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Seeing What Cannot Be Spoken
The Arts of Survival Inside the Continuing Collapse

By Jim Kirwan
Even at this late date, in the midst of our destruction there are still voices that can be heard; the quiet defiant voices that will not be intimidated by what is about to be. Each of us has heard these voices but very few have yet to heed what they continue to tell us about what we must eventually do to end this problem that belongs to each and every one of us.
So many want to find some release from the impending fall that continues to haunt our waking moments in these ever-shortening days so filled with nightmares, that this reminded me of a very simple story written by Richard Bach in 1977, called "ILLUSIONS The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah."
In the book there is a book within the novel called 'Reminders for the Advanced Soul' that deals with the day-to-day problems that most of us have to face at one time or another in the lives we try to live, often reluctantly. The book refers to individual readers, but the concepts apply to us collectively as well. The concept within the book deals with the difficulty of 'Letting Go of the Rocks' that we too often continue-to-cling to as our only possible salvation: When the truth is that only if we chose to release ourselves from these falsely labeled securities can we ever hope to find what we are really seeking. (1)
"'Once there lived a village of creatures, along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all ­ young, old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current (is) what each had learned from birth." Letting Go" of the rocks that we each choose to cling to is what both stories are about: It is also at the core of why we remain paralyzed by the current situation that now threatens life everywhere on this planet.
Here are some excerpts from this not-so-gentle collection of thoughts contained in Richard Bach's book within the book (written well before PC became dominant):
"Remember where you came from,
where you're going, and why you created
the mess you got yourself into in the first place.
You're going to die a horrible death, remember.
It's all good training, and you'll enjoy it more
if you keep the facts in mind.
Take your dying with some seriousness, however.
Laughing on the way to your execution
Is not generally understood by less-advanced life forms,
and they'll call you crazy.
Learning is finding out what you already know.
Doing is demonstrating that you know it.
Teaching is reminding others
That they know just as well as you.
You are all learners, doers, teachers.
Your only obligation in any lifetime is
To be true to yourself.
Being true to anyone else or anything else
Is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah.
The simplest questions are the most profound?
Where were you born, Where is your home? Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in awhile and watch your answers change.
Your friends will know you better
In the first minute you meet, than your acquaintances
will know you in a thousand years.
You are led through your lifetime
By the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being
That is your real self.
Don't turn away from possible futures
Before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them.
You're always free
to change your mind and choose a different future,
or a different past.
There is no such thing as a problem
Without a gift for you in its hands.
You seek problems because you need their gifts.
The bond that links your true family
Is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
Rarely do members of the same family grow up
Under the same roof.
Argue for your limitations
And sure enough, they're yours.
the universe beautiful
and just and perfect.
Then be sure of one thing:
The Is has imagined it
Quite a bit better than you have.
A cloud does not know
Why it moves in just such a direction
And at such speed.
It feels an impulsion. . . this is the place to go now.
But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind
all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.
You are never given a wish
without also being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it however.
The world is your exercise book, the pages
On which you do your sums.
It is not reality, although you can express reality there if you wish.
You are also free to write nonsense, or lies, or to tear the pages.
The original Sin is to limit the Is.
If you will practice being fictional for awhile, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats.
Your conscience is the measure of the honest of your selfishness.
Listen to it carefully.
Every person and all the events of your life, are there
Because you have drawn them there.
What you choose to do with them is up to you.
The truth you speak has no past
And no future.
It is,
and that's all it needs to be.
Here is a test to find
whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
Don't be dismayed at good-byes.
A farewell is necessary
Before you can meet again.
And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
The master calls a butterfly."
This 'book-within-the book' ends with this:
"Everything in this book may be wrong"
We must individually learn to 'Let go of the rocks' that have kept us enslaved in this prison without visible walls,
if there is ever to be a better tomorrow for any of us.
1) Let Go of the Rock http://kirwanesque.com/politics/articles/2007/art27.htm

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