The World Around Us and… the Greater World Within

Smoking Mirrors — Sept 22, 2017

Dog Poet Transmitting…….
I’ve been noticing a trend of late. As you know, trends are a big deal to me, probably bigger than is apparent here. The same goes for Phrenology and you can find a lot out about it here. Let’s add a little irony and have you check out item number 3 in the list just below the one first mentioned. That’s interesting, isn’t it? Heh heh…
Okay… as Jackie Gleason used to say, “and away we goooooh!” I used to love Jackie Gleason. For a heavy set man he was incredibly acrobatic and agile and boy! Could he drink? Uh… yeah. There is a story told about him. He was on the golf course one day and he liked to take one of those collapsible directors chairs with him. On this occasion he was sitting on the edge of a hill with his usual drink in his hand and… for whatever the reason (maybe he was drunk?) he fell over backwards and rolled head over heels and did not spill his drink. He rose up and emptied it. I don’t know if he said anything or not but… that was statement enough. Maybe I had a reason for saying that and maybe not. True story. I remember reading that Gurdjieff drank 24 shots of liquor every day, mostly in his coffee. It was anecdotal. I don’t know if it is true or not. What I do know is that the ineffable empowers people to do all sorts of things with apparently very little damage for whatever his reasons are. I am living proof of that though, I do not take it for granted.
One of the best and most well informed writers these days is Gilad Atzmon, whom I also count among my friends. He has a wealth of anecdotal information and this is but one example. He is also responsible for my learning something that I have never forgotten. It was a lesson similar to the one I got from my girlfriend Svargo a few decades ago. I had developed a dislike for Gilad. I won’t go into the details. However… I was invited to speak in London at a convention by my friend Tyler and Gilad was also on the menu. I remember walking up some steps and he was at the top of them. The way he greeted me is something I have never forgotten and through the course of that day we saw how many similarities we had in common. Suffice to say we spent a lot of time together and I got to meet his wonderful family as well. That taught me a lesson I have not forgotten. Concerning Svargo, one day we were discussing something and I made a comment and she said, “You’re wrong.” I was absolutely sure I was right and imagine my surprise when I found out that I was wrong. Six weeks later, the same thing happened again. I know the ineffable set that up. On both occasions I was completely convinced and… I was wrong. I have never forgotten that. Svargo saved my life by being with me in the most critical part of it. That was the ineffable at work again.
Why have I mentioned this? Too many of us do not realize that the ineffable is intimately involved in EVERY aspect of our lives. Nothing happens in our life that the ineffable is not aware of and if we would only recognize that and live with that awareness uppermost in our minds, the ineffable will also become proactive in our lives. Perhaps he always has been but with a little effort on our part, it can become noticeable.
If ever there were a time to begin to take this seriously, it is now. Certain social phenomena are becoming more and more manifest due to programming coming into the minds of those who have no command over their minds or their hearts. Here is a classic example of the profane, the ridiculous and disingenuously deceptive, playing on hot button issues as a defense against really bad behavior.The comments at youtube says it all and illustrates the tensions burbling beneath the surface of this alcoholic and narcotic wet dream of a declining culture.
I don’t want to be part of the problem. I don’t want to be one more person yelling into a mob of people also yelling. From what I see of the trends we are only in the beginning of what will soon be more common than ‘most of us’ would like and it is because not enough of us are engaged in letting our light shine and letting the ineffable live our lives through us. It is far easier than one might suspect and it is far more powerful than one might suspect. If you make the effort to greet everyone as if the ineffable were greeting them and you look into their eyes in search of the ineffable, you will find the ineffable because there is no life in anyone that the ineffable does not make possible. Every moment of every life is an opportunity to change yourself and to change the world.
We touch, affect and influence everyone we meet. We touch, affect and influence everyone in the radius of our passage, whether we know this or not. The vibration of our being extends far out from our physical form and especially when the ineffable is growing in power within us in every moment that we get out of the ineffable’s way.
The same way that a plague of disease and ignorance and rage can spread through a population, so can love. Love is by far the most viral and powerful contagion of them all and we increase our sphere of influence by magnitudes as we simply practice love. We don’t have to say a word and when we do it can be so wonderful if we let the ineffable guide and inspire it. Each time I go into a store I make it a point to see the people around me; the customers, the cashiers who have been there for hours, the ones who frown because of the conditions of their jobs or the ongoing indifference of the customers going by each day, the thought of the conflicts at home and a thousand other things. I know they are all suffering because, as the Buddha said, “All life is pain caused by ignorant desire.” So… what I try to do is to touch those cashiers and customers at every opportunity, to make them smile and even laugh. I go into those stores and walk on the sidewalks outside and I am singing, audibly. I was with my friend in the supermarket a couple of weeks ago and I was just leaving the checkout location when this woman came up to me and said, “Thank you.” I asked her what for and she said, “for singing. I used to do that all the time but I started feeling strange and hearing you today made me laugh and I started singing too, so thank you very much for reminding me how powerful that can be.” I thanked her and walked away, very much moved by what she had said. My friend and I looked at each other. We didn’t have to say a thing, silently Wow! passed between us. Similar experiences have taken place and they increase in numbers as I practice getting out of the way.
This kind of activity REALLY makes a difference and if only a small amount of us act in kind it can change the world and what it really amounts to is changing ourselves. Like all of us, when I was ignorant of the living truth of what makes life possible, I acted in a selfish manner and I did a lot of stupid things but it doesn’t matter what we did on our way to finding the Lord of Perfection and the forgiving heart of the master of all things. What matters is how we answer for that forgiveness and the investment made in us. It is not possible for me to articulate what love has done for me but I can surely say that it has given me the impetus to share it at every turn. There’s nothing like it and all the credit goes to the one who made it possible and who makes it possible for every one of us.
When we move through the world, we need to recognize that EVERY situation is a golden opportunity to touch a life. It is made so much easier when we possess the certain conviction that everyone we meet is ourselves at another point in our evolution to an unshakable union with the ineffable. One single individual who is committed to this exceeds a much larger number of selfish acts that happen every day. Look at all the great things achieved in this world by a small group of people and sometimes by one person alone, though I am of the opinion that no one does it alone.
How do I communicate the force and power of letting love move from you into the world around you? I know there are people who will never trust me for whatever their reasons may be and that is of no consequence to me. I know where I am coming from and the joy that it gives me cannot be measured by any instrument that exists. As the Buddha said and I paraphrase, ‘only pursue a wrong doer to show him the way’. Well… the ineffable pursued me. I cannot outrun God, who is at the beginning and end of all things, nor do I want to. I am simply an undeserving recipient of grace and ALL of us have this available to us should we seek to live it. It isn’t easy, especially in the beginning. It only becomes easy when we are no longer the one doing it.
Let love rise in you and burn away everything that stands in the way of love’s fullest expression and you will never regret having done so.
End Transmission…….

 

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Smoking Mirrors looks at much of what the mainstream media ignores. While in Profiles in Evil, he seeks to expose those shrouded in darkness to nature’s most powerful disinfectant, light.

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