What price life in the electric womb, I was asking myself before I left London for Jaguar Skills place in the Suffolk wilds (gentle rant coming)
Archives for February 2013
There’s a level of divine forgiveness we know nothing about. It goes beyond morals or any of the constructs devised by human society in its vain attempt to formalise the ineffable pattern which informs and connects all phenomena. True maturity is when you assume ultimate authority over your own life, which implies forgiving yourself all the unresolved contradictions and paradoxes inherent to your character and make-up. As soon as you do, you instantaneously align to the innate thrust of ubiquitous preatomic consciousness – the Tao – and that’s where you realise your authority is ultimate.
Which is a responsibility.
Because once you accept it’s ultimately you and only you in command, you are forced to acknowledge that everything you’ve ever believed about karma, right and wrong and the whole notion of being in debit or credit in the eyes of the divine, is merely a construct you’ve created yourself and is essentially illusory. You realise that the entire meta-model of reality on which you’ve based your day-to-day existence is one you’ve created yourself and hence, that if you were to restructure the model, your experience of being you on the planet would be radically altered.
Aleistair Crowley, the unhinged, heroin addict magician who dabbled in the dark side of the occult, did, however bequeath one gem to the world, namely his dictum, ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.’ He probably got this from Nietzche’s concept of the ubermensch or superhuman, the hero archetype, who on a divinely inspired mission, is beyond social mores or concepts of right and wrong.
Instantly, of course, comes the fear. What if, holding yourself beyond the laws and mores, you were to abuse your power and run amok, wreaking havoc and destruction?
However, to do so would imply you’d not aligned to the Tao but had merely got caught in another layer of constructed self and were acting out from pain, as is the case with anyone who violates the sanctity of another sentient being’s life.
For when in alignment with the Great Current, the Tao, you are so keenly aware of the miracle of existence and of the continuum of all life, in which at the fundamental level, we are all fully connected, so the pain you cause another you cause yourself, that to do or even actively entertain the thought of doing anything that would in any way diminish life for anyone, even someone who you perceive to have wronged you deeply, would be too uncomfortable to bear.
The alignment can be approached directly via the body, using your mind and is merely a matter of becoming aware of your spinal column, which when elongated, with all vertebrae balanced neatly one atop the other, acts as an antenna or conducting rod, completing a circuit between the spiritual and material energies on a macrocosmic level and between the primal urge in the pelvic region and the intelligence in the brain on the microcosmic.
Then with spinal column elongated, by softening and lengthening the back of the neck and that area of the spine between the sacrum and the waist, and your torso balanced neatly on your sit-bones, relax all the rest of you and let it sink.
Simultaneously pay attention to breathing slowly, silently, silkily and mindfully and draw the point from which you’re witnessing reality backwards out of your forebrain and into the central region of your brain instead.
For as long as you can maintain this set-up, you are in alignment with the central thrust of the Great Current, the Tao, in which state the past is forgiven and you are free to create the next phase of your life from scratch, from the ground up.
Rather than lose yourself too much in specifics and risk losing the alignment on account of your mind being pulled off centre through desire or anxiety in respect of things you want, at this stage, it’s generally more effective, in terms of manifesting something as grand as can be, to address your aligned self with something like the following, but you must supply your own references: ‘I want a life of effortlessness, ease, enjoyment, love, peace, health, abundance, success, worth, meaning, purpose, courage, wisdom, fulfilment, creativity, freedom, sexiness, fun and general magnificence in all respects – make it happen for me and you take care of the details.’
Then you let go of the thought, look around you and start seeing the effortlessness, ease, enjoyment, love, peace, health, abundance, success, worth, meaning, purpose, courage, wisdom, fulfilment, creativity, freedom, sexiness, fun and general magnificence in all respects of your life as it is right now, for what you focus on grows.
Try it for the weekend. Spend a moment detached from your tasks and sit comfortably, lower your eyelids almost all the way, leaving just enough of a slit of light to keep your brain from falling asleep and enjoy a moment or two of alignment with the Great Current in which all concept of sin is forgiven and the universe is seen as a field of infinite possibilities, any of which are yours for the choosing.
May you feel the core thrust of the Great Current in your bones the whole weekend long and may it make you feel sexy, successful, abundant and invincible.
With love, BD
Finding myself obliged to make many creative choices on a daily basis in my work, choices governing such things as which direction to go from one chapter to the next as I write my new book, or which songs to record, or whether to sing in one octave or another, or whether to use this colour or that on logos for each new project, or which subjects to focus on for each new satsang series, I notice that aside from the inevitable rational considerations, the organ used to clinch the deal is my intuition every time.
In America a costly study has concluded that the spread of disease in hospitals could be cut dramatically by the simple act of opening a window. Surely if someone from the 18th century was reading this they’d be convinced the human race had gone soft in the head not to have known that in the first place – and of course they’d be right on the money. We have.
