Arrr! See CONTENTS for links to the 125 chapters of The Monstaville Memoirs plus introductions, conclusions, postscripts and appendices. This treasure trove also includes a collection of articles offering further insights into the themes explored in the trilogy. Namely, managing suffering and conflict (dealing with hostile people if you are nervous, sensitive or shy) and learning not to react
MotherShip by Sam Wise ___ PLEASE REFRESH PAGE FOR WEB FONTS
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Monstaville Book I. Chapter 29
“To those who are good (to me) I am
good; and to those who are not good (to me) I am also good; and thus (all) get
to be good.”
A General Explanation of the Buddha
Speaks of Amitäbha Sütra by Tripitaka Master Hua (Sino-American Buddhist
Association, Inc., CA, U.S., 1974).
Guard your mouth, unite your mind,
With your body, don’t offend.
Do not annoy a single living being.
Stay far away from non-beneficial
Conduct like this can surely save
[Maitreya: ‘Compassionate clan’].
[Ajita: ‘Invincible’]. He
specialises in the ‘compassionate heart samadhi’ and is compassionate toward
all living beings…no matter how badly he is treated, he is compassionate to all
Scolded, beaten, cheated, insulted,
no matter how badly he is treated, he is compassionate in return. No matter how
obnoxious living beings are, he protects them all even more livingly than he
would protect his own sons or daughters. His compassion and loving concern are
limitless and boundless.
‘In order to cultivate the
compassionate heart samadhi, you must first practice patience.’ He wrote:
The old fool wrapped in ragged
His belly filled with gruel,
He mends old sacks to keep him warm
And lives on chance, Old Fool
A scolding makes the Fool smile
While a beating makes him sleepy.
Spit on his face, he lets it dry
And saves his strength and energy.
His calm, a peace past ridicule
Gets him the jewel within the
Now that you’ve heard this song
Why worry about not perfecting the
[This is ksanti-paramita, the
perfection of patience].
[Benefit everyone and harm no one
It is because we transgress in minor
ways that we easily slip up when something big comes along. It is “the small matters
which are difficult to change. If you change your small faults, you have
concentration power. Always in concentration.”
Concentration is the state of being
unmoved by situations.
If you wash with this water, your
heart and mind will be at peace, without the slightest trace of bad temper.
Without a hot temper, without the fire of ignorance, and without affliction,
you will be in harmony with everyone. If they scold you, you won’t get angry,
and if they knock you over, it won’t create a problem. ‘So what if they hit
me?’ you’ll say. You’ll be at peace with everyone. See how fine this is?
If someone speaks improperly to you,
you should think of it as proper. This is pure mouth karma. Worldly men are of
many kinds, and when they speak improperly, do not criticise them saying, ‘Ah!
He’s speaking improperly!’ On the other hand, be careful not to get too close
to such people either.
This world is very dangerous. The
only reason you haven’t disintegrated in the sea of suffering is because the
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are protecting you.
is one of the most beautiful compensations in life...that no man can sincerely
try to help another without helping himself." – Emerson.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we
belong to each other." - Mother Teresa.
Conversations With God. An uncommon
dialogue. Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, U.S.,
Getting back to suffering - where
did we ever get the idea that suffering was good?
That the saintly ‘suffer in silence’?
saintly do ‘suffer in silence,’ but
that does not mean suffering is good. The students in the school of Mastery
suffer in silence because they understand that suffering is not the way of God,
but rather a sure sign that there is still something to learn of the way of God, still something to remember.
true Master does not suffer in
silence at all, but only appears to be suffering without complaint. The reason
that the true Master does not complain is that the true Master is not suffering, but simply experiencing a
set of circumstances that you would
practising Master does not speak of suffering simply because a Master
practising clearly understands the power of the Word - and so chooses to
simply not say a word about it.
make real that to which we pay attention. The Master knows this. The Master
places himself at choice with regard to that which she chooses to make real.
have all done this from time to time. There is not a one among you who has not
made a headache disappear, or a visit to the dentist less painful, through your decision about it.
Master simply makes the same decision about larger things.’
But why have suffering at all? Why
have even the possibility of
cannot know, and become, that which you are, in the absence of that which you
are not, as I have already explained to you.’
don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you
suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you
can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free
of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change
is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality." - Dan
cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward
what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than
allowing it to master you.@
- Brian Tracy.
Journey to Ixtlan
by Carlos Castaneda (Pocket
Books, New York, U.S., 1976).
* There is no need for us to say anything about others. There is no need
for you or for me to regard other's actions in our thoughts one way or another.
The worst thing we can do is to force people to agree with us. I mean that we
shouldn't try to impose our will when people don't behave the way we want them
to. The worst thing one can do is to confront human beings bluntly. A warrior
proceeds strategically. If one wants to stop our fellow men one must always be
outside the circle that presses them. That way one can always direct the
* Fright never injures anyone.
* What injures the spirit is having someone always on your back, beating
you, telling you what to do and what not to do.
Even when you are being mean and nasty, you know, as you look at other people
who are being mean and nasty, you forgive it. You say, ‘Oh, well, that is only
because they are a little afraid.’ You think that nobody would do that for you?
we're so much harder on ourselves than anyone else would ever be.
indeed, it is so.
