Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Laundry List of Advice from Emerson's "Self Reliance" and "Over-Soul" to the Upstanding Citizens of the 21st Century (mostly paraphrased)
Music: PJ Harvey
Trust yourself – no one knows what you're capable of, including yourself, until you've accomplished it.
You're in the right place and situation, put there by the Divine.
Focus on your purpose, not whether your resources can accomplish it. If the time is right, the strength and means will gather to the purpose.
Society wants conformity, and is averse to self-reliance.
Even if they would call your work of the devil, if you believe in this purpose, you must serve it.
Live life for its sake, not as a show, or as to please.
Practice strong art, not catering to the audience. In Hindu terms, act as you must, wo/ regard to expected outcome.
Nonconformity or strong art is easy in solitude. Only the great ones can do it in the context of larger society.
Conforming scatters your forces, and blurs the impression of your character.
Be independent from your institution even, lest you just become a “retained attorney.”
Conformity means your institutions opinions are true in general, but false in every particular. Think “creed of similar” vs. “creed of same.”
Don't pain yourself by putting on a smiling face for unpleasantries. Use your sour (or smiling) face when you feel it fits, not when externals dictate.
Live with beginners mind, informed by your memory.
If you always aim for consistency, you will accumulate baggage. Just speak today's truth.
The nature of our hidden character is subtly exposed by our very presence.
The consciousness of a great acts in the past makes a hero majestic. They hold a light that moves with one, as an escort of angels.
Every true person requires infinite space and time to accomplish their design: an institution is the lengthened shadow of one person.
We do not always live in that state, but occasionally awaken to it. That day we use our reason, and are royal.
Original action is magnetic because its independence exhibits instinct.
Thoughtless people do not distinguish between actual perception and notion. If one perceives a trait, in course others also do or have, but perhaps they are the first to perceive. Think blinkers in Oakland.
A rose exists perfectly, not to refer to other roses or to itself in the future or past. Likewise, a person should be as that rose.
As one grows, mimicking the teachings of others, then through that process awakens to self-knowledge, they may discard the memory of those hoarded treasures. See Tai Chi, and following leaders moves vs. performing the steps from within and then adapting them to your needs.
Power exists in the moment of transition to a new state (see process theo). The soul forever becomes, leaves the past behind.
Your isolation must exist in a state of elevation, not just removal, lest it lead to isolated disillusion and dislike. You also control whether others may connect with you.
To trust oneself as a taskmaster, and follow one's internal law is no small or lax task.
If we do not choose for ourselves, society will choose for us.
When one acts from their self, tossing out norms/customs/laws, they restore life to splendor and are thanked and revered for it.
Prayer that craves a commodity is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.
Give the foolish weepers a connection to their own reason to shock them alive, and become self-helping.
If one proves themselves of a mind with uncommon activity and power, that imposes its classification on others and when they open their own temple doors, lo! a new system.
The wise ones stay at home, makes their location great. Not wandering to other places like an interloper, but remain as sovereigns unto themselves.
Insist on yourself. Your own gift, you can present with full life force, whereas adopted talent of another is rarely even half-presented.
No greater people exist now than there were at any age.
The reliance on property, and governments to protect it, is the want of self-reliance.
Your lot in life is looking for you, so be at rest from seeking it out.
When you can stand alone without pulling multitudes in support, then God enters and inhabits, and you become strong.
He who knows that power is inborn, that weakness comes from looking for good externally, dives into his thought and rights himself erect, commands his limbs, works miracles, just as a man who stands on his feet is stronger than a man who stands on his head.
From The Over-Soul:
The Supreme Critic and prophet of the necessary future is the great nature in which we rest – that Unity, that Over-Soul, within which everyone's being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart of which all sincere conversation is the worship, to which all right action is submission; that overpowering reality which confutes our tricks and talents, and constrains ever one to pass for what he is, and to speak from character not from tongue...
There is a transcendent simplicity and energy of the Highest Law.
From within or from behind, light shines through us upon all things and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.
The soul which transcends humanity -- were we to let it truly appear -- would make our knees bend. It breathes genius to the intellect, virtue through the will, love through affection. When intellect, will, or affection try to become something in and of themselves, they are weak.
There is no ceiling between our heads and the infinite heavens. We lie open to our spiritual nature, to the attributes of God.
Our senses often overpower the mind so that the walls of time and space look real and insurmountable.
That which we think is fixed in place will eventually detach like ripe fruit from our experience and fall away.
A mode of the divine teaching is the incarnation of the spirit in forms like my own. In society with other persons who answer to thoughts in my mind, and vice versa.
