Jan Cox Talk 2392

Re-Positioning Horns on Unicorns…

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The News

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MY NEWS FOR JULY 9, 1999
COPYRIGHT 1999 JAN COX
A MAN WHO
WROTE WROTE EXTENSIVELY ON THAT CERTAIN MATTER OF INTEREST TO
PEOPLE LIKE US WAS ONE DAY BUSY AT HIS TYPEWRITER WHEN HE WAS
SUDDENLY THUS STRUCK:
“WHAT IN THE HELL AM I DOING?!
I’M SITTING HERE WRITING ENTIRELY ABOUT CONSCIOUSNESS WHICH,
I KNOW FROM ONE VALID VIEW, IS IMAGINARY
AND DESCRIBING HOW TO GO ABOUT CHANGING IT,
WHICH OBVIOUSLY IS AND MUST BE ALSO IMAGINARY,
WHAT SORT OF MAN WHO KNOWS THAT UNICORNS DO NOT EXIST
WILL SPEND HIS TIME IN AN ATTEMPT TO REPOSITION THEIR HORN?!
ANY FOOL KNOWS THAT IF A THING DOES NOT EXIST
THEN ALL THOUGHTS, TALK AND PLANS TO CHANGE IT, OR EFFECT IT IN ANY WAY IS PRIMA FACIE EMPTY AND MEANINGLESS.”
HE LOOKED DOWN AT WHAT HE’D WRITTEN AND AT HIS FINGERS POISED ON
THE KEYBOARD AND THOUGHT:
“BUT IT ALL SEEMS SO REAL AND RIGHT —
UNTIL YOU LOOK AT THE MATTER HEAD ON LIKE I’VE JUST DONE….
….AND THEN ALL YOU HAVE IS THE QUESTION: ‘WHAT IN THE HELL DO I THINK I’M DOING?!'”
HE DROPPED HIS HANDS IN HIS LAP AND GAZED OUT A WINDOW, AS HE FUTHER MUSED: “IN FACT, WHAT I’M THINKING RIGHT NOW ABOUT IT BEING PURELY IMAGINATION TO BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN CHANGE SOMETHING THAT IS IMAGINARY,
THIS REALIZATION ITSELF IS ALSO IMAGINARY,
MY GOD, JUST WHAT IN THE LIVING HELL DO I THINK I’M DOING?!”,
AND HE GOT UP AND WALKED OUTSIDE,
XXX
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ONE MAN GREW LIP WITH AN INTEREST IN MUSIC,
AND EVENTUALLY FOUND HIMSELF EN A BAR WHICH HAD A PIANO PLAYER
WHO WOULD PLAY ANY REQUEST YOU HAD,
BUT THE VERY INSTANT THAT YOU WOULD LOOK AWAY FROM HIM,
HE’D STOP DOING YOUR SONG AND START PLAYING WHATEVER HE WANTED TO.
BUT THEN WHEN YOU’D LOOK BACK AT HIM,
HE’D STOP WHAT HE WAS PLAYING FOR HIMSELF,
SMILE AT YOU AND BE READY TO TAKE YOUR REQUEST AGAIN, AND REPEAT THE PROCESS ENDLESSLY,
WHAT A BAR! —
WHAT A THOROUGHLY “FABULOUS” PLACE TO SPEND SOME TIME! …HELL, LET’S BE STRAIGHT UP ABOUT IT: TO SPEND YOUR LIFE!
THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF SOME PEOPLE WILL EMPLOY ALLEGORIES AND PARABLES TO GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT IT IS GRADUALLY COMING TO GRIPS WITH, “THE TRUTH”
ABOUT SOMETHING!,
WHEN IT IS ONLY A FINGER TRAPPED INSIDE A HOLLOW, SEALED SPHERE ALLEGEDLY POINTING TO A WAY OUT
ON ONE PLANET, NOTHING CAN BE OTHER THAN HOW IT IS, AND 99.7% OF THE CREATURES REALIZE THIS:
THE OTHER .37 BELIEVING OTHERWISE, IS AS IT IS, AND CANNOT BE CHANGED,
THE SITUATION I HAVE DESCRIBED IS, TO MYSTICS, ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: PATHETIC: SHAMEFUL: FRUSTRATING, OR FUNNY. WHICH DO YOU CHOSE?
XXX
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IF YOU’RE CONSCIOUS, YOU LIVE IN A HAUNTED HOUSE: THIS IS SO WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS OR NOT.
,..BY THE WAY, SINCE YOU’VE ALREADY PAID FOR AN OIL CHANGE,
TAKE THIS ALONG WITH YOU:
EVERYTHING THAT’S “SO”
IS SO
WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IN IT OR NOT.
