Sunday, 31 August 2014

Monstaville Book II. Chapter 23


“Justice can proceed with wisdom. Revenge cannot.”
- Ken Carey (The Third Millennium, p.118).

“At mainstream school. Children sniffed out his vulnerability and hounded him down. What would he say to those bullies now? ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover. Live and let live. Autistic people have the same rights as anyone else. To deny them those rights is the ultimate sin. I don’t believe in revenge.’ We have to learn to forgive. Anyway, I know I’ve done well enough to set them a maths problem,’ he says, breaking into a huge grin. ‘I can hold my own now.’” - From an interview by Genevieve Fox with Marc Fleisher regarding living with Asperger Syndrome, Evening Standard. His first book is called Survival Strategies for People with Autism Spectrum (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, U.K., 2005).

“Marc Fleisher's new self-help guide for autistic teenagers and adults will help readers improve their quality of life and overcome many everyday challenges, be it through the acquisition of independent living skills, developing a more varied and fulfilling social life, or mastering a course in higher education and broadening one's opportunities for the future. Marc Fleisher speaks from firsthand experience about the coping strategies he himself has had to learn - often the hard way.” (

SUMO (Shut Up, Move On). The straight talking guide to creating and enjoying a brilliant life by Paul McGee (Capstone Publishing Limited, West Sussex, U.K., 2006).

p.22. Even if you are a genuine victim, ultimately you need to learn how to become a survivor.

p.26. But what if I do believe I have been unfairly treated or discriminated against? Are you suggesting I simply ‘get over it’ and stop making a fuss? Absolutely and categorically not. The key is not to remain helpless. You may have been a ‘victim’ but you must see yourself as a survivor. You must assert yourself when necessary and do all you can to challenge inappropriate actions by an individual or organisation.
                The message from this chapter is that some people, consciously or unconsciously, habitually wear the Victim T-shirt. In doing so, they abdicate responsibility for their lives. Removing the T-shirt is an indication that no matter what life has given us so far or will give us in the future, we take control of our response. If you want your life to get better, you’ll never be able to achieve it until you remove your T-shirt. Change does not happen when circumstances improve; change happens when you decide to improve your circumstances.

p.31-32. William James, one of the pioneers of modern psychology, said ‘You change your life by changing your attitude.’ Quite simply, when you think differently, you feel differently, behave differently and ultimately achieve different results...You get a different result and outcome because you changed how you thought about the situation.

p.33. The most important message you receive as you grow up is the one that influences how you see yourself. Messages that affirm you for who you are, as opposed to for what you do, will help you develop a healthy sense of personal identity. Equally, a bombardment of messages that remind you of your inadequacies and failings will help sow the seeds of low self-esteem.

p.67. You are not a robot who can turn your emotions on and off at the flick of a switch. In order to move on, you need at times to acknowledge the emotions you are feeling.

p.157. Hope is not a strategy.

Like the sperm that is successful in the long run: it is going somewhere while others attack it. They live for power in a temporal world, now, and are going nowhere. So it all balances in the end. You leave them behind - like the hare and the tortoise - and cross the finishing line of self-awareness and completed identity. They appear powerful in the short-term but you win the game in the end by achieving your goals.

 The Revelation of Ramala (Neville Spearman, Jersey, 1978), p.124-125.

...over many lives, Man has been deceived by falsehoods he has built up within himself, within his soul, a protection against the speech of his fellow-men. Throughout his evolution unevolved Man has communicated through the means of speech. During higher phases of consciousness, when the Earth was more evolved, speech was not used, but for most of the time Man has communicated through speech and, as such, much of the wickedness and evil of Man has come through his mouth. So Man has an inbuilt resistance to speech but he cannot resist, his soul cannot deny, Truth when he sees it. If he sees Truth with his eyes his soul sees it, and there can be no denial. One deed is worth a thousand words.
                If you really intend to walk the path, pay particular attention to your deeds. Every time you are going to do something get into the habit of thinking most carefully about it first, especially when it affects your fellow-men, so that your actions, when you perform them, are the result of careful judgement and not quick personality decisions. Man remembers you more by your actions than by your words.
                So many of the basic principles of life in your World today are wrong that you will find yourselves in conflict with them in almost every aspect of life. You will eat differently. You will drink differently. You will live differently. You will behave differently. You will think differently. You will feel differently. In all these ways you will become different from your fellow-men. It is therefore very easy to create conflict and to antagonise people. What you must ensure, however, is that people do not antagonise you. Your actions, if they are correct, will produce different responses in people according to their soul evolution. If a man recognises the Truth in you sometimes it will annoy his personality, and he will dislike you for it. That you will have to accept. It is the reason why you are here. Eventually, as he continually sees the example before him, that man will change.
                What you yourselves must guard against is that you do not become antagonistic towards your less-evolved fellow-men. If you see a man kill, if you see a man steal, if you see a man tell falsehoods, even if you see a man trying to destroy the Truth which you have established, you must not feel antagonistic towards him and create evil thoughts because of what he is doing. This is a most difficult lesson to learn. Remember that you are the evolved ones, and the first duty of evolved souls is that they are here to be of service to their less evolved brothers and that, with the power of their evolved thought, they can easily create a greater force for evil.
                So be tolerant of your less evolved brothers who do not think and feel like you. It is, for many of them, merely that they are the products of the Age, of the falsehoods that have been taught and passed down from generation to generation. Remember the difficulties that you yourselves have experienced in changing your ways of life and in expanding your own consciousness. You, perhaps, may have had a more favourable environment and received greater help than your less evolved brothers, and therefore you are in a position to help them.

“Start the day with a great attitude. Fix it before you get out of bed and remind yourself of it throughout the day. Attitude is EVERYTHING.” - Gary Bate (from ‘7 Principles of higher conscious living,’ 2012,

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” - Elisabeth Kubler Ross (Transitions).

In the Disney film, Bambi (1942), the rabbit named Thumper, as Wikipedia notes, “took it upon himself to teach the fawn various tricks, notably that of speech. He succeeded in teaching Bambi a few words, notably ‘bird’ and ‘flower’ which Bambi accidentally used to name a young skunk. Thumper tried to correct Bambi but the skunk said, ‘That's alright. He can call me Flower if he wants to. I don't mind.’ The three animals go on to become friends and this encounter provides another moral lesson in the virtues of tolerance and an easy disposition.”

Remember, Be Here, Now by Baba Ram Dass (a.k.a. Dr. Richard Alpert; Hanuman Foundation, Santa Fe, NM., U.K., 1971).

“Suffering is great. It’s like straightening-by-fire. It’s purifying. It’s good. This trip requires total suffering but it’s got to be suffering that’s no suffering. You’ve got to be the whole suffering trip but: You can’t be the guy who is suffering.”

“Am I he who is being pained? NO! That’s the thing. Once you know that then pleasure and pain, loss and gain, fame and shame, are all the same. They’re all just happening.”

“You’re standing on a bridge watching yourself go by.”

You are it

It’s really just another cop-out to be searching for the guru. He’s your fingernail. Just bite your fingernail and you’re eating him alive. When you know how to listen, everybody is the guru. Speaking to you. It’s right here...always.

Here and now

I keep doing this because I don’t think people thoroughly grok the fact that here is where it all is. After you finish the whole thing and you’ve vibrated your spine for years and done your pranayam and meditated for years and years and sat in a cave and ants have eaten your arms and legs, here you’re right here again...and what your mind is you were here all the time and it’s such a cosmic joke it’s so funny your struggling to get HERE.”

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