Tuesday, 8 April 2014
Monstaville Book II. Chapter 11
“They learn without learning to recover from people’s excesses! Sages learn how to be unaffected by their surroundings, ‘to recover from people’s excesses,’ always returning to innocence.”
(Tao Te Ching 64, Lines 27-28, from The Essential Tao translated by Thomas Cleary, note on page 158).
You have to just think of the positive things in your life, appreciate them, and create them too. If you pay attention to the negative things you’re giving them reality and substance, life, so they can stay. If you ignore them and pay them no mind, they grow weak and thin and dissolve at some point.
“The artist believes in the future because he lives in it.” - Modest Mussorgsky (Russian composer, 1839-1881).
The trick, perhaps, is to live as if you were living in the future. Imagine it and live it as best you can. Change the world. Yeah, but that is probably what I am doing and why I am at odds with people who represent the status quo and who resist justice and equality through mature individuality.
“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” - Carl Jung.
“The wise count their blessings, the foolish their problems.” (The Fortune Cookie Book. Running Press, Pennsylvania, U.S., 2001).
Learn to release all contamination. Don’t cling to it. Let it wash over you. Return to innocence. The soul is pure. The water becomes murky when it rains but settles again. There is no need for stagnation if the water is allowed to keep flowing, if you continue feeling your essence, allow innocent feeling to restore clarity to your consciousness. Be as a child.
“Innocence: more than naiveté, more than a need, not just childhood.” – Unknown.
Let Go of Emotions.
“Emotions can feel uncontrollable - we have no choice but to experience them. But to live by our emotions is to live under a tyrant's rule. Acknowledge emotions for what they are, without shame or guilt, and then allow them to pass through you like wind moving through the leaves of a tree. Remember that it is only with your permission that feelings can change the way you behave.” (www.thoughtfortoday.org.uk).
“In the Microcosmic Orbit meditation, the practitioner begins by learning to focus the awareness at the Tan Tien area, the midpoint of the body. As the breath becomes even and the body relaxes, the centre of gravity naturally drops down to the navel area...The next stage in working with the centre of gravity is to move the structure while keeping the centre low at all times. This sounds simple, but it takes practice. In Tai Chi, one keeps the centre of gravity low by learning to move in alignment with the Heavenly and Earth forces, generating the movements from the hips, and remaining mentally and physically connected to the ground. Centeredness and grounding are brought about not only by mechanical knowledge of the physical structure but also by corresponding emotional and mental states. If one is able to experience emotions and then let go and relax, the centre of gravity returns to a place somewhere in the lower torso and all is well. However, if one never lets go of emotions and tends to dwell in the past, one will lack presence. One’s body will be characterised by a high centre of gravity.” (The Inner Structure of Tai Chi. Tai Chi Chi Kung I by Mantak Chia and Juan Li, Healing Tao Books, New York, U.S., 1996, p.23).
“Everybody’s afraid of something they don’t understand.”
(Very spiritual feeling after coming out of the cinema): infinitely patient and gentle. Positive/love. So, you channel the light and power. And no harm will come to you. Ideal behaviour of the sage with all whom you encounter.
That’s what he did. He wolf-whistled deliberately and has brought his girlfriend here frequently to wind me up because I told him I’m scared to bring a girl back here (?). When he said he would move out, it was just a plain lie. He thought it funny that I might believe that and that I am desperate for him to move out. He enjoys the fact that he could get to me that way. That’s how he works. He gets to know you so he knows how to hurt you and push you towards reacting so you are the guilty one, the ‘troublemaker’ and he is justified in being violent. Or he just needs some slight involvement or sign of interest in engaging him and consciously welcoming a fight. It’s deliberate - knowing I am too inhibited to bring a girl back here owing to the danger he poses. He feels he is getting one over me by showing that he can bring his girlfriend here all the time. Or he thinks I must be sad and miserable not having a lover because he couldn’t cope without one (or his mother!). He hopes to push me either to move out or to break so he can walk all over me. He’s a bully and hates men who are sensitive and gentle. (An old note perhaps).
He was joking - like the joke is I could win this game and he would move out.
"In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time." - Robert Collier.
He hates studious, spiritual, caring, environmental...etc. Anything positive, any constructive effort to improve oneself and rise above the animal level. He is Pigsy Monster! He’s a proud heathen but actually womanly and jealous of/doesn’t understand/fears men doing their own thing, something different. He’s an ignorant animal and wants to believe himself superior. So he has to prove it and competes with any man he’s not scared of physically...who’s around, in private (especially at home). He can get away with it he feels...because if you live there and you are scared - and alone - you probably won’t call the police or send someone after him.
“Secrecy is the freedom tyrants dream of.” - Bill Moyers.
