misshapen from their original wolf and big cat form just so we can have “companionship” doesn’t make it right do so.
Neither is it right to just live devoid of all feeling. Especially being devoid of all feeling when you don’t even know you are devoid of all feeling.
Life is on autopilot for you, you stop to smell not much of anything, much less the roses.
The psychiatrists say that this is a tell tale sign of depression; it’s a pandemic nowadays.
People feeling rundown, listless, and pooping out at parties, to quote the inimitable Lucille Ball.
How do you solve depression? It’s easy. What is a regular depression in nature? It’s a hole in something.
How do you “solve” a hole in something?
You fill it up.
As you fill up a normal depression in the ground, you must fill up the depression within your psyche; and not with shoddy materials no less. It must be compact so that a depression can no longer form.
How to do that?
Quite literally find that which will fill you full. That which has meaning, that which has weight and has gravity.
What is, and what is not
What was, once was what will be, and now is not.
That which shall be...
If you know what shall be, it is already in the past.
It is said that the future looks bright, with that which is whiteness and lightless, that power of which is so fully formed it cannot be gazed upon,
but if that is so, then where is the beauty if it cannot be seen?
Naked eye for naked eye,
the future is but a trick of light and shadow; a conjuring trick by an Illusionist.
It is said that the future looks dim, but even more so than dim...
Black. Darkness. Abyss.
That which is black is fullness in its entirety. A space that spans the entire volume. Yet it is called emptiness.
By whom is this fullness called emptiness? Those who care not to seek out sights and wonders yet still do by the masses; filling unfulfilled; matched rituals, the come one’s, they come, all.
Do you know? or do you not know?
The question is thus, but a question still remains.
Why do you want to question?
So you do want a problem after all.
To seek happiness, you do not want to seek it. Finding is for those who want to find, and seeking or those who want to seek; only a crossroads at a juncture,
you’ll go your way and I’ll go mine,
nary the twain shall meet.
It is said that the body needs discipline. It is to keep the soul intact; for without the form that is formless will be crushed.
What will it crush if it has no form? The crushing will be for the form that is, the substance, the matter, the body.
Putting the body on the line, the bearer of sins, olives and skull paths lead body in passion; to save the sins of not sinless souls but souls who never needed the glory of sin in the beginning. For he who loved the world so much, he had forgotten, his son, in detriment if not in folly.
To seek pleasure is to seek pain; you recoil at the statement but that part of you which knows the truth cannot be silenced.
It will speak for evermore and long lasting, if the chance is given.
A crack of the window and the cold hawkish air rushes in with import and haste.
When it gazes upon itself in the glass, darkly upon darkness, and all is darkness; but emptiness...
will it see; face to face
subsuming both self and other, and another with time for tomorrow, and tomorrow
Is tipped into this dulled place today.
But are you sure it will come? Your questions need answers, but which one comes first?
Do not think that a question begs an answer, an answer can perfectly well beg
for a question, it thanks you very much for the opportunity to take leave and go elsewhere.
Leaving you with neither the question that was asked before, and now no answer certainly remains
Though, face to face, in part...
You should know then,
as the I is now known.
Do not let anything disturb your peace.
First of all, it is your peace, you should not let anything or anyone take it from you without your permission.
Why does your peace get disturbed in the first place?
When one has gone through the oftentimes arduous and life-threatening journey of spiritual awakening, they will often get that sudden "eureka" moment of pure bliss and satisfaction.
To their dismay, it doesn't last.
In their disheartened state, they will question whether what they achieved was enlightenment at all, or the dreaded makyo, of the Zen Buddhist tradition where the visions of angles and supreme bliss they encounter are just figments of the imagination.
"Bliss" and "satisfaction" are just states; temporary moments of feeling slightly more evolved than one's normal feelings of "happiness", "sadness", or "anger".
Because they are more evolved, they will tend to stay longer, but even so, there will come a time in which they will be present no longer.
The question is then...
...what remains when the moments are gone?
Is there something that can always stay with you? The answer is actually yes, and that thing is contentment.
Having the ultimate knowledge of reality results in peace when you are able to see the basis behind everything around you.
This is somewhat beyond knowledge, however knowledge is there; it is feeling, intuition.
The intuition can be cultivated; this is the spiritual path.
I hope that you reach your destination soon.