The lust – shouts.
The body – speaks.
The mind – whispers.
And the being – is silent.
Because it – knows.
Table of Contents
Part One: Towards the Inside
1. The philosophy of the being
2. A journey into the hard core
3. Core and husks
4. The fulfillment of the being
Part Two: Inside
5. On authenticity
6. The inner child
7. Inner life
8. Being and essence
9. To be natural -1
10. To be natural – 2
11. The fire inside
Part Three: What Is There, What Is Missing and What Is in Between
12. On Truth falsehood and Being
13. On the void around the being
14. On the mystery surrounding the Being
15. from being to being (communication).
16. The warrior of the Inner being
List of influential thinkers and writers
“May God, the God of love and compassion, grant me and all those who will read this book – the truth with its help we will be and become aware – to the truth within ourselves”
Dedication (longer than usual).
Although we seemingly live in a permissive, liberated and democratic society, below the surface, It is, actually, a very conformist society, which puts pressure on us to run our lives according to accepted norms. Phrases like: “What? Haven’t you got married yet?”, or “What, have you replaced your car yet?”, or “How long does it take you to get a bachelor’s degree?” or “is she not pregnant yet?” There is no denying that conforming to societies’ norms – is not perceived as a particularly high price for some people, those who are comfortable in the warm and protective lap of social conformity. But it is an impossible price for the special people. Special people: Exceptional, of a high level, talented, of a high intelligence or spiritual potential – above average.
In those people arises the constant friction between their inner voice and the voice of the social machine – this friction erodes them.
The encounter of a unique and special soul with the tough and demanding social commissar is an encounter between David and Goliath, in which Goliath usually emerges victorious. David remained a prisoner, imprisoned behind the bars of social ways going on.
What can society offer to the confused and special individual?
One optionwhich society tends to recommend to the lost, confused, and highly sensitive and troubled – is anaccess to psychological counseling. However, the psychologist, in quite a few cases, may turn out to be a secret messenger of society who tries to ‘correct’ the individual’s deviation from the normative standard set by society. The embedded standard is that if you have a problem of functioning and integrating as a normal citizen, (steady job, family, house, car, etc.) Then something must have something wrong with you. But maybe what is wrong is in the society and not in highly sensitive persons – who actually might be seeing the unpleasant truth in society (but often take it upon themselves…).
Emil Durkheim, a sociologist, born 15 April 1858, developed a theory at the base of which lies his insistence that the study of man and his behavior must avoid an approach that takes into account only elements pertaining to his personality structure or heredity and genetics. According to him, the study of man and an attempt to explain his life and behavior, must first and foremost, take into account the influence of society on him. Durkheim opposed a biological or psychological interpretation, exclusively, to human behavior, he focused his attention on the social structure and how it affects human life and behavior. It comes with an approach of total criticism against these explanations which are briefly called reductionist explanations. Reductive explanations are explanations that advocate a hereditary (biological) or personal-specific interpretation (psychological). He argues that human behavior is less explained by elements and elements that are at the biological or psychological level, and more at the sociological level.
Psychological treatment is not detached from the society which is part of and therefore has a great influence on the attitudes of all.
For anyone who feels like a triangle trapped inside a square – this book is dedicated.
For the only way for those special, sensitive and lost individuals is only one way –towards the being.
In this book everything is about being, coming to it and trying to stay with it, by large.
The book is structurally divided into three parts: Part one: “Towards the inside,” Part two: “inside”, and Part three: “What Is There, What Is Missing and What Is in Between.” In each part there are several chapters, each chapter deals with a different topic, but all under the roof of the chapter. A number of words of preparation for the material are at the beginning of the chapter, these words are gathered under a title called: “Background”, and in them there is a brief explanation of what the material in the chapter is all about.
What is the purpose of the book? Is it about acquiring a better or a more correct way of life? More spiritual? No and no. This book does not purport to enhance or correct anyone’s life. If this book has a purpose, then its purpose is to impart one thing mainly; awareness. Awareness about the being. Awareness about the being for those who are not aware, and strengthening awareness about the being, for those who already have some (coming and going) awareness.
The closest equivalent to the word being as I meant it I found in German, in the writing of Martin Heidegger, he calls it: Dasein. (German: da “there”; sein “to be”), It is a word that means “being there” or “presence”.
If I had to associate this book and its style with a particular genre – I would say it is a travel book… on the face of it, it may not seem like a travel book, but it is – there are two types of journeys: away from home which is a journey of escape, and the journey back home, which is the journey of return to safety and security; home.
The common denominator to all the essays in the book is an attempt to talk about the real journey: returning home. Similar to a saying by the great Martin Heidegger:
“The journey towards what deserves to be asked about is not an adventure, but a return home”
The world offers us life which is mostly happening on the outside and in order ‘not to be out of the game’- we join the outside, and thus lose the connection to the being of things and of ourselves.
The offer in this book is to abandon the outside, and begin the mysterious and wondrous journey of all journeys, the “journey towards the being.”
Part One: Toward the Inside
“What we all desperately need to learn is that (a) place … that can be returned home is within us, at the center of our being. You cannot get there by walking out, but only by going back in. We have seen people do everything else. In order to find the essence, except to open up to their inner world. They try to find unity through building dream homes, finding common hobbies, buying things, having children, and working together, but none of these will work without connecting to the inner essence. Many people in this culture are sick in their hearts secretly because they have everything but to connect with their essence”.
From: Dr. Gay and Kathleen Hendrix’s book, “At the Speed of Life: The Power of Body Intelligence to Create Transformational Magic”.
Hendrix Institute Publishing 1996 p. 44.
- The philosophy of being
“We are more curious to know what the dreams we dream mean than to understand the meaning of the things we see”
“The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato”.
Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947
The term ‘philosophy’ sometimes provokes negative reactions. We say ‘he is philosophizing’ which means: talking a lot about nothing, talking high and high with no possibility of achieving anything realistic or practical, But this perception, more than it is saying anything about philosophy, it says almost everything about this generation and its values. So what is philosophy that is not through the eyes of the common view of the dominant majority?
Philosophy is a contemplation and wondering about the meaning of life and existence and about the place of the human within them.
You cannot contemplate, wonder, search and eventually – discover, without being creative. A person is considered to be a true philosopher if his work breaks a frontier, a blocked entrance, makes a peeping hole into the unknown. Revolutionize old rigid concepts. But as years go by we get less and less creative philosophy and most of it becomes academic. Most of the books of philosophy written today are written as academic research on philosophers and few have contributed new and even revolutionary aspects.
Today this field, like many other fields, is institutionalized, monopolistic, written in a language that only the academics can understand. Seek it out in university.
Today, those who are engaged in philosophy are those who studied in the Department of Philosophy at the university, or those who are engaged in research and the cataloging of the texts into various categories. . It’s very much like a scientist from “The Little Prince,” who kept counting the stars. We have a sense of power when we sort out the thought in battalions and leagues, it gives us a sense that now that we have sorted out all this gothic mess, we have control over it, But to come and give a name to a phenomenon does not mean that you understand it…
- True philosophy, as I understand it, is more than a field of research and study, it is a field of individual Creativity. It is my view that it is the right and duty of the individual to wonder about life again and again and not to fall asleep and be swallowed up by the mechanization and routine of existence itself. The true philosophy must come from the guts and not just from the head. Philosophy must come not only from the stomach, but also from the heart, and therefore it must carry within it much of poetry, in order that it may percolate the intellectual dryness. Today it is very difficult to access modern philosophers like: Merlo Ponte, Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucalt, Jacques Derrida.
And some more philosophers and some of their most known works:
- Kant, Critique of Pure Reason.
- Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit.
- Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra.
- Heidegger, Being and Time.
- Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation.
In order to read them from cover to cover – a person needs extraordinary resilience. The intellectual text – is hard, dry, and full of complicated words and difficult terms, (which are intended keep the reader away from those who do not belong to the academic clique).
The problem is not with those who are not interested in philosophy, but with the few who have not given up the desire to understand what is happening here and what it means to exist, without giving up the freedom of thought in favor of any academic, religious or institutional clique. And they take with them a philosophy book and get drowned in a sea of theories and words, and more words that lead to more words – and they are lost. So, they might enroll in a philosophy seminar and get lost there…
Philosophy became detached from life and became the domain of an elitist-intellectual and alienated group. It is at first an academic profession, the individual cannot penetrate there, for it is a monopole. Since philosophy became a science, it has stopped doing what poetry in particular and art in general, constantly trying to do; Touch the heart of being, Redeem and release the inner truth from prison of social, political and economic norms. But philosophy today is more about labeling, and making order in the various fields of philosophy instead of trying to focus on the essence, which is the unsolved enigma of human existence in the world.
In the field of philosophy the crossest to the enigma of life are the phenomenologists: Heraclitus, Brentano, Husserl, Maurice Jean Jacques Merleau-Ponty, Aaron Gurevich , Derrida, and first and foremost: Martin Heidegger. Heidegger’s position in the field of academic philosophy is similar to that of Zen within Buddhism: both try to arrive at a core truth that got lost within the large body to which they came from.
Both; Buddhism and conventional philosophy are fingers pointing towards the direction of truth. People make the fingers (conventional philosophy and religions) to be an idol which they worship.
But here comes Heidegger and the Zen and avert our attention from the finger to the direction. Both religion and philosophy are the fingers pointing towards the truth. The problem is, the finger whose whole function is to point to the right direction – Becomes the main thing, the center of attention in itself. For most people the direction that the finger is pointing to is something abstract and unreal, myth or mystical, while the finger is real. They are not interested or cannot go in the direction of the finger. So therefore they turn the finger into truth (like the Bible, the Upanishads, the Book of Zohar (Kabala), the New Testament, etc.).
So philosophy is not important if it deals with the cataloging of the various methods and currents, but only if it connects us with inner knowing about existence and life and what it is all about. And this is not what the scientific philosophy Pretends even to do .Philosophy has moved away from its own original mission and essence, and the essence of philosophy is about the meaning of existence. And when a field of study moves away from its living core and essence – it gets anchored in study of the theory. And if study becomes the main thing, they become a mantle, a cover that hides the way of the original essence. Philosophy gradually gained weight, adding more and more covers and clothing around the initial philosophical aim. The raw essence and mission are hidden by dry intellectual study that try to describe it but actually hide it.
And in general, expressing clear and direct living philosophical approach towards life – is not exactly considered generally as something that is worthwhile and worthy of doing in our culture: but writing fiction, inventing plots – is indeed considered worthwhile!, even expressing opinions on issues of politics, state, education, etc. is welcomed – but when it comes to expressing views About life and its meaning – There is a kind of avoidance of this. For example, some writers embody in their works their view of life and leave it to the critics or readers to try and interpret the views freely. Generally authors tend to evade direct expression of their philosophical positions about life and human beings. Even when they give an interview – they are expressing obscure general views and positions, and they leave the interpretation (or the meaning or the message in their books) to the reader. There are even authors who say that there is no statement, no message, no position in their work – they just wanted to tell a story. Worldview, a statement about life and existence – according to the writers themselves, is something they do not have, or prefer to obscure, as if it is simply irrelevant. So what’s the point? To fabricate stories and occurrences that did not exist? – does this matter?
Even the writers of philosophical essays – hardly write their own original philosophy, they either assimilate what they have read in books of philosophers who preceded them, or hide behind scholarly studies. Pure original philosophical positions, those detached from an institutional establishment ordering- are few.
Why? Why is a fresh creative, wall breaking philosophy unpopular? Well perhaps because any clear position is too unequivocal and as such it will always magnetize objections to it, because a philosophy which is creative, revolutionary and unequivocal would always be against the norm and the way people use to think, and the way people used to think is comfortable, and anything which is not conventional is a threat. Therefore for authors of novels it is safer not to reveal their exact position, they don’t want trouble.
And perhaps it is simply difficult to formulate clear philosophical positions in such a confused and problematic world. And perhaps also because true philosophy poses questions and expands confusion and embarrassment and does not offer solutions. And maybe because when dealing with the truth, any truth, but especially truth that deals with existence itself – it’s scary and brings insecurity.
“Everything has been figured out, except how to live”.
Jean-Paul Sartre. 1905-1980
“Philosophy recovers itself when it ceases to be a device for dealing with the problems of philosophers and becomes a method, cultivated by philosophers, for dealing with the problems of men”.
John Dewey (1859-1952)
Nuclear Philosophy (The True Philosophy):
…“In my opinion today, more than ever, there is room to wonder about the picture of life and existence and not take anything for granted. This confused, worn and bland world needs philosophy more than ever”…
“Without the guidance of philosophy, more and more people are beginning to turn to other approaches to seek meaning in their lives: institutionalized religion, science, psychiatry, political ideology, popular mysticism. But these do not seem to be able to really meet the need for meaning.
The institutionalized religion, the one detached from its traditional and ancient origins, becomes penetrating the embarrassment and confusion of the present time…
Psychiatry (and psychology) has long since lost its messianic light, the hope it once seemed to offer, melted within the walls of the facts it itself puts around, and is no longer able to satisfy man’s natural needs to ultimate values..
Ideology grew mass movements and true believers and thus led them away from the search, rather than towards the individual search towards meaning. These movements relied on the herd instinct crowd, and played on the suggestion and ability to influence people instead of serving their desire to seek and ask.
The current streams of mystical teachings have become antagonistic to the impulse of search. They tend to anesthetize instead of embracing and strengthening the personal qualities of everyone who turns to them. And yet the popularity of such movements (which are often an example of sectarianism — as in the collective suicide in Johnstown , and in other collective suicides that have occurred since) illustrates and shows how hungry we are for guidance and what little has to offer us about current culture.. “
Needleman and Applebaum in their book: “Real Philosophy”.
Arcana Books-1990 p. 12 (Author’s translation).
“… Humanity is faced with some difficult questions, to which no one has a satisfactory answer. So we have a choice between two options: we can deceive ourselves and the world and pretend we know everything there is to know, or close our eyes to issues. The key once and for all and give up all progress. In this sense humanity is divided into two. People, in general, either are completely convinced, or they are completely equal.
It’s like a deck of cards divided into two stacks. In one the red cards and in the other the black ones. But every now and then the Joker appears, Sophie! A card that is not a leaf or a clover, nor a diamond or a heart. Socrates was the joker in the Athens deck of cards: he was neither convinces nor Equanimeous he only knew he did not know – and that bothered him. He thus became a philosopher – one who does not give up but tirelessly pursues the search for truth. “
Sophie’s World. By Jostein Gaarder, Published 1995 by Phoenix (first published December 5th 1991).
Apart from Socrates onwards – quite a few philosophers have tried to approach these fundamental issues, (what is life all about? What am I doing here? Why am I here?) Among them: Plato, scotus Erigena, Nicholas McCosa, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Heraclitus, Sartre, and Friedrich Nietzsche. And also the Neoplatonic and Hermetic schools.
The existential questions, the really important questions, such as the meaning of the individual’s life, are pushed aside by accepted norms such as: progress in career, financial well-being, having a family, etc. And then if these questions are being asked, then one begins to live in a gap, gap between how he appears externally, in society, and how he is in his inner life.
Man must constantly travel to himself, to his being. And when and if this gap is reduced – we will come into the world from a constant and deep center of gravity and from there – we will see the world and our lives in it clearly. Only after this encounter with our being – can the core, existential and intimate philosophy, the philosophy of being – begin. Only then will it be possible to explain things from within us to the outside world, and not as usual: to explain the world from what happens outside – to what happens inside. In life without the philosophy of being – attention is focused on what is happening outside of the person. The connection to the being may allow us to finally, happen, come into being – instead of being based in doing and striving.
Discovering and connecting with our being is not a trivial matter.
Philosophers and thinkers and intellectuals of all generations have referred to connecting to the inner being as the birth of a new ‘I’ and the death of the old ‘I’. Plato says that during the formation of the new self (the encounter with the being) man becomes a midwife in his own birth….
This miraculous and strange process brings us to the possibility that exists in man, to be born again, and not only that, but if he is not ‘born again’ it is difficult to say that he managed to live his life, at most he dreamed them.
The being is the basic nature of existence, the essence of everything, the original and authentic essence, which has been covered over time. This definition more or less reflects the broad agreement that exists in being-philosophy regarding ‘being’. The being is a dynamic that flows within the world in which we are. Martin Heidegger contributed perhaps most significantly to shifting the discussion of being to the center of philosophical attention in his book: “Being and Time,” in which he points out that (the being of man) is one of the most betrayed and forgotten concepts. The reason for this, according to Heidegger, is that we are so soaked in it – which we no longer feel it, like a fish that does not know it is in the water. Animals are naturally connected to their being and to the being of their environment, but human need to study the being, and the being’s study is called: ontology.
Philosophers have devoted many works to the study of the being, the most prominent of which are: Parmenides , Aristotle, Descartes , Kant, Husserl , Heraclitus , Nietzsche, St. Augustus , Hegel, Merleau Ponti, Levins , Derrida , Michael Henry, Gregory Bateson and of course – Martin Heidegger.
Husserl says that the way to penetrate the nature of the being, is through the development of sensitivity and awareness of the essence of things, and it is not at all easy because we usually tend to sink into our learned version of how to view the world, life and us. And we are deep in our subjective version of things.
The being of things is their core meaning and existence, regardless of how they are perceived by us.
Too often we cast, by projection,) on various things in our lives) our veil of wishes and expectations, this create a kind of coating that hides from our eyes their true nature; their being. Kant related to the being as that which is within what is discovered, but never revealed (perhaps only by random flickers).
According to the author of these lines, in relation to the issue of the being – Heidegger was and remains the greatest of all. Heidegger was the one who pointed out the problem of human beings, living in complete detachment from their being and the being of all. Heidegger was the one who described the current state of this life, without connection to the being and also without awareness of the absence of connection, as living out of blindness, in darkness, in disguise, without an inner center of gravity, without a guiding core, without a home to return to, without ourselves, actually. Supposedly we live, but in fact do not exist, because there is nothing within us but remnants of an ego from childhood, which grew wild and now inhabits the place of the undeveloped being. It is hard to perceive it. We act as if there is someone ‘in the house’, but the ‘house’ is empty and our lives are empty of ourselves, this is the main message of learning of the being and this is the message that can be found reinforced in Heidegger ‘s ‘being and time’ .And in the absence of a being – celebrates the indifference, which intensifies.
“Understanding the BEING Is the determining attribute and the basic fact of human existence”
The philosophy of the being in the work of Martin Heidegger:
“No man in the twentieth century can approach and engage in philosophy without going through the Heidegger philosophy”.
Emmanuel Levinas “Ethics and the Infinite” p. 46
“But Heidegger’s man is a decisive great step, from Kierkegaard to the abyss, where zero begins”
Martin Buber “Human Face”
One of the most charming things about a child is his ability to marvel and marvel at life and its components. Over time the child loses this asset and as an adult we develop an attitude that takes what happens to us and around us for granted. As Plato points out:
“Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder”
Plato, c.428-c.348 BCE
Heidegger, like a little boy, never ceased to marvel at what we take for granted: the oddness of the ‘there’. Most people are asleep to what is there. This is not the case with Heidegger, who was very surprised to the fact that what is there is there. He noticed that the Greeks were the firsts to be non-familiar (did not take for granted what is there). Heidegger distinguishes between thinkers such, as Heraclitus who marveled at ‘primary wonders’, and thinkers such as Socrates and Plato who treated the being in an idealistic and metaphysical way. According to the scholar George Steiner the way of Socrates and Plato did not satisfy Heidegger, he sought after a more authentic way, he sought to make a revolution in the way of Aristotle’s scientific thinking and in the way of Plato’s metaphysical thinking. Heidegger is the great rebel who actually sculpted the whole worldview that he developed after his previous giant: Heraclitus .He argues that Western philosophical thinking since Plato and especially since Aristotle has lost its special, shrouded in mystery, approach – towards the being. The West looks at the world with intellectual eyes, from the outside – and not from the core, from the unity, from the inside. Heidegger begins, at this point, to look for the there (dasein) not from the point of view of the outer label, but from his own being.
For Heidegger, self-awareness is not a values by itself, but an arrows pointing to the center of gravity, of the human self. Heidegger treats man and his existence as something marginal in relation to the being to which he has to adjust and listen to. He calls it: “listening to the voice of the being”. The same listening to the voice of the being also exists in Zen Buddhism of the Far East. In the West it exists in poetry, in the works of: Rilke, Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Pinchas Sadeh and others.
This search for ‘there’, the wonder and amazement at their very existence, are rare.
Sometimes a person meets the ‘Dasein’ for a moment and feels its pulse, but that moment disappears in the blink of an eye. In Heidegger’s words: “… You will only wake up once, like a bell, whose ringing penetrates our lives and gradually recedes and fades”.
Heidegger’s place in philosophy is similar to the boy’s place in the story of the new king’s clothes, which indicates that the king is naked, that is, that we lived naked without the being (cloths) and no preoccupation with questions other than the question of the being can clothe them.
From Heidegger ‘s examples of this acidification of being: we look at a building, and record everything: height, proportions, number of bricks, dimensions, building contours, architecture, etc. but here comes the crucial question: where, in all these is the being of the building? Because after all, if something belongs to this building – is his being, yet we do not find his being in him.
Heidegger is willing to accept that the building ‘changes’ according to the individual perception, according to his social conditioning of his point of view, according to many subjective factors. Here Heidegger gives us a clue: ”You can as if to smell in your nose the smell of the being of the building, the smell conveys the recurrence of what is immediately and truly much more than any description or examination”. Heidegger chooses to realize the sense of experience of the uniqueness of the building through the sense of smell, and indeed the way to experience a being is mostly through the senses. When we were children our 5 senses were very active, and each sense perception brought to our whole being the being of that of which our particular sense is pointing towards.
Another example focuses on the sense of sight, as described, again, by Heidegger:
(Ralph Manheim translation (Yale University Press, 1959).
Here is the quote:
“A painting by Van Gogh. A pair of rough peasant shoes, nothing else. Actually the painting represents nothing. But as to what is in that picture, you are immediately alone with it as though you yourself were making your way wearily homeward with your hoe on an evening in late fall after the last potato fries have died down. What is here? The
canvas? The brush strokes? The spots of color?” (35)
George Steiner in his book “The Doctrine of Martin Heidegger” gives another example, from the angle of the sense of sound: “… Music ‘enters’ the body and mind on many different levels at the same time. Classifications such as ‘nervous’, ‘brain’ and ‘physical’ are suitable for these levels – inaccurately and comprehensively. You can hear music in a dream, it may not be possible to remember it exactly, but it leaves us with some inner ghost feeling, inner tension, or a feeling of a certain movement, which is more or less similar to the chord or the harmony or the sound relationship that has disappeared.”
Another example on music and being: Here is the supreme mystery of humanity in man, but what is it? Is the melody the recurrence of the music – or the pitch of the sound or the tone of the voice or the dynamic relationship between the sound and the space? “… …” Music is meaningful even when – especially when – there is no way to convert this meaning into its paraphrase, to formulate it alternatively, to record it in verbal or formal form.“
(Ibid. P. 46).
…” We take the oldness of music as a matter of course, like the oldness of the old, we forget to marvel “. (Ibid. P. 47).
Another example, Rilke’s parable focuses on the sense of taste:
Juicy apple, pear, and banana,
Gooseberry … They all speak of
Death and life in the mouth … I have a presentiment …
Read it from a child’s expression
If she savours them. It comes from far, from far …
Aren’t you slowly becoming aware of something inexpressible in your mouth?
Where a moment ago were words, a flowing discovery
Is released, startling, from the fruit’s flesh.
Venture to say what your apple is called.
This sweetness, which originally condensed itself,
Spreading out, slowly in being tasted rose up
To achieve a clarity, awake and of transparency,
Resonant of opposites, sunny, earthy, of the here and now -:
Oh the experience of it, the feeling, the joy -, immense!
From: “Sonatas for Orpheus”. Part I, no. 13
Marcel Frost also chose to connect to an being of something through the senses, for him it is also, like Rilke -through the sense of taste, he connected to the experience of his childhood through The taste Of the sweet Madeleine cookie. But as we grow older, our experiences of the senses become poorer, and we begin to take the being for granted. This acceptance of recurrence as something taken for granted, forgetting that the being is what Gurdjieff and Ouspensky calls sleep, poor state of alertness or low state of mind of the person. Gurdjieff suggests as a remedy the way of self-remembering while Heidegger says that if we go with the question to the end, we find that the being through a reversal point might reveal its being.
(While Martin Buber offers a way to the being through the dialogue he calls: ‘Me and thou’).
The senses and a dialogue are quite common acts, also Heidegger I focusing on simple frequent actions:
In his important book “Being and Time” 1927, Heidegger mainly examines daily human existence and focuses on what happens to the being in routine situations. He gives an example of driving a car, which is done without intentional thinking, automatically. According to Heidegger, even in the way we practice routine activities like driving reflects our relationship to life and our lives (p. 98) we never treat something as it should be treated in its own right (relate to its being), regardless of our automatic and mechanical activation of it. This is true of activation of people and objects. In other words: We’re sleeping. However, if something breaks in the car in front of us (pp. 102-3) Just then We are forced to look at our car, know it and treat it as it is in itself. Then, and only then, does it become ‘present’ for us for the first time (p. 104). Now it has a being. Only in an emergency.
Which means that we can ‘see’ a ‘device’ only when we cannot use it, when it ceases to serve our interests… This approach, of relating to the world through its usefulness to us – is an attitude created by science towards the world (pp. 412-3). Heidegger believes that science – which shapes the whole ways of goings on, and way of thinking of man in the West – does not at all approach substantive questions about the existence of things and human. The basic scientific question does not at all pretend to penetrate the question of being. Heidegger is not trying to dwarf the importance of science, only to show that science is incapable of relating to the question of being.
The path to being is problematic. It is very convenient to assume that the path to being is could be created by an antithesis to the ruling scientific approach or of the conventional way of thinking. This mistaken assumption led to the booming nowadays of religious fundamentalists, many pockets of pop mysticism (popular or commercial spirituality), New Age movements, and transpersonal-psychology. All of these are as far from being as science is. In terms of reaching a state of being, there is no difference between a new scientific instrument and Yoga or a mantra issued by one guru or another. Both are missing the thin, almost transparent, point of being. It is on the middle way, on the neutral vector.
Heidegger also accuses post- Socratic philosophers of detachment from the hidden and authentic sources of being. In this respect perhaps Heidegger is not so much a philosopher, as a poet and a theologian. Perhaps this explains why the first to adopt ‘being and time’ were actually the theologians, even though Heidegger himself opposed the pursuit of celestial transcendence and spoke in favor of finding an authentic anchor in the here and now in everyday life .(existentialism).
Like it is being stated in this Zen saying:
“Zen is not a kind of excitement, but a concentration on our daily routine.” – Bonnard Suzuki
Heidegger’s revolutionary and paradoxical innovation in philosophy, is coming to expression by the conviction that western thought are saturated with self-deception. His opposition stems from his observation that the notion that puts true existence outside of the ‘here and now’ of man – (daily life, existence) is in fact concerned with cultivating an illusion.
It is the hidden being that gives a certain thing or person the uniqueness of its existence, it causes the breath to stop at the sight of a bird in flight, or the magic that moves over us in a certain place that is shaped in a certain way. What lives inside things radiates out of them and makes them what they are, for it is the latent that affects the impression evoked by the visible, similar to the development of film in the darkroom that causes the photograph to be revealed. This is a latent essence that is in another dimension, something that is deep beneath the immediate absorption shell of the mind or emotion. The great enemies of the treatment of the hidden being are the technical approach, the rational-logical approach, and also the therapeutic approach. All of these are the descendants of the scientific approach, which holds that what is visible should be explored and not what radiates through the non-visible.
According to Heidegger – the right reference to a being is – to let it be. The amazing thing about Heidegger is that he insists on finding the most refined spirituality precisely in the most carnal earthliness. He insists on not creating a separation between religious existence and material existence, but repeatedly draws attention to the material and the mundane by arguing that only there, in the here and now – does enlightenment lie, and only wondering about the most routine will lead to the being at its depth. This approach is reminiscent of a wonderful sentence by Franz Kafka: “The real road passes over a rope that is not so high stretched, but right above the ground. It seems as if it was put there for people to fail at, not necessarily for them to walk on”.
The reference to the material and the earthly as the arena and not the heaven – is not common in the West. Western learning is dichotomous, separating the material from the spiritual.
The search for the being must go through what exists, through what is revealed. Everyday life must return and be holy, because within it hides a deity. Funnily enough, science that studies mechanical dead matter is in fact, nothing but a practical and direct continuation of the great religions: of Judaism, Christianity and Islam In that that both separate God from everyday life; the great religions detached God from our life, and science also plunged into creation and discovered a world devoid of spirituality, operating from mechanical laws, meaningless. (All this up to quantum physics that turned it all on its head and thereby put science in front of a broken trough).
Spirituality, as it is represented today, both by the established Western religions and by the pockets of pop mysticism and the new age, further distances man from the being and further erodes the disconnection between spirit and matter and daily life of a person. Spirituality as it is presented today exists outside the ordinary flow of life, dwelling in churches, books, rituals and special ceremonies, tarot cards , astrology, meditations, Yoga, new age seminars, healing, but not in life itself! (In order to practice them you have to stop the ongoing of your daily life).
The exile of God from the daily life of man is thus perpetuated in the worship of a sacred and supreme abstract power and in the treatment of all that is not pure and high as despicable, gross and full of sin, and again – a dichotomy. Since everything that is visible and present around us is material – we have no choice but to turn to that ‘power that is above and beyond life’, which will come and redeem us from the physical. The same power could be God, his apostles, or most preferably and longed for – is the Messiah.
This approach is ridiculous. The truth is that man is full of God, only that God is imprisoned within the body.
Apart from the dichotomy between earthliness and spirituality – Heidegger also lists another reason for our distance from the being: the others! (He calls the: the ‘they’) He argues that when we are with others, we cease to be ourselves. Being with others suppresses the realization of our self-being. That is, our being becomes false and trivial. Which leads to the creation of images and relationships of mediocrity, alienation, distance, formality and detachment, and he states: “each is the other, and no one is himself.”The collective, the public and the herd – kills every trace of personal, internal, intimate or authentic affinity – between a person and others.
This is about, specifically about de -Humanization (see Part Three, Chapter 14, the essay entitled: “Humanity”) and the masses of the individual – everything is familiar, known, filed, lacking uniqueness, lacking mystery, lacking dimension of depth, lacking concrete reality, lacking spirituality. The individual is not alive According to his inner and unique self, but according to the social convention of others .
One of the common expressions of this tyranny of the majority at the expense of the temple of the life of the individual, is reflected in the nature of the conversations that take place between human beings on a daily basis. The idle conversation includes not only a flurry of nonsense and gossip, novelties, clichés, jargon and ‘own’ slang words, but spreads to the media, where it is expressed in the journalistic writing style, the ‘new journalism’ the ‘New Speak ‘ And the patterns of expression and formulation of the local press and the photographic media.
All that speech does – in idle talk – is “spread the rumor” and the one who spreads the rumor is not someone specific, with uniqueness, a defined personality and a certain existence, but an ordinary man-dhu, who represents the rule and speaks to ‘them’ or rather – ‘ with them’. The institution of idle conversation is at once both the symptom and the disease: the realization of the infertility and restlessness that dominate the culture of lack of authenticity. The ‘speech’ becomes public and cultivates an illusion of understanding without real perception.
The existence of the being with others takes place in the resonant box of empty and incessant dummy communication ( pseudo- communication), and since everyone does this we begin to forget that there is a possibility of dialogue from within, being to being , (see chapter, in this name, chapter ten). D, at the end of the book, in the third part, “and what is between them”) that there is authenticity behind and beyond the ordinary and common dialect.
In Heidegger’s words: “An ordinary person belongs to others himself and increases their power. The ‘others’, whom that person indicates in such a way as to conceal the fact of his essential affiliation with them, are those who are soon and usually there, in the day-to-day of being. “With-it. The ‘who’ is not this or that person, not himself, not a few people and not the total people: the ‘who’ is the ordinary, the ‘they’”
“We are doomed historically to history, to the patient construction of discourses about discourses, and to the task of hearing what has already been said.”
2. The journey to the hard core
Within every living thing lies something, which is the complete concentration of itself. Something that is the genetic code, an inner essence, a more or less Juliet eXtract, but an extract. The essence of a cup of coffee is the coffee beans. The essence of meat is the proteins, the essence of bread is in carbohydrates, the essence of water is hydrogen, and the essence of religion is spirituality. A factory, for example, has an essence composed of three components: product quality, marketing and service. If the plant moves away from one of these essences it has lost the justification for its existence. But what is the essence of man, what is his essence? And if we know what our essence is – Can we live in relation to her? Can we connect to this essence and live a life that has a connection to it?
“Your soul reaches perfection when it returns to its original state, which is sublime and fine according to the ability of each and every person. Thus the soul sings all illusions of itself and distills itself with its own secrets and with the help of spiritual exercises aimed at purifying all polluted and polluting, both outside and inside.”
From: “Internal Secrets of the Road”, Said Alien Amuli , 14th Century
The secret and the code:
Life is a cipher, sensory absorption is a cipher, behavior is a cipher, apparently, and all absorbed, all conscious – is nothing but a cipher that encrypts a secret. And the secret is a life that gives life and that’s all .
Learning is deciphering the code, in order to get to the roots of the truth that is always hidden but controlling, as this player is behind a puppet on a string. The doll is the code and in itself does not matter, but its importance lies in the understanding it imparts about the unknown operator.
Man is far from the right situation for him and the path to what is right for him is actually a journey to the source of the soul and spiritual empowerment. In this journey, to the inner being, man is rescued and resurrected to regain his lost human dignity, while removing blockages and cleaning up debris that has accumulated above it. The road is difficult, the journey arduous. Anyone who tries to take the first step encounters difficulty, but whoever overcomes the initial difficulty and sets off is likened to the same knight or prince from our childhood legends, who sets out to rescue the beautiful princess from the castle of the evil sorcerer. He goes out to free the soul from a prison in the castle of possessiveness and materialism, and to be freed from the evil hands of lust, pride and competitiveness). Indeed, the journey is reminiscent of a genre of children’s fairy tales – more than any other literary or artistic genre. It is a journey into the fantastic, over which the dimensions of the space of time (or the ‘ here and now ‘) have no power. It is a journey dominated by the eternity of struggle and hope and other basic qualities woven into the legends of our childhood.
The journey is the mysterious magic journey, to the child hidden in every person, a journey through the false shells of adulthood and through the social and professional cultural masks of conventions and conformity. This is a journey designed for any adult who is still able to touch the child within him. But to touch him not to get lost in him, but to encourage him to get out of the anachronistic childhood prison on a journey towards adulthood. No maturity of masks and images – But authentic maturity.
A journey is a masculine activity in nature, like the journey of the seed that moves to the pure inner femininity. At the beginning of the journey, femininity appears as potential, but at the end, it appears as redemption, in all its power. All that is in between is a male movement towards the redemption of the female spark.
The journey to the inner being – is the artist’s journey to the heart of creation, the journey of man to the soul, a journey through the material and through the chaos – to the spark trapped within them. It is a journey through many garments, to be completely naked. From the outside in, from the multiple to the singular, from the coarse to the refined, from the variable to the determinate, from the sparsity to the essence and from the superficial to the essence. It is a journey back from loss to reality, to the rooted, true and natural being: a journey that begins with false and impersonal answers, and expands to painful and open questions of truth – only to be reduced back to the answer, to the limited and original exclamation mark. The journey is therefore a return to the original. At the end of the journey the pilgrim emerges as a pure and forged man and when he looks inside he sees a pure and purified femininity. The sharp and the riddle are sharp.
“What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make an end is to make a beginning .
The end is where we start from …
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time ”.
On the history of journeys to what is beyond:
Man has always traveled towards something that is above or beyond, but the truth is that one can only travel inward. The way up, or to what is beyond – passes through the face. People have always sought what is above and beyond and most of these journeys have failed. This is a journey of butts, an arm of obstacles, and the pages of history are full of the bones of those who did not raise a chicken, and the bones of those who raised a chicken but ‘the wax between their wings and their bodies -melt …’ and in this context, here is a wonderful sentence by William Blake: No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. “
The difficulty and failure of these journeys is derived from the fact that in places so far from God (like this place where we live) there is less harmony and more laws, and therefore the road is more difficult and the mistakes more numerous. The journey is similar to the game ‘Ladders and Ropes’: each climb up the ladder advances you one step up, but each rope lowers you down to several steps down.
In this journey there are many paradoxes. One of the most notable of these is that the journey was supposed to be the property of every person as a person. But as the years go by, the person continues to stray from the real path, and then the journey becomes more and more impossible for more and more people.
Since ancient times was a journey into the inner being or journey to the spiritual domain of a few: for example, Rabbi Akiva: “Four entered the Pardes They are: Ben Azai and Ben Zoma , then Rabbi Akiva. Rabbi Akiba said: When you Mgiain in blocks having a navel, do not tell “Water! Water! Because it was said: A liar will not lie in front of my eyes. Ben Azzai peeked and died. Ben Zuma peeked and was hit … Then he cut down the plantings … Rabbi Akiva came in and went out in peace.” (Celebration 14b).
Rabbi Akiva is the only one who survived and for nothing? In Kabbalah, the box “orchard” took on a special meaning. It was perceived as an allusion to four ways in understanding the Scriptures, “Pardes – Pesht hint, necessary, and secret. Clarification of the psychological meaning of these four ways leads to the conclusion that these are four degrees of consciousness. The lowest degree, this is the sensory perception of reality as it is.Rue is the requirement for proof, for understanding objective legitimacy, what can be called scientific cognition. The hidden of the being and discover the deep legality hidden in them. Rabbi Akiva is therefore credited with the ability to descend into the deep and hidden secrets of the unknown “(Micha Ankuri.” The Heart and the Spring “.
The knights of King Arthur’s Round Table also set out in search of the Holy Grail, and the only one who survived was Sir Lancelot . Even today, despite the inflation in gurus , spiritual schools and sects that are all circulating in the heart of the spiritual life seeker, the real path is still difficult and open to the few, only a few.
In this respect the journey is likened to a pyramid, which is divided into four levels. The low levels are multiple in quantity (of human beings) and poor in quality (spiritual). While the higher levels are sparse in quantity of human beings, but steeped in spiritual quality.
Level tax. One: About fifty-five percent of all people do not know at all about the existence of the journey and the possibilities inherent in it.
Level tax. Two: About thirty percent know about the possibility of a journey, but ignore or deny the practicality or necessity of having a spiritual journey. (Atheists, etc.).
Level tax. Three: About ten percent of people know about the possibility and want to believe that their way is the real way. This includes most of the mass religions that grant religion to almost every claimant on the basis of observance of a moral code and certain rules of ritual and conduct. There are also various esoteric currents, mystical classes, and phenomena from the ‘new age’ current. – Based on a strong belief, passion and self and social conviction.
At tax level. Four: Found only about five percent, which make up the hard core. Individuals, his spiritual fire, and that their whole life was dedicated to the spiritual realms, such as Jesus, Muhammad, Rabbi Akiva, Sir Launcelot , Siddhartha , Gurdjieff , Ouspensky , Kierkegaard , Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, G’lalldin Roman, Thomas Merton, Krishnamurti , Buber And others.
That is, only a few will reach any connection with the spirit world. This is the hard proportion.
In every generation and in every age there are the conformists, those who accept what exists without appeal and contemplation, those who are at the tax level. One. At the levels above (two and three) are those who are dissatisfied, feeling the futility of existence as it is. Only when a few of them (level no. Four) will come to do something with this existential and spiritual inattention.
One of the most excellent books about the journey was written by the English writer John Banyan
( (THE PILGROM’S PROGRESS, PENGUIN BOOKS 1978 . The book was first published in 1678 and is a wonderful allegory about the difficulties and hardships that await a pilgrim on his journey. Although the book was written about 500 years ago, it is still real and painful to this day. To this day, people from all over the world approach the journey without having read the pages of history well and without being sufficiently aware of the difficulty and dangers, but especially of the self-deception prevalent in such journeys. Everyone is convinced that because he is who he is, he will succeed.
The journey to the being, or the spiritual journey (a journey to the core of what is spiritual in man) – is a journey of obstacles for anyone who intends to ascend above the level at which man is currently given to the level intended for the natural human model. Since man today is far below the level possible for him, anyone planning to go through it must weed, clear and stone his garden, until he can discover the lily of the valley among the rocks and thorns.
“This world is indeed in darkness, and how few can see the light!
Just as few birds can escape from a net, few souls can fly into the freedom of heaven”.
The Dhammapada (c. BC 300)
“The purpose in this world of ours is to create the right conditions for the development of the whole person.”
3. The core and the husks
“People are like telephones. You call them, there is an answering machine that answers you, but basically no one is home.”
“It is good if we know that there is within us someone who knows everything, who wants everything, who does well to do everything from us”
Herman Hesse, Damien, p. 119
The idea behind this book is that there is a hidden reality behind the visible reality. In order to reveal the life behind life, man must first reach his inner life – the core. We live in covers. Come from the covers of ourselves and meet the covers of others. To feel the inner reality in full swing – it is a very powerful experience that most people do not experience, unless they have just survived death or experienced an acute crisis and suddenly – They experience the meaning of life in full force.
Our world is hidden from our eyes by covers that hide the real reality, the inner reality. Behind the covers lies an empty space – called the nothingness. (Extension of the theme of ‘nothingness’ in the third part, chapter C. “What is missing: about nothingness on the way to being”). Only when man passes through nothingness, through the feeling of being exposed and uncovered, without masks, without disguises, without excuses, without fantasies, without the stories he tells himself to beautify reality – Only then can he reach his true essence , which lies deep beneath.
Undressing from the shells and being exposed to emptiness, to nothingness, is the basis for the beginning of the journey back home, to the inner core. The inner essence is likened to a stone that needs to be buried in the ground for nature to do its part without intervention. And when the stone or seed meets the soil it germinates, grows, meets the light and blooms. Man is supposed to allow his life to happen and occur in a similar way, to cause his inner life to meet its nuclear essence. The peels and wraps prevent this process and interfere with life occurring on its own. It means that people do not actually live, but make life, activate life, and make things happen instead of letting life happen.
Live life through activation, effort and initiative – similar to someone who takes an avocado kernel, goes to a carpenter and asks him to make him a stalk, then takes a set of leaves, paints them and believes he has an avocado plant. And man is constantly working on his avocado, as he works on his education, as he works on his degree, on his profession, as he works on his development. Things certainly swell, but they do not grow from within, they are not organic, they are not part of it, it is not he, it is not real, it is not authentic . The difference between this and ‘living’ really is huge, as is the difference between an avocado and avocado decor that grows from within. The authentic person – as soon as he stops doing – he occurs. The authentic person, as soon as he stops trying and doing – he really happens. Like pregnancy: The woman feels that something inside her is happening and happening, without her intervention. This is how it should be between a person and his life: he must get up in the morning and feel that something is living in him. What lives inside us is a deposit in our hands. We must be attentive to him, feel him, and let him be.
Life is not us, life is the core within us and we are the gardeners. Heidegger writes in “Letter on Humanism” p. 29: “Man is but the shepherd of the being.”
This is a strange and foreign idea, as it is commonly thought that we are the thing, but the gardener has actually become a crop. Instead of becoming secondary to what lives within us – we have become the main thing in our own eyes. The ego became the self, the alternate self instead of the true self which is the inner being.
The reader will probably ask, “Okay, so what do I do with this?” In doing so he will effectively miss the understanding of the whole matter. All he’s gotta do with it ‘- is let it sink in, wait for something inside him to do something with it. As the teacher in “Zen in the Art of the Rainbow” ( Eugen Ringel ) tells his student who finally manages to let go of the willpower control over the action of shooting the bow: “Now it has happened through you.”
The reader must treat the strange ideas expressed here in the same way: take them and disengage from them and know that they are not directed at him, but at something within him, as when we water a plant we do not mean the plant above the earth but that part of the plant beneath it, hidden in its darkness. The earth will already take care of nourishing the plant, and in the same way – the subconscious will take care of itself. But instead of this natural and blessed state -Our ego, which has become my property, stands between our inner being and reality-as a gimel at the base gate -And snatches into his hands anything that seeks to enter into it while roaring: “What am I doing with this?” In other words – we have become too dominant about the life within us, instead of being modest and attentive about them.
When the ego constantly deprives life from the inner being – the person is not really living. When the ego takes its place and allows the being to receive the messages from the world through the emptiness created in the place where the ego resides – we can truly live, pass through life through us. A man who all his life has glued avocado leaves, instead of letting his core grow – one day reaches the age of seventy, looks back on his life and does the mental arithmetic. If he is in a moment of true self-discovery he discovers anxiously that since he was a five-year-old he has had nothing. His life revolved around much of his ego desires and demands, in the pursuit of a career, raising a family, studying, watching TV, achievements, pleasures, power, sex and satisfying the various bodily needs, and in a relentless attempt to satisfy others and behave as usual. As Maimonides writes: “satisfying the needs of the body is a means to get rid of gloom that diverts man from the objective.” But when someone asks, therefore, I in all this? My life, therefore, that occurred? What happened to my life? The answer is that in most cases it did not happen for them and with them -clom. When the person removes the masks and separates her various roles in the play of life – her present is left with nothing. This is the worst thing of life, meaning you could miss it. That make a family, a career, make a fortune, to a degree – that foster the shells. These are things that can happen on the way, as a supplement, Exeter, but not the main reason. When a person gets married, or working, or studying or engaged in hobbies or active in one or the other so active, but what happens to him inwardly? Inwardly scheduled their own being, regardless for his actions, to constantly grow towards a certain inner maturity, which can be called spiritual maturity. Man is here to grow towards something, his being is supposed to grow towards an encounter with something. Internal growth cannot be growth towards a career or political success, because both do not come inside and have no connection with what lives in a person as an innate potential. Only internal growth can lead to a state of maturity. And all growth must have came to the fruit, because in the end man must leave behind something, to express his being in some individual way .
Although the expression of the being is individual, the path to the being is the same for all human beings. It means letting go, doing nothing and letting things happen. This idea, of ‘not to do’, is the greatest challenge of man in general and of modern man in particular, who finds in doing a refuge from emptiness. The challenge -If so – is not ‘to do’, but: ‘not to do’, to allow something within us to happen. So as an example, it happens in the field of education. The anxious, ambitious, or guilt-laden parents ask themselves “what can we do for our children” and their initiatives translate into a dominance that suppresses the child’s being. The great challenge of education is to be able to bear the inaction in relation to the child, to let him grow through his mistakes – towards his own fulfillment. The difficulty of being left with unresolved questions and being in a state of ignorance also pushes us to do: initiate, find answers, and provide immediate solutions. It is difficult to bear the frustration of a pending question and therefore we are in a hurry to attach an answer to it, which is not necessarily the real answer to the question, but the answer to our frustration, our inability to bear the pause that the question asks. In fact, all Western culture is based on initiative, push and action, thus revealing the ‘masculine’ face of culture. The ‘masculine’ aspect is always more active and pushy than the feminine aspect. Modern culture has moved away from its feminine aspect, allowing for fertilization, pregnancy and childbirth, inspiring formation and creation, and embracing the masculine aspect. This excess masculinity suffocates and suppresses the female component and in doing so, it suppresses the process of growth of the individual being.
Our society cannot see inaction as something right. But when we look at nature we realize that nature does not but happens, does not push but forms. We know that when it comes to nature, things grow very beautifully without us and all we can do is help the process by removing the obstacles, and we too are not part of nature.
Of course, there is a difference between inaction resulting from idleness and inaction for the purpose of maturing the being. The first is avoidance, the second is art, very difficult art. Firstly, because it’s hard to stop doing and secondly, because even when we think we are not doing – we are still constantly doing something. Only if we allow ourselves to experience the emptiness of non-doing and go through it – maybe something that was blocked within us will shimmer and succeed in being released.
These things, of course, are not new, and have been said and written before, for example in quantum physics where science actually cancels itself out, there is nothing and there is not. Or modern art, whether in the theater of the absurd, modern dance, disharmonious music or painting called abstract, or avant-garde, these works are works that either try to undo their own statement, or show the meaninglessness behind the apparent meaning of what is seen, to a museum observer – It seems like a meaningless heap, but there is a meaning and the meaning is that there is no meaning, that there is no for what, the artistic doing has come to undo itself. In the Japanese breed however it is more constructive, it is not nihilism and despair to its name, here there is a purpose, the purpose is enlightenment and it is achieved first of all by eliminating the forced doing, the one that does not result from the emptiness of the being. Zen is of great importance in the matter of the journey to the inner being. Zen talks a lot about the importance of inaction and the feeling of utter stupidity that a person should feel as soon as he tries to cause something instead of letting it happen. Zen tries to create a situation in which the person will stop trying to understand, so that he can make room within himself for enlightenment.
The student asks:
“How can one express silence?”
“The teacher answers: I will not express it here. “
“Where will you pronounce it?”
“Last night at midnight I lost three pennies by my bed.”
“Teacher, where’s the road?”
“Here before us.”
“Why don’t I see her?”
“If you are so immersed in ‘I’ you will not be able to see her.”
“Well, if I cannot see her, can you?”
“As long as ‘I’ and ‘you’ exist, it is impossible to see the way.”
“Ahh! When ‘I’ and you ‘disappear’ then you can see the way!”
“If you and I are not, who will see?”
“To study the way of the Buddha, means to study yourself
Learning yourself means forgetting yourself
And forgetting yourself, means being enlightened (confirming yourself) by all things
To be enlightened (confirm yourself) by all things, means to sing your body and mind and others
First, when you ask for the truth, you distance yourself from it.
But when you are the truth, you will immediately become the primitive man. “
Man is endowed with two kinds of powers. It has powers arising abilities and his faculties of various power and has even deeper and stronger than him, living in it. When a person tries to push and activate himself with the help of his talents, he goes less far than when he lets his inner strength guide him.
This inner power can be called by all sorts of names: soul, soul, inner being, inner being, intelligent being, etc. , but there is no doubt about one thing (and this is perhaps the central point of the book): the divine power or its ambassador lives within us as raw potential ( As a fetus) . We need to allow this divine power to be, and release it within us so that it can guide us from within.
This is where the idea of ”inaction” came into play, which we discussed earlier. Not to do means to let go of conscious control, to reach a state where we will allow ourselves to “disappear” a little, we will let go of our dominant grip on the reins of power over ourselves and allow the inner force to come into action and exercise our kosher. As soon as that happens – something inside us shoots the arrow and the arrow always hits the target:
“One day I asked the teacher, ‘How can the shot be released if’ I ‘does not?”
“It’s’ shoots,” he replied.
“I’ve heard it from you a few times, so I’ll ask differently: how can I wait for a shot out of self-forgetfulness, if ‘I’ is not allowed to be present there at all?”
“‘It’ is at its peak?”
“And who is he or what is ‘it’?”
“When you understand this one day you will not need me again. And if I had given you a hint and spared you the personal experience, I would have been the worst of all the teachers and deserved to be expelled from here, well, we will not talk about it any more, but practice!”
One day, after my shot, the teacher bowed deeply and stopped teaching: “Right now he ” fired ‘,” he said, looking at him in astonishment. When I came down to the end of his mind, I was unable to hide a bursting joy.
“What I said,” the teacher said in a stern tone, “was not praise, but a statement of fact, a statement that does not concern you, and I did not bow to you, because you are not guilty of this shooting. This time you exterminated yourself, and at the height of the tension you had no intention. From you rural ripe. Continue training, as if nothing had happened! “
“I’m afraid I’m no longer understanding anything, and even the simplest things are confusing. Am I stepping on the bow, or is the bow pushing me to the peak of tension? Am I hitting the target, or is the target hitting me? Is ‘it’ spiritual when seen in the body’s eyes, and physically, when he saw a spirit? is it even both, or none of them? All this, bow, arrow, goal and I swallowed it that, and again I cannot separate them. Even the need to separate them go, for the taking of rainbow near- total Clear and unambiguous and funny in its simplicity …”
“Finally,” the teacher stopped me, “the string crossed you.”
From: Eugen Harigel – Zen in the Art of Archery
It is as if there is a kind of inherent potential of nuclear power within us, but we insist on activating ourselves by mechanical force alone. As long as we activate ourselves mechanically – nuclear power cannot enter the picture. In other words: man, who is usually in his mechanical phase, is able to move to a nuclear phase, but in order to rise to this level he must first be able to give up the mechanical phase and believe that there is something else within him that can operate it in a much more complete, powerful and accurate way. The same ‘something’ is often within us in an undeveloped state, blocked by a domineering ego that gives us a false sense of ‘I’. The ego, which has settled in place of the oppressed inner being, is nothing but an accumulation of wildly growing passions, remnants of childhood that have not given way to the inner being. That is, man is captured by his ego, instead of being liberated by the being that lives inside.
We think through the ego, feel through the ego, do through the power of the ego and live by the power of what the ego dictates to us. When a person thinks through the ego and not through the infringing essence of the inner being, his thinking is barren, rational, intellectual, and opinionated. It is a thinking with an active and mechanical ‘male’ character. Zen Buddhism tries to reach deep existential thinking through a meditation technique, which aims to let the mind wander without anchoring anywhere, to experience the dying anguish of the male thought ego, until something inside connects to the thought and illuminates it, then the person experiences miraculous enlightenment, or miraculous intuition. The murmur of a meaningless mantra puts the person into a kind of self-hypnosis, anesthetizing the conscious mind, the male who is constantly looking for activity, and allows a space, through which mental femininity can flow. It can be said that the purpose of hypnosis or meditation is to put the prisoner to sleep – the ‘masculine’ aspect of thinking – to enable the captive – the ‘feminine’, subconscious aspect, to go free and communicate through us.
Our distrust of the inner strength inherent in each of us is also reflected in our attitude towards our children: from the moment we are born we rush to stimulate them to activity and flood their senses, minds and emotions with a variety of stimuli – instead of waiting for their inner kosher maturity. We expose them prematurely to intensities of stimuli that are too strong for the degree of maturity they have reached according to their age. This is how they meet the world immature, unprotected and unsupported from within, and what is worse is that this early exposure ‘burns their fuses’ and seals them.
Albert Einstein addressed this with humor and cynicism:
“Sometimes I ask myself: how did this happen, that I actually discovered relativity?
I think the reason for this is that a normal adult would not start thinking about space-time issues. He assumes he understood them long ago, as a child. I, on the other hand, developed intellectually so slowly that it was only at an older age that I began to think about space and time. “Obviously, I penetrated these problems more deeply than those people who developed normally in their childhood.”
A person cannot truly express his uniqueness until he has connected to his being and the journey to the being passes through emptiness. Only after the person has gone through the journey through emptiness, through nothingness – only then can and should come – personal expression. After the physical pregnancy and birth we have to go through another process, of a kind of being pregnancy and birth. And if the being is to be born, the ego must die.
Had the process of the birth of the being taken place organically – there would have been no need to experience the death of the ego and the emptiness of the nothingness that follows. But since this is the situation, this is the situation at the moment, before the encounter with the core of the being, the weeds of the ego-nobles, in the absence of emotional identification and emotional involvement with the subjective side of our emotional and passionate lives.
What is written here, in particular, and what is written in this book in general – try to touch on the possibility of letting the being be. (Reference to the shells, to the demons that surround the being and disrupt and block the absorption of reality into the being, and the flow of the being to reality and other people – in the following books: “In the Shadow of the Demons in the Middle”).
4. The fulfillment of the being
If there is a nucleus and if the person is attached to it, he still has to get it out of force into action. The execution of the inner essence of man, is called the fulfillment of the being.
“Man’s only real duty is to fulfill his destiny. All things are but one thing.”
Paulo Coelho , The Alchemist, Crown, 1995, p. 25
“Man can be happy only when he realizes his potential, when he puts into practice all that is in him by force.”
Justin Goder “Sophie’s World” p. 105, Published 1995 by Phoenix (first published December 5th 1991)
People are different from each other in terms of the nature and power of their potential, or their psychic power. Potential is an important term, as it is actually the inventory that a person has, the raw material given to him from birth. No two people have the same potential, and there can be huge differences between people in the nature and essence of the potential that lies within them. These differences in the potential for mental strength are similar to the differences between the potential for ignition and combustion of various materials, such as coal, oil, gas or uranium. Similarly, the mental potential also differs from person to person. However, it is not possible to assess the strength of the potential before it has passed from the power of the verb, before it has been realized. Until a confrontation takes place – there is no verification, it is not possible to assess and compare the strength and quality of the potential. In animals – it is the danger that brings out the potential for animal power. In the combustibles – spark or heat or friction. In humans – in most cases the potential remains in bloom and is usually embodied to the end.
Two things need to happen for the potential to come true. One: its ripening from a state of hard and compressed seed to a state of developing germ, and the other – its translation out in some way. In the absence of these two, human beings can be treated as if they are equal, and the main differences between them are not the result of education, investment or different environmental circumstances. This is the prevailing tendency in the current ‘politically correct’ culture, anything else will lead to wall-to-wall protests. It would be hypocritical to come and say that there are differences in height between people, and that there are differences in the amount of intelligence, color or talent – but in relation to the psyche everything is , so to speak, equal. I think it’s just piety to come and say it. There are clearly differences in the strengths and qualities of the mind. Just as there are people with different intellectual strengths and different sexual strengths – so there are people with different mental strengths. The point is that in the end you are born with what you have and there is very little freedom in relation to what you can do beyond what you already have, and all a person can actually do is just fulfill or not fulfill what is already in him.
Blocking the mental potential:
Not only does the potential determine the level a person can reach, but also the question of how repressed and blocked this potential is – that is, in what condition he is and how far he is from the beginning of his release process. The road from seed to tree is much longer than the road from a soft seedling to the same tree. For example, a person with a high level of repression but with low mental potential represses a lot, but represses small wishes, not tigers and raging horses but small cats. The potential of the average majority is as a half-meter-tall shrub and they have no problem repressing and they repress a lot, and even if they did not repress much then all that will grow them in the garden is not who knows what. A small part of the population has tremendous psychic potential and it will be harder for them to repress, because the stronger the potential, the stronger the repressed emotional and psychic powers. One of the differences between a person who represses nothing and a person who represses a lot, is that the one who does not repress does not get lost, but the one who manages to repress a raging horse – the internal damage caused to him is enormous. In repression is a tremendous power that is able, when released, to move things. The repressed materials gained strength from being compressed below the surface, from the negation of their ability to come to fruition. That is, repression amplifies the power (not quality) of psychic potential. Most of us repress such and such things, but there is a difference between repressing a tiger and repressing a rabbit. A person who represses things on the order of a tiger is similar to one who tightly compresses a mighty spring, which may one day launch it like a missile forward. However, it is much more difficult to realize potential after massive repression.
There is an approach that says that life is primarily spiritual and there is one right way for a person to live his life, and that is the spiritual way, and all people should strive to live in a religious or spiritual way. On the other hand, according to what has been said here – the spiritual path is only suitable for those who are capable of walking it. These are people who have so-called ‘excess soul’ and psychic powers (psychic potential). The problem is that there are many who come this way when they lack mental strength but are full of mental problems. These people mislead themselves into thinking that their romantic insanities and illusions of their spirit are something spiritual. Once the repression opens, only then can man discover what the true psychic powers he is endowed with.
Here the problems on the path to mental fulfillment did not end. Not only is not everyone capable of reaching spirituality, but even those who have the potential to do so are not at all sure that they will reach the point of fulfillment. Some will suffer from mental disorders, some have been ridiculed and ridiculed and a large part of them just will not come.
Most people do not need spirituality at all. People do not need spirituality at all, they need the truth, that is, to understand – what is the deal? What’s the name of the game? What’s going on? What is life about? People need the existential truth. Most people have to live with the matter of mental fulfillment instead of the matter of consuming pleasure – whether of spirituality or of materiality – as a way of life – and that is the matter. In fact, many times the desire for spiritual transcendence is another facet, illusory or false, of consumerism and worship for pleasure. This is not the case when it comes to mental fulfillment, because here it is a thesis that says that what lives in you, is what you will fulfill. If you have spirituality, you will fulfill it and you will reach a spiritual path anyway. And if you have artistic potential – You will be able to exercise it. Spiritual life is an added value, an extra, but mental fulfillment is the basis for a mature existence. A single of the hardest things for people who seek it come to me spirituality and tell them, not all of them are designed to the highway, the spiritual path. That the world is full of trails and very few main roads and most people are meant to walk trails.
Not only is our society not at all built to allow spiritual people to reach their full potential, but it is not at all built to allow and encourage the realization of personal potential but on a chain of social functions. Given that – to think that everyone is suitable for spirituality – this is romance. Nevertheless, every person is basically able to connect to spirituality, once he prepares the mental ground. The question is not spiritual or non-spiritual, but in what intensity. Everyone will be spiritual if they fulfill themselves mentally, each in relation to the spark of the being within him. Every person who fulfills himself mentally realizes his spirituality, but the power of this depends on the spiritual potential that was inherent in him in the first place. There is no human being who has no spiritual potential, but the spiritual scale extends from zero to infinity, unlike the much more limited physical scale. It is like a candle: the wax from which the candle is made is like our physical / emotional / mental body, the wick is the inner being or the mental potential and the flaming flame is spirituality. When the wick is not clean – it is like restraints, repressions or disturbances that prevent us from connecting to the being. Removing the wick from the appendages that adhered to it is similar to repairing the mind – Then she will burn. The wick will burn in every human being, but there is a flame and there is a flame. There is a thick fuse and there is a thin fuse. There is a short fuse and there is a long fuse, and there is a fuse made of unique materials.
So when we talk about spirituality we are actually talking about a flame, the intensity of which depends on the quality of the thread, on the psychic potential. Bringing the wick into a state of ignition – this is a mental fulfillment and then spirituality will take place anyway, so the name of the game is not spirituality but the name of the game is mental fulfillment . Although when spirituality becomes the name of the game it is indeed much more attractive, but it is especially attractive to people who run away from psychic fulfillment, who are afraid to meet their inner truth, because they cannot cope with the pain and discomfort of releasing repression and peeling off layers of protection.
The romantic attitude (towards a spiritual life) says “let’s live with God” (then everything will be great), while the anti-romantic attitude says “sorry, but most people are not meant to reach God at all”. The romantic approach is valid in relation to spirituality although regarding other areas of our lives we are willing to admit the existence of a natural hierarchy. Spirituality is a cheap commodity, religions open their doors to everyone and those who have fallen from different frameworks in life are welcomed in different spiritual frameworks. Eventually the spiritual and religious alleys become shelters for people who have not succeeded anywhere else. Spirituality becomes a refuge for social refugees, including many who are mentally unbalanced and others, who may have been burned by a spiritual spark, but have suffered so many blows from life that they are no longer kosher for any spirituality.
Gurdjieff, in a sentence that may sound very outrageous, said that the differences between man and man may be greater than the difference between the human race and animals. In his remarks, Gurdjieff pointed mainly to the enormous difference between those people who “awakened” to their lives, who realized their psychic potential. – And those who remain immersed in deep sleep, whose lives are based on a mask of actions and thoughts at the mechanical level. There is also another, less popular, way of explaining Gurdjieff’s intention. In essence, Gurdjieff believed that there were considerable differences in the basic level and quality of the potential of different people. Not everything is equal, that’s actually what it means. Everyone can realize their potential – But the results, or achievements, are conditioned in advance by the innate power of personal potential. An idea of this kind will rise up against opponents who will come to claim, in the name of ‘politically correct’, that it is imbued with racism. What is it like? For those who insist on coming to a pile of different seeds and telling them: “Those of you who try harder to grow – will come to bloom better. Whoever will work for himself and invest – Will come to be a tree; whoever is eliminated – will only be an annual plant, or a wildflower. “It does not work that way. First, because a seed (tangible or mental) cannot strive to grow – It can grow if it has the right conditions for it. Second, a seed of a rose, if it grows, will grow to be a rose, and a seed of a carrot will grow to be a carrot and that is it. Therefore, not everyone who joins a spiritual or religious path is assured that he will become spiritual or reach spiritual enlightenment. This is more like a gambling exchange than a solid investment. A person can invest in spirituality for years, absorb material, read books – And never reach a true spiritual level since it is not in its potential.
What hinders mental fulfillment the most is the self-lie, which leads to settling into a fantasy about who we would like to be, instead of discovering who we really are. Michelangelo said he does not create a statue, but discovers it from the stone. He would look at the block of marble and try to feel what the figure imprisoned inside was. He would then remove the unnecessary pieces of marble and thus redeem the figure from the stone blows. Dealing with psychic fulfillment is difficult, because the truth about our own potential lies under the lie of the ego, and all the difficulty is to look for where our egos and fantasies cover over what we really are, and find where we are not authentic and where we overlap – this is the introduction to psychic fulfillment. Because a person cannot fulfill himself unless he is confronted with the fantasy that masks what really lives in him . The fantasy, or the lies we tell ourselves about who we are that leads us to actually live an alternate life, a life in which the image we have invented for ourselves of the fact that we did not actually grow from within.
One of the common self-lies about spirituality is the “I’ve already got it” lie. It’s very hard to accept, that in fact not only did you not arrive – You’re just all those who still had not even realized his own, not to mention spirituality. It is much easier to accept the idea that God loves you and keeps you, that you just have to fulfill the commandments and everything will be fine. One of the terrible things that religions do is that they make spirituality the ‘ commodity of the month’ and offer spirituality as a substitute for self-fulfillment. When the Shekinah (bride of spirituality) stars in glittering advertising broadcasts, wears a tiny bikini – addresses the little consumer of spirituality and religiosity and assures him that ‘all this can be his’ only if he ‘buys’ the brand they offer. The institutionalized religions, the esoteric sects and the commercialized New Age societies -Come to the person and make eyes at him, tell him, “Come join us.” Then instead of dealing with a challenge with which he has a real difficulty and that is: to fulfill himself – he imagines in his mind that he is on his way to a wedding with the Divine. It is a great sin because it is better to have what it is supposed to be and for spirituality to be preserved for those who can truly reach it, without having to put on a miniskirt and bring to it those who are unable to fulfill themselves on their level.
That is: spirituality is a thing predetermined in a person (the degree of spirituality) only in all cases it is in potentially. The problem is not that man is not spiritual, but that he has not redeemed the potential of his being who is buried in the realm of the mind. Once a person connects to his inner center of gravity and is in touch with some part of the core of his inner being, that core can begin to grow. He begins to receive impressions, to receive stimuli, to receive attention. As water grows the seed, so attention grows the inner being.
According to this approach, the spiritual person derives the power for his spirituality not from higher connections, not from some higher power, but rather from within, from connection with the self-being. There is no doubt that spirituality connects to the universe and the world as a flower connects to the air and light. But air and light do not give it vitality, power and stability – it draws these from the earth. Light and air are a dimension towards which the flower wants to grow. The earth is the home, giving strength and idbeing. Thus the earth to the seed and thus the psychic being to the spiritual path of man.
What is being said here is that the relationship between mental fulfillment and spirituality is as a proportion between the process of growth (mental fulfillment) and the fruit (spirituality). First comes spiritual fulfillment and only then spirituality. In fact, when it comes to a person, it is a process of maturation and prolonged growth, from – the sperm- meets-the-egg, to full spiritual maturation.
In this process there are three stages, a physical, mental, and spiritual stage.
By the age of 13 or so – the body matures and with it the instincts, and the basic impulses, this is the extroverted male stage, which breaks into life and conquers a part in them.
Here the essence, the face, the personal idbeing matures, it is an essential-conscious part, it is softer, feminine, and more introverted than the previous part, this part is related to the potential and genetic talent of the person and it does not grow – in most cases – and instead wear social masks that look like an adult soul But beneath them continue the passions and impulses of a child, which remain infantile but have grown wild, beneath the adult social mantle.
This part comes to maturation and expression -automatically- when the mental part gets weight and center of gravity, then it works through the mind.
The power of spirituality – like many human qualities – depends on heredity, some people are very spiritual and some are not at all. But spirituality is the third stage in the rocket, a stage that is only manifested after the soul grows, and it happens after the childish, animalistic, creative aspects are restrained and ‘tamed’ to make room for the growth of the soul. Then the inner turmoil will stop and there will be silence in the space of blood and instinct, then we will also stop thinking in a fragmented, accidental, associative, hot and fast way – and there will be a channel through which we absorb ideas and understandings from the subconscious mind. Then the blessed reversal takes place, and everything goes from a superficial and physical phase, to a deep and mental phase. Then finally, the wind can occur.
And as a body is different from a body, so a soul is different from a soul, and a spirit is different from a spirit. The body differs in structure, shape and color. The mind is different in inclination, creative potential, and talents. The wind varies in intensity and floor rate.
“An artist is only an ordinary man with a greater potentiality — same
Stuff, same makeup, only more force. And the strong driving force
Usually finds his weak spot, and he goes cranked, or goes under . “
“Man’s purpose is to bring forth perfection that unites him from power to action.”
“True sanity entails in one way or another the dissolution of the normal
Ego that false self competently adjusted to our alienated social reality…
And through this death a rebirth, the ego now being the servant of the
Divine, no longer its betrayer. “
… “As a person approaches the fulfillment of his destiny, the real taste of his life becomes this destiny – the boy said in his heart”…
The Alchemist, Paolo Caulo , p. 65
Part Two: Inside
5. on authenticity
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man”
Why even write about authenticity? Maybe because it becomes harder and rarer to meet a real person living his truth. Our world is becoming, more and more, a world of images and masks that is almost ultimately ruled by the social imperative. A world in which there is no value to who you really are, but learning in which you succeed in adopting the image that will allow you to integrate and progress successfully in the social setting. In such a world the weight of the inner truth and of the ability to express it outwardly diminishes and the specific weight of performance achievements increases: what are you capable of doing, what have you achieved and how far have you come by customary standards. Those who cannot ‘play it’ and those who are unable to put their emotions and personal inclinations aside, are doomed to fail in the hurdle race to the coveted position in the social array.
Abraham Mansbach writes in his book on Heidegger’s work, “Existence and Meaning” (p. 46): “It is impossible to completely circumvent the unauthentic nature of existence, and authenticity cannot be completely realized.” Heidegger himself adds: “Authenticity is only a modification, not a complete abolition, of a lack of authenticity.” Not only must that, but the path to authenticity pass through non-authenticity, as Mansabach writes: “Non-authenticity is the non-being-self which acts as a positive possibility of the existing here and belongs to it and constitutes it” (ibid., P. 46).
Authenticity and pseudo- authenticity:
Authentic people are quite rare. Even we, when we are in the company of close friends with whom we allow ourselves to be ourselves, are not authentic. Eric Bern, in his book “The Games of Humans” pointed out the patterns of communication that human beings maintain between themselves, which serve latent interests and provide no less latent profits, which are nothing but a kind of game. We, who are not aware of the games we play with others – We are sure that we are completely authentic. The way we present ourselves also reveals a lack of authenticity. We present to others the image of ourselves, not ourselves really. We are often also convinced that this image faithfully reflects what lives inside us and that is the mistake. But the real problem is that we do not really know what lives inside us at all, since we have convinced ourselves that what we radiate outwardly reflects what we have inside.
