The dinosaurs did not fall in Love. Neither did the dodo or the coelacanth. Love is something that has become, with us. It has evolved alongside humankind. Physical attraction, chemistry – in all species – has always led to sex, the propagation of life. This natural process is responsible, too, for the development of our ancestors, ourselves. It has ensured our gradual improvement. When Love turned up initially, things were different. Love was for everyone, and there was enough. It was not something one had that another need ever covet. When Love became associated with ownership – i.e. possessed – and certain people were deemed unworthy of its touch – i.e. the untouchables – the real meaning behind Love’s message was lost. Using hindsight, it would appear that it simply went elsewhere to validate its claim that it was not for sale, that its purpose was pre-ordained and its essence incorruptible. In what became known as a time-warp, instead of buying into its demise, it left its shadow to fend off Love’s nemesis and went to fetch the testimony of its true representatives.
That Love has some extremes should come as no surprise. It has spent centuries being stretched in virtually every direction. It is even frequented, these days, by the likes of paedophiles, psychopaths and otherwise marginalised madmen. Each has their story and each of those stories has cause. When humans routinely call torture or protracted brutality ‘acts of Love’, though, it becomes time to review humans differently. It is not time to redefine Love. Love is not responsible for the indescribable cruelty some try to justify by using the line: it’s only because I love you. Humans are responsible for hiding violence behind that kind of lie. If Love is the motivation behind an action then cruelty will not be a tactic used by anyone for any reason. Ever.
Where Love discovers that it has been misunderstood or misrepresented it will take time to explain. Like for every single contrived crime scene it will have an alibi. That goes without saying. The length of its explanation will depend on the degree of your misunderstanding and/or the level of misrepresentation. Every alibi will be able to explain itself. What Love will not do, however, is waste anyone’s time by rehabilitating idiots. Idiots are best left to their own devices and Love is best when it lets idiots go.
Critics are important. When they are required. When they are not required they are nothing short of a pain in the arse. Critics are the reason there are censors, and censors – where necessary – can be valuable. For instance: censors are needed when it comes to the matters of children. Adolescents should be guided, too, by sensible censors and adults in their own capacity should be quite capable of choosing what they would like to expose themselves to. When critics are selected – and I am not talking about the idiot critics who elect themselves experts on subjects they know nothing about – there are vital criteria that must be met. One of those is the selector’s ability to recognise in a critic his/her inherent intent when criticising.
Fortunately constructive criticism exists. It is still possible to find those who delight in the success of others in this dog-eat-dog world. It would seem that the predominant desire in this world – perhaps because there are billions of ‘have-nots’ on this planet – is to see your neighbour fail once he/she has achieved a degree of success deemed by you to be ‘above their station in life’. Resentments abound. Those that ‘have’ at first become their own clan, thinking that by pulling together they will somehow preserve their imagined pre-eminence and protect their investments. In the manic dash to close ranks in their capitalist panic they do not realise that the welfare of their fellow humans is their investment.
Once upon a time I said that there were some things I needed, and some that I didn’t. It would seem that some idiot decided that they knew better than me what I required and in an act of perhaps misdirected goodwill delivered me to the kangaroo court, the Spanish Inquisition’s firing squad and the Doors of Hell. It was not expected that I would benefit from the experiences, but I ensured that I did. I discovered on my lengthy journey that kangaroos were in fact dogs dressed in sheep’s clothing, that Spanish is a beautiful language to listen to and I learned that my private Hell was nothing to fear. Quite the contrary. It is the scars that are housed in my private Hell that held the keys to the foreseeable future. We all have a private Hell. A personal place we send ourselves at various stages to make amends. The point in being sent there is to fix things, to heal our ravaged souls. There is no point in going there with the intention of inflicting further damage upon yourself for the same old sins committed. You are there to face and accept old fears, to process your allocated pain. You are there to understand your sadness and to let it go. You are not there to assassinate your own character – so do not become your own worst critic.
If you need to scale down what is happening on this planet at this exact time – in order to get it into better perspective – then I would suggest you watch a clip of the moon landing in 1969. It would not hurt either to take a look at the footage of Apollo 13’s return. These things – amongst others – tell the story of what is possible when you believe in what seems to be impossible or you dare to dream that impossible dream. Either way, when it comes down to what counts in your life you will find out that what is seen as impossible, is not.
