EVEN THE LAZY CAT WORKS A LITTLE
Notice the lazy cat always finds the sunlight.
Even the lazy cat knows it must move to the spot that will warm it.
We too must seek those who love us and care for us – it takes a little effort.
THE UNEVEN GROUND CREATES GRACE
The deer nimbly moves about the forest, landing on the uneven gracefully.
If you watch a deer bound, its gracefulness is made by the hazards of the ground it navigates.
Be thankful, therefore, for all the pits, rocks, and fallen branches in your life.
FAITH IS THE ABILITY TO SEE INTO THE FUTURE
To have faith is to see the future with all the surety of a prophet.
It is a cool expectation, not a hot desperation.
There is no strain, no fretting.
Faith is knowing that what you see in your mind will come into being
– or perhaps, something even grander.
Maybe even death!
BE THE SKY
You must let your mind be like the very emptiness of the sky,
Which lets the storms and rain come and go.
They will arise and thrash.
But the sky is empty, always empty.
It remains pristine, sure of itself, unsullied.
WILL’S HIGHEST POWER IS TO VOID ITSELF
The highest power of the will is that it can void itself and allow a greater Will to infuse the self.
BE SOMEONE ELSE
Everyone asserts confidently nowadays that you should“be yourself.”
But for most people it is wise to pretend to be someone else for a while.
To feel what greatness feels like, or perhaps, evil.
If you are wise, or are to be wise, this is the way.
To get in your bones that which to aspire, that which to avoid.
In other words, don’t be yourself too much just yet – you probably need fixing up.
WE ALL LIVE ON THE RING OF FIRE
We all live on a ring of fire.
The world sits on a volcano of repressed emotions.
The tectonic plates of the collective are active.
But the stability of just a few can stabilize vast regions.
Deal with your repressions.
WITTY VERSUS GOOD
In the city it’s good to be witty; in the farm and wood it’s only good to be good.
Commentary: I live in Manhattan – conversations there are much different. They are made of angles and quickness – attempts to inscribe on the memory of the other one’s own intelligence. In the country, things are spoken that are rounded and soft – there is an aim toward love and health and the spirit. I adore both conversations.
BUMPER STICKER MINDS
If it fits on a bumper sticker, your idea is likely too small to rule all your politics.
Take the time to learn about what you are passionate about.
Do not talk in slogans, do no think in banner titles.
COMMENTARY: I recognize the hypocrisy of this (see my Instagram account). But what I am referring to are all those who really think that life can be summed up in a short sentence. Things spread out far wider than a quote, go far deeper, and hopefully will even reach upward. All of earth, all of hell, and possibly to heaven – that’s the expanse of good ideas, a spherically billowing.
LIFE REQUIRES USING A SCALE
Today, the challenge is that people – even our educated ones – cannot use a scale.
Too many things weigh the same in the minds of the masses.
Goofiness and gravitas are evened out.
Silly, sublime; bitchings, blessings – all balance out.
That which works and that which wrecks. Failed ideas and flourishing ones.
Wisdom is knowing the weight of things; that not all things are equal.
It is knowing that the world is a hierarchy and discernment is key to rising.
It is also the key to maintaining a functioning world.
SUNLIGHT CHANGES AFTER THE TUNNEL
The sunlight you leave to enter the tunnel will not be the same sunlight when you exit.
The things of the world change as we endure challenges.
That which was immense shrinks, that which was complex seems a childish task, that which confused is seen clearly.
Go away, work long hours on yourself. Struggle. Fail. Flail. Feel like you are rotting from overwork and insecurity. Keep going in the dark though you have gone so far in the dark already.
Find the exit, into the light.
Then perhaps return to where you once lived, around those you once knew,
and you will find yourself now a giant, a magician, a seer in the former realm.
TINY HATREDS DO NOT HAVE MORE POWER THAN YOUR LARGE WILL
Some people will judge you before they know you.
Many today tell you an insult is devastating to your ambitions.
That tiny hatreds mean more than your large will.
Be wary of people who tell you insignificant ideas from petty minds can undo your life.
Do not make falsehoods your truth, don’t make that which is minute so magnificent in your psychic.
INPUTS AND OUTPUTS
Freedom exists in moments between inputs and outputs.
The stranger’s gauche remark.
Pause in your freedom.
Choose a holy or a wholly rational response.
SISYPHUS’ ROCK = HIS WORRIES
What Sisyphus pushes up the hill are his own worries.
If he found peace, his task would be over.
