Rick and Morty

One attitude is about tearing other people down to help myself and my group.

The other attitude is about empowering myself and everyone around me.

When you listen to people, notice whether they’re more complaining about others, or if they’re more empowering others.

You’ll quickly see through the BS.
Which reveals the two motivations of humanity.

And then decide which side you’re on.

Gods scrolling through being

The highest level of self-awareness: Knowing that you are a god in temporary human form.

But time moves so slowly that our human process, from conception to dissolution, is known but less appreciated.

While our time passes quickly…and there is the paradox:

Gods unaware of their own experience.

Back to school

I’ve yet to meet anyone who isn’t my teacher.

Sometimes someone inspires me.
Or angers me.
Or makes me envious.
Or makes me feel inferior…or superior.

Now I know all of my reactions come from a place that I can observe.
A place outside of reality.
But also deep within me

We don’t know

The fact is that you’re surrounded by God,

and you don’t see God

because you know ABOUT God.

The final barrier to the vision of God is your God concept.

You miss God because you think you know. 

That’s the terrible thing about religion. That’s what the gospels were saying, that religious people knew, so they got rid of Jesus.

The highest knowledge of God is to know God as unknowable.

Excerpt from Awareness, by Anthony De Mello

I win

The games of Life can get immersive. The role in the game I’m playing becomes my identity.

I am this job

I am a wife or husband

I am a Democrat or Republican

I am rich or poor

I am oppressed or oppressor.

I am winning, I am losing.

The games of Life make it interesting. The games have a structure to them and general rules to follow. They provide me valuable support and motivation. But the games are superficial.

They are constructs we create. Layers that obscure the realization:

Of the miracle of being human.

He made it!

There’s a story of a disciple who told his guru that he was going to a far place to meditate and hopefully attain enlightenment.

So he sent the guru a note every six months to report the progress he was making.

The first report said, “Now I understand what it means to lose the self.”

The guru tore up the note and threw it in the trash.

After six months he got another report which said, “Now I have attained sensitivity at all beings.”

He tore it up.

Then a third report said, “Now I understand the secret of the one and the many.”

It, too, was torn up. And so it went on for years, until finally no reports came in.

After a time, the guru became curious and one day there was a traveler going to that far place. The guru said, “Why don’t you find out what happened to that fellow.”

Finally he got a note from his disciple that said, “What does it matter?”

And when the guru read that he said, “He made it!

He finally made it.”

The crocodile and the boy

There’s a powerful story about a little boy walking along the bank of a river. He sees a crocodile who is trapped in a net. The crocodile says, “Would you have pity on me and release me? I may look ugly, but it isn’t my fault, you know. I was made this way. But whatever my external appearance, I have a mother’s heart. I came this morning in search of food for my young ones and got caught in this trap!”

So the boy says, “Ah, if I were to help you out of that trap, you’d grab me and kill me.”

The crocodile asks, “Do you think I would do that to my benefactor and liberator?”

So the boy is persuaded to take the net off and the crocodile grabs him.

As he is being forced between the jaws of the crocodile, he says, “So this is what I get for my good actions.” And the crocodile says, “Well, don’t take it personally, son, this is the way the world is, this is the law of life.”

The boy disputes this, so the crocodile says, “Do you want to ask someone if it isn’t so?”

The boy sees a bird sitting on a branch and says, “Bird, is what the crocodile says right?” The bird says, “The crocodile is right. Look at me. I was coming home one day with food for my fledglings. Imagine my horror to see a snake crawling up the tree, making straight for my nest. I was totally helpless. It kept devouring my young ones, one after the other. I kept screaming and shouting, but it was useless. The crocodile is right, this is the law of life, this is the way the world is.”

“See,” says the crocodile. But the boy says, “Let me ask someone else.” So the crocodile says, “Well, all right, go ahead.”

There was an old donkey passing by on the bank of the river. “Donkey,” says the boy, “this is what the crocodile says. Is the crocodile right?”

The donkey says, “The crocodile is quite right. Look at me. I’ve worked and slaved for my master all my life and he barely gave me enough to eat. Now that I’m old and useless, he has turned me loose, and here I am wandering in the jungle, waiting for some wild beast to pounce on me and put an end to my life. The crocodile is right, this is the law of life, this is the way the world is.”

“See,” says the crocodile. “Let’s go!”

The boy says, “Give me one more chance, one last chance. Let me ask one other being. Remember how good I was to you?” So the crocodile says, “All right, your last chance.”

The boy sees a rabbit passing by, and he says, “Rabbit, is the crocodile right?”

The rabbit sits on his haunches and says to the crocodile, “Did you say that to that boy? The crocodile says, “Yes, I did.” “Wait a minute,” says the rabbit. “We’ve got to discuss this.” “Yes,” says the crocodile. But the rabbit says, “How can we discuss it when you’ve got that boy in your mouth? Release him; he’s got to take part in the discussion, too.” The crocodile says, “You’re a clever one, you are. The moment I release him, he’ll run away.” The rabbit says, “I thought you had more sense than that. If he attempted to run away, one slash of your tail would kill him.”

“Fair enough,” says the crocodile, and he released the boy. The moment the boy is released, the rabbit says, “Run!” And the boy runs and escapes. Then the rabbit says to the boy, “Don’t you enjoy crocodile flesh? Wouldn’t the people in your village like a good meal? You didn’t really release that crocodile; most of his body is still caught in that net. Why don’t you go to the village and bring everybody and have a banquet.”

That’s exactly what the boy does. He goes to the village and calls all the men folk. They come with their axes and staves and spears and kill the crocodile. The boy’s dog comes, too, and when the dog sees the rabbit, he gives chase, catches hold of the rabbit, and throttles him. The boy comes on the scene too late, and as he watches the rabbit die, he says, “The crocodile was right, this is the way the world is, this is the law of life.”

How I won life

Denying the human instincts,

Our inherent feelings,

Including fear and envy.

Denying our instincts

As males and females

Including sexuality, aggression, and nurturing

Is fundamentally dishonest

And prevents us from making decisions

Based on reality

Rather than a story we tell ourselves.