Choosing Doesn’t Create Value

A simple seeker of enlightenment was meditating
on the Tarot Eight of cups, comparing different
interpretations. But, the emotional results were
always the same; a sense of excitement and distress
at one and the same time, or of one mood rapidly
Replacing the other in her mind. Why?

Are you asking me?

No. I was thinking to myself, but according to some,
it’s the same thing.

Is it?

No. I would know.

What does it mean to know?

I would have experience and I would have learned
from it.

Perhaps you have.

Regarding choosing change rather than it choosing me?

Yes.

But, I never choose lightly.

The choice would have no value if you did.

But, does choosing necessarily create value?

That depends.

On what?

On how much is at stake in the choice.

How can we know for sure?

There is no knowing for sure.

But, the choice must still be made?

The choice has been made, in your mind, whether
you dare to act on it or not.

Yes.

What does that mean?

You know it means that I accept that you’re
right, again.

Will that knowing determine your choice?

No.

Yes.

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A Simple Seeker Connects

A simple but sincere seeker of a higher level of
personal spiritual development somehow came under
the influence of a spirit guru whose understanding
of life seemed to be …

What do you mean by “seemed to be”?

Perhaps I don’t yet know what the limits of my own
understanding of life really are.

How is it possible not to know your own limits?

Perhaps I’ve been socially conditioned to accept less
of myself and my capacity for thought than possibly
exists.

Why would that have happened?

Not necessarily through the failure of anyone’s intent
to teach me, unless …

Unless what?

Parents and early educators usually seek to serve the best
interests of the community when teaching children what
to think and how to relate to their world.

Wouldn’t it be in the best interests of the community
for children to be taught as much about life as they
could understand?

Perhaps the natural or conditioned limits of understanding
of parents and early educators in itself restricts what they
can pass on to the younger generation in their care.

Yes, but there is always conscious intent to limit awareness
in the minds of children.

If so, that intentional limitation could have survival value.

For whom, or what, how, and why?

Perhaps it is as food.

In what way?

We feed babies on very soft foods that they can easily
digest and only gradually introduce food that requires
a more developed digestive system.

What has that to do with intentionally limiting a child’s
mental development?

Teachers and parents can only teach what they know …

Or what they believe is safe for the children to know?

How can children be endangered by knowledge?

Perhaps not the children themselves.

Then, whom or what?

Every society that exists can only maintain its present
way of life by gently, or otherwise, enforcing rules
on everyone within that society, including children.

But, societies evolve and transcend over time, as
new ideas and new ways of living become available.

Yes, but as eager as young people, and some others
may be to adapt and change, there is always repression
of adaptation and change by those who might lose
their positions of power within society.

That could be a healthy condition.

How so.

Survival needs of individual societies might depend
upon at least some control by leaders, teachers,
and parents, of the degree and type of change that
seems to be happening.

Yes. There are always reasons for suppression.

Is it necessarily suppression?

What else?

Suppression sounds so deliberate and intentional.

It is.

Could it not just be resistance to change that might
threaten the rules of order of the society in question?

Or the power of those who benefit from the current rules?

That, of course, would always be part of any dynamic
interaction between the past and the desired future.

Yes.

So, what’s the solution?

To what?

A peaceful transition from what was to what might yet be?

Yes. There is no peaceful way.

Winner takes all?

Yes.

Parents and early educators serve the best interest

A Dynamic Relationship

Our simple seeker was enjoying the privacy of her secluded
garden, while meditating on the mystery of Tarot.

How did you manage to move your focus from The Hermit, as a
solitary seeker of enlightenment to comparing Aces?

The Major Arcana, which includes The Hermit, relates to
general personality characteristics, while …

Did I ask…?

The Aces introduce each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana,
and offer a sacred gift – a promise, almost.

How could a gift or promise be sacred and still be no more
than an almost?

It’s not for sale; at least it can’t be purchased.

Then, how does one receive a gift that isn’t free and yet
can’t be purchased?

It’s a promise of reward if effort is made to follow one’s
dream or path, and is meant to inspire self-confidence.

