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Interzone / Re: Creating a new religion
« on: June 06, 2013, 04:24:39 PM »
Good point, and likely as true as it gets.
That is why any religion that calls itself 'new' needs, more than anything else, to be simple.
Too simple to (mis)interpret.

Reality = God.
Practice recognizing reality.
Practice not-thinking.
Practice conscious breathing.
Practice balance.

Did I miss anything?

Interzone / Re: Creating a new religion
« on: June 05, 2013, 10:53:36 PM »
Many good questions, none of which can be satisfactorily answered.
One may rise above conceit, dispense with ego, escape the human delusion. But this is vanishingly rare, and anyone who has not done so is unable to recognize what it is, or looks like.
Anyone who has realized the God in him has passed beyond any possibility of communicating his state to any who have not.
This is the paradox of awareness. You may - at great cost - attain it, but you will never be able, from that point on, to share it.
Jesus was as good an example as any, of what happens to those who try too hard, for too long.
And Christianity as good an example as any, of the long-term consequences of that tragic failure to communicate.

Interzone / Re: Taoism.
« on: June 05, 2013, 01:02:08 PM »
Well, Christianity has run up against insoluble problems that were two millennia in the making.
I tried, for a long time, to ally myself with them, and have them see that I was not their enemy.
But, like them good ol' nazi boys, back in the day, they can only see it as being them, or being enemy.

Back to bats and animal totems: creatures don't define or understand stuff. They are what they are in proximity to. There is no distinction between it and them. A woodpecker sat in my hand for half an hour: it didn't know where it ended and I began. Because there was no woodpecker, and nothing that was not a woodpecker.

Interzone / Re: Taoism.
« on: June 05, 2013, 10:29:17 AM »
It's no more than observation. What is a bat? What does it do? How does it live its life? How does it fit into its environment?
Vs. what is a human, etc...

Bats haven't forgotten what bats are, probably because bats never got around to defining themselves, whereas humans mostly have forgotten what humans are.
Bats may remind humans how to be human, while incorporating the best attributes of being a bat.

Interzone / Re: Taoism.
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:55:03 AM »
I've never mentioned "using" animals in such a way.
Nothing gets used in this interaction.
It is a very pure form of communication, the likes of which humans rarely experience.
The bat is like a bat, and if the human is not comatose, he sees this, and communes with the bat.
None teach yet both learn.

Interzone / Re: Taoism.
« on: June 01, 2013, 11:19:01 PM »
Since the subject of animal-totems appears in this thread, here's some more on that...

I went out on the back deck, tonight, to sit, with just the bug light on.
A shadow flitted across it. And again. Again and again.
A large bat made a number of close passes by me, as I sat, often inches away from my face.

Bats are heavy medicine, and this is not the first time they have woken me up from my human state.
Lately, the social abyss has been devouring me, and pulling me away from balance.
This was just the reminder I needed that socializing is the closest thing to a vacuum, outside of a vacuum.
I'd been wondering what several big herpes-attacks in a row were trying to tell me: 
To stay the hell away from humans, and make full use of that five acres of forest.

An example of what bat offers...

"Bat embraces the idea of shamanistic death. The ritual death of the healer is steeped in secrets and highly involved initiation rites. Shaman death is the symbolic death of the initiate to the old ways of life and personal identity. The initiation that brings the right to heal and to be called shaman is necessarily preceeded by ritual death. Most of these rituals are brutally hard on the body, mind, and spirit. In light of today's standards, it can be very difficult to find a person who can take the abuse and come through it with their balance intact.

The basic idea of ancient initiations was to break down all the former notions of "self" that were held by the shaman-to-be. This could entail brutal tests of physical strenght and psychic ability, and having every emotional "button" pushed hard. Taunting and spitting on the initiate was common, and taught him or her to endure the duress with humility and fortitude. The final initiation step was to be buried in the earth for one day and to be reborn without former ego in the morning."

Not for the faint-of heart :)

Interzone / Re: Creating a new religion
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:51:22 AM »
No religion can coexist with the idea of equality.
Equality = self-importance.
Self-importance = ego.
Ego = separation from the object of religion.

Interzone / Re: Goodnight sweet Europe
« on: May 29, 2013, 10:05:30 PM »
Do you live in Europe, Dylar?

Interzone / Re: The student and the teacher.
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:56:54 PM »
You seem an intelligent and reasonable fellow. This is good: none of this is, or should become, personal.
But I make no bones about my hostility to islam, in response to its manifest hostility to anything non-islamic.
The fatal mistake the West has made is in assuming all peoples have all things in common.
The deed is done. Sadly. Now mayhem will ensue. Sadly.
What a fuckin' waste.

And BTW: I do not subscribe, as so many others do, to the notion of thread-derailment being in any way bad.
The writer has more credibility than the thread. Until the writer proves otherwise.

Interzone / Re: The student and the teacher.
« on: May 28, 2013, 10:45:52 AM »
There's nothing to understand about islam, unless you plan on becoming a muslim.
I note that any time a muslim turns up, they assume people are hungry to understand it.
And if they aren't, then absurd offense is taken, often up to, and including, mass murder.

Halal is the slitting of an animal's throat while it is still fully conscious, to let it bleed to death.
Meanwhile, muslims demand that everybody else eat halal meat, too.
Which is entirely in keeping with the whole medieval mindset of muslims.
All of which is fine, somewhere in some far-off desert, among like-minded characters.
Not so fine when mixed with civilization.

Still, any civilization that is unable to defend itself against medieval encroachment, really doesn't have much going for it.

Interzone / Re: Cormac McCarthy & modern literature
« on: May 27, 2013, 11:04:43 AM »
Nice. He's not half bad, eh?

Interzone / Re: Blah-Blah.
« on: May 27, 2013, 11:03:43 AM »
If you don't mind the unenlightened taking you for a retard :)

Interzone / Re: An important book
« on: May 27, 2013, 11:02:12 AM »
Tao te Ching: Lao Tzu (so it is said). Stephen Mitchell translation.
Life made beautiful in very few pages. Innocence extolled. Knowledge ridiculed. Wisdom implicit.
The first book to remind me I already knew all I needed to know. And what I didn't know, I didn't need to.
The stage set for a quantum leap into the cosmos.

Illusions: Richard Bach, made an excellent primer, for Tao te Ching, which I crossed paths with many years later. Both are all about simplicity and mystery. The two basic ingredients for life.

Interzone / Re: Cormac McCarthy & modern literature
« on: May 27, 2013, 01:11:38 AM »
Modern is a pretty subjective term, but for me it would include 'Illusions', by Richard Bach.
An intrepid aviator, and a regular guy. A tale to remember.

Interzone / Re: Blah-Blah.
« on: May 26, 2013, 06:25:40 PM »
Yes. That's a nice tree. I'll bet it took an age to finish.
Sort-of a cross between an oak and a mangrove.

The blah-blah is a limerick :)
If you look, you'll notice the meter.
And limericks are all about nonsense.

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