Reflections in a Petri Dish — June 26, 2018
Dog Poet Transmitting…….
Well… this won’t wait and I am writing it on the same day as the Smoking Mirrors you saw earlier. What am I talking about? I am talking about this loverly contribution to brain and body rape. Don’t ask about the heart; that got mulched and mixed with the Hamburger Helper they serve at their retreats and getaways. How can people be so stupid and deluded? Why are they so lonely and needy and ripe for the picking by the Infernal Orchard Workers, who have been set loose in what might have been paradise, long ago… long, long before any of us got here?
This is why I am not a fan of the New Age. I have people giving me grief about that regularly. I have people cherry-picking one thing or another to say; “Look! This isn’t shit! It’s the white spot on top of chicken shit!” Here’s a wake-up. That white spot on top of chicken shit? That’s chicken shit too.
I’m going to go out on a limb and point a few things out. You can agree to see it as a possibility or you can discount it, or whatever you want to do. I’m going to throw it out there anyway. —-In an age of accelerated materialism, the devil is loosed and raging with appetite, seeking about for whom he can devour. That is how it is and if you have your eyes open, you can all too clearly see that this is so, if you can make the connections between thought and action, between, intention and result, between amateur hypnotist, Eckhart Tolle Booth and the sound of your coins jangling through the machine for the enrichment of greedy little shits who got first class PR that proliferates their slick 4 color adverts right into the space that stands between the heart and the mind and right between where your good sense used to be and where your exposed neck presently is so that the creatures of the night can play Taps on your arterial system for the disappearing image of your Gone Dead Train of Zombies. If that is life then give me death.
These people should be stripped naked and marched down 5th Avenue and shamed in every possible way. The problem here is that these people are shameless and because lawyers can be had for every purpose as long as you got the money to tell them to assume the position, which they are more than happy to do as long as the money comes in.
I was feeling a series of eerie emotions for the last couple of days. Then I heard from a friend who tells me his life is on the verge of falling apart. A few days ago I heard through someone close to me that all was not well in the lives of two people I think highly of and that I played a role in bringing together. As you should know by now, I am an observer of trends. I could say I don’t like what I am seeing but I’m trying not to have an opinion on what I can’t change; to know what is none of my business and so on and so forth.
If you see something out of plumb with someone; something that looks like it wasn’t fitted, maybe forced, maybe just fallen into… you go to that place in yourself and you fix it, even if it isn’t broken, you fix it for them. That is the best you can do. Some people are too hard on themselves. Some people are too hard on others- the imperatives of command might apply here but whatever the case is, how any person measures themselves against anyone else; if they do or they don’t, or they don’t care, you fix it in yourself. As for conduct becoming or unbecoming, I always defer to Lao Tzu=
“People through finding something beautiful, think something else unbeautiful, Through finding one man fit, Judge another unfit. Life and death, though stemming from each other, seem to conflict as stages of change, Difficult and easy as phases of achievement, Long and short as measures of contrast, High and low as degrees of relation; But, since the varying of tones gives music to a voice
And what is is the was of what shall be, The sanest man Sets up no deed, Lays down no law, Takes everything that happens as it comes, As something to animate, not to appropriate, To earn, not to own, To accept naturally without self importance: If you never assume importance, You never lose it.”
He pretty much sums up every possible life experience that I could have and shows me the way thru;
Man at his best, like water,
Serves as he goes along:
Like water he seeks his own level,
The common level of life,
Loves living close to the earth,
Living clear down in his heart,
Loves kinship with his neighbors,
The pick of words that tell the truth,
The even tenor of a well run state,
The fair profit of able dealing,
The right timing of useful deeds,
And for blocking no one’s way
No one blames him.
I love him for that. He is my living guide book to living. I say living because I KNOW he is still around because of things like this;
Be utterly humble And you shall hold to the foundation of peace.
Be at one with all these living things which, having arisen and flourished,
Return to the quiet whence they came, Like a healthy growth of vegetation
Falling back upon the root.
Acceptance of this return to the root has been called ‘quietism,’
Acceptance of quietism has been condemned as ‘fatalism.’
But fatalism is acceptance of destiny
And to accept destiny is to face life with open eyes,
Whereas not to accept destiny is to face death blindfold.