In fact in the UK, another costly study has concluded that senile dementia is costing the nation no less than £23 billion annually.
Personally, I reckon opening windows to increase oxygen flow more would help that too, along with maintaining a regular daily intelligent exercise and meditation regime, not to mention disciplining yourself to remain engaged with society in a meaningful way by contributing something that will possibly help others in some way on a daily basis, for without oxygen, exercise, meditation (to clear and focus the mind) and the mental exercise involved with contributing something, however small, on a daily basis, the mind will atrophy, especially after a lifetime of being entranced by mind-numbing activities like watching endless hours of TV and being enthralled by the superficial.
I also believe learning new skills, learning a language, or learning a martial art (preferably tai chi or one of the more internal arts) helps prevent mental atrophy. But if I had to choose just one of these, it would have to be meditation, for that reaches to the nub of the mind, where we make the real choices including the one governing whether we allow our minds to atrophy or not. Like depression, senile dementia is essentially something that occurs in reaction to an unconscious choice deep inside to close down. It is not something that attacks from outside. Yes exogenous factors come into play but it’s what the deepest level of mind chooses to do with these that counts. I’m not an adherent of costly studies to back this up and come up with conclusions that any school child could have reached in seconds. The mind needs discipline and exercise on a daily basis or it degenerates just like any other part of you and the body needs adequate fresh air. We don’t need studies to come up with that. Spending millions on studies like this are merely a symptom of our society having gone soft in the head.
Had I the mind to offer my services to governments, I could devise a program that would cut down on that 23 billion dramatically but I haven’t. However if there is anyone from the government of the UK reading this, pass the message on to get busy devising a nationwide window-opening, meditation and tai chi program for everyone over 60. That alone will shave off a good £8 to £12 billion, then you can use what’s saved to buy a few more missiles or send more young people into untenable war-zone situations in Afghanistan and other such dusty spots on the planet, which incredibly in 2013, still seems to be the modern approach to attaining nirvana in our enlightened global society, even though we know it doesn’t work.
However, eventually if enough windows are opened and enough people of all ages learn to meditate and do tai chi a new kind of wisdom will start to permeate the collective consciousness and people as well as nations along with other versions of geopolitical groupings will start rediscovering the communicational keys to talking to each other rather than fighting each other, thus causing those driving the military-industrial complex (the armaments manufacturers who are driving the wars), to gradually start thinking about retraining and becoming aromatherapists, reflexologists, life coaches or what-have-you and cows will jump over the moon.
Meantime, spend a few moments relaxing into your skin, slowing down your breathing (allowing your belly to swell with the inhalation and flatten to push the air out with exhalation), lengthening your spine (by pushing your neck back a bit) and drawing your consciousness back from your forebrain into the midbrain instead, into what the ancient Taoists called your cavity of original spirit, thence to actively state to yourself, your intention to be of clear mind, strong, confident and sure of yourself in the world of the world. Say rhythmically and resonantly six times without hesitation so it penetrates to that layer of mind where the real choices are made, ‘I have clear vision, I have strength, I know what I’m doing and everyone and everything helps me succeed now,’ then carry on as you were and all will be well.
All is well now, if you allow it to be.
It’s all in how you choose to respond to the stimuli. You are not a victim of the world you see around you. You are fully in command of your own reality – providing you can take command of yourself as above.
And now all it behoves me to say is may you enjoy a day and night of being so deeply centred and in command of your own reality, it’s all you can do to refrain from dancing wild and ebullient at your nearest shopping mall and shouting, ‘Barefoot is a brick,’ for all the world to hear.
In a in a world replete with bullshit, it’s increasingly crucial to plug into the unassailable virtue (truth) of your natural self, that aspect of you that is not tainted by the world’s self-deception and has remained pure and pristine as it was created and is being constantly created even as we speak. In other words, the world of appearances, where nothing is as it seems and is generally the opposite, comprises a ubiquitous hall of mirrors and to deal with being in this hall of mirrors without falling sway to the distorted reflections all around, you must access your inner, unchanging self with enough regularity and frequency for you to feel connected to the realm of causation, the Tao and thus not get lost in or confused by the illusion.
That is, if you want clarity and peace of mind.
Otherwise, simply carry on rolling around like the silver ball in a pinball machine, bouncing off the rubber walls of consumerism and status-obsession, if you find that fulfils you.