How does Taro differ from I Ching?

You’re asking me?

Yes.

From my limited understanding?

Yes.

Okay; they have little or nothing in common.

How so?

I Ching supports and explains social stability within
a system of generally accepted ground rules, or rules
of order.

And Tarot?

Tarot explains inner dimensions of personal experience;
feelings, desires, needs, fears, and interest, and helps
us to make sense of them and blend them together, and
more; it encourages individuals to believe in their
individual value and inspires them to reach for success
and happiness.

And I Ching does not?

Personal satisfaction and happiness do not seem to be
high priorities from an I Ching perspective.

Then, why study both?

We seem to need both individual and collective general rules
of order. But, we also need personal, emotional satisfaction;

Where does awareness fit into this scenario of a two-sided
view of the ideal society?

I didn’t call it ideal.

No. I did.

Then, I will let you explain where and how awareness fits
into the picture.

Awareness is understanding the reality that the individual
and collective are as two parts of an infinite oneness,
within which they share a dynamic relation to each other.

Initiation Brings Transformation

Our simple seeker was meditating on possible differences
between the concepts of initiation and transformation, and,
if in fact …

If there were differences, then what would they be?

I’ve been asking myself that question.

Sometimes it helps when an outside …

You’re hardly an outside voice.

How do you know?

I can feel your thought.

Singular?

A single energy.

Perhaps we’re each and all part of a single energy.

Perhaps, but …

Perhaps but what?

How does that relate to, if it does, the differences,
if there are any, between initiation and transformation?

Even as you ask, I sense awareness developing within you.

You might have pulled a curtain back.

From within you or from within your mind?

Is there a difference?

No, none at all.

We’re All In This Together

Our simple seeker was meditating on her Spirit teacher’s explanation
Of their relationship. He didn’t need physical existence or human form,
He told her.

Why?

I use you as ballast, to connect to your particular world of illusion.

If my world is one of illusion and I can, reluctantly accept that it is,for it often seems to be, then others, or at least some others
must also be living in a personal world of illusion.

Yes. The soundless answer moved into her mind as her inkless
communicating pen moved as His energy, not hers, directed it,
in unison across the page. We each seem to intuitively know that
our so-called individual world is intricately connected to everyone
else’s world, even though surface appearances deny this reality.

Only on the surface do our individual worlds of illusion appear
to be separate. Beneath this illusion there is a common root
that holds us together, that connects us inextricably together,
as one.

If The Solution is Trust …

Our simple seeker has returned home. It was time out.
Even Spirit seemed to approve of family time.

She was worried that she might; no, she new she didn’t
have the power or will to totally disconnect from Spirit.
And she knew that He knew it, too.

Another thought seemed to suggest itself; that the very
close relationship – could it be described as intimate?
Whatever …

Spirit closed off her train of thought, as if it had been
as pouring from a kitchen tap. Our simple seeker was,
as always, impressed by Spirit’s power to control, at least
to some extent, her thinking. But, she complained to herself,
my mind is not as a water tank.

What were you thinking about.

I can’t remember, exactly. Yes, now I do, about our
relationship.

Yes. You were not considering it as of high value.

She was suddenly shaken. Somehow she must have offended
her spirit teacher.

I am neither pleased nor offended. I have long ago outgrown
immature attachments to either false or sincere praise,
or criticism. I know my own value. Do you?

Do I what? Was she stalling for time or confused by what
He was asking her? But, the truth was, and she knew it,
that she really didn’t know either her value or His,
exactly.

I confess that I did not express the respect I owe you …

Why would you owe me respect?

For all that you have taught me and for choosing to let me
be a part of your mission to share your teaching.

It isn’t my teaching. I share what has been shared with me.
But, concerning your disrespect …

Have i been disrespectful?

Yes.

Perhaps I don’t know how to show respect to someone I can’t
see. I know it was my idea that you not manifest in human
form but, what if you planted that idea in my head?

How?

You might have planted the suspicion in my mind that I would
wonder why you manifested as you did, if you did.

You were concerned that I would have a motive?

