balance

we cannot
achieve balance
by only focusing
on the positive

If we reject
the negative
or pretend it doesn't exist
then we only make ourselves
spiritually lopsided

balance means
embracing all of our reality
~ equally

good/bad
wrong/right
beautiful/ugly
desired/undesired

unless we do that
we will not achieve balance

we cannot reject
half of our reality

we cannot reject
half of ourselves

balance means
embracing all of reality
~ equally


IO

“But Kai, you're so young. You have your whole life in front of you...”

"No Lizi. None of us have our lives in front of us. We only have the lives that are behind us. That, is what defines us.”

desire

desire is the root of all evil

money is not the root of all evil

there is plenty of evil behavior that has nothing to do with money ~ abuse, torture and rape

all desire is not evil
but desire is the root of all evil

if i traffic in desire
and fill my heart
with shoulds
i will be sad and angry until the day i die


Is this why we exist?

The earth is a living organism.
It doesn't make mistakes.

Has the earth deliberately evolved us into a species that can increase carbon dioxide levels in her atmosphere?

Is the earth using us to help melt its polar ice caps, flood its surface, and enter the next phase of its life?


spiritual awareness

spiritual awareness
does not mean ~
i become aware
of how other people
should
be living their lives

spiritual awareness
means ~
i become aware
that there are
no shoulds

the power

victims


acceptance

~ acceptance ~
is the middle path

but
~ acceptance ~
is difficult

which is why
so few humans
attempt to do it

it’s so much easier
to judge and avoid
we are humans
we like easy

but are we
~ supposed ~ to be
pursuing spiritual growth?

~ supposed to ~
is a judgement

what if
we are already doing
exactly
what we are ~ supposed to ~ do?

What if
it's normal
to pursue spiritual growth?
and
it's normal
to not peruse spiritual growth?

can i accept that?
can you accept that?

isn't that true acceptance?

eleven truths

1 i am more like the other animals
~ than i am different from them
2 i am more like other human beings
~ than i am different from them
3 we all have the same instincts
4 we all have the same needs
5 we all have different desires
6 all desire is not evil
~ but desire is the root of all evil
7 i am the architect of my own misery
8 there is no universal right and wrong
9 there is no universal good and bad
10 all things are normal
11 the earth is a living organism
~ it doesn't make mistakes


beliefs

there are roughly 4,200 different religions in the world

we all have our own piece
of the puzzle

none of us
has the whole picture

perhaps
if we could put
all of our individual pieces
together
we might get a better idea
of what the bigger picture actually is

balance


opposites

love and hate
joy and sadness
these are not opposites

all things coexist
side by side

all things exist
on their own spectrum
joy -------------------------------- indifference to joy
sadness ------------------------ indifference to sadness

i feel all things
at the same time
at different levels

where i am
on the spectrum
changes constantly
love for my partner ------ | --------------- indifference
anger at my partner --------------- | ------ indifference

only my position
on the spectrum changes


IO

“The other part is even worse.”

Lizi narrows her eyes, “What?”

“Well... They elected people into public office, who were abused as kids.”

“Nǎo cán!”

“Exactly. Diseased brain, is right. It would never happen today.”

“You mean after they received counsel? Right?”

“No, Lizi. People with unresolved anger and fear.”

“Nǎo cán!”

“I know. It’s unthinkable. Some history tellers think that’s what collapsed the Empire.”

“Child abuse? Child abuse collapsed the Empire?”

“Not child abuse. Abused children. Angry frightened children who became adults, but never dealt with their unresolved anger or fear.”

“Yeah, yeah. You just project it onto other people. Transference. We all know how that works.”

“Others say it collapsed because they protected their denial, instead of their national security.”

“And no one stopped this?”

expansion and contraction

life itself
cannot exist
without the balance
of positive and negative energy

we cling
to our positive beliefs
the way neutrons
cling to protons

but neutrons
do not praise protons
for their positive charge
and shame electrons
for their negativity

neutrons
would have no existence
without the other two
in balance

every building block
in our universe
at every level
teaches us
the importance
of the balance
of positive and negative

from atoms
to solar systems
our entire
reality
is based on the balance
of positive and negative
energy

this is a great truth

this
is the true middle way

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