Reflections in a Petri Dish – October 25, 2011
Dog Poet Transmitting…….
May your noses always be cold and wet.
(a collection of sample chapters for “Spiritual Survival in a Temporal World” are available for viewing; next up- “The Curious Tale of Ash and The Whine”. The last radio show is also there for download now.)
For some strange and sometimes eerie reason, these blogs are a mirror and microcosm for the wider events that surround us; not so much due to what gets written here but certainly in the comments section. The truth is that many of us are confused, off center and subliminally enraged to varying extents. The best thing we can do is to recognize this and not personalize or project, if that’s possible (grin). I don’t think I have ever seen it so dark and looming as it has been of late, globally speaking and also in terms of the personal hit I take away from it. It’s a struggle and that is what we must recognize. Sometimes endurance is the most effective quality we can possess. Some might say that struggle is an illusion and all we have to do is surrender and go with the flow. Sometimes going with the flow flows right into the abyss. It’s a personal call.
They’re sending in the marines to the Occupy Wall Street movement but not in the way you would ordinarily expect, quite the reverse actually and that means the revolution is well under way. To paraphrase someone somewhere, “the wheels of justice grind slow but they grind exceedingly small”. So the time of judgment is arriving for Steven Freidman and his homies. Paperwork is moving through the usual convoluted channels, sideshifting around Eric Holder and the cinderblock guardians of epidemic, economic malfeasance. The hammer is coming down. As has been stated here many times, the power is being withdrawn from the hands of the abusers and placed into the hands of their victims and enemies. This whole process is accelerating, so it will be moving even faster tomorrow and faster yet in the days after.
We are the players and witnesses of the most dramatic transformation and upheaval of cultures and governments that has ever been seen in this cycle of recorded history. Unseen but afoot, Lady Nature is in movement, from preliminary rumblings, to all out choral accompaniment. Live true and speak true or wave goodbye from the deck of the ship of fools.
However hard it may be on any and all of us, as we seek to adjust to what we cannot see and seek to become what we have yet to comprehend, it is not more than we can bear. Steadfastness and endurance are the keys. Make your determined way with one foot in front of the other or stand firm in patient expectation of good things, veiled by curtains of uncertainty and incipient fear, which has only the power your resonance provides. Love casts out fear. Love and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
I want to mention something that ties into yesterday’s Smoking Mirrors and other things I have had to say in recent times. Neither my reason nor my emotions are highly accurate when it comes to assessing the reality of people and circumstance. However, my intuition, generally and in hindsight (often regrettably) has been near perfect. Intuition means ‘inner teaching’ and the point from which it originates is… who we shall become further up the road. It is our own selves talking to us and it has the benefit of a much wider perspective and access to much greater insight and awareness.
One of my concerns of the moment and for the future is that there is a movement afoot among some numbers of the same people, whose predecessors and associates, are responsible for the unfortunate conditions so many of us find ourselves in or observe in those around us. It is second nature to these people to sacrifice some numbers of their own and then simply replace them ‘down the road’. This shouldn’t affect those of us headed ‘up the road’ but it does affect all those trapped in the situations of the moment, whatever and wherever the moment may be.
Someone said to me the other day that I haven’t succeeded as I might have because of the forces seemingly in control of things. That’s true up to a point; true of me and true of you. They look out for their own and also advance those who give up their personal integrity to enable these people to prosper and be in control. They take a dim view of those who expose them and their machinations. However, it is my belief that my success and your success are not dependent on them and that takes a certain faith on my part and your part to be unswerving and consistent in our efforts because true success does wait for those who persevere and endure. This is all the more true because their power to control and manipulate is being removed. Still, as the timeless quotation says, “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” and many other things, I might add. It should go without saying that ‘they’ fully intend to still be sitting there when the tables are turned and we must keep a steely weather eye outward upon this endless game of musical chairs, the same way we need to keep a weather eye inward in order to be able to see outwardly at all in any clear fashion.
True success is not a matter of dying with the most toys or living in wretched excess at the expense of your fellows. Real success is not being noted in the right sidebar of The Daily Mail, photographed like Kabuki doll bimbos, waving from the rim of a toilet bowl.
Real success is enduring success and not dependent on the fancy of the moment. Hardly a single person in the right side bar will be remembered ever again after only a few tomorrows have passed and they will only be remembered as embarrassments to themselves in any case. The most important feature of success is ‘who’ determines the value and meaning of your success. Will it be the flyblown centers of yellow sheet regard or will it be the cosmos itself? I’ve two quotes from two timeless venues; “Those who miss after almost winning, should have know the end from the beginning” and also, “what profits it a man to gain the whole world and lose his only soul”? These may be only words but I suspect they are more than that.
Far too many of us imagine that the most important thing is to get the success to begin with. After that we will repair all the injuries we caused in arriving there and then we will be a good person and have a lasting impact. Well, it wasn’t a good person who got you there. How is it that you are now going to turn into one afterwards when you are already so compromised by the means of your arrival? Somehow that doesn’t compute for me. Maybe I’m wrong. We see the least deserving and most venal among us appear to prosper for long periods of time but that’s trick photography. That’s Photoshopping Karma and appearances and as has been stated many times, appearances lie, however, Karma doesn’t, even though it may take its time coming around.
When I used to work in radio they had a saying, “never explain, never apologize”. Giving the impression that you may have been wrong gives ammunition to your enemies and explaining grants them following arguments. Just keep on moving is the idea and let the waters of forgetfulness take your unfortunate words to the bottom of the sea. What those who advise in this manner may be unaware of is that the bottom of the sea is occupied too.
I do apologize and I do explain and I recommend it to everyone. When you’re wrong, never put yourself in the position of being incapable of admitting it. Otherwise, life has ways of turning things to your distinct disadvantage. Even so, that should never be your reason for exercising an honest appraisal of yourself. Do it because it’s the right thing.
I’ve been doing this for a few years now and that means over a thousand blog postings. It stands to reason that I would get a few things wrong on the way. It would be arrogant and absurd to believe otherwise. Sometimes I sail along for periods of time when this is not a concern and sometimes I find myself in rocky shoals and/or tossed off center simply from the intensity of the times. Sometimes I say things more bluntly than I need to. I have good reason for this and that is to not give in to the exercise of restraint that would give the appearance that I am wiser than I am. Sometimes I shoot myself in the foot on purpose for this reason and sometimes it happens all by itself and remembering the latter is by far the more important consideration.
I recognize that I may have pissed off, offended or disappointed some readers in recent days. If that is the case I apologize. I am truly sorry. I am a work in progress and that’s the best excuse I can come up with. I’m learning as I go. Hopefully you will bear with me as I go and something better than either of us are expecting may be the result in the end.