Authenticity is often mistakenly attributed to situations of unloading and internal turmoil, which was made possible as a result of the unleashing of the ego, but this is of course not authenticity. This is usually accompanied by the sentence: “Accept me as I am.” These situations are especially common during our stay among those close to us, in their presence we feel confident enough to unleash our audit and control mechanisms and therefore allow ourselves more relaxed expressions and behaviors. But this is not authentic. At most it is a mother about the lack of pretense. In the absence of pretense what comes out is the antithesis to the pretense, which is not authenticity, just as the antithesis to dictatorship is not democracy, but anarchy.
Substitutes for the authentic experience:
… ” Against the backdrop of extreme vulnerability … the unreal person becomes an expert in self-concealment. He learns to cry when he is cheerful and to smile when he is sad. To scream for satisfaction, and to rejoice at his absence. But only within, and through everything we see, can he be someone (in reality). If his actions are not his true self , he is not true, but entirely symbolic and double-meaning, an imaginary, potential person, in power and not in practice, a ‘mythical’ person, Then, if he ever ceases to pretend to be what he is not, and shows himself as he is – he is no one. ”
R. D. Laing, “The Divided Self”
The average, square, bourgeois citizen, from the law of contemporary face – suffers from a lack of authenticity, from detachment from his own being. Authenticity is replaced by three substitutes: the first substitute is mechanical doing and activation. The second substitute is rationalization and intellectualization and the third substitute is social tyranny.
A) The substitute for mechanical work:
In the absence of an authentic experience, the person finds refuge in an addiction to mechanical doing and in the search for technical solutions in the form of ‘how to do what’. Supposedly all he lacks is the knowledge, or the degree, the money or the technique … Then his life will be filled. This devotion to mechanical, external solutions stems from a detachment that detaches man from his very being, and because he lacks essence – he compensates himself in quantity. A clear example of the following technical solution at the expense of essence can be found in the great grammar that Orthodox Judaism grammates in the observance of mitzvot and laws. Chassidism, on the other hand, which reinforces the authentic element of the Creator’s love – emphasizes the value of faith in the heart, without the use of technical crutches of ‘do’ and ‘do not’.
At the level of being that enables the authentic experience, a person can be there or not. If he is there everything happens, and if not – nothing happens. And into this nothingness enters the mechanical operation. More than ever – we live in a generation of engineers, doctors, psychologists, teachers – all working with people in an being-free world attached to different and new models, methods and techniques for the mornings. For some reason we still believe that with the next knowledge, the next research, the next advice, the next model, the next exercise, the next preparation – everything will work out.
When we discover the authentic experience, it is found that ‘being’ is the most powerful and mesmerizing drug, but also the most stinging thorn in the ass. To live in full force means to take responsibility for the fact that you are alive, to feel the miss and miss that in every day that passes you have not given what you want to be expressed, to be redeemed from eternal exile.
That is to be authentic is to feel life to the fullest and yet to feel the cry of what is supposed to be fulfilled within them, as a task that does not allow us to sink. The non-authentic person seeks alternatives to emptiness and finds refuge in obsessive action, the most obvious hallmark of which is the question: ‘So what can be done?’ At the level of authenticity there is no existence at all for mechanical solutions of what to do or how to do. There is only a leap to a higher stage, where things are done by themselves. The authentic way is not in ‘to do’, but in ‘to be’. To give place to an being.
B) The substitute for intellectualism:
Another common substitute is to experience life through the intellect. Yet it is impossible to experience ourselves through the intellect. The experience is experienced through itself, intimately and immediately.
One of the problems of modern man is that instead of being aware (an unmediated connection to the inner being) – he knows: a collection of knowledge about the being, but still detached from a connection with his own being. Intellectual understanding does not matter unless it is accompanied by experience. The experience, however, is a very charged experience and modern man tends to escape from it by repressing his emotions. To cover up this repression he flees again, this time to rationalization: the convenient educational explanation.
C) The replacement of the social collective:
Either way, mechanical, or intellectual refuge – the problem of modern man is that he does not accept himself as he is. The social norm helps to reinforce these refuges, especially in that it encourages the empty discourse and discourse: it is the intellectual or matter-of-fact, which usually lacks any reference to the self or existential life of the other. The social approach fosters an attitude that does not relate to the ‘I’ of the other, to his individual being, which shrinks the presence of that being. In this society there is not so much a place for an individual being that human beings have to conform to the social convention. The only way left for an individual to evade a little from the tyranny of the majority, is to become a social figure, the mouthpiece of society, for one who is elevated slightly above the conformist majority and can by virtue of his status afford a little more freedom of action and living space. Society does not accept the individual as legitimate autonomy – just as we do not accept ourselves. External commandments rape the inner being, until it has no place and it shrinks until it disappears.
“In the unauthentic mode man is absorbed into the world and there is no distinction between him and the rest of mankind. This is the common state of human existence, in which the boundaries between the individuals are blurred. “
“The lack of authenticity is created as a result of the control of others. The ‘they’ control the self of the existing-here. The control mechanism is not of a physical nature, but is a control achieved by determining the meaning of the world, applicable, self, private and general existence” … …”Everything is made accessible with the help of accepted public understanding. Thus being together every day, everyone is the other and no one is himself.”
“They are a set of individuals that exist-here meets its environment, and universal subject which is not part of it. `They’ is a public, anonymous crowd which belongs to every individual, and can be replaced at any person to another person, or to represent any person “By every other person. The ‘they’ is the other.”
“In everyday life the uniqueness of the existent-here is not expressed, the self-sinks into the public depths of the anonymous ‘they’.”
“The nature of unauthentic revelation is the result of an existential state, of the fall of the ‘exist-here’. In the inauthentic existence the individual is supported and encouraged by others, creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility, due to being in a state of existential questions… …We call this ‘movement’ of the existing here into its being – ‘Deterioration’. The ‘exist-here’ degenerates out of itself, into the ordinary self, into the nothingness and lack of ground of the unauthentic every day. The ‘existing here’ experiences the fall as being swallowed up within the crowd. The fall of the ‘exist-here’ is an escape from oneself, from the possibility of being oneself, and thus differentiating oneself from others. ”
Avraham Mansbach “Existence and Meaning -Martin Heidegger on Man, Language and Art “p. 42-40-41
“The ‘who’ is not one or the other, not the ones themselves, not a few people, nor the overall group of everyone. The ‘who’ is the ordinary, the ‘they'”
“To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make
You everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can
Fight; and never stop fighting ”.
So far on how we present lack of authenticity, what is not and on the substitutes for authenticity. So far on authenticity on the negative side but what is it in itself? So how does the authentic person feel? What is it for him to experience authenticity? How does it feel on the inside? And what is authenticity anyway?
The authentic experience:
If authenticity is the desire and ability to be myself at the deeper level of the word, without hiding masks or games. Be yourself – net. After all, being authentic means experiencing something firsthand. And the more primary the source of the experience, the greater the authenticity and with it the intensity of the experience.
Definition: Authenticity is an experience that the person experiences, himself or others out of maximum loyalty to the objective source.
Gave way to a work named “phenomenological analysis of authentic experience”, by Deborah Riley ( Journal of humanistic psychology, vol 33 no. 2 Spring 1993 pp 49 – 71) and I bring him here, translates into easy processing:
“The authentic experience is an intense experience, which inevitably encapsulates a strong feeling that blows from the psychic dimension. In the authentic experience there is no split and difference between body and spirit.
Experience the experience of authenticity – present one hundred percent, aware of himself and why or who is with him. In this situation the person can express almost everything: laughter, crying, fear, aggression, etc. and so he always expresses and completely externalizes what lives in him.
The authentic experience is so unique that it is difficult to express its special nature without the need for metaphors and analogies such as: “It feels like to me.”
And I will add a little of my own: the authentic experience creates in the one who experiences it a marked change in relation to his awareness of the self. The person feels alert, his senses are sharpened, he hears and sees more clearly, thinks deeper and clearer and his intuition works. His reactions are adapted to the situation he is in and are based on synchronization and a good match between the components of thought and emotion. Awareness of interpersonal communication processes is intensifying, as is awareness of the self. The person often experiences a breakthrough in relation to the knowledge he has about himself.
In the dimension of space – man is fully aware of the existence of the space and space around him.
In the dimension of time – the person gets lost within the time he is given without feeling his move at all.
The hallmarks of the authentic experience are:
-Expansion of the mental component
-Increasing awareness and alertness of the self, of others and of the specific experience that occurs to a person at a given time.
We grow up feeling that all the time we have to meet expectations. We have to show in a certain way, express ourselves in a certain way, have such or such knowledge, have such and such property and at a certain age we have to have family and property owners and so on. There is nothing more contrary to authenticity, which endangers it more than the attempt to live not in accordance with our original essence but in accordance with the expectations of society and the environment from us.
“Risen above time and space
Go through the world
And was for yourself
A world in itself. “
Said al-Din Mahmoud, From the Secrets of the Rose Garden, 1250 -1320 p.m.
“Honesty is an introduction to the heart, which is found in a few of the people, and the one we usually see is nothing but a subtle disguise, in order to gain the trust of others.”
La Roshpoku said no. 62
“About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you.
Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some will not like you at all”.
Rita Mae Brown
6. The inner child
“The child is the father of the man”.
Hidden in each of us is the primordial, primordial, lost, incompetent and unformed essence – in each of us is the little child within us who is connected to our authentic self. The experience of authenticity involves trying to feel the essence of this little child, to understand and accept him, without ‘getting down’ on him. In fact, this is an attempt to connect to those parts within us that are difficult for us to accept in the first place, the parts that we are trying to encrypt, because these are the ‘messing up’ parts we have built, these are the sensitive and vulnerable and weak parts and the confused and incompetent parts – Within us.
The little boy is what is real in a person, around him everyone builds for himself a whole factory of acquired images and skills. To paraphrase, what is skilled and learned in man (what we call ‘adult’) is not authentic, as it is not based on the development of what is lost in us. What is real in us is a small pit of loss and confusion that we are constantly trying to hide behind the heavy masks of the adult. Is distinguished from maturity resulting from maturation of the child, which is an authentic maturity, and maturity fake designed to hide behind the masks of skill and knowledge of the lost little boy. As adults we have learned to think that we must not be lost, that we must always know everything, be in control. From this point of view the little boy within us is perceived as a source of clothing, as he is confused, does not know exactly what he wants, and lost. As adults we have become accustomed to seeing the little child within us as a source of feelings of frustration or anger. We condemn him, are ashamed of him, try to hide him, disconnect ourselves from him “this child is not me”….
Despite the sluggishness and weakness of the little boy, he is a very essential part of each of us, so denying him means denying ourselves. I once knew a girl whose young husband worked in a sewer, and she said she loved him so much that she wanted to hug him even when he came back from work with dirty, smelly hands. So too with the little boy within us, we should love him even though he does not meet our expectations, even though he comes back with dirty and smelly hands, accept him and not expect him to talk. In fact, it is difficult for us to recognize that there are parts of us that represent something that will always be confused, lost, unsuccessful, and so different from the image we have built for ourselves, in which we would like to believe. This idea that we have, that we must be perfect, that we must not screw up, fail, be lost or look unsuccessful is exactly the point where we do not accept the little child within us, his right to screw up and get lost. As long as the person insists on not accepting these parts within him – he will not be able to be authentic. The person will become mentally immature, but will walk around with the mask of a knowledgeable and successful adult and with constant anxiety lest the child be revealed inside, whose underwear is dirty.
However, the little boy is actually an infantile who knows nothing of his life, he is not someone important to be worshiped. Man’s consciousness and knowledge are much more important, but they must flow and flow out of his being, being anchored in the inner and raw core represented by the little child in him. So no matter what the person’s attitude towards the little child and no matter even what this attitude towards him is, what is important is to accept him, to acknowledge his existence, to understand that such is his nature – Screw up and fail. The same is true of our attitude towards others: true love for others means acceptance of the little child in him, for his disability, his stupidity, his failures and his weakness. A love that accepts and refers only to the false adult mask is incomplete, much less a love based on the fantasy evoked in us by others, detached from its true essence.
The child within us must be accepted as the intimate and legitimate infrastructure of our being and recognized.
But since we find it difficult to accept ourselves, for the less pleasant and successful parts we have built, we experience a disconnection from the inner essence in favor of the social façade and it is at this point that authenticity begins to be impaired. Once we allow this essence to be and give ourselves the right to be lost, we will get ourselves back and we can begin to grow from within. It is not possible for the individual to be authentic without recognizing, accepting and connecting to the private little child within him, through whose eyes a new and fresh perspective on the world, on society, can be gained.
Most human beings have an unbalanced attitude towards themselves. They are supposed to provide themselves with the paternal component and the maternal component – But the paternalistic attitude is decisive. Man demands of himself, accepts to himself only on condition: “After I do so and so I may receive myself.” But all those things that are supposed to help him accept himself (mother access) never materialize or end: “after the matriculation certificate”, “after the degree”, “after the marriage”, “after the mortgage”, “after the children”, “after the holidays” … and we end up stuck in a state of lack of self-acceptance as a starting point.
Here is a poem about salvaging the lost inner child (translated from Hebrew):
The self will not see the gold of the future
“The self will not see the gold of the future
Unless he retraces his steps into darkness,
Will contemplate the carcass lying in his past like a bat
And cut off from him the thickets of remorse.
To this end he will wear the form of “he” as a coverall,
And carrying a toolbox – a heart tool,
They will punish the frightened and frightened child
From his reflection in a mirror that does not offend.
He will say to him: “Arise, whoever I was,
Go out and ruin your life without getting embarrassed,
Was ignorant and arrogant, stumbled and erred
For in the palm of your hand I will find food,
Only if I forgive you will I be whole.
Look, I’m breaking the whip, I’m not flogging! “
Aharon Shabtai, from the heart, 32 sonatas
Translation: Gabriel Raam
The inner child growth:
Receiving the little child is like taking the tiny core of the being and planting it in the soil of our lives. From something fragile, raw, unformed, delicate, vulnerable and incompetent – the being will grow into something with clear contours, powerful, unique and resilient.
Real, organic growth of the being – is an inner growth. This sentence may have become an empty cliché, but in most of the empty clichés something of value ever lived, before the attractive cover attracted the image merchants to it, and expelled from it the ‘unnecessary’ inside. All revolutions extremism passing to repent and return to rest the mind, and faith – not necessarily indicate on internal growth, but rather the opposite. This disengagement from friends, a drastic change of lifestyle, different attire, all these are a backdrop of change, not the real change. Real change is not visible, it radiates, it transmits, but it is not expressed in external cues or in extreme revolutions. External change, that which takes place within the collective, needs missionary work: those who dedicate themselves to the backdrop of inner growth need to mobilize the whole world in their own way, perhaps as compensation, as an attempt at self-conviction, to back up and thicken what should occur only in the inner fortunes of the inner being. The authentic person, complete with his being – is not a missionary. He does not market his goods, it does not matter to him and it does not matter to him whether others will accept him or not. He is faithful to his way, immersed in it. His need for feedback does not come to cover an inner emptiness and is not aggressive or quarrelsome, but is a silent inner need to get himself back, to know that he is not barren, that something of him continues in others, that he has not only center of gravity and quantum mass but also kinetic echo. Like a rose in nature, blooming and fragrant in the air from its hidden corner, has nothing to do with visitors who are aware of its beauty and smell or not. She will continue to do what she knows and will make no effort at all to look for people who will smell her and marvel at a sight.
“Most of us hardly grow. Something happens to us during our lives that stifles us, kills us. There is no deep nourishment inside.”
Jido Krishnamurti INWARD FLOWERING
Recognition of the ‘stepchild’:
Most of us act as if we are in one world, but in fact we are in another world: reacting and acting in the conscious-rational world, but actually coming from the unconscious-emotional world.
We think for example that we very much want to diet, but subconsciously try not to do and back ourselves up with a variety of excuses and justifications. A state of split between two camps behaving in a contradictory manner, but the conscious camp tries – in retrospect and retroactively – to show as if everything is roses, everything breathes harmony. What is it like? To an invading country to another country, and the Foreign Ministry comes and explains that it was only half a border by mistake of a confused group of tourists.
And we – the conscious self (Foreign Ministry), sincerely believe that we have not invaded, and convince ourselves that the soldiers’ uniforms are a kind of fashionable tourist outfit. But inside, what to do, there is an untrained savage, an undisciplined child, who does not recognize our sovereignty and our will: he is filthy, he is filthy, he is not fulfilling his obligations. Then we come to cover and explain – especially to ourselves, and this is the big problem: we constantly hide the truth from ourselves because we have no desire at all to acknowledge this inner savage and admit that we are the real one and not a stepchild, a kind of temporary obsession that immediately came out. As long as we do not admit that ‘this child is me’ – this child will rule over us. The prevailing tendency is to try and ignore, to repress those aspects of the ‘I’ that do not satisfy us and to paint for ourselves a more flattering, more forgiving self-image. When the emotional instinct ‘I’ erupts from time to time, we treat it as an unfortunate mistake, along the lines of: “With the audience sorry. We promise that the glitch will be corrected and not repeated.”
This is how the person lives with the poor ‘I’, with this garbage dog whose existence he denies, lives on the bright and legitimate side and seeks excuses to explain the nonsense of the step-self. Trying to weave learned rational justifications for the passionate or emotional, unsympathetic truth. But what ultimately is responsible for the achievements and consequences of our lives, (or their absence) is the repressed childish self. He is the only one who leads to deeds, (or in their absence). The conscious self is great at providing explanations that explain the ear, but is perfectly impotent once it comes to something real and part of adulthood is taking responsibility for actions. A person can say from here to a new announcement that he wants to study for the exam, but if he does not sit and prepare, it means that he does not want to study, and a mentally mature person – takes responsibility for his will – as a result of his actions. That way at least he will gain the connection with himself and his life and be authentic.
“I’m an idiot” :
The little boy is confused, embarrassed, a liar, a hedonist, a liar. But all this because it is not designed yet, does not know how to live, in short : stupid . Every child is a jerk in relation to the sophistication, skill and efficiency that prevails in the adult world. There is also such a fool hidden within us, whose ‘ stupidity ‘ is the center of existential gravity of being a child. There is something very warehousing in acknowledging that behind the adult image and behind the considered and serious mask you are actually a jerk. We are too inflated in our attitude towards ourselves (at least outwardly) and the problem is that this image is so crucial that we finally believe in the inflated image, which is not in our best interest. We desperately need to connect with the idiot we have built, because just as friendship is created through doing nonsense together – so friendship with ourselves is created by meeting the nonsense we have built.
What is it like? To a person who is invited to a royal dinner and fattens himself earlier. The best thing that can be ‘brought’ to dinner is hunger, and so the best thing that can be brought to the life experience that is still ahead of us – is our sluggishness and idiocy, the idiot. It is impossible to acquire wisdom about life, for it is a barren and artificial study. One has to come to life as a jerk and then one can get wise out of life. If we come to life with our stupidity, empty and free from any pretension or pretense, we can promote and contain what they will bring to us, however if we go ahead and fill ourselves with substitutes for wisdom we will have no room for the true wisdom of life.
Same with God. In the absence of an immediate connection with God we had created surrogates – rabbis, pop idols, gurus, authors, etc. But it is precisely the unsatisfied longing, the willingness to live without God that will create this vacuum, the emptiness into which something can come.
It is the lack that calls for fullness,
This is the stupidity that calls for wisdom,
This is the lameness that calls for fluency,
It is the knowledge of death that calls for the knowledge of life,
The modesty that calls for a sense of self-worth,
The weakness that calls for strength,
The loneliness that calls for ‘togetherness’
And the idiots for knowing.
If we do not keep remembering how stupid we are, we will not know. Because the size of the idiots is so the size of the potential of consciousness. A person must constantly be so close to the idiot in him, to live with him in such immense intimacy – that it will attract to him with great force the antithesis. We are like a magnet – you cannot leave the negative pole and go look for the positive pole. One has to be very loyal to the negative pole, to cling to it desperately so that the opposite, positive polarity is magnetized to it by force. Only in this way will comments, sobriety and knowledge come to us.
(To a student)
“Dear Miss — I have read about sixteen pages of your manuscript … I suffered exactly the same treatment at the hands of my teachers who disliked me for my independence and passed over me when they wanted assistants … keep your manuscript for your sons and daughters, in order that they may derive consolation from it and not give a damn for what their teachers tell them or think of them. … There is too much education altogether. ”
Albert Einstein, The World as I See It, The Wisdom Library, New York, 1949, pp. 21-22. (1)
7. Inner life
As a background, I chose to bring the following two quotes this time:
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”.
“The period in which we live is – distinguished, more than anything else, by mastery and control of the external worlds, and by an almost complete oblivion of the internal worlds. If one values human development from the point of view of external knowledge, then we are in many ways advanced.”
R. D. Lying
The inner life – a rare breed:
Most of us are vague and unfocused about our inner lives, but what is really happening is happening inside. Most of us are not tuned in to our inner selves and do not know how to listen in and pick up the messages and signals sent from there. We are not in a state of listening as if listening to her baby, or as an attentive bodyguard to the person he is guarding. Listening inward is the ‘sound’ of leveling a true path to the being. The wrong ‘sound’ – is in doing, in execution, all of these come at the expense of this tuning – inward. To do or not to do is a linear, mechanical measure, appropriate to this degenerate culture in which we all grew up, but not appropriate to real life , and to what lives within us – the inner tenant. Most of us are not at all able to define and feel what an inner life is, so we are all programmed to relate to the busy and demanding stress.
Modern man looks at things from the outside out, that is, sees the externality of things from his own shell or image. The authentic person looks at things from the inside out, that is, sees the externality of things from an internal point of view. The mythical man sees things from the inside in, that is, from the inner core of himself he sees the essence and essence of things.
You can know nothing from the outside out or even from the inside out – only from the inside in, because only the inside knows. We think that we have to go a long way to meet our inner truth and not her, all we have to do is turn the inside out and look inside out. The inner life is the occurrence of our lives on the unconscious level, on the intimate level of the inner forces. To feel the inner life is always from a state of peace, and out of this peace will come our life – out of the stillness. Our real lives – like pits and tubers – are hidden under the wart of the storms of emotion and instinct, and the weeds of the anxieties, anxieties and pressures of existence. The authentic person is in constant contact and attention with his inner life and in fact this is the axis on which his life revolves. Once he has severed his connection with his inner life he is lost, he seems to be walking without a compass (conscience …?) Therefore, his immediate goal should be to renew the connection and remove the threat of blockage and disconnection from his inner life. But most people do not even know that the connection has been severed from the inner mother-spaceship. And even if they knew they still had the problem of problems and that is: that it is impossible to get guidance or advice on how to connect to the inner life. This is the paradox that the Zen sages tried to convey in their proverbs and proverbs to explain: that in order to connect to an being it is impossible to ‘do’, but only to allow the inner life to guide us to doing so that doing comes from life and will not replace them.
For some people – the inner life is simply in line, for the rest they are dying. Sometimes there are brief flickers: sometimes love, sometimes a new book. Most often, the inner life is a nature reserve – unprotected, a rare species in the process of extinction.
“When a musician becomes perfect, he throws the sitar,
Because it’s unnecessary, because then the inner music appears”
The lost Atlantis inside, or the detachment from the human spaceship:
An old Israeli joke says that when the Israelis discovered Cyprus as a cheap and available tourist destination – they found an address on one of the sites: “Snob, and have you been to Eilat (a faraway Israeli city) yet?” The same is true of the ‘ Eilat ‘ within us. We were here and we were there, we experienced this and that, but everything was out there. And inside we were? When was the last time we felt our ‘inside?
We actually do not know what is happening to us within our inner life. Not knowing what we are thinking about, not what we are feeling and not what we actually want. Detached from ourselves – we hover outside ourselves, in a cold, foreign world, full of external happenings, while the inner being remains abandoned and desolate. The spacecraft’s radios scream instructions and instructions, but the cosmonauts are outside, armed with helmets and space suits -Do not hear. We, equipped with social masks and armor of the profession and occupation – do not know at all about the disconnection, about the fact that we are not connected to the essence and content of our lives. When we look at other ‘cosmonauts’ – They seem to be connected by an invisible cable to their mother spacecraft: after all, they all look so safe, complacent, and protected. As if all the time they are getting instructions and feedback in headphones, on direction, temperatures, distances… But no, it is only the light returning from the thick, opaque helmet that betrays nothing of the emptiness that exists behind it.
Every creature in nature has something that lives inside, mind, soul, something. For everyone – except man, who is no longer just a creation of nature, but also and above all – a creation of society and human culture, a creation – which has given up the connection with his soul and mental essence, essence and soul that over the years – shrinks and shrinks, as a muscle that is not activated, or as a house that does not receive guests More. The question that needs to be asked of the person, each person, is not how he feels (pleasure or suffering) but how what lives within him feels (connected and expanded or detached and shrunk).
In fact, there is no need to ask – everything is written in the eyes.
“One day, when Pooh had nothing to do, he thought he deserved to do something. He got up and went to Piglet’s house to see what he was doing. Snow kept going down his path along the snowy path in the woods and Pooh was sure to find Piglet warming his feet in front of the fire in his fireplace. To his great surprise, he discovered that the door of Piglet’s house was open. He looked inside again, and the more he looked the more there was no piglet inside. “He is gone,” Pooh said sadly. He’s not home. I’ll have to take a trip of thoughts on my own, oops! “
A. A. Milan “The Home at the Poe Foundation”
The strange multiplication of the individual self:
Motto: “I try not to be anything but myself. And I try not to stop myself from being”
What the ‘self’ wants to be – should have the full support of my conscious ‘I’.
My ‘self’ sits inside, hidden, as an inner captain, and ‘I’ is the mediator between it and what is outside.
The great importance of my existence for him, is that ‘I’ can block him, thus not allowing him and me – to be.
Because ‘I’ can be (in essence) only through him.
And he can be (in execution and fulfillment) only through me.
He just has to be.
And I just need not to interfere.
My conscious ‘I’, the one who writes these lines, should act as a conduit, that is: hollow and has sides and is connected from a source of emission – to develop an external emission.
One has to be attentive inward, to allow the quiet power inherent in the face, to allow it from the ‘power’ – the unconscious – to the ‘verb’ – the conscious. And ‘I’ must be half-conscious: one-half – to an being that comes from within, and the other half – to the external pressures, not to allow them to frighten it.
And so, the opening sentence: “I am not trying to be anything other than myself” – speaks of a double existence, a multiplicity that is actually one: I must transcend the conscious self, to allow the unconscious self, so that both are one.
I must be the server of that which lies within me, I must be the gardener of the core that is in me, in order to be revived and embodied in growth, and then the two of us – the gardener and the core – become one: an organic being of human essence that grew into a universe and a living world. (And exudes) the special scent and beauty of her individual self.
The romantic approach to religion is very much about God’s love for man. In the realistic approach there is no such thing as divine love or at all a relationship between creation and the individual. There is a complete disregard of creation from creatures, from organic existence. Belief in the love of God is an illusion that gives comfort and a sense that there is something that cares about you at all, but the universe is a completely functional cold and does not really care about its creatures.
There can be no relation from God to man and no relation from man to God (because he is not, and if he exists has nothing to do with him) and the only thing that can be done is to find inside the meaning of our inner being, soul, crystal soul and then soul is angel . It is impossible to meet anything above us directly. One can only meet our inner being and through this encounter with ourselves we will meet God. So the journey is a journey inward and through the face, through uniqueness and merging with the growing being we will have an encounter with God, but never directly. So true religiosity is an inward connection.
One of the common attitudes of people in relation to their lives is the contempt for the ‘what’ (essence), and the glorification of the ‘how’ (performance). The ‘abstract’ essence is pushed aside, sacrificed and betrayed again and again for the more tangible performance: to do, to act, to move, no matter what lives inside and whether there is something inside, the main thing to do. But the real problem is never in the ‘how’ those in the ‘what’. As Victor Frenkel said (in his book “Man Seeks Meaning”): “If there is for what then it is possible how.” It all depends on where the person is located – Within himself or outside himself. The ‘how’ anchors the person outside, the ‘what’ anchors him inside. The question should be where it is located, where is its center of gravity? Paradoxically as it may sound, man is least lonely when he is connected to his own being – And not when he is connected to others around him. The inward connection gives a person the best support he could ever hope to receive from someone else. He is linked to something powerful, which can motivate him and give him a solid foundation and prevent him from emotional fluctuations and outbursts. On the other hand, someone whose center of gravity is outside him and whose essence is still in the raw stage – is driven by his passions and emotions that respond to environmental stimuli as a pendulum. This is actually the exile from the being, from the inner temple, from which we have all been exiled to the foreign lands of the erupting instinct, and the unstable emotion.
“I have one house I’m going to
When the tumult of men afflicts me,
I have one house I’m going to
For there the noise subsided and their voice fell silent,
I have one house I’m going to
For there no one will refuse me,
I have one house I’m going to
Because I love this house. “
A.A. Milan, we are both
“He who wants to taste the taste of hidden light will multiply in solitude and in it all fears will be removed from him and by the one who is solitary he turns his heart from all the business of this world and cancels everything until he cancels everything completely so that there is no rudeness and no reality and by that his soul is included in his root.” At its root, that is, with which everything is included in its unity. “
8. Being and essence
” To be or not to be” …”
“Sleep is sleep in the absolute emptiness that can be imagined from before creation – sleep”
Emanuel Levins , Ethics and the Infinite
“There are moments when you feel free from this identification with human limitations and weaknesses, in these moments you imagine in your mind that you are standing on some point on a small planet, staring in amazement at the cold but exciting beauty of eternity, life and death merge into one, and there is no evolution or fate. . “
“We sleep … Our lives are like a dream. At its best, we wake up enough to know that we are dreaming. Often Eng and deep sleep. I cannot wake myself up! I’m trying. The dream body moves, but the fixtures true not moving, so it unfortunately”.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, April 9 , 1917, from a letter to Paul Engelman, “Ludwig Wittgenstein – Letters and Meetings” 1970
There is, being, being, essence, soul, soul, within, core, being, inwardness, inner child, spirit, I, self, inner life -These are all synonyms for the same thing, something most of us do not really feel and know exists. This is the reason for writing the book.
Common sense tells us that in order to understand why we live – we must begin to understand ourselves and this is exactly what the classical philosophers are saying. But it seems that under normal conditions we cannot know ourselves, for the simple reason that we sleep. We sleep, even when we imagine in our minds that we are awake. Gurdjieff said that man is a machine – automation of responses and responses to responses. We imagine in our souls that we are building, creating, moving vigilantly through the world, but we are hanging on to ourselves. We are lost in daydreams, and when we think we do, create, etc. we are simply trapped in a fantasy reaction, we are asleep, we are not free.
Gurdjieff speaks of four levels of sleep: The deepest is sleep at night. Less deep sleep, but still sleep, is what we mistakenly call “our awake life,” meaning we wake up from physical sleep, only to fall into an equally deep mental sleep. We dream our lives out of a sense that it is not a dream but real life. The next level is partial alertness, alertness to self, to the essence that lives inside. This is subjective alertness, such a twilight zone. And then comes full alertness, the sober person, who knows what is happening, understands what is happening, is connected to the cause and the inner core of things.
But according to Gurdjieff most of us live on the second level. John Shirley writes about it – in the “silhouettes of ideas” – that our lives are full of illusions, and especially the illusion that we have lived under our navigation that we are free to choose.
It’s amazing, Shirley says, how much we do not feel at all, even physically. We live in our bodies, but rarely feel what we are going through. It is equally amazing to know that a significant part of the movement of emotions and instincts in us is not felt by us at all. We are driven by unconscious impulses. The main forces behind the way we live our lives, are not in touch with our consciousness. We do not even know what the central feature of our personality is. This is because we illegals world of sleep, or as he said Gurdjieff: ‘Man can be born, but to be born he must first die, and to die of before waking up. I will add my own – Wake up to find out:
Is there anything else in us? A kind of inner core, something alive and knowing? Or is it all an unconscious accumulation of instincts and mechanical reactions? Is there a central principle within us? A kind of gem inside this shell of our lives?
“The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of
One’s mind is the condition of the normal man.
Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to
Become absurd, and thus to be normal.
Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last
“All that we see or seem,
is but a dream within a dream ” .
Edgar Allen Poe, from the poem “A Dream within a Dream”
“The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of
One’s mind is the condition of the normal man. “
“I am not a teacher but an awakener”.
“When obstacles and difficulties pile up along the way,
Do not proceed in small steps,
But there are big jumps to be made!
We animals know this, and so do the people who pretend to be so smart –
We must know that. “
Erich Kastner – Animal Rally
From time to time the person gets into a situation where he feels uncomfortable in relation to his life, he feels that ‘this is not the child he prayed for’, and ‘this is not this’. This is sometimes accompanied by a bad mood that over time turns into depression and then apathy. Every person finds a different reason for this feeling and he is sure that he has something in particular that did not work out. But the truth is that a sense of unease is far too basic and existential to be attributed to a particular person, to a particular situation, to a particular time. This self-dissatisfaction is existential, rather than personal, and belongs to the human race wherever it is. It is internal, essential and very rooted, and is not related to the satisfaction of this need or one desire or another. This dissatisfaction is manifested through a sense of loneliness, missing out, or anxiety. The reason why people are unhappy with their lives is because instead of being in touch with the essential core of their self they are in touch with fantasy. The fantasy is the distant and superficial end of the being, the insane and external fringes. Fantasy is a projection of true inner desires, for example instead of an emotion of harmony with existence we project on something or someone the fantasy of romance.
Once these consequences are unfulfilled and reach a dead end – then the person begins to be dissatisfied with his life. But the problem is not the lack of fulfillment of the fantasy, the problem is earlier, the problem is in the very existence of the fantasy. To those who hold on to fantasy it seems that their dissatisfaction with their lives stems from the fact that their fantasy has failed to fulfill itself. They go and read one book or another, watch one movie or another, and go to friends and eventually their fantasy says “naked and naked I am” and they are still stuck. No knowledge here will help other than knowing about the real reality (the inner one). The person can be in one of two situations, be in touch with the true self or not. To be on the path of realizing his true potential or not. The fantasies are not a projection of his true being but a projection of the ego and the ego is not him, the ego is a wild growth that was true and necessary in childhood. After childhood the ego does not later allow the adult being to grow and it simply grows wild and basically takes over the possibility of the inner being to grow.
The only knowledge that is possible and worth living with is the knowledge that one must not give up the struggle to try and meet your true essence and understand that when you are not sure you know it is probably not it, it is probably the fantasy. When you get to know you know it’s it. And the true knowledge comes from within and then man is guided by something that is his true nature.
When you know – you know you know, when you fantasize you believe you know. The fantasist does not know that he only believes, who really knows – knows that he knows.
Sometimes the fantasist gets a knowledge that is not his, regarding his condition. This is usually a borrowed knowledge that will fade after a while and the fantasy will reign again. Knowing for the percentage in the fantasy is a temporary and imperfect aid that can help him for a brief moment to know, which he usually does not know. Knowing that role to bring awareness to the situation Suba , saying: “I am a prisoner of fantasies are actually a projection of all kinds of passions and parts egotistical and infantile to me and I need to know that nine times out of ten it’s not that I’m the real thing inside of me, but the fantasy that controls me. I must not remain silent and not to rest until “I will reach the voice of the real being, the child trapped inside. When I arrive I will know – then the knowledge will be total, and then I will not know from the outside in but I will know from the inside out, and then it will come from within and I will not be able to stop it.” Meanwhile the knowledge that you are deceiving yourself and engaging in fantasies whose whole purpose is to reduce existential pain and intensify infantile pleasure, is an artificial knowledge, is a knowledge of something you need to remind yourself over and over again. It is an intellectual knowledge that comes from outside and serves as crutches and an alarm clock. This knowledge of meanwhile, means that whatever man can know is that inside I’m real , buried, suffocated, isolated and starved as he plays all sorts of ” alter egos ” fictitious, ” alter egos ” are the fruit of passion anachronistic, they are true children and adults, And that they grew and transcended beyond all proportion. It is impossible to come and say “what needs to be done” in order to reach an encounter with the true self. One can certainly go with the knowledge that this is the face of things, so that man does not forget his condition and does not deceive himself into believing that he is speaking in the name of his true self, when in fact it is the ego that speaks from it. The question is how can a person stop this self-deceiver, because in order to do so he has to wake up , but in order to wake up he has to stop deceiving himself and then he deceives himself about the fact that he is not actually deceiving himself and then he is deceiving himself again Deceived … problem. It is impossible to come to an old person who is dreaming dreams and give him a dream in which he needs to wake up, because this dream is actually another dream in sleep, so the whole section of the ‘how ‘ is a problematic matter. Therefore, this is not some kind of enlightenment recipe where there is information about alarm clocks that will wake it up.
