Willingness To Accept New Truth Is Inversely Proportional to the Self Diagnosed Level of Importance

What do you think of this Hypothesis? Is it valid?

Can self-important people accept truths they do not want to hear?

It is related to the whole entitlement debate. Where the important geezers like Boris and his chums think that the one rule for them and another rule for the plebs hypothesis holds true.

Do as we say not as we do. We know best…

There is a related hypothesis

The degree of open minded-ness is inversely proportional to the level of self-diagnosed omniscience.

The more omniscient someone imagines themselves to be the less likely they are to be open minded.

Know-it-alls can be very bigoted and prejudiced.

There is another hypothesis.

The intellectually able may be utterly shit at interpersonal skills and distinctly unaware of this shortcoming. They may not even give a shit about it.

Hmnn..

The New Age and the Externalisation of the Hierarchy

I consider my self to be a truly Aquarian being. By sound reasoning and comparison to published text I am also therefore a part of the so-called externalisation of the hierarchy. Somebody has to go first and as has been the case with so many things, often this is me. As a consequence, I get to bear the brunt, regularly.

What does the New Age offer? Well, it won’t be wokery and redacting the physical plane past.  Nor will it be all hippy trippy and all loved up. It certainly will not entail obsession with image. Image is imaginary it says so on the tin. Obsession with image is the antithesis of self-less-ness.

If you, like me, do not seek to control, or enslave by legal contract your fellow beings then you will feel a little at odds with current world. If you are free and easy and have few if any expectations, then people will find you hard to fathom. On numerous occasions people have asked me if they are meeting my expectations. When I say, no I don’t have any, they do not believe. This is because they expect me to have expectations!!

If you find the idea of manoeuvring people and leveraging archaic, then like me, you will not fit with modern business practice nor that endless quest for self-advancement.

If you think kudos is made up and not real, then you will stand out like a sore thumb.

There is a very long way to go before the New Age embedded with Soular intuition can fully manifest. People are not only obsessed with personality but their image of that thing. The world in general is deep in Maya and Illusion. And people think that I am the crazy one!!

Greed, selfishness and lust for power can be seen on all sides. There is no equanimity. The distribution of goods is very heavily skewed. As long as the materialistic can temporarily sate their ravenous materialism, they are “happy”. They do not give a shit for the poor and the needy. It is all about ME in so very many cases.

To shift from ME to all of us is going to take time. The one huge lesson from this pandemic is that we are all IN FACT, utterly interconnected. Yet “charity begins at home” is the mantra I have heard multiple times. People can justify a whole bunch of stuff, primarily their own self-interest with this “sage and wise” mantra. We all nod our heads and repeat it.

Although there is much work to be done, there are many people working towards the New Age. And if the Tibetan is right, many more have come into incarnation since he first mooted the externalisation and many more are on their way.

Sooner or later the old ways must perforce pass and the greedy and the selfish with them. I doubt that that I will be on this planet to see the results.

If humanity can only learn this one lesson about utter interconnectivity, then the pandemic has helped to usher in the first foothills of the New Age.

I have Been on the Receiving End

When I first read the excerpt in the previous post, I had what might be called a Tango moment. It summed up so very much of what has/had happened to me.

There are three diverse instances, there are more. The first one being the experimental Toltec group into which I poured my heart and Soul, the second being getting the entrepreneurship gig going with Powerlase Ltd. and the third doing multiple team development courses.

In each case I was on the receiving end of much directed gossip and criticism. Many thought they could do better. In some cases, it was nasty…

In terms of the entrepreneurship gig, people initially thought that this was “dirty” and impure, and many imagined greed was my motive. I suspect that it impeded my promotion! A few years down the line they all had to justify just how entrepreneurial they were in order to get their dollar from government.

{I was doing that whole shebang as a means to fund a retreat centre….}

The so-called Toltec group was a real eye-opener. People were kidding themselves that they were spiritual warriors… it was more like a soap opera.

In the third case I was simply used as a means to tick a box on a grant application form.

It is so funny how “management” deems that everyone else needs “personal development courses” but do not imagine in their sociopathic entitlement that they are not only the cause of many of the problems, but they also completely and utterly lack any self-awareness. “If only the plebs would do what I want better the world would be fine and dandy”. It is all their fault. I am an omniscient angel. They need to get their shit together not me. They need training. I am perfected.