However if clarity and peace appeal, without further ado, circle your tongue 18 times counterclockwise, then 18 times clockwise, around your outer gums, concentrating just above the root of the tongue, whence the movement originates. Simultaneously push your neck back slightly, concentrating on the sensation of subtle stretch thus achieved where the muscles of the neck meet the base of the skull. Bang in the middle of these two sensations (worked tongue-root and stretched neck muscles at base of skull), you find what the ancient Taoists poetically called your cavity of original spirit, access wherein is granted to your true nature, your natural self. Having located this area, comprising your internal control tower, ensure it’s securely anchored in physical reality by relaxing all the muscles and sinews and breathing slowly and mindfully below all the while. In this centred state, tell yourself, ‘I’m in command of my reality here,’ then determine the sort of tone/s and outcome/s you desire from the day and night ahead and that’ll be what happens.
Repeat this procedure, or at least the centre brain, relaxing and breathing part, as often as once every 20 minutes throughout the day and you’ll be surprised by how effectively it transforms your experience of the everyday.
This is all a dream being dreamed by the Tao. The Tao is waking up from this particular dream and as it does we are too and vice versa, which is why reality as we’ve known it is so blatantly in the process of deconstruction at the present time.
The outcome of this paradigm shift is something each of us is responsible for, both individually and collectively, seeing as we each create our own realities and collectively co-create collective reality, such that it exists, hence the importance of not succumbing too much now to the distracting pull of the distorted perception engendered in the hall of mirrors, by returning to centre (cavity of original spirit) with frequency and regularity in the midst of the everyday.
Return to centre now and say hello to the Tao – return to the mothership - it will refresh your circuits and trigger a day and night of beautiful surprises – my wish for you.
You ever get where you just let yourself go and stop thinking?
You ever get where you’re just following your body wherever it wants to go?
You ever get where you’re so abandoned to the moment all you are aware of is the feeling of pure excitement for being alive?
Take yourself off on a little journey of the imagination to a distant land in another dimension, where the sky is deep gold all day and goes soothing, sensual rosy blue when the sun, which always shines everyday without the risk of global warming, sets and the days are 36 hours long to afford everyone more time to have fun, which is important because here, everyone is having so much fun under the golden sun just being alive, they can hardly fit it all in.
Vital resources here replenish themselves almost faster than they get used and people, who are all rather fit and handsome to look at yet not at all vain, naturally get on well with each other, enjoying healthy competition in the spirit of helping each other discover their weak spots so they can correct any imbalance – everyone is helping each other along. There’s no confusion – all communication is clear and everyone understands everyone else. They revel in each others’ differences. People love to big each other up and help each other feel progressively better about themselves, in fact people love to love and know how to give it and receive it without blocking it or messing it up in any way.
There isn’t much work to be done because they have it set up so that things run themselves, so the main focus is on how to have more and more fun and how to generate more and more abundance, at which they are consummate experts. And there’s no robbery, violence, envy or spite and no one fights or makes wars – no one hurts each other at all. Everyone celebrates each other’s good fortune. And they don’t have bad fortune there. None of it. It’s all good. Whatever happens to everyone is good.
They don’t even have dirt – it’s all spotless and smells sweet the whole day and night. And though they don’t live forever there, they have managed to perfect living healthy and strong for 500 years or so and are then happy to die, as they really have exhausted every possible way of having fun by then – not just superficially but really profoundly too, for they are profound people, which is what gives them all such a splendid sense of humour, for there’s much of that and much laughter and mirth, even though they don’t have bad fortune to make jokes about – they simply know how to have fun and trigger almost constant belly laughs no matter what. That’s how fully enlightened they are. And there you are, just not seeing the joke, shouting, “It’s so utterly boring here!”
Obviously you wished you’d liked it because it made so much sense on paper but you simply have to admit without the grit provided by a bit of friction, it all becomes a tad too bland, no matter how profoundly perfect.
So you fire up your inflatable personal transdimensional spacecraft contraption you just happen to have stowed in your back trouser (pants) pocket and within no more than a jiffy and without so much as a wistful rearwards glance, find yourself, having traversed the space-time continuum instantaneously, back here in this madhouse, relieved with every cell in your body to feel the grit beneath your toe- and fingernails from the friction of yin fighting with yang in the world of the ten thousand things – delighted to be back in this flawed, imperfect world, ready to continue your crazy adventure upon its surface for as long as the surface lasts or you do, with renewed gusto, enthusiasm and optimism, delighted to welcome the apparently bad along with the apparently good (both are relative), because you’ve seen how terribly dull it can be with only one and realise there can be no growth without friction.
And you want growth. You want to feel yourself growing more and more in your ability to be yourself and express yourself fully in the world. You love it every time you experience a quantum leap in this respect and you just want more and more of it. You’ve also seen how after every phase of constriction and pain comes a phase of growth and expansion, so you stare constriction and pain in the eye, and say, OK, come on then, bring it on, not because you’re a mad masochist but because you know that along with them comes expansion and growth.
There’s a nice Monday Wisdom Drop for you and may it serve well.
With love, BD