Human life is a lot like Sisyphus until we give up fret.
WE SEE TOO MUCH TODAY
There is too much to see today,
and yet we still know so little.
Close your eyes.
The less you see, the more you know.
Indeed, the wise know that important things tend hide in the light,
only to be revealed in the dark.
THE EGO FLOODS AND GRABS ONTO EVERYTHING
The ego has hands like the Great Wave Painting.
It will grab any emotion and cherish it as vital.
It has to flood into everything, own everything.
Calm your sea, un-clapse all emotion.
Let the peace that underlies existence become.
EARTHQUAKE PROOF PSYCHE
Every mind lives on fault lines.
Earthquakes shall come to the psyche.
The goal is not to eliminate earthquakes.
The goal is to make your psyche capable of shaking without collapse.
Beware those who want the largest trophy for suggesting everyone get a trophy.
True power stems from deep roots. Lack of power is rooted on thin stems.
NOTHING UGLY FROM HOLY ANGLES
Everything ugly is a hallucination.
Everything beautiful is only the real.
There is nothing ugly from holy angles-
all is beautiful.
FALLING IN HATE
Few are ever in love, they only briefly step out of hate.
A type of necrophilia is rampant today: there is an ardent romance with dead, political ideas.
The right dances with the corpse of nationalism; the left un-inters and fornicates with the remains of socialism.
GOD AND THE HORRIBLE
The horrible events by which some come to disbelieve in God are often the very events by which others come to know God.
At the point of a gun or the needle of chemotherapy, some claim no God, some claim to know God.
TORNADOES OF THE PSYCHE
Tornadoes come from above, and touch the earth.
It’s not the winds from above that kill, but what the winds toss about on earth that kills.
Events in your life drop into your mind.
It’s the unsecure contents of mind that end of hurting you, not the events.
THE CROSS OF LIFE
One may exist on the horizontal, no heaven, no hell.
Another may exist on the vertical, only heaven, or hell.
A total man, on earth, lives at a cross.
ALL FOLLOW BLISS
A terrorist too, follows his bliss.
WISDOM IS POVERTY TODAY
Maintain a wise demeanor even in a world where bombast is the currency.
Better to be poor in such a world.
GOOD CONSERVATISM VERSUS BAD CONSERVATISM
A good conservative wishes to conserve what works.
A bad conservative wishes to conserve the jerks who messed up what works.
One often knows where a man stands by his handshake.
Those who exaggerate the evil an evil person does in the name of good are themselves under evil’s control.
Orwell wrote of Big Brother, always waiting for you to make a mistake and then reeducate and/or disappear you.
Yet, a greater, or equal danger, is Big Angel – always watching to make sure you never fail, never want, never struggle, never face any harm – even verbal harm.
Nietzsche said what nearly kills you makes you stronger.
It’s also true that that government which tries to make you stronger nearly kills you.
HOW TO REALLY LISTEN TO OTHERS
To really listen to others, have one ear on what they are saying
and another ear listening for your judgement of they are saying.
Let go of the judgement.
We have two ears to listen indeed: one to the soul we are speaking with and one to our inner ourselves.
The ease others feel with you depends on how much you accept and love them as they are.
Letting go of judgement has a real effect on people, even if it is silent and unspoken.
Make sure you take your time doing things others do fast.
Make sure you do in detail what others do generically.
There are always markets for that.
And there are things to learn in that which has become a heuristic.
BE ALIVE AT THE DEADLINE
The wise soul finishes the work well before the deadline.
We can all do this.
The large project you have scheduled for tomorrow, if at all possible, do today.
You will not want to do it.
But you must avoid that comfortable feeling that comes from “scheduling for later.”
The quality of your work and your stress will decrease substantially.
It just takes a little bit of will to haul yourself into the task.
But you’ll find ten minutes in, you are fully committed.
You will sleep better. When you relax, you will truly relax.
It is wise to treat wildfires as symbolic to our own psyches.
Small things – a little lightning, a miss managed campfire, broken power line plus no rain for a while, and from that little minute spark acres of land are torched.
Lesson? Ruin is possible if we do not stay lush and moist.
Beauty and spiritual truth make the mind very, very hard to ignite.
So many people are so dried out with pessimism, and exposure to the ugly; they have no protection against small things, tiny sparks.
Our lives are naturally fractured.
Most lives are a pile of shards.
Few pick up the shards and make a mosaic.
Few make a good life, make an order of the fractures.
Make their life like stained glass.
We should organize our lives.