Ultimately the intellectual knowledge, the one that did not grow from within, is something external artificial that comes after reading a book, or attending a psychology course at a university, or talking to a smart person. Knowing that a day and a half after purchasing it – back to normal. Ultimately the magnetism of the demons [Rath 1] * Living within us is stronger than our “intellectual knowledge.” Man can do nothing with the help of information, education, belonging to a body or organization or religion, or decision and willpower. The demons are always stronger. (At the end of Carlos Castaneda’s ‘Separate Reality’ book, Don Juan glances at Carlos and tells him, ‘In the end, you haven’t changed at all.’)
The best friend of intellectual knowledge is the ‘ how ‘ – because once present in the forgery you immediately want to get a recipe for the right intention as well, but it does not work that way. As soon as the person seeks refuge in ‘how’ he goes back to sleep. Compared to the illusory refuge of the ‘how’, which guarantees equal recipes for every soul on the way to the desired happiness – there is something in the self-confession (not in confession CONFESSION , But in confession ADMISSION), In an encounter with what is rejected and repressed in yourself, in this reconciliation with the demons, beggars and misery in our lives and in our personality – which creates a kind of inner dissolution, which allows some introduction, some access, to the being. In the realm of being there is no doing. Once you have translated the search for a relationship with the being into “how to do what” – You have lost the opportunity for such a relationship. Real things happen, real things happen, are not done by the will of anyone. There is some quantum gap between what can and should be and where we are. So it’s a quantum leap, but instead of the leap happening to us, we believe that only if we know how, can we do it ourselves, mechanically. But anything that a person logically understands and does mechanically – just will not work, because no change is possible, you can only connect to the good old being, and this connection is always a quantum leap.
For the quantum leap to occur one must live in peace with the fact that man can do nothing ( Gurdjieff-Ouspensky , “The Search for the Miraculous”), and accept the fact that he is limited and helpless and simply live with the knowledge without wanting to try to translate it into action – (“Zen in the Art of the Rainbow”) – Eugen Heringel ). And it’s a real heroism, to look at the contemporary part of his life and say over and over again: “This is the situation, this is the situation, and this is the situation.” He does not evade, because that is the situation. (This is also the way to lose weight. The person looks at his fat in the mirror and stands in front of it until he has no more point of refuge and then maybe some quantum leap occurs and he enters the path and the path leads the person to lose weight, he flows with it).
The man of the being is constantly with himself. Not preoccupied with himself, but preoccupied with the things that emanate from him towards the world. The problem with the old person is that he is busy with the things that come from the world and are consumed by him. That is, he is the center, he is the goal, he is the embodiment of all things in the world, he is the end result, he is the consumer, he is the big mouth. The man of the being, the awake person, says the opposite: man is the point of origin, his preoccupation with himself is as a tool that emits and creates, as a starting point, not as a destination. The person connected to his essence has to deal with himself as a creative artist who deals with his creative tools in order to produce something, meaning: “I deal with myself so that something comes out of me towards the world.” That is, what matters is not the occupation itself, but what the direction of the occupation – consumer or productive.
This means that if an old person dreams a dream in which he sleeps and says to himself “I sleep, I sleep, I sleep” there is no certainty that it will lead to the long-awaited awakening. Maybe the other way around: he sleeps more quietly, because now he dreams that he is going to wake up, just like sleeping and dreaming that he is going to pee, but not really emptying the bladder, just getting a few more minutes of sleep … (This may be a metaphor for the situation of converts and believers From institutions – whose whole belief is a dream of redemption – personal, or national, or both).
Either way, there is no choice but to sleep but to just stay with the knowledge that he is sleeping while he is sleeping. It is not the information or knowledge about the condition of the person that ripens the being, but the absence of barriers. By enabling a connection between experiences from the world and the womb of the being, and when there is a real encounter between the core of reality and the womb of the being there may be a pregnancy … It is a type of pregnancy in which matter accumulates inside to cause something to mature from one world to another. That is, man does nothing and it happens inside him and it happens when something is stored inside him and matures long enough, when things mature enough time in the subconscious (uterus).
But in order for there to be an inner awakening and an encounter with the human being – it is necessary to arouse the feminine polarity in man . A man without a loose and mature female pole – he lacks a “womb” that can allow life to grow within him and therefore all that is left for him is the male genitalia, that is – constantly wants to “fuck” the world.
It is not consumption (the infantile part), nor fucks (the forceful, macho part ), that will mature the being, but two things: mental maturity (knowing the difference between an egocentric illusion and reality), and female polarity (absorbing and maturing the being from within).
Another problem on the way to the being is the rule of the intellectual approach which holds that everything can be achieved through the acquisition of knowledge. Not the case that failure is possible to learn anything about the quantum leap of the being. You can’t go and sit in a certain class where you are told “wake up, wake up, wake up” – And to truly awaken, it is impossible to take words and create a being through them, it is impossible to reach from the intellect to the being and it is impossible to treat the being with cognitive tools (which is the great failure of psychology and education). The problem of the people in this world is not that they do not know enough, it is a deception balloon that diverts attention from the real problem – from the disconnection from the being of ourselves and things.
Thought, knowledge and cognition cannot affect an being, but the being can affect the thought, cognition and understanding of knowledge. Every mechanical solution I have known actually bends and blocks the being. The quantum answer lies between the uncompromising rigidity of Zen, which says “there is nothing you can do, you must be left with the ignorance,” and the idea that sect preachers and pop-mysticism books, all possible with a little love, positive thinking, faith and guidance.
The being belongs to the dimension in which the occurrence of itself is formed. Our biggest helplessness about the being stems from the fact that we can do nothing about it, we can only not block it and that is the hardest thing. Let the being mature. At the being level – either something exists or it does not exist. The old man can not contain it and will always try to calm himself in doing, in his ability to control the situation and direct, which is exactly what happens in missionary sects and religions, because a person cultivates the suggestion that he belongs to a particular chosen club and is convinced that something happens to his being.
The hardest thing to understand is that the being is something unrelated to anything and that it is a completely autonomous creature and all that can be given to it is emptiness and space to grow into them – that’s all, like gardeners in the garden.
What the gardener can do is provide conditions that will allow for growth, but he cannot influence beyond that. Our greatest contribution in the matter of being is the recognition that there is nothing to do and the conscious avoidance of action. Otherwise – the action gives the illusion that something is happening, it burdens and creates a blockage in the growth processes. Enter says, “Forget what you want to achieve and when you forget something in you will remember.” When a person so wants it he blocks himself from coming, however when he says “I do not know” and stays with it then maybe it can happen. Lack of knowledge is like an inner womb through which and within it the pregnancy of knowing will be made possible because then it will pass through the womb of the being.
All true knowledge, not intellectual, must go through a process of emptiness, a process of darkness, which are essentially pregnancy. In the worlds of things as they are – man should be fascinated by the lack of knowledge, to go captive after the mystery. Everywhere there is a very big mystery and any immediate answer is likened to a premature birth – to an abortion, to sticking a large label on a clear bottle – which blocks the appearance of the inside of the bottle and attracts all the attention to it. True knowledge is supposed to occur because of the beings and essences that live within the being and internal processes that live within the being. True knowledge undergoes a completely different mechanism, which is incapable of affecting the being. He is a product of the being, not its creator. So all knowledge can do is actually narrow the gap between what is real and what is not real , what makes a person more authentic, but just because he is authentic does not mean that his being will also begin to grow and become. All it means is, that man will be less imprisoned in the slingshot of fantasies, that’s all. To live, to be — is to let an being take command, release control and allow something inside to take life.
“It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live”
The being, the husks and the ego:
The nature of things is that everything grows from the inside out, from the core to the surface. We are born with the nucleus and over the years shells form on top of shells, like dirt piled up around the pulsating core of the earth. Every year that passes piles another layer on the existing and every year that passes we feel a little less and move away from ourselves a little more. Not only that, but it seems to us that this opaque layer that has formed around the authentic core is our essence, it is our being.
But it is nothing but a foreign and dominant boss who strives for achievements, successes, recognition. The real boss, the one with the original prints, the ‘magnetic stripe’ or the ‘secret number’, who opens the ‘safe’ of the soul – Buried deep within us.
The ego, which has entrenched itself under the lost nuclear being, pervades our streets and faces the world. Is to reach for something, for something that is outside oneself. But life is not outside ourselves, they are in exactly the opposite direction, hidden within us, waiting to be, only we do not know. When we reach, if we reach, witnesses, we will discover in the face something exposed and primitive with a uniqueness and a very specific face – our face. Then something inside us will make his cry, his special voice, and when exposed beneath the opaque layers, he will meet the light and the air and begin to grow. Our inner being can finally come true and be who we are, who we were meant to be – a wild plant, or a crocus, or an anemone, or a lemon tree – what is written inside, in the DNA of the soul. In the meantime, who knows. But meanwhile nothing grows inside, the wild growth of the ego envelops the authentic being in a ring of suffocation, drinks the world, eats the world, fattens itself and becomes one more big shell. :
Breathing is there
A child is there
A parent is there
Land is there
Sound is there
The ability to play
A sound from your throat
She has to go to bed at night in your benevolent bed
Get up in the morning at your patient home
What a form to give to my paws
They will rub you gently and lightly but not
Will be dropped
How to remember it carefully
How to understand the existent as an undead gift
Decides not for us –
The great Lich
And we as one who has fallen into our bosom the grace to gain from the divine no man.
Rachel Halafi , 4.4.1988
On egoism and individualism:
The ego and the inner being, the ego and the individuality – These are two concepts that tend to confuse them, and are in fact complete opposites. The first is poison, the other – a spark of the soul. The second has an idbeing, and there is identification with it, the former has no idbeing and identification at all.
The ego is influenced by the environment, responds to it and treats itself through it, while individuality is the process of the growth and crystallization of the self in relation to itself only.
The child has an ego, he has no individuality. He has instinctual impulses and needs (of survival mostly pleasure and satisfaction) but he does not yet have an inner center of gravity, a place where he can feel himself, regenerate and find peace and strength. In a natural and correct process of inner growth the infantile self of the ego, represented by its ego, is supposed to disappear and give way to the growing individuality. According to anthropological evidence of various initiation rituals, at the age of about 12-13, there should be a transition from childhood to adolescence – from the male- infantile aspect , to the female- adult aspect , from the hot to the cold, from the outside to the inside, from the animal in man to man. Praise, Mago to being.
The culture in which we live preserves human beings on their infantile-male level, perpetuates human beings-on the level of children who constantly need thrills and pleasures and become obsessive consumers of the world and its wares. Either way – the ego is immortalized and individuality remains a potential that never materialized, dormant and forgotten.
A person who instead of an individual center of gravity has a dominant ego, will have a hard time perceiving the world as it is. This can be clearly seen in children: the ‘I’ is the world, and all the interest a child has in the world is limited to what the ‘I ‘ can receive from him. For those whose ego rules – the world is nothing but a system of small circles going towards its own navel, which is the center of the world. If it is good for him – the world is great, if it is bad for him – the world is bad, and there is no world – only the same subjective feelings.
For the egocentric there is nothing that exists outside of himself, he is busy most of the time with his needs, his feelings, his own satisfactions and problems. A self of this kind becomes a purpose in itself, and is like an air-conditioning system that transports air in a closed system, closed to the earth, closed to the universe, closed within itself.
Individuality is the opposite pole. As an individual you move from the basis of your existence towards the world and your realization is in movement towards the world – a creative path. In contrast to the direction of movement of the egoist, who wants the world to move towards his stomach?
The individual has the ability to separate himself from the things outside of him, from what he encounters and from what he goes through. As an individual who maintains his self-idbeing he is also aware of the separate individual idbeing of the other. The egocentric sees the image of himself in everything that happens outside of him and he swallows his turn and is swallowed up in it. He is unable to separate himself from his environment and as soon as the boundaries of the self-blur the individual self disappears and everything is sharp. For the individual – he is not himself important, but towards what he is moving, with what he is in touch. The expression of individuality is in the ability to enable, motivate, influence and create.
The individual self-strives to be emptied in order to be filled, to feel the world through emptiness.
Egocentrism only strives to be filled, it hates emptiness, it cannot bear it. The ego does not recognize anything until it swallows it to fill the demanding emptiness within it. But from the moment he swallowed what was outside of him – Again he cannot relate to the individual existence of the one who has now become a part of him and again he feels empty and unsatisfied. The ego is driven by hunger and is powerful and aggressive, sucking stimuli, impressions and energy from the world to clog the gaping space within its being. But the true essence of man is to be empty, empty of himself, a conduit to an being and to the world. The individual tries to discern what is going through him and allows him to be.
There are no significant differences between one egotistical consumer and another. Here is the collective culture, here what is good for one is good for everyone, and here is the stanza in front of you. Individuality, on the other hand, emphasizes the uniqueness of each individual, the unique potential inherent in it and only in it. To make his individual potential real, a man must move from the male phase to his female phase. When a person succeeds in bringing about this transition within himself, only then is it expressed (as an being), comes to be realized. Then he is born a second time, for only the feminine and maternal side of him can conceive the fetal potential and turn it into an existing being in its own right.
To feel your individuality means to recognize within you a unique creative power, a unique style. The way to distinguish between individuality and ego, is by examining our influence on the world and existence, on life. Imprinting a personal seal is the sign of a mature, individual self. Man does not make a mark except in creation – in contrast to the ego, which is the embodiment of consumerism.
Cognitively, it must be recognized that the ‘I ‘ is not the center, but a completely marginal point on the margins of the universe’s occurrences. Occurrences all related to a center that is too large and huge for us to even grasp its scope. However, we can fit into the larger system if we find, each one, his or her individual center of gravity, hence his or her unique natural place and role within the large array.
However, it is important to note that the process of turning the ego into an individual is not cognitive per se and that it is not a move that the person decides on or progresses towards step by step. This is more like a quantum leap, an alchemical process. Cognition, in this case, serves as a means of understanding and seeing more clearly.
If indeed we are individuals – then we create! Leaving traces behind us. It is impossible to be an individual if there is no work in o
The need to control, to be in control at all times, is a universal need designed to prevent the inner emptiness. Because of its scope and because it forms the basis for all morbid addictions – this need is called: “father addiction”.
Philip Cabani from “Addiction”
Being and Sleep (or: Princess of the Inner being):
When we wake up from the night we disconnect from our being, the torments of disconnection are severe.
But as long as we feel this immense difficulty, the pain, this wondrous attraction from within, of the arms of the being being sent and crying over every inch of distancing – as long as we feel the awkwardness, confusion and loss that comes with being away from the being – still good, we are still in touch With her.
The pain every morning shows that at night we at least unite with her. The worst of all happens when waking up in the morning is easy and immediate, straight we wake up, agile and alert. Then we will know that we have not parted from the beloved within – because there was no connection between us, and that is the worst of all.
Sunset sleep is accompanied by some resistance since we do not feel the being that lies at the bottomless pit of anesthesia. We feel we are going to break away from the exciting world of waking and sink into nothingness and emptiness – and it’s scary. But beyond the opaque screen of sunset in the emptiness of sleep awaits
We have the wondrous princess of our being, there, behind the curtain of nothingness. Sleep and dreams are a distraction, because behind the screen of sleep we awaken to the reality of the inner being. So when we fall asleep to the outer reality we actually wake up to the inner reality, and when we wake up from the night sleep, we usually fall asleep regarding the inner reality.
The trick is to wake up in the morning and keep the princess of the night in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the day, bury her quietly, quietly under a shirt, (like Kat Stevens ‘ ‘sad Lisa’ ) and keep her
As for a precious treasure, to keep in touch with it through the forgiveness of peace between us.
The noisy and opaque exterior threatens to break through our walls and break the silence within us, allowing the connection between us and the being.
When this happens the umbilical cord is severed between us, and comments to the being become sleep to the inner reality. Then the noise of the outside becomes a permanent resident within us and the night no longer connects us to the being but simply causes us to disappear wearily into a sleep of dim emptiness. No princess is already waiting behind the hedge of dreams. From this sleep we will awaken at once, without anguish, without the inner cry protesting against the detachment and abandonment of our dearest of all. We jump out of bed straight, tune into the buzzing day as if there was no night, as if no more precious encounter had been missed. We forget that there must be something inside, beyond the sizzling and extroverted activity, beyond the noisy encounter with other masks, which hide behind a similar emptiness.
We forget the princess of the inner being.
Disconnect from the being;
We live our lives when we are disconnected from the being. Detached from the being of others around us, from the being of what surrounds us and from our own being. Animals are never detached from their inner being. All of them – one essence, without internal distributions, only one large nucleus. The being leads and unites everything into one complete and core nucleus. But with us everything wants to be king even for one day – the urge to eat, the urge to have sex, the greed, the pride, the vulnerability, the lust for power – every bastard is king, because when the boss (being) is not at home, the children (passionate and emotional demons) run amok. Gulliver, when he arrived in the land of Yahweh, met the humans that instinct and forces had taken over and they looked and acted like ‘animals’ – Or as we in our hypocrisy judge the behavior of animals. On the other hand, the horses, the rulers of the land of Yahweh, were peaceful and enlightened, full of essence and being. Swift is astonishing to point in this way to the real reality , in which humans have ruled over their undeveloped essence the demons of instinct and lust and are therefore actually the inferior ‘animals’, while animals have remained faithful to the voice of their natural being and therefore higher rank.
Connection to an being, means: authenticity – to come from within, to be in touch with the personal core, with the center of inner gravity. Growing and maturing disconnect us from the being of childhood, the natural – But the raw. As adolescence most human beings get stuck in one place or another of themselves and are occupied by a particular dominant component of the complex that surrounds their being.
What is it like? To a group that has been stuck on a lonely island for a long time and its members – Some are engaged in eating, others are building structures for them to live in, some are giving swimming lessons and some are attached to the very being of being stuck on a lonely island, to the meaning and totality of that fact – and they are burning with the fire of finding escape. Indeed, it is the term that defines the relationship with the being: to burn within the inner fire.
What comes from within, from the being, charges us with tremendous animals and power, like being constantly connected to a current of electricity. Being stuck in the sections and appendages of the periphery means being driven by the ups and downs of our moods, by stress and tension, anxiety, lust and instinct. Here, to ‘be’ one has to be active, to do. If one does not, time and time again, fall into emptiness, into the absence of being.
To be driven by the being is to be here, and to be powerful only by the very fact that you exist. You do not have to do anything for the being, but the being motivates you to do. The difference between the authentic existence and the existence in exile of the marginal clauses and their appendices (sex, work, career, recreation, etc.) is reminiscent of the dilemma regarding the egg and the chicken: is it to be done, or is it to be done?
In my view, doing should be an activity of the being and not the other way around. Doing that is not driven by the being is doing for the sake of doing, a refuge from emptiness, and a futile attempt to gain some temporary sense of presence. This feeling is not natural, it is mechanical and fed by great anxiety, anxiety about falling into the pit of the absence of being, into the pit of emptiness. Indeed there is something Sisyphean in the making, time and time again, to plug the emptiness pit, which empties the next day as fast as it filled last night.
In nature everything comes from the being, from the essence, only we, who are in exile from the being – constantly strive to reach something, strive, in full, in high columns, in a constant engine roar – just not to be left behind. The greedy, loud and extravagant consumerism leads the way and sets the tone – While the silent being disappears.
In its place we are growing more and more extroverted substitutes, especially modern communication substitutes: internet, telephone, fax, radio, magazines. Starving contact-with-the-being is addicted to substitutes: more hours in front of the TV interview program, more news, more hours of surfing the Internet. Any additional mass-media is another stone in her condition on the being’s being.
Modern man lives in constant disconnection from his inner being and from the being of others around him and the alienation and alienation are celebrated. Thus he lives in a dead, empty, mechanical world, devoid of dimension of depth, intimacy and individuality. A world where others behave and look like flashy, one-dimensional and superficial posters. For the individual it is a world of labels and not of essences, of mechanisms and not of dynamics, of uses, techniques and exploits and not of values and essences. We have lost the ability to simply be and maintain a symbiotic connection between our being and the entities of others. Instead of feeling the interior of the other from inside us, instead of flowing to him quietly and let it flow to us without effort – we used to scratch the surface of our other version, the printout of our inner turmoil.
For the person detached from his being, an encounter with the being is an encounter with emptiness. This person is used to the blatant and extroverted noise of emotions, thinking and passions – in contrast the voice of the being feels like something terrible and frightening. But he who does not survive the emptiness through which the being communicates, will not come to feel its silent presence.
Disconnection from the being means sleep or lack of awareness of the actual occurrence of life behind the illusion of their external display. The detached being lives in a sleepy world full of dreams and fantasies. As the detachment from the being increases, so does sleep, and the ‘dreams’ become more sophisticated and flourishing: dreams of romance, housing, food, sex, success, publicity, happiness. The surrounding cultural industry generates these dreams generously and feeds them through tempting advertisements, on television, colorful documentation of the lives of the rich and beautiful, action movies and romance and others – all working in the sleep service; Dream factories. These dreams fit into the private fantasies that the individual cultivates in his heart, like wild crops around the prison bars of the sleeping cell where the imprisoned being resides.
Waking up from this sleep means waking up to the beauty of the sleeping being, sleeping in the abandoned being palace. Who will be the silver prince who will awaken the princess of the being from hibernation and turn her romantic dreams into real reality, who will give her again the government and kingdom in the realm of life?
Not everything is so unambiguous, black or white, awake or old, being or labels. There are the artists, the creators, the life torn between the being and the social substitute. In essence and origin they are loyal to the being, its representations towards the world that trades outside and fantasizes inside. Therefore their motto must be authenticity, loyalty to the voice of the being. Their art is to style and shape the voice of the being that is so rising from within.
Poets, singers, musicians, playwrights, painters – all of these feel the soul of an being blowing on the back of their necks from within and they try to enable it in their craft. Artists are aware of the cry of their being and the surrounding Diaspora being – but as creators under the auspices of the legitimacy of society they are limited in the ways in which they can flow with their being. Permission is valid as long as the being is expressed through the various art tools, and only through them. The art is the nature reserve of the being, a kind of ‘green lung’ within the gray, commercial-political reality of the everyday. Yet there are artists who cheat for greed money into the prevailing social reality, give up the vision of the being and turn their artistic talent into a tool in the hands of the ruling establishment – potential painters who became graphic designers, potential writers who became journalists, playwrights who became advertisers in advertising agencies, advertisers, directors Soap, thinkers who became gurus, poets who became songwriters. And so they contribute theirs to the development of the fantasy and enrichment of the dream that envelops the being
, as a popular false prophet overshadowing the lone and frustrated prophet of rage.
“My prayer is: I will be who I will be and I will do what I do.
All I want to do is live at a pace with myself. All I want is to do what I do and not try to do what I do not do. Just do what I do. Just move forward step by step with myself. I will just be who I will be.
“I will be who I will be” – but now I am what I am, and here I have to invest my energy, I need all my strength to be what I am today. Today I will work at a steady pace with myself and not with what I ‘should be’. To work at a pace with myself I must continue to deepen into myself.
God revealed his name to Moses, and it was this: I will be who I will be. “Hugh Prater from “On the Way to Be (Struggles on the Way to Self)”
“How awful that most people willingly accept works born of the artists’ innermost, innermost feelings, but separate them from reality in a thick wall.”
“Everyone’s true destiny is to reach out to himself. Can he end his life as a poet or a madman, as a prophet or as a burglar – it does not matter to him, because after all there is no question of any importance.
“Every man has his own destiny, but no one can adapt it to his needs and control it as he pleases. It was a mistake to want new gods, it was completely wrong to want and give the world anything, enlightened people had no duty, not even the tiniest, but this one : Search for themselves, be strong within yourself, feel their way forward no matter where the path leads “
Herman Hesse, Damien, p. 119
9. To be natural -1
“The great wisdom is to surrender, relinquish control and let pay to sweep you away as he pleases.
Do not swim against the current, let the river carry you, be to the river, the river is already flowing into the sea, this is the great Torah”
Rajneesh, Tantra , The Supreme Understanding, p. 148
… “Looking at her in a purely superficial way, one might have thought she was a simpleton, to which she would have replied that he who knows not his Lord is the real simpleton.
She used to say ‘of those who come to see me, I admire none more than Ibn’ Arabi ‘. When asked the reason for this, she replied ‘The rest of you come with part of yourselves, leaving the other part of you occupied with your other concerns, while Ibn Arabi is a consolation to me, for he comes with all of himself. When he rises up, it is with all of himself, and when he sits it is with his whole self, leaving nothing of himself elsewhere. This is how it should be on the Way ‘”.
Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi , Sufis of Andalusia, p.143
We know what to do, but we do not know how to be. Not with ourselves and not with others.
We do not know how to allow ourselves to be, full of being, letting life be in us, allowing ourselves to be alive – in fullness and wholeness.
Not to seek, not to do, not to strive – but to be.
Not to mess with parts of ourselves, with sex, intellectual curiosity, feelings, fears or lusts – but to be, here and now, with this moment, with this second , with our wholeness, with all our might.
Without any effort whatsoever, just let it be -flow from the inside.
We do not know how to be because we do not know what it feels like when our being fills us from within. Respond from an inner center of gravity, from an empty but not desolate inner space. To feel the being within the stillness of itself, within the nothingness of itself, just there, like a tree, like a star, like a flower, like a stone, like the sky, like the rain, like this earth, the silent silence of the ever-present. Everyone is there, simply by being, without proving or doing – just there.
We do not know anything from the inside, everything is forced from the outside, forced, learned by imitation, mechanical.
“What’s going on”? We ask, “What’s new”?
We do not know how to be alone with ourselves and we do not know how to be ourselves – with others. It is always to force a conversation (“What shall we talk about?”), to force an activity (“So what shall we do?”). In almost every encounter with others there is a kind of hysteria of making things happen, there is a fear of silence, lest the nakedness of the naked being be exposed and it is revealed that behind this rhetoric there is actually no one, no one who sleeps there, exists, thinks, responds, and refers. All there is is an accumulation fighting within it and outward power struggles, raging, frenetic, and restless – an internal mob, constantly blocking holes in the being.
When we are with ourselves we want to be in the company of others to do what is called ‘passing the time’: … “So what do we do?” Or “How will we spend it?” ‘How’ is a very ‘anti- being ‘ question, a question that indicates the lack of essence and the search for alternatives. People are looking for alternatives to the being: TV, newspaper, film, football, flirting – all forming a local bloc of ‘action’, which causes our feelings and instincts to flare up for a while, which for a moment covers up the lack of inner existence.
It’s scary to think that people meet, but no one actually exists there – his shame, his being, and his inner life. The commotion together darkens for a while the inner emptiness, the emptiness with which we get up in the morning, and with which we go to sleep.
Regardless of the being – we do not really exist, we have nothing that fills us from within, and we have nothing. In nature there is no emptiness, in everything something lives. In solid living space, in solids live liquids, in liquid living air, in living air gas, in living gas electricity and in electricity living charge, energy. Everything is full of inner life, and only we carry within us a huge void of missing personal idbeing and non-essential essence.
Instead we cultivate wild tumors that intertwine around the missing inner being: obsessions, passions, fantasies, aspirations. We invest ourselves in work, surround ourselves with friends, fill our time with deeds – but when it’s all over and we are alone with ourselves – We do not know what to do with ourselves.
Not knowing how to be, letting ourselves happen.
So lacking in our lives is the quiet presence of the being:
To know – instead of jumping – frantically – from one random thought to another.
To feel, to feel – instead of getting excited, getting carried away with enthusiasm or sinking into insult, depression.
Stand – instead of leaning.
Sit down – instead of lying down.
To talk, to talk, to listen – instead of chatting, blabbering, recycling opinions, arguing.
To observe – instead of looking.
Let ourselves be on the inside – instead of raping life on the outside.
Scare the being:
In life with the being there is no room for stress and what needs to come must come.
The person himself has no point in getting into stress, because in any case there is nothing to do and he has no ability to do. The desire to be constantly at the peak, in ecstasy , in orgasm, which is the cause of stress, will in any case not lead or promote it, but will only ‘scare’ the inner being and deter it.
All the while we strive to reach the one great orgasm, after which we will finally experience the great dissolution. Whether it is a culinary, social, cultural orgasm or even a religious and spiritual experience.
This aspiration, to burn with great flame, to experience the great experience is a Hollywood and infantile product, which has no grip on reality. To merge with the flame of spirituality you do not have to become part of the fire but become a vessel that can feed the flame. Be the inn that hosts the being. Do not aspire to be God but only the High Priest.
The effort to reach the being is similar to the pursuit of the muse, the more you strive – That way she moves further away, or as Erich Kustner says in the introduction to the thirty-fifth of May, you should lie on your back, as if you are not interested in her at all and wait for the muse to approach you by itself. The same is true of a being
Persecution with an open mouth and drooling after every shred of experience in the hope that this is a sign of a real occurrence – it is ridiculous. The essential, authentic person falls in love with the process of processing existence in order to create an experiential life and not with the consumption of the experience.
A righteous man was once asked how he would react if an angel suddenly entered his room and said to him, “I want to talk to you.” Tzaddik replied, “Tell him to come back another day.” When asked why, he replied: “If that angel has come so far and it is hard to tell me something, then his words are so important that he will have no choice but to return another day. But if I jump on him and immediately turn a deaf ear, he will be startled by the intensity of his attention. And disappear. “The Tsaddik explained that the angel came to him because his daily activities and the way he treated spirituality were in just the right dose and therefore he must not suddenly change his habit and increase his concentration on the angel.
It’s just like a situation between spouses. At first they go out, everyone has their own life and everything is nice, but suddenly one side turns on more, makes the partner the center of his world, abandons any other activity and wants to bind the other to him, to experience him every moment. And just as he “suffocates with love” so he actually suffocates the flame of love of the other towards him.
Indeed, it is also possible to stifle the being ‘s flame with excess pressure and effort, with excessive attention and out of a loss of proportions. One should act in a being as if it is not the main thing but life itself is the main thing. The being is a guest tending to stay overnight, life is a roadside inn and we are just the maids and receptionists.
The real, possible, only choice is to be.
On the human level it is possible to speak in terms of good and evil but on the level of the universe there is only the “nothing” and the “there “, there is there is and there is nothing . And what exists is only what is essential to the universe, everything else does not exist. The only possible choice is to make yourself something that the universe recognizes as existing.
There is fantasy and there is reality, either you exist or you dream of your existence. Mia Farrow, in Woody Allen’s Purple Cairo Rose “took for granted the knight of her dreams’ exit from the screen to her, as this is the nature of a fantasy, which is intertwined to an unfamiliar reality, which is also hallucinatory. This is how we live most of our lives, the Hollywood format of life is real to us more than aging, more than death.
He who dreams life – is convinced that he is asleep, as he who dreams his notes at night – is sure to be awake.
The Miracle of Being:
Against the background of the absence of life – their appearance is a miraculous occurrence.
But we live all the time as if ‘things were never’, as if we have always been here and always will be. Instead of facing the fact of ‘ being ‘ – we learn to mumble: ‘Okay, so what do we do with it?’ ‘What do you do with this life of mine?’ And when you get into ‘what do you do with it’? -Missing that the whole thing is actually the marvel of the very fact that we are already – and in general – asleep. Once that point fades, we are actually missing out and replacing – secondary importance with primary importance. What is it like? For a person who is about to die of thirst and the water becomes for him a miraculous and experimental being, in contrast – all the activities that result from the age of water (such as: how much money are they worth, what is their temperature, what to store them and what to drink them) are secondary derivatives. That water does exist at all. Once we forget the importance of the fact that water is ‘there’, (in the face of the possibility that they may not be), as soon as the focus is on the ‘how’ of water and not on the ‘what’ (that is, that they exist), once existence itself becomes meaningful The obvious – something in this experience, the full total experience, that makes life the tremendous event they actually are – is lost.
Sometimes it happens that a person experiences this tremendous amazement, this complacency in the face of his very existence, in the face of the fact of his old age, especially when he is facing life-threatening or going through a severe crisis that threatens his whole body or life. Having already parted his mind from life, he manages for a while to powerfully experience the meaning of their oldness and his whole set of priorities and importance is reversed. Things that were once anxious or arousing intense emotions, things for which ties were cut off or acts were done – Dwarfed and shrunk to their true dimensions, in the face of the great importance of existence itself. Faced with this importance, there is nothing else important at all. But in the gray, routine, dark, sedentary day – we have lost the ability to get drunk from the very existence, to be full to the brim of our very being, to get lost – within the being, within that we have slept. It is so easy to get sucked into what we have invented around the being into the external ecology of the world of commercial competition, and comparison to others. And from being sucked into drifting – we miss this realization that we exist. And it has an existential existence buried deep within us as fragile archeological remains, covered with what has fallen on them from the remnants of everyday life.
The being disguises itself as emptiness and when we meet the emptiness we panic and seek refuge in pragmatism, in activism. We see the emptiness and scared, then we feel that we basically do not exist, and this is a huge paradox that necessarily so (the encounter with emptiness) closest we ourselves throw from bark of the being. But we feel we are fading, and great anxiety grips us. We run fast to the activity, to the company of others in their lap (or in competition with them) we will feel that we have existence again and the next day we will pick up phones and initiate activities because tomorrow is Saturday and then the emptiness intensifies and is very frightening.
And he who really sleeps in this world and feels his old age is in a dubious and strange state. On the one hand within him, every moment is a symphony of Beethoven, an oratorio of Handel, or Haydn. But not only in the field of audio, is the very existence an almost unbearable experience. On the other hand, against the backdrop of the Rio Carnival and the stressful rat race around it – it is perceived as a kind of ghost in the eyes of those around it. It seemed to them full of emptiness, as representing the same emptiness from which they were fleeing.
The great moments of our lives happen when we succeed, our intimate shame together, touching the being of the other and we are both there separately and together. It is a rare moment of silence, a silence that is no longer an emptiness of a dead end but a tunnel at the end of which the light of the being shines. But usually we touch the shells of the others through our shell, letting the noise of the chatter, the chatter, the power struggles – intertwine and wrap the emptiness and not have the courage to dive through the emptiness to reach the quiet tones where the other’s inner being resides.
The problem, of course, is that foreign life and time put pressure on us to “do” and thus escape from ‘being’. There is tremendous conformity that presses to do, and shifts the center of gravity from the inside out, from the quiet to the noise, from the acceptance to the initiative, from the relaxation to the effort, from the confidence in creation and nature – to the fear that if we do not panic all the time. Life.
But everything is so old, everything is screaming: I exist! Everything is full of presence, every place, every tree, every house, overflowing, full of the being of their existence. And we walk among them, blind and deaf to this tremendous and transparent presence, completely opaque to the inner message of the being existence of the things around us, because we are deaf to the tumult of turbulent and hysterical emotions within us.
But this house – there is.
This street – sleeps.
This tree – sleeps.
This yard – old.