People are weird and not entirely pleasant…

Being a blotting paper is not easy.

It is hard to absorb all that negativity and then transmute it…

It is a shit job, but I guess somebody has to do it…

Hey-Ho…

Good and Evil Quotes

Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil.

Marcus Aurelius

Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.

Anatole France

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

The battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies.

Don Miguel Ruiz

One should see the world, and see himself as a scale with an equal balance of good and evil. When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good – he and the world is saved. When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad – he and the world is destroyed.

Maimonides

The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in one solitary and even humble individual – for it is in the solitary mind and soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.

M. Scott Peck

Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell.

George Orwell

Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man’s struggle for good and evil seems inadequate.

Richard P. Feynman

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.

Eric Hoffer

If time is not real, then the dividing line between this world and eternity, between suffering and bliss, between good and evil, is also an illusion.

Hermann Hesse

There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.

J.K. Rowling

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.

George Bernard Shaw

There is no denying that there is evil in this world but the light will always conquer the darkness.

Idowu Koyenikan

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

Martin Luther King Jr

No matter how hard Evil tries, it can never quite match up to the power of Good, because Evil is ultimately self-destructive. Evil may set out to corrupt others, but in the process corrupts itself.


John Connolly

Visualization

2. Visualization. Up to this point the activity has been of a mental nature. The creative imagination has been relatively quiescent; the disciple has been occupied within the mind and upon mental levels, and has “looked neither up nor down.” But now the right point of tension has been reached; the reservoir or pool of needed energy has been restrained within the carefully delimited ring-pass-not, and the bridge-builder is ready for the next step. He therefore proceeds at this point to construct the blue print of the work to be done, by drawing upon the imagination and its faculties as they are to be found upon the highest level of his astral, or sensitive vehicle. This does not relate to the emotions. Imagination is, as you know, the lowest aspect of the intuition, and this fact must be remembered at all times. Sensitivity, as an expression of the astral body, is the opposite pole to buddhic sensitivity. The disciple has purified and refined his imaginative faculties so that they are now responsive to the impression of the buddhic principle or of the intuitive perception – perception, apart from sight or any recorded possible vision. According to the responsiveness of the astral vehicle to the buddhic impression, so will be the accuracy of the “plans” laid for the building of the antahkarana and the visualizing of the bridge of light in all its beauty and completeness.

The creative imagination has to be stepped up in its vibratory nature so that it can affect the “pool of energy” or the energy-substance which has been gathered for the building of the bridge. The creative activity of the imagination is the first organizing influence which works upon and within the ring-pass-not of accumulated energies, held in a state of tension by the “intention” of the disciple. Ponder upon this occult and significant statement.

The creative imagination is in the nature of an active energy, drawn up into relationship with the point of tension; it there and then produces effects in mental substance. The tension is thereby increased, and the more potent and the clearer the visualization process, the more beautiful and strong will be the bridge. Visualization is the process whereby the creative imagination is rendered active and becomes responsive to and attracted by the point of tension upon the mental plane.

At this stage the disciple is occupied with two energies: one, quiescent and held within a ring-pass-not, but at a point of extreme tension, and the other active, picture-forming, outgoing and responsive to the mind of the bridge-builder. In this connection it should be remembered that the second aspect of the divine Trinity is the form-building aspect, and thus, under the Law of Analogy, it is the second aspect of the personality and the second aspect of the Spiritual Triad which are becoming creatively active. The disciple is now proceeding with the second stage of his building work, and so the numerical significance will become apparent to you. He must work slowly at this point, picturing what he wants to do, why he has to do it, what are the stages of his work, what will be the resultant effects of his planned activity, and what are the materials with which he has to work. He endeavors to visualize the entire process, and by this means sets up a definite rapport (if successful) between the buddhic intuition and the creative imagination of the astral body. Consequently, you will have at this point:

  • The buddhic activity of impression.
  • The tension of the mental vehicle, as it holds the needed energy-substance at the point of projection.
  • The imaginative processes of the astral body.

When the disciple has trained himself to be consciously aware of the simultaneity of this threefold work, then it goes forward successfully and almost automatically. This he does through the power of visualization. A current of force is set up between these pairs of opposites (astral-buddhic) and – as it passes through the reservoir of force upon the mental plane – it produces an interior activity and an organization of the substance present. There then supervenes a steadily mounting potency, until the third stage is reached and the work passes out of the phase of subjectivity into that of objective reality – objective from the standpoint of the spiritual man.

