Monday, 24 February 2014
Monstaville Book II. Chapter 3
“Change yourself if you wish to change this world.”
- The Mother (Seeds of Light).
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi.
Medicine Cards: the Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson (Bear & Company, NM, U.S., 1988, p.65-67).
Skunk Medicine: Reputation (how to attract and how to repel).
Skunk medicine! Go ahead and laugh! This furry little animal has a reputation that contains a great deal of power. Due to its distinctive behaviour, humans give this tiny, smelly creature a wide berth. The key word here is respect.
Unlike other predatory animals, Skunk does not threaten your life but threatens your senses. You know this to be true if you have ever been in the vicinity of its spray. In observing the habit patterns of Skunk, it is easy to notice the playfulness and nonchalance of its natural behaviour. The ‘I dare you’ attitude of this four-legged creature commands you, as the observer, to respect its space by mere reputation alone.
Skunk is teaching you that by walking your talk and by respecting yourself, you will create a position of strength and honoured reputation. The carriage of your body relates to others what you believe about yourself. There is no need to bully, aggravate, torment, or overpower other beings when your sense of ‘self’ is intact. As with Skunk, the resonant field of energy round your body s relayed through the senses. Self-esteem permeates the body’s energy, and is instantly recognises on an extrasensory level by others.
Learn to assert, without ego, what you are. Respect follows. Your self-respectful attitude will repel those who are not of like mind, and yet will attract those who choose the same pathway. As the odour of Skunk attracts others of its kind, it repels those who will not respect its space.
Skunk medicine people have the ability to attract others, and they are very charismatic. At the same time, the other side of their natural power is to repel those who seek to take energy from them without recycling the gifts they have taken...
Walk tall and be proud of the accomplishments you have made. Bear in mind that what you believe about yourself is your ultimate protection. Project self-respect!...To balance the causes and effect of your actions and energy flows, you must decide whether or not you need to spray in the direction of others to repel their envy, greed, jealousy, or over-amorous tendencies. On the other hand, you need to always maintain your ‘right to be.’ Self-respect is the key to all of these situations, whereas ego is merely what you believe yourself to be.
Skunk says, ‘If your ego is not your amigo, you know it stinks!’
Through self-respect, one becomes nonchalant about the negativity of others.
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.” - Clint Eastwood.
“The higher we fly, the smaller we seem to those living on the earth.” - Nietzsche.
"Death most resembles a prophet who is without honour in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.” - Kahlil Gibran.
“All our best men are laughed at in this nightmare land.” - Jack Kerouac.
“Here's to the Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do, is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or, sit in silence and hear a song that hasn't been written?...While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Text from an image on the net based on the Apple Computer Ad ‘Think Different,’ 1997 (additional words italicised). 
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." - Albert Einstein.
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, that person sends forth a tiny ripple of hope...and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." - Robert F. Kennedy.
“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular - but one must take it simply because it is right.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain." - Doug Horton.
"A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without." - Joseph Addison.
‘Love and then do what you will.’ ‘Do what you will but do not harm others.’ ‘Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law’ (Al or L.1. 40) and ‘Love is the Law. Love under Will’ as Crowley’s The Book of the Law states. “There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt,” as Ra-Hoor-Khuit via Aiwass dictates to Sir Aleister Edward Crowley aka The Master Therion and Frater Perdurabo. This forms the basis of Thelemic gnosis. It means that once we have sublimated the lower will of the ego to know our true Will as divine beings, all that we do is an expression of the Source with which we are One. "Thou hast no right but to do thy will. Do that and no other shall say nay." (Al or L.1. 42-43: Liber LXXVII, or Liber 77 Oz, (a statement of human rights in words of one syllable).
"In all their rule and strictest tie of their order there was but this one clause to be observed, Do What Thou Wilt; because men that are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth them unto virtuous actions, and withdraws them from vice, which is called honour." - François Rabelais (Pantagruel, 1532).
“There is only one rule and that is to express only love. That rule says it all, does it not? It says to treat your neighbours as you yourself would be treated. It says ‘make love not war.’ It says ‘be in peace.’ Be caring and sharing,” says St. Germain (‘St. Germain on the Election,’ YouTube video posted by mambrophone on 8 November 2008).
“The Will to Love is the Law to Live.” - Aion 131 (‘An Open Letter to the Esoteric Community,’ 26 December 2011).
“Follow your heart, that’s the whole law.” – A friend.
“True Will is about looking beyond all the petty BS and seeing a person's inner light, but that's just my opinion.” – Ron Adams.
“Everything starts with love, remember; love is the ultimate law. Then prayer, mercy, grace, follow of their own accord.” - Osho.
Oh love, thou art not loved
Would that thou weren’t loved
Give me only to love thee
And then do with me what thou wilt.
- Quoted by Catholic traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson in his profound sermon on George Orwell’s book Nineteen Eighty-Four in London, 2007. Possibly attributed to St. Francis de Sales (French saint, 1567-1622) taking the first line from St. Francis of Assisi. “And that, of course, is putting God first, where He belongs,” adds Bishop Williamson.
“Love through will, the only focus we need!” – My friend Helena (another friend, from a Thelemic lodge, says, “Love the law is” and “Love is over will, and all the rules have to be broken.” The return of the Goddess).
“’Thy will be done’ was reversed by a man. And changed it to ‘God’s will be done.’ Instead of God saying, ‘Thy will be done. Do what you please in this world of illusion. You cannot harm yourself here. Nothing is born or dies truly.’ Yet, humanity have been taught by those you call the Church: ‘Thy will be done and I shall be its representative.’ So not, ‘thy will’ - my will, through, ‘thy will.’ Quite interesting. And humanity has been suffering ever since. Yet, the tide is changing, since humanity is waking up. Some are struggling with this awakening. Some are disliking it. Some are loving it.” – St. Germain (channelled through Ashamarae McNamara, YouTube video, ‘St. Germain: Illusion and Awakening,’ posted by messagesfromwithin, 29 September 2008. In Studies in Alchemy, channelled through Mark prophet, however, he suggests that thy will be done not as an ego but as you truly Are, as God. He also states, in the sequel (p.36), that God is law and that this law does not exist without love but that, unfortunately, it has been possible for ‘evolving humanity’ to separate the law from love).
Me, talking to a rude Thelemite in an online forum: ‘So you think that you yourself "are free, well-born, well-bred, and conversant in honest companies, have naturally an instinct and spur that prompteth you unto virtuous actions, and withdraws you from vice, which is called honour"? [a quote from Gargantua by François Rabelais (1534)]. Doubtful, for now. You're like an Islamist: aligned with Lucifer on the level of the lower will which divides not that which leads to the oneness of the Goddess, that which is Love, the one and only rule, the law and expression of Being itself. You are running before you can walk. Sweet dreams amigo!
You are told: go into the sandpit and play and you can do as you wish, what you want. Do...however, you will find yourself in a big mess if you believe that you actually have individual will. There is only one Will and it is also Love at the same time, indivisible in Infinite Being. Surrender to the One Reality is your only way out of the Game. For separate will hath no true power and what you do to others you do only to yourself. To identify with an egoic semblance to Will without recognising the blissful oneness of all is to deny yourself the Love that is the nourishment your soul needs. Life is merely a mirror of your own mind...and with the return of Love and Light to this world the reflections are speeding up. So be careful what you wish for as what you believe and what you wilt may just manifest for you to see the connection and realise that you were lost not found.’
And, ‘You have no mind of your own. You only think you do. LOL. I said Islam, not the Qu'ran. To identify with a religion is to be outside of yourself, away, out to lunch, gaga. I'm not sure how you got in here! LOL. Remind me this and wish me that…yeah I project far too much! LOL.’
[Retrospective note: A Sufi friend told me that Islam is feminine whilst Islamic culture is male-dominated. Well, Islam was founded on the Goddess wisdom but it has certainly become utterly masculinised now and little remains of that wisdom even in modern Sufism it would appear. Patriarchal religions are dedicated to action and rhetoric rather than reflection and true inner communion of the heart. They are backwards but they quickly step in to set up camp where collective identity is weak and confused. Nature abhors a vacuum and the danger in Britain is that people are so anti-Christian they are unable to open themselves to the possibility of spiritual experience or understanding at all. People from other countries usually bring something positive to our culture because it is wood that burns easily and can be integrated into our multicultural society. If the wood is very hard, however, and there is too much of it, the fire will die down. Islam, for me, is a slow-burning fire whose central flames do not expand to consume the wood. Instead, a lot of wood is brought together around the fire to keep warm, but it remains as collective wood. Where there is greater individual expression and independence the wood is less dense and therefore burns better and the potential for spiritual exploration and self-discovery then exists. Meaning that people are less inclined to be stuck in their ways, weighed down by tradition or hold narrow-minded views and reject the idea that they have anything to learn. Working class Britain is also a bit like that as well, I have to say. We can only burn through a certain amount of wood, or coal. If the fire is smothered, culture becomes weak and I think that mainstream television over the past decade reflects that. One hopes that it will not be extinguished altogether but I, for one, tend to regard Britain as a sinking ship in its present state. My Muslim neighbours in London managed to stifle my self-expression and hated being reminded of anything or anyone so far removed from their narrow cultural influences and pig-headed ignorance. Wood is collectivist. In its pure form it is tribal but, with a patriarchal fire controlling and directing it through collective identity, it is tyrannical in its ambition to suppress freedom and force everyone to conform and be the same, to bow down to this fake centre of existence that is outside of oneself rather than the true spiritual Reality that lies within us, the divinity within the heart].
The dictum 'Fais ce que voudras' evokes an ancient expression by St. Augustine of Hippo: "Love, and do what thou wilt."
“I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.” - Friedrich Nietzsche.
It is wise, with a loving heart, to Will that one's willing be in harmony with the universe. This will grow deeper as we move deeper and deeper into the heart where Love and Will are One…
“How can you break through this darkness which envelops you? Only by developing the divine will in your heart – the will to obey the law of the Christ life. How are you going to develop this will? Well, we will tell you of a very simple measure, so simple that you may take little notice of what we say – but every day and all day seek to obey God’s command to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind…and…thy neighbour as thyself. ‘Thy neighbour as thyself’: this is a very subtle command. It does not say love your neighbour more than yourself – but your neighbour as yourself. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and thy neighbour. That is all. That is the law. But it is not so simple.
If you are going to obey the law you have to do it physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. This means you have got to command your thoughts. You have to bring the divine will into operation. You have to will that you will the will of God not only for yourself but for all life, so that you recognise the omnipotence which overshadows the world and also is in charge of your own life.”
- White Eagle (channelled through Grace Cooke, The Light Bringer. The Ray of John and the Age of IntuitionThe White Eagle Publishing Trust, Hants., U.K., 2001, p.136).
"Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.” - Dan Millman.
“The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” - The Nazarene.
“Trust in the not-knowing.”
“Everywhere we go is on our way.”
“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is.” - Buddha.
“The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it’s very brightly coloured and it’s very loud and it’s fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question, is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, and they say, ‘Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because it’s just a ride…’ And we…KILL those people. ‘Shut him up.’ ‘We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real.’ Just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn’t matter because: It’s just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one.” - Bill Hicks.
“There is only fear and love. Time and the Infinite. Fear, the mind, and time, are inter-connected, as are love, intuition and the Infinite. If you are established in the heart, fear and the mental fluctuations it engenders dissolve into an eternal present of love and allowance.” - The Goddess (Conversations with the Goddess by Mark Amaru Pinkham, Adventures Unlimited Press, ILL., U.S., 1999, p.143).
A statement I made in a forum thread regarding gun laws in America: ‘If there were no guns these young critters wouldn't be able to get em. Over here it's just the odd black drug dealer who's able to get hold of guns and risk using them. And why? Because they think they're Americans and behave like gangsters. Remove your gun culture so we can ALL live in peace. Thanks.’
“If you’re not dark inside and you come to this world, it will turn you dark. You know what I’m saying? And, so, if you really have sunshine in you it’s not good to play in the dark. It’s just gonna extinguish your fire.” – Tupac Shakur.
“Love can compensate for everything, but nothing can compensate for love.” – Traditional saying.
In Touch with Raynor C. Johnson by Sheila Gwillam (Light Publishing, London, U.K., 1996).
p.167-168. “Whenever the light pushes forward to make itself known then obviously it attracts the dark. If you are not being very effective in the world then the dwellers of the threshold don’t bother you too much, but the minute you become an effective worker for the light then you attract these dwellers on the threshold who will motivate other beings, who are not controlling their thought-forms, into attacking you verbally, fortunately, not in any other way. This is where you need a lot of courage and this is why I stress the need for a firm foundation, a firm basis, from which to move so that you are sure within yourself of what you say.”
p.171. “You are dropping the negative thoughts, you are helping to keep the dwellers of the threshold at bay, you are making their task considerably harder which is all to the good. Even they have their place in the scheme of things; they test you in a way because if you make the statement that you are on a spiritual path and wish to improve you may well be tested, my friends; we usually are.”
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." - Martin Luther King Jr.
“If I hate someone it’s either because they’re an asshole or because I’m an asshole.” – Drarna (on tumblr).
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it, and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” - Marcus Aurelius.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that. But the really great make you feel that you too can become great.” - Mark Twain.
“Don’t depend too much on anyone in this world, because even your own shadow leaves you when you are in darkness.” - Ibn Taymiyyah.
An ancient parchment (something I wrote long ago and recently found during a clear-out):
The wind seemed to want me to phone you recently. I considered the proposal and then turned round and said, ‘No, I don’t want to.’ The wind pestered me again today with the same prompting. I responded to the annoying whispers with a passage from the teachings of Zhuangzi (translated by Master Ni):
“’It is said,’ replied the fisherman, ‘that if a person is an appropriate companion, one may travel with him into the depths of Tao. But if he is not, it is best to remain alone so that no harm occurs. Perhaps some other time.’”
I was thinking compassionately. You were simply revealing your anger with the heavens. You’re the one who put a wall between us!
More retrospective inserts!
“Everything happens exactly as it is supposed to, including the seemingly negative and painful things that you’ve endured. Ask your angels to find the hidden lessons and blessings within each event, relationship, and situation, and they’ll help you to find peace and understanding.” – Archangel Michael (from Doreen Virtue’s conversation with him regarding the year 2011, ‘2011: The Year of the Indigo,’ 2 January 2011, www.angeltherapy.com).
“Because this change that is a-born-ing on Earth shall require the empowerment and focus of God, it is your hearts in the fullness of their destiny that can power this shift and power it effortlessly, if you allow this fire of life to consume you. Yes, that is what I said. If you allow the fire to burn you up, to become the fire of transformative Love…to take from your ego all that is dross and to leave it as a crystalline receptacle of God, the place where Heaven and Earth meet. You have experienced so far the muddy waters of duality, and thus the ego mind is filled with conflicting images, unfolding in your consciousness as a stream of the sub-conscious that continues to keep you focused outside of yourself, enacting old repetitive patterns. But when the fire of the awakened heart is allowed to burn, is celebrated in its intensity, is experienced as your linkage to the Moment of Creation that in one grand explosion is the alpha and omega, the entirety of life itself - when the fire is done, duality is a concept and no longer an experience you are having. Instead you are a container for the fiery Will of perfect Love to live through and be fully expressed in the images of the world.” - From the Messages from God (channelled through Yael and Doug Powell, ‘Surrender to the Fiery Power of Love: The Countdown Is On!’ 30 January 2011, www.circleoflight.net).
“It’s difficult to find an access to spirituality. But we are, by our nature, spiritual people. If we don’t have access to spirituality, we suffer as individuals – society suffers.” – Russell Brand.
“Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness - a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster children into strength and athletic proportion.” - William Cullen Bryant (www.quotelady.com/subjects/strength.html).
“I just thought of something even funnier than 24...25!” - Spongebob Squarepants (Spongebob Squarepants, created by Stephen Hillenburg, Viacom International Inc.).
1. The original text was created by an advertising agency for Apple Computers and is sometimes confused with Jack Kerouac’s words in On The Road: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centrelight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’"