“ Come now, and let us reason together, sayest the Lord. ”
I am the voice of The Universal Man. I am the purpose of the Earth. I am the macrocosm. I am a bulwark against the long entropic slide. I am the meaning of a red dot. I am Majesty in a flesh colored speck. I am the thought that you are having right now.
Observe your situation. How is it bounded? Where does it begin and end? Is it at the physical limits of your ability to sense the world around you? Does this include only those things you can sense which are registered by your conscious mind or does it also include the sensations available to your unconscious as well?
What about your impressions of those sensations and the impressions of the impressions, both conscious and unconscious? How would you define what is happening to you at this very instant?
You sense that time moves only forward, steadily from point to point; never stopping or going backward. But this is not so. In fact, the past, present and future, perhaps, all possible pasts, presents and futures exist simultaneously and are around you now.
And yet, you are only aware of the present, which, because by the time you are aware of an event it is already in the past, is so infinitesimal and fleeting as to be nonexistent. So reality, as you experience it, is made up of your recollections of the past and expectations about the future. Perception, then, is a conversation between memory and imagination.
You use the components of the physical universe to produce effects in the mind.
How does this happen? How do colors and lines produce a recognizable image? How do sounds become music, or letters become words and from words, strung together, the meaning of a line and so on. Like an artist with his tools, your every– day reality is composed of countless and endlessly divisible elements, which would all be arbitrary, if not for the way they assembled inside your head.
Theologians in the Middle Ages thought that Angels communicated with each other by the transference of pure thought. A man, lacking this Divine ability, must use the components of the physical universe to convey what is in his mind to others. He uses the material to illustrate the immaterial. Therefore, he can never really show anything to anyone else, only suggest.
When a human being, who perceives and communicates incompletely, is on the receiving end of Divine Communication, it is known as revelation. Whether you call it revelation or inspiration, it involves the limited human consciousness, bounded as it is by memory and expectation, encountering, however fleetingly, the Divine Consciousness, which is unbounded, complete and perfect. Revelation, the Muse, Inspiration, the Power of the Holy Spirit are all different names for the same phenomenon.
Your intuition draws you towards an inborn comprehension of the complexity of existence. You sense that things relate to each other even if you do not understand exactly how. Your mind repels, however, from the complicated. When you see only pieces instead of patterns confusion paralyzes your spirit and you flee into the arms of symbols. You give your life and everything in it to that which shields you from the Monster Chaos.
Dogma assists the limited mind to function within the overwhelming complication of existence. To free yourself from the necessity of dogma always try to encounter the forms and components of existence in the purest state you can.
If you do this then one day you will realize that truth is a perception and not a creation, a discovery not a process. Then you will lay all dogma aside. This is the meaning of “I am The Light and The Way.”
Do not fear complication but like the Marine who is trained to run towards enemy fire, wade into it courageously and engage it. Break it into little pieces and annihilate it. Your tools are reason, memory and your intuitive ability to perceive patterns in seeming randomness.
Beauty is the suggestion of a symmetry you distantly remember, a recognition not a judgement. Art is simplification.
Consciousness, alone in the universe, moves towards more order and the highest expression of consciousness is human consciousness. The apotheosis of human consciousness is love. Love, therefore, is the end of chaos. This is what the Bible means when it says, “ God is Love.”
The feeling one gets when looking at a corpse is the recognition of a total absence of potential action. Therefore, the vivifying principal is that potential action and the quality of a man’s spirit is the quality of the potential action that comprises him.
Don’t hide from the world, cowering in a hole and waiting for God to pull you out. Go where your heart leads you and He will meet you along the way.
Guard the integrity of your memory. If you do not remember then you forget what people promise, what your leaders promise, what you promise yourself. Forgetting the desires of your heart you become prey to emotional triggers. You are guided from rage to lust to envy to vicious glee. You are herded from one primal satisfaction to the next and back again. You are a slave.
Will under girds Faith and Logic supports Reason. They are pieces of something larger than the human intellect.
To think is to communicate with yourself. The precision and honesty of that communication creates the quality of your mind.
Eliminate the space between what is said, what is meant, and what is believed.
Truth in communication is when what is said conforms to what is in the speakers mind. Does this apply to institutions? They have objectives not beliefs. “There is no truth” they will tell you, “only probability.”
Are you willing to relinquish your consciousness? Will you turn over your inner self to someone else to manage? Consider that the tool is not the hand that uses it.