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Excerpted from “The Rays and the Initiations – Part Two – Section One – The Aspirant and the Mysteries of Initiation”

By Alice Bailey and Djwhal Kuhl

Using Death as An Adviser

Within the Toltec tradition there is a very powerful technique called using death as adviser. Sooner or later your death will tap you on the shoulder and say, “come on sunshine it is time to go!”

In general people vacillate, prevaricate, procrastinate, beat around the bush and generally avoid making decisions wherever and whenever they can.  People rarely take the difficult option because there will always be tomorrow, so they piss about, bullshit and generally take the path of least resistance. They live in an illusory world of quasi-permanence.

They have not attained impermanence.

The most unarguable thing is that as medical science currently stands each one of us will die and leave behind a slab of meat. Death is inevitable.

The best way to cut through all the BS is to ask yourself if my death was fairly imminent how would I behave in this circumstance? Listen to the advice that death proffers.

I mentioned in the previous post my own cancer. When I found out about it, I used the full extent of my organisational and leveraging ability to ensure that the operation took place as fast as possible. I even paid for private CT scans to jump the queue. Believe me although I am an old git, my organisational skills are still top notch.

I have been using death as an adviser for over 20 years. It tends to increase decisiveness and stops one from fannying about or piss arsing around. It can cause one to fully open your heart. There is no point in nit picking or arguing the toss if death is imminent.

Théun had me write a letter to myself as if I was my very best friend writing the letter to a dying man, me. That did the trick.

I have been in potentially fatal situations a number of times; the crocodile incident in Zambia, a near drowning in Australia, the night I was close to suicide, the gang event in Brixton, various solo hiking situations and when I bust my hip 2 years ago. In situations of crisis, I am nearly always “cool hand Luke” so to speak.

This is because I have used death as an adviser. I know I am already dead.

In heightened awareness you can sense the proximity of your own death, sense his breath on your hackles.

His advice is nearly always, “act impeccably!”

That is pretty much it, he is a bit of a succinct introvert methinks.

I have heard it said that the only thing a warrior ever truly owns is his or her impeccability.

The next time you are facing some decision, or a “dilemma” simply ask yourself, “If I am going to die soon how would I in all honesty act?” You must be honest else there is no point in doing this. You cannot hedge things in the face of your own death.

I’ll wager that if you do this you will in time become more decisive and perhaps impeccable.

The Illusion of Control

Do you control your own fate, your destiny?

Are you in control of the direction of “your” life?

It seems to me that many get mightily upset when things don’t go “their” way.

I remember having a conversation with our French teacher prior to Brexit being “done” and perhaps “dusted”. I said that the whole story / drama / endless saga about fishing rights would drag on way after any “agreement” was made. She and I agreed that this was likely to be the case.

It was so foxtrotting obvious!

{Don’t worry Boris it is just a detail. They are never important when you can build a bridge from Scotland to Norway, using imaginary money which you just don’t have.}

There is no such thing as a binary clean-cut divorce without some ill-will and rankling. The British press are suggesting that the French are sulking, and the French are saying that perfidious Albion is being just as perfidious as ever. You cannot cut with a knife without at least leaving some scar tissue.

We may like to think that we have our shit together, are clever and cunning, and are driving our lives towards the imagined nirvana of our goals and ambitions. But life has a whole bunch of spanners, curve balls etc. in its back pocket which it can at any time unleash. Fate has a whole rucksack full of quirks.

I used to have a trick to demonstrate this a little to groups I was facilitating. On one side of flip chart paper, I had:

“When God sees humans making plans…”

I would ask people to comment on this, it often solicited some strange reactions. Most people would refer to God as He. “If He exists blah, blah…”

On the next piece of paper, it said:

“She laughs…”

When I revealed this there was usually a very mixed reaction, I had deliberately thrown a cat amongst the pigeons as a facilitative manoeuvre.

The upshot of this was that any group I was facilitating realised that I was a stranger fish than they had at first estimated. Boring science dude might be a bit weirder than quantum mechanics.

