the universe is not asking us to do something,
the universe is asking us to be something.
And that’s a whole different thing.”
~~ Lucille Clifton ~~
Hajime…. In at least one respect, it is heartening to realize one still has things to learn, even at age 65. Today’s lesson was one of patience and mindfulness when the demands of reality become insistent, at what have been accurately termed ‘ungodly’ hours of the night. I have been reminded today of the difficulty in maintaining one’s cool in the face of a Siamese cat in the throes of severe lust, who is demanding attention prior to 3 AM, yowling, scratching to be let out, and generally pitching a fit in the wee hours of the morning, until losing it completely & chasing her out of the bedroom. Then, of course, my own sense of guilt kicked in, so, Leelu & I are getting an early start to the day…
Good morrow, I think…. I’ve calmed down, & the cat’s bloodlust is passing off for a while, so we’re trying to settle into a more normal routine. It’s a bit hard as Leelu wants to be petted every few minutes, wandering around otherwise to the open windows to call into the darkness for any random boy cats who might be within hearing. I hear her in the kitchen now, playing with some of her toys, so, maybe the lust is going to calm down for a bit. That would be good, & give us both a chance to mellow out. This passion business is tough on us old farts….
Ah, well, so be it. Being up so early will give me time to get this Pearl finished, as I keep falling out way early these days, which, all in all, is a good thing, as long as it doesn’t take me four hours to get to sleep. Not being awakened at 3 AM helps, too, but, I’m hoping this is an anomaly. Since further chatty blather is probably not the best idea today, (too much chance of turning weird at this hour….), I’ll employ yet another little device I found in the Tardis to get us where we need to go. It’s a new one, so, I’m unsure of exactly what it does. Perhaps y’all should put your adult beverages down until we see what happens, when I push this button right here….
Shall we Pearl?….
~~ Wise Old Bee ~~
Image from sam-muscilovers.blogspot.com via Google Images
Today, we’re going a bit esoteric, with two of the world’s finest guitarists, who have collaborated for many years. This is a live concert from the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2015, to which I have not listened yet. It promises to be pretty damn hot, I’d say…. Enjoy!….
Montreux Jazz Festival
The pearl of the soul may be melted away;
How quickly, alas, the pure sparkle of fire
We inherit from heaven, may be quenched in the clay.
~~ Thomas Moore (1779-1852) ~~
I rather like this verse from Tom Moore (obviously a relative, many generations removed…), because he doesn’t make the automatic assumption the gift of life/intelligence with which we are imbued was the gift of any particular entity, but, more, our legacy as humans, a part of a universe whose basic nature is to always be in flux, to never stay just the same from one moment to the next. The key to maintaining the connection to that universe in which we exist, according to almost every philosopher produced by our kind, agrees that desire, driven by the emotions with which we become attached to them, distracts us from realizing the connection, thus losing sight of what is true, and real.
How then does one separate one’s self from desire? How is it possible to not give in to our judgmental nature, but, learn to accept reality as it is, as it occurs, without needlessly applying our feelings about that to affect our response to it? This single question is, perhaps, the most important for any human to answer, for it is the key that opens the lock of freedom, and happiness in life.
The answer, it has long been known, exists already, inside each one of us, pure and unadulterated by outside influences…. but, where? How does one find this inner place of serenity, where good and evil are merely two sides of a balancing act performed by the universe, and not cause for us to either become fearful and angry, or, ecstatic and giddy, but, viewed as a whole, to understand the bigger picture we are perceiving?
I can testify, from personal experience, it is both hard, and easy to do so. Hard, because we are continually distracted by reality from the introspective state of mind needed to find it within ourselves. Easy, because, if approached with an open mind, and heart, it’s right there, in plain view, where we hold those things we know without knowing how we know; our connective tissue to reality as it exists, so to speak.
