Let go of control. Control is an illusion. Completely give it up. Things will happen to you in this life, loved ones may die, you may fall on hard times, all things that you cannot control. Letting go is an art form, it is the way of the Buddha. Letting things carry themselves out in their own time and place is key. You must master the art of letting go. Change what you can, and let go of everything else. Your power comes not from controlling, but from letting go. Being a “control freak” is a pathological disorder. Yes, you are the master of your own life, but in order to truly master it, you must let the chips fall where they may. Thinking that you can serve outcomes to your own needs is an illusion.
What is the nature of the incarnation? Let’s investigate following the concept of duality of the opposites, and paradox. The incarnation is most likely a god-child; a couple examples being Horus and Krishna. He would have equally male and female characteristics. All-knowing, yet a naive child. Blissfully unaware, yet knowing all things; very child-like. He would have no preferences. He would not be homosexual but He would see the beauty in both male and female persons; and of course the divine nature in all beings. His incarnation would be a “coming out to play”, and the universe itself would be His playing also; divine play, divine sport, gods at play. Naive, yet infinite wisdom. He would have no beliefs, as all enlightened persons have absolutely none. “The child”, Nietzsche says,
Why are we so exhausted? Physical and mental exhaustion, overpowering your being. Americans are always running around, always working. Stress and anxiety-inducing tasks. Wearing yourself out comes all too easily. Many people do burn-outs with their cars for fun, many more do burn-outs with their jobs, for anti-fun. 9-5 is a way of life. Let’s face it, work takes up the majority of your time. Those long moments between doing what you actually want to do. We are all running around, but are we actually going anywhere? What are we really accomplishing when most of our days are spent devoting our time and effort towards the goals of a company? Sadly, the structure and nature of this capitalist society cannot be changed, so we must face it head on;
What is boredom exactly? Are we so over-stimulated that regular activities just don’t give us sufficient stimulation anymore? Those with depression often deal with boredom but boredom is not merely being depressed; many individuals experience this phenomena despite living regular happy lives. Is boredom a side-effect of this instant-gratification culture? Is it a symptom of the culture? More and more people are experiencing boredom everyday. Direct contact with the boring, the mundane, the inescapable. Direct confrontation with the droning and monotonous; an aspect of life that many of us know all too well. Sitting in your car at a long red light, on your boring drive home from work; sitting in bed on your computer while it’s raining, with nothing to do. I am in a state of boredom while I write this post, but I am forcing myself to complete it.
Eternal Recurrence, Eternal Return. The snake swallowing its own tail. Eternal Recurrence is “a theory that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space.” (“Eternal Return,” n.d.)
The phrase, “there is nothing new under the sun” seems to fit well with this theory. Also, the idea of “lost knowledge”, that which had been known before, that will be known again.
The divine incarnation, Jesus (and possibly others), may also follow this cycle; bringing this great work to completion by being born again. Possibly coming again under a different flavor; the same thing, yet slightly different; a full Krishna,
Souls, fully immaterial, cast into the world, to merge with the material. We are born from our mother and father, just as our souls were born from The Mother and The Father. We were born into a vast ocean that is the world, and accustom ourselves to swimming. Deep or shallow water, it does and does not make a difference. Our senses are tuned in, so is all higher thought; and we naturally try to make sense of this thing. We form experiences, beliefs, and we get to know ourselves and others; we have preferences. We form an identity. “I am such and such a person”, because others have told me and I believe so myself.
We are all too close to this society to look at our situation objectively;