Power: What a Spiritual Person Needs To Know
I have never been impressed by stories of monks achieving enlightenment after 20 years of solitude.
For one thing, it’s too much life to spend. I can see nothing worth so much austerity.
That’s my personal preference. The more fundamental issue is this: Nature has no interest in granting the promises people make to each other.
Expect that the harder something is to get, the harder it will be to keep.
If there is an arrival at genuine truth and permanence, it is to be had Now.
(By the way if this doesn’t make sense, I don’t recommend trying to have it make sense).
I wrote an essay yesterday suggesting a person could benefit from playing “power games.” This might seem to contradict today’s message, since it implies a metacognitive, future-oriented self-monitoring.
Or, in English: “being in your head too much,” never staying “present” and connecting with people.
You don’t have to live in a monastery on an island to find truth. It’s not a spiritual notion sequestered in Sanskrit or Hebrew; Truth is available in every moment.
Here’s a truth: most people have a profound desire to improve their reputation and influence.
Superficial desires can often be removed by introspection; deep desires usually need to be tasted.
In Jungian terminology, this is what’s called a “shadow exploration.”
As I said yesterday, you become free of the game by winning it.
And you can’t win the game on an island.
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