Jan Cox Talk 1332

Attention: a Compass of Sorts

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#1332 – 09/07: 
Notes by TK

Normal thought is sharing your head with other people.  The Mystic seeks a destination that is totally unrecognizable.  All known destinations are dead ends.


The News

Shortly after men were created, life said to them: “I want
you to keep one thing in mind…no, scratch that, or we’ll never
get this thing up and running.”

…..City philosophers have long enjoyed saying that: “A man is
what he thinks,” — which would be informative — should they
ever stumble across the possible connection between water and a
fish’s breathing habits.

***

Something Else To Be Said In Favor Of Being Under-Developed
The simple enjoy bad news.

…..”You see, my boy,” said a voice to a boy, “never allow
anyone to talk you into being more perceptive than you were born
to be.” …And this caused one fellow to suddenly wonder if this
is why you never get the straight story on where a real mystic’s
from, or where he picked up all this stuff.

…..The human brain is an engineering marvel in that it can run
off of: Lemon juice, nuclear fission, normal blood, or Elmer’s
Glue-All.

***

One day two of local condition’s sons were messin’ around
and one of ’em said: “Who d’ya wanna pick on today? — athletes,
or intellectuals?” And the other replied: “Let’s do
intellectuals — we never pay them much attention.” To which the
first responded: “But isn’t that the same thing as picking on
’em!?”

***

Freedom: A Poem
You can live in your head,
You can live in your bod,
You can act real normal, or,
Act real odd;

You can search for the truth,
Or just stay at home,
You can do anything that you wanna do,
As long as it doesn’t require more than two possibilities.

…..(The critic for the Times muttered: “I knew that.”

***

If a mystic is not relentless, then there’s two things he’s
not: Relentless, or a mystic.

…..One day the teacher asked the class: “Okay, boys & girls
— how can you identify a real mystic?” And one little girl
shouted: “Oh, me, me! — I know: He’d be the kind of person
who’d drive you crazy — …(if he ever let you know he was
one).”

…..Post-Creation Division Myths:
Official James Family Version
Once Frank and Jesse fully realized which side of the law
they were on, they then began to proclaim the exclusive virtues
of “outlawism.”

***

One guy says he’s given up popular forms of entertainment —
says he’s tied of sharing his head with other people. …(His
everyday mind is now running scared.)

***

A Family Conversation
“Daddy, why are there so many myths regarding a warrior who
sacrifices one of his eyes as the price for seeing the truth?”
“Quick son, look over here! — Now over there! — And up that
way!”

…..In the ancient land of Mighty Giants are three men charged
with responsibility for the people’s sight; the first one makes
monocles, the second glasses with three lens, and the third
leads the blind on sunrise tours — internal sunrise tours.

***

To be routinely “mentally civilized” is to be able to accept
having north pointed out as being to the north. To be
“professionally civilized” is being able to do the pointing —
…with a straight face.

***

Architectural Theology
When The God Of The Lower Floors decided to send out
followers in his name, instead of referring to them as “A Band Of
Missionaries” or “A Group Of Disciples” he called them, The
Beaver Patrol. Only a few of those observing from upper stories
got it, and fewer still of those involved.

…..One day, a certain local aspect of reality thought: “A
great thing about being around humans is that you can hide
without running, and run without hiding — …much like their
minds imagine they can do.”

…..One day while talking to himself, one man said: “Don’t
make me laugh!” Then just for spite, went: “Ha ha ha!”

***
Anything that anybody knows is worth something to somebody
else in the world — except what a mystic might know. “Uncle Ed,
is that because life always buys ’em off!?” ** Expanded version
of the conversation from which the above excerpt was taken:
“Uncle Ed, is that because life always buys ’em off!?” “You left
out the word ‘secretly’ Little Bill.” “Okay, Uncle Ed: Is that
because life always secretly buys ’em off!?” “You still left out
‘tries to’ Sweet William.” “Alright, again, Uncle Ed: Is that
because life always secretly tries to buy ’em off!?” **
Anything that anybody knows is worth something to somebody else
in the world — except for the kinda stuff a mystic might know.
Tootle-Lu, Uncle Ed.

***

More Scenes From: Life In The Intellectual City
Those who don’t know where they’re going don’t want anyone
else to go anywhere either.

…..Now For Some: Neural, Show Business News
One man, who’d worked as a single, went so long between gigs
that he began performing as a duo — …and then went twice as
long! — No, no that’s just a joke: Once he made the change,
and became normal, he got all the mental bookings he could
handle.

…..”Miss Pinkard — call my agent.” “But you don’t have an
agent sir, you haven’t worked in years.” “Okay — call my travel
agent.”