…(HEY, THAT’S BETTER’AN A FREE LUB JOB.)
XXX
WHAT MYSTICS CALL, HAVING THEIR CONSCIOUSNESS “ASLEEP”
IS REALLY JUST CONSCIOUSNESS BEING CAUGHT WEARING ONE FACE
THAT ANOTHER FACE OF CONSCIOUSNESS HAS DECIDED IT DOESN’T LIKE,
YOU ASK YOURSELF: IN WHAT WAY IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM A MAN WHO HAS TWO COATS, A WOOL ONE AND A COTTON ONE,
AND WHEN HE IS WEARING THE WOOL ONE HE SWEARS THAT HE’LL NEVER AGAIN WEAR THE COTTON ONE,
BUT YET HE WEARS THE COTTON ONE EVERY CHANCE HE GETS,
AND NOTE: WHEN HE IS WEARING THE COTTON ONE,
HE HAS NO COMPLAINT WHATSOEVER THEREWITH:
IT’S ONLY WEARING THE WOOL ONE THAT MAKES HIM COMPLAIN ABOUT THE COTTON ONE.
ALL MEN ARE ON DRUGS,
TO BE ENLIGHTENED IS TO BE
HALLUCINAGENIC FREE,
XXX
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ONE MAN WOULD REMIND HIMSELF: “I’M NOT VAIN -IT’S CONSCIOUSNESS THAT KEEPS THINKING ABOUT ME! …NOT MY REAL ME.”
AND ANOTHER MAN POINTED OUT TO HIMSELF:
“IT’S ACTUALLY UNREAL TO SAY THAT YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT YOUR REAL SELF,”, AND HE REPLIED: “REALLY?!”
XXX
LOOKING UP FROM THE BOOK HE WAS READING BY A WELL KNOWN PSYCHOLOGIST, A BOY SAID TO HIS FATHER: “LISTEN TO THIS.”, THEN HE READ ALOUD
THE AUTHOR’S COMMENT ON A CERTAIN ASPECT OF MAN, AND AFTERWARDS ASKED: “DID HE SAY ALL THERE IS TO BE SAID ON THAT?”,AND HIS FATHER REPLIED: “MORE COULD BE SAID.”
THEN LATER THE BOY READ OUT A PASSAGE REGARDING THE NATURE OF MAN FROM THE WRITINGS OF A RENOWN PHILOSOPHER, AND ASKED HIS FATHER:
“DID HE SAY ALL THERE IS TO BE SAID ON THAT?”, AND HIS FATHER REPLIED: “MORE COULD BE SAID.”,
AND SUBSEQUENTLY THE LAD READ EXCERPTS FROM THE WRITINGS OF FAMOUS THEOLOGIANS, HISTORIANS, ANTHROPOLOGISTS AND MYSTICS, EACH TIME ASKING: “DID THEY SAY ALL THAT COULD BE SAID ABOUT THAT.”, AND TO EVERY SUCH INQUIRY, HIS FATHER WOULD REPLY: “MORE COULD BE SAID.”,
AND FINALLY THE SON ASKED: “SO WHAT WOULD BE SAID ABOUT MAN THAT WOULD LEAVE NOTHING ELSE THAT COULD BE SAID?”, AND HIS FATHER REPLIED:
“THAT WHICH IS NEVER SAID.”
REMINDER, REMINDER, REMINDER: ANY POSSIBLE THOUGHT YOU CAN HAVE ABOUT “BEING AWAKE” — PUTS YOU TO SLEEP.
AND A LISTENER WRITES TO ASK FOR CLARIFICATION OF A NEW TERM THEY RECENTLY HEARD: “CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME, WHAT IS,
‘ENLIGHTENMENT LITE’?” — TALKING ABOUT IT.
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AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A FATAL ILL, SOMEONE SAID TO THE MAN:
“IT MUST BE REALLY STRANGE TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE DYING.”,
AND TO HIMSELF THE MAN SAID:
“BUT I DON’T KNOW THAT I’M DYING
UNLESS I THINK ABOUT IT.
…WHAT WOULD REALLY BE’STRANGE’ IS, AFTER REALIZING THIS
I DID THINK ABOUT IT.”
NOW CAN YOU GRASP THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THIS SCENE AND THE ONE IN WHICH A MAN IS IN CONSTANT CONFLICT APPARENTLY WITH HIS CONSCIOUSNESS OVER THE MATTER OF:”BEING AWAKE”INSTEAD OF “BEING ASLEEP”?!