Right now, people are getting flooded, houses are being swallowed by lava or destroyed by bush fires, “cuddly” polar bears are dying, people in Madagascar are starving, the Lebanon is in dire straits, Haiti is up shit creek without a paddle and Biden is talking to the head of the biggest paedophile organisation this planet has ever known. And the French and the British are arguing about foxtrotting fish and scallops. Squabbling siblings with a love-hate relationship…

You can buy Bulldog cushions here in France and posters of Provence in the UK.

And Greta is Rick-Rolling us…

We foxtrotting deserve it…

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Do you control your own fate, your destiny?

Are you in control of the direction of “your” life?

We’re no strangers to love

You know the rules and so do I

A full commitment’s what I’m thinking of

You wouldn’t get this from any other guy

I just wanna tell you how I’m feeling

Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up

Never gonna let you down

Never gonna run around and desert you

Never gonna make you cry

Never gonna say goodbye

Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

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We’ve known each other for so long

Your heart’s been aching but you’re too shy to say it

Inside we both know what’s been going on

We know the game and we’re gonna play it

And if you ask me how I’m feeling

Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see

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Foxtrot Foxtrot Sierra

Fate Quotes

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.

Marcus Aurelius

All the asylum clothing is made by the patients, but sewing does not employ one’s mind. After several months’ confinement the thoughts of the busy world grow faint, and all the poor prisoners can do is to sit and ponder over their hopeless fate.

Nellie Bly

Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate… but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.

Franz Kafka

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.

Sun Tzu

Fate determines many things, no matter how we struggle.

Otto Weininger

Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.

Citium Zeno

Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resists.

Plutarch

Fate was dealing from the bottom of the deck.

S. J. Perelman

Go with your fate, but not beyond. Beyond leads to dark places.

Mary Renault

Heart is what drives us and determines our fate. That is what I need for my characters in my books: a passionate heart. I need mavericks, dissidents, adventurers, outsiders and rebels, who ask questions, bend the rules and take risks.

Isabel Allende

I believe that fate is choices – it’s not chance.

Wayne Newton

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.

Buddha

I truly, truly believe that I was going in that direction and all of a sudden fate took me and put me here. It’s like something else has other plans for me.

Christopher Atkins

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

Charles Revson

It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.

Bertrand Russell

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation.

Knut Hamsun

Not what we experience, but how we perceive what we experience, determines our fate.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.

Joan of Arc

Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.

Alexander the Great

The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.

Bertrand Russell

To live alone is the fate of all great souls.

Arthur Schopenhauer

When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.

Dale Carnegie

You wait for fate to bring about the changes in life which you should be bringing about by yourself.

Doug Coupland

Towards Freedom – Fate

In this pamphlet I have discussed in general terms freedom, equanimity and balance, now there is this controversial idea of fate. Fate implies karma a concept that underpins eastern thinking, but which is less popular in the west. Nevertheless, cause and effect are a major part of scientific method. Newtonian mechanics are taught widely. There is a disconnect because we accept this concept in the world of things but are less comfortable in the world of people. The consequence of cause and effect is karma and the summation of karma is fate. It does not take too much to see how some acts, some words even, cause things in the world of people. There are consequences to our actions, so although not expressed as karma, karma it is. As a rule, people fail to acknowledge just how much interconnectivity there is, this is because responsibility tends to be avoided. There is some immature childish behaviour which suggests that so long as one does not get caught there are no consequences for the person acting. There may be consequences for the person acted upon, but they do not matter provided deniability holds.

It is convenient to imagine that God and sin do not exist and that there is no reckoning for indulgence, for enacting every whim as and when. If you look around this mentality can be found easily. Provided that there is some perceived advantage many do not care less what they do nor how it affects others. They inflict themselves, their wants, desires and ambitions in a willy-nilly fashion. Yet there it is unspoken, unacknowledged and ignored, cause and effect. If you don’t like the word karma, these will suffice.

What has fate got to do with freedom?

If you are reading this tract, then at some level the idea of freedom is of interest. The circumstances of this life and perhaps the others that went before, have lead you here, today, to this.  All the actions you have done, each cause has effected your life, so that as a consequence you are here, right now, reading this. It is your fate to read it. What you do subsequently is up to you. Fate has lead you here. You could argue that this is mere coincidence. But what has caused things to co-incide? Is it pure chance or has your education, place of birth and career made it possible? Has your life always been heading directly at this moment, however fleeting it may be?