***

A teacher so instructed a promising youth: “A word with a
modifier is like a bicycle with a third wheel.” ** And now it’s
“Quiz Time” for all you kids: Which of the following do you
think was the lad’s response to this idea: “That makes no
sense.” “A third wheel would be self-defeating to a bicycle.”
Or: “I get it, but I’m afraid to say anything least I over-state
the case, and step right into it myself.”

…..While on a dangerous expedition, high in the Forbidden
Mountains, a climber suddenly stopped, and was thusly struck: “A
mind with a thought is already partially crippled.” And his one
desire then became that he could hold this realization once he
returned home.

***

After surviving a most frightening experience, a man paused
to express his appreciation to life: “Many thanks for letting me
live.” And life, who absolutely, accidentally, just happened to
be passing by at that very moment, heard it and thought: “What
the hell is this!? — Do they think I’m suicidal!?”
…..And Now: Attention! — Heads Up! Regarding The Matter
Of “After Lives”; Note:
A real mystic ain’t nobody “reincarnated.”

***

The Mapping And Topography Of The Mental
If awareness — a circle, then consciousness — a sphere.
…And attention — a compass of sorts.

***

The professor opened his remarks to the class with these
words: “I trust you will not find my verbal picturizations
distractingly crude when I say to you that the telling of
personal anecdotes for the purpose of instruction acts as a stool
softener for those with hemorrhoidal mentation.” What he was
attempting to define is the fact that within a closed system
(such as that in which the normal, partisan intellect operates)
there is no such thing as “proof” — only, example. Another
reason you never find a mystic searching where everyone else is
looking.

…..A viewer writes: “After listening to you for some time
now, all I see is allegories! Allegories here! — Allegories
there! — Allegories ever’ damn where! Plus — How come they put
you on instead of the show I used to like, Nude Marriage
Counseling!? Literally Yours,” etc.

***

A follow-up report to certain stories previously covered:
Instead of “myths” the simple have gossip.

***

Says one guy: “Where do men get off worrying about
‘discovering the truth’!? — Where you gonna hide reality anyway,
huh!?”

***

The oral history of a certain, unknown group contains what
purports to be: The Secret Of The Awakened (which says): A
mystic is not understood until he is mis-understood! — Then he
leaves town.

***

Those who continue to take the intellectual life of man
seriously are engaged in a form of self-inflicted blindness.

***

The Joke Of The Day One time one of the senior monks at the mystical monastery
got drunk, and told a younger one: “Once you ‘know-the-secret-
of-life’ two things happen to you: It gets easier to go on, and
more difficult as well.” ** Don’t forget, viewers, we pay up to
$50 for any humorous story or personal anecdote that we use on
the show.

***

For those wanting to expand their own consciousness, the
trick in civilizing the mind is in being able to “obscure the
obvious” without forgetting what it was.

***

And now some: Circus News, regarding that most popular
of acts: The Human Pyramid:
Everybody knows pretty much “what to do” and being ordinary
is in paying some professional to remind you of it. Withal: Men
who can see “the-point-blank” don’t need no memory aids.

***

The Ephemeral, Fungible, & Imprecise, Re-Examined Via Definition
Knowledge: Reusable condoms. ** “So you see,” said the
visiting nurse to the class, “in the modern city, everyone
practices safe mental sex (so to speak).” Or, put another way:
The period at the end of a sentence, is to the intellect as the
receptacle on the tip of a rubber is to other operations. **
“Daddy, is this why you never see a pregnant mystic who isn’t
responsible for his own condition!?” “Yes, either that, or why
every time one does get in such a family way, he leaves town.”

***

Those who do not see the intellectual life of man as a total
allegory will never comprehend the meaning of man.

***

And another thing that ordinary people don’t realize is
that: If you don’t bug life, life won’t bug you! — And life
really gets bugged when people don’t.

…..The E.T. Archaeologist entered the query in his notebook:
“Why did their subways always return to their starting point?…”

…..And a helpful viewer writes: “Unless you start picking on
somebody in particular, you ain’t ever gonna get anywhere.”

***

To be “more conscious” is multi-spatial in that your
attention is both more focused, and widened in scope.
***

Once he was fully grown and sophisticated, one man said to
his mind: “Okay — pick a hobby — any hobby — now — drop it.”
** A man who owned a planet on another antique shop (“Don’t you
mean…” You never mind what I mean) one day noted: “A most
favorable characteristic of really well made stuff is that,
when-dropped-by-the-simple — they don’t break.” ** And rising
fast on the charts this week is a song entitled: “Bouncing
Mystics Off The Wall.”

***

Public Notice
The answer & trick that everyone is looking for is all the
same answer & trick.

***

Attempting to control (and thus, expand) one’s
consciousness, is like trying to pin-point a single drop of water
amidst all the oceans.

…..When the strings were severed, Pinocchio collapsed, while
his mystical shadow was at last liberated.

***