“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” ~ Pema Chödrön
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. ” ~ C. S. Lewis
“Enlightenment is man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s inability to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred is this tutelage when its cause lies not in lack of reason but in lack of resolution and courage to use it without direction from another. Sapere aude! ‘Have courage to use your own reason!’- that is the motto of enlightenment.” ~ Immanuel Kant
Did you ever have one of those days when it feels like numerous alternate universes are doing provocative fly-bys at the edge of your perception? And that the Law of Attraction is fixin ta divvy you up after it tears you apart via a plethora of choices? Today I feel like it may be one of those days. Yesterday was for sure, but I spent very little time in the company of others of my species. Decompress, downtime, radical self-care. Whatever. Ooooo, I love that last one: radical self-care. Ummmm, I suppose that would be the establishment of a maintenance program to assure that the stress and stressors in life don’t simply override the simple joy of being a sentient, conscious, bipedal primate, at this precious point in . . . oh, yeh, Trump is president. I forget that as often as is possible. Me? I tend to wrangle contentment through closing the curtain and settling back into a sort of unconditional comfort. Creature comfort, yes, but it is something more than indoor plumbing, pillows, toaster ovens, and other stuff. I mean, our bodies are well-organized star-stuff. There’s our celestial nature right there. But we are an integral part of the Web of Life as well. Doesn’t that make you happy? Just teasing. I’m teetering at right at the edge of a pretty big field of discussion here. Maybe I’ll just draw back a step or three. I know, I know, there’s a luscious swirl of life out there. Just jump in and ride, right? Here’s the thing. Each time I do that I find that I was already there, never left, fully invested; duded up in the best “it is was it is” I can manage on a fixed income. And I will tell you right here and now, it really is what it is. Without fail. I consider this fact to be one of the most useful of tools in my contentment tool box. And yet you can use the phrase as much as you want, in any or even all situations, and it still doesn’t mean anything. That’s what I might call pretzel logic. Soooo, can I stay in my room, curtains closed, and still be intimately connected to Nature? Did ya ever almost unplug from the Web of Life? Don’t try it at home, right? Yeh. The answer is yes; I can and do remain intimately connected to Nature whilst I hide away like a smug recluse. Tis, you see, the subjective inner life I am working with these days. Shadow work is almost unavoidable at such times. Dreamtime work is even more almost unavoidable. Welllll, that most certainly was an awkward sentence! Now, moving forward, it is almost time to go out and watch the Sun play peek-a-boo behind the mountains at sunrise. Were I to sermonize at my own self I might say “now, boy, listen. Don’t take that star for granted, boy. Watch it rise, then stay out and play under the light from that star, boy, I say boy, yer gettin on my nerves. Now run out and play”. Geez, my inner preacher sounds almost like Foghorn Leghorn. And about that staying outside so as to catch the radiance of that star? Dude, the visible spectrum of light is but a small fraction of the overall energetic spectrum. We’re talking walls here, pine studs and drywall, holding back the steady flow of quantum potentialities, photons and neutrons and stuff. Boy, that energy don’t even know what a wall is!
Peace out, y’all. Goof gloriously.