Yes.

Don’t we all have a motive?

For what?

For everything we choose to do or choose not to do.

Then, what is the solution?

Trust.

I’m not very good at that.

Yes.

Another Way to See The Tree

“Existence comes before essence”. Who said that?

Likely an existentialist.

Our simple seeker was aware that her Spirit teacher
did not seem to approve of assigning names as credits.
Ideas come to us; we do not go to them, or create them
from nothing, He kept reminding her. What we do with
them is our choice.

Perhaps His position on this and other matters is
intended as a gentle or otherwise put-down, she thought,
on her tendency toward hero-worship.

You don’t call your parents by their personal names.

That’s different.

How?

Calling them mother and father or, more casually, mom
and dad, is a cultural tradition; perhaps a step toward
learning to respect authority and those who have
earned it, one way or another.

Our simple seeker suspected that Spirit was intentionally
distracting her from her focus on Kabbalah and The Tree
of Life.

The Kabbalah has much in common with your own cultural
traditions.

In what way?

The Tree of Life represents needed structure in our lives.
We develop from the bottom up. The Tree helps us to focus
on form before essence.

Why?

The letter of the law must be accepted and respected
before attempting to understand the spirit of
whatever law.

Even if the particular law seems to make no sense at all?

Even if the particular law seems to make no sense at all?

Yes.

Why?

Laws represent order and even if it is time to change
a law, one must attempt to understand what purpose
it might have served at an earlier time.

Then, it should be accepted without necessarily
approving of it?

Yes. Law as form is structure and a foundation, while
essence has potential to expand and deepen, after
the form is acknowledged, and then, perhaps, adapted
to meet changing circumstances.

Our simple seeker felt blessed to have Spirit share
his insights with her, but she had been developing
some of her own; a deeper awareness of …

Humility?

Tension is not Necessarily Stress

Spirit shares a grass-roots vision of life.

The Tarot card Page of Wands looked strangely familiar
and yet it was a young boy dressed up in clothes that he
did not seem to feel comfortable wearing.

What does it say to us?

It wouldn’t say the same to me as it would to you.

How do you know? Or, do you?

What does that mean?

When anything or anyone speaks to our inner knowing,
we are receiving a message, and we know it.

Can it be an important message?

It’s always more than important. It is vital to our
self-interest and to our personal world.

That would create inner tension.

Yes.

Who wants inner tension?

It’s not a case of wanting.

Then, needing?

Yes.

Why do we need inner stress?

There’s a difference between stress and tension.

In degree?

In cause. The situation may cause tension and …

Ignoring the message of tension causes stress?

Yes.

So, if we feel stressed, then it’s not directly
caused by the situation?

Exactly. Too many people seem to attemt to cope
with stress with medication instead of meditating
on its possible cause, alone or with a trusted
and qualified teacher.

Are we talking about You and me?

Yes, and anyone else who cares to listen.

A Simple Seeker Tries to Teach Spirit

A simple seeker decided it was time to teach
her spirit guru about life in the world of
physical reality.

There is no physical reality.

It looks pretty real to me.

It’s an illusion.

As in a dream;?

Yes and no.

Surely it is or it isn’t.

What?

A dream.

It is and it isn’t.

How can that be.

It is as a dream in that you are not
directing it. But, the illusion of
so-called reality allows you to pretend
that you are directing it all.

But, I do make choices.

Yes, from available options that you are
aware of.

How could I possibly choose from options
that I wasn’t aware of?

It’s too late.

For what?

It’s too late for you to choose from options
that you might have, if you had been aware
of them when and while they were options.

Then, how can there be any meaning in life?

There is always meaning in life.

I mean, for me.

Why are you living?

I don’t know.

Yes.

What does that mean?

It means that you have yet to choose a purpose.

How does one choose a purpose?

Which one?

This one, me.

Everyone chooses, every moment.

How?

By living.

Is living itself a purpose.

Yes.

Then, we all have the same purpose?

Who?

Everyone living.

Yes and no.

It only begins with living?

No.

Please explain.

There was no beginning.