Thursday, 8 August 2013

Monstaville Book I. Chapter 23


"Every victory is also a defeat."
- Gloria Swanson.

He should know that if I take revenge it will be extreme because he’ll get everything at once. But, it’s not revenge. It’s just a method to stop him.

Just be.

You must believe in non-violence. Be gentle. Be firm. Like a tree. Absorb and transform all negative energy. Be at peace within yourself and try not to be affected by others. Don’t be afraid - like a machine gun even! No emotion. This way takes a long time, but eventually gentleness wears down the aggressor. They find they are only fighting themselves as you are not engaging - either aggressively or fearfully.

Master Po (Keye Luke): Vengeance is a water vessel with a hole. It carried nothing but the promise of emptiness.
Young Caine (Radames Pera): Shall I then repay injury always with kindness?
Master Po: Repay injury with justice and forgiveness, but kindness - always with kindness.
                - Kung Fu (Season 1, Episode 4, ‘An Eye For An Eye,’ 1973. At the end of the episode, an old man yells after the adult Caine, ‘If I don’t have a right to revenge, who does? to which Caine replies, simply, ‘No one’).

Angel Card: Tenderness, yet again! I was thinking about Pigsy and what to do about him. But [a girl] was on my mind, and she demands more tenderness from me.

Set an example.

Don’t be afraid because Pigsy is physical and aggressive. You can’t go down to his level. It is up to him if he wants to be an animal, a self-centred monster, an ogre. You must be civilised because you believe in being intelligent and civilised.

If you enjoy being an asshole, good luck to you, but don’t expect me to be one as well!

William Wallace (Mel Gibson): "Every man dies; not every man really lives." - Braveheart (directed by Mel Gibson, 1995).

The circumstances are negative but you must not engage in negative thought or preparation and fighting is destructive and violent. You must rise above the physical, not do what you did when you were young. Use your awareness to send light. Change the circumstances from within. Deep peace.

He is scared of the Light. So, he is a fool for attracting your attention. He doesn’t know that you will send him Light and he will be confronted by his own potential for light and the suffering of birth into Light.

You must spend more time sending Light to Pigsy.

Let this guy be a monster and intimidate you on a physical and psychological level. Let him do his worst while you do yours - by sending him positive energy, Light. He confronts you with your physical weakness and you confront him with his spiritual weakness.

This guy is only one man - it’s not a whole society or army - persecuting or attacking you. It could be much worse. You have only a nutter and a family to deal with. Shrug it all off. Be happy to forget the ego and its fears. Relax. Be gentle. Be aloof. Focus on Light.

“Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.” – Michael Pritchard.

“From mental discipline and an alignment to spirit, you begin to control your levels of fear. As you do, it takes you out of the normal mind set of mankind, which is very fearful most of the time. You step to a new and more courageous place. If you step toward your spirit, it embraces you and creates a spiritual cocoon that gradually expresses itself in your etheric energy, making you safer. As you touch it and feel it and live within it, its inherent serenity pervades your being. You move out of the lower oscillations of etheric which removes you from harm’s way. One thing builds on another.” - Stuart Wilde (Whispering Winds of Change. Perceptions of a New World, Hay House, Inc., Carlsbad, CA., U.S., 1993, p.115-116).

Things could be worse. There are places of real terror in the world, and there was severe poverty and miserable weather in Britain in the past.

[Retrospective note: It could be worse: living in a flat underneath a family. I have a friend who has had to endure that. There were lots of people coming and going all the time, she says. I forget where she said they were from (being a nice lady, she played it down) but they never seemed to go to bed. There was always someone walking around. When she asked them one day if they could be quieter later in the evenings and pointed out that there always seemed to be someone up, particularly their child who ran around a lot, they told her that he never went to bed and that none of them ever slept! She has to wear ear plugs every night because the guy who lives in the flat above her now gets home late at night and walks around for a few hours. She cannot figure out what he could possibly be doing pacing up and down for three hours in a small flat each night! She uses music to let him know that it is bothering her and he goes quiet after that so she knows he gets the message. However, she can’t do that if she is already in bed].

You should do the best you can to meet the challenges and solve the problems in your life but at the same time express gratitude to God for giving you these opportunities to clear karma and grow. Instead of being afraid, miserable, complaining - embrace the lessons, the crises. Endure and grow. Surrender and meet them courageously. Let them happen. Feel the fear and face them anyway - when you feel strong enough.

“I’ve stopped thinking life should be easy. It is only through the difficulties and the pain of resolving situations that I can ever hope to go on growing. It comes down to what Benjamin Franklin one said: ‘Things which hurt, instruct.’” - Gordon Thomas (Desire and Denial, p.559).

In bed at 4pm
I held my pillow
and thought ‘oh well’
in regards to my entire life.
- Tao Lin.

The Challenge of Evil - Channelled by Graham Bernard (p.140-141).

“Faith is put to the supreme test in our world and it is what we must focus on mostly here. ‘Although it might seem as though more is expected of you than you can deliver, help is always at hand for the asking. In prayer, you are realising the need for help (your true relationship to God) and the humility that that brings about. The beginning of understanding is the acceptance of things as they are.’”

End of June 2002.

Now, someone has thrown lots of cherry pips on to the patch of soil where I do tai chi! Jealous that I have a tree full of big, ripe cherries? They’re not from my tree and birds did not do this. They have eaten them in their garden and thrown them, one-by-one all the way along. I collected them in a dust pan using a brush. Smiling and thinking, ‘Yes, throw me your rubbish and I can clean it up’ as in the Tibetan book Training the Mind. When there is a glade in the woods, people dump their rubbish there or they picnic there. They are attracted to space but don’t respect it. They use it as a dumping ground, thinking there is no one there. You just have to keep clearing the space.

“It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” - Buddha.

“Training the mind to be always at ease, always at peace, that is the definition of a yogi.” – A Tibetan yogi (Yogis of Tibet, directed by Jeffrey M. Pill, 2002).

“What a yogi or yogini strives to do is to put an end to the suffering that exists inside cyclic existence. In order to do that, a yogi or yogini has to train his or her mind. Simply stated, a yogi or yogini will strive to counter all the negative emotions and try to generate positive energy.” – A Tibetan yogi (Yogis of Tibet, directed by Jeffrey M. Pill, 2002).

Retrospective inserts.

"Sticks and stones are hard on bones
aimed with angry art.
Words can sting like anything
but silence breaks the heart."
- Phyllis Mcginley.

In The Four Agreements, Toltec shaman, Don Miguel Ruiz, reminds us that misery loves company, meaning that when people are suffering they want others to know or to pity them, at least show some sympathy, concur with their beliefs on the subject of their feelings and experience or may even want others to suffer too so they do not feel so bad. Consequently, one may wish to look out for a ripple effect in the form of negative feelings, gossip, projection, harmful intent. Some of us prefer to be alone but actually others’ company and positive energy can help to shift our consciousness. Our reasons for preferring to be alone also vary. We may have sunken so deep into a state of darkness that we feel alienated from the outside world and the way that people generally feel and behave, like we no longer belong. And we may not wish to inflict our misery on others or we may feel that we could be in danger of infecting them and bringing them down too.

Question: What is the main point for individuals personally to focus on for day-to-day living?
Answer: You have to deal with what’s wrong in your day-to-day life before you can expect to move on to higher things. The main point for you to focus on from day to day is to regain the peace and balance that is suppose[d] to accompany your enlightenment. To allow for this, my first admonition is to stop creating your own negative vortices! Your day-to-day living is packed with non-appropriate reactions to events and other humans. How can you do the work when your thoughts are preoccupied by emotions caused by these things?...
                You have to concentrate day to day on not reacting to the ‘buttons’ that you have allowed to be pushed in your minds all these years. Did another human cause you insult or pain? Did something apparently go incorrectly? Did a person disappoint you? On a day-to-day basis, get control of these things. You can almost totally void them! When you do, you will know it. Believe me, you will feel different…This is the goal: bring peace into your lives so that you can do the work. When you learn to control your response to previously anxious items, you gain power. This power lifts you to a place that allows you to do it again and again. Finally you will also understand that the events around you that seemingly are not in your control are actually very much in your control.
                It is essential that you learn to recognise these day-to-day things as they happen so that you can void them one by one. It is also essential that you learn to see the truth within yourselves about how you have been treating these anxieties. Some humans are so accustomed to living with these vortices that to be without them actually creates anxiety and unrest! Peace is a natural state and yet some of you tend to create your own negative vortices and wallow in them so others will give you attention. When you are balanced, your guides will give you all the attention you ever wanted.
                This is probably not the answer you expected from this question and yet it is the appropriate one. You have asked how to clean the inside of the jar and I have answered that first you must get control of the lid in order to open it.
– Kryon (channelled through Lee Carroll, The End Times (New information for personal peace), Kryon Book 1, The Kryon Writings, 1992, p.102-103).

“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” - Eliza Tabor.

PLAY: ‘Bully Boys’ by The Tiger Lillies, from the CD ‘Shockheaded Peter: A Junk Opera’ (1999), a play adapted from a series of 19th Century German Short Stories: “a stage production based on the 1850s book Struwwelpeter, a collection of macabre cautionary tales written by Heinrich Hoffmann, a psychiatrist frustrated with the era's boring children's stories. Similar to Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies, in Struwwelpeter, rude, disobedient, and dirty children meet gruesome ends...the manic oompah of ‘Bully Boys,’ about a trio of kids who meet their end after annoying the neighbourhood giant.” ( (Great song, lyrics and performance...a YouTube recording on Later with Jools Holland is floating around...).

"And the fourth key is you can only transform by the absolute embracement of the feeling, of the fear, of the e-motion. Pushing it away and trying to overcome it does not work. It just keeps coming back to haunt you, just when you think you got it right, hmm! The embracement, the allowance, in a way the surrender to who you really are. It is all right. [Speaking more softly] You are powerful gods and goddesses. You are eternal. You are not going to die when you feel something, although sometimes you are terrified that you will. But you do not, do you?" – P’taah (channelled through Jani King, ‘P'taah's Weekly Quote for 21 November 2010,’

"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." – Gandhi.

"The very strength that protects the heart from injury is the strength that prevents the heart from enlarging to its intended greatness within. The song of the voice is sweet, but the song of the heart is the pure voice of heaven." - Kahlil Gibran.

“Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.” - Carl Sandburg.

Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson): Oh God! Bills, bills, bills. One is born, one runs up bills, one dies! And what have I got to show for it? Nothing. A butler's uniform and a slightly effeminate hairdo! Honestly Baldrick, I sometimes feel like a pelican - whichever way I turn, I've still got an enormous bill in front of me. Pass the biscuit barrel. [Baldrick does so] Let's see what's in the kitty shall we? [shakes out a few coins] Ninepence! Oh God, what are we going to do?
Baldrick (Tony Robinson): Don't worry Mr. B., I have a cunning plan to solve the problem.
Blackadder: Yes Baldrick, let us not forget that you tried to solve the problem of your mother's low ceiling by cutting off her head.
Baldrick: But this is a really good one. You become a dashing highwayman, then you can pay all your bills and, on top of that, everyone'll want to sleep with you.
- Blackadder the Third (Series 3, Episode 5, ‘Amy and Amiability,’ written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, BBC TV, 1987).

The Riddler (Jim Carrey): “You should have let me in on this. We could have planned it, prepared it, pre-sold the movie rights!” - Batman Forever (directed by Joel Schumacher, 1995).

Rik Garrett

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