Well, hopefully he has some good wine.
To our best!
When I chose a nut to help me try to understand this UFO obsession in the land and what it had to do with my unconscious discoveries, my inner individual led me to the chicken.
So we had a date forged by fate it seems.
That is significant to me.
But I always thought his chosen metaphor old fashioned and dated.
I simply could and will never take the yoke again.
I will not abide any particular view as the one and only.
Nature has revealed itself to me to be a pluriverse.
So writing and logic and reasoning only go so far and certainly are not the final word.
Intellect is not the master.
I also intuitively know wholeness in my self.
Though I am not religious, wholeness, not oneness is what I know.
This is solipsistic.
One also seems to lean toward cynicism, but not the modern egoistic version, Diogenes sense of it.
Dan had made some good connections in metaphysics and philosophy.
He schooled me good in academic philosophy.
But I was captivated by the true natural philosophers I began to become aware of.
The ones who lived it, like Crowley and Bukowski and all them damn poets.
The stoics and cynics.
Dan seemed to be open to the imaginal and this is where Barfield really would have worked on his intellect.
His chosen myth was Jesus.
Been there, not interested.
I in fact feel christianity and Jesus a big political fraud.
Noble lies to keep da sheep quiet and pliant.
I am not an atheist though.
To each his own.
The words don’t matter, the spirit of the action does.
Rituals work, as they are imaginal acts of will.
But the Christ archetype has always been with us wearing many masks.
So the religious feel it more than speak or think it.
In a way they are very close to themselves.
To see that the imagination may be as real as the material is quite profound and liberating.
Dan is emotionally invested in something I know I have never understood.
But I feel it too.
That can drive one mad trying to reconcile sense reality with the feeling reality.
I’ve always suspected he was dealing with deeper issues.
We all deal with our own issues, every one of us.
We wrote to ourselves.
I can’t help but do it.
We wonder what it means to be a human being.
I have to add my voice that love is the only thing that means anything.
Recently I have meandered more and more into Gurdjieff’s Work.
Finding parallels to my own individual path.
He felt very strongly at the time, one needed a guide through the work.
Maybe in these days, we can find this when needed.
I have been impressed by the quality of those who have done the work.
I don’t care what someone says, but a human being speaks true.
I don’t really care what anyone does either, but a human being does the best thing.
When one has pierced the personality and let the human being express itself, the useless is washed away.
So anyone struggling with their emotions, thoughts and senses is doing good work.
The more you pay attention and focus the better the results.
The human being does seem to need and does perceive a purpose to its existence.
A natural intuitive sense of being.
What is it we have a choice in?
We don’t choose our family or biology or know our future, but we can guess rather well when we are paying attention.
We listen to our body and nature when we pay attention.
The longer you can pay attention the more being you are aware of.
I agree with Colin Wilson, as he, I am kind of an armchair existentialist, the dude abides, and like him, I part from the continental view of post modern existentialism, it takes a lot of work to get past them.
Life is not absurd.
Our denial of it and death is.
Life is not meaningless.
One must come through the abyss to this on their own, but then one needs help picking up the pieces of the shattered personality and reintegrating around their center.
Who they really are here.
We can choose to be attentive to this or not.
To ignore it, may seem blissful, but this becomes boredom which leads to death rather quickly.
We can choose to pay attention.
This is the theme of all of my interactions with Dan and in a secondary way, the OMF community, if there is such a group.
Many lurkers here, I am not so naive to have some sense of where I am.
I am a smelly goat, we smell, no apologies here.
Insanity certainly comes on us sometimes.
Where we have no conscious control.
These are real opportunities though to look through the glass.
Cracking up and breaking a mask is a healthy thing and best thing for us when our views no longer serve.
When a lion turns on its keepers, it’s time to put it down.