Advocates of free will may put it down to choices made. But the summation of those choices has had the effect. At any point different choices could have been made, but they weren’t.

Without being specific if you are considering freedom then perhaps you were fated so to do, by your life experience. Otherwise you would be like many, unquestioning. What matters most is the next football match, the next soap opera episode or the “news” and gossip on Facebook. Somehow, you the reader have found yourself in an eddy in the stream, away from the current of modern living, with sufficient curiosity to be reading this. The odds against this are quite high. There are seven billion people on the planet yet here you are. For how long, who can say?

There may be a counter-intuitive problem with the very notions of fate and freedom. If something is fated, then it implies a lack of freedom. This is a kind of logic. Yet if freedom is your fate and you are fated to be free, then you have to follow that fate. There is freedom in evolving that fate in the general direction of freedom, one can’t avoid the fate, but one can be free in following it. This is as opposed to trying to shoe horn your existence into one of the available life templates extant in the epoch of your birth. Cutting a swathe through life which differs from the societally pre-ordained is much more liberating. Being able to think for and by yourself is less constrained and blinkered. Stepping outside of the hive to inhale the fresh air, if so fated, is fresh.

In order to get to a position where the tried and tested holds less pull, there has to be work on self, this is a cause and the effect is an increasing sensation of freedom. This is karma in action and the evolution of a fate, it is not succumbing. In various philosophies all that you do in this life is an effect of all that has gone on before in others. In this sense each life has a fate and the summation of all fates is your destiny. If it is your destiny to acquire more freedom, then surely that is the only acquisition worth anything in the long term; especially given the impermanence of the material and the social. One could say that of all the fates available, freedom is not a bad hand to be dealt.

Thus, we each of us contribute to our evolving fate by every single action, each thought and how we respond to life. If it is your fate to not yet contemplate freedom in a meaningful way, then you are not yet ready for freedom. Any act may do it, may turn you towards freedom and the quest of it. Freedom cannot be hurried, it can only come when one is prepared for it. If you are fated to start out on such a quest, then there is nothing that you can do to stop it. You can however stymie and hinder it by being stubborn. Pause for a moment and consider; is there any freedom in being stubborn? The only freedom is to express pig-headed mind, not an altogether free state of being.

If you discount the concept of fate, then within the logic of fate, you are fated so to do. We each have to learn. And such a discounting is an effect of your state of mind, your education and your peer group influences. These have caused your current mental make-up and operative world version through which you interpret the physical and social world. You alone have not made up your mind, others have influenced you, so free will isn’t as free as. Whilst we might like the ideal of free will, in practice no being lives and evolves in isolation. The only thing that one can hope to control in any sense of entirety is one’s own mind. It is not as easy as it sounds.

This urge to freedom comes as a response to life, largely when the dissatisfaction grows, and its illusory quality is sensed. Beyond this threshold there is a whole bunch of work and only if that work causes a deeper understanding can one effect, that is make real, a growing sense of genuine mental autonomy and freedom.

If it is your fate to seek freedom, then in time it must be also your destiny. To this end application to task must be unceasing, and unhurried. One needs to be mindful of distraction and avoidance, because some of the things needed to achieve freedom are both scary and at first difficult. Your fate will ask them of you and if you are to evolve your fate then best get on with it. You had better take responsibility for your words, acts and deeds so as to become an authentic being and as authenticity increases so does freedom. It is not a bad fate, nor an unworthy quest, this freedom thing.

Towards Freedom – Uncomplicated

Modern living is very complex and highly entangled, it is perhaps considered a sign of success to be well connected, to be busy and have loads of social contacts and a big circle of “friends”. One can measure virtual success by the number of followers one has on line and the thumbs ups given therein. This desire to be connected is a major barrier on the road to freedom. Life is hectic and very busy. Unless you are willing to be a yogi in a cave there seems to be no easy to way to change this situation. There is one simple mantra that might help, and this is quality over quantity. One could say that this is a wheat from chaff approach. In our complex modern world, complexity is seen as good. But by the very nature of it, there cannot be found freedom. Spread thin and thereby disperse and dissipated it is nigh on impossible to use one’s energy to obtain even a measure of freedom. By seeking simplicity and reducing the number of contacts that eat time, one can focus and give proper attention to whatever it is one is doing. By not being pulled in all directions it is possible to introduce quality as a guiding concept.

