As the path of Odin, Shiva, Socrates, Lucifer, Buddha, and many others will reveal: authority, truth, and wisdom reside in our core, lying within us. Through the emulation and understanding of these most invulnerable and permanent forms, the essence of the Self stirring within every human incarnation, we get a glimpse into a higher, more focused, refined and crystalline sense of reason and awareness. Here is where all answers await, and where all questions of importance in time must be directed, as this is the only conveyer of truth, the eternal Self within all. This is the voice which calls the true seeker; drawing ever closer to its origin; striving to balance the earth and sky.
A perfect Self should be viewed in the context of human biology.
As a “perfect” organ(ism) can exist, serving its purpose with extreme clarity, so can an actualized and/or super individual Self.
Not all of us are meant to be a heart, for instance…
Some of us embody a form whose perfect expression is unique to its duty, as each human’s duty is not identical.
Some people are brains, some are hearts, some are eyes, some are stomachs…
This can be most obviously seen in the ancient caste system, which places this concept into a meta-biological framework, as each caste represents a different part of the human body; each duty not only necessary, but sacred and holy. This was the case within some Indo-European societies all the way into the “Viking Age.”
Like the plethora of circumstances and organs that create a working organism we call a body, we should view ourselves (and humanity as a whole) in the exact same context. We individually make up a greater organism that is called Humanity; where exists many types of organs, tissues, muscles, needs, etc.
Each and every faculty or individual organism has a divine duty specific to their existence, allowing the wheel of human life to move forward in balance and harmony (theoretically).
All things have a meaning and all things have purpose. If this wasn’t so, there would be no cause or reaction; a topic I touch on in this article : Fate, Instinct, and Nature.
Shaping yourself into a potent being should be your main focus, in however that expression manifests within you. Pair this with love and wisdom to achieve the ultimate state of being.
Spend less time thinking of the faults of others and instead set your crosshairs within at your lower impulses and desires; become the spiritual catalyst that the body needs to heal itself and the spirit within.
Narrow your focus on your higher Self. Develop this connection with as much time as you can dedicate to it and you will no doubt find a more solidified presence within yourself; one, that with practice, becomes more and more unshakable.
All men really want is to be irreplaceable.
Mans higher purpose is to become a master of something… a professional at X, a genius on Y, an authority on Z.
When it comes down to it, men want nothing more than to become irreplaceable. They want to know that no one can fill their shoes; that their existence has a meaning tied to their form. They want to know within that they have made a contribution and that their memory/legend will live on beyond the grave; whether or not one has heirs.
Man wants to conquer great obstacles, ascend the highest peaks, and soar into the blackness of space; each one wants his unique piece of the glory.
At a certain point, we must ask ourselves if this is really a bad or negative trait to possess. In reality, yes and no cannot answer this sufficiently, as it seems to be “natural” instinct for driven humans to behave like this.
Do we call the hunting aspects of a mountain lion negative or evil, even when they sometimes kill humans? No, it is natural for them to hunt any prey that is liable and in their territory.
The humans’ need to conquer seems to be akin to this type of instinctual, non conscious behavior; transcending a human “right” or “wrong” duality. Repressing this can be detrimental to one’s own life and the lives of those around him. But, through wisdom, it can be mastered and maneuvered with divine accuracy.
This view ties one in with the physical and metaphysical simultaneously, as one must achieve earthy victories in order to attain the metaphysical “legacy” one wants to build or acquire. In many ways, although this doesn’t seem to offer any sort of climax or end, it reinforces man’s role as the being “in the middle.” We exist within that context, as a wheel in between tracks, moving onward into eternity.
We emerge and dissolve into many forms, although, the deeper parts of our spirit continue to rise ever higher.
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The avoidance of suffering shouldn’t be the end goal, contrary to what many Buddhists would argue.
Times of suffering are opportunities that give us what we need; chances to break cycles, change habits, grow stronger, etc. while also giving us the (unfortunate) opportunity to completely give up, stall out and/or fail. Suffering is the great catalyst for change, the instigator of wisdom. Without suffering, mankind would not grow or change.
To attach yourself to an end goal which jades you or completely removes you from suffering is to imply that growth comes to an end and suffering has a limit. This is a pipe dream mentality, because just as with knowledge, the more you learn, the less you know. This is the case with suffering, as the more you conquer it, the more you see it’s lingering presence in other people and the more you will strive to assist in the destruction of its grasp upon humanity.
