#4194 - Friday, March 18, 2011 - Editor: Jerry Katz
"Perhaps real wisdom lies in not seeking answers at all. Any answer
we find will not be true for long. An answer is a place where we can fall
asleep as life moves past us to its next question. After all these years I
have begun to wonder if the secret of living well is not in having all the
answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company."
from My Grandfather's Blessings,
by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. page 338
sent by David McMullin
Learn more about the book My Grandfather's Blessings at
Part One: Learning to be "you".
There probably has never been a time in world history where man has
more confused and distracted from reality. After twenty-one
life and the living of it has gotten...complicated! It's a
confusion, a learned distraction. It's a contemporary, cultivated
civilized dis-ease that holds us enthralled against our real
We learn who we should be, what we should think is true and how we
feel in making love and war. We're weaned off of our innocent,
essence, and intoduced to the idea that in order to survive and
we must struggle. We lace up our gloves and step into the ring
to change the world, to make it align with our expectations. We
human Fight Club, and the life of "me" vs."you", "mine"
we do all this in our mind.
We consult our mind to answer the central question of our birth:
going on here?" The question turns our sublime internal knowing
external "Who knows?" We begin to look everywhere and anywhere outside
self, to others, to authority figures, for the answers. Answers we come
fear. Answers we come to distrust. Answers that answer with answers.
living in this house of mirrors, and we no longer see things for what
are- fragmented and fragmenting reflections of what we THINK is going
From early childhood, our thoughts and feelings are conditioned to
a socially proscribed range of emotions and reject the rest. We
to bury those truer feelings which are not encouraged and
our birth culture. In a word, we learn to resist. In two
words: to resist
and react. To react from our newly acquired attitudes
rather then act from the natural awareness we're born with.
Of course, we
never can lose this awareness which we are, but the Life of the
introduced to makes it seem hard to find our Self in all those
lose our naked innocence, our pure and simple joy in the
I had a thought when I was three,
Since then I've been dreaming I was
Things get really complicated really fast, don't they? We learn that
our mind, we have lots and lots of possibilities, many, many ways,
good and bad, to see and experience things! We're all pretty
maxed and overmedicated! And what with all the heavy decisions we
make, and the opposing ways we feel about them,it's hard to
keep the show
on the road and rolling! Some days we sit stalled, out of gas,
gear, unable to move in any direction. And we wonder to ourself: "
this really all about?"
Well, in short, it's about our mind generated ideas and feelings.
about who we think we are, and how those supposed thoughts cause us
feel the psychological, physical and spiritual aches and pains of
living. It's about our Popular Dreams!
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