He who is open-eyed is open-minded
He who is open minded is open hearted,
He who is open hearted is kingly,
He who is kingly is godly,
He who is godly is useful,
He who is useful is infinite,
He who is infinite is immune,
He who is immune is immortal.
You either get it or you don’t. I hear about people’s problems all the time. They don’t usually look like problems to me. They look like choices people made that became problems. Either they didn’t know what they really wanted, or they wanted it then but they don’t want it now. Stop wanting and you will immediately solve almost every problem you will ever have. Lao Tzu says, “cut down on senseless craving” I’ll go along with that. Sometimes people are lonely, or think they are. They find someone to share their space with and up or down the road, they want to be alone again; they are searching for that greener grass and they keep getting astro turf, or so they think. Relationships are give and take. I like to see where the common ground is and stay there. Some people… the best you can do is say hello and then go your way. Do that as well as you can. Some people you can discuss the weather with and ask about their kids, their wife, or whatever there may be. Do that in the best fashion you can. There are levels and degrees of intimacy and you can feel your way AND… if you don’t want anything. If you are there to serve, you’ll know more than most from the get go.
Everyone has a place where their humanity can touch your own. Find that place and stay out of everywhere else. Everyone has the potential of expressing the almighty or the devil through them. Invoke which of these you are after. You can be sure there are those doing either for reasons of their own. You want to live in the kingdom of God? Go about as if you were already resident there, wherever you are and bring out the best in people and watch them shine. Be pleased by this and you need never betray what you are up to. If you have that capacity to step back and put the spotlight on others, letting them find their wings and soar… you will be in the kingdom of God. This is no job for the vain and the self involved. It is no place for jerks and opportunists. They think they are getting what they want but they are missing the cream. They are spoiling their own cream. I am sad for them but… that is their way. I am glad it is not mine.
You will find if you can do these and… a few other things that life will become a magical adventure and people will love you because you are loving them. You are letting them be themselves. You are rooting for them. You will have effectively set them free. What finer task is there than this? I know of no other. Yes. We make mistakes as we go but eventually we will no longer make mistakes and what mistakes we do make will be not nearly so egregious as what went before and you may find that sometimes the seeming mistakes are only a crack in the personality through which the humanity can flow.
You are an instrument and it would behoove you to find out what sort of instrument that is and let God play you. Some people hate God. Some people do not believe in God. Some people hate religion and think God is responsible. These people are wrestling with their own ignorance and that will go on for as long as they compromise their humanity, for as long as they sacrifice their humanity on the altar of their desires. Don’t desire anything, let God surprise you. We all have good things coming now and again and if you behave in the ways presented, soon enough you will have ONLY good things coming.
Stop letting yourself down. People are more prepared to love, accept and forgive you than you might presently realize. Go forward loving, accepting and forgiving… automatically… everyone you meet. You don’t have to sleep with them. You don’t have to have dinner with them or move into the apartment next door. Serve as you go along. Open your eyes in that way you never did before; whether that was due to fear or the terror of naked vulnerability. You are going to be very surprised if you do this. Remember, God is watching. Make him/her proud. God sits there all day, hoping someone will do what he would do and he’s generally left with a whole lot of disappointments because we are living in a time of material darkness. It doesn’t have to be a time of spiritual darkness.
Arrange the cosmology of your spiritual hierarchy however you wish. I have The Lord Ineffable at one location and Mother Kali at the other. Then there is the chorus of my invisible friends. I am never bored. Me and Greta Garbo get it. Anyone can get it. The most priceless things in life are cast aside by fools in pursuit of yellow rocks or polished stones. They spend their lives seeking to impress people who don’t even care about them. They are too busy looking in the mirror. What it is they see there is anyone’s guess. I don’t spend much time looking in mirrors, unless you count the times I am looking in someone’s eyes. Life is my mirror. That is where I find out how I’m doing.
Okay… it’s time to go play the guitar and all those other things that compose my day. It’s time for you to do something else too; now that you are done reading this. Have a great day. Especially have a great day by making it possible for someone else to have one too. Have a great day with everyone and everything. Draw close to this one and draw away from that. It is an elegant dance and from this is woven the Persian Carpet tapestry of Life.