Jan Cox Talk 3211

Here’s the Routine–Make It Up, Criticize It, & Try to Escape From It


The following recordings are from Jan’s final years, when his voice was diminished and he spoke in a low whisper. Some listeners may find these tapes hard to listen to, or difficult to understand. Thus, as another option, transcripts are being made and will be posted.

Otherwise, turn up the volume and enjoy! Those who carefully listened to Jan during this period consider that he spoke plainly and directly to the matter at hand, “pulling out all the stops,” as he understood that these were to be his last messages to his groups, and to posterity.

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Notes by TK

Not only did consciousness make up a wholly separate, invisible, reality…then forget that it did so, it criticizes, feels unhappy with, and seeks to escape same! Even while inventing ever more fictitious new features for it. Here, then, is the crux, structure and dynamic behind all seeking of enlightenment. (39:05) #3211

Jan’s Daily Fresh Real News (to accompany this talk)

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Escape Tips For Those Who Can See In At Least Three Directions At Once
OCTOBER 11, 2004 © 2004: JAN COX

Music News.
The primary requirement of writing a popular song is to restrict the melody
to just several notes. (This is also the proper approach to ordinary thinking.)
Literary News.
How to tell that a man who has been struggling to awaken has developed Alzheimer’s: he writes a book about a man developing Alzheimer’s.
Some Factual News.
When a person has done nothing extraordinary to their self
they will resort to telling about the routine crap that has happened to them
(commonly disguised as fiction when they’re afraid others might find the events
funny instead of tragic).
And the kid asked the ole man:
“Which is more important: words or thoughts?”
“Which comes first?”
“Thoughts obviously precede words.”
“But without words would you think that is the correct answer?”
And now: Some Facts Concerning The Correlation Of Autobiographies & Fiction:

aw – forget it.

“But,” objects a reader, “if you’re not doing anything unconventionally interesting
in your consciousness, all you have to talk about is the stuff that has happened to you.”

When your ears clear up, you can actually hear people not thinking as they speak.

Another episode of one of our more popular features:
You Finish The Joke By Filling In The Blanks.
One man says: “I lost_____ (blank) pounds of unsightly fat by_____ (blanking).”

A father said to a son:
“Ponder: What well known public figure achieved their position except by
dumping on someone else: politicians on opponents, priests on satan,
and social critics on everybody;
the only exceptions being those who do useful work with their hands
rather than mouths: famous farmers, fishermen, furniture makers.
The right scrutiny of this matter can open your eyes in a profitable new direction.”

The fish you catch will always be the healthiest if you take only those who leap up
out of the water to grab your bait without it having to be lowered to them.
Fact: for the few this has not to do with angling – but the wrangling to understand.

“If you’re a celebrity and you live long enough –
you become a satire of your public persona.”
“Is this true only for the famous.”
“So it’s possible I could eventually have something in common with my heroes?!”
“Live long enough and what’s not possible!?”

The words of an ordinary man’s consciousness can explain almost anything
the man may do to the reasonable satisfaction of those listening attentively thereto,
(which is always primarily the man himself).

“Your ordinary congenital mind is just one function of consciousness.”
“Its best function?”
“A function.”
“A useful function?”
“A function.”
“An acceptable function?”
“Keep this up and you’ll make me think you’re not as routine as you appear.”

Bunions & Blisters.
If you don’t dance with your thoughts — they can’t step on your feet.
Buildings & Construction.
The foreman yelled up to the crane operator: “A little higher!”

“Waking-up is a big deal only to those not awake.”
“But it is a big deal, right?”
“None bigger to those who want to wake-up.”

Having only one mouth: one man kept only one plate, cup, spoon and knife,
and said to his consciousness: “Take a lesson.”

He who can have fun in his own head at least doesn’t have far to go to have fun.

The conscious part of one man’s brain mused:
“A nice feature of being awake is that it frees you from suffering any good-old-days.”

Motto of one world, struggling to expand it’s domain:
“If determination isn’t everything — it’ll do ‘til everything gets here.”
Note: When you have a plan to plot your efforts –
and you got the plan from a source outside of you –
any emotion produced thereby will prove to be unsustainable.
Variation Of A Previous Story.
If you’re a public ideology and you survive long enough –
you become a sad (but safe) parody of your original self.

One man found that if he stood in a particular spot he would feel unusually perceptive, but as soon as he would forget about it – he’d instantly leave the place.
(“Forgive me asking: but couldn’t that have been phrased in a way
that I would have found more pleasing? I think so.”)
And the ole man nudged the kid:
“Here is another everyday verbal by-play which if pursued ‘til it dropped,
would show you something fresh from within something that is not normally noticed: the fact that the conscious part of your brain will favor one describing of a fact
over another telling of it which has the same validity;
ask yourself: If you are wanting to go to Arcadia, what difference does it make
if someone points the way there with their right or left hand?!”

“Careful,” said the cameraman, “don’t move, now that you’ve got yourself in focus.”
The snapshots the conscious part of the brain has of itself are (for the certain man)
far beyond merely unflattering;
they reveal a latent surgeon doing a butcher’s work;
a potential Mozart producing only echoes;
a genius clubbing himself into normalcy — into torpidity.

When a realization of this situation is well fixed in your neural darkroom —
it lights up everything, and all of life finally comes into stable focus.