How do you look out upon the world? Mystified, deluded, confused or with the dignity of an empowered mind? Never be afraid to go the right kind of crazy.
Do not confuse the will and ego. The will is fundamental and necessary while the ego is superfluous; God’s practical joke.
Perceive directly and grow closer to God. This is the meaning of “Judge not that ye be not judged.”
Physical courage is performing an action in spite of the fear of physical pain or death. Intellectual courage is overcoming the fear of complication and the natural aversion to feelings of confusion and bewilderment. Moral Courage is always doing what you feel to be right regardless of the potential negative personal consequences.
It is possible to possess physical courage and be neither intellectually or morally brave. It is possible to be intellectually courageous and have no physical or moral courage. It is, however, impossible to be morally courageous and not possess the other two. Therefore, moral courage is the most potent of the three.
The wicked often flourish in this life. Caiaphas, no doubt, went to his grave confident that he had destroyed Jesus Christ.
To be virtuous you must be effective. Passivity is a type of blindness.
Certain people represent forward leaps in the way human beings perceive themselves and the world. They are spiritual mutations advancing mankind. This quality combined with technical ability produces the artistic genius, combined with moral force and communicative ability, the spiritual genius.
Society is a system of exchanges. Ask yourself what you give up for what you get. Time for money, privacy for knowledge, liberty for a scrap of bread, or most ludicrous of all, your soul for the illusion of power?
A man should be; courageous, resolute, indomitable, and above all, simple.
People are excited by violence and alive to its potential for nobility. They are disgusted by cruelty. Derision, mockery, ridicule and humiliation are all forms of such cruelty. These things are the violence of the weak.
Energy trumps attitude. Will overcomes aggression. Courage, in the end, will always devour rage.
“Glory fades” said the slave to the Roman General and so too does ignominy. There is only what you do, not anyone’s opinion of it.
Talent can be remarked upon and admired, but being as it is, a kind of gift, it cannot be aspired to. The fetishization of talent in a society is a sign of moral laziness. Acts of will power, on the other hand, are things that every man in his heart rightly imagines himself capable of.
Ask your yourself a thousand,thousand times “How can I win,” and the question “Can I win,” will not occur to you.
Like a skilled boxer who focuses his willpower to push through fatigue, and then uses his reflexes, trained to react quicker than thought, to throw a lightening fast combination of punches, focus your own mental energy at one time and then at another open yourself to the all the variety and permutations of your environment.
It is an attribute of Wisdom to allow yourself to be led by events and also to know that you are independent of your times and larger.
Whether it comes unexpectedly, like sunlight reflected from a mirror, or you draw it out, grindingly, piece by piece, articulate the thought. Never let it escape.
Courage is a function of character. Character is a function of self-control, humility and love.
There are three ways to communicate the truth: the expression of an external fact, the expression of an internal reality like a psychological state or emotion, pointing to, through the juxtaposition of images, words and concepts, things that are, because of the inadequacy of language, indefinable precisely in words.
Lies hide in subtly and are cloaked in sophistication. This is why the more basic the form of communication the more authentic it seems and the harder it is to fake. Consider the puffery and obfuscation of a long and one-sided legal document against to cooing or crying of a child. Which one is more real?
To undermine a man’s will, to usurp the sovereignty of his mind, it is useful that he be made to feel small. From feelings of physical smallness come notions of metaphysical smallness and even inconsequence. This is trick is thousands of years old.
How do you struggle without becoming vicious? Realize that results are not entirely in your hands. Call it Fate, Fortune, Chance, Providence, The Will of God or what you will. But never let this realization cause you to be complacent or passive. Trying as hard as you can is the purest act of faith.
In everything you do ask yourself, “Am I revealing something or concealing?”
Is there any other object in nature than to devour and breed? All the great accomplishments of mankind are subjugations of nature’s propensity to kill.
Financial capital is fungible, each piece like the other. Every man is unique and more potent than mere money. The arc of history is the record of a slow and murderous adjustment to this fact.
Knowledge is power. Why? Because it conveys advantage. But when you take away the value information derives from manufactured scarcity, and therefore the advantage it gives to those who have it over those who don’t, then what happens? A man becomes his own advantage.
Reduce things to their component parts. Your sense of reality is your method for doing this and whether or not you recognize the process.
Your perception is limited by the physical world but your thoughts are not. This fact points toward God.
The way you perceive a fleeting slice of existence and from it compose your reality is a shadow of the power of the Creator, with all that was, is, will be, might have been, could be, or might yet be, present in the form of one perfect act of perception.
