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1529 95134 12/20/1995 Copyright J. M. Cox 1995
There was once an open expanse,
but having no boundaries, it had no awareness of itself.
Then it became fenced in and thus aware of itself.
But now it has begun to yearn for its original openness,
for what reasons god-only-knows.
Some say that thoughts are not real,
and only have value insofar as they represent things that are,
yet those who say such never seem interested in turning this notion on to
what they have said about it.
Such as these are similar to those who fret over man’s ability to
mislead and misuse Mother Nature.
No matter their education or glibness of tongue,
minds driven along such lines lack any meaningful understanding of life.
‘Tis myopic snakes who bite their own tails
and take it to be successful attacks on intruders.
Who is to assail thought but thought? —
and who but the lamest among them will undertake such a fruitless task?
Hormones are community minded,
and so are most men’s neurons —
it is those of transcendental outlook who are exceptions to this.
In the simple world, imitation is the sincerest form of self-protection.
There seems but two areas about which you can speak of man attempting change:
in the way he behaves, and in the way he thinks.
(Feeling does not enter here in that he believes that the way he feels is
determined by some combination of his behavior and thinking.)
So he’s faced with the twin possibilities of trying to change the way he acts
or the way he thinks,
and I invite you now to take the time to consider which of these two
is the more dominantly pursued and discussed
…more dominant in fact to the point of being near exclusive.
…And once that is clearly seen, ask yourself further: why is it this way?
Now for today’s Fairy Tale:
There was once a world on which, when they told tales of magical powers,
it was always about an increase in understanding,
not an increase in physical abilities.
The dreams of lions should not be the dreams of men —
yet they routinely continue to be so —
but on what are we herein reflecting
if not man’s instinctive mental urge to change?
And without acting specifically in this area,
what ultimately separates him from the unthinking beasts of the wild
who only know the life of “behavior?”
One plain, simple fact is superior to a thousand beautiful, complex
metaphors — but when it comes to the kinds of facts needed by the would-
be mystic, they must apparently be first run through the metaphorical
filter to become assimilable.
In spite of his protestations to the contrary:
it is the sound of traffic that makes
an ordinary man’s life on the porch bearable.
When you know of only one place to stand,
who can run the risk of going insane
by trying to move somewhere new?
A man who had read and studied on such matters, one day stopped and
thought: “Why have all peoples always not only had stories of gods,
but also of men entering into combat with the gods, which on its face,
based on their own descriptions of the gods,
would be an obviously foolish and futile undertaking?”
…He began to consider other possibilities of what the gods might
unwittingly, actually represent to man.
There was once a small group of elephants whose brains, for some reason,
began to develop beyond the pachyderm norm, and they began to think.
Soon they started to reflect on the fact that they existed,
and began concocting ever-increasingly complex theories, models, and
myths to explain how they came to be, and what their special purpose
After some years in this effort, one of them one day was moved to say to
the herd: “Do you realize that we are becoming just like those creatures
who used to follow us around with guns and cameras?”
Hormones and the feral are experts on the question of “purpose,”
while neurons are on thinking about it.
Herein (by the way) was the inspiration for the concept of
“the beneficial division of labor.”
The Mystical Warrior’s Tip Of The Day: You’re not in the right state of mind
if you’re open to attack.
Only a man lost is vulnerable to accusations of being lost.
…(Which [if he was sharp enough] itself would give hint as to where he
During one “Little People’s Day,”
when anyone could come to court and speak to the King,
one commoner approached and asked him:
“Are some men inherently superior to others?”
And the ruler
(secretly observing his own, personal “Tell The Truth Day”) replied:
“I’m not the one to ask about that.”
A viewer writes:
“I believe I’m catching on to what you’re doing;
when you talk about kings and other people,
you’re not really talking about people.”
In another universe: A man who knows what he’s talking about
can talk about anything.
The pieces of a puzzle never want the puzzle explained.
…Well…not if they’re ordinary, sane, and decent pieces!
One legend (of such a dubious & disturbing nature as to surely be spurious)
says there was once a mystical order which taught of 3 stages of
enlightenment: it said that the first stage was just that, an initial
enlightenment; and after that comes a long-g-g, gradual stage
wherein one thinks and talks about the first stage incessantly —
for a really long time;
and that the third stage is when you just can’t think or talk about it
anymore, and that this is the final stage of enlightenment.
…Okay! — still not sufficiently upset? — then try this on:
Fact! — All myths and legends about the great Mystical Quest
which are pleasant and reassuring
were made up by people who didn’t have a clue.
A viewer writes:
“On your last show you read an item entitled
Diet And The Secret, wherein you said that
The Secret does not reveal itself to those who eat too much or eat too
little — may I assume that you were not referring to food?”
And another viewer writes:
“Do you write all the letters from viewers, except this one?”
Man’s thinking is the only animal yet identified on this planet
which will walk up to an openly baited and set trap and ask the trap:
“Should I step in?”
And a fax just in from a viewer:
“Earlier in the program you said that
‘the pieces of a puzzle never want the puzzle explained
if they’re ordinary and sane pieces,’
but isn’t what you meant that they never want the puzzle explained unless
…(Huhhh!…my demographics people have been telling me that
the quality of our audience is improving.)
The mayor of a thriving city proclaimed:
“Not only are all possible solutions to our problems irrational, but
worse than that,
they could potentially work so well as to be disastrous.”
A viewer writes:
“I think I’m beginning to catch on,
you often put enlightened words into the mouths of those inherently not.”