…THE PERCEIVED DISHARMONY BETWEEN BEING DEAD OR BEING ALIVE. HEY YOU, SAM, OVER THERE AT THE PIANO — PLAY IT AGAIN.
AND A MAN SUDDENLY INTERRUPTS THE PROGRAM: “IT STRIKES ME THAT
OTHER THAN FOR A PERIODIC PHYSICAL PAIN THERE IS NOTHING IN A MAN
FOR HIM TO THINK ABOUT OR BE CONSCIOUS OF —
SO WHAT IS ALL THIS STUFF ABOUT TRYING TO: STUDY, PONDER AND ‘CHANGE-THE-STATE-OF-YOUR-CONSCIOUSNESS’ ?!
WHAT A LOAD OF HOOEY!”
…OKAY, IF HE’S FINISHED, WE’LL GET ON WITH THE NEWS.
STANDING AT A CROSSROADS, DRESSED IN THE GARB OF A SEER, WAS AN OLD MAN WHO HAD A YOUNG BOY WITH HIM WHO WOULD TELL PASSERS-BY THAT THE OLD MAN COULD, (FOR 14 KERPLES, [APPROXIMATELY ONE CENT]), ANSWER ANY QUESTION, AND WHENEVER SOMEONE WOULD STOP, PAY THE LAD, AND ASK THE OLD MAN A QUESTION, THE OSTENSIBLE SEER, IN REPLY, WOULD RAISE HIS RIGHT HAND, TOUCH THE T[P OF HIS INDEX FINGER TO THE TIP OF HIS THUMB,
MAKING A CIRCLE WITH THE TWO, THEN HOLD IT IN THE FACE OF THE QUESTIONER, AND AS THE CUSTOMER PEERED THRU THE OPEN SPACE THE SEER HAD MADE,
THEY WOULD OFTEN SAY SUCH THINGS AS: “I DON’T GET IT.”,
“I DON’T UNDERSTAND.”, AT WHICH TIME THE OLD MAN WOULD INSTANTLY
STICK THE INDEX FINGER OF HIS OTHER HAND THRU THE CIRCLE HE’D MADE, JAMMING IT :[NTO THE AWAITING EYE OF THE QUESTIONER, AND THE BOY WOULD SAY: “HE NOW DEMONSTRATES FOR YOU THE NECESSITY OF REMOVING ONE’S “I” FROM ANY SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH.”
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IN THE LITERARY WORLD, AN “IMAGE” IS MEANT TO REPRESENT ONLY WHAT IT IS,
AND A “METAPHOR” MEANS SOMETHING OTHER THAN IT IS,
WHILE A “SYMBOL” MEANS BOTH WHAT IT REPRESENTS AND SOMETHING ELSE,
SO TELL ME THIS: HOW DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT THOSE WHO KNEW WHAT THEY WERE
TALKING ABOUT INTENDED YOU TO TAKE WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT,
“BEING AWAKE AND BEING ASLEEP”?!
…DID THEY MEAN IT AS AN IMAGE, A METAPHOR, OR A SYMBOL?
CONSCIOUSNESS IS, FOR ALL MEN, BE THEY POETS OR NAY: “THE ROAD MORE TRAVELED BY,”
AND AFTER MANY SEASONS OF OFTEN, ENTERTAINING, INTERNAL DISTRACTIONS,
AND AMUSEMENTS, ONE MAN FINALLY CONCLUDED: “CONSCIOUSNESS IS A FUN PLACE IN WHICH TO PLAY, BUT CERTAINLY NOT A PLACE INWHICH TO AWAKEN,”
LET NOT YOUR REALIZATION THEREOF, TOO LATE BE,
XXX
ABOUT THE ONLY DISTINCTION WORTH PUTTING INTO WORDS BETWEEN THE ORDINARY AND THOSE REALIZED IS THAT THE REALIZED MAY SAY, THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE: “OH, I WAS, ‘DRIFTING’.”,
WHILE THE ORDINARY LIVE THEIR LIFE, “DRIFTING”.
CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT YOUR FOE:
CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOT YOUR FRIEND:
CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOTHING MORE THAN A PROBLEM SOLVING MACHINE,
BUT THE “PROBLEM” CONFRONTING MYSTICS IS ONE THAT IS
TOTALLY BEYOND ITS ABILITY TO SOLVE.
