If you play video games, you eventually find out that it’s not a good idea to kill all the monsters. You don’t have to kill everyone. For effective and elegant gaming, it’s better to kill what you need to kill then move on very quickly. That means, in practical terms: do not try to win every argument, do not try to solve all your problems. In fact, leave most of your problems alone. Do not resolve your conflicts, do not fix what’s broken. Leave most of it alone. Dedicate your time, your consciousness, only to what’s important. Let everything else fall as it may.
Philosophy in its true form is to utilize language the same way a mathematician utilizes numerical formulas. A mathematical problem contains its own solution. And in that same manner a philosophical question contains its own answer. To engage in a true philosophical question is to extract from it its own resolution, its own death. For in engaging with the question there is the death of the question. And in that sense philosophy becomes magick.
Tengo dos alas.
Se extienden al confín.
Vuelo sin surcar.
Sin dejar rastro
se desliza mi mente
en las alturas.
Y veo por fin,
en la faz del silencio,
Vacío tu rostro,
que todo lo refleja,
me veo en ti.
Misterio de misterios.
Todo y nada.
Soy lo eterno
viendo el infinito.
Ya no soy nada.
Ultimately, there is beyond the center of centers, there, at the origin of your attention, beyond the sense of self, the origin of all you are. This is the God that creates the world that you perceive. This is the God that sustains the life of the one that says ”I Am”. This god within has been considered the greatest of heresies of all the religions that have made a world of worship, the have created a culture that sees them, and only them, as the true intermediaries between you and god. Their success, strength and wealth has depended on you believing that you are not god; that you are only a limited ego that is a suffering fool whose only possibility of happiness depends on the graces of an external, remote god, and whose only intermediary is the church.
In this unholy trinity, a tyranny of a remote father and a tyrannical mother, are placed the only source of redemption for a child that never grows. But the truth is that the Holy Father is you, not your ego, not your identity, not even your memories, but you—the one behind the curtains of perception. You are the true God, and this vessel of flesh and mind that contains the history of humanity, that contains all knowledge and experiences, that contains the good and the bad, that contains all the teachings, and all the words of all the masters is the true church.
The marriage between God and the church produces, outside of you, the kingdom of heaven—always new, always created, always reflecting the will of god. In this Kingdom outside, the world created anew, is a true reflection of the inner marriage between the true God and the true church. This union is the true wine of ecstasy that brings the satiation of our deepest aspirations. Those who would keep humanity enslaved will tell you that it is a great heresy to believe in this God within. And I tell you that you have nothing to believe. No belief is necessary. You have to approach this as a true scientist, a true explorer of the inner spaces, and seek for yourself the knowledge of your true essence, of that which is silence and infinite, of that which is true beyond all forms, beyond all time—the center of yourself.
Seek within your heart, not the emotional or physical heart, but the center of yourself. There, you will find it. Silent. Vastly infinitesimal. All knower. Creator. Maintainer. Destroyer of all worlds. Look for the god within. Commit the ultimate heresy, and make contact with your true self.
This great work is an ultimate act of rebellion where you dare to stand alone, to disrobe yourself of all your programs and all your identities, and to face the empty void only as a silent presence. Then you can look at everything again, from this perspective, and pick and choose your experiences, your hypothesis, your assumptions. Pick them consciously, and they’ll go from being unconscious assumptions to being tools for you to use; as a carpenter uses and chooses a hammer, a saw, a nail.
To know thyself, you must first question the assumptions you’ve made about who you are. In fact, everything we have taken as truth has to be questioned, analyzed, and reformed in a conscious manner, so that what we are, what the world is, and what the universe is can be approached as a great mystery—as a unique path that will lead us to a lifelong adventure of discovery.
To know thyself, as the oracle of Delphi commanded, and as Socrates told his students, is not only to know your identity—with all its preferences and histories—but to know that you are not that identity at all. It is to know the limits you have imposed on yourself. To know that manner in which you were educated by family, culture, country, and religion; and how they have provided limits for yourself, because they have created an avatar that functions on behalf of those very same religions, countries, and artificial human groups.
Our family takes care of giving us the assumptions, foundations, and principles that teach us how to navigate the world.
Eventually, society—our larger tribe—takes over and provides us with the stories and narratives that allow us to know what group to identify with, what beliefs to hold, how to behave with other people, and even how to behave when we are alone.
Then, religion takes over to tell us how to think about god, and how to behave in the face of the infinite.
The Great Work is a long deprogramming process. You begin by setting aside all the identities and assumptions that the social group has given you: all the identifications with race, nation, and religion. All identifications with a human group being to be set aside as programs that have invaded your system. A lot of these programs have kept you trapped in a form that is limited, and are not your real self.
The Great Work is, in a way, a work of heresy where you begin to discard what society and religion tells you.
This brain of yours is, right now, creating the world. It is, at the same time, forming scientific hypotheses about the universe. It is doing this not only at the social level, but also at the natural and even the spiritual level.
The process of awakening has to do with taking these processes of the brain and bring them to a conscious level. It is about becoming conscious of the assumptions that you are making when you are defining yourself, and the assumptions that you are making when you are face to face with the infinite.
The brain is doing all this in a mater that is unconscious to you. Automatic. Make them conscious, and voluntary.
Se pierde en la noche el claro encanto de tu mirar.
Se pierde en el día la sutil sombra de tus silencios.
Se pierde en el presente del tiempo toda memoria, y en la vida se oculta el inmenso instante en que todo sos.
Lost in the night is the clear charm of your sight.
Lost in the day is the subtle shadow of your silences.
Lost in time present is all memory, and within life hides the immense instant in which all is you.
I saw a video of criminals from the Border Patrol destroying water supply and other humanitarian assistance left along desert trails, to assist those crossing the desert and give them a little chance of surviving. Thousands of men, women, and children die each year attempting this passage. These officers are seen smiling, proud of their destruction, hoping some people will die of thirst or sun stroke. This is inhumane, cruel, and has no other intent than to kill.
I can almost hear the hatred expressing itself with the usual, “they are just doing their job”, “they need to deter illegals”, and “they are not doing anything wrong because the illegals are criminals breaking the law”…
Such apologist statements for the cruel abuse against human beings does not stand to the light of reason, because:
1- This is not part of their job, and BP has asked the public to report these officers putting people in danger. Their job is to apprehend and assist people in danger, not to put them in mortal danger.
2- Destroying the efforts of No More Death is not a deterrent. Immigrants will continue to cross knowing there is danger of death. And no, knowing they can die does not justify depriving them of water.
3- Being in this country without papers is not a criminal offense. It is a violation of the law. What’s the difference? The same difference between a crime like larceny and a traffic violation. One is a criminal offense, the other just a violation. In the case of undocumented immigrants, the violation is punishable by deportation at worst. It’s never treated as a crime, because it has never been a criminal violation.