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11 June 2009 @ 01:31 pm
Various musings while walking (part 19)  


• Today we deem any deviation from normal consciousness to be "pathology;" I envision a future where anyone who has not deviated from normal consciousness is deemed "pathological." [5.18.09]

• The wise don't search for the One True Opinion but, instead, discard all their opinions; likewise, the awakened don't search for the One True Thought but, instead, discard all thoughts. The knowledgeable have conquered knowledge; the thoughtful have conquered thought. [5.18.09]

• The highest virtue is to be unconscious of "virtuousness." [5.19.09]

• Pure will is to not strive but nonetheless conquer. [5.19.09]

• Attainment doesn't automatically make one's actions "humane." How could it when it is the personal and the human which is annihilated in the infinite and impersonal? [5.20.09]'

• I would go further than most and say that Division/Duality/Consciousness occurs (Nuit or 0 becomes 2), not for "chance of union" but rather there simply happens to be a chance of union. Call it "Mystery" or "Miracle" but its simply a fact with no "Because" or "Why" to justify it. There is no answer to the eternal question of, to speak Qabalistically, why 0 became 2 (Why God created the world, why the Tao became ten thousand things, ad infinitum...) we can never rightfully say if it is ignorance, chance of joy/union, to experience, as "play" ("lila"), as a punishment... we can only reflect our attitude toward it. That is, we can see the opportunity of multiplicity (2) as arbitrary, chance of union/love/joy, the cause of all suffering, etc. but these are all projections of our temperament onto a valueless Fact of Life. [5.22.09]

• Living in the city is living in an ocean of contempt (and neuroticism, superficiality, obsession, triviality, etc.) - one can't help but be consumed & enveloped by it all unless one is ice-cold or super-heated... (Rev. 3:15-16) [6.8.09]

Outward expression of inward intentions - A redwood's bark is just like the words of a poet or prophet - they are the husks of crystallized energy, Spirit-made-ink or Energy-made-bark, and yet this static exterior is the only face others see. [6.9.09]
 
 
 
lapidus_93 on June 12th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
The highest virtue is to be unconscious of "virtuousness."

Perhaps this could hold at both top and bottom of the ladder of attainment, because this state sounds similar to that of a person with no goals or ambitions, who simply floats aimlessly from moment to moment.

Living in the city is living in an ocean of contempt (and neuroticism, superficiality, obsession, triviality, etc.) - one can't help but be consumed & enveloped by it all unless one is ice-cold or super-heated...

Yet, urban living allows a greater variety of interactive experiences with other people.
IAO 131iao131 on June 13th, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)
93,

First: Certainly. There is a reason holy men like children & animals I think, for a similar reason (the highest & lowest look quite similar)

Second: True. And living in a mountain cave allows a greater variety of introspective experiences (if that is your 'style'). I mightve prefaced by saying 'Especially for an introvert...'

Thanks for the comments.

IAO131
andsoitisso on June 13th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
" Outward expression of inward intentions - A redwood's bark is just like the words of a poet or prophet - they are the husks of crystallized energy, Spirit-made-ink or Energy-made-bar, and yet this static exterior is the only face others see. [6.9.09]"

That is what I keep thinking. Standing in front of the mirror, I used to think I was not beautiful physically - perhaps, this is not right, that is not right until one day I realized that my body is a reflection of my soul, my very own core self - a reflection of my thoughts, emotions, my energy. From tip to toe I reflected my self thru my body and I know I have a beautiful soul and I never had that doubt again that my body is not beautiful. How can it not be. It is my self.

I think every flower, every tree, every animal, every object, every face, every house, every element, every nebulae has a story to tell of its self - a poem about its own soul, a message to be decoded, a love song to be unraveled.

Just a few days ago, I was thinking to myself - it was more a feeling rather than a logical thought...especially when I was observing crystals - that crystal was nothing but crystallized light...and then I realized that everything was just crystallized light...I cannot explain logically - it was an emotional understanding.

How are you, my friend?...to be even able to talk such things to someone is a gift.

IAO 131iao131 on June 13th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
Husks, souls, and some Nietzsche
93,

Im well, how are you?

In fact, we literally are 'stardust' as Sagan was fond of saying (Parsons said it first!! :P) In a way 'light' is an apt metaphor or a good word for 'energy' and we are, by all accounts, manifestations of energy. As my physicist professor was fond of saying "We are what the expanding universe is doing here and now."

Indeed, the body-spirit thing also applies to the dichotomy explained above (spirit vs. ink etc). Nietzsche has a nice quote that is something to the effect of, "Today an awakened one might say 'I am an animal-transformation/animalization of God'... In that sense, the husks seem not like 'husks' but simply the most 'exterior layer' of our Selves...

IAO131