Lest anyone get short-changed around here:
There is yet another thing that distinguishes man from the other beasts —
he is the only creature who will lend his lame foot to another of his
A physician from another world once visited here and went away with one
question: Why, amongst man, is sickness contagious, but not its opposite?
The mind indeed is a curious thing — in fact doubly so
in that it cannot be understood and
men can’t see that it can’t.
So let’s clear up the opening statement:
When you don’t pay for what you get, you can’t be shortchanged.
In his will, the king bequeathed to the people this statement:
“All political, social, and economic theories are but attempts to hide
greed and desire for power.”
But the prince found it and destroyed it, and the kingdom rolled on.
Another blatant shadow of The Secret,
peeking out from under the skirts of local reality,
is what should be the publicly obvious fact that
those who want to “save the world” cannot save themselves.
To the more conscious,
there’s only one way to spell “futile,”
and “pointless” needs no synonym.
One man’s motto was:
“Everybody knows what it is — ‘s just nobody wants to face it.
In that singular, intellectual world of man,
everything starts out as a “good idea” —
and even those things that don’t,
if they stay around long enough,
someone will begin to find them to be so.
There used to be this guy who theorized that man’s ignorance is what
inspired the concept of “The Eternal.”
To think that any salvation or regeneration comes from without
is to have no conception of the container that life comes in.
Men’s misconstruing of the above (by the way)
was the original inspiration for the idea of “take-out food.”
…(All mystics know that you’ve got to “eat at home.”)
And this fax just in from a viewer concerning an earlier item:
“You said that ‘those who want to save the world cannot save themselves,’
but, hidden therein, is there not also the deeper message that
anyone who believes that the world needs saving — by so believing —
offers unquestionable proof that they understand nothing anyway?”
One reason there’s so much said about man
is basically because there is so little to be said.
On a certain distant planet,
their “homes-for-the-mentally-defective” harbor only those who can be
…”There’s no place like home, eh what?”
said a cerebellum to a thalamus.
In this one land,
every time the king would think about abdicating the throne,
he was stopped by his suspicion that, if he did,
it would be immediately seized upon by some preposition.
…”There’s no place like home, where one belongs, eh what?”
said an Out to an About.
The speaker so addressed his audience:
“We fear, distrust, and sometimes dislike the unconscious mind
because we do not know what is in it.”
And a man in the crowd, who it happened was familiar with his, mused:
“But that’s nothing compared to the feelings you have when you do know.”
A viewer writes that, having lost some interest in religion and petitions to
a supreme being, he has adopted something from a man he heard mentioned
in one of our recent stories, and that now, when circumstances warrant, in
place of his previous prayers to God for assistance, he simply says:
“Could you help me out here, Hubert?”
…”And with,” he adds, “about the same degree of success.”
One father’s comment to a son:
“To be concerned about wealth is the same as being concerned about
reputation, and to be concerned about reputation is the same as being
concerned about power, and to be concerned about power is the same as being
concerned about death, and to be concerned about death is the same as not
being concerned to the fullest degree possible about how to live your life
mentally to the max.”
It is the intellectual fare of man (by the way)
that inspired menus to include the notice:
“No Substitutes Allowed.”
…(Which again, I note, is another reason mystics eat in.)
Though obviously unrealized by those involved, men upset over world events
are like adults critical of the intellectual level of kids’ TV shows.
One guy says to tell you that his motto is:
“If you don’t think about it — you can’t worry about it!”
…(He says that you’ll know what he’s talking about.)
Once learned beyond a certain point,
the more alert need no dictionary, language instruction, lessons in logic,
or any other forms of routine education —
they have an awareness of the merry-go-round.
A is to Z
as nothing is infinity,
and all that man knows not
is standing right beside him.
The intellectual world of man is this universe’s only example of
“self-contained cannibalism” that is, somehow, yet, self-sustaining.
The enlightened know this — those still chewing on their own foot do not.
Those who do not realize the abode of The Secret to be within,
and thus search for it arduously without,
are perforce subject to uncertainty and a troubled mind.
Those who cry out “here, here — it’s over here,”
do so to help console themselves and to conceal the fact that
they have not been able to locate where it is.
Any enlightenment is ultimately “self-enlightenment,”
but you need help to get there —
and that help comes from life.
When it comes to the world of ideas,
“the grass always looks greener in the other yard” for a very good reason —
…As P.T. said to Barnum: “Don’t say I never gave you nothin’!”
The Challenge put yet another way:
How is a living ocean ever to stop the sound of crashing waves?
The king’s personal sage one day so advised the ruler:
“To be alive is to be continually on the verge of sickness;
to be alive is to be on the way to death, and
to be alive is to be forever uncertain and frustrated.”
And the king asked: “But which of them is the worst?”
To which the sage replied: “You tell me.”
For a long time did the ruler ponder this question,
and came to this decision:
To be alive, in the ordinary state of mind,
is to be most concerned with conditions unavoidable,
while (for whatever reasons)
ignoring those that might be otherwise.
The captive bear suffers from the blows of his captor —
but by whose hand does man’s mind come to pain?
How indeed is a living ocean ever to stop the sound of its own crashing
The difference between advanced thinking and the ordinary kind
(as present in psychology, philosophy, and religion) is that the
latter all concern themselves with man’s behavior —
while a wild-animal trainer could serve the same purpose just as well.
Both the body and the mind collect information,
but only the mind talks about it,
and in doing so both expands and diminishes it.
…Hint, hint —
silence, silence —
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