In conversation, tacit reference is made to a third party -- our common nature, which is God. It elevates our thinking as we dwell among company on high questions.
There is a wisdom of humanity with is common to the greatest and lowest, which our ordinary education often labors to silence and obstruct.
The action of the soul is oftener in that which is felt and left unsaid than the contents of conversation. Many valuable observations come from people who're not acute or profound because they are open, and not blinded by education.
Jove nods to Jove behind each of us.
When dealing with another (e.g. a child), our accomplishments give nothing, and if we are willful they can set their will against ours, until we could emerge victorious only through degrading ourselves to using the tactics of brute strength or authoritarianism. If we act from the soul, setting up the oversoul as umpire between us, we see that we are from the same, and experience reverence to one another.
The good thought makes us see the wholeness, the bad discerns itself and can be lopped away.
The soul's communication of truth is the highest event in nature, since it gives not from itself, but actually gives itself, and passes into and becomes the one who is enlightened. Or, in another view, it takes the enlightened one to itself.
A certain tendency to insanity has always attended the opening of the religious sense in men, as if they had been “blasted with excess of light.”
Revelation is the disclosure of the soul.
The intercourse of society is one wide judicial investigation of character. The wisdom of the wise man does not judge others; he lets them judge themselves and merely reads and records their own verdict.
The great distinction between sacred teachers and other teachers is that the former speak from within, or from experiences, as parties and possessors of the fact, not as vicarious spectators.
Art from the free course which artists allow to the informing soul, which through their eyes beholds and blesses the things it has made. The soul is superior to its knowledge and its works.
The same soul that wrote Hamlet does not descend into an individual life on any condition other than entire possession. It comes to the simple, who will put off what is foreign and proud. Comes as insight. As serenity. As grandeur.
The soul that ascends is plain and true without fine friends, chivalry, adventures, or desire for admiration. It dwells in the hour that is now. Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching.
The one in touch with the soul is sure that the best is the true, can dismiss particular uncertainties and be sure that time will reveal solutions for his riddles. And knows that one's welfare is dear to the heart of being.
If you're seeking a friend and do not find him, know there is a power which in both of you could very well bring you together if it were for the best. You are preparing with eagerness to go and render a service to which your talent and your taste invite you, the love of men and the hope of fame. You have no right to go unless you are equally willing to be prevented from going.
Trust that every sound which you ought to hear will vibrate on thine ear.
The heart in you is the heart of all. One blood rolls in endless circulation through all of humanity as the water of the globe is all one sea.
The oversoul does not become manifest to cowards, or those who don't listen to themselves, withdrawing enough from the devotions put forward by others. Even their prayers of others are hurtful to one, until one puts forward their own.
God is not influenced by number of worshippers. One who finds God a sweet enveloping thought never counts his company. When one rests in perfect humility, or burns with pure love, what influence can Calvin or Swedenborg have then?
Faith dependent on authority is not faith. Reliance on authority indicates religious decline and withdrawal from the universal soul.
The soul gives itself, alone, original and pure, to the Lonely, Original and Pure, who, on that condition, gladly inhabits, leads and speaks through it. Then it is glad, young and nimble.
"And so, Theodore Donald Karabotsos, in accordance with what we think your dying wishes might well have been, we commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Pacific Ocean"
Buy liquor, it allows you to have trade goods, can be used for self medicating via the drink heavily method, and vodka can be used as both a fuel, disinfectant and a form of empathy enhancement.
Store guns, and lots of bullets, and shoot those guns often, using non-corrosive ammo. Learn to field strip them in the dark, and only point them at things you're planning on killing or eating. Or jesus freak hatemongers, knowing that you love them like your brother, and it's for their own good.
Hate the sin-hater, not the sin.
Try not to think about why you'd like to start standing "over the souls" of rethuglicans, jesus freaks and old testament thinkers with a large sledge hammer like somebody in a slaugherhouse.
Allways keep a clear head and a positive outlook.
I really fucking hate word verification. Really. Even when you type things in correctly, it still bounces the first time. But if you're out to keep comments off the blog, it's working. I think I'm done.
Have a nice day.
But perhaps I was a touch harsh yesterday, still feeling the large void that Brother Reverend JD Joel "i have two last names" left when he shuffled off to the coast to go to work on becomin' a preacher man.
Since he left, the ones still here who worship the big bearded baby killin' plague hurling, rivers of blood and killing of firstborn god keep telling me that their god hates queers uppity wimmen, and a multitude of others Who Will Burn In Hell, including my very white buttocks. Damned, I hear I am. This may have some effect that is not positive.