“Humour is the best way to make the unbearable bearable.” – Mary Ann Shaffer
“”Rational” people tend to dismiss too-easily various religious, spiritual, mystical, and folkloric traditions from around the world, and from the past. The reality is that even though many of these traditions contain much dogma and nonsense, they also contain hidden truths grounded in hard empirical facts. It’s just that often these are edge-case, non-mainstream phenomena.
Here’s an illustrative example:
Did you know that Will-o-the-wisps actually exist?
Yeah, I’m not kidding. Check this out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will-o’-the-wisp
Apparently it’s a real phenomena found in swamps and marshes. As various gases escape the swamp, they create an eerie display of glowing light, often interpreted by unsuspecting folk as a ghost or water spirit.
Pretty cool, eh?
It’s important that we learn the epistemic lesson here: just because something sounds spooky or mystical doesn’t mean there isn’t something real behind it. Reality can be stranger than fiction.
In my own research and experience, I’m finding enormous value in studying and trying to understand the esoteric traditions of the past. Humans were A LOT wiser in the past than we were taught in school. This is easy to overlook because we basically live in a modern culture of idiocracy. Our culture places way too much emphasis on the mainstream, the low-brow, and technology.
If science was clever, it would re-visit all the ancient myths from all the world’s cultures with the aim of validating them, so that we may discover all their possible empirical origins. This could be a research project worthy of a Nobel prize. My hunch is, it would yield some fruit.”
“Anal-Haq (pronounced: an’aaal h’aaak) is an Arabic phrase which translates as, “I am Truth”.
This phrase was famously uttered by the great Sufi mystic Mansur Al-Hallaj, who was executed in Baghdad in the year 922 A.D. for proclaiming: “Anal-Haq! Anal-Haq!”
“I am God! I am God!”
Read more about Anal-Haq and Mansur Al-Hallaj on Wikipedia.
Of course he was dead-on. So much so it got him hung. A tragic example of how organized religion backfires, killing the very truth its meant to promote.
I wanted to bring this phrase to your attention so you could add it to your nonduality lexicon. I love collecting and studying the many different phrases for enlightenment found around the world. Hopefully this expands your appreciation of mystical traditions around the world and makes your pursuit of nonduality more cosmopolitan.
Be diligent with your self-inquiry work, and one day you will exclaim “Anal-Haq!!!” with a shit-eating grin.
I saw my Lord with the eye of the heart
I asked, “Who are You?”
He replied, “You”.”
“Abandon the search for God and the Creation and other matters of a similar sort. Look for him by taking yourself as the starting point. Learn who it is within you who makes everything his own and says, ‘My God, my mind, my thought, my soul, my body.’ Learn the sources of sorrow, joy, love, hate. Learn how it happens that one watches without willing, rests without willing, becomes angry without willing, loves without willing. If you carefully investigate these matters you will find him in yourself.” – Monoimus, quoted by Hippolytus of Rome
Am I dead yet? The pain of this reality is pressing down on my skull and crushing it into tiny slithers.
I don’t want to be here anymore.
I don’t want to live.
I don’t want to breathe.
Not with this pain. Emotional, physical, mental and spiritual pain.
What does it feel like to be ok? What does it feel like to be at peace? What does it feel like to feel normal again? What even is normal anymore?
I know nothing. Yet I am everything. I does not exist. I is a concept. I is an ego. I needs to be kept in check.
Here I am in this park. Empty inside. Wishing I could be normal and feel something other than deafness for myself and my love.
Its noisy here. The air is not clean here. Why have we designed cities this way? Everything seems insane. It all seems like a big joke.
Masks? Distancing rules? For what? For a virus that has the same mortality rate as car crashes. There is no need for this. Surely people will wake up. Maybe they won’t. It’s sad.
I feel claustrophobic. I don’t know what to think or believe anymore.
I lay on this grass and it hurts me. Everything hurts me. It’s as if my energetic field/aura has been damaged and has holes in it. Something is not right.
My heart beats on our mother earth, gaia. I wish I could return to her and let the microorganisms and insects feed off me and birth new life.
Confusion, pain, misery, torture is my world unfortunately. What do I do? I feel I am not doing enough even though I do so much and have mental and physical health issues.
What do I do? What do we all do?
I think I am
Have a good life