So long as we remain in the womb of this externalized and public existence, we are spared the terror and the dignity of becoming a self – William Barrett
Dear fellow spiritual being,
Are you faking it to make it? Are you riding the great intoxicating wave of the Mayan age, into the Age of Aquarius… or are you just delirious?
Are you hanging your soul out to dry in the breathless pause,
Flinging your own selfhood high into the air in expression of what you value most,
But gush out of your centre like an uncontrollable hose?
Your teachers have told you that the nameless can not be named, the word is not the experience… yet in no other time in history has mankind spewed forth so much in the way of lofty ascension, chakra sparks and indigo children…
The majority of well-adapted individuals…have lost their own self at an early age and replaced it completely by a social self offered to them by society…They have no neurotic conflicts because they themselves, and, therefore, the discrepancy between their selves and the outside world have disappeared – Erich Fromm
Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars: and they pass by themselves without wondering – St. Augustine of Hippo
The collectivist fails to notice that by way of his compulsive “sharing,” his thoughts and ideas cease to be his own… the hyper-extrovert collectivist empties out his consciousness without stint, becoming a hollow, vapid specimen without realizing it. – Michael Tsarion
So stop. Turn inwards. Return to the Tao.
If you want to worship the Tao, first discover it in your own heart. Then your worship will be meaningful – Lao Tzu
I entreat you, my brothers, remain true to the earth, and do not believe those who speak to you of superterrestrial hopes! They are poisoners, whether they know it or not. They are despisers of life, atrophying and self-poisoned – Friedrich Nietzsche
Consider the question…
Do you know who you are?
A ridiculous question? Superficial? Boring? Or a swirl of possibilities that you have well under control in your pursuit of Kundalini, Bhuddhist, Yogic, Meditation?
But have you read the Sutras of Patanjali?
No? And you claim to practice Yoga? Shame on you. Literally.
If you’re not feeling a twinge of anxiety right now, I haven’t done my job.
My hope is that you’ll forgive my approach and walk with me into the underworld of spirituality.
For only there, deep below the surface, glows the true light of individuality. Dare I say it, the gift of Lucifer. The bringer of light. The morning star. The rising sun. The source of illumination. It’s metaphor!
Only the advanced can enter past these prickly thorns,
for they are all but a mirage for the one who owns the inner self.
Atop the Temple at Delphi?
“Know thy Self”
But why? Why such a ‘simple’ plea from such a great centre of enlightenment, education and spirituality?
Because it really is The Key.
Self-realization is necessary before God-realization wrote the ancient Vedic scribes – Michael Tsarion
And no, no book like that of Patanjali can show you truth.
But that’s the point. Truth can be found only in your self.
…it’s there now, waiting for discovery.
Anyone who is forced from his own course, either through not understanding himself, or through external imposition, comes into conflict with the order of the Universe, and suffers accordingly – Aleister Crowley
I offer you this:
The externalisation of the soul relates to the self-directed destruction of one’s own soul by externalising your pursuit of truth, fulfilment and experience.
The taoist path places our internal world as the most important, and through self connection and health… care of the body, can we rise into power and vitality… in the external world.
But people chase fantasies, abstractions, stimulation, fanciful ideas about god, the universe, and sacred geometry…
Thus they miss out on the only real key to ascension: the inner journey of unfolding the self in full integrity.
Internalisation of Selfhood
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens – Carl Gustav Jung
Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another. This immaturity is self-imposed when its cause lies not in lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without guidance from another. Sapere Aude! (Dare to Know!). “Have courage to use your own understanding!” – that is the motto of enlightenment – Immanual Kant
There have always been sickly people among those who invent fables and long for God: they have a raging hate for the enlightened man and for that youngest of virtues which is called honesty – Friedrich Nietzsche
Ironically, and thus shrouded in secrecy, integrity requires selfishness, individuality, separation, and identity.
(many of the things that new age spiritualists condemn)
But only then, can we come to real unity.
Orwell expressed it well. “Brotherhood and Solidarity” as chains that bind us, gears that grind us, weights that suppress us under the powers that be.
Ayn Rand’s ‘The Anthem’ opens the door.
I am done with the monster of “We,” the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame.
And now I see the face of god, and I raise this god over the earth, this god whom men have sought since men came into being, this god who will grant them joy and peace and pride.
This god, this one word: “I.”
Or hark back to the ancient esoteric Vedas if you prefer:
In the beginning this world was only the self, in the shape of a person. Looking around he saw nothing else than the self. He first said “I am” – – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
One should worship with the thought that he is one’s self, for therein all become one. This self is the footprints of that All, for by it one knows the All…One should reverence the Self alone as dear. And he who reverences the Self alone as dear – what he holds dear, verily, will not perish – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Make the choice, strengthen your resolve, refresh your focus…
Just a few of the people I believe are doing the right work in leading us towards the simple practical realisations of self:
- Stefan Molyneaux http://www.freedomainradio.com (straight up approach to morality, virtue, social structure)
- Michael Tsarion http://michaeltsarion.com (esoteric and existential exploration of the nature of self)
- Mark Hamilton http://www.twelvevisionsparty.com (indescribable)
And in my own small way, myself.
Are you with us too?
Unity in individuality. Synergy in mutual harmony. Collaboration in value creation.
Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a proportion of men, long after nature has released them from alien guidance… nonetheless gladly remain in lifelong immaturity, and why it is so easy for others to establish themselves as their guardians. – Immanual Kant
Given that for each man the center of the universe is his own Self, it alone must be placed at the head of the list of philosophical priorities…. where there is no Self there is no Truth… there is no enlightenment to be found outside the Self… – Michael Tsarion
Civilization is the process of setting man free from men – Ayn Rand
Ego-identity connects us with a tribe of belonging for survival, contribution and meaning. Our real ego is to be nurtured. False ego’s can be shed.
Give your gift through fractal unfoldment of your own Flower of Being.
Grasp the meaning behind these prickly posts: