Arrr! See CONTENTS for links to the 125 chapters of The Monstaville Memoirs plus introductions, conclusions, postscripts and appendices. This treasure trove also includes a collection of articles offering further insights into the themes explored in the trilogy. Namely, managing suffering and conflict (dealing with hostile people if you are nervous, sensitive or shy) and learning not to react
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Saturday, 6 July 2013
Monstaville Book I. Chapter 19
“Evil only gets a grip on us through
our vices and through the fear with which it inspires us. The Devil hunts down
those who are frightened of him, and flees from those who resist him boldly.
The art of chaining up demons is to do good and fear nothing.”
- Eliphas Levi (Studies In Hermetic Tradition: The Great Secret, or Occultism Unveiled,
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
- Marie Curie.
Be happy and radiant. Laugh at
everything. Laugh at your own foolishness and weaknesses. Laugh at those of
others. See it as one mighty joke.
Life and growth are always a
challenge. They are an adventure. If you enjoy the challenge, then you enjoy
to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure." - William
Take Pigsy, for example. When he messes
with the water and makes my shower go very hot and very cool, it is a good
thing. His motives are negative. His intention is negative. Yet, you experience
it as a good thing. You can use hot water for one thing and the cool for
another. Each has its uses; you just have to see them and adapt. Look at what
is presented to you and use it. Some you can avoid or ignore. It is not that
you must embrace all or even any of it. Just quietly look at it and see if you
can use and appreciate any of it. And know that, even if you can’t, it s there
for a reason and has its purpose in your life. Accept it. Send light to it.
Even be grateful for it and say to the gods: ‘I do not understand the
significance or benefit of this experience but I trust that it exists for my
growth and I thank you. Amen.’
Pigsy enjoys having physical power
over you, so you must enjoy sending your spiritual power to him! Receive his
negative, destructive energy and send him your positive, creative energy. That
way all will be transformed. Accept all and send out light.
"Life is a game in which the
rules are constantly changing; nothing spoils a game more than those who take
it seriously. Adultery? Phooey! You should never subjugate yourself to another
nor seek the subjugation of someone else to yourself. If you follow that
Crispian principle you will be able to say 'Phooey,' too, instead of reaching
for your gun when you fancy yourself betrayed." - Quentin Crisp.
by day. Scholar by night.
When you wake up in the morning you
must prepare yourself to meet life’s challenges. Above all, you must have
mental poise and you must be able to express your power and individuality.
You must control your thoughts and
centre your feelings. Do not waste your energy on fears, worries and anxieties
even if Pigsy tries to torment you from the moment you wake up! Rise above it!
Use it as a reminder to be mindful, to tune into your spirit, centre yourself,
protect yourself, know your power and be practical in your approach to life’s
problems. Be confident that you can deal with all these problems - Pigsy and
Relax and be at peace. Be strong.
Have courage (and faith).
In Search of the Miraculous. Volume
1 by Osho (Chapter
4, ‘Meditation is Death and Resurrection,’ 3 May 1970, Rajneesh Foundation, Pune,
Man faces the same danger in
relation to meditation. The same friend also asks why one should take the risk
if the danger is so obvious. It is necessary to understand it in some depth.
truth is that the more we risk, the more we live dangerously, the more we are
alive. And the more we are afraid, the more we are dead. In fact the dead have
absolutely no dangers to face. The one big danger that the dead don't have to
face is that they cannot die again. He alone can die who is alive. And the more
alive he is, the more intensely he can meet death.
is a rock somewhere, and very close to it a flower has bloomed. The rock can
say to the flower, ‘How stupid you are. Why do you take the risk of becoming a
flower? Don't you know you will wither away before sundown?’
is a great danger in being a flower really. But there is no danger in being a
rock. When the flower will have withered away in the evening, the rock will be
lying intact in its place. The rock does not have to face much danger, because
it is not that alive. The more alive one is, the greater the danger.
person is in danger only to the extent he is alive. The more alive he is, the
more the danger. Meditation is the greatest danger there is, because meditation
is the door which leads to the attainment of the most profound in life - the
the friend wants to know why one should go for it at all if there is danger. I
say, one should go precisely because there is danger. And I say, don't go where
there is no danger. Never go if there is no danger, because there is nothing
but death. And go you must if there is danger, because the possibility of life
abundant exists there.
we are all fond of security. We are afraid of the dangers of insecurity, we run
away from it, we hide ourselves from it. And thus we lose life itself in the
bargain. Many people lose life in trying to save it. They alone live life who
don't save it, who live with abandon, who live dangerously. There is danger
indeed, and that is why you should go for it. And it is the greatest possible
Everest is not that dangerous. To reach the moon too, is not so dangerous,
although only recently a few astronauts lost their way to it. The danger is
great, but this danger is confined to the body; only the body is changed
through death. But the danger in meditation is greater than in going to the
why are we so afraid of danger? Have you ever thought why we fear danger so
much? It is ignorance that is behind all such fear. We fear that we may come to
an end; we fear we may disappear; we fear we may die. So we do everything to
protect, to secure, to fortify, to enclose and to hide ourselves from dangers.
We do everything to run away from them; we plunge down every avenue of escape
“The psychic task which a person can
and must set for himself is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate
insecurity.” - Erich Fromm.
In Touch with Raynor C. Johnson
by Sheila Gwillam
(Light Publishing, London, U.K., 1996).
p.184. The love energy and absent
healing we send to people is received like deposited pockets of energy which
are then channelled by a soul’s helpers in appropriate doses. If they use
higher energies “before the being’s system is ready to contain it, it can
overstimulate the being and stir them up so their weaknesses.” If someone has
committed a crime and does not know what all the fuss is about then some of
that energy can be used to help them grow in understanding what they have done
and why they are being punished. “A little light will have to grow within them
a little bit at a time as they grow each day.”
Instead of moving from one wound to
another, advises Zapharia, “focus straight ahead on joy.” It is very simple she
says. Zapharia explains that joy is increasing on the planet and will continue
to do so. Higher energies are here now. We should, if we want to feel more joy,
take advantage of it and “be the guardian of it on a daily basis.” We have “got
used to a certain limit.” We don’t think we’re allowed more joy.
“Joy is a fuel of your heart. Joy is
a fuel of your life. And when you are in joy, and when you have generated a
high level of joy inside yourself, it is very difficult to be penetrated by
negative energy. When you have learnt to generate and maintain as much joy as I
am speaking of - and this is the path of those who have gone through the
awakening state you would know as enlightenment - it does not mean they are
always ‘high as a kite,’ let me quantify, but it does mean that there is a
level at which the negative energy of others no longer penetrates because the
negative energy of others is no longer needed for a lesson...
yourself how willing you are to experience joy on a daily basis. For, the
greatest thing that comes up for many when I pose that question...is a fear - a
fear of joy, a fear of that much joy. For, life would greatly change. Life as
you know it would greatly change. Overnight, life could change if you were full
of joy. Of course - of course, if you are not full of joy now, it stands to
reason and logic that, yes, it would be a difficult life. But, just think about
what I am saying for a moment because, when you selfishly get in service to
joy, everything changes around you and things move very, very
quickly...inviting joy into your life is the greatest key to awakening for
those who have gone through what I would call the lower levels of wounding, the
release of many of the human patterns, many of the human emotions...
for you, will be very much about what you need, who you are and what you came
here to explore and discover. Only you will know what your joy is and only you
will be the one responsible for guiding yourself toward it.”
Zapharia (channelled through Lee Harris in Brighton, Sussex. An extract from a
talk titled ‘Living Joyfully,’ www.limitlessness.com).
“I'm thinking...I must try to stay
fun for serious things!!!!” - A friend.
Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson): Right
Baldrick, now here's the plan. When he offers me the swords, I kick him in the
nuts and you set fire to the building. In the confusion we claim a draw.
Baldrick (Tony Robinson):Yes.
The Duke of Wellington (Stephen Fry):Ah, Your Highness. Let's be about our business.
don't forget Baldrick. You [Motions the striking of a match] when I [Raises
sir. Choose your stoker.
[Wellington holds out a case containing two pink, fluffy cannon
are we going to tickle each other to death?
Wellington: No sir.
We fight with cannon.
Blackadder: But I
thought we were fighting with swords.
What do you think this is, the middle ages? Only girls fight with swords these
days. Stand by your gun sir. Hup two three. Hup two three.
a minute, what the...
by cannon for loading procedure...Stoke. Muzzle. Wrench. [Carries on in this
way while Blackadder is talking] Crank the storm barrel. Pull tee bar.
‘Congratulations on choosing the Armstrong Whitworth four-pounder cannonette.
Please read the instructions carefully and it should give years of trouble free
elevation. Chart trajectory. Prime fuse. Aim...
wait a minute.
[The cannon fires. Blackadder drops to the ground. Mournful music
B., Mr. B.! Sir, please help me get his coat off.
it Baldrick. It doesn't matter.
it does. Blood's hell to shift. I want to get it in to soak.
Wellington: You die
like a man sir. In combat.
think so? Dammit, we must build a better world. When will the killing end?
don't think I too dream of peace? You don't think that I too yearn to end this
damn dirty job we call soldiering?
Frankly, no. My final wish on this Earth is that Baldrick be sold, to provide
funds for a Blackadder foundation to promote peace, and to do research into the
possibility of an automatic machine for cleaning shoes. And so I charge... [Slumps
Highness is dead.
music scratches to a halt] Actually, I'm not sure I am. Fortunately that
cigarillo box you gave me was placed exactly at the point where the cannon-ball
struck. [Produces a very dented case]. I always said smoking was good for you.
Blackadder: Ah ha
ha. Honour is satisfied. God clearly preserves you for greatness. His Highness
is saved. Hurrah.
- Blackadder the Third (Series 3, Episode 6, ‘Duel and Duality,’ written by Ben Elton and Richard
Curtis, BBC TV, 1987).