To perceive without judgment and to remember is very close to Divinity. This is what is meant when the Bible says “ Ye are Gods.”
How do you increase your powers of perception and memory? Consider what attracts your attention and why.
Consider the difference between conveying something and expressing it. One involves chance and the other does not.
Courage and determination are like muscles that are increased by frequent use. The same is true for cowardice. Fear, uncertainty, dread are constant but it is your ability to deal with them that changes. The rock does not change weight. It is the arm that grows weaker or stronger.
Invalidating a man’s desires is another way of demonstrating to him that he is of little value. This is why consumer culture ‚which provides a shallow but ubiquitous validation of the basic forms of gratification is the world’s most successful mindset and very close to a global ideology.
The perfect poem is to name something for the first time.
Develop your reason, which is dialectic and your intuition, which is subconscious pattern recognition. Beware, however of confusing the two.
Can morality be arrived at through an appeal to Reason? Certainly not. The necessary result of Reason alone is the domination of the weak by the strong.
The tension between the unavoidable self relatedness of human consciousness and the observational evidence of the seeming inconsequence of the individual is the central issue of the human condition.
Consider Jesus Christ. He offered no proofs in the conventional sense. He was no mere syllogist. He healed people, he performed strange and inexplicable wonders, gave explicit directions on the way people should behave and taught in parables and metaphors. His was the poetic mode not the empirical.
In your mind the components of perception come together, mix and interact until new associations, patterns and symbols emerge. The nature of this process is one of crisis. Seek the moment of uncertainty before the synthesis takes one direction or the other. Here at the knifes edge of consciousness is where you should exist.
A life well lived is one of expenditure. Expenditure requires resources of Rea– son and Will. So, to manipulate a man, guide him away from expenditure to– wards gratification or fear.
It is simpler and less dangerous to expend the resources of the body than those of the mind or spirit. This is why the first and sometimes only glimpse many people get of the dignity of an empowered self is through athletics.
Large groups full of competition and exchange can create mechanical advantages and minute technical innovations. However, they are unable to produce advances in character or morality. There has never been a moral advance arrived at by consensus. They require the conceptual leaps made possible by the individual spiritual genius and the energies they unleash.
Wisdom still travels best from person to person. This is because of the complexity and subtlety of the information being passed along. The many small answers that make up “How” are always more easily addressed than the big mysterious ones that answer “Why.”
If you think clearly then you will necessarily be a good communicator. If you can not explain your beliefs to another person then are they really your own?
Fatigue extinguishes emotion. You don’t really know what a man is worth until you have seen him operate after he has used up all of his adrenaline. This rule also applies to groups of men.
Be still and listen. Are you surrounded by a cacophony of noise or a sort of Jazz rift, a variation on a theme?
There will never be enough oil or food or land or money for everyone to have as much as they want so people fight over what there is. From microbes to nation states everything is competing for limited resources. It is an ancient and profound condition that wars are fought by individuals that do not start them but the wars start in the first place because of the nature of the individual.
Observe the wave of data, disinformation,art, knowledge, wisdom, blasphemy, absurdity, beauty and vulgarity that washes over you every day. Can you perceive the force driving it forward through the momentum of a billion chattering voices? Does it accumulate somewhere or dissolve?
To control your actions own your desires.
Love knowledge, cherish language. Commit yourself to creation.
As a habit is to an individual so a custom is to a culture. Just as an individual can have good and bad habits so too a culture can have customs that are good or bad. This fact is the final refutation of subjectivism.
Why borrow glory from external objects? What use are the Pyramids to a man whose mind encompasses the Universe?
A thought will sometimes outrun your ability to express it, even to yourself. Consider the implications.
Originally Art was personal and expressive. Later it became the province of Religion, then of the Aristocracy and Commerce. In doing so it devolved from the expressive mode to the communicative.
In nature all things flow to the strong.
Do you seek advantage or truth? Everything hinges on this one question.
The best use of bodily strength is as a stepping stone to mental and ultimately spiritual fortitude.
Condition yourself to exercise your will without being overawed by the fact that you will never control all the variables to a situation or perfectly predict the outcome. In this way you will become indomitable.
Like a good street fighter, who is always ready to throw the first punch, realize the power of commitment.
Coordination is superior to speed.
Science does not create but discovers. Art is no different. The richer part of life is recognition.
Words assist thought but also constrain it. One day mankind will outgrow language and so too, in the end, will you.