Finding that space inside us can be a task for a lifetime, but, to understand only takes an instant. The path, I have found, is more easily accessed if one’s own spiritual state (the combination of intelligence and heart which can guide us, when we learn to hear its voice…) is trained to virtue. The discipline one needs to maintain virtue in a world unbalanced is necessary to direct the inner journey with any degree of success.
“Food, sleep, fear, propagation; each is the common property of men with brutes. Virtue is really their additional distinction; devoid of virtue, they are equal with brutes.” — The Hitopadesa (600?-1100? A.D.)
To me, this seems obvious, but, for many, it remains a subject most often ignored completely. Moreover, I have, to some extent, lost the way to my final point, as it appears to need to be made. This means we go epic…. I found the following three pearls from an old Pearl, created & posted in March of 2012, which seems to adequately get close to where we are headed…. So, to finish today’s epic discussion, here are some thoughts on all this from the archives, to move us along to the poem for today….
“There is in us a tendency to locate the shaping forces of our existence outside ourselves. Success and failure are unavoidably related in our minds with the state of things around us. Hence it is that people with a sense of fulfillment think it is a good world and would like to preserve it as it is, while the frustrated favor radical change. The tendency to look for all causes outside ourselves persists even when it is clear that our state of being is the product of personal qualities such as ability, character, appearance, health and so on.” — Eric Hoffer
Mr. Hoffer makes a good point here, a point that has fallen into disfavor in today’s society. I speak, of course, of the concept of personal responsibility. By always looking for external factors to explain what is wrong with our world, the personal responsibility that each person holds is nullified, or at least ignored. It has become fashionable instead to find a scapegoat for our problems; we blame our upbringing, our parents, our struggling schools, the President, or anybody or anything else we can come up with that might have contributed to our discomfort.
There are very few people left today who will admit to having any part in their difficulties; it’s much easier on the self-image to blame it on one’s parents, who are not there to defend themselves, or on some diffuse entity like society, to which all may point as the perpetrator of whatever problem they have encountered. I’d guesstimate that 95% of the members of society today fall into this category; real integrity and honesty is virtually extinct. Just another in a litany of human folly, one which will not only support our extinction as a species, but will hurry it along like a manic sheepdog worries its flock. And when we’re all dead and gone, the planet isn’t going to care one little bit about whose fault it was……
“There is a perfectly satisfactory explanation for everything, but security prevents its disclosure.” — The Anthony Blunt Excuse
“Already the spirit of our schooling is permeated with the feeling that every subject, every topic, every fact, every professed truth must be
submitted to a certain publicity and impartiality. All proffered samples of learning must go to the same assay-room and be subjected to
common tests. It is the essence of all dogmatic faiths to hold that any such “show-down” is sacrilegious and perverse. The characteristic
of religion, from their point of view, is that it is intellectually secret, not public; peculiarly revealed, not generally known; authoritatively declared, not communicated and tested in ordinary ways…It is pertinent to point out that, as long as religion is conceived as it is now by the great majority of professed religionists, there is something self-contradictory in speaking of education in religion in the same sense in which we speak of education in topics where the method of free inquiry has made its way. The “religious” would be the last to be willing that either the history of the content of religion should be taught in this spirit; while those to whom the scientific standpoint is not merely a technical device, but is the embodiment of the integrity of mind, must protest against its being taught in any other spirit.” — John Dewey (1859-1953), American philosopher, — from “Democracy in the Schools”, 1908
This is long enough, and clear enough, that it needs no more added, by me or anyone else. It’s a well-thought out, and clearly stated premise, and a perfect description of a problem that society has obviously not solved, as this sentiment from 1908 remains as valid today as when it was first uttered. I guess it just goes to show that not only are we bozoid creatures, but stubborn as well, unwilling to give up our prejudices and delusions without a struggle. It’s the old “devil you know” outlook carried to its logical extreme; it doesn’t seem to matter that it will kill us just as dead as a new devil….. as long as we don’t have to think about it…..