The only way we could righteously practice an “avoidance” of suffering is if every single human being took it upon themselves to destroy, or rather, actively overcome their own suffering(s). By rooting out the cause of one’s own suffering, then one can consciously choose whether or not to participate in that which makes them suffer. Only then could the notion possibly be eradicated, as we would slowly and consciously move away from the negative connotations surrounding the concept. Suffering should be viewed as a “friction’ in one’s life, the same friction that births fire from sticks. Friction generates heat and heat creates fire/energy. This is a metaphysical fuel-source to the conscious individual, who can channel this in any direction he/she wishes.
Likewise, it opens the door to find new and more profound approaches to raise one’s sense of well-being. This well being must be found and cultivated internally, not produced by external means. If one wishes to feel a long-term sense of satisfaction in life, then one must spend their energy internally and renounce the addicting pleasures of material dependence. This is the road to achieving greater heights of the spirit.
Short-term pleasure must be sacrificed for the long-term gain; the short term being materialistic tendencies like consuming, hoarding, or anything solely connected to one’s externally gained sense of comfort. Well-being and comfort are to be found within oneself. If you create a sense of comfort and well-being within yourself, then it is untouchable, grasped and stored in the most secure way and form; an internal armor against external chaos.
Like the Nauthiz rune teaches, we are to instead channel this phenomenon into a certain metaphysical fire, a drive to conquer. We are, in a way, meant to seek out hardship for our own benefit; to cultivate, build, and reach the supreme Self within.
Become addicted to challenges if you want to reach the heights of the Immortals.
There has been a lot of debate regarding this topic since the ancient Vedic times, when Soma drinking priests and mystics split into other fully meditative based religions. When I think of this concept, a very basic metaphor comes to mind. Think of your Self (with a capital S), or if you rather, your mind, soul, spirit or whatever it is you think the essence of a person is at their deepest core. Perhaps “energy” or some other metaphysical term fits better for you. Regardless, I will use the term Self to describe this concept.
Think of the Self as a building. This building can be as basic or complex as your minds’ eye desires. It makes no difference in the relevance of the metaphor. Now, imagine you’re in the woods and want to make this building. Of course, you could spend the rest of your life building this structure with no tools, machines, or external assistance (aside from the raw materials involved); just your bare hands and inherent sense of self-discipline. Theoretically, the project could be done, although unlikely in one lifetime. If it could, it would be of unmatched quality, craftsmanship and originality if actually completed.
I imagine drugs (hallucinogens we will focus on when using that term) can be visualized as tools in this regard. Now, this doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you’re a master of every tool or item you find or discover. Some tools, unfortunately for many, can dismember, maim, and kill you if used incorrectly or in an unsafe, uncontrolled manner. This isn’t far from a mirror image regarding the use of these psychedelic “tools” of the mind, being, and Self. I’ve personally seen people left psychologically “maimed” after a deeply traumatic trip that they were not prepared for or guided by someone with knowledge and experience.
If used correctly, however, these “mind tools” can be as a saw, hammer, nails, etc. for the spiritual home builder. These tools help us to achieve the construction of our building or Self more quickly. Some tools can be highly practical and useful, others specialty items, and some things one might even consider to be mental “power tools.” With this in mind, we can decide for ourselves what choice to make. Do we consider it important for us to build the house without external assistance, no matter how many lives it takes us? Or do we seek out, discover, and correctly use these available tools to potentially finish the building faster, stronger, and by use of an external force? The answer lies within you and your own experience. Make your choice without fear or expectation and you’ll find any answer you seek.
Clean eating, exercise, appropriate water consumption, and meditation should all be thoroughly explored and practiced before entertaining thoughts or pursuits of mind/body altering medication.
Take care of yourself, get stronger, and cut out unnecessary comforts.
Keep yourself accountable.
Times are definitely not getting easier, so make yourself harder.
External works can only achieve a limited and undeveloped form of immortality; completely finite and thus mortal as the body itself.
True, long lasting immortality comes from discovering that which is immortal within us.
To experience the deep stillness beneath the chaos of existence, this is to experience what they would call God; the immortal, unchanged and unmoved essence.