So they were yesterday, so they were yesterday, just there. So they were ten years ago, twenty years, and thirty years ago.
And we, stuck in exile of the routine and active daily life – sometimes feel this pulse of the being, sometimes it happens:
Sometimes a person goes through his life and comes to it -In his mind – a place, a place where he lived twenty or thirty years ago, a room, a street, and what comes with that feeling – it is a tremendous blow to an being.
Sometimes, when walking quietly at night and the street is so existent and so sleepy…
These are not the dramatic passages of life, but the things we have left from the past, which sometimes come without us feeling and suddenly a picture of a street, an alley, of a moment that was in a cafe – before our eyes – the being of that time visited us like a ghost. But if we come to the same place, we will not determine the being of that place at all. It will be just another place. So let’s say, “Oh, we just drifted into fantasy, everything was in our head.” But really this place visited us, the being visited us.
This paradox is amazing, in which the bustling and active doing, which seems to us to be the essence of “being”, is nothing but an illusion in relation to the essence, while the essence appears as an empty transparency in relation to the turmoil of activism around it.
Yet this silence, this inactivity, this house, this street, this forty-one hour, this evening – they have it all in them: everything is intense, ripe, full to bursting, is pregnant in the tenth month, laden with being, full of being.
The Mysteries of the being:
We live here, we exist and one day we will stop being.
And that’s all, really that’s all.
Besides everything is improvisations, footprints in the sand, shapes in the clouds, waves in the sea: marriage, children, studies, love, books, conversations, intercourse, diet, travel and trips, money – all these are coatings that do not touch the real thing . Most of the time we are busy with coatings, getting lost in coatings, taking for granted the real thing – the very fact of our existence and being. This fact does not make us anything special. And that the world around us is full and packed in a lot of people that are walking around like zombies – old their existence, does not help us to be aware that existence is our ultimate experience , exceptional, one-off and there is no emptiness are constant and eternal kingdom. The perpetual king is darkness, only sometimes a ray of sunshine or the light of a star flickers into it, but this light is a temporary and wondrous episode in the eternity of darkness.
Life is an oasis in the wilderness of nothingness before me -And there is nothing after me. Gone
In the desert, that will come to an oasis after years of wandering, will experience
Great and total. So is our life: an oasis in the wilderness of nothingness before and after we are, and one day the desert will re-emerge – after we cease to be. But our hearts are rough in our oasis, after all, all around us is seemingly inflation of a desert oasis, one disappears and many others pop up in its wake and immediately cover the gap left by the gap. We are drowning in the inflation of seeming life that hides from our eyes the true reality of the relativity and ephemerality of life versus the infinite and eternal spaces of infinity. It seems to us that this oasis of our lives is the routine of existence, and henceforth we are engaged in comparisons of palm lengths and coconut shell thickness, or in cultivating the fantasy of the prescription for happiness. What is not clear in this seemingly ongoing and satisfying existence, is that all this is happening to us now and as we cultivate the tiny bourgeois frontline of business as usual and darken the intensity of the experience of existence, the hourglass of time moves the last grains from the future to the past.
In search of the inner essence:
What is the essence? The dictionary definition of essence means that essence is the basic nature of existence.
And what about the essence of man? The essence of ourselves? What is this being.
Being is living within each of us? This essence is here our innermost part. It is the substance that centrally preserves the taste or other qualities of the being
being that is us. To be the essence of yourself, is to be free, clear and connected to the end, to myself and others. To feel the essence is on the one hand to feel the individual space common to all, and on the other hand to feel the personal essence, the basic subjective being
, the one that characterizes only us, the special hue only for us. These two are the hallmarks of a true connection to essence. However, a childish connection and an adult connection to the essence must be separated:
The childish connection to essence still includes within it elements of egocentrism. While the adult knows that along with being connected to his being, there is still a world outside of him, he is not the center of the universe, and just because he is connected to his being does not mean that the world is, meaning that if he is sad then everyone must be sad. He felt his inwardness completely without losing the proportions of a grain of dust compared to a vast and vast world.
Each child is connected to his essence with a different intensity. A child connected to his essence will probably grow up to be an adult connected to his essence. The only question is whether he will be able to be egoless or haunted by ego – in its later attachment to its essence. And yet it is possible during life to move from an external being state to a more internal and essential being state. It is possible by a powerful experience or under the influence of an event to move from a state of relative detachment from the essence to a closer, more internal and more substantial connection – with it.
At some point in our lives we are disconnected from the being
and thrown reveal the hurt feelings, to escape them we are wearing masks playing roles to help us escape from emotional pain, and it does not help we Reluctantly, from even farther, personal fantasy romance, or religious or messianic.
In general we find four mental states of inner existence: in the middle – the core, the essence. And around it are three circles, and each person can live in one of them, close to the essence or far from it.
-The state furthest from the essence is to be anchored in fantasy, in thedesires of the heart, in the personal story we tell ourselves about ourselves and life. The personal fantasy in our fevered minds, here people are very far apart and they bring – as it were – through the game of partner and servant two different fantasies.
So fantasy is the most distant and outward state in relation to essence. Another situation in relation to essence, less external, and closer to essence is:
-The state of interpersonal and social role-playing games. The circle that is more internal to the circle of fantasy (and therefore close to the essence) is the state of the mask, the persona. It is a state towards others, but it can become something that the person believes it really is, (until there comes a shock or a market that confronts him with who he really is, the essence). Here there are various masks, and many roles: intellectual, entertainer, criminal, perpetual victim, devoted husband, devoted worker, frivolous wife. However there is no doubt that every person will find the role that best suits his essence, but it is not him, it is just something that suits him, and that he adopts as if it is the real one . Here the lie is less powerful than the fantasy, here there is no longer a wild fantasy just a mask around the truth, a role in the show. But it’s a game, it’s not real, it’s a shell around the essence. In this circle it is still not possible to communicate between essence and essence, only to play games, and Eric Bern wrote about this in his book: “The Games of Humans”.
The circle that is more internal than the mask – and the closest to the core of essence is the circle in which emotions live. Deep and intense emotions, emotions that we think that if we allow ourselves, die or go crazy, emotions of anger, fear, longing, sadness, anger, shame, grief, – to be connected to this emotion is to be more connected to the essence, but still get carried away with these emotions Drift out of essence.
These are the three circles around me to the essence, conventional psychology hardly refers to the existence of the essence within the conditioning, the consequences, the repression, the denials, the games and the masks – that we put on it.
And again, what is this essence? The essence is effortless, it is the existence of a navel, a quiet being, whose power lies in its immobility out of itself.
Knowledge and being;
There is a disconnection between knowledge and the pulsating and breathing being of the person who needs it. It exists in many areas but is most jarring when it comes to the approach of psychology to the human psyche. Psychology “knows” the human psyche through intellectual observation and not through empathy. It distances man from himself through barren and lifeless knowledge, which is unrelated to the life being of the person in question. This is how a strange situation happens, that everyday things such as insults, conflict, bad word, jealousy, competition – awaken the available self, the ‘junk food’ of the self, the ego – And hearts a great fire. While the psychological knowledge, which was supposed to bring the person closer to himself, does not touch him at all. Learning and acquiring knowledge do not bring man closer to his inner being, on the contrary, they dry up the being.
From the beginning of elementary school to the end of university there is a massive separation between man and his essence and the things he learns. We are taught to absorb knowledge with only mental tools, which causes an asymmetrical distortion between the being and the mind. The academic approach to life comes from a dichotomy, from the separation of the self and the department of the intellect. At the age of 40 being generally already completely dry, and what there is in this place compendium of emotions and impulses that have been incorporated into his being of the person and they are the antithesis of the subconscious tremendous intellect active person. That is, in relation to stress it will indeed activate the intellect but will hurt from all the nonsense within it.
To come up with a conventional psychological approach and to explore the mind with purely intellectual-empirical tools without taking into account that both the researcher / therapist and the researched / patient are not connected to their own being would be like a person trying to make a cake with a toothpick. Only a living being, complete and united – can relate to another person, who can respond to this attitude only if he too has an being that has not yet been sacrificed in favor of the wild growth of the cold intellect.
The being as a female force:
The being is a feminine essence – it is its strength and it is also its weakness, since the femininity in our world is in a state of continuous oppression by the male power. This is the main reason why we find it difficult to touch and awaken the being within us. This is why it is so obscure, hidden and shrunk at the bottom of the subconscious. The female power, the being – Cannot extricate itself from under the forceful and compressed mass above it. This is the situation in our society and this is also the situation in the human psyche.
We live in a world dominated by the dominant, difficult, competitive male power. A world where even the women themselves do not live in harmony with their femininity, do not know what true femininity is and are dragged into a superficial game where external sticks and games cover up the lack of femininity with depth and power.
Feminine power is an internalized force, which must be summoned, encouraged. It rises from within, revives and opens, quenches and fertilizes. Redemption and renewal can come only from the inner spring and only by the female power, so that until he does justice to the female power -In our world and within us – We will not be able to come to terms with ourselves. A man can be born only through a woman and also a woman can be born only through the woman because life is only through the female pole. In the beginning of our lives it was through the woman she was our mother and later in our lives it can only happen through the inner woman, the inner femininity -Our inner being. In the absence of the presence of inner femininity we live in a world, in body and mind, governed by power struggles, a world in which all Dalits are man, but disguised as enlightened and seeking progress. Progress and enlightenment will never come to fruition without the release of female power and its redemption.
When femininity is liberated -It is like a geyser, like a storm that has erupted from within, like a flood of living water, groundwater that revives everything that has dried up and withered under tough male rule and grows masses of seeds and potentials that were frozen inside the dry male kingdom. Then there will be tremendous growth, as the female force is released from its prison and brings life from below to the drought above. (Which raises an interesting idea that the Shekinah will not come from above, from the upper spheres, but from below, from what is suppressed in our sewer pipes).
The inner being must be invited and encouraged, otherwise it will not come. And only the being can bring blessing and renewal. In its absence everything is difficult, one -dimensional, competitive and strenuous.
Hindus call the female force ‘Shakti’ and believe it is tucked away at the bottom of the spine -Like a snake folded around itself like a tense spring. The masculine power, called “Shiva” resides in the head as a gray and powerful manager, like a bird without wings – wings that can only be given to him by the release of the ‘Shakti ‘. Without female power, male power becomes an opinionated and powerful intellectual, based on knowledge without an understanding of depth and intuition. On the physical level it is the man who violates the woman, on the spiritual and mental level – This is the woman who violates the man.
To see through the eyes of the being:
A dying patient hides the truth, why? Well, it’s not that simple. The reason for hiding is not necessarily to give him peace or to spare him the anguish of knowing (how humane and considerate), but the truth is that it has simply become our habit – to hide the unpleasant truth, to bury the pessimism under an optimistic cloak, because that is how we live. For example, we put clothes on our flesh – Not to warm up or dress up but to hide what is important, what is naked, what is real , what we are. Attire is a kind of metaphor for our way of life: to cover the naked (not so attractive) by decoration.
This approach is especially prevalent in relation to crises in life. The most common approach, by cover lovers, is the decorative approach, which holds that the crisis is nothing but a good sign of things to come, a kind of necessary step on the way to a better future. Many books have been written about various crises in life, the common thesis of many of them (this is actually the reason why they were written at all) is, that this crisis is actually a tunnel and not a black hole, and at the end of the tunnel – light. What light exactly? Well, it does not matter so much. Usually this is some spiritual development, for in this therapeutic culture of ours, spirituality is thrown like a lollipop to every sufferer and dying.
It is true that spirituality is bought in torment, but who said that all suffering leads to spirituality? The truth is, anguish usually brings more and more anguish and at the end of the tunnel there is more darkness than within it. Horrible? Frustrating? Desperate? Well, from the point of view of the being there are no assumptions, no politics, no public relations, the truth is naked and unequivocal. The being looks at the world and sees it as seen by Sony’s new Japanese camera, the one that sees through clothing. Optimism and pessimism both stop at the level of dress. Now, not only does the being see beyond the envelope, it does not see the envelope at all, it sees only the content of things.
The worst secret of all is death. Human beings are divided into two in relation to death. Some believe in the existence of life after death and some just repress and try not to think about it. Only the being sees the end of life as certain and cannot hide. The being sees. Not for nothing is it called: the ‘seer’ prophet. Did he want to see what he saw? No way? , But this is what he saw through the eyes of the being and said simply: “As you live today – So will your future, who lives in denial and oppression – Will bring destruction upon itself, “from the point of view of the being there is nothing simpler than this.
My eyes that look through the adopted personality, through the persona, through the social mask – See the covers as if they are the real thing. People go on vacation and they sing on the bus or dance until the wee hours – how happy they are. But the being sees not the joy but the anxiety, the tension and loneliness beneath. A couple in love holding hands, how beautiful. The being sees them beyond the cover of the novelty of the thrill of falling in love, sees the intolerance, the mutual opacity, the lack of listening, the
The lack of empathy – To be revealed after the initial mantle of excitement crumbles.
To see through the eyes of the being is to see what is always, to see the bones behind the flesh, the state of account behind the scattered checks. And also the power behind shyness. The diligence behind a quiet gray work, the sparkle in the eyes, inside the hunched body. The greatness and inner beauty within you that are beaten, weak and oppressed.
To see through the eyes of the being, is to see clearly, the pulsating inside of the neglected and buried truth under the denial of the trivial triviality and superficiality of social discourse.
“How sad that we do not know the address of the soul …”
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
“Essence is the part of our son that makes us what we are. This is the space in the body where our ‘self’ resides. If they take it from us, we will not know who we are. If we fail to make contact with essence, we will provide nothing more.
“People must be in touch with the bodily sensation of their essence moment by moment in order to feel satisfied.”
. .. “Essence is the open and full feeling space in your body that is the source of all other phenomena. When you are connected to your essence, you can feel unpleasant feelings like fatigue, fear or toothache and still feel good. The essence is greater than these and other phenomena and you can feel the difference between death and “Everything else as the individual’s connection with his essence grows. This paradox, feeling good even when you feel bad, is the hallmark of essence.”
“Being is one of those rare human experiences that become visible to others, the deeper you feel them within you.”
“Many people in our culture are secretly sick at heart because they have everything but a connection to their essence.”
Dr. Jay and Kathleen Hendrix, Throughout Life, Ahiasaf Publishing 1996
The soul is a fire that darts its rays through all the senses; it is in this fire that existence exists;
All the observations and all the efforts of philosophers ought to turn towards this ME, the center and moving power of our sentiments and our ideas”.
Germaine De Stael (1766-1817)
The spirit of man communes with Heaven;
the omnipotence of Heaven resides in man.
Is the distance between Heaven and man very great?
Hung Tzu- ch’eng (1593-1665)
“All I ever wanted, was to try and live according to the motivation that came from my true self.
Why was it so hard? “
Herman Hesse, Damien
“He who knows himself knows his God”
10. To be natural – 2
In our time the word “natural” is perhaps the most commercialized word. Natural look, natural eat, behave naturally, get it naturally so. The starting point is, that the world we have created is not natural but the problem is that all our efforts to get closer to naturalness by going back to more natural products are just a fig leaf covering a basic fact: we are not natural in relation to how we could and should be as human beings.
This is the only approach to the issue of ‘being natural’ – All the rest are a cover for the real problem .
A natural ‘I’ – and an adopted ‘I’:
The world as it is initially and the world as designed by man, are not the same. Human culture teaches us false rules of the game, which are not the rules of the game of nature and the universe, but the laws of a society that does not live in harmony with nature. The rules of the game that we must learn in order to be successful in society – cause us not to live according to the rules of the game of nature.
A person has to pay his debt to society for his contribution to his economy, his security and the sense of belonging it gives him, but after fulfilling his duty to society and its norms, and if he wants to continue to develop in his life – He must learn the rules of the game of nature and creation, the main codes inherent in being a living being and a conscious choice in the world. These codes are not at all identical to the codes applicable to the social creature.
Society expelled man from the natural world – from ‘paradise’ – or rather, it is built so that you can treat man as he is, after expulsion from nature).
Deported from the real, natural world, man built him an alternative ‘paradise’, a paradise of movies, TV, phones, air-conditioned apartments, cars, transatlantic flights, facsimiles, jeans, country clubs … and this is the world for him. Into it is born, within it it grows, blind to the distinction between what is the real , primary world and what is a secondary setting on top of the original world. We watch animals in their cages, visit fenced nature reserves, watch stylish nature movies, and admire the world as tourists, as those who are outside it. We have evolved since ancient man, we say, we are not primitive. But the question that needs to be asked here is, is technological development part of human development? Does this development come at the expense of human development? Or not related to it at all? Morning and evening tell us that humanity is evolving, what development is this at all? And if it’s a development, maybe it’s a cancerous development?
That is: natural development or not?
The question of what is natural and what is unnatural can be explained with the help of the following analogy:
What is natural for a car and what is not? Would it be natural for a car to fill it with dirt and plant a mango tree in it? A car was created from some deliberate code, for a specific purpose. If we use it as a mango growing tool, it will undergo conversion and cease to be natural for its original purpose. In other words: a thing is ‘natural’ if it functions according to the original intention of what created it and according to the destiny that results from that intention. Hence, in order to know what is natural for man, one must know and understand what his destiny is, what the purpose for which he was created and what is embodied in the way he is shaped, which implies the way he should be ‘used’. The term ‘natural’ is synonymous with the original, primary, initial. Baby – by all accounts it is natural. As it moves away from its source, it may contort, become less natural, and deviate from the ‘standard’. These are the terms that are relevant to this discussion: natural is true to the source. Unnatural means – deviation from the standard. Indeed, the concept of being natural is a foundation for the question of man’s development and improvement, since his natural standard must first be understood. How was he supposed to be? These things are hiding another argument – spoiled person, the person who was expelled from Paradise, was expelled from his device. And so the first thing in this question of being on the pitcher of what is natural for man – is to know what is the standard in relation to which it should be, or to which it is worth returning. Because if there is no criterion, if there is no North Star, if there are no rules of the game, if there is no natural standard for man – then any human being can do what he wants. This is what actually happens and in terms of the initial model of man it is anarchy, in which science creates wild guesses based not on the right model, but on the unnatural state that characterizes man in the last thousands of years of his existence.
So where is the device? Who knows what it is? Who knows today what is natural for a person? What is a natural person? These are the questions. But they are the district that one must reach first of all, before moving on to any other question concerning the condition of man today.
The approach in this book is a developmental approach, (see also P. D. Ouspensky ‘s important book , “The Psychology of Man’s Possible Development,” Gal, 1995). This approach sees the person as not being in the spiritually proper state, and should seek and work for himself. This approach contrasts with the confusing perception between technological development and the development of human potential and therefore holds that humanity today is in a better position than in the past. The developmental or spiritual approach argues that humanity is in a state of degeneration in terms of its natural and spiritual potential and capabilities. That is, man, in reference to his original destiny, has been in constant decline for many centuries, a deterioration that has greatly accelerated in the last hundred years. Technological development comes at the expense of natural human development. For example: the telephone comes at the expense of the development of communication and dialogue between a person and his friend, television – As a substitute for real experiences , the book – at the expense of active imagination, the car – at the expense of the feet and so on. Different and varied types of crutches that if they were not available, man would have to take things out of himself by initial processing of nature’s raw material.
We are born with wonderful miracles, the human body. But most people do not pay attention to it, especially when we do not know how we feel. Our consciousness is not directed inward, to what lives inside, to what can grow and develop inside, but directed outward. We develop new models of computers, new cars, and new types of glasses. Next external development at the expense of internal development. Our power of action is channeled into objects, inanimate objects, devices, and even when dealing with a living thing, it is cataloged and quantified and fixed. What is it like? For a person who wants to learn and understand how a chicken is built and functions. Since it is difficult for him to learn it, because it is constantly running and running from place to place, killing it, placing it on the operating table and studying it in great detail, except that the hen is no longer alive and man does not learn about life processes, he learns something dead.
Anyone who walks into a university library is simply overwhelmed by the treasure of knowledge I will accumulate there. But the problem of the human race is not a lack of knowledge, but on the contrary, we are all laden with too much knowledge, just as the stomachs of all of us are laden with too much food. The excess knowledge accumulates as mental fat in the head, which goes inside but has no part in our lives. What does mental fat mean? It is knowledge that goes in, but is not used. Human culture is brainwashed in imparting irrelevant knowledge to human life. And this is a problem, because everything you know but do not use, stops you from living a real and authentic life. Every time we browse the newspaper, watch TV, and pick up a piece of gossip, every time we come across knowledge that is not useful to our lives – it is mental fat, which makes the thinking system vague, lacking dynamism, devoid of vitality.
And what does man do? Like that butterfly that runs into the flame, he runs to university and learns other things that are of no use in his life, becomes addicted to reading newspapers, solves crossword puzzles and exchanges knowledge of nothing with friends over a cup of coffee, and so on.
In order for knowledge to be natural and correct also in terms of the development of human potential – it should be in a dose and quality that corresponds to the level at which the person is (* “The Search for the Wonderful”. P. D. OUspensky, Schocken Publishing. 1979. P. 75-79). Ancient man had a very well-developed intuition, had well-developed instincts, but knew almost nothing. This is what Gurdjieff calls the “enlightened idiot.” Modern man is neither an idiot nor enlightened. He is laden with knowledge but lacks being
, he has no inner life and in fact he knows everything about nothing. He lives in what he knows and not in what he really is. It continues to absorb courses, innovative workshops, ‘how to do what’ books, but does not realize even a tenth of what is written there.
Life itself, the naked and untapped present moment, becomes caring – while knowledge about life becomes paramount. We have almost no connection to the real purpose for which we were created. We are completely expelled from it, rushing in an extreme way to further deteriorate from where we were supposed to be – as human beings. And all we can do about the problems that overwhelm us is treat the symptoms.
Why is a modern hospital like? To a hospital located at the bottom of a bridge through which a huge hole opens, and car after car get on the bridge and crash into an abyss. The hospital treats them but no one notices, or is able to treat a guy.
This is how a person is: dressed, fed, projected on the television, padded comfortably, but no one treats him as a person, his desires, his desires, his potential, who he really is. As children – we all have unique and individual potential, aspirations and desires, but the majority meet society, the social establishment (schools, work, etc.) and walk the well-occupied path, ‘like everyone else’, and then, after a while, forget and abandon what was possible, implicit And unique only to us. And again, this would mean that you have to spend money on these processes.
That is, there is the natural, primary, raw ‘self’, the one that is neglected. And there is the ‘I’ that takes command, the social ‘I’, the ‘I’ that we have adopted to succeed in what seems to us to be the ‘ real world’ – which is the social world
The child has little of the social self, and much of the natural ‘I’. The natural ‘I’ is the one with which one is born, it is the main thing, and the social self is the adopted self that is attached to the natural self. Examining the appendix handle for the most part. The child has a little care and a lot of essence, a little social ‘I’ and a lot of personal ‘I’, the personal ‘I’ is an essence while the social ‘I’ is a wrapper around the essence (* there, p. (175. 180 .235 .265 .269-2719. According to Gurdjieff, man is born with a nucleus that is his essence and potential. Everything else is not yet developed, (this can be seen in the proportions between the baby’s head- The stone – And between the body, and between the eyes – the soul – And the rest of the facial organs. )
During life, instead of the nucleus growing and developing, it remains frozen, in the house of age of the forbidden 5-6, The age at which most human beings first encounter the mighty press of education and social influence. Social culture (through educational institutions in particular) does not develop the natural gifts of man, the attitude towards others, the intuition, the ability to think alone, the sensitivity, the ability to understand something out of anything and especially how to derive meaning from all the ordinary and divided existence that surrounds us. The school does not teach how to think, and there is no attempt to cause growth from within. The things we are required to learn cause our inner and primary core of personality to remain imprisoned and frozen and we grow over the outer layers: how to get along, how to behave, what profession to acquire, what is the right image. But older people are still within them children who have never grown, because what can grow in a person are just the same things you were born with. Unfortunately it does not interest anyone. Social culture is not interested in promoting the unique individuality of each and every person, but strives for each individual to channel himself or herself and adapt his or her individuality to the collectivity of the whole. The collective rules over individuality, the mass rules over intimacy. In such a reality, it is no wonder that human communication is becoming increasingly alienating. We know well how to quote the things we find in newspaper articles and on television, but we do not know how to talk and communicate with others. Martin Buber addressed this failure in human relations, coining the pair of terms: “I am a relation to you.” And “my relationship is this.” In the “I am you” relationship he meant the essence trying to connect to another essence. In the “I am it” relationship, he talks about the alienated communication that exists in society, where external communication etiquette has taken the place of authentic communication. And he puts it this way: “The ego appears by separating itself from the ego of another person. The -human-person appears when he enters into a relationship with another human being. One is spiritual separation, the other is natural connection.”
(M. Buber, I & Thou, I & That, p. 112)
The power of man is embodied in that small inner core, which stopped growing at about age five. As soon as the social establishment has laid its hands on the child’s unformed soul, as soon as they begin to guide him how to be according to society’s precepts, he stops growing. But these commandments themselves, are a ship without a compass and a navigator, which has no trace of correct and natural codes. In this respect alone, it does not matter so much what kind of society man was born, communist, capitalist, and ultra-Orthodox or of a hippie commune – the tyranny of social culture – one is everywhere, in every country in every ‘culture’. If you fail to adapt life to the demands of the collective, you have no life. Society rejects you, condemns you. Success in life is basically adapting to the conformity of society.
So what about the self? As for myself?
What about the thing I was born with?
What about my occurrence and realization as a person?
Indeed, it is possible to go to a course in the evening, to dedicate your leisure time to smiling, as if your life are a kind of hobby. Most of your days, your good hours, you are required to do at work. And for what? After all, your stomach does not need more fruit, and your body only needs a place where you can lay it down and sleep. But this culture has led us to have our whole lives enslaved to work, so that we will have the same cave as the ancient man, only much more sophisticated. We have glorified the needs of the body to the dimensions of delicacies, at the same time as the soul does not receive what it needs. The cave has a wealth of information: from newspaper and radio and television to encyclopedias and the internet, but who really thinks for himself, from himself, and not just recycles what is accepted in his socio-economic stratum.
This is the reality into which man was born, this is the gap between natural and unnatural that we find ourselves within and from which, from this excess periphery, one must return to the source. Not to go back chronologically, but to return to the original source, to the soul from which man divorced after the age of five, from the moment he was forbidden to say what he thinks, what he sees, what he feels. From the moment he was taught manners and manners, hypocrisy and lies. We learn well how to play, how to adapt to the environment and the underage grows beyond all proportion, thick layers of strained personality, facing a small and degenerate nucleus of true personality , of an essence that man has not grown since he was five or six years old (* ibid., P. 175-179). These relations must be reversed, the inner core should be larger and more powerful than the outer shell. The mass of the presence, of the self of the individual should be immense, whereas all those things which have been adopted or learned should constitute only a very thin, flexible and adaptable membrane.
A person is mistaken in thinking that his shells are himself and declares himself: “I am a manager of a Bank” (for if he is fired and finds himself the next day in a job as a negligent office clerk, and can no longer say: “I am a manager of a Bank” he will destroy his world and find no more taste To his life). No, you are not a manager, you are a small child who seeks attention and understanding, you are a piece of life that wants to be realized, you are not in this mantle of the profession in which you studied and in which you received training, but in the core. Just as the fruit is not in the flesh of the fruit, but in its kernel, because in the kernel lies the potential for growth.
What is a person? Man is the one who can grow, it is the inside of man, essence, potential that has genetic codes capable of growing towards a light source, towards a criterion. But the social person – not only does not know how to distinguish between what he really is and the things he has learned and adopted, but he is wrong to think that he himself, that is: his self, is the things he has adopted. He does not know at all about the same thing, that is he does not know the childish essence (because it has not grown yet) that is he, that is his self. And when you meet an adult and look for what lives inside, you often find that no one lives there anymore, at most – a small, lost, confused and scared child. On the other hand, when you meet a person whose essence is developed, you feel something different, in presence. Look at him and he is not just a cardboard doll quoting things she read about the Middle East, and driven by primitive instincts and negative emotions – which he tries to suppress and hide, but it comes deep inside. And it is original and authentic, it is a spring in which things happen, it is alive, it happens.
There is no work more important, more real, than building ourselves from within. Everywhere we look, we find people trying to expand the volume of their outer personality, and even if there is a spark at a young age, how long will it last “Hot time will it continue to live, before the outside shell closes on it finally? It happens to almost everyone. And no therapy, But a quiet and prolonged intention – inward, a person’s intention to himself, to redeem the face from the outside, so that the collectivity that speaks from the throat of the individual – will give way to authentic uniqueness. The collective (social life), buries the individual essence (personal life).
This is a strange and terrible situation, because organically and naturally there is no such thing as a society … The universe gives birth to human beings, not societies and organizations. People come and form a society for reasons related to the preservation of the human race, but from the point of view of the soul, man is an individual, individual. This does not mean that everyone should live alone in a cave, but one should be aware of the tremendous power of society over the individual. Beyond that, keep in mind that eventually man is born alone and dies alone, and if he achieves something real in his inner life – he must also live alone (not in the sense of distancing himself from other people, but in the sense of creating an intimate inner space where man begins to meet himself without mediation). “How will others see it”), but in the existential, inner sense. A person has only one commitment and that is towards his own life, all the rest are things that the person has taken on and adopted for himself in order to survive in society and integrate into it. The organic, natural and only code with which a person is born is a soul that wants to grow.
The essence of man is the primary nucleus that needs to grow. This nucleus needs something to happen for it to grow. Just as the seed in the earth must come in contact with water and minerals so that it can transcend its own ‘prison’ and send roots towards food sources, so does the soul. She must first meet something that will thaw the prison and allow ‘roots’ to be sent to ‘suitable food sources’ for her. One must meet things that relate to the essence of life, and especially meet people who really talk about what is going on within them, about their position within themselves, about their inner and intimate feelings. As Bashevis Singer once said when asked in an interview with him, what is his opinion of the State of Israel, about Menachem Begin: “When a person gets up in the morning he does not think whether Begin or Peres are the prime minister of Israel, but he asks who I am, why I come here, why I live “.
It is true that even real conversations about Da and Ha go through real things, but they go through stealing, underground, as covert messages through the way a person expresses and transmits what he says, and less through what he says. People are constantly broadcasting essential things, but not directly. We have become accustomed to not addressing these messages, we have learned not to address the essence, so that the essence, in human relations, has become essentially a treat. It is easier to talk to another about politics than about how he feels within himself. The common cliché is that a person talks to those close to him about it and this is a common mistake, because with those close to him … The king is completely naked, and the older the person, the harder it is for him to talk about his true feelings .
One of the ills of human culture is that instead of reinforcing the same basic questions that Bashevis Singer addressed – and constantly supported the inner fire and always asked – who am I? What am I doing here? What should I do in the years I have been allowed to live? Instead of all this culture provides other foci to revolve around, and in fact expels man from the real , basic questions, from the perpetual questions and will always be burning and scorching, so they can be found in every great work of literature, ( Dostoevsky , Thomas Mann, Tolstoy , etc.), and every piece Classical art.
Even the religions – designed by their very nature to examine the connection between man and the world, between man and God – have even become a sick, institutionalized body, providing man with comfortable and institutional avenues through which he can avoid encountering his destiny. Religion provides a placebo medicine, in the form of rituals and prayer books, and in that it gives the feeling that observance and a visit to a synagogue or church are enough for a person to be able to live with himself in peace. The initial encounter with your destiny, with your God, this personal and intimate encounter no longer exists in most religions.
The priest overcame the Prophet (* essay: “Priest and Prophet” from: “On the Crossroads” by Ahad Ha’am), and the Prophet became a disturbed and delusional man. And the fewer the prophets, the more the priests multiplied, and their tyranny increased. Attention is diverted from the essential and essential – which resides within you the uniqueness of the human soul – to the therapist, to the grammar of poverty, to the written law, to the shells. The direction in which a finger instructor is no longer important, and focusing only on the finger, and not even on the finger, but on the rings worn on it and which becomes the object of worship, the religion itself, Shin-Gimel became the camp commander.
Society has done and will do everything to vomit the prophet out of it. If you do not cross it, you will see in it an eccentric, a curiosity that should not be taken seriously. But the truth is, humanity has reached its highest heights only thanks to those eccentrics that were at the time assigned out of disgust, or just neglected and despised.
In such a sick society, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to grow as a real person. A person who grows within society, must lose a great deal of his uniqueness, must pay heavy taxes on his growth until almost nothing is left of him. There are very few authentic survivors in this society, demanding to cover up the cry of the soul and glorify the thickness of the shells.
Anyone who invests his time in a company loses his time in vain, you can only invest in the individual person, and in fact – only in yourself.
A person can only be responsible for himself. The only true affinity is between man himself and his soul. The real arena in which a person lives, is the same short and infinite range between him and his soul.
There is no real and real existence for a nation, society or country, all of these are fictions in terms of the authentic existence of man in the universe. The only real issue is: the soul and existence. When other things cover this subject — then perhaps they have a right to exist, but not without the inner existence within man.
We live today in an imitation of an imitation of an imitation – of what was once a human being, of what was once a life. There is no way to make archeological digs, but to go back to this original, basic thing within us.
The universe exists and is happening now, and continues to grow now, you are happening now, or you are not happening. And nothing matters other than this act of growth toward God.
We are a shard of a lost soul, cut out of cosmic harmony. Our soul lives in crying and crying, imprisoned in matter, cut off from the divine source, very much wanting to return home. She is basically the one who provides the material and gives it the vitality and ability to move, but she herself needs help, and she must connect to the source.
The difference between the person as he was supposed to be and should be and the person as he is today is similar to the difference between having a TV set 30 Channels and remote control, and posters of the Mapai party are pasted on a television set on its screen …
Man today has become an unused machine.
To begin and be used one must awaken: in every situation and at all times to think about, and strive for, the essential, that which is beyond the shells.
In any situation ask yourself “Where is my ‘I’ now? What shell am I in now? Very far from the soul? Or close? What is essential in what I am doing or saying right now? Or is it all shells?
What is real? So I’m inside myself right now? Am I connected to myself? What’s going on inside me? What do I want right now?
The person lost, lost the code. Fall asleep, forget what needs to be done. He is here, so he eats, drinks, and enjoys at the expense of the hostess (Earth), exploits her, tramples her honor, and completely forgets what he is here for, and what he must do.
Natural essence (inner being) and adopted essence (mask, image):
Gurdjieff was the one who coined the term: ‘essence and personality’ ESSENCE & PERSONALITY In his book “In Search of the Miraculous” 0uspensky explains the intention: essence is what we are born with; Personality is what we acquire. The essence includes both the physical components and the psychological components: hair color, bone structure, and psychological tendencies and skills. Personality is mostly imitation, essence is original.
People close to nature have a strong essence, but people who grow up in cities have a strong personality. Personality (or image) is the envelope we have adopted in order to protect our essence, which is simple and innocent as a child. According to Gurdjieff the essence stops growing around the age of six seven. The personality, or image, can be different and contrary to the essence so that it creates a strange feeling of alienation, as if we do not know who we really are. Sometimes when we are tired or surprised, the image mask falls off and the essence peeks out from under it. It is easy to see this in people other than ourselves, because essence is not always self-aware.
One of the hardest things to do is to take responsibility for things that seem to come out of us when we did not notice. When a person says something like, “It was not intentional, I didn’t mean it,” he is actually creating a dichotomy between him (personality) and his subconscious (essence), as if to say, “The subconscious is not me.” The whole ‘unintentional’ section is not a relevant section at all – it does not matter if it was intentional or not, on the contrary, the ‘unintentional’ is more the person than the stated intention. The intention means ‘I contrived,’ I pretend ‘I try’, while ‘No intention’ is an expression that comes to the essence of the person. People will always prefer to show in a better light than they are, rather than being authentic. This is about being able to be who you are and accept yourself. In fact, the bottom line is that everything we do we do on purpose, however we do not take responsibility for what does not fit with our image. People will prefer to sell their authenticity for the pose. In so doing they not only create a dichotomy, but also repress what arises and lives from the being. They will continue to show that everything is pleasant and nice instead of accepting the unpleasant sides of them, and this is precisely the most important challenge in their lives. Accept who you really are so you can build the rest on him.
The self-lie, the self-deception are the most dangerous as they evoke the illusion that you are already there, that you have no need to work on yourself, that you have arrived. All true inner work must be done with the natural essence and not with the adopted one. Instead of befriending the ego,
To accept him and his mistakes, we try to restrain him and reach happiness in spite of him. He has meanwhile grown up in the basement and from there manages our lives. So people must make friends with the basement inside otherwise the plague will always erupt from the blocked sewer inside.
11. The fire inside
The fire, the inner fire, the fire of life, to be lit by the fire of being, to burn with life, to burn from within, to be lit – These are all expressions and images that are very close to my heart. I do not know so much why, perhaps because it is the state of the being when it illuminates the person from within? One large and sustained combustion, senna burns and does not eat.
The fire of life:
Everything passes and life passes, like fire passing through the wooden planks.
Before the fire the wooden pieces are inanimate lumps, when they pass through the fire they are alive and after the fire they are ashes.
Life is fulfilled through living beings – just as fire burns through flammable substances. But neither fire nor life exist all the time. They come and go, exist only for a while and then pop up again. Exist as a force that has the possibility of being realized only if the conditions that will put it into practice are met, and when the combustibles are tools or are no longer in the cities – life and fire go away. The incarnation of the fire occurs the moment a spark ignites and grips a piece of paper or wood; the flare of fire in a substance is similar to the flame of a human spark of life, but it is also very different: the flame of a substance in a fire is one-time. Humans, on the other hand, can “ignite” several times and on several levels. In man there are different layers with a different flame threshold, variable combustion quality and unique combustion duration. Just as wood is a less good combustible material than coal, coal has a lower combustion threshold and lower combustion quality than gas – so different layers in man, such as passions and emotions, religious longing and spirituality – each has a different flare potential in terms of quality, duration And its availability.
In the material – the higher the state of accumulation, the higher the potential for flare-ups. For example: oil burns better and purer than coal, gas is better than oil, and ‘burning’ electricity is better than all mentioned.
And what happens to a person in the ‘flammable’ sense?
The level of instinct flares up violently and quickly with every stimulus of food, sex, drink, control, accumulation of power and money.
At the emotion level the flare is less rapid, but the emotion level is a huge accumulation of combustibles. Every insult, every attraction or rejection, every doubt or joy – Sending long and deep waves that can burn for a long time and deplete all mental resources. Apart from the burning of passion and emotion, a person has a huge accumulation of burning, which usually remains off.
Compared to the emotional or creative burning accumulation, this accumulation is almost non-flammable, but ignites – It is a kind of perpetual fire or bush, which changes the whole system within which it burns. Refers to the fire of the inner being, that when it is lit nothing is the same anymore.
The fire of the inner being:
Fire is the factor that drives things, matures things and makes things happen. Fire causes a transition from one state of existence (accumulation) – to another. The formation of fire is not something mechanical, it is more of a miracle, the creation of something out of nothing: before there was nothing and suddenly it slept.
The difference between living without fire, and living with fire is the same as the difference between pushing a car with your hands and refueling it and driving. If the engine does not start – everything remains at the mechanical level, relying on the physical strength of the hands and efforts resulting from self-compulsion and willpower. But these are never enough to make things really happen, to move things from level to level.
Only with the power of fire can things really be moved from a state of non-existence to a state of oldness, to a state of being.
For example, what makes a person a good salesman? The ability to turn the customer on the product he is selling. Most salespeople work out of an urgent effort of persuasion and it is a linear, rational line that does not catch or turn people on. What motivates us to purchase a particular product or service is not our rational side but rather the emotional side.
In a sale – if the customer is emotionally turned on – it is yours. Even in relationships people are turned on by each other. Men turn on quickly and turn off quickly, women turn on slowly and burn for a long time. (Higher and finer combustion material?)
Difficulties in marriage begin as soon as the fire between the couple begins to subside or it goes out completely. There is no wisdom that there will be fire between them after two months, the wisdom is that there will be fire after fifteen years.
And so it is with religious-spiritual life: most spiritual-religious leaders who succeed in igniting the student regarding religion or spiritual life – do so by virtue of their personal charisma and perhaps their inner fire, yet they ignite the student’s feelings not his being. It is a subjective ignition that consumes the chance of ignition of the fire of the inner being. In the spiritual way the emotions must not be ignited. Emotions are a light and explosive combustible material that ignites easily – From the outside – and turned off quickly. This is not the case when it comes to igniting the inner being. It simply cannot be lit. – It happens or does not happen. The being is ignited from within and by a quantum leap.
Many gurus are good sales people and good sales people are a kind of gurus of the products they sell, trusting to ignite the feelings of the potential customer. This does not mean of course that they are not honest or trustworthy or that they have no great spiritual achievements, it just means that their center of gravity is commercial or missionary. But the clergyman or the spiritual man or the non-commercial, authentic spiritual teacher, the one who is true to himself, does not do the work for his disciples. He does not sell them his charisma, but tells them that their ignition can only occur from the ignition of the inner spark that already exists within them. But then all the problems arise: for most who walk the path of religion or the spirit – it is very difficult to ignite from within alone, because they are still fixed in the emotional world and connected to ‘wet’ substances within them, extinguishing the being fire, such as emotional identification, emotional involvement, illusion of self-image and so’ . Therefore no click is created, and no fire flares up.
In general, the main problem of converts and those who plan to follow some spiritual path is that after joining an institutional path, they lose the spark and instead develop (usually fanatical) devotion to the new path. Once the personal spark is sacrificed on the altar of collectivity, there is no going back, it is irreversible. Adherence and fanaticism about the religious or spiritual path are a substitute for cardboard for the inner fire that is supposed to burn in anyone looking for a way.
Fire can form under two conditions in hunger and friction.
The friction is created in an encounter with difficulty and its products, such as: old age, death, loneliness, frustration, terror, anxiety, existential absurdity,
Emptiness and more. Those who join an institutionalized spiritual path are often asked to “think in a positive way,” to think that now everything is going well, that there is hope, that it is in the direction of happiness. A spiritual regime that adopts the indoctrination of positive thinking precludes any possibility of internal friction that can ignite the individual spark.
Hunger is the result of a longing for something that is missing that is not.
From the moment a person joined an institutionalized spiritual path he gave up hunger, longing, the need to ask more and more questions. Now he already has all the answers ready and he is satisfied. A seventh person will never light up from within. Once a person is ignited from within he goes from a pupa state to a butterfly state. Giving up the being fire means staying in a golem state – forever.
About the great fire and spiritual intoxication:
Plato, in his parable of the cave, speaks of people bound in chains in the cave, their faces to the wall and behind them a fire burning that casts their silhouettes on the wall opposite them. They are sure that the silhouette is the reality and they are not at all aware of the existence of the fire in their backs. And the parable? Most humans do focus only on the shadows and are unable to see the fire that caused them. Fire is the causative factor, the hidden factor responsible for what happens and what is seen. To live with an inner fire is to live with some great and painful love for something that is outside the here and now available and every day. Spielberg’s marvelous film ‘Third Encounters’ presents an analogy to this matter. The protagonist abandons all his silhouette pursuits because he feels something from the fire (fire from another location) and all he can do is tune towards it, because it is the real thing, now he knows it.
Living in such a state in relation to fire is also documented and wonderfully described in William James’ book “The Religious Experience to the Issue.” James describes people who were one day ignited by a fierce religious fire (the fire of God) and have since been burning with tremendous fire because something touched them: “Became human-hearted, reborn, gained grace from above, experience a religious experience , find security – all these are expressions Next to mark the process that gradually or at once, in which the self, which was formerly a robe, inferior, miserable, unworthy of his consciousness – reaches a general inner unity and becomes excellent, happy, properly worthy of his consciousness, by gaining a stronger grip on the reins Religiosity. ” (“The Religious Experience of the Issue”, William James, p. 125 Bialik Publishing House 1984).
(Continuation and expansion of the subject of the quantum leap of the being, of the subject of the alchemy of the being and more, in the books next, or after the next, entitled: “Quantum leap of the being”).
Another, but not entirely, direction of fire in a person’s life is reflected in the theory of the Kundalini energy. Kundalini is related to the concept of the Hindu religion, which has a huge flare potential called Prana, or kundalini, at the base of the spine. When this underground accumulation ignites it climbs up the spine and finally ignites the head. Of course these are flares and flames that are not physical, but spiritual and energetic. However, there is evidence of people flaring up suddenly, for no apparent reason. This phenomenon is called “spontaneous human flare-up” ( spontaneous human combustion). The one who experiences the Kundalini on his body and flesh is the Indian Gopi Krishna who wrote about it in his autobiographical book: ‘Living with a Kundalini.’
One can be on fire with temporary and external substitutes, like being in love, like being drunk, like by consuming a drug, like after a particularly powerful experience. These conditions can cause a kind of internal ecstasy, but they have elements of addiction. These temporary and physical substitutes lower the fire to the level at which the person is (usually the level of the instinct and the body) instead of elevating him to the level of the real fire. Another example is the religious ceremonies, which attempt to bring the participant into a state of spiritual transcendence through ritual – Intentional ritual behavior. The religious experience is not internal and its effect expires after the ceremony, so there is a need for a regular repetition of the ceremony (one has to come every week again to a synagogue, church, mosque, temple), otherwise the effect subsides and disappears.
However, it is impossible to get through life without getting drunk or being drugged. The pain of existence and frustration are too great. In fact it is possible to better understand those who earn than those who go through life without it. Of course, that alcohol and drugs, like any other addiction, are a disaster, while getting drunk and drugged from the inner fire – are a wonderful blessing. There is fire in both drugs and alcohol, but it is a fire in a prison, a fire that enslaves and not a liberating fire like the fire of the inner being.
When the fire fades…:
The hunger for happiness grows as the supply of happiness formulas and synthetic, consumer happiness products expands. People seek happiness in relationships, job advancement, studies, and holistic, religious, and other settings. Each one comes with his own personal unhappiness which he hopes to fill and the majority is persuaded, at one point or another, to give up the realization of personal happiness and to be sucked into a collective framework that will solve his own private problem as well. There is in this an admiration of the golden calf – Something that is not real for the individual, but at the collective level may be a suitable substitute for the coveted sense of happiness.
Belonging to such a happiness-seeking collective, the person is a kind of bystander, a kind of ardent supporter – But nothing real happens to his personal and inner life. He is all a member of a particular club where he has a reserved chair, and the more people who walk around are convinced that this is it, the easier it is for them to give up this rare and important commodity with which they came to the group – the element of longing, longing and existential frustration. In other words – The fire.
Many times in this spiritual, holistic, political, nationalist, religious or alternative society they succeed in killing the longing, in killing the longing. The substitute that has emerged in its place is faith, or the promise: if you believe it will be alright. The most serious thing about these ‘good hope organizations’ is that they manage to lubricate the friction, soothe the hunger and kill the longing.
The problem is not actually the existence of the framework, as it is wrong to think that the fire of love fades because of the framework of the institution of marriage. Fire, being, has no problem with frames, on the contrary. The being needs a framework, it feels good in a framework, it is protected by a framework, it requires a framework, it requires discipline. But not an artificial framework imposed from the outside, but a framework it creates for itself – because the most important condition for it, so that it can continue to maintain itself as a being is to create an environment with a very clear system of rules and regulations. Marriage in this respect does not at all interfere with an being of love, on the contrary, it is what it needs in order to continue to be. But a married life whose framework is not forced by social norms, but by the merging of the entities of both spouses. The dissolution of the marriage framework is a direct product of the decline of the fire of love. Love calls for the creation of a supportive and preserving framework that will strengthen the being of love. The idea of freedom for the sake of freedom is a product of disintegration and not an expression of positive development.
When a person does not have a central core, he develops an attitude of becoming after freedom for the sake of freedom, (Erich Fromm in his book: “Escape from Freedom”). That is, when there is no being – the framework seems confined. But what is she actually imprisoning? The demons of instinct and emotion, the wart. Even if we supposedly take the being and tell it, you have a choice: to be in chaos without any framework or to be limited by an external framework – She will still choose the frame. Something real and powerful must be protected by a framework (even if it is not organic). This is a perception that is difficult to accept, as the frameworks seem to run counter to the fantasy of personal growth. A person placed in fantasy immediately becomes an enemy of frames, but the frame is the enemy of fantasy but is not an enemy of the being.
Parents come to the child and tell him – Frame – Speaking of something important that can only grow in a frame, while the child is still in the hedonistic stage, the demonic queen of instinct and emotion, the crystallization of the ego.
So what is the problem with the frame? The problem is that there are religions that once had fire, today the fire is gone and the framework becomes an end in itself. People walk into a frame and say, “A frame is not good. If you remove the frame everything will be fine.” But if you remove the frame then what will be left will be one big emptiness. When the framework becomes dominant in the absence of a being, it is terrible. But I say that when there is no being – what it matters at all whether there is a suffocating framework or not – there is no being.
This is really a very big optical error. One can look at the suffocating framework of religions from institutions, from the police and say, if we get to democracy everything will be fine. What is democracy? Democracy is basically exposing the naked king and admitting that no one is endowed with the stature of a true leader, so let’s divide the power between some, for a limited time and then after a while we will replace them with others, since everything is equal in their insufficient level.
The thing is that because there is no God and there has long been no God (God is dead in our culture) – the framework is considered by the hovering, hallucinating and dreaming – as something that is anti-growth, but is not anti-growth, is actually the best friend of growth, because growth cannot occur without frame. The very fact that a soul resides in the body indicates this, but since there is no longer a soul then they are going to kick the body as well. Let the body go wild, drink, week, break up, and… Disassemble the frame.
From the limited point of view of fantasy – the body makes life. But from a deeper and wider point – in fact he is traveling towards his disintegration, he is consuming life. Any call to dismantle a frame is a call against the being – and if there is no being then simply say: “So if there is nothing then at least there will be nothing, one in which the chaos will celebrate and there will be no framework in which something will force me to do something.”
It is important that there be some fire to the person. Fire for something, for someone. Because when the fire disappears – man falls back on himself, on the ego, on the passions. To want to get a new car or a new home is not fire, it is unease, it is to live in the power of despair and in the power of depression and in the power of jealousy or greed and that is exactly what brings people to astrologers. This is not fire, this is distress. Many frameworks refuse to admit that there is no fire in them. There is a public and social denial along with a strong repression of the framework that binds virtually any inner expression. If we take from the people the social “hammer” then all they can say is that the king is naked.
Usually when there is real fire in different settings the worst of all happens – there is an external flare-up of the fire, an increase in the external excitement that works on the fuel accumulation of the potential of the internal fire. As long as it is external it is a symptom that the person has been robbed of the most precious thing he has, for the benefit of some imaginary bank. When the person is in the process of reversing a process of inward journey – an encounter with the being
Uniqueness in which – the fire becomes more and more powerful.
The spark and ignition:
Most of humanity (by virtue of being commercialized, mechanical and soulless) – has moved away from its own being, and lives in the social substitute.
Justice Heidegger when he said: S’hisot comes first, and although she was before all and at the base of all -ch easy to betray ‘. Betrayal being
(internal presence of things) occurs not only in the social arena, but also in other arenas: the scene of the marriage, friendship, etc. . And the gap between living with the being and the life of
Betrayal of her – It is very large but also very small. Big in terms of outcome, small in terms of effort. It’s like the difference between taking a lamp in hand or sticking the lamp-plug in a socket – that’s the whole distance. And as long as the plug is not plugged into the socket it is possible to touch the sky and embrace God, but the plug is not in the socket. Then there is no initial spark of unmediated animals, i.e., electricity, i.e., fire.
This spark is found in every meeting with something new and amazing, a book sometimes does it for us, turns us on from the inside, a song, a special and unique person – there are connections. Because there is an initial spark that causes the union of consciousness and being to unite, that causes you to be there and causes you to connect to something full of fire.
The initial spark is a seed and the final fire is a flower.
Simply put, the person should light up.
When there is no spark, it’s a waste of time and when there is – nothing matters. This is not a trip to the Andes to win the Silver Cup. This is the most common thing on earth – the spark of life. Man has a physical spark, a mental spark – And both are automatically ignited, but not the spark of being.
Most people live with the lack of ignition of the spark of the being -As a reality, and living in the lower common flame substitutes – Sex, emotion, career, politics, power struggles.
As with Zen, one should simply stop interfering with the intellect and let something beyond appear. So also in the Alexander method, one should avoid exercising the desire to do and let the body be. This is also the case with the spark of the being – it’s more about not interfering with the spark than trying to light it. People look for the spark in those that have been lit, but people can be near something lit and left off like damp rags, because the ignition occurs when they are not forced, and it comes from within.
Most of the gurus robbed those who followed them of the possibility of reaching it on their own. Guru is crutches, cult is crutches, institutionalized religion is crutches – All of these rob the spark of the possibility of being realized.
Once you condition the realization of the spark in belonging to a cult, in the performance of religious ceremonies, in reading songs, in falling in love – you lose the ability to grow that spark from within and actually rob the person of what is most important to him, the possibility of creating an affinity between him and his spark.
Belonging to an organized framework that cares, so to speak, of sparkle, there is an initial thrill that is fantastic, and that thrill (as in falling in love) is almost always lost afterwards. If a person conditioned to spark his initial excitement, the moment he lost his excitement – he will lose the keys in the ignition spark his personal and private. The biggest challenge is basically not to succumb to external conditioning but to insist on self-motivation, from within. Most people have a very great difficulty in starting their spark. They sell the start of the spark sparking in the lentil stew of safe conformity, of belonging to something solid and ‘safe’, a great and institutionalized way, (where everyone gets lost together, while cultivating the belief that it will happen tomorrow).
For a person with a spark – the whole world exists for him on one spoon of the scales and the spark on the other spoon.
The hardships of the spark over the years:
It’s hard to meet people in their fifties who have a spark, with that reflection in their eyes that hints and tells of the whispering embers inside.
At the age of thirty sometimes there is still a spark, at the age of twenty -sure.
But at the age of fifty, the chances are slim.
Sparks do not fade, they can only burn and decay on the wrong things.
Like a seed that can remain for many years as a seed, but may rot if improperly watered.
The problem with the whispering embers of the soul, with the fuel accumulation of being is, that it may be ignited for nonsense from without and not for life within, not as a result of the inner fire.
Then they decompose. What a terrible and irreversible waste.
The spark can ignite on sex, on love, on success at work, on institutionalized religion (repentance), on marijuana, on alcohol, etc. – all of these steal the combustion power from the spark, draw the potential fire to themselves and the spark leaves nothing and it dies.
Friction and ignition should come from within, driven by the life force itself and not by something from the outside. Once the spark is ignited due to a factor that exists outside the person’s inner life – ‘Really cool’…
There is only one source, which not only ignites the spark but intensifies the flame, and to such an extent that man burns in the fire of life itself, as if to brides, but every time the fire intensifies, and this source is the inner life of man, from there comes friction.
If no internal friction is created by the age of fifty, most people are already faded and turned off.
In this state the being has become, since then, a black hole into which one plunges in exhaustion, in existential helplessness, in lack of desire, only to feel the inner emptiness sucking and sucking. From there you are thrown or run away again to the frenzy of activity, just do not feel the loss from within.
This is not the case in a situation where the inner being is like a little sun. Here the body is no longer frantic, here the fire burning quietly in silence , the body finally rested, not shaken by passions, doubts, questions, nos, restlessness, ambition – but quietly burning, cold inner fire.
Like an old house at the end of a street and only in the still windows a twinkling spark, tells of a flame burning light-years away, deep inside – in the distant star of the soul.
But most of the houses on the street – their windows are off, did not save the fire in the fireplace for the real occupant of the house. Their inhabitants were tempted passers foreigners: books on line, films with a message, songs are wonderful, hypnotic music, flirting under a full moon, repentance – all guests for a moment (or more), Homsi spark like them, collect sparks siphoned away to the outside throw intimacy of the inner being. Tempting the subject of the spark to follow the flashes, the lightning outside. Venus and lightning are a death sentence for the inner fire. A fire that can only burn in the intimacy between man and himself.
However, an entire life can pass – and the spark does not ignite, but it is better that way, it is better to have a dim coal, virgin and full of unfulfilled promise – from a burnt wood burner that has perished in foreign fields.
As long as the coal is still there is hope that it will ignite the only fire that will always burn – the inner fire. And without the inner fire – life is cold and ordinary, full of pain and despair, anxiety, loneliness and frustration.
Only the power of the inner fire can bring about the alchemical process, the quantum leap – which allows us to bear the existential pain and frustration – without falling under them.
“The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly.”
Joe Turkel as Tyrell, “Blade Runner”
“Soul is not a mysterious substance, it is not part of God, it is God himself. But not God of the earth, who creates all creatures and not God who directs history and appears as the central event. But as God present in the seat and personality of human beings. Holds them, hits them and changes absolutely them. “
Paul Tillich, 1886-1965, from “The Eternal Now .
… “What burns is God – and darkness is the cold matter from which animals and humans are made. Closest to God are the eternal ideas, which are the primary forms of all beings. The human psyche is a” spark “of this divine fire, which shines in all. “A place in nature: we can see it in all living things. Even a rose or a bell has something of the divine radiance. The greatest distance from the living God is the earth, the water, and the stone.”
“The soul is a fire that darts its rays through all the senses; it is in this fire that existence exists; all
The observations and all the efforts of philosophers ought to turn towards this ME, the center and moving
Power of our sentiments and our ideas”.
Germaine De Stael (1766-1817)
Part Three: What Is There, What Is Missing and What Is In Between
12. Truth, falsehood and being
Usually the truth, if it is true to itself, is harsh and provokes sharp reactions.
The heralds of truth have never been popular with human beings and some have even been persecuted, exiled and tortured. And so human beings have always sought a way to convey the truth and yet keep their heads on their shoulders. And here’s a way, people love stories: in novels, in the newspaper, in the movies, on TV, in gossip and more. The stories allow escape from the impossible difficulty of existence and as the absurdity and horror of existence intensifies, so does our longing for stories. Some men find them in the sports section of the newspaper and some women find the story in gossip sections or soap operas. And because humans love stories so much, you can sell them truth in a cover story, in the theater, in fine drama and prose. The story charms us, numbs our alertness, it leads us, takes us from ourselves. The story is a good place to encrypt the truth, where she wears metaphorical, analog, symbolic masks – Speaking directly to the subconscious -In her language. And every crumb of truth gives the reader’s ego great pleasure, he both enjoys and confirms the truth he already knows within himself, and can share with it together with the author. Our consciousness, which enjoys the story itself, does not know that at this very moment, the subconscious receives an encrypted message from the world of truth.…
Rabbi Nachman towards the end of his short days, said he was desperate to pour direct truth into the hearts of his students and he decided to encrypt the truth within captivating stories he would tell them. Thus, when the truth is encapsulated, disguised and encrypted -As a deaf agent – within the fabric of stories, she has a chance to reach human beings.
Thus, protected and confidential as a pearl within the shell of the story – the pearl of truth is married and may reach its destiny.
The story I will now tell is called “The Frog and the Pearl”:
Once upon a time, many years ago, lived a powerful king, with wisdom and rest of spirit. Although the king was wise and enlightened, the inhabitants of his kingdom were not interested in his wisdom but only in the pleasures of life that he knew under his rule.
The king in most modesty gave his people what he wanted and saw sadly how they do not know seven, pursue only pleasures and wealth and are not at all addicted to words of wisdom and knowledge. The king had a servant, a frog, who was loyal to him for many years and loved and valued him to no end. With the years, the frog and old, and one day called him the king and told him: “frogs beloved, you served me well over the years and now have grown old and it is time for you to retire and spend the rest of your life comfortably. But, since you served me so faithfully, ask me anything you ask and I’ll try to give it to you “. “But I do not want to retire,” cried the frog, “to continue to be with you and serve you, that is my only wish.” “Unfortunately this is not possible, because the burden placed on you is already heavy for your change, but please ask everything from my people and respect it ,” “If so” said the frog “My wish is that you give me the right to pass through villages and towns across the kingdom and tell about you and the words of wisdom in your mouth. We will give. ”
“Okay,” said the king, “but if that is the only thing you ask for, then let me give you another thing, a pearl — if I plant it under your tongue, and whenever you open your mouth to speak wisdom, pearls will roll under your tongue and fall to the ground.” The frog wondered greatly but asked nothing, thanked the king for his gift and set out, to the subjects of the kingdom.
After a few days of travel, the frog arrived in a large city whose name he did not know, where he saw people running back and forth with an expression of seriousness and pragmatism on their faces, hurrying and running out of frozen seriousness, as if an urgent and important goal was in front of them. Thus – the mother with her baby stroller, the elderly man measuring with his cane, the men and women. The frog found a particularly crowded place, next to what looked like a large department store, and people came in and out with full bags in their hands. The frog placed an empty box under it and began to speak: “O honorable people, I came to talk about that loud and sublime man, a man who dedicates his life to doing good to you, who you never stopped to listen to …” The frog continued to talk, but no one stopped to listen He had an opaque look as if he had not been seen at all. In his despair he remembered a pearl and as he spoke he began to roll under his tongue and … nothing happened, he rolled and rolled, and the heat of friction spread in his palate, and suddenly small pearls began to roll under his tongue and fall to the ground from his lips to the dusty pavement.
At first nothing happened. People kept walking, trampling on their feet without noticing the pearls. But after a while someone stopped, picked up a pearl, looked at her, and uttered a surprised age call and pen eagerly on the ground. Soon the place was buzzing with people who would crawl on the ground looking for pearls, pushing each other and their faces no longer frozen. The frog was happy to realize the matter he had aroused and kept talking and with every clever thing he had devised more pearls fell from his mouth. The crowd gathered until the whole street was black and crowded with excited people trying to get closer to where the frog stood. The frog soon realizes that it is not the content of his words that fascinates the crowd to him and that it is not to the origin of his mouth that his eyes are fixed, but to the gleam of pearls falling from his mouth. The frog stopped his words and everything remained captivated by his mouth, encouraging him to keep talking, but he did not add. The people tried to talk about the frog’s heart and encourage him to keep talking. He was told that his words were wonderful, that his words were like oil to their bones, like fresh water to hard earthen rugs, and more compliments. The frog so wanted to believe in their sincerity and finally relented. The people prepared a huge stage for him, microphones, and drove him there in a fancy limousine. The frog opened its mouth and the pearls began to fall and roll at the foot of the stage. The square was filled with pearls and no one moved. The frog uttered to them the words of wisdom of the king and no one moved. Hope entered his heart that was captured in his words. He finished and turned his way and even before he turned his back, with a happy and soothing heart, he heard the murmur of the crowd pounding like madness on the pearls and the sound of pearls being trampled in the heat of greed.
He did not turn back but walked away, his heart a sword. After many days he reached the sea. Standing there for a moment, listening to the death of the sea, fully understanding the stories he is bustling with and telling all the time. Then he reached out and tore the pearl under his tongue and in rage and pain, tears in his eyes – threw the pearl into the sea. And here came out of the sea a hand with a seashell, the seashell picked up the pearl and immediately went down together and disappeared into the depths.
Thousands of ways
Thousands of ways
Thousands of ways to go about it –
Any way promotes in exclamation mark, welcome,
In thousands of glories of sunrise and beginning
Ignite the faint hope again.
Thousands of ways, each shimmering in a different melody,
Glowing with neon signs and phosphor colors.
Each road swallows more people
Continuing to walk
Calling others to follow
And they all go nowhere together and separately.
Only through the truth – an abandoned path, a fallen sign
And darkness at the entrance, an old man sitting on a crooked stool
And speaks to you politely.
After all, the truth is not in fashion
Has never been,
Has never been popular.
The truth is an old woman, skinny and toothless,
Her kiss is bitter, but her breath is the soul of the Princess of the Goddess
– Waiting quietly
In the world of physics we know two worlds: Newtonian physics and quantum physics.
Newtonian physics perceives man as separate from the threatening nature around him and as having to find ways to take over nature. Man, according to this approach, is an intelligent and conscious creature, while nature is a dead world of particles and substances, forces and reactions. In the approach of quantum physics, especially as presented by David Bohm, there is no such dichotomous separation between the observer and the objects of his observation,
Man is a part of the world he is exploring. Feminist thinkers such as Evelyn Fox Keller and Sandra Harding view the Newtonian approach as masculine, condescending, patriarchal, severe and divisive – To govern, while the quantum approach is unifying and soft.
The same is true of the truth. The Newtonian-style truth is dualistic, dichotomous, and has a subject- object relationship, based on the polarity of pros and cons, true or false, fact-value, practice-theory, right or wrong. (Therefore comes the postmodernist truth talking about the bankruptcy of the Newtonian truth and saying that it is a scoundrel and it is a prey and between the two truths, there is no truth and everything is relative and dependent). Quantum truth, on the other hand, is clear, unambiguous and three-dimensional, it has a neutral hidden element, it has a kind of sacred spirit. Quantum truth has always been the domain of thinkers, contemplators, prophets, prophets, great artists, and great leaders. Who were often burned with the fervor of the fire of truth which they carried among them.
Two-dimensional truth always anchors the observer more strongly at the current level he is at, since it binds him to one of two poles at the same level, the positive pole or the negative pole. Quantum truth rises to the level of the dichotomous trap and allows a leap to the higher level, to the level above, to the freedom and space of the overall vision. The leap from Newtonian truth to quantum nationalization is not processual or gradual, it occurs in reverse, presenting a kind of alchemical state that is more akin to birth, inspired by an artist or writer than the linear and deductive process of the scientist.
Quantum truth strikes you in a flash and changes everything in you, while in Newtonian truth you only get confirmation of the pole where you are already stuck anyway, at the current level. The quantum truth has to be lost in order to be redeemed by the next lightning strike like from another world, while in the Newtonian truth one has to constantly calculate and evaluate, when the power of truth is equal to the size of the computing ability of the computer person. So in terms of the result, according to the Newtonian truth one and one more is less than two, i.e. a process of deconstruction and degeneration, while in quantum truth one and another one is always more than three (the sum of the result is higher than its components), i.e. a process of synergy.
The quantum truth must always rely on the unknown, on what we have not taken into account, knowing that only that which we do not know about can save us from the desolation of ignorance. Man is a vessel for quantum truth, not the factor that produces or generates it but the factor that perceives it and enables it.
Thus, while Newtonian truth attempts to connect, catalog, and bring order into what we already know, which is zero-zero in relation to what we do not know or are able to perceive, quantum truth is only created through nothingness and through an alliance with the mystery of existence.
Truth and limited existence:
There is a lot of talk about the truth, and that a connection to the truth will lead to a situation that is above and beyond the existing relativity. The feeling is that truth gives you something eternal, and if not eternal then at least much more permanent than things based on untruth, falsehood, or relative truths. But the truth is that it is the other way around, if we connect to the truth, only then do we become aware of our limitations to the relativity and imperfection in which we all live. The sum total of Ecclesiastes was right. Everything is ‘vanity of vanities’ and the same fate awaits us all. With or without the truth, in the end we are all lost, we are all afraid, we all strive for happiness, we want love, the same things happen to all of us and we all die.
And so the point of living in relation to truth (quantum truth) is not the ultimate thing, because in the end every human being lives a relative existence. First and foremost we are human beings – and as human beings we are limited – and this is the most important thing that affects us. The question of whether or not you are connected to the truth does not change or influence your existence as a person.
To be connected to the truth means – among other things – to know that we are not perfect, to understand that you have come from the dust and you will return to the dust, which gives the aura of truth a hue of modesty.
Human society does not get along with living in relation to the truth, it is a basic spoilage that cannot be fixed. The only possible treatment is individual (if at all one wants to talk about treatment) and is possible as stated only relatively, and only intimately, where the eye and ear of society and the vocal togetherness are not present, and the person can be exposed to it slowly and quietly. The problem is that most people think that if they do not accept the truth in the social or public spotlight the truth is not true. The situation is reversed, when you accept the truth in this spotlight, you only have a commercial illusion that it is the truth.
The hard truth and the lingering fantasy:
One of our great distortions in relation to our existence and this life we live – is the way we perceive reality and ourselves within it. We constantly distort impressions from reality and process them so that they intensify the enjoyment and reduce the level of frustration and suffering. It turns out that the way we react and behave – does not synchronize us towards the truth, but towards a higher level of pleasure, or a lower level of distress.
Such a subjective perception is typical of children (a child thinks that the world exists only for him, while an adult knows that the world exists regardless of him and must adapt himself to the world). This means that mentally and psychologically, (unconsciously of course) – we are all basically childish, infantile, refusing to mature and accept the inner truth of the world as it is, because this truth does not bring us happiness.
All of this finds its clearest expression in our attitude to aging and death: we live in a sense that it does not happen, will not happen. Our denial mechanisms are constantly changing and adapting the picture of reality – to suit our private fantasy (young forever). But it also happens in everyday life, it is clearly reflected in the way we look in the mirror (trying to catch a pose and show more young, thin, happy, etc.), and in the way we react, to our character in the videotape we are photographed: we do not believe the ugly creature, Or this chubby one is us … The truth is hard, it is not cruel or hurtful, it just has no commitment to humanity, it is principled, universal, and its programming does not take into account our private code of enjoyment.
So what are people doing about this difficult and uncompromising reality? Do you change the code of enjoyment to fit the code of principled truth? No and no. They distort the way in which the core truth is absorbed, so that it is interpreted in our minds in a different way that is processed for our needs.
Those who have increased to do in this field are actually the various spiritual and religious schools: with Messiah, reincarnation, positive thinking, crystals, love of humanity and self-work – Supposedly back to nature, in fact a rape of nature, to conform to our subjective truth. Everyone sings to us that anything is possible, just do not despair, in no way stop and be optimistic, everyone will eventually reach the perfect happiness, perfect redemption, absolute wisdom. And if not now, patience, human advancement, or the religious (or spiritual) school will get us there soon. We are on our way. At times it seems as if the whole of human advancement (both conventional and alternative) is working vigorously in order to reduce existential and personal frustration, in order to bring us to a degree of constant happiness. But as Ecclesiastes said: all will be crushed in the teeth of time and the principle truth will reign forever and ever. It is true that human attempts to build the Tower of Babel – in one form or another – seem pathetic and ridiculous.
So what will happen?
What will happen is that the world that God created – will be buried under the world that we created. A world that will perpetuate the infantile human fantasy. A world of decorative shells of popular and technical science, commercial and mass religion and television on every issue – ‘Hollywood forever’.
Truth as a disguise for a lie:
A convert comes to religion and he seeks wisdom, enlightenment and truth, and indeed he finds and hears many truths, some of which he knew, some things that sound very real and true he is sure he is in the right place.
A lost and tormented person comes to a psychologist and the psychologist says the right and stunning things about him and he opens up and thinks: ‘If he knows so much about me, then surely he knows everything ‘ – and he opens up like a fan.
The same is true with astrologers or palm readers: a person seeks guidance, vocation, and order within this mess of his life and indeed they tell him stunning truths and the person becomes a collaborator.
But these truths are the fig leaf beneath which lies the shame of the truth that one does not want to reveal. The overt truth is a disguise, an attractive mask with its help to attract people. And not that the truths are not truths, God forbid, they are truths for everything, which makes a person feel that he has indeed come to the right place, only that they are not the stone, they are the nectar that attracts the bees, they are the meat at the bottom of the trap. The last stop for a lost, tired and confused seeker.