The human body produces far more energy than the sun (per unit weight) — Random factoid
It’s simple, really. A human body is an energy conversion tool, or machine, whereas the sun is a source of electromagnetic energy. The body consumes energy in the form of food and converts it first to neuro-chemical energy by the digestive system, then to kinetic energy by the neuromuscular system. The processes they employ to create and convert one form of energy to another are very complex biochemical transformations, involving a number of steps. Electromagnetic energy is produced by the sun by the process of nuclear fission, in subtle and complex processes not fully understood by mankind, as we are not yet able to look inside a star to gather any evidence of how it functions, at least, not to any important degree.
Nonetheless, we can measure and compare the relative levels of each type of energy produced by the human body and the sun; from there it is merely a problem with a solution provided by addition, multiplication, and long division of the defined numbers representing energy produced. Both processes are beautiful examples of how understanding the underlying mathematics of the universe lends itself to harmonious functioning between the various manifestations of which it is comprised, to wit: energy, biology, chemistry, and all of the other branches of physics that make up our mathematical model of reality.
From any direction it is viewed, the existence of Life, Consciousness, and the Universe at large is pretty miraculous, and exceedingly, almost painfully beautiful in its grandeur and scope. Tossing in the concept of Entropy (you know… Chance, randomness, chaos, Satan, free will, statistics, human nature, the power of PMS, etc.) makes Life all the more intriguing…. besides which, as far as I can tell so far, it’s the only game in town….
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them.- that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” — Lao-Tzu
Puzzled anew by anomalous blocks of pain
caught, bemused, chained to routine, insane.
Stilled within breathless beauty
Engaging epiphany, insistent, called to duty.
Knees bent in lieu of a faithful rendition
suffuses, confuses, locked into stale perdition.
Clearing corrosion with hands encased in stone
Singular frozen follicles, masked by bone.
Partial focus brings unfiltered flavors to light
coloring each particle in simple delight.
Forlorn, novel conceptual artists singing in tune
nine notes in harmony, soft as the moon.
Honed blades of carbon steel flash in rhyme,
filling sensual receptors well past closing time.
Borrowed from neighbors in a week-old game
still bloody, without a proper name.
No flooded memories can justify such cost
no simple stationery, bilious, afraid, lost.
Ten times ten will never be enough
To fill so empty a stolen trough.
Bartering simplicity takes well into the night
solidly temporary pillars turned bright.
Unknown to all the pretty children who came
none were called, none had any remaining flame.
~~ gigoid ~~
“Though leaves are many, the root is one ;
Through all the lying days of my youth,
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun.
Now I may wither into the truth.”
~~ W B Yeats ~~
“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength
which will always spring up if thou wilt always look there.”
~~ Marcus Aurelius ~~
“It is not necessary to change.
Survival is not mandatory.”
~~ W. Edwards Deming ~~
“The fear of death is the beginning of slavery.”
~~ Robert Anton Wilson ~~
“The only abnormality is the incapacity to love.”
~~ Anais Nin ~~
“He is the freeman whom the truth makes free.”
— William Cowper, The Task, Book v, The Winter Morning Walk, Line 733 ~~
“It is an interesting question
how far men would retain their relative rank
if they were divested of their clothes.”
~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”
~~ African proverb ~~
The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
~~ The Buddha ~~
Well, it’s done, again, in spite of, or, maybe, because of the hour at which it was created. I think we’ll just post it, without even thinking of how it turned out, much less how it got done. It does, after all, fulfill our most important requirement, in that there is something in every section that is appropriate to that space; the content is judged not as to quantity, or quality, other than as it relates to available space. On that obscure note, I think we’ll call it a day. I will also issue the standard disclaimer and fair warning, of our imminent return tomorrow, sans shame or guilt, yet, somehow, blushing prettily for the camera. Of course, the camera’s lens will likely shatter, but, one can’t have everything. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes…. No, no, I insist….
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…
When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.
Which is Why….
