Has anyone out there seen the Twilight film saga? Beneath the surface of the film’s scintillating radiance or dismissing it as merely a pop-culture hit, I prefer taking an Eagle eye view, rather than a cursory glance. I remember a brotherly friend commenting last week that “flying high gives us a perspective we cannot have when holding our stuff so close. And as tempting as it is to leave it all behind, it may be easier to chop off an arm or a leg.” I couldn’t agree with him more. When We shapeshift Our Selves from how We appear externally to others, We transform into something greater than Our little ego, into the Light of Consciousness within. And as that happens, We begin to see the world around Us change before Our eyes. Easter Sunday is a good reminder to know the “I Am” Christ Consciousness within You. It doesn’t matter what religion, if any, that You belong to or don’t belong to. We need to move beyond beliefs, mental concepts and worshiping the bigoted God of Opinion that puts the voice of the ego in charge, rather than the deeper, soulful Presence of Who We Really Are.
While missing out at our last communal gathering was the death of me, one of my brothers at The Clubhouse reminded me that part of Buddhist philosophy is to walk the razor’s edge of life–without getting too swayed in any direction, while releasing Our attachments along the Way. Moreover, whether feeling madly in love with a partner, enraged that Facebook plans to exclude women on its board when it goes public, the recent Trayvon Martin slaying or the greedy 1% top dawgs sitting like phat cats atop the pyramid hoarding the resources from the 99 % of Us–We need to learn to walk in the center of the circle in a balanced way a la “one foot in spirit, one foot in ground.” Easier said than done when Goliath bullies David to the point where David has had enough and fights back, in much the same way as when “Jeremy spoke in class today.” No, I don’t know the experience of being pulled over for DWB (driving while black), but I do understand what it’s like to be profiled and looked upon as an outcast. I don’t have to tunnel very far down into the roots of my own family tree to remember Great Grandfather being attacked in his own home, taken away and beaten by the Ku Klux Clan for being a Catholic Italian-American immigrant, whom slaved in the coal mines, before Unions and the New Deal helped level corporate greed and exploitation.
How many of You out there have been revisited recently by folks from your past in Your consciousness? What do those relationships from Our past have to teach Us about Our Selves and Our developmental process here on Classroom Mothership Earth? Isn’t it interesting that Hitler said that if he had it his way, he’d prefer to come back to the USA because we had a much greater harness on propaganda than Nazi Germany? And that was Zen my friend and this is right Tao. Now We have a Corporate Media led conservative business like Fox News that reveal the tension of opposites by calling their news “fair and balanced”, but like in George Orwell’s 1984, behind the “telescreen”, We see the opposite is true. In my dreaming of a free for service economy, We co-create novel ways to pool together Our resources in win-win scenarios by thinking systemically. We celebrate Diversity in Unity and stay afloat on an equilateral triangle. In my spirited dance, my plea to the top dawgs asserts that We can all win and You really won’t know the difference because You will still be on top and will feel better about sharing because it won’t feel like a charitable duty and sacrifice. Really, it will feel as natural as crystal clear water!
Ari – aye to “one foot in spirit, one foot in ground.” Isn’t this after all the same as living the tension between relative and absolute?
sm – aye, that’s a provacative quesiton. I take the wisdom behind the quote to capture the delicate balancing act of a being both part human and part Divine while living here on Classroom Mothership Earth. But your quesiton begs – what do you think?
My take: We are not half and half, nor are we human beings trying to become spiritual. Rather we are spiritual beings trying to become fully human… so “living one foot in each world,” or “living both relative and absolute,” are just two ways of saying the same thing. Seems we agree – though I see it not so much as a balancing act as a gradual awakening to the fact of this paradox in every moment – that is, the more awakened to and accepting of this paradox one is, the less of a balancing act it all becomes.
The Razor’s Edge is an Awesome place to be; one can see all perspectives if truely there… Your wisdom flies with the eagle Ari…. kwol and stay on the path…Thank you for being the true friend you are…I am fortunate to share this journey with you and all who cross my path…