So the best disguise for lying is the truth and this is the biggest problem in relation to the truth, which is often the place where the lie loves to live, where it feels best and comfortable, like body cancer or intestinal chaining. There is a sentence by Dostoevsky that says: “There is no place where the devil likes to dwell more than in a monastery.”
(By the way, the same is true in reverse, i.e. the best disguise for truth is falsehood. How? Well in a culture whose core is false for what it puts outwardly, truth is terrible, so once it meets truth all mechanisms feel destroyed, and so the way The best way to protect him is to cover him with a lie, to protect him by a safe cover of lies, to look like the environment, quite similar to a chameleon, or to an animal that nature has endowed with an external texture that looks like the leaves or stem on which he lives. “The Deaf Agent of the Being” in the chapter: “Internal Being Fighter” in this division, “What’s between them”).
But what does it mean that the lie loves to live in the truth? We’ll all these truths, in the commercialized religion, in a psychologist, and in handheld readers and astrologers have actually come to numb caution and suspicion. And he who comes to them in search of truth does not know and does not suspect at all that this is the lie that peeks at him through the eyes of truth, like the wolf through the eyes of the grandmother, the priest through the eyes of the prophet and the nakedness of the king through the image of his clothes.
How? Well if we take a psychologist for example, (not always, but in a large proportion of cases), he does not feel the truth that the shame of the person approaching help, he has no idea what he is in essence and he also does not try, there is no connection of empathy, of truth, deep and unconditional between him And the patient. He quickly pulls out some truths, in techniques that always work, that stun the patient and then he just lets the patient serve him the rest of the truth about himself on a tray of money while sitting on the sidelines, completely detached from the dynamics of the patient’s inner life, staggering in importance.
The same goes for the institutionalized and missionary religion, or pseudo- spiritual ways, or to differentiate, palm reading – it is not this core truth that reveals the inner essence but an impersonating truth, the one that claims – by marketing techniques and truths equal to every soul – to be the real truth.
We are all so thirsty for truth, dying to be totally open to it, but all we do by listening to these pseudo- truths is that we open up either to a certain person (guru or psychologist) or to a certain way (religion), but not to the truth.
The difference between the impersonating truths and the real truth is that the impersonating truths ‘make eyes’, utter comforting prophecies. The technique is as follows: take non-binding truth flakes that sound right, weave in them a lot of beliefs and hope – and the person opens up (and usually pays).
The real truth is different, it is concise, uncompromising, hard to digest, and definitely not nice. It is usually on the opposite level to what everyone knows. It transforms the creators and creates a sense of embarrassment and confusion. While the impersonating truth creates a sense of soothing and harmony – instantaneous.
‘It will be alright’ says the impersonating truth, ‘all that needs to be done is’ and so on.
‘It will be wrong’ says the real truth, and the wisdom is to live with it, to accept it.
So what is it that lives within the same truth (impostor)?
Well in most cases it is the ego, the looter of truth-seekers admiration, money, support, and thus he weakens them and gains power over them. And how does he do it? What is the philosophy that this ego really believes in, behind the covers of beautiful truths? Well he believes that in fact there is no truth and everything is relative and everything is subjective and the question is just how much the lie you are telling yourself convinces you and makes you live in a relatively pleasant illusion.
This perception of the ego behind the pure appearance of the truth actually believes that – in fact there is no inner truth, everything is in the image and self-conviction.
It is an approach that does not reveal the hidden truth, but covers it with what is worth believing in, because it gives a better feeling. She says there is no law and no justice, no truth, no inner core, there is no real thing to strive for or reveal, it is all in our minds, it all depends on the way and way we look at things, in short everything is commercialization, marketing or image. Everything is a bluff, sucked from the finger. And so it’s best to suck at life.
This attitude of the ego presents a seemingly polarized appearance to the accepted way of life in society and to the routine of the individual’s life, but in fact she is the same lady in changing the mantle of polarity. You come out of a religious, spiritual or psychological meeting – and feel that you have touched the inversion of the existing lie, but this is not a longitudinal inversion but a lateral inversion, which is on the same level, only at a different pole, the longitudinal inversion is from one level to the other. The level, in total, is transferred from pocket to pocket, but in the same pants. It’s the same thing only more beautified, supposedly more spiritual or mental, not more real.
All of the above may sound plausible, the reader says to himself, but what about believing in God and the big (and small) religions do they also tell you that everything is a bluff and should suck life? Well, yes, even believing in God is a kind of exploitation of life and not a revelation of the truth in them, because by believing in God ‘he will love us and then maybe we can finally suck from them the honey that is constantly eluding us’.
The truth is that you can see this principle of truth – a lie behind coming lusts and passions of aggression and interests – especially in the political sphere and the governing and governance: it is not really a secret that we are living in a false preaching the values of democracy, resolving conflicts peacefully, progress, justice and truth. While the truth is that it is actually a competitive, forceful, exploitative, commercial, marketing and not very humane company. This is a lie agreed upon, everyone knows deep down that this is false, and in fact here there is no real problem for seekers of truth, that this is still a lie quite clear, lies in question here are lies sophisticated intended for refugees and Boka’i lie socio usual, here are convinced that finally found the truth in religion, In psychology, in new age books, in alternative medicine, in India, and it seems so compelling, so contradictory to the degenerate Western way of life. But this is a lie upon a lie, and it is more serious, because here the pretense of truth is doubled and multiplied.
And behind this alternative truth, (as behind the institutional truth) is again commercialization, aggressive marketing and alienation between man and friend, inner despair, depression, futility, burnout and constant emotional involvement, just as is customary where they fled from, only here it must not be shown, must To show happiness, here the tyranny of lies is greater, the more conformist.
It is not that there is more truth here, but that the art of lying has escalated and is more sophisticated with wholeness and witnesses of shimmering truth. After all, this is the dress that the liar is so fond of flaunting, the dress of truth.
We are constantly being lied to. Not big lies, not something you can get over, catch someone in it, but small, creepy, silent lies – they envelop us slowly in secret and suddenly you feel bound, Samson without hair, helpless, loser. The mask of lies that weaves around us is in everything: men lie to women, politicians to citizens, service providers to those in need of their services and we lie to ourselves. It’s not really a lie – just a small embellishment of the naked truth, just an elegant disregard for it, just thin webs of denial, obscurity and a screen of smoke. This is how a service provider is required to find out why the service he is in charge of is delayed, when he evades taking responsibility for the delay and dismisses you with a heap of words. This is the practice of the husband, whose wife complains about his ill-treatment towards her, when he dismisses her with an unexpected and irrelevant compliment. The politician – in response to a penetrating question from a journalist begins to talk about last year’s achievements. This is how all the “skates”, the “irons” and the ”mists behave and the problem is that even though we stopped being amazed, we got used to it. We do not cry out in the name of the betrayed truth, we come to terms with its imperfection.
So from slipping to ironing, from evading fogging – we lost our senses, our minutes of diagnosis and worst of all, we lost our inner rebellion. We live with it because ‘ that’s how it is’.
We are drowning in a sea of hidden messages and no longer know how to distinguish who is a friend and who is an enemy. They all try so hard to show us as our friends in their smooth words: “Do not worry” they tell us, “it’s only for your benefit” they convince us, “I will do it only for you” they flatter us. And so, little by little, they push us into the position of surrendering losers, without us noticing.
Worst of all, once we start giving up constant vigilance in an attempt to hunt down the next lie – we sink and fall asleep. Along with the losing stance we develop towards our lives and towards others – we also lose touch with what is real within us and become a ghost without presence and weight.
Questions like: “Just a minute, what’s really going on here?” We no longer saw in our heads, we do not rise above our lips. We become silent shadows, we no longer have the strength to fight the transparent waves of lies that flood us from the strong: “it will be alright”; “Do not worry”; “We promote”; “The main thing is to be optimistic”; “Why just visit?”; “I forgot”; “it will not happen again”; “You have to think logically.” And most importantly: words, words, and more words and words.
This false technique is based on a flood of words – not letting us express ourselves, washing us in a wave of subject and subject and subject, mostly about ourselves (and how good they are and striving for us). And we have long since forgotten, what? Who will? So at all. And word for word, demagoguery is building up and our power is waning.
Our inner voice is getting weaker. If we did not insist on the truth on Tuesday as we understand it – today it is already rolling a rock up a steep mountain – and it always rolls back and forth on us.
There is no more power – to argue with each chauvinist whether he meant it or not. Argue with any seller in the store who tries to evade liability for a defective product. Confront any politician about what he said last year. They have always come out right anyway and their lies are anyway more attractive and digestible than our crude and often even ugly truth.
These are lies that surround our naked and sometimes ashamed essence, which says to itself, “They probably know.” It is hard to imagine that an entire faction of power- holders and rulers – go pink in the weak through a wave of demagoguery. What’s interesting about this is that those wonderful and talented demagogues are often portrayed as men of action and practice who do not even have the linguistic sophistication that people who engage in words have, those demagogues who see themselves as “men of action” and mock those who are called ‘hovering’. In the phrase: “but we do “…
Not true. They are the artists of diplomatic, evasive wording, the artists of camouflage and skating. And it is so easy to go back and forth and buy these slick, vague and positive formulations, not to make waves, and to fall asleep again, and to let them ‘take care of it’. In the name of their megalomaniacal selfishness they will sweep everything under the rug, especially the inner lives of those around them. Because they are in favor of achievements, and for the sake of achievements they will squash a little here, wrinkle a little here, sand a little there – and in the end? Nothing, zero, you, you came out with nothing – and their personal interests were fulfilled to the end. They live in a world where there is no respect for emotions and inner truth but only for conquests, rifts and exiles. What motivates them is to continue to hold the reins of their rule. After the innocent voter has exhausted his vote at the ballot box, or after the man got the woman the first night, or after the consumer or recipient of the service bought the defective goods, or received the service and paid the best of his money – they are thrown out as a useless tool .
The problem with problems is that this is how we live towards ourselves. This norm in relation to truth has also been internalized in relation to our inner truth. We betray our inner truth frequently, providing ourselves with subtle lies: “It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just not worth it.” Or: “It’s not that I was aggressive today, he just annoyed me.” “No, it’s not true that loneliness is an existential condition that gets worse as the years go by, I just did not recently get to invite people to me and go out with friends,” “It’s not that I suffer from depression because of the crappy situation I’ve been in for some time. I was a little down, but I get out of it “… and more and more, priest and priestess – blue on the seashore, the little slides we slide for ourselves – so as not to meet our own naked truth. Not to mention that emptiness, depression, inertia, and aging intensify as the fall of our lives turns into winter, followed by no spring. And instead of relaxing, and meeting quietly and with self-respect, the truth of existence, of life, of ourselves – we run hysterically into the next elegant lie: religion, romance, new age, plastic surgery, remount. While truth is power, truth is a home, so waiting for us to return to it to be quiet, to find the inner center, to accumulate power for the rest of our lives. We run away and run away, making small cosmetic repairs that have already become second nature, sprinkling powder around the naked essence of our lives – waiting so long, so long as a forgotten lover, as an old mother – that we will return.
The truth, the lie and the relationship:
Based on the ideas of Dr. Gay and Kathleen Hendrix’s book, “At the Speed of Life: The Power of Body Intelligence to Create Transformational Magic”.
Hendrix institute Publishing 1996, pp. 211-224
- Problems will continue to exist – until someone tells the basic truth about it. When the truth is expressed, there is room for change in the direction of solution or of healing. Truth is defined as a rule that cannot be disputed.
- As children we tried to always understand what the truth is – as adults we try with all our might to hide it. Couples invest tremendous energy in arguments and trying to determine who is right and who is wrong, who is right and who is wrong. But here’s the revelation: if a particular media continues to create conflict, it means that there is a deeper level of truth (below the surface of the debate) that is not expressed. Until this truth is demanded – the conflict will continue. We must find out what the truth is under all its distortions. In order for spouses to reach the truth it is important to have empathy: we all need someone to listen to us in good faith. People who no one listens to tend to give up their positions easily. They take these wrong positions as a safety measure to deal with fear – and therefore, in order to be able to give up and let go of those positions that “stick them” – they must feel a level of security and comfort with others.
3. Everyone has a certain myth about himself – beneath which lies the undisputed truth. So that a person can give up his stories (which he tells himself and others) and agree to reveal the truth beneath him to develop a deep trust in others.
4. The truth, when it is revealed – resolves conflicts within ourselves and between ourselves and others and restores the lost harmony. As long as everyone thinks his version of the truth is correct, no progress will be made. Truth is not a personal version – it is something that should not be debated and it works for us in that when it is revealed it stops conflicts and purifies the atmosphere.
5. Tension is caused as a result of the person arguing with himself about the truth. Before the breakthrough to the truth people argue like “you are taking over me” or “you are about to leave me” (accusations) and think that in doing so they expressed the truth in relation to how they feel – but what they really did is initiate arguments. When you go below the level of conflict you find things that cannot be argued, such as: “I am afraid you will leave me”, “I am afraid I will fail”.
6. Defining the truth process in the media: If the process caused the conflict there was not a sufficiently deep level of truth. As the media deepens to deeper levels and truly touches – disagreements cease.
7. Lies and secrets in relationships are like a dam that inhibits the free flow of water. Sometimes people sacrifice their relationship and give up the chance for improvement – because they are afraid to find out the truth. Concealment becomes more important to them than the relationship itself. Truth does not always come close, because sometimes, when people open up and discover their deepest truths they choose moves they would not have chosen before. They may, for example, acknowledge the undisputed truth about their job and leave the workplace, or discover that they can no longer continue in the marital relationship. Sometimes the opposite happens – people fall in love again with each other or in their workplace after realizing in depth what is the thing that angered them or hurt them.
8. Truth is an energy supplier – just as opening a dam causes a stronger flow. However – it is impossible to predict in advance what use this energy will make.
9. When a secret is kept inside (such as in infidelity to a spouse) a dam is erected. The secret causes a decrease in energy as the person holding the secret accumulates tremendous tension inside and this can lead to illness, feeling tired or unconscious planning of a way to get caught.
10. There are three rules that ensure life and relationships work: Feel your feelings, tell the truth and keep your agreements. When we do not allow ourselves to experience our feelings, we lie to ourselves. When we do not tell our truth, we are lying to others (even if we are not telling a real lie). When we break an agreement, only the truth will correct it. Apologies are only a short-term correction and some people are as addicted to them as drugs. Apologies are often a substitute for truly observing. By blaming himself “I’m sorry” – he manages to avoid confrontation with what is really happening.
11. . The truth has healing power! Studies show that when a person connects to the truth (expresses it, is aware of it), the immune system is strengthened. When we are faced with something that we have previously pushed or expelled from us – we go through a process with great healing power. Couples, who have been engaged in incessant arguments about who is right – stop arguing as soon as they simply connect to the truth of their feelings (anger, fear, insult, etc.).
12. There is a great difference between perception and truth. If someone says “I’m afraid my wife is threatening to leave me” it is not the truth but his perception. His wife may disagree with him and again there is an argument over who is right. What is important to remember about perceptions is that they are capable of producing disagreement. If a person says “I’m afraid you’re about to leave me” and it leads to an argument, a deeper level of truth must be found that produces harmony. Perception is our subjective interpretation of what is happening in reality and people tend to confuse it with the truth.
13. The main defenses against telling the truth:
A. Denial – refusal to truly observe.
B. Illusion – to pretend that the truth is different from what it is. Confidence stems from clinging to an illusion. Pretend to be happy or convey positivity to hide fear or anger.
C. Dramatization – making the truth dramatic, clinging to a small grain of reality and inflating it into a soap opera Open to gossip.
D. Lack of knowledge of how to approach the truth – the truth has been defined for us for years by other people, to the point that we have no idea what is real and what is not. Defenses can fall into two categories: those directed against other people and those that occur within us.
In the first category (projection) is found aggression and passive aggression, blaming someone else for something that is really within the person himself. (Aggression can be flogging the other verbally, emotionally or physically). In passive aggression man tries to control others through unresponsiveness. In the second category are phenomena such as repression, disengagement, closure, over-rationalization, over-compensation and detachment. Repression allows us to eliminate uncomfortable feelings and thoughts as if they did not exist. Disengagement allows us to escape to fantasy or new relationships, enlightenment allows us not to acknowledge emotions, and through compensation or copying people avoid looking at conflicts between them and invest their energy in other things (children, entertainment, etc.).
14. We know we hear the truth when we hear statements of initial feelings, without false accusations or justifications.
15. Whenever we express the truth without decorating it, the rest of life resonates more strongly.
“From the information I gathered about it, to a large extent – “Sex life at the present time could not have come to fruition, without a lot of deception lies or at least secrecy.”
R. D. Liang
“The self, as long as” is not involved in the objective element “is free to dream and imagine anything; without reference to the objective element he can be all things about himself – he has unconditional freedom, power. His creativity is expressed only in his ability to produce demons. Inner honesty, freedom, The omnipotence and creativity that the “inner” self-cultivates as ideals are null and void, therefore, out of a sense of wishful thinking the answer of self-deception, of lack of true freedom, of utter helplessness and infertility. “
R. D. Lang “The Half-Self” Page 66
“Every liar must entice other people to believe him. But if the liar himself is convinced, then he drops the ground under his own feet.”
“Truth cannot be revealed in its nakedness before the masses.”
“Do not be offended that others hide the truth from us, for we hide it from ourselves so many times”
La- reshpoko , said 576
“The truth told with malicious intent is more horrible than any lie you can come up with.”
“There is no more terrible lie than truth that has not been understood by its hearers.”
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who were not there. “
“Expressing the truth is not natural for us – neither as children nor as adults. It is most natural for a child to lie, as this is the way he maneuvers between his need to gain pleasure and enjoyment and the demands of life and those around him.
“The child does not lie because he learned it from his parents – but because he cannot meet his parents’ expectations of him that are contrary to his natural and unbridled urge for immediate gratification.”
“The ‘it’ is also the ‘he’. The ‘he’ is also the ‘it’… And the important thing they expressed is that ‘ this ‘ and ‘that’ cease to be opposites. Only this essence, being the central axis, is the center of the circle that responds to constant change. “
“It’s what Kierkegaard called a leap of faith, or just taking the risk to go for love and
Truth … throw ourselves into the abyss. I do not see how we can get out of it because we
Are hallucinating the abyss, but the leap of faith is that that abyss is perfect freedom,
That it does not lead to self-annihilation or destruction, but the exact opposite. I mean,
One’s self is just an illusion, just an hallucination. It’s a source of all one’s unhappiness
And suffering and attachments and needs. Don’t you want to get rid of yourself?”
“Our only freedom is in the cage we built for ourselves”
“Truth is the foundation of perfection and the beauty of reason. Anything, whatever it may be, cannot be beautiful and whole if it is not really all that it may be and if it does not have everything it should have.”
La- Roshpoku, said 626
“Truth is what one prays within man, and man always stands in prayer in his life a life of truth.”
“Truth does not bring good into the world as much as the evil that false truths bring.”
La- Roshpoku , said 64
“The mission of great people is not so much to preach new truths, but to save from oblivion those old truths which our wisdom to remember and our weakness to forget.”
“Truth is not a thing to be attained; it is seen or it is not seen, it cannot be perceived gradually.”
J. Krishnamurti , Commentaries on Living, First Series p.125
“Facts can be the greatest enemy of truth.”
… ”It was like walking into carbon monoxide chambers. People adjusted to life and
Induced their children to adjust to life by poisoning themselves to a subsistence level
They call life … I do not think it’s making the best of it to turn one’s whole life into a
Living lie … You start to hate someone you have to pretend to love. Just walk in the
Other direction of that vicious circle”.
“Truth has no way, and hence its beauty, it is life. There is a way to a dead thing, because it is static, when you understand that truth is a living, moving thing, without rest, and is not in a temple, mosque or church, which is not religion, is not A teacher, not a philosopher, no one can lead her – so you too will understand that the same thing is what you really are – your anger, your cruelty, your violence, your despair, the pain and sorrow you are in. In this understanding lies the truth, and you can only understand it if “You will know how to look at these things in your life. But you cannot look through ideology, through a screen of words, through hopes and fears.”
Jido Krishnamurty. “Freedom from the known” p. 15
“Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on”
Winston Churchill (“Science and Religion”)
13. on the void around the being
In interviews with successful middle-aged or old people, we hear them say they are still active, their lives are full.
Whereas the universe is not like that, it is empty, it is full of void. Even nature, which seems full and vibrant, is nothing but a mantle and a setting above a tremendous emptiness. There, in the universe and in nature it is natural that everything comes from emptiness and returns to it. Emptiness is not against life, it is their natural substrate. Most objects are made mostly of empty space. If we examine a chair or a table deeply we find mostly empty space and the same with the atom. And 99% of the human body is made of empty space; most of it is void. However, we see emptiness, any emptiness, as an enemy, we escape from it. We are afraid of silences, afraid of being alone with ourselves, afraid of doing nothing. But only in empty space can the being be, only through silence, through the void.
There are two kinds of emptiness, the right one, which is Universal, and is made by most of it, and so are atoms, human and organic life, all this are growing king of emptiness, and there is the wrong kind of emptiness, the one that we find with the human, he took it as a curse, he escapes from it, not using it to grow like in the Universe and nature, but for him it is a little death…
And here a paradox emerges: it is precisely life in nature, which is in harmony with emptiness, everything comes from it, within it is empty space and it returns to emptiness. –but it doesn’t eliminate it to be full of presence and life, while we humans, who never rest and are always busy and are running around – our own lives are empty lives, there is not much within us and between us but many pretensions. Even in the busiest places, under the backdrop of bustling life -Everything is dead, everything is dead. What a paradox…
Everything is dead:
Everything is dead and people do not feel it at all. Passing through dead space, in soulless atmosphere and … nothing. And in a superficial look it seems that this is not the case, it seems that they live with all their might, everything is sizzling and bustling with life.
But everything isis dead.
Between couples in a cafe, in the eyes of the ones who passed in front of us, or customers in between the shelves in the supermarket, in the seats – next to each other – on the train or on the bus or in the cinema – there is no breath of life, no affinity, no occurrence, no happening, no life.
The attitude to the presence of others is opaque, not open, not flowing, not interested, every individual is boxed within itself, and between box to box – dead.
In a conversation between a salesman and a customer who is complaining or interested, there is nothing, only empty words, falling like detached messages on deaf ears, every word creates a new disconnection. And the looks – do not meet in order to meet and revive the empty space with the spirit of life, but more as secret agents raising a periscope to review what is happening outside.
Even in a courtship between a couple sitting at a table in a cafe, life does not flow, the presence does not pulsate, but hides and covered by interests, and there is a stubborn trade of interests in emotions, in sexuality. But no dynamics.
Instead of a dynamic flow between them they try to fill it with ‘anything goes’…
And between the two life partners watching television in an atmosphere of utter lack of conductivity – Lying emptiness, nothing. Sitting and filling all the space around and within the couple staring at the life on the screen, life that takes place in others, while between them and within them – everything is dead.
The emptiness as a stage for the occurrence of the being:
We live in constant expectation, in anticipation of that our lives will be realized. We wait. (“Waiting for Godot” is a play by Samuel Beckett) and until something happens – we suffer the emptiness in ourselves.
But emptiness is not some severe deviation from the normal course of life – emptiness is the inner content of everything. Everything comes from emptiness and returns to it. The basis for all is emptiness. Life is first and foremost emptiness. The real challenge of life is accepting emptiness, have the ability to stay with nothingness, to live with it, because we always come from it, made from it and return to it.
When a person encounters the emptiness within him – the challenge for him is not to escape to the nearest stimulation but to feel it and preserve it.
Emptiness is another word for space, if the space is not empty it is not a space in the pure sense of the word. If there is no space – there is no place for occurrence. The difference between empty space and a full one is exemplified by the difference between cinema and theater: the channel of cinema is one-dimensional, superficial and flat, and the theater is three-dimensional, deep and internal like the stage on which the play takes place. In order for something to happen in the depth dimension of man it needs space, and space consists of emptiness.
On the occurrence of the being in the intrigue of emptiness:
Usually people eat before the real hunger is fully present. Maybe some parasite has settled in the stomach cavity and was ahead of the real hunger that could only come from the empty space of an empty stomach. Instead of feeling the quiet hunger that comes from the space of lack of food, we feel the violent, demanding and tense hunger of something that slips in, something that demands its satisfaction.
The names of such parasites could be few: irritation, frustration, longing for comfort, feeling poor and lacking, looking for sweet life, and more. In short; food as analogy and a metaphor for feelings and approaches towards life, it is a projection to foods what we could achieve otherwise.
This hijack (premature response) of foreign agents entering before something authentic is rising up from our empty space is also happening in the emotions. But we are afraid that we don’t force dominant emotions instead of letting gentle ones to surface from the space below – we will sink into nothingness which frightens us more than the dominant emotions of: anger, being vengeful, being hurt, being aggressive and taking things personally.
In fact there are two kinds of emptiness and empty space; the common one is the one after the dominant parasites has moved out temporarily, and the other one is a non-contaminated inner space. The first one is fermenting with leftover poison and acids, thus it is crying out for stronger poisonous stimulations to fill up the now empty space, just not to feel the poisonous residues. The other kind of emptiness is a peaceful one, it doesn’t demand angrily to be filled immediately, and it can remain open and empty peacefully.
From the wrong kind of emptiness comes this relentless desire to get out: meet people all the time, hang out, go to events, pubs and so on. As soon as the person is left alone, with himself, the poisons of his life begin to ferment in him: his troubles, anxieties, doubts, loneliness, feelings of guilt and then he longs for stronger stimulations to cover and overshadow this unpleasant feelings. In general, our whole sojourn in human society is for the sake of forgetting the emptiness within.
The non-existent emptiness:
We are all born with two things, with potential and with nothingness. And from the two – nothingness is the raw material. One can do with nothingness two things: be creative with it, (listen to what wants to live in it), or run into escapist stimulations (then the disconnection from the being begins). And because of the many escapist stimulations we don’t feel the nothing-emptiness inside.
But sometimes – on vacation, illness, or when one comes home one day and suddenly there is nothing he ‘needs’ to do – he meets his naked emptiness and this makes him feel terrible, and then he will be willing to do anything just not be with this emptiness.
The authentic person is a person who is connected to the emptiness of his life. While the artificial, the herd person – is based on simulations that come to cover and hide the inner emptiness. The authentic person does not escape the emptiness test.
“If you die for everything you know, including your family, your memory, everything you have felt, then death is purification, a refreshing process; then death brings innocence and only the innocent are full of passion” …
… “You must die – not physically but psychologically, internally, to die for the things that were dear to you and for the things you are bitter about. If you died for one of your pleasures, the smallest or the greatest, naturally, without coercion or argument, you will know what it means to die. To die means to die. “That the soul is completely empty of itself, empty of its daily longings, pleasures and torments. Death is a renewal, a change, in which the mind does not function at all, because the thought is old. When there is death, there is something completely new. Freedom from the known is death, and then you live.”
Jido Kirshenmorty , Freedom from the Known pp. 80-81
“Anxiety is supposed to be the gateway to authentic and proper entry into nothingness, which may have seemed to philosophers a derivative concept, a result of negation and perhaps, as in Bergson, a false concept. Aliba De Heidegger does not” enter “into nothingness through a series of theoretical steps, but only anxiety. , Through which one enters into nothingness directly and exclusively. Existence itself, ostensibly as a result of intention, comes to life thanks to the meaning, that is, the primordial ontological meaning of nothingness. No meaning is derived from what one can know about human destiny or its causes or purposes: existence “In fact, its occurrence as an existence, all it means within anxiety, is nothingness”.
Emanuel Levins From: “Ethics and Infinity”
“If you take Kuan and explore him constantly, your spirit will die and your desire will be destroyed. It is like a deep and empty abyss stretching before you and you have no place to lay your hands or feet. You face death and you feel in your chest as if there was fire and then suddenly you are one with Koen, Koen, and the body and the mind is neglected… This feeling is called looking into your true nature.“
Hakim, Hakuin, a Japanese breed teacher
“We sell a clay vessel , but it’s the emptiness inside it that contains everything we want.”
Tao Ta Ching
“The self says, I; the heart says, I am less; the spirit says, you are nothing.”
“The content of consciousness is as great as the universe, it is unlimited, not round or square, or right or wrong, not good or bad. Our transcendental nature is empty and only one thing can be achieved. And it is the same with the essence of our consciousness, which is a state Of utter emptiness. ”
Hoi Neng , Zen Master, the sixth Patriarch of the Zen
“You and I are just the walls of a lamp through which the only light radiates.
You and I are just the veil between heaven and earth.
Remove the veil and you will no longer see the barrier of classes and differences.
When you and I do not exist, what is a mosque, what is a synagogue, what is a temple of fire. “
Saad al-Don Mahmoud 1320 BC
“The greatest saint, even if he sacrificed thousands of times what is most precious to him, even his life – because of love for others, because of God, or a great idea – still remains a prisoner of illusion, if he did not realize that everything is a childish game emptied of reality, a useless collection of silhouettes, Whose own consciousness radiated on the vast screen of nothingness”.
From the Torah of the Tibetan Buddhist sect
“The character I play is not much better pianists care resources. But the intervals between notes – Ah, that’s where the real art is. “
“Among all the great things between us, the presence of nothingness is the greatest of all.”
Leonardo is a Vinci
“My poor little one, how sorry I am for you! You have no greater disaster than to be born a human being. If you had to come into the world, why would you not be a flower? Why were you not born a butterfly? Why would you not be a chick for one of the forest birds?” Want to know. Bobo, how much pain in the search for reasons, goals, paths, ways, meanings, how much pain … Do you believe, Bobo, that Bobo, that ever? Do you really believe that one day? Because maybe, in the future? No, No. No, say nothing again. Do you grimace? Tears well up in your eyes? Do not cry, Bobo! Do not cry! Little injustices will come – and you have already forgotten to cry. And life flows, flows …”
Janusz Korczak, Bobo
“Do not be afraid, your soul dies long after you die.”
“Do you know what I saw? Divine vision – the vision of the divine mother, she appeared when a baby in her womb, the same child and immediately the next moment swallowed it.
Every part that went into her mouth became empty. She showed me that everything is empty. “
Sayings of Rama Krishna, p. 318
‘Clay is molded to form a cup,
But it is on its non-being that the utility of the cup depends.
Doors and windows are cut out to make a room,
But it is on its non-being that the utility of the room depends.
Therefore turn being into advantage, and turn non-being into utility” .
Lao-Tzu (fl. BC 600 (
“God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.”
“It cannot be understood as a situation in which all the elements do not create any combination, phenomenon or situation –
Where latent forces can come to revelation. This is a state of complete absence of manifestation.
Nothing is perceptible at all. “
From the Torah of the Tibetan Buddhist sect
“When we throw an arrow, the action is not from us. We are just the bow and the shooter of the arrow is God.”
Moolanh Jalaluddin Rumi
“The great void can contain only the qi; this qi can only condense into the forms of all things; and these things can only fade and return to the great void.”
Question: How many masters from the Zen School are needed to screw a light bulb into the lamp housing?
ANSWER: No one, it is the universe that rotates the light bulb, and Master Yam is careful not to interfere”
“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence. “
“Nothing is real.”
14. On the mystery surrounding the being
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science”.
“Soon the child’s clear eye is covered with ideas, thoughts, prejudices and simplicity. A simple and free being is covered with the hard crust of ego armor. Only after years does the feeling permeate that the vital feeling of mystery disappears and disappears. Memory of Heaven. Since that day… We become seekers. “
“… Something of the divine mystery is found in all that exists. We can see it glistening in a sunflower or a poppy. The mystery we cannot go down to explore is largely found in a butterfly floating on a branch or in a goldfish swimming in a bowl. But within our souls we are closest to God. “Only within it can we unite with the great mystery of life. In fact, there are moments – very rare – in which we experience ourselves as this divine mystery.”
Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder, Published 1995 by Phoenix (first published December 5th 1991)
The more we know, the less we know. We do know about the outside, but the inside, which is the core and the foundation of our life, remains in exile. To know that is to know that all we could do is: check – send antennas, be flexible, and adjust.
The real, important world (the inner world) is mostly not accessible to the awareness of most people, (through intuition maybe), but one way or another, it would always remain mysterious.
The mystery and the secret:
It is impossible without the mystery, without it our lives are devoid of a deeper dimension and inner quality. The inner truth does not surprise us through the twilight of mystery, we produce it’s look alike mechanically and rationally, but after all, life itself is full of mystery, even nature – is full of mystery. But we replaced the mystery with rustling bills of certainty and security and since we deserted the mystery – our lives became empty.
But it is difficult, difficult to grasp, and even more so to preserve, the mystery, just as it is difficult to preserve twilight – for it is a passages-way, between darkness and light, at this unstable point it is not certain which one will become stronger; the darkness or the light (if we don’t rely on our past experience).
And so the mystery abounds mostly in northern European countries -with the dim light- over the bright and revealing light of the Middle East, which leaves little room for the non-obvious. Here, in the extrovert, exposing, bright sun-light – grew large religions that swept millions in black and white doctrines, here reigned jealous and vengeful religions. And in dark (mostly in northern Europe) – grew the mysterious legends of the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, and the enigmatic movies of Ingmar Bergman’s films, and in philosophy: Schopenhauer, Land, Bataille, Mainlander, Brassier, Heidegger, Zapffe, Cioran, Michelstaedter – grew.
The best of art is in the illusion, which speaks in the language of higher consciousness, which is not to do with rational thinking. And only the higher consciousness manages to decipher the code, a code that is clear only to those that could become citizens of the mystery land.
Only the night – within the bright light – understands the silent language of darkness; Silent messages of gloom pass through the twilight of the night, in a language only the twilight district can understand.
The relationship between darkness and light is interesting; The light is only visible in front of you and expels darkness, but the darkness lurks in every corner, swallowing the light back to its proximity, because the darkness was before and will be after, and the light is only a temporary episode – in the overall ruler ship of darkness.
And in the encounter between the outside and the inside, between emptiness and fullness, darkness and light, between consciousness’s and the subconscious, when the awakening meets the sleep – here is in front of you is the mystery.
Here the being resonates in all spaces, peeps out of every corner of the eye, lies behind what is visible. Hidden but not obscure, hidden but not lost. So there and yet almost absent.
Like the smile of the Mona Lisa, like the silence of the Sphinx; There and not there, maybe yes and maybe no, there is or maybe not – the mystery.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.
—”Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'”
LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64”
― Albert Einstein
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
― Albert Einstein, the World As I See It
“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
― Anais Nin
The secret art:
What did they do to us? What did they do to our life?
Everything is visible, exposed and immediate: food, relationships, religion and wisdom.
The dim corners are expelled from the fully lighted central stage. Fermentation can only occur in the half dim corners. Were it not for the unnoticed corners – nothing could rise. Life incubates in this gloomy corners.
For if you do not leave corners of shadow between people, if you do not respect what is not said, if you do not give place to the secret – nothing would happen.
A sudden exposure destroys delicate processes that could be incubating in the dark, emerging in their privacy.
A person enters a place – a cafe, a hotel lobby – and all eyes are on him, wanting to undress, expose, demand to know what label to put on him, who is he? These eyes do not allow him a handful of private mysteries. We do not respect his inner self by adopting the ignorance of not wishing to know – and then his inner core can breathe a little oxygen.
Once upon a time we built buildings, halls, houses, in a way that had arches, foyers, niches, porches, corridors that lead nowhere, large sunken windows draped in heavy curtains.
The contemporary building style is opens walls, open entrances, drops partitions, kitchen open to living room, living room open to balcony, balcony opens everything outside. No one has any privacy today. Privacy is gone, the secret is in exile.