Q2: So, let
us go back to your wonderful recipes. Can you provide a recipe for working
through the judgement, embracing the judgment?
it is to stop, to breathe, and to say, ‘I am the Perfect and Eternal Expression
of the Source and sometimes I forget and I am afraid.’ Because you see, every
thought or deed that does not come from that place of love and allowance, comes
from the place of the fear of not being enough. That is all. ‘Sometimes I
- (‘P'taah's Message for February
2010,’ channelled through Jani King, www.ptaah.com).
hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.” - Johann Wolfgang von
way really is to love everything as God does because, ultimately, it is all
just experiential patterns projected in the Mind of God. So, if you love
everything, the things you focus on can manifest more easily and those which
you love and deal with but do not give too much attention to have no cause to
however, it’s just all too much. The last time I received devastating news (a
double whammy which was added on top of two other serious ‘endurance tests,’
i.e. more suffering), I feared for my survival and remained in a state of
almost suicidal emotional pain all day at work. Although I spent the whole time
doing all I could to overcome and release it, nothing worked. I even asked for
an angel to help but I don’t think anyone could reach me and I did not have
time to meditate for half-an-hour even which would have helped. I got smashed
as soon as I got home in the evening to kill the pain. I then lied down for an
hour. It was the only way to shake myself out of that panic and despair. When
you are at rock bottom and you are suffering and nothing helps to ease or
release the pain, or lift you up, well, for me, a modest chemical ‘charge’ is
valid if it helps someone get through the day. I mean, it’s hardly the pinnacle
of ascension there in that dark place. The Masters may disagree because they
see more than we do and tend to focus on what we are and can become. They also
see the golden opportunity has been offered to all of humanity at this time.
So, at the risk of sounding quasi-spiritual, I would say that a little pain
relief is fair and can be an expression of self-love during such desperate
times when one is so lost in the illusion of duality (although, as St. Germain
says, ‘self-indulgence is not self-love’). As a last resort though, and not
continued longer than required for this purpose or taken to excess. This
temporary ‘solution’ should not become a serious habit or addiction because it
is not an actual cure. It merely covers over the pain which will still need to
be felt and released at some point in order to further one’s growth. Drugs and
alcohol, while they may transport one into an expanded state of consciousness at
the time, which can be used ‘medicinally,’ have a damaging effect on the body
and aura which close the heart and mind and reinforce limitations and
weaknesses. They shift one into a deeper 4D space but these results are
achieved at the expense of purity and conscious clarity. On the other hand, if
one is approaching the top of the mountain and close to awakening from the
nightmare of living in hell on Earth, veering too far off the path – which
happens to be narrower at this height – can have devastating effects. So, one
must be more careful not to lose the light quotient one has worked hard to
whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get back up.” – Vince Lombardi.
you come into this emotion called fear, you will do your best to push it away,
to push it down, to release it, to give it away to somebody else, or run like
hell from it!...Well, it doesn't work, you see, because that energy that you
utilise to try to get rid of the fear, in fact draws to you more and more of
the matching frequency. And you experience that either as diseasement of the
embodiment or those situations in your external life like your failed
relationships, your extraordinary lack - lack of love, lack of well-beingness,
lack of abundance, as well as money. Lack, lack, lack. The more you are in the
fear of lack, the more lack you experience. Again we remind you, you are
powerful radiant ones, indeed.” - P'taah
(channelled through Jani King, ‘P'taah's
Message for February 2011,’ www.ptaah.com).
thing I would like to add is that, while such devastation may produce a
response that is far too painful for one to embrace, there may be varying
degrees of pain that one can feel in the aftermath as one continues to respond
mentally and emotionally to circumstances that might not yet have been resolved
completely. Particularly if there are a few different issues to deal with, some
of which may linger longer than others. That heavy rock that has been hurled
into the pond vanishes out of sight but the ripples remain for some time so
that some of the disturbance is inevitably felt. This is an opportunity to
surrender rather than to escape from those feelings one has denied rather than
loved over the course of many lifetimes. Wherever there is resistance similar
experiences will return at some point through the Law of Attraction, according
to Abraham-Hicks. And that will be another ‘opportunity’ to find one’s own way
to peace and stillness and keep one’s feelings and consciousness flowing
beneath the surface rather than being pulled into the disturbance and dragged
around by it. This is how we gradually return to Oneness beyond the illusions
that parts of ourselves which have yet to be loved project into our lives.
P’taah says that there are four keys of transformation: “You can only transform
what you own, you can only transform in the Now moment, you can only transform
whilst you are in the e-motion of the pain or fear and you can only transform
by absolutely embracing the fear.” (ibid.).
you know the truth that breathing and feeling through the pain when it bounces
back to you again you can apply it to your experiences and accelerate your
growth at whatever pace you can manage. This is where we are whether we like it
or not and we have simply forgotten when and where we set this chaos in motion
and created all this madness!
In bed at 4PM I held my pillow and thought ‘oh well’ in regards to my entire life.
- Tao Lin.
"See if you can catch yourself complaining in
either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other
people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To
complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an
unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself a victim.
Leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness." - Eckhart Tolle.
“Pain is a
part of life. Sometimes it’s a big part, and sometimes it isn’t, but either
way, it’s a part of the big puzzle, the deep music, the great game. Pain does
two things: It teaches you, tells you that you’re alive. Then it passes away
and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you
stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will
ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.” -
Quote from Posthumous Fragments by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Excerpt from ‘The Balance of
Devotion’ by Master Jesus
(channelled through Natalie Glasson, 31 January 2011, www.omna.org).
following are lessons to be learned from a sad story told by Jeshua about a
woman who left her community to devote herself to God in solitude].
as a being awakening on the Earth there is a need for you to spend time alone,
being at one and happy in your own energy and attuning to the energy of the
Creator. To make time for your spiritual practices is essential as you must
learn to feel and understand your own energies and the Creator's presence
within and around you.
there is a need to appreciate everything that you have in your life and
reality, your life is your creation, it is the Creator's creation as you are
the Creator. Whether your reality holds good or bad aspects appreciate that you
have been given free will, the right to live a life as you choose and to think
as you wish. Your life is essentially the foundation for your connection to the
Creator; it is precious and must be valued. To love life is to love yourself
and the Creator as all are intertwined and are one. Your life on the Earth is
so important every moment will bring you closer to the Creator every second
will help you learn and overcome spiritual lessons. This doesn't mean that you
must go crazy in your life and experience everything; it indicates that you
treasure everything that your soul guides you to achieve on the Earth and you
value your connection with others. It is through our relationships with others
that we can link on a deeper level with the Creator. Value all that you have in
your reality as it was created by the Creator through you and your thoughts.
The woman isolated herself from everyday life and missed the opportunity to
watch the light of the Creator grow in others, to be a healing and
inspirational support to others. She was unable to experience living as the
Creator in a physical life which is the greatest gift. To be aware, loving,
compassionate, healing, understanding, supportive, at peace with the ability to
anchor and express the Creator's light and love is a wonderful experience.
The woman's life indicates to all
that when we are following a spiritual path balance must be obtained between
our focus of being on the Earth and connecting with the Creator, but balance
goes beyond this, it is to remain balanced or aligned to the Creator while you
experience life on the Earth, this is such an amazing experience as you see the
truth of the Creator all around you. In the past it may have been appropriate
for individuals wishing to connect with the Creator to isolate themselves from
society to focus and devote themselves but now the challenge is to accept and
experience all that you would if you were to enter into solitude while
conducting a life that allows you to integrate with others. Solitude for a
period of time may be appropriate but being of service and sharing your light
and growth is also important.
Thirdly there is a need to train
your mind to think that everything in your reality is a lesson of growth and
greater unity with the Creator. There are no mistakes, there is also no pain or
suffering. If you can see everything as a lesson from which you can gain
understanding about yourself, maybe habits that need to be dissolved or a
realisation to remove boundaries aiding your connection with the Creator, then
you will never miss golden opportunities. When you are suffering or are in
pain, say to yourself,
is no need for me to suffer, I am attuned to the Creator, there is a lesson
here that I must learn from.'
Then ask yourself what the lesson
is, what you must gain from the experience. When you can understand the lesson,
you can then release the suffering and pain knowing that it is only a reaction
to an experience or thought; it is not true nor is it essential in your reality
now. The truth behind the suffering is the real enlightenment that the Creator
wishes you to discover…
and pain are simply reactions to an experience or thought; they mask the true
meaning and purpose of the experience. Look beyond your suffering to see the
truth and the lesson that must be grasped. A person will never suffer without a
reason; there is always a higher purpose for everything.
about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner." -
Baldrick (Tony Robinson):Ah...
Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson): Let's
see, what have we here? A small painted wooden duck.
Baldrick: Yeah, I thought if you
get caught near water, you can balance it on the top of your head as a
Yeeeesss, I would, of course, have to escape first. Ah, but what's this, unless
I'm much mistaken, a hammer and a chisel?
Baldrick: You are much
pencil and a miniature trumpet.
Baldrick: Yes, a pencil so you can
drop me a postcard to tell me how the break out went and a small little tiny
miniature trumpet in case during your escape, you have to win favour with a
Baldrick, I don't want to spend my last precious hours rummaging through this
feeble collection of stocking-fillers. Now let me ask you some simple
questions: is there are a saw in this bag?
Blackadder: A gun?
Baldrick: [Thinks] No.
change of clothes?
Baldrick: Yes sir, of course I
wouldn't forget a change of clothes.
now that's something, let's see...a Robin Hood costume.
Baldrick: I put in a French
peasant's outfit first, but then I thought, 'What if you arrive in a French
peasant's village and they're in the middle of a fancy dress party?'
what if I arrive in a French peasant village, dressed in a Robin Hood costume
and there *isn't* a fancy dress party?
Baldrick: Well, to be quite frank
sir, I didn't consider that eventuality, because if you did, you'd stick out
[Interrupting] Like a man standing in a lake with a small painted wooden duck
on his head?
- Blackadder Goes Forth (Series
4, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, BBC TV, 1989).