I once knew a person who jumped off a sort-of makeshift bridge to demonstrate his expertise to a skeptical audience of one. That was just as well. It blew up soon thereafter. I admired his wisdom, his vision. Better to be a jumper with implicit faith in flight than a smithereen.
When you become the fall guy, which you inevitably will, where you land is sometimes a surprise. Sometimes. It all depends on which way is up. If you know your ups from your downs and your insides from your outsides, the prospect of landing intact is all that you need to worry about. Asides from that – I would say too much worrying about the whats and ifs is pointless. Worry cannot stop an actuality from happening. Pre-emptive care can do that.
If, perchance, we should interpret ‘fall guy’ as the guy responsible for autumn – or more specifically, for autumnal thinking – then we must suggest that it is the right time for him to get busy living. He needs to pit his reason against the season. When autumnal thinking is allowed to get out of hand, which it currently is, the system can do little but sit on its sidelines and watch itself sink into a perpetual winter. That would be fine if the system would sink alone. It won’t, though. It will try every thing it knows to take all of its advocates with it.
There are conditions for flight. That is the first thing to understand. Before you fly, you need to know where you are going. Up – or down – is not enough information. Should you imagine for one moment that flight is not what you are made for then please correct that bit of misinformation for yourself. You are made to fly. How you manage that feat is up to you. Train your mind. Train your body. Free your heart. Open your consciousness out, lay your thinking bare and find what parts of it are worth keeping and which parts are worth losing. To fly – you must travel light. If you have too much baggage on your mind, you cannot find lift. That is how it is.
Fear plays a big role. Imagine letting go, letting yourself free to think and be and trust and love and live and learn and understand. That is all in your power. When you want to understand the power that you can unleash as a human being you must immerse yourself in your emotions. You will be astounded by their strength. Look at what you feel most strongly about in your life. There will be something. If what you feel strongly about is negative then you are doing yourself a disservice. You are taking your psyche down without supervising its transition and that is not responsible. Be responsible with your thinking, your thoughts. You cannot allow negatives to dwell in you. You decide what – and who – affects your life. Know that you are not on this planet to avoid your feelings. You are human. Your privilege is to feel – do not disrespect Nature by ignoring your own say-so. You must face your feelings if you are going to fly. It is up to you when you are ready for that adventure, it is up to you when you take flight. It is something you will know inside of you. You will know when it is time to let go of the branch to which you cling. There is no point holding on too tightly to the first branch you find yourself on. There is another branch with a better view. You have to trust your ability. For some people, the likes of meditation is flight. The stilling of the mind means the spirit can be free to feel how it feels to be. When you can invite yourself into a state of being that allows you to feel what it is to be human, then you can understand yourself, your purpose. You have to focus on freeing your thoughts. You should not cling on tightly to them, either. There is a way of having thoughts and letting them slide by without fixating on any single one of them. Observe what you think and consider the quality of your thoughts. Your thoughts are energy. When your mind thinks freely, creatively, it flies. You just have to hope that it is a homing pigeon. The adventure to be had out there in the wilds of the mind is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it likely that your mind will wish to return to the mundane reality of daily existence in this dog-eat-dog world. The wilds of the mind are unlike anything you will learn on earth.
Flight must be kept in context. Should you wish your mind and soul to fly, do not think of flight as in fleeing – you look at flight as in freedom. Freedom of spirit. Flight as in fleeing is something for animals that are going to be eaten. As humans, we should not feel the need to flee from one another. It is wrong that there are aggressors in this world. Who does each one think he is? That there are people loose in our world who will extort and kill or maim other people or animals is hard to understand. These people should be put in cages or put down. You have to wonder what you are if you will deliberately hurt another person, another creature. And we all know what deliberate means. Who does a man think he is when he murders someone? You cannot just decide another’s life belongs to you. If you decide that, you must know you are trading with your soul. Know that your soul will be haunted forever by the spirits of those/that made dead by your hand. You cannot escape the fact that you will atone – big time – for taking a life. That is why it is not easy to be trained as a soldier. To know that you might have to shoot someone to save yourself, your country, is not a knowing that will sit easy with any sane man.