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January 1, 2011


A new year.

What a sandwich. Total Lunar eclipse on the Solstice, perfectly over the UK at maximum. Partial Solar eclipse on the other. Such are the signs we all must learn to read in these coming times… epic times they promise to be.

Why such a grim view? This about sums it up for me…

The next generation will rise through the ashes of a pretty hard take down of the current system.

Of everything. Every aspect of the system. A fractal collapse. It’s baked in….

Justice has been corrupted, Law has been corrupted, Politics is deeply corrupted, always has been, but if the other two pillars were solid, they were in check; inter-relationships have been corrupted, sex has been deeply corrupted, “work” has deeply corrupted, everyone who works is corrupted, children have been corrupted, the aged have been corrupted, Education has been corrupted, the plan-et has been corrupted,Innocence is, in this paradigm anyway, terminally corrupted…

What will enable this womb, corrupted to the core, and I’m using the word corrupted in the widest sense…. to produce magic? The next generation?

Only if we rediscover alchemy, in which case, current paradigm meets it’s maker anyways.

So, in my view, we’ve short-circuited ourselves.

How much time? Now that is the six and a half billion dollear question.

So rather than celebrate, I suggest introspect.

Why are we here?

Is it all as it can be?

Can/do/should we even care?

Is it what it is?

Is it maya?

Is it matter?

Does it matter?

Who is the mater?

Who am I?

Who am i?

Am I my own master?

What, in fact is mastery?

What is winning?




Is a defeat always a loss?

Am I all I can be?

What is being?

Am I a being?

Or a become?

Or a becoming?

It’s a rabbit hole, but so worthy of a dive. If you going to use that mind, then use it till it exhausts itself of all logic. In-lightenment can only happen from the ashes of logic.

The ? drops away…

Zen, mind to no mind.

You can leap between words, under them. It’s very liberating, I’ll tell you that.

It’s a process too.

It is discipline.

If I can leave you with some pearls of timeless wisdom, from Dune…on that word. It should be in your system…

Most discipline is hidden discipline, designed not to liberate but to limit. Do not ask Why? Be cautious with How? Why? leads inexorably to paradox.How? traps you in a universe of cause and effect. Both deny the infinite.

  • The Apocrypha of Arrakis

And this…. try living this one, under-standing it. Without the boundary of discipline, we are nothing. Blobs running up against artificial boundaries of culture. Think about it, can a child grow outside a womb?

The boundary of the womb gives it the pressure chamber necessary to form.

The boundary of culture gives it the pressure to con-form.

Self-discipline gives it the pressure to re-form.


Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

  • The Coda

Mastery......cut the body, cut the mind, cut the se lf

The person who takes the banal and ordinary and illuminates it in a new way can terrify. We do not want our ideas changed. We feel threatened by such demands. “I already know the important things!” we say. Then Changer comes and throws our old ideas away.

  • The Zensufi Master



    Say hello to the Changer

    You should never be in the company of anyone with whom you would not want to die.

    • Duncan Idaho recites an ancient Fremen saying


    8 Comments leave one →
    1. January 2, 2011 5:37 am

      Sorry to pick nits, but isn’t it Zensunni?

      • January 2, 2011 5:53 am

        Herbert’s genius svs, both are in there. Zensunni and Zensufi.

        This one is Zensufi.

        • January 3, 2011 2:21 am

          ah, I only just finished Dune Messiah. Nowhere as nice as Dune. I suppose you would recommend Children of Dune though?

          • January 3, 2011 3:15 am

            They get better again svs. Much much deeper and better actually. Children of Dune is one of the best.
            Chapterhouse is another amazing one. Just go for it! Them! i finally got them on multiple rereads.

    2. January 4, 2011 4:23 pm

      As a youth I loved the Dune series. Still do.
      ‘Be prepared to appreciate what you meet’ – Fremen proverb

      • January 4, 2011 4:33 pm

        The densest books of instructive, gripping fiction I’ve read, without a doubt. Every page had a gem, whether of style, statement, gesture, learning, erudition, perfection, spirituality, warfare, relationships, mastery, fear…. on and on. Superb.
        Thanks for the quote.

        • January 5, 2011 7:11 am

          I agree. I couldn’t read any science fiction book for years after reading that series; nothing came close. You have inspired me to reread as I am positive I missed 99% of the genius due to my youth and inexperience.

          • January 5, 2011 9:55 am

            Glad to have provided the inspiration Benedict. I “got” much of it on the second read when the storyline (in itself a gripper) was a known entity.
            If you have any aha’s, please do share. Even now, I pick them up on occasion, just re-read Chapterhouse a few months back.

            ZenSufi, seems like such a religion for our times, eh?

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