Sometimes I sits and thinks,
I just sits.
gigoid, the dubious
The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.
PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.
“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch
À bientôt, mon cherí….
Was it Cervantes that said “virtue is the truest nobility”?…..or was it…”Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it”? Virtue is one of those traits that cannot be taught…you either have it or you don’t.
Carlos is brilliant…..good choice in tunes….have a day my friend….chuq
I think you got the Cervantes quote right; not sure about the other. Sounds like Socrates, or maybe Schopenhauer… those are what come to mind when i read it…. I think virtue can be learned, but, you’re right in that it must be a choice to learn to be so; that is the part that is innate in some, and not in others… and is strongly connected to how much fear the person allows in their world-view. In short, courage is required in order to show the discipline to be virtuous in the face of entropy and evil…
Glad you enjoyed today’s mess; you have a day as well… what kind, as noted, is our choice….
See ya, bro; I’ll be by to spew….
I agree where there is fear virtue will be absent…..explains a lot about Americans, huh?
I look forward to your return….chuq
SMiLes.. my friend.. gigoid.. Morpheus and
the Matrix.. per thAT trilogy
iS missing in
life.. iN exploration
of the inner Universe..
as while Astronomers have
the external Universe mapped
out well.. and if seen at smallest
levels is obviously art per the
observer affect and effect..
the inner Universe can
only be mapped
as it runs
sensuality.. that is a
in detailed scientific method..
as compared to the observable
quantifiable measure of what
scientists are credibly
able to measure
now.. oh.. so
aLL other Arts
that DO the greaTest
work of liFe iN exploRinG
what iT even means to BE
or not to BE.. my friend.. and
oh the soul.. wHere i for one
adhere to the Whitman school
of Real soUl oF hUman beInG..
along with yes.. the Yogi.. the
Buddha.. and all who search
for answers within
through a poetic
within.. and provides
the only semblance of this
reality of our Multi-Universes
wE within.. changing alWays from
now to now.. wiTh wE as walking star
dust with Imagination.. Creativity and
WiLL through Bio Feedback and reAson
to make our realities what they are iN pARt
through the relationship of Nature whole iN
uS.. and WiLL oF We iN Biofeedback of REAL
soUL.. iN Relative Free WiLL to make noW
what noW iS overALL nowonorlost
as REAL CAN BE..
iN this way as Nature
oF aLL iS God as REAL..
aLL poetic heARts oF EmotiOn..
senses.. including sensuality..
are anointed by Nature AKA GOD
to seek and find the answers..
and such a treaSure the
answers to the
for a more balanCinG
liFE they are that we humans
consider these poetic answers as
sacred and holy.. but sadly then as often
has been the case as is.. the exploration ends
and someone says.. one cannot add to this ‘Bible’
Book of poetry.. this theatrical play.. this painting.. this
language.. this grammar.. this way of seeing
the world now.. in religion/politics/philosophy/
culture.. so the evolution of mapping
the inner UniVerse
oF hUman BeinG
in the middle east..
homophobes as Catholic
Church Deacons.. and ideas
like desire and oxytocin attachments
are bad.. when they are just a natural
pArt of liFe.. wE aLL have to pull uP our
biG hUman britches one day.. and face
the dARk and liGht toGeThEr.. but
to ignore the reality of
that most folks liVe
in our modern societies..
i for one.. a great example of this..
straight A’s through high school.. three
degrees from college.. over 30 years at
work and a quarter of a century with
the same Government
and worn.. with
only brief stints of
my father in a three hour
assisted introspection… bi-
on me to do
at the moment
then.. mowing the
grass once or twice a
month.. and finAlly wHere
the stress of iT aLL BRings
me down to a synergy oF
19 life threatening disorders..
including total loss of my
emoTioNs too.. yes..
i.. total lost
FucK i even
AM.. no inner voice
to navigate the world..
no regulation of emotions..
no integration of senses.. no
art of moving.. connecting.. and
creating my reality through the
biofeedback of human..