“The great strength of our order lies in concealment; let it never appear in any place in its own name, but always covered by another name, and another occupation. None is better than the three lower degrees of Freemasonry; the public is accustomed to it, expects little from it and therefore takes little notice of it.” - Adam Weishaupt (the modern Illuminati appears to have been established during the 17th century out of Catholic, Templar and Rosicrucian roots but the Illuminati Order goes back to Babylon and even earlier. Weishaupt, who was educated by Jesuits, infiltrated German Freemasons as a hiding place for his sinister schemes and founded of the Bavarian Illuminati in 1776. Eric Phelps, the author of Vatican Assassins, says that Weishaupt’s Illuminati was created by the Jesuits as “the vehicle to introduce the French Revolution into France.” He also says that the Rothschilds are Masons who are intimately connected to the Illuminati and are also the bankers of the Jesuit Order having “been known as the keepers of the Vatican treasury for at least a century-and-a-half to two centuries.” See Chapter 18, ‘Killuminati: unity in defiance of the global bullies,’ for the remainder of this quote and a further discussion on the Global Elite).
Steve Bhaerman’s (Swami Beyonanda) “unusual attitude in his own words is ‘the best way to illuminate the darkness is to make light of it.’" – Fred Burks, former presidential interpreter (www.wanttoknow.info/070227whatsitallabout).
Like most men on this planet (95%+) and even most British people today, you have no inner life whatsoever. So, don’t talk down to me! And I can’t give you an inner life. You have to find and build that yourself - and it usually begins with, and involves, much psychological torment and despair.
Pigsy wants to pull you down to his own primitive level: heavy energy forces vibrations down to its level (negative) and light energy raises vibrations through inspiration (positive).
Master Po (Keye Luke): In the pond there are some lotuses which stand above the water. And though their roots feed, they are themselves untouched by it. Some others have risen only to the waters level. And others are still underwater.
Caine (David Carradine): Shall I seek to measure these differences Master, that I may treat them differently, each according to his growth?
Master Po: Examine the flower. Is not the flower, in each position, yet a flower?
Caine: Shall I then treat each man the same?
Master Po: As far as possible, without surrender. Be on good terms with all. 
Caine: Yet, the flower beneath the water knows not the Sun. Other men, not knowing me, will find hard to understand.
Master Po: Accept the ways of others. Respect, first, your own
- Kung Fu (Season 1, Episode 8, ‘Sun and Cloud Shadow,’ 1973).
“There can be no triumph without loss
No victory without suffering
No freedom without sacrifice.”
(The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King directed by Peter Jackson, 2003).
The Eagle's Gift by Carlos Castaneda (Pocket books, New York, U.S., 1982).
* Be fluid, at ease in whatever situation you find yourself. Your challenge is to deal with people with ease regardless of what they do to you. Remember what I have said, that it is of no use to be sad and complain and feel justified in doing so, believing that someone is always doing something to us. Nobody is doing anything to anybody, much less to a warrior.
* You have to look after someone and take care of them in a most selfish fashion - that is, as if they are your own self. Selfishness can be put to a grand use. To harness it is not impossible. The surest way to harness selfishness is through the daily activities of our lives.
You are efficient in whatever you do because you have no one to bug the devil out of you. It is no challenge to you to soar like an arrow by yourself. If you are given the task of taking care of someone else, however, your independent effectiveness will go to pieces, and in order to survive you will have to extend your selfish concern for yourself to include the one under your care. You must honour them regardless of what they do to you, and you must train your body, through your interaction with them, to feel at ease in the face of the most trying situations.
It is much easier to fare well under conditions of maximum stress than to be impeccable under normal circumstances, such as in the interplay with another under your care.
Further, then, you cannot under any circumstances get angry with them, because they are indeed your benefactor; only through them will you be capable of harnessing your selfishness.
You take care of them as a means of training yourself for the hardship of interaction with people. It is imperative that you internalise a mood of ease in the face of difficult social situations.
* Deal with the world exclusively in terms of controlled folly.
* A warrior never loses his mind under any circumstances.
* We must live our lives impeccably for no other reason than to be impeccable.
* Warriors have no life of their own. From the moment they understand the nature of awareness, they cease to be persons and the human condition is no longer part of their view. You have your duty as a warrior and nothing else is important. So do your best.
The challenge of a warrior is to arrive at a very subtle balance of positive and negative forces. This challenge does not mean that a warrior should strive to have everything under control, but that a warrior should strive to meet any conceivable situation, the expected and the unexpected, with equal efficiency. To be perfect under perfect circumstances is to be a paper warrior.
I will give you a formula, an incantation for times when your task is greater than your strength;
* I am already given to the power that rules my fate.
And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend.
I have no thoughts, so I will see.
I fear nothing, so I will remember myself.
Detached and at ease,
I will dart past the Eagle to be free.
(Extracts taken from www.prismagems.com/castaneda/donjuan7.html).
“There will be pain for us all; but it will not be all pain, nor will this pain be the last. We and you too, you most of all - will have to pass through the bitter water before we reach the sweet. But we must be brave of heart and unselfish, and do our duty, and all will be well.” - Dr. Van Helsing (Dracula by Bram Stoker, 1897).
"He who laughs, lasts!" - Mary Pettibone Poole.
1. Quoted from ‘The Desiderata’ by Max Ehrmann: "As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons."