Jan Cox Talk 1310

The Only Way to “Be Yourself” Is to Stop Being the Way You Are Now

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#1310 – 07/18:
Notes by TK

The ordinary look only to others for self improvement. Not so the Mystic. All ordinary info, external info is meaningless for a Mystic.


The News

On this one world was this one man who was thoroughly
convinced that somewhere along the way reality itself had
inadvertently left clues as to its origins, and for many years
the man studied, speculated, ruminated, reflected, mused,
theorized, imagined, guessed (and all sorts of other related
stuff) about it — but! — every time he felt he was getting close
to some discovery, it was like something weird would slip up on
him in the night while he was in bed asleep, and grab him real
hard by the clavicle, or poke him real bad in the funny bone, or
do something that’d like, throw him off his concentration.
…(Well, least wise that’s the story he puts out.)

***

There’s no problem with the ordinary seeing the world
literally — they’re supposed to. And there’s no problem with
mystics seeing it metaphorically — they’re supposed to, but the
problem for a man who “wants-it-all” is in doing either one
exclusively.

***

Another Example Of How Life Maintains Its Balance
Outside The Jungle
One man couldn’t spell — so he had only friends who
couldn’t read. P.S.: On a much larger scale, this is similar to
how civilization itself keeps everyone more-or-less under
control, and reasonably pacified. P.S., S.O.S.: On a smaller,
more personal level, this is also how each man’s mind attempts to
keep his thoughts in-line, and tolerably safe and sterile.

***

And now some: Academic News: The Scores From Logic & Reason:
Logic 101 — Reason 203:
A man who can fool you can fool himself, and a man who can
fool himself can fool you, but a man who can fool neither — and
only he knows it — can, even before the season is in, go
a’gatherin’ fools in May. …(Oh yeah, Reason wants a rematch.)

***

Another view of the situation: Religion’s purpose is to
encourage the collective to do better, and mysticism’s is to do so
for the individual, and note that while religion does not offer
specific, practical and personal assistance to the individual,
neither does mysticism.

…..Another topographical survey: Even beyond the confines of
ditches and sanctuaries, the simple still fail to realize that
their mental picturing of a superior, external God is a point-
blank, in-your-face “quite persuasive suggestion” that man
himself is constantly capable of greater intellectual things.
…..And yet: The habitual-minded find it always much easier to
fret over possible ghosties lurking about, outside the house than
to go look out the window …even if they have to carve out a
window.

…..It is from this expanded understanding that some “out-of-
your-grasp” thinkers have noted that a fully conscious man is
both reverent and ir — where proper.

***

“The Effort” — Described Once Again
If you’re individually striving to extend your own
consciousness you’re whoring for somebody.

***

Man’s mental march most often proceeds along lines such as
this: First he has the idea; then he believes it must be valid
and of importance; next he believes that everyone else should see
it and agree with him; and that those who don’t should be made to
somehow suffer for it. Sound familiar!?!

***

After pursuing the news of the day, one man turned and said:
“I’m not much concerned over ‘social problems’ just so long as
they don’t interfere with my social life.” ** Instead of this
being between a man and the external conditions, it could have
been between a bio-survival voice, and an extended one.

…..One guy’s motto: “Speak plain — think plain. Gimmie six
cream-filled, and four glazed to go.”

***

Okay — the facts, plain…plain and simple: Everyone could
be more conscious, more alert, more mentally, and personally
aware of what’s going on in life and in themselves, but rather than
making the individual effort necessary (even assuming they
discovered what it was and how to do it) it remains a heck of a
lot easier to just talk about it sometimes, and indulge in
certain ingestable drugs and related dreams.

…..One reason that the simple are such family folks is that by
producing physical off-spring they can feel they’ve at least done
something creative, something that will leave proof of their
having existed. Do note however (however, that is, un-noticed it
normally is) that in the fantastic world of man, physical
procreation is not the only type possible.

***

One man says that the most mysterious and exciting thing
that’s ever happened to him was one day just recently, after
returning from his morning run, he found his car in a slightly
different position from how he always parks it, and that he had
the only set of keys with him. He says he hopes now a similar
thing might occur regarding his mind some morning after he
returns from a night’s sleep.

***

In the wild, the big cat rules the pack, while in the city,
no one is quite so certain — so, they make up reasons, titles,
and standards to compensate. While this is normal, necessary
procedure for civilization & the collective, it offers no joy
whatsoever to an individual wanting to actually “be somebody.”

***

One seeker-of-fame says he’ll only be sure he made the grade
if, after he dies, books begin to appear questioning whether he
actually existed or not. Neuro-Bibble-O-Graphers Note: This
approach won’t work on ideas.

***

After some years of pondering the beautiful, intricate dance
between the major, controlling forces of human life & their best
and worst features, a certain man finally said certainly to
himself: “Physical death will just ‘knock you down’ but the mind
will ‘kick you in the balls’.” Those civilizations charged with
the running and upkeep of the public ballroom are programmed to
automatically react negatively to such observations.
“Tickets please,
Tickets please;
Sheep and cows live on their knees.”
But see — that’s one of the compensating factors of having to be
human! — You can rebel against it, and the forces that made you
so — don’t mind!
Tickets please,
Tickets please,
Oh, I’m sorry! — “Full” you say! —
Well here — all the rest of you can “have my seat.”

Tickets please — oh-o: Tickets p-lease-e-e.
According to a ne’re repeated version of the Socratic Legend,
after the old man learned to read he revised his earlier epigram
to say: “The literate life ain’t worth living” …(hey, don’t
ask me: Tickets please).

***

One day, a small child (passing as a lad) pulled up short
and thought: “What if the whole world is on a merry go round!?
And what if you saw it — what good would it do you!?” …(This
seemed to make him feel better…him not being the off-spring of
a mystic.)
***

“Ordinary consciousness” is the state in which it is
controlled & directed entirely by life, the “extraordinary”
variety is where it is otherwise…least in part. …And I do
wish you’d quit throwing up terms like: “Rhetorically not
possible” where the hell do you think we are anyway!?

…..Medieval & More So Update
It is everyday man who gives self-fulfilling life to the
aphorism: “By our own ends are our ends shaped.” …And don’t
be bothering me with your version using the word “destiny”
instead of the second “end.”

***

Public Political Notice
It is the pea brains of the world who run the world.
…Correction: It is the serious & dependable pea brains who
run the world.

***

Man was given a great mission, but contraire to the many
confusing, convoluted notions of religion, and other of his
institutions, the mission is simply to “be man.”

***

So pondered a certain chap: “You know, one of the few,
really ratty-ass characteristics of life is that whenever you
‘talk about it’ it immediately seems to think that you’re
‘talking about it’!”

***

You can look in a man’s eyes and see his genes — …if you
have genes that can see.

***

Okay, the simple version of an earlier item (for all you
simple folks): If you repeat the words of others, you’re a buck-
fifty, flea-ridden prostitute of the first order regardless of
your sex, education, or height. ** And an official spokesperson
for the simple folks responds: “Don’t you think you’re being
just a little too hard-on, and, demanding-of ordinary people’s
normal intellectual operations!?” And you know something!? —
he’s partially correct, as regards my being either too “hard-on”
or too “demanding-of” a routine man’s desire to think
independently and creatively. …(But be that as it may: If
that sleazy dress and pilfered perfume does fit, you’re still a
cheap whore — and you know it.)
***

One guy could think up new thoughts as fast as he could
think. For some reason he says he’s now working on being able to
dispatch them with equal haste.

…..The nephew of a mystical postal employee nick-named his
mind: “Ex-Lax.”

***

The normal, healthy cadence of life doesn’t really mind if
you periodically “lay down on the job” just so long as you feel
adequately guilty.

***

In the beginning was ordinary human existence, then came
man’s mental life, and after that, all his civilizing
instructions and directives, and sometime later on, arrived —
Mysticism, non-standard information — and it came in two forms:
The Positive, and the Negative (or, Critical). Also, perhaps of
further interest, is the fact that the first form never got here.

…..Today’s: Show Business News
One man could do absolutely striking imitations of everyone!
…but himself.

***

One way you can tell that you’re a real mystic (you know,
compared to like those part-time, week-ends ones) is that you
don’t see anyone who understands as much as you do — and, you
don’t have any particular feelings about it one way or the other.

…..A man in a near by city calls his normal thought patters
“Fido” and his dog is really-y-y proud of the old geezer? **
“Here boy, here! — Bring me your ticket.”

***

A man stood defiantly in front of life’s main castle, and
began to shout: “Give me drugs, or give me death!” And life
stuck its head out an upper window and shouted back: “I’ve given
you both!” And this really made the guy mad!

***

Many viewers wanted to hear a certain myth from earlier this
year re-read, and though they never did remember to request it, I
will now re-introduce it in an expanded version.
The Mother Of All Myths
Once, everyone knew a secret,
Most forgot it,
A few didn’t, The first group did right,
The second bunch did even better than right.
The end again.

***

News From The Catwalk
If ordinary men’s thoughts are fashion, then those of the
non-aligned are jewel encrusted, four dimensional animal skins.
“Work that body!, you neural muscles!”

***

And Now: Our Engineering Thought For The Day
The only way to ever “be yourself” is to stop being what you
are now.

…..In a far away galaxy, on an obscure world, there is a
dangerous legend that tells the local beings that they too, like
some many others in this universe, are apparently carrying some
sort of curse picked up shortly after their creation, and in
their particular case it is the most devious, captious, and
alluring of vexations — habit! Meanwhile: Back on Earth, a
reasonable intelligent & educated Irish Wolfhound heard the tale
and responded: “Why would any creature think of habit as a
curse!? What gives with you people!?”

***

There is, in this other solar system, a new, un-named theme
park which has different types of rides for different types of
people; there are still those thrill, pants-wetting rides for the
simple, physical folk, but there are also rides for the more
intellectually inclined which offer similar sensations, instead,
to their minds. ** I don’t have their descriptive brochure here
with me just this moment, but I’m sure you can easily picture
what those latter type rides are.

***

One guy says that thinking about extraordinary matters
sometimes makes him “feel good” while at other times it makes him
feel even worse than is normal for him. He asks which approach
we think he should specifically pursue, and I (responding on all
of your behaves) replied that it was probably none of our
business, or even within the possible scope of our knowledge, and
this seemed to so “take him aback” and by surprise, that there is
some possibility that he actually learned something from it.
Extraordinary! — if true.

***

Trying to meet the challenge of being here, one man declared
to himself: “Life is a knot, and I — I am Alexander.” But
then suddenly thought: “All those we hold heroic are always
dead, which in fact, transmits a message not normally perceived
by those so holding.” Later (over some dry toast) he pushed this
insight into the grey, gooey area of his own intertwined cortical
strands, and was further rewarded.

***

One of the often over-looked beauties of the mind is that it
is constructed so that it can “dream of walking” so as to keep
from having to.

***

A man sat alone by a full length nude mirror and reflected:
“The simple are easily entertained, but how about the…but how
about the…but how about the…,” and at this point, he seemed
immovably stuck.

***

One elementary school teacher’s advice to the nippers:
“The way to get around worrying about being more conscious &
alert than you normally are is the same method you employ to rid
yourself of everyday, unavoidable annoyances — you simply
dismiss them as imaginary, at worst, and irrelevant at best.”
Some of the short ones were more pleased with this notion than
others.

***

The Physical & Mental Lives Of Man Compared Using
Musical Allegory
The Physical — Classical
The Mental — Jazz
One fully notated — the other, apparently improvised.
…(I kinda hate to ruin it for you serious fans of metaphor,
but in all fairness to the more alert in the audience I must
specifically draw your attention to the inclusion above, of the
word “apparently.”)

***

Another Picture Of: “Homo Sapiens: This Planet’s
Freest Creature”
Being a human, capable of thinking, is life’s way of
“rattlin’ your cage.”

***

Some Neuro-Sexual News
One transcendentally inclined man gave his mind a good
visual going over, and said: “Well — you ain’t much to look at,
but you do give good talk.”

***
“Pulled Up” Extremely Short
Learning how to “be a mystic” from a book is like trying to
pick up Fresco technique from Pope Julius — after he was dead.

***

The way in which what the ordinary call “knowledge” effects
the few is like a man who owns fleas finding out they have dogs.

…..And a viewer writes: “How can I become part of ‘the few’?
— Or is it too late? — Or must you be born into it? — Or is
there some other reason blocking me that I’m not aware of? If
the answer to any of these is ‘yes’ please spare me the pain of
responding. Yours,” etc. ** One summer day, a certain kid
stopped under a tree and thought: “What if there are people who
can see colors outside the range of our local, physical
spectrum!?…How would those with ordinary, standard sight ever
know of their ability!?…Or how could they ever prove it to
everyone else should the attempt seem desirable!? Please spare
us the possible discombobulation potential in a comprehensive
reply.”

***

If the sane, civilized mind is like a domesticated animal,
then enlarged consciousness is like a re-invented wild beast set
free anew.

***

Some City News
It’s a great relief (when you don’t know anything) to
believe that nobody else knows anything either. ** Let’s hear
it for the city, now! — (Before it comes around to punch your
ticket.)

***

One man has a new, astounding idea — but he won’t tell
anyone what it is — he says that if he does it will no longer be
new and astounding.

***

Once you begin to overcome the out-dated desire to be
mentally judgmental, there is one final person, thing,
something, about which you should cease to be critical. You may
guess who, or what it is if you want to.

***

The son of a certain mystic, one day mused: “Why is it so
difficult for individual men to see that their only possible
assistance comes from themselves!?” And after a brief time had
passed, he further thought: “Do yard ducks see flying wild one
as supernatural? Does death envy life? Are not all heroic
images but present reflections from man’s future!? And are not
still a few permitted to peek over the horizon!?” And he was
glad to be the son of a mystic.

***

The Rhyme Of The Wild, Terrifying Children Of Planet NewerNo
“Oh — A stable man is a happy man,
A stable man is a miserable oaf.”
“Quick!, officer! — keep those kids away from me!”

***

When it came to him putting his own mind through its full
gymnastic potential, one mystic’s personal slogan was — “Born to
boogie.”

***