There is much beauty in that.
CAGE THE WILD FEELINGS IN US
Beware what you really feel in situations.
This typically lies below what you “surfacely” feel.
This has been said by many of course.
But notice the strange powers you must conjure
to identify and then rightly label it.
Hidden feelings are wild, they run us, but we cannot
domesticate them until we locate them,
and properly designate them.
That takes the wild inside and puts them into cages,
where we now have more control over them.
THE SMALLEST CUT
The smallest cut in the right place
often does more damage than a large slice.
The latter informs you instantly to take immediately action;
the former leaks the life force from you slowly
until it is too late to react.
GOSSIP SHREDS THE MIND
Gossip shreds your intact mind.
It turns it to a confetti of innuendos, false pride, and sickening note-taking on friends.
It laces the mind’s perception with exaggeration and steals activity.
It replaces climbing for one’s self with clinging to others.
It provides all the satiety of leeches sucking blood.
Aggrandize the people around you; it is a way to greatness.
DO NOT UNBURY THE SEED
You must be patient while you work.
I suppose that’s why they say whistle – it helps you get your mind off the outcome of what you are doing.
One cannot unbury the seed each day to see if it is growing.
GUILT IS NOT AN ELIXIR
Guilt is a glue that sticks you to the past, that sticks you to the smallest parts of yourself.
For most people it is superglue.
Society and politics peddle guilt.
A lot of friends do as well.
Guilt is a false elixir – it does not heal anything.
Earnest admission of wrongdoing, seizing responsibility, and of course, right action are the way to behave after a mistake.
If the kind person changes to cruel from time to time,
do not let this surprise you.
It reveals that even in the most saintly, the sliver of a human remains.
Rest assured, the good person will apologize and return to their kind ways.
We must be kind to the kind, even if they have moments of unkindness.
The new to achievement think that there is a direct line between cause and effect.
Masters of attainment know that the loopy, spiraling adventure is more exciting.
SOMETHING TO SOMETHING
The average feel like nothing and then try to become something.
The rare always feel like something and become more.
THE SYMPHONY BESIDE THE DEMOLITION YARD
The symphony cannot be heard beside the demolition yard.
Careful where you live. Careful where you build.
Often, success is unveiled as already present by merely moving away from certain realms.
It’s not just toxic people – but toxic places and entertainment that block out triumph and victory.
PICK JOY RATHER THAN PRIDE
Be wary of anything founded on pride. Often pride is a fabrication of the ego.
Yes, there is good pride, but I’ve seen far too often good pride secretly morph into bad pride.
Instead, take joy in what you do and who you are.
Are you proud of your accomplishments?
I think it’s better to say I find joy in my accomplishments.
USE THE ORIGIN FOR ORIGINALITY
I love how poets ask Muses for help before they write.
I do this too. Maybe there is something mystical to it, or maybe it is psychologically priming the subconscious.
Either way, it helps me when I ask the Muses to guide my thoughts and pen – it always has.
I often likewise pray, I ask God or the Creator for help.
He or She is the Origin of things, and it helps me come up with thoughts original.
Try it. Rely on the origin to develop original ideas – they just sort of arrive in your mind mysteriously!
WATCHING A BIRD
I was watching a bird work the other day in a field.
It would leave its nest and dart through the air,
stopping here and there, grabbing a twig, eating a worm,
dipping its beak for some water. It was a busy little sucker!
But every so often it would return to its nest to rest,
if just for a few moments, and then back to work.
Throughout the day, return to thoughts of heaven, or silence,
as you work return to the nest.
THE POWER OF BELIEF IN AFTERLIFE
I once got into an argument with a neuroscientist who had no time for the afterlife.
I understood, I’ve seen and felt the appeal of materialism, the idea that we are only our bodies.
But I told him this story of my grandmother. Before her death, indeed as she lay dying, she kept having a vision of a river, and on other side,
she saw old friends and family members beckoning her over to the other side. This wasn’t like a normal imaginary experience, but it was very real to her.
My stepmother said to her at one point, “We will miss you but we’ll be okay over here. It’s okay to go if you are ready.”
My grandmother said in return, in her Southern accent, “Darling, I reckon where I’m going I’m not going to miss you at all!”
My point was, even if you think belief in the afterlife is some sort of illusion humans tell themselves, why would ever want to take away something that would help someone not just die peacefully, but with excitement! Even if you think it isn’t real, it seems to be a psychological necessity and aid for many people.
More selfishly, my entire family likewise felt better about her passing over.