relative free WiLL..
arts.. poetry.. song..
sensory integration to
the point i never even get
cold in the winter for long
pants.. enjoying a full range
of human emotions..
of bliss alWays
now.. in other words
iN SpiRit oF ExPreSsinG
that emotTonAl Force
oF liFe iS REAL.. as
miNd and BoDy
by God oF Nature
i finAlly got
Free and aM
but heRe’s the thing..
i am onLY mE.. WilLL
anything i say/do.. help anotHeR
person who is lost out oF tHeiR
REAL HeARt… SpiRit.. and SoUl..
WeLL.. for thiS i look to science
and considering wE
aLL share the
the answer iS
at lEAst partiAlly
yes.. so i keep plugging
along.. mapping the inner
UnivErse through the ArT
i feel WiLL worK through
Dance and SonG/poeTry..
but i went
to hell first..
the Wrong Planet
online wHere the outcasts
of the World come as last
resort.. to find
out of tHeir
i looked around
at the fallen ones
and truly they helped mE
to come back as human being
wHole.. iN heARt.. SpiRit and
soUl.. REAL.. but only one or two
could understand mY neW gained
language/ART.. to map the hUman
and journey unique..
but alWays hope..
no matter iF one
can FeeL it or
to what’s real mY friEnd..
iF i can come back.. i muSt
have hope for others too..
to come to this
that i do
of NatUre FReED
tHe trUe liGht gifT
Excellent response, my friend. Two things… One, I was referring to the ‘other’ Morpheus, not the one played by ‘Ted’ of Bill & Ted fame… You know, Greek god of sleep…
Second, I was reminded of this at one point, my favorite American story… A colonist and an Indian warrior were walking through the winter forest in the Northeast. Cold, with snow all around, the colonist wore his long-johns, undershirt, shirt, heavy pants, coat, overcoat, gloves, hat, and had a full beard. The Indian wore a leather shirt, pants, and moccasins.
The colonist asks the Indian, “It’s freezing out here! Why aren’t you cold?” He replies, “Is your face cold?”
“Yes, but, I’m used to that.”
“Me all face.”
Have a good one, brother…
I forgot to mention… When the Matrix came out, I was avoiding any mainstream movies, especially with big stars, simply as a matter of standing policy. The only part I’ve seen is the last 10 or 15 minutes of the last one, the final ending of the “first” trilogy (I’m sure they’ll make more…)
To this day, I have yet to sit & watch it all… Lost my taste for movies when it got hard to sit long enough to watch a whole one at one time…
gigoid, the curmudgeonly
sMiLes.. mY friend.. yes that last
paRt of the trilogy of the Matrix
is my favorite part.. as it
provides an excellent
for the human
wITh the hUman
archetype of oracle
in innate.. instinct and
iNtuition oF miNd and
boDy balance.. as weLL
as the architect of reAson
that wE humans are gifted
and cursed wIth sAMe.. iN
so many ways.. wHere the color
full rainbow-like sky over the peace
fuLLy newLY meadoWed ciTy iN
the morning liGht oF enLiGhTen-
MenT iS the gift of thE
and created through
the way she feels and
senses the world as child
aNew oF Nature Free.. witH
the archetype of reaSon admitting
he’s not human and the archetype
of oracle admitting she knows nothing
and believes her way through to the
truth and liGht of LiFe.. or something
like that.. smiLes.. as in all ‘biblical’
plays of art.. interpretation is
open to the
the sun shines
in human imagination
and creativity in maKing
the cultural byproducts real
that make this life heaven and
or hell and purgatory REAL ‘TWEEN..
other than that there is the evolution
of the human brain as metaphor
of archetype.. the ancient reptilian
shark brain of survival as
ultimate predator.. and
the heARt of emotions
of mammals like uS..
and of course
bRain wE share
as pArt of brain wiTh
Dolphins.. wHere we are
set apart.. by our hands and
prehensile thumbs for written
language.. collective intelligence..