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BUDDHA’S BEING, “BLOWN AWAY”: LAO’S “LEAVING HIS PROVENCE”:
MOSES’ “TREK TO THE PROMISED LAND”: JESUS’ “GOING HOME TO THE FATHER”,
AND MOHAMMAD’S “ASCENSION” ALL REPRESENT THE SAME THING:
A MAN’S CONSCIOUS ABANDONMENT OF CONSCIOUSNESS AS HIS INNER HOME,
AND SEAT OF PERSONAL AWARENESS,
AND THAT MAN FROM EARLIER THIS EVENING, AGAIN INTERRUPTS TO SAY: “IT STILL STRIKES ME THAT OTHER THAN FOR SOME PERIODIC PHYSICAL PAINS THERE IS NOTHING IN US ABOUT WHICH TO THINK OR BE CONSCIOUSNESS OF, AND THAT ALL THIS STUFF ABOUT STUDYING AND WORKING TO CHANGE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS, (WHATEVER THAT IS),
IS JUST A LOAD OF HOOEY!”
…OKAY, IF HE’S GOT IT OUT OF HIS SYSTEM FINALLY, LET’S MOVE ON WITH THE NEWS,
ONE MAN’S PRESENT VIEW IS: “CONSCIOUSNESS IS OKAY….I GUESS, ‘CEPT IT TAKES UP TOO MUCH SPACE….
…,’CEPT IT TAKES UP TOO MUCH OF MY TIME….
,,.,’CEPT IT TALKS TOO MUCH
….’CEPT IT KEEPS POINTIN’ OUT STUFF I’M NOT INTERESTED IN.”
CONSIDER THIS: UNDER ORDINARY CONDITIONS,
CONSCIOUSNESS FILLS YOUR HEAD ENTIRELY:
LEARN TO LOOK AWAY FROM CONSCIOUSNESS:
FIND HOW TO SHIFT YOUR SENSATION OF YOUR “SELF” FROM CONSCIOUSNESS,
AND WHEN YOU CAN DO SO, YOU CAN THEN SAY:
“I HAVE — LOST CONSCIOUSNESS, AND — GAINED THE WHOLE WORLD.”,
…FOR THEN THE WHOLE OF CREATION CAN TAKE UP THE SPACE IN YOUR HEAD WHERE
CONSCIOUSNESS HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN,
XXX
AND NOW SOME QUICK:”ACOUSTICAL NEWS”: CONSCIOUSNESS IS NOISE:
OUR NON-CONSCIOUS, ESSENTIAL SELF — SWEET, SILENT MUSIC,
AND SOME BRIEF: MEDICAL NEWS: ALL NON-PHYSICAL ILLS KNOWN TO MAN
ARE CAUSED BY: HAVING CONSCIOUSNESS.
…AND ONE MAN’S PRIVATE SLOGAN IS:”HAVING A HEAD FULL OF CONSCIOUSNESS
MEANS YOU’RE — HEADED FOR TROUBLE.”
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AND HERE’S THAT GUY AGAIN WITH HIS SAME OBJECTION:
“IT STILL STRIKES ME THAT OTHER THAN FOR PHYSICAL PAIN YOU MIGHT FEEL,
THERE IS NOTHING IN A MAN TO THINK ABOUT, BE CONSCIOUSNESS OF,
OR TO WORRY ABOUT,
AND ALL THIS STUFF YOU PEOPLE ARE TANGLED UP IN REGARDING THE,
INVESTIGATION-OF AND THE WORKING-TO-CHANGE YOUR STATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS
IS JUST A HALLUCINATION:
THERE IS SIMPLY NOTHING IN US BUT OUR BLOOD AND GUTS —
— NOTHING CERTAINLY THAT CAN OR SHOULD BE ALTERED.”,
AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO PONDER FOR YOURSELF:
OTHER THAN FOR SOME PASSING, [INTERNAL PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT,
WHAT IS THE RATIONAL BASIS FOR PEOPLE LIKE US TO BELIEVE THAT
WE ARE INVOLVED IN SOME EFFORT THAT IS REAL AND SUBSTANTIVE;
AN EFFORT TO STUDY AND WORK ON A SOMETHING THAT IS OBSERVABLY.
WITHOUT SUBSTANCE?!
…SO LET’S END TONIGHT’S NEWS WITH MY SIMPLE REMINDER AGAIN: IF YOU’RE HUMAN — YOU’RE CONSCIOUS,
AND IF YOU’RE CONSCIOUS — YOUR’RE ASLEEP,
FACE IT,
LET GO OF IT,
GET OVER IT, AND LOOK SOME PLACE ELSE:
….LOOK TO YOU,
THAT NON-VERBAL, NON-THINKING, PHYSICALLY INDIVIDUALISTIC — YOU.
SO THEN — EVEN IF YOU ARE HUMAN, AND
EVEN IF YOU DO HAVE CONSCIOUSNESS,
YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS THEN NO LONGER CONSUMES “YOU”., AND YOU ARE NOT — ASLEEP.