LIFE

Are you with or against It? Are you connected with it or not?

The question is utterly complex yet blatantly simple.

Let´s face it: most people are not. Their only raison d’etre is fighting against the living stream, thwarting and twisting it, insofar as they frustrate themselves of their healthy impulses in a foolish search for a safety, safety which doesn’t exist but in their fearful minds.

So again:

Move naturally with this huge stream and thrive, or fear it – living in constant turmoil and angst?

We fear this now-moment, as we are afraid of being complete

Our dependency on Words is an attempt to compensate for our anemic cultural experience

We live in the most hypocritical of all ages insofar as people bluntly refuse to see and
acknowledge the most glaring and conspicuous truth: 

Today-society is a complete and utter desert.

LIFE AND LIVING IS TOTALLY DISOWNED AND DISCLAIMED.

We have thus no vivid cultural experience to refer to anymore, as anything that has any
emotional bearing is aggressively denied.

“Oh, this is such a gross exaggeration…” that´s their only inane answer.

They are all so insane, so utterly arrogant, stubbornly stuck in their monumental stupidity and self-sufficiency so they repudiate anything that even slightly remind of any Truth.

Not but really, there are times when I am overwhelmed by inexpressibly fierce anger.

PEOPLE KNOW BUT FEIGN NOT TO.

They refuse to be reminded of anything real. They refuse above all to listen. To express the true state of things is invariably considered ANARCHY.

You are banished, consigned to your reflections with no chance of knowing whether your observations are pertinent or not.

So yes…I know things…- but many times lack the words…as I have no one in real life to endorse my observations,

If I can´t articulate my insights to a listening ear, I simply can´t find the suitable words.

But as it happens, Truth cannot be totally stopped.

Out of the blue you find someone else who thought and managed to put words
to those insights.

The following comment embodies perfectly what I long meant to write about.

“Jerry Mander in “In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations” lays out a brilliant, yet simple (as in ‘direct’), argument regarding the demands of ‘linguistic context’ as it relates to ‘cultural context’.

The relationship is inversely proportional — when cultural context is low, the demand for linguistic context is high. Conversely, the demand for words and ‘explanations’ decreases when cultural context increases.

So-called ‘developed’ nations, and the people who reside therein, do not enjoy rich cultural context, thus their interactions become ‘hyper-lingualized’ (an excessive reliance on the tongue), i.e. there is an elevated dependency on WORDS that seeks to compensate for the anemic cultural experience. These sorts of people also tend to demean folks in ‘under-developed’ or indigenous social-cultural arrangements as being backwards or ‘stupid’ because the under-developed ones rely more on sounds, signs, and behaviors to convey their thoughts and feelings.

Julien, I do not see your proposal for a “language which would no longer be linear, but simultaneously *embracing* both Yes and No, present-absent, dark-light” as being paradoxical. Rather I would suggest that it hearkens to the age-old standard of communication in indigenous social arrangements that echos the Real-ness and Oneness of Universal Connection.

The only “paradox” that I see isn’t really a paradox, but more of a conundrum:

How do ‘we’ communicate without words if we are not experiencing rich context in culture?”

About sorrow and fear of living

The deep sorrow we many times feel, stems from not giving the right answers to Life. Life is a constant challenge second by second, and when we give “wrong” answers to the impending challenges, sorrow is there right away. Sorrow notifies us about something being wrong – wrong  answers to real events. There is something within us that still doesn´t receive the right attention and interest. Something  that has to do with repressed emotions.

We feel unfulfilled as long as we don´t live – don´t feel… – this is the real issue…But how can we live and embrace certain emotions, when we don´t know how to do it, when we have learned to fear our feelings?
Here comes what I find most important, the thing I always stress: we have to bring everything into NOW, we have to bring forth our repressed emotions and consider them with most searing sincerity.

We have to learn to confront this very moment…If we want to know what Life is about, we have to empty our mind second by second, we have to learn how to let go of the constant mental activity, and approach existence more emotionally.

Without us being aware of this, we deprive ourselves of certain emotional experiences our soul yearns for, because of fear to experience loss and sorrow, ultimately fearing Death.

We can be already most lucid persons, yet…certain basic things escape us.

Try to follow me on this:

This present moment, – NOW – is timeless, that is, transcendent. It is both personal and impersonal, and so is the serene heart – it dwells into these realms, it is beyond opposites.  Despite our great insights, we are fooled by the ego who fears this ineffable serenity, and deters us from perceiving it.

The ego can function only within the spectrum of the opposites. It loathes timelessness, as timelessness and serenity is its death. This timeless glimpse which is this present moment, is our real abode – we can only know this through the heart. If we are out of touch with Now, we get immediately caught in longing, in sorrow, in the ego´s grieving song.

Thus, only when we are wholly in touch with Now, – the “eternal now” of the heart – when we live this as an immediate reality, delusion and fear disappear.

And so does time, sorrow and resentment.

We are afraid to die cause we don´t really live now

Jane:
I am learning to walk in the middle of this messy chaotic world. We are all swimming in the stream of universal suffering. Learning to find joy in this tear ridden stream is liberating. Facing my grief about all the sadness I see in the world is requiring me take a look around. It is not only “I” who know this pain, because grief is our universal experience.

Coming face to face with my own humanity has been quite painful. I do not want to die, just like all other beings on this earth. This sorrow “I” feel about all my losses is like a stream that runs in the underpinnings of all our lives. I am shining Light into the darkness, discovering my truths in the experience of my own suffering. There is no time to waste. This morning I am here, this afternoon I could be gone from the earth. I am working with the bones of loss – my mortality.

My answer:
When we say “death”, what is it we actually fear…?

Everything we do, happens in the shadow of Death. We have to learn to promptly and thoroughly delve and discover what loss, respectively, what Death is about. There is no other way to do that but through own experience, through direct confrontation.

Unless we face this huge counterpart of life which is death, we will be afraid to live, we will know nothing about a real Life. Nothing essential.  We will never know either what Love, Joy, Creativity, Empathy are about.

What are we holding to really?… As we know nothing about the nature of death, it is not death we fear, WE ARE AFRAID OF OUR THOUGHT OF IT. Our thought is the very fear to die.

Can we see this?…Do we dare inquire?…openly, without any prejudice or impatience, without any urge to draw a hasty conclusion…? Can we look our fear in the eye without finding half-hearted answers…?

Can we concomitantly find out what our thoughts and thinking is about? Because – isn´t it so – if thinking didn´t exist, fear as we know it, wouldn´t exist either. Fear is consequently the gap between “what is” and “what it could be”.

If we understood wholly and thoroughly “what is”, would “what could be” have any effect on us any longer?

Let´s face it… – Death is constant renewal, the losing of the known.

So, at the end of the day it is not Death we fear but Life…Living…

We are afraid to lose “the known” – our experience, suffering, memory, identity – and confront“ the unknown”, which is undivided Life here and now…

Can we delve now into this “unknown” and with an unbiased mind find out?