and all that makes culture dArk and
liGht.. in shades of grey away from
black and white.. and colors beyond
the Rainbow too.. of human moving..
art of imagination and creativity too…
Anyway.. culture makes something now..
relatively simple.. nightmares and dreams
and the all between.. so that is why there must
be a counter balance of art that is just as complicated
or more.. to Bring the insanity of control back to balance
of Yin and Yang arT mY friEnd.. so no.. one Buddha.. a so-called
last prophet.. or only Son of God is not enough.. fine poets
they were in all the dARk and liGht of human bEinG then..
there is.. but a whole world-wide army of poets
painters.. dancers.. and all the rest of
and all the other metaphors
iS now required more..
for setting uS free
oF help noW
to get the job
oF balancing out aLL
the human intelligences..
so lost.. so far far away
of human needs and
evolution in one life now
from Physiological Animal
Homeostasis to safety to Love/
Belonging to Esteem to Self Actualization
and the unnamed sixth destination of being
ONE with the rest of Nature.. iN truly feeling
and sensing iT.. per the metaphor of God as
ALLTHaTiS.. sadly most people are in a state
of worry/anxiety/fear and or pain most everynow..
and sadly my friend..
many people do
level of human
evolution in just one
life now.. wHere the
often live their entire
life starting and ending
at level six of being one
with nature and never
where morpheus is not
even a potential human
archetype of dreamtime now..
Oh ZiOn.. yoU are reAl as iS
wE are warmed bY
the Sun and return
that warmth so free
as Stars are we
liGht iN trUth
and fearless Love
now.. wHere the Shark..
the Lover.. the Priest..
the Politician.. and
the Architect wiTh
a feminine and
oF juSt beinG noW..
but trUly great effort iN
SeeKinG.. FinDinG.. and
practiCinG tHe answers noW
one finds.. iS alWAys required
to stay matrix free Now.. truLY
the camel of culture and the
i oF uS
yeS.. Neo lives..
in i’s oF FReED..
from ocean wE arRisE
aS floWinG WaTeR
And a song
I rather think that a male feline us required in your household! !
LOL! Oh, sure, just what I need…. kittens….
She has an appt. in two weeks; once she’s safe, I’ll get her a companion. After we move to a house where she can go outside; I can’t possibly let her out where I live; way too much car traffic (plus buses, trucks, fire engines, ambulances… just too much for a young cat; she’d be a frisbee in no time…), and I hate having to keep her in, when she’s not in heat.
Once moved, I’ll probably get her a cat buddy, and an older rescue dog to keep them company (and me…)
Her arrival has changed a lot of my future plans; moving has moved to the top of the list for me….
Nice to hear from you, Lady Lupine….
I wish you luck with the move having just gone through that torturous experience! But we’ll worth it if you can enjoy the pleasure of another cat and a dog! ☺
Gigoid The Dubious……….(note the capitals)
This is the best post, you, in my knowledge, have ever done.
‘How then does one separate one’s self from desire?’
Firstly,’remembering’,that the fact one does not remember….call it what you will…
Once we acknowledge that….those in favour….start the practice….
Slow but sure we acknowledge the ‘monkey mind’ and let it pass.
Observation is the key…..not many are called.
It does indeed take many lifetimes…
Man’s possible evolution is not for the majority.
Why, thank you, Lady P….. I’m glad you enjoyed the mess today…
For the rest… working on it….
George Orwell’s house!
Yep… see the little blue sign on the wall. It lists it as a historical site… It sits right at the entrance to Portobello Road, where they have a street market that has been operating there for centuries…
London is a cool town to explore…
I’ll bet London’s a cool place to explore!
LOL… I have that exact picture in my computer, but, used the small one to get the house in… I took the one I have by zooming in from where I took the one at the top of this page, & it looks precisely like this one… Google probably got it from when I used it a couple years ago on the blog…