There is a lot of stuff and a lot of people who are not needed and drain, in the lives of most. For some the overarching terror of missing out has them stretched past their elastic limit. Relationships are facile and without depth. It is not possible to address profound questions whilst one is flapping around like a fish caught in the shallows. If one is to seek a measure of freedom, then quite quickly one comes upon the need to make life more simple, less hectic and uncomplicated.  It does not need the extreme alluded to above, but I’ll pretty much guarantee that if you reduce the complexity of living you will feel, maybe not initially, but ultimately, more at peace and develop a measure of equanimity. To do this one has to face and overcome this fear of missing out. Constant distraction and involvement in socio-political drama does not bring a calm and measured equanimity. The counter argument is perhaps that multiple contacts and alliances afford freedom, a freedom of choice. Yet a little more careful analysis suggests that an alliance is not free, alliance implies a degree of dependency. The energy needed to sustain all those complex relationships negate one’s freedom, the freedom to be quiet and alone, away from the noise so that one can get a view on life and thereby develop an understanding of it. If life is chock-a-block with perceived devoirs, there is no time left to devote to the understanding of self. All that stimulus causes endless reactions. The draw of sociality eats time faster than a Pac-Man.

What is so very wrong with being simple, straightforward and uncomplicated?

This is a very good question and the sophisticated and successful might think that to even ask such a question is naïve. That it is perhaps backward and uncivilised. The highly politicised world of positional gain and self-advancement holds no truck with sentiments such as this. Life after all is about acquisition, kudos, power and fame. Be clear here, each of us makes choices, one path leads to freedom and the other to “power” of a kind, that kind is material power and not spiritual power. In a very real sense one cannot have material power and freedom in its emptiest, most free sense. If you are interested in material power, what the hell are you doing reading this? Perhaps it has lost its gloss, its allure?

It is an aspect of all development and evolution, that one has to find out for oneself and by oneself. Human nature being what it is, rarely takes advice. Oftentimes it is only when one sees or begins to sense more profoundly that something is not working that any alternative is sought. People, in our times, are overwhelmed by a pseudo-connectivity within the species. In so doing they lose sight of self in the outer presentation and any notion of true nature is abandoned in the needy desire to “fit in”. As ever the common denominator is not all that high, yet for some bizarre reason many seek to be “normal”, to blend chameleon like with the herd. If this is you, then you had better put aside any notion of high level freedom. You might get a little freedom, but not a lot; dependency has you.

Even should you seek to become uncomplicated, society is not keen on you doing this. It does not like the rejection and its normative ethos seeks to corral the wayward. And should you be uncomplicated, society will foist its own complexity in regard of moral and motivations upon you, by means of its perceptual lens. Being complex and full of motivations, it cannot perceive that you are not. It will transfer its “shit” onto you and only see those aspects of you which mirror self. It will imagine and expound upon your motives, even when they aren’t present. It will make up stories so as to cognitively assimilate you within the confines of its world version. Society has a taste for soap opera and will invent a script which bears little resemblance to the actual reality. Where there is no drama, it will attempt to manifest some.

To be uncomplicated is almost beyond the bounds of possibility for those prone to and beset by a love for complexity and intrigue. People are enamoured and hence entranced by interpersonal power dynamics and chicken coop pecking order interpretations. It is very simple, intrigue and freedom, cannot walk hand in hand. One excludes the other, if you are free there is no interest in intrigue, if you love intrigue then you are bound by it. Lasting freedom comes not at the personal and the interpersonal, it is not associated with the soap opera dynamics of the personality.

To be uncomplicated is to approach life as it is and not with the shoe horn of how it should be or according to the dictates of will, how one wants life to be. Life is way bigger than petty human will and to recognise that you cannot have life on your own terms, one cannot dictate to the universe, is a very liberating thing. It removes all that force, all that effort, all those expectations and thereby alleviates suffering and angst. This desire to be something, one is not, leads away from authenticity.

Simplicity brings a mental freedom like nothing else. Strangely though in our times it is very difficult to practise this, because the minds of our fellow men do not like to countenance or encompass such a simple this as being uncomplicated. Removing complexity saves energy which can be used in the direction of liberation. Simple really….