For us, in the 21th century, what is not visible and what is not said – does not exist. Until we are hit over our heads with a ten pound hammer – we prefer to ignore it, not to mention the space between the words, what is not said, ignore the mystery that everyone carries with them, the things that live deep inside and maybe only after a long time some will come out and maybe never.
We have been robbed of the mystery and therefore our lives have remained flat, one-dimensional and powerless – because the inner power can only come from the dark depths, from where we draw strength.
They have taken away from us the personal uniqueness that exists under the collective, normative, accepted sheath. We are afraid to show the difference, the individual intimacy that we carry as a secret code of secret spies.
And the certified psychologist – this is the clinical, does not try to dive into the depths of the mystery of the mind, on the contrary, psychology takes this fragile and dim uniqueness, which lives deep inside, and exposes it to the burning light of a hard exterior, exposing it to rigid models backed by rigorous studies. Are able to explore only that which gives itself to empirical testing tools, so that all that cannot give itself to compartmentalization and cataloging – remains unknown inside, (like a jellyfish – which remains intact only in the depths of the sea, and when it comes out it dissolves and disappears).
One of the more annoying questions for psychiatrists is: “Has it been scientifically researched?” The answer may be yes, but that’s how we killed the secret again. The secret still exists, cramped and poor in oxygen, in a kind of ‘nature reserve’, in a kind of ‘battered women’s dormitories’. He breathes heavy breaths of effort, fighting on two fronts: one front is the internalized front, where the struggle is to discover as little as possible, to shut up as much as possible — here he is trying to protect and save the secret. On the other front, the secret is actually trying to attract attention, to get out of exile, to gain legitimacy, and it does so with the help of codes and codes, so that those who understand – understand, and those who do not – move on. It is an analog secret language, full of codes that only what lives within the other could understand.
There is less mystery in prose, and even less in the article. And what can live in poetry – is deeper, more substantial, and more real – than can live in any other form of verbal communication. There, (in poetry) there are huge spaces, silences, ambiguities, a very indirect statement, seemingly nothing leads to talk. Because there is respect for the secret, the secret is the core and the inner layer – which is deep below and outside the logical context of the words. So in poetry, but in humans, in the ‘I-you’ relationship, the secret and the mystery are in constant exile, the reference to each other, is like cardboard figures, flat, that apart from what is shown – there is nothing. Every good play, and good writing, is supposed to ultimately place the person in the face of the unknown, the inexplicable who mysteriously controls the known, explains the unknown that usually resides within it.
And what about religion? There is no secret at all, everything is suppressed under the heavy hammer of study and doctrines, practices and the compulsion to believe. But the secret must be a part of life and not in divine or rabbinic authority. Belief is too dominant a device to allow the secret to be, the secret needs the space, the allowance. And faith is always surrounded by rigid commandments – burying the secret in the coffin of the strict, domineering and bossy faith. Science and psychology and medicine are also striving for the station where control is gained and one can finally direct life and be on it – the boss. Finally man is the driver. But where will he go?
The truth is that the real driver is the secret behind the visible things, and if we do not address it and summon it, (as if by magic), the car of our lives will be left without a driver, stuck in the same place.
And around the car we set up whole backdrops – movies, book festivals – that all came to distract us from the forgotten secret.
This is because we have not been able to live our lives with a constant azimuth towards the unknown, towards the secret.
“We run around wondering and speculating,
In a large circle, and in the middle sits the secret –
And he knows everything. “
“It seems to me that there is no need at all to make songs.
The songs do themselves.
And how do they do that?
I do not know. That’s their secret.
Miriam Yellen Shtaklis, “In My Dream”
“It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit”.
“Give mystery a place within you, do not constantly try to examine yourself, but leave a small corner in your heart for any seed that the wind may bring and the rest a silhouette of a lug for the passing bird. Leave room in your heart for the unexpected guest. -Altar, to the unknown God.”
Henry Frederick Enamel. Swiss philosopher and poet.
“The mystery does not lie in how the world exists, but in the fact that it does exist at all.”
“I like to take walks at night … The walk at night helps me to observe better and get to know the nature and characteristics of passers-by. The bright daylight, together with the haste of the people running around, are not beautiful to look at.
A quick glance at the people in the light of the streetlight, or in the light emanating from the shop windows, often reveals much more than a visible and clear sight in the light of day …”
Charles Dickens, House of Antiques
“… The fixation of our consciousness creates the world we know. We cling with great force to what we know because it gives us a pleasant sense of security. But the world as it is perceived to us in the ordinary state is but a tiny revelation of the being in which we exist. The warrior breaks boundaries. He chooses to admit to the mystery in which he lives, to the infinite splendor that once within all things and within himself and to open himself and to him out of awe and respect.
Rule One: “Everything around us is a mystery that has no limit and no lesson.”
When the warrior adopts this starting point, he is never satisfied with the appearance of things. As a child, he never ceases to marvel at everything that surrounds him and everything that goes on inside him. It is a humble stand in the face of the hidden layer that exists in reality and a willingness to open oneself to it. The reward for giving up false reality is immediate, the very contact with infinity, with the sense of depth dimension that is in our lives.
Rule Two: “We must try and get to the depths of these mysteries, without ever hoping to succeed.”
The warrior is required to explore the miraculous from him even if he knows that this is not possible for any extraction. The purpose of knowing, says the storks that we will not know. And yet every effort should be made to approach and enter the unknown realms. There is no resemblance to one who has come to ignorance out of deep inquiry to one who does not know because he has not investigated at all. Both through the direct approach, without the intellectual explanation, which pushes the student to indirectly experience the new and the unknown and the unpredictable and also through verbal, rational inquiry, one must immediately try and go into the depths of the mystery.
The third rule: result: “t “The warrior takes his rightful place in the mystery.”
“The warrior adapts to an equal vision. Everything in creation contains the same deep mystery and the warrior is an integral part of it. He does not observe the same mystery out of scientific alienation, as a phenomenon outside of him but he shares in the mystery with everything. He does not consider himself superior or less than anything else in creation, this is the humility of the warrior. “
(Carlos Castaneda, ”The Gift of the Eagle”, published by ZBM, p. 228
“The sublime one whose place for intimating saying is at Delphi, neither discloses” (only) nor conceals (only), but rather hints, gives signs, points to, intimates”
Heraclitus, Fragment 93
“The key to longevity is to wrap your days in secret”
15. from being to being (communication).
From the point of view of the being, people do not know how to communicate. In fact, from this point of view, they need a Band-Aid, to cover this inability.
This Band aid is rendering the inability to communicate by what is called: ordinary talk, idle talk. People have become artists in expressing meaningless words, empty words, designed to fill the volume of the conversation and hide the nakedness of the lack of being behind them. Indeed it is a speech that says nothing.
But what is worse is that not only does it not try to say anything, but its very existence comes to establish the alienation and differentiation between two human beings… As paradoxical as it may sound: a talk in order not to meet …
The phenomenon of conversation as a corridor to discover the being is getting rarer with age. It is very rare to hear two adults ask each other such questions: “So what do you really feel now about what I said?” Or: “What’s going on inside you right now?” Or: “What I feel for you right now is.”
It turns out that the being comes out betrayed in almost every conversation, a conversation in which the speakers pretend that it (the being) does not exist. Their very endeavor in this gives a realistic feeling as if people are really talking to each other, but it’s more like fancy taps that when turned around – Nothing comes out.
The talk nowadays is the new king’s clothes in their incarnation, and where is that kid who will ask: “What are we talking about now? Why are we talking at all? Towards what? What do I want from you now? What do you want from me”? “Where is this conversation going”?
It so happens that when people meet the biggest challenge for them is supposed to be – to really talk, and that challenge becomes almost impossible. Talk, act like there is face-to-face communication, but this is one big pretense, nothing happens. Friendship is a kind of oasis within it all.
“We may have civilized bodies and yet barbarous souls. We are blind
To the real sights of this world; deaf to its voice; and dead to its
Death. And not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand
Joy’s will we become what Christianity is striving to make us”.
Warmth between human beings is a rather rare element in our daily communication landscape, although it is precisely the essence of humanity that is embodied in it and it is supposed to be one of the most natural and spontaneous elements in our relationships with others. Human warmth should be the basis for any encounter between human beings, not necessarily only between people who are close to each other.
What usually happens is that we live in the illusion that everything is very nice between one to another – ‘Hello, what’s up’? ‘Sit down, have a cup of coffee’, we learn to be kind, to be polite, and to be considerate. But in most cases there is nothing behind it. Or rather – It is a cover for wars of interest or insecurities. Ultimately it is the interests that dictate the degree of warmth bestowed so that no matter how much warmth and support one person receives from the other – These will be stopped immediately if the other feels that his interests have not been satisfied. This description presents the encounters between human beings as a spectacle of horrors, in which the human warmth could be conditioned and used as a reward in covert negotiations over personal interests – Instead of being present in the background all the time, without any conditions. We have been educated (informally of course) to see others not as a person like us, who has fears and difficulties, just like us, but as an adversary for negotiation and bargaining. We fear most of the time that we will emerge from this low place to which human relations have deteriorated, as losers, therefore we invest in tactics and techniques instead of in human warmth. The self-interested infrastructure is fully exposed when relationships get into crisis. Then suddenly, behind the ‘togetherness’ and fraternity of the past, conflicting interests and hostile feelings are revealed. Elements that were there all the time below the thin surface of the common denominator have erupted.
Human warmth means that one who finds himself in a poor or depressed state can turn to another and say to him simply: ‘’I am in a bad situation’’, and that the other will be able at that moment to wrap him with warmth and give him unconditional support, without personal gain and loss calculations. For, when you think about it, what exactly could be between human beings other than that? Not much. And if a crisis breaks out –what they should fall on is the soft cushions of human warmth.
Human warmth becomes especially significant not when it comes to a relationship that is already based on some kind of emotional contract, such as between parents and their children or between spouses – But precisely in those cases where the other is ‘just’ someone, just a person, stranger and stranger as he may be.
We live in an alienated world, hence, we do not really feel the great wall of alienation between us all.
It can be argued that this alienation exists only as long as the person is not connected to himself and therefore in any case cannot be connected to another. But this is a faint excuse, since human warmth must exist between human beings as a basic condition all the time, for the possibility of communication to take place, like body heat, like breathing. Being disconnected from oneself cannot justify being alienated to others.
It’s shocking to see that sometimes all that a person needs (really craves) is just a good warm word that often people just don’t give him. Humanity is one of the most vital qualities that their absence makes our life to feel much more difficult.
For example, a hospital nurse is not much if she is unable to provide human warmth – a little softness, a smile, a kind word, an encouraging look, some compassion. It is hard to describe what it does to a person confined to his bed when he encounters the so much longed for human warmth from coming to him from the nurse, it is for him as though an angel came to him at that moment and hugged him.
Humanity is not an emotional trait and there is nothing between it and emotions and sentimentality. It is the being that gives the human warmth, not the emotions.
The test for human warmth is for example could be seen when someone breaks down and declares something like: “I have been depressed for months’’ – what usually would happen is that the other will experience an embarrassment. People just don’t not know how to react to this sudden omission of the mask.
What psychotherapists, social workers, doctors, nurses or holistic healers of all kinds can really do in relation to the suffering and pain of their clients – is just to give attention, warmth and empathy. If the therapist is unable to transmit it and if he is unable to radiate it to the client –than he does not actually fulfill his role, (whatever his professional expertise may be).
The strange thing is that when it comes to a great and sublime goal such as: religion, political ideology, defense of the homeland and so on – one of the first things that people are quick to sacrifice is their humanity. The first thing that people throw away at the beginning of a path, whether it is climbing in the career stages or in the religious or spiritual stages – it is the human warmth towards others. As if they feared it would only ground them, prevent them from taking off, as if they assumed that if they allowed themselves to be sensitive and intimate with the existence of others – it will not enable them to move forward in the big fields. The most monstrous, unusual and extreme example – Is fascism.
The most horrible phenomenon of our lives, almost as horrible as death – the fact of our inhumanity.
If our best friend would come to us in a deep personal crisis, which causes him much suffering, can we overcome our impulse to condescend by giving him advice and instead -elevate ourselves to the level of radiating and transmitting powerful human warmth? Which is what he really needs at this time in his life!
Humanity is a very soft thing, very gentle, very intimate and it can exist between people only in intimacy, it gets lost in big forums. Many popular spiritual Gurus do in big halls where the believers the followers are bombarded by great words. But the human warmth is tiny and small and weak. It can only be in a whisper, in silence, in intimacy, between one and one – in silence.
When you love so many people in a big way – it is difficult to convey human tenderness.
Interesting that humanity is such a basic and intimate thing for all of us – and yet so rare in everyday life. People have lost the ability to be with each other in intimacy and human connection. We have moved so far away from each other – that a state of ‘I-and thou’ that Buber talks about becomes a utopia and an alienated ‘you – and I’ becomes our daily routine. Humanity should be in the background, all the time – waiting for the moment when someone will really need her. It is supposed to be there like a clear lake and not like kisses on the cheek, pats on the back and the handshakes and codes of love of the new age style. Humanity is more introverted, Ying in nature. She does not declare herself and does not ask for degrees and compliments, she’s there when you need her. The distance between inhumanity and the abuse of the weak is very close, the distance between inhumanity and oppression of minorities is very close – it is inherent in all of us.
There is a difference between laughter and a smile. Laughter is sweeping, shaky, big, and extroverted – A smile is something that rises inside and radiates outward. A smile is like humanity, a laugh is like a pat on the back or a handshake. Humanity is projected from person to person as a person, towards strangers no less than towards relatives.
Humanity is the connecting range, it is the basic warmth through which the being flows out and connects to the other. That is, the being can connect only through humanity, only through warmth, only through caring.
Humanity is the natural ‘byproduct’ of the being, expressed as human warmth towards others.
People are suffering and they are languishing without anyone feeling genuinely car for them.
And what is it about? It is mainly about the fact that when you suffer – I feel a little of your suffering, if you are going to die – Something in me is going to die as well. Are you crying? Then I’m crying with you, that’s it. And if a person suffers and is hurt and you remain cold – you become a rhino, you have become a monster and sold your soul.
We live in an egocentric-competitive world, where most of the relationships, most of the encounters between people are based on self-interest, while all it takes is to radiate a little bit of humanity. A human being can go through an entire life and not know at all that he has no humanity towards other human.
Today it is an extinct and lost breed, and we have lost the ability to radiate it. Humanity is elementary – what a dog can do, we have forgotten. The dog has humanity and empathy for all human beings (and other animals).
Our whole social system is built so that we do not have to feel humanity towards each other. The whole education system, all the bureaucracy, all the medicine, these are all systems in which humanity should not be expressed; Reception hours are … emails, whatsapp, SMS, etc. – everything is basically meant to perpetuate the alienation between human beings – until in a few years we really will not know how to be human with each other. This will make it the hardest thing to do.
A hotel, for example, is a substitute for person-to-person hospitality, and why would a substitute be created? Being hosted by a person is inconvenient, because when you are hosted by a human being there is the territorial invasion and there is the tension of conflict of interest, and conflicts of ego – and not only is there no humanity, there is mental anguish. So hotels somewhere are a substitute for human hospitality – just as TV talk shows or online WhatsApp chats are a substitute for real communication.
There is no substitute and there will never be a substitute for the unmediated encounter between one people’s caring to another’s person’s loneliness or grief. As long as a person is unable to send human warmth in response to the distress of the other being – nothing is worth it! And somewhere in the course of life most of us sacrifice giving unconditional support, care and human warmth – it and it’s awful.
When one thinks of the treatment given to retarded or handicapped people for example, then one can alleviate their suffering a little and maybe even a lot, by some compassion, care, attention and human warmth. However, what about all the rest of the human race? That it is not retarded or handicapped, and that he has a tremendous level of unhappiness and no one listens to him? There is a ‘fig leaf’ here by the whole learning of social workers, but the point is that behind or below the ‘fig-leaf’ there is no humanity.
These institutionalized helper’s drain human warmth.
People want power, strive for success, control over others, happiness – while simply not knowing how to be human with needy others.
One of the main and most missed ingredients in human communication is feedback. Feedback is defined as “content returned to the listener according to the intention of the speaker”, but this dry definition does not exhaust the exactness and importance of feedback in the medium of communication. Lack of feedback is a symptom of the ills of human communication today.
Example of good feedback, classic feedback – Is the way the dog reacts to its owner. He is attentive to every thought and sweat of his owner, picks it up and responds immediately to every nuance of it. Giving feedback means responding to the other, signaling to him, living the connection between the two beings and affirming it towards the other.
This culture of ours is not yet ripe for this degree of being with the other, it is still captive in the diapers of the ego. To give feedback is to consider the other. This is one of the striking differences between an infantile adult and a grown-up adult.
Lack of feedback is a symptom of a lack of connection to the being of others.
The value of a literary work does not lie in the talent of the writer – but draws its existence from the feedback the work receives among readers.
The bodies and the planet absorb some of the sunlight, but the light we see is only a feedback from the original unseen rays of the sun. Similarly we can say that without feedback we don’t see the light of what it is that we are communicating. We do not see things in their origin, but only the feedback of them, so if there is no feedback in communication between human beings, there is nothing between them in this context.
Man is a social creature, he needs company and needs approval. We need feedback that will supply us with affirmation and recognition. The feedback is necessary for our existence, and if we have not received feedback we must demand it…
When people talk to each other, there is a division of roles between them – Formal (lecturer and audience) or informal, of speaker and listener; transmitter and receiver. The transmitter is the one with which the speech queue is located at any given time. It conveys something: information, ideas, and emotions.
The receiver, through the feedback, allows the speaker to understand how he is being perceived and thus (by making himself more clear) he brings himself to a higher level of accuracy, clarity and depth.
There is a misconception that there is no need for feedback.
Preventing feedback or inadequate feedback – can lead to the collapse of the entire communication process, by degenerating the internal dynamic.
When there is no feedback, all that is left is an exchange of speech queues, or what is more common: a cold and a struggle for the right to speak, (with the weapons of the power struggle constantly hidden beneath the surface of speech). Feedback is a kind of service, which allows the speaker to focus, deepen and clarify himself – Through the feedback. In other words, the receiver supposedly lends to the speaker his consciousness and sensitivity, through which the transmitter will be able to express himself more accurately.
In fact, the speaker cannot communicate, he can only convey information. The receiver, by feedback, can turn the information into meaningful content.
The biggest enemy of giving feedback is a negative dynamic, because in order to give feedback the receiver must want the speaker’s success – by making him realize his inner intention. But when there is no feedback, the receiver awaits his turn to start a long speech himself.
Usually, non-feedback in the media is a clear sign of aggressive passivity, meaning that behind the passivity of not giving feedback from the recipient, there is usually aggression towards the speaker, or towards himself.
When the receiver gives feedback – It actually makes the speaker come true, he proves to him that he exists, that his inner life has a realization and this is the greatest gift that one person can give to another.
Feedback is also necessary on the existential level.
Man exists in order to do something with his life, the existential rule says that if someone does not receive approval for his endower, it is almost a sign that he does not exist. It is very difficult to grasp this but we must understand that we are only potential, we must get confirmation of our existence, and it is not obvious. Just as jam will be jam only when a person tastes it and says it is a jam, this is the confirmation, only at that moment the jam becomes jam.
This perception really does not fit into the bourgeois morality which is ruling today, but it is the correct perception: “achievement requires credit”. We need to demand it so we can know how we are doing. Children also grow up and shape their personal idbeing based on the feedback they receive from those around them. Without it, the child will have difficulty forming a self-perception.
It is our duty to give feedback to others, for the feedback is like the walls of the cave that return to the bat its sonar signals, so it can navigate.
So what? To adopt a dog☺
“The period of chivalry has passed, the time has come for humanity.”
“Humanity is the daughter of God”
“The great sin against the creatures is not to hate them but to be indifferent to them. This is the essence of inhumanity.”
George Bernard Shaw
“The most disgusting thing of all human impulses, is the need to use another person for your personal needs, as a result of the power you have over that person. This is only slightly more subtle than cannibalism.”
“While still in Chicago, Laing was invited by some doctors to examine a young girl diagnosed as schizophrenic. The girl was locked into a padded cell in a special hospital, and sat there naked. She usually spent the whole day rocking to and fro. The doctors asked
Laing for his opinion. What would he do about her? Unexpectedly, Laing stripped off naked himself and entered her cell. There he sat with her, rocking in time to her rhythm. After about twenty minutes she started speaking, something she had not done for several months. The doctors were amazed. ‘Did it never occur to you to do that?’ Laing commented to them later, with feigned innocence ”.
John Clay’s R: .D. Laing: A Divided Self, pp. 170-171
16. The warrior of the Inner being
Our culture is a culture of dichotomy; peace versus war, peace versus tension, idleness versus rest. Once upon a time, things were more homogeneous; the warrior was also a man of spirit, the knight was also a gentleman, the commander was also a philosopher (Marcus Aurelius), the samurai were warriors of the sword and at the same time great scholars in the wisdom of Zen. From the point of view of this book, not only is it possible to unite warfare and being, but the two are inseparable by their very nature, for the existence of something valuable begets the inner need to protect it. When it comes to warfare from the perspective of the being – It is an inner position of a tiger, a tiger within which fire burns.
Life from the being – as a state of warfare:
Many of the teachings of the East – in religion and philosophy – rely on doctrines of warfare. As Fritiof Capra writes in his book: “The Tao of Physics” (p. 41): “The image of the warrior plays an important role in the spiritual and cultural life of the East. The scene of the favorite Indian religious text, the Baghdad Gita, is a battlefield; martial arts are an important part of traditional Chinese and Japanese cultures. In Japan, Zen’s strong influence on the samurai tradition led to the emergence of the so – called Bushido, the ‘warrior way’, the art of sword-wielding in which the spiritual insight of the sword-bearer reaches its peak. Taoist Tai Chi Chuan, considered China’s greatest martial artist Slow and rhythmic yogic movements with the total vigilance of the warrior consciousness.”
Today there is not much left from the original idea, which connects a high level of consciousness and the way of the warrior. What is found today is actually a degeneration (copying into the physical practice of the martial arts) of the original idea of reaching a high level of consciousness. The American Indian warriors were asleep with one eye open, it was enough for a little noise and they were there, fully awake. Similarly, in a state of connection to the inner being – a person should at any moment be ready to leap into confrontation.
The combination or encounter between a person who is connected to his own being and the state of culture and society as they are today, dictates to him the position of the warrior.
We all live in a competitive, pushing towards an accomplishment – society, where either you win or you lose in the rat race of life. So, if you are connected to your being – you must protect it by becoming a warrior. As being described in this beautiful fable:.
“When dawn in the jungle the gazelle and the tiger wake up. The gazelle gets up in the morning, what wakes her up is a terrible fear, the fear that she will be the tiger’s breakfast. And she must run, and run faster than the fastest tiger, because otherwise her fear will come true.
The tiger, what wakes him up, is a terrible fear, a fear that if he does not get up immediately, his empty stomach will become his grave. Then he starts running, and he must run faster than the fastest gazelle because otherwise his fear will come true.
Morality A: If you’re in the jungle, you better wake up. And wake up fast.
And Morality II: If you want to survive in the jungle, you better start running. And run fast. “
To become a warrior is to turn from a cat into a tiger, the little cat of emotion, wanting milk, and chasing mice, and stroking and scratching under the chin – His place should be vacated for the being of the tiger. It is not always possible for us to be a de facto tiger, but all the time it needs to be in the background, because without a tiger pose we would be swallowed by the banality of existence.
The person connected to his being should be a kind of commando warrior of life. He is alert all the time, aware and ready for what might happen next moment.
“Don Juan’s teachings are not spiritual. I repeat that because this question comes up again and again. The idea of spirituality is inconsistent with the iron discipline of a warrior”.
Carlos Castaneda. From an interview with Daniel Trujillo Rivas, a few years before his death in 1998.
War games (or internal defeat):
Adopting the warrior way as a way of life is no stranger, we have heard of the peoples living on their sword for many years. However, the being of the warrior comes from another school of thought, which can be called by different names: ‘Blue Warfare’ ‘Dolphin Warfare’, Samurai Warfare’, ‘Knight Warriors’. This is a war based on the soft approach. The soft approach is the way of the being, it is a quiet struggle, as opposed to the hard, aggressive, hot, struggle.
It is difficult to defeat the ‘dolphin warrior’, since in the first place he appears as though he is weak… and therefore it is so easy to mistake him and belittle him. One common mistake is to consider him a sworn loser. Not that he has an interest in being deceiving in the matter of seeming harmless, as if he has surrendered in advance. But he also has no problem losing from time to time, thus lowering the opponent’s level of alertness. But the ashes of failure or defeat – are not the end of him, but only a comma, a space for breathing, that after a time he will rise again from his own ashes, like a legendary phoenix.
This loser behavior can last for years. As long as the ‘mechanism of rage’ does not ignite inside him – he can wait indefinitely, like a hunter in the bushes, waiting for an opportunity to come out as a warrior.
He never attacks at the time dictated by the opponent.
He actually tries to lose when the opponent is in the lead, so that he can then shoot suddenly from the ground at a time convenient for him, at the most surprising time for the opponent. Hem is cold-blooded as a bear in the winter.
He is endowed with steel nerves, can wait and wait, but inside there is a fighter jet with a powerful engine, waiting for the moment when it will be possible to take off. He is such a skilled and polished war master that he looks like a bush, like a fold of ground, he blends in with the surrounding and there – like a secret trap in the ground, properly camouflaged, before being locked on what is trapped in it.
He always prefers to be passive, never initiating a battle or going into battle, waiting in his arena, with his trap and hidden in him. This combination is deadly.
The victory is the weakening of the opponent and his own strength.
The weakness of the opponent is in sowing confusion, embarrassment, and uncertainty.
At the end of a confrontation, the two warriors are in one of two states: winning or losing.
On conflicts, wars and struggles – or on the warrior of the being:
So what is special about the blue warrior, what sets him apart from just any warrior?
The being warrior is driven by a code of respect and principles and not by emotions.
He is not emotionally swept, he is not controlled by aggressive emotions and therefore also does not lose control and does not erupt – which allows him to maintain composure and restraint and not to reveal weaknesses.
He is not swept into a confrontation, not dragged into a confrontation because of emotional provocations or humiliation. And when he is already confronted, he does so because of violating a code or principle.
He always fights with clear tactics. For example, he does not let the opponent dictate the conditions of the battle-field and he does not play on the field defined by the opponent. In other words, he does not take on the opponent’s approach (accusations, starting point) and operates the war on the opponent’s home territory. But takes the opponent out of his home court and transfers the confrontation to his own court.
He has the ability to absorb humiliation and insult himself without reacting to it, since he is driven not by impulsive emotions, but by principles. His advanced abilities allow him to respond on his own terms.
He does not go into battle for any nonsense, he is very selective about the conflicts he chooses to get into.
The guiding criterion for him is to confront only when there is no other way. He does not mind losing in a confrontation that is not a principle issue for him. When he goes into battle, he goes out to win and to win in the end – but for that he is willing to suffer losses along the way. And again, what motivates him is not the hurt ego or hurt emotion.
His war style is clean, precise and balanced.
His war is not a mess – No blood splattering everywhere, uncontrollable outbursts, and beatings under the belt or mudslides.
He does not involve ego and emotions in this war – but once he feels that someone is targeting him with hostility and attacks him in order to harm – he is willing to go against the opponent without hesitation.
The mechanism of rage:
No anger, no nerves, no insult, no displeasure, no resentment, no hostility, no anti, no lack of self-control – but rage.
Rage is the handle of the escape chair that emits the being warrior from the plane of the current situation, spinning towards its crash to the ground.
Rage is the starting point for going into battle for the loss honor.
Rage is the demon released from the bottle of the humiliation prison.
Rage is a sharp, polished samurai sword, sheathed made of solid personal principles and rules.
The rage is hidden deep in the depths of the plane that flows quietly, high, high, on the still, dark night of life.
Rage is the last resort, but what releases the rage in the end is not the direct and overt danger, the one that declares itself in advance as an open confrontation with opposing interests and positions – but the denial, the pretense, the friendly hand that hides the dagger in the sleeve of her shirt.
Rage is the last wall to which the being warrior is pushed with his back, the wall of principle that he is unable to betray, because beyond the wall of principle – the ego abyss is open, into which the being warriors not only fall – they crash beyond recognition.
Rage is a secret and internal destructive mechanism that the being-warrior carries with him as a deadly guardian. He is alert and ready for anyone who tries to apply to him the formula that liberates the guardian: a formula whose components are as a spell that combats the attempt to humiliate others.
When the elemental rage is released, it sends the samurai sword to the opponent’s neck joints – not with the intention of harming or taking revenge, but out of their complete absence. The guard is hidden in a pre-prepared instinct trap, in order to protect the warrior’s blue kingdom (his being). A warrior who is never angry, it is only the rage that erupts from him, free and dangerous, like a spring released from a trap hidden in the ground, a trap covered in the tranquil front of the blue warrior, the warrior of the being.
The secret agent of the being – part one:
Almost everywhere there are secret agents, spies. They are dressed like the locals, behave like them, look like ordinary people – but they are not. They came from somewhere else. Although they are forced to play by the rules of this place, it’s all foreign to them – they have a different calling.
Such is the warrior of being in a company. He acquires the blank expression on their faces, he fills his mouth with an indefinite quantity of chatter, and he looks like a native in this sleepy, deportee from being state. But inside he is not like them, he is impersonating. He is an agent, a spy, a messenger from the district of the being, whose laws are completely different from the laws of this place, he walks among people, fully awake, impersonating them.
The agent of the being is an artist in impersonation. He must look gray, and harmless.
Something in him does not completely flow with what is happening, there is something in him that is distant, does not belong. At first glance there is something in him that evokes unconscious opposition, as the question, “Who is it”? ”what does he want?” Without knowing why, he arouses, he arouses in his viewers a strange curiosity, they fail to catalog him, there is something in him that does not fit in and yet he seems harmless.
He is often mistaken for a tourist, spoken to in a foreign language (because he looks foreign). He is indeed different – he belongs to another world, the world of the being. To the world of being he is giving his loyalty, from there he receives the backing and commands, to the messages of this world he is attentive, to which he sends reports and field calls.
He is constantly in a state of emergency, alert and ready. Ready to be caught, to be condemned. Therefore he must be gray, unfamiliar, not making waves -Lest he be identified. For example, he will always park his car with the front of his car towards the exit, ready for a quick escape. At home, he always makes sure to lock the door brackets and bolts well. In a car, the closing button of the doors is always pressed, so that nothing will surprise him from the outside. In a cafe or restaurant he always sat with his back to the wall, not to be surprised from behind, to be able to review everything in front of him. He is constantly on alert, tiring his mind to think – What he did not think about, what he did not take into account. Because this little individual he does not pay attention to can overwhelm him. A careless word – And he may be exposed, be attacked, blocked, or even just find that doors are starting to close in his face.
For indeed, a being agent is, a representative of another kingdom, the kingdom of the being.
The agent of the being and Ambassador – part two:
The secret agent of the being is Sitting and watching. Always watching, from a distance, a stranger, does not belong, does not mix, does not get lost in the clique, and does not belong to the coalition or the bustling society.
He is on the side, observing, focusing the binocular lens, watching from a distance and magnifying every detail.
Everything interests him, every face, every expression, and every movement. Sitting and watching – With intensity, carefully, he learns everything , as his life depends on it.
Just people, but he watches, as if he saw them for the first time, looks but as if not looking, photographs with his eyes, records in his ears, but as if not – for he is a planted agent, a foreign plant, does not belong, not from here, a tourist from another place, his language is not their language and their language is not his language – and he must be careful not to attract unnecessary attention.
Always from a distance, but more involved than the people he watches, people who are so close to each other, but so far away, so unaware of the trivial chatter. And he is amazed; human for him are an antigenic phenomenon. He has a hard time grasping the enthusiasm and intensity about the trivia. He has a hard time understanding the effort of nonsense, the seriousness and formality of nothingness, the hassle and the hassle that covers boredom.
He looks at them and sees that seemingly everyone is busy, good for everyone – but only when they are together, because when they are alone they are sad, or just empty of their soul, and he sees that.
He sees that everyone plays for everyone, but no one exists for himself. They all radiate when they are in the company of others and fade when they are alone.
As R. D. Laing writes:
“They are playing a game. They are not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, or not seeing I see the game”.
RD Laing, 1974
The agent has a different loyalty. He swore allegiance to the Ambassador of his home Kingdom that does not know, which is the district of nostalgia and longing for him all the time. Only he knows about the existence of the ambassador of this kingdom. Always knowing of his existence. One day he came into his life, and his life has changed. And since then they have met on a daily basis, almost continuous relationship. Through the ambassador he learned about the kingdom from which he himself came,
Deep and mysterious relationship was forged between him and the ambassador.
With the help of the insight from the ambassador – He observes human beings and learns, learns, creates and teaches.
But he is not always out, doing a task, carrying out the mission. Most of the time he is alone, inside, trying to find the ambassador, looking for him at home, in the office, leaving messages, sending emails. And in the meanwhile, he is sitting at home waiting, waiting for the ambassador to visit in the form of inspiration.
Time goes on and God forbid – the line gets disconnected and that’s almost worse than an agent’s death. This is also called: “the dark night of the soul”.
He can continue on the mission, but without high and fresh inspiration from the ambassador.- he is deserted in a foreign land.
List of influential writers (mentioned or not mentioned in the book):
P. D. Ouspensky
The Dark Heraclitus
A-Din al Arabi
Antoine de saint- Exupéry
Kathleen and Jay Hendrix
R. D. Laing
Rabbi Nachman of Breslav
Pico La Mirandola
Maurice Merlo Ponti
Roman Jaladin Rumi
Shlomo Giora Soham
teilhard de chardin
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On the back of the book
About the book:
A house is a place to go to return to. A home is a place where we unite with ourselves. Being at home we are inside, inside – When we are far from home we are outside, in exile. And in exile there is only longing, only longing. While it is possible to try and satisfy the craving through substitutes like food, sex, career, society, religious studies – but still the only way to deal with the craving is to become exiled to the pilgrim, to abandon everything outside, turn our face and start traveling, inside. Begin the mysterious and wondrous journey of all journeys, the journey to the inner being. (From the introduction).
About the trip :
“The journey towards what deserves to be asked is not an adventure, but a return home” Martin Heidegger
About the being:
The lust -shouts.
The body -Speak.
The soul – Whispers.
And the inner being – is Silent.
Because it knows.
About the author:
Gabriel Raam – a former lecturer and expert of non-verbal communication, studied theater, education and behavioral sciences – has been involved for many years in the research, participation and study of internal work groups and in learning methods for expanding and developing the field of consciousness.
Has published several books on inner work, and the essays on consciousness, as well as books on body language.
He is interested and writes about highly sensitive persons (HSP) outsiders and rebels. He believes that with regard to the state of spirituality and culture today – it is precisely these populations that can stream into the culture a vision, new knowledge and fresh blood.
To the author, a site where there are additional thought-provoking works about internal work: http://cwe.hagut.net
Workshop on a journey to the inner being.
Book Link: https://tinyurl.com/r3wnvjws
View of the topic:
This workshop is dedicated to those who have not sold their spark of uniqueness in the stew of recognition and social acceptance, and who pay a heavy price for it. Those who kept the pain inside them because they could not, did not want, or had difficulty, to receive the sedatives and painkillers offered by society, in the form of those different “nature reserves”: religion, art and psychological therapy. To the exceptions, to the outsiders, to the non-conformists, to those who did not fit in, who were ejected from frames. And also to many others who have succumbed outward to the dictates of society, and who lead seemingly ordinary lives, but are eroded from within every day and hour, due to the dissonance between what they feel inside and their conformist way of life. For anyone who feels like a triangle trapped inside a square – this workshop is dedicated.