Another way to measure the actuality of happenings is to fill your scales of justice with everything you have. All your positives to the right and all your negatives to the left. You need not sort through them. No matter where you think they belong – on whichever side – neither will end up in the wrong place. They know where to go when balance is called for. When your scales are hanging heavier on one side – on, say, the left – at the nanosecond during which your exact balance is captured, you will not be required to explain any discrepancy that is evident. Your measure tells your truth and the nature of the future you inherit will depend on that evidence.
Fish have scales. As do dragons. It is best to remove the scales from either creature before eating it.
Moderate worry – if only because worrying makes little difference to any outcome. Be aware that a preoccupation with trying to control a situation by anticipating its worst is counter-productive to its actual outcome. You worry that tomorrow will come with some vengeance, for instance. And tomorrow probably will, but how does your fretting – your restless toing and indecisive froing – affect its manifestation? It simply doesn’t. The first thing to realise when you are allocating to yourself any kind of panic is that you are wasting your energy and adversely impacting your thinking facility. You are powerless – using worry – to effect any life changes of a positive kind.
It makes sense to worry a little. It maintains your presence of mind and it keeps reality real. It is only in an ideal world that there are no worries to worry about and it would be fair to say that the people inhabiting this planet certainly do not embody an ideal world. Worry implies care. It demonstrates a selflessness – unless your concerns are purely self-serving. We cannot but worry about our children and about the state of the planet, the nature of our changing environment. The plight of humankind. The key is not to become consumed by concerns that do not concern you. Worry about what you can influence. Let those that can influence what you cannot do what they can do and in the interim spend some time and energy building a future about which no-one has to worry.
If you do not monitor the door open to your worries you will find yourself inundated daily with a succession of sudden crises that you cannot handle. You need to manage your happenings in such a way that you become adept at discerning when to let a worry into your consciousness and when to deflect it. Worries are known to grow uncontrollably when they are over-indulged and it is therefore vital to address them with the correct amount of relevant attention. If you will waste your days dwelling on what is not important you must realise that what is of importance has a way of deciding the future outcome for itself.
I look at divine in the context of ‘like a god’. Not ‘as a god’. I believe that when you divine a need – your need, for example – you are not guessing what is necessary, you are intuiting a solution. When you are divining your outcome – your future, for example – you are guessing. That is not necessary. Your future is not in your hands. Technically, your future you do not need. You may want it, but you do not need it. Your immediate needs are more pressing. I would attend them.
Divine is in aspect, magical. When you consider that the word ‘god’ is what we have chosen to assume is associated with ‘divinity’ you will perhaps understand that the word is in dire need of redefining. As is the word ‘lawlessness’. I have said that before today. Scientists snigger up their sleeves at magic. They have to – if they accepted its actuality it would probably disassociate their focus. That is as well. We all have our ways. Our means to the end. The scientists find the explanations. That is lucky for us.
Divination is a tricky business. You should not get into it unless you are prepared to learn from it your real truth. Like you should not open your mouth unless you know what you are talking about. That is a simple lesson to learn. Like the lesson that dreams are personal. Divination is never inference. Ever. It is wisdom. It is a medium through which myriad spirits speak. If you cannot – or will not – hear the delivery of centuries’ wisdom, that is unfortunate.
I suspect your death, then, was a blessing in disguise.
That is why it is vital to know what your purpose on this planet, is. Then you will understand why you have been built the way you have. It is important not to identify too closely with your ‘build’ – it does not necessarily define you. It can, of course, but again that depends on what your particular purpose is. It also has something to do with how you come to realise what that purpose – your destiny – is. When you can come to terms with, and accept, your destiny – you will find that who you are is absolutely perfect for the job you need to do. That is why yes is a word you should use with yourself. Should you be purpose built and deny yourself your destiny by lying when you are identifying yourself then it is fair to say that you will probably end up living the wrong life.
If you are as yet unsure about the nature of your purpose, its role in your life, there are ways to establish how to find out. That does not take three minutes, it takes a great deal of time and selfless devotion. If you cannot be bothered to show yourself your true reason(s) for being you are consigning yourself to the giant void that is a pointless existence. There is nothing worse than living on this planet for a reason you are not able to give yourself.
There are those that are built – like elements are the building blocks of the universe – a certain way for a certain reason. When we discover the value in our diversity we will be more inclined to celebrate who exactly it is that we are. Whilst that truth eludes you, you will see difference in a fearful light and you will be inclined to fight it. The point is that when the starter pistol began the race of time we crossed the line with a view to finishing. Others crossed the line with the intention of winning. Others still, crossed that line and collapsed after travelling three feeble metres. The reason that happened is because from the beginning, they were running on empty – and the initial surge at the start reversed them.