Say The Word "Love"
One Word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.
The following thoughts are mostly ideals to strive for, not unfailing prescrip- tions to live by. They are my spontaneous thought-feelings that have some considerable truth and effect to them they helped me on the moment, and fairly consistently - but not for everyone; certainly not always. One has to be sensitively receptive to the meaning and power of transcendent Love for their pronouncements to take effect; and even then, there is no consistency to them, since we are especially fallible, susceptible, vulnerable, when it comes to the intense emotions and conditions of our lives. However, even these points are relative to the individual; since the more committed one is to the transcendent sense of Love, the more effective will Love have on one's life and behavior. So, consider these thoughts as effective, yes; as the answer to the psychological and spiritual freedom we are seeking no. They are one such answer and an essential one but much more is needed in this stormy, unpredictable life. The follow-through of this little book, of this Love religion, are part of this "much more is needed."
But for now, let these "words of wisdom" suffice, and place you on the right path "the road less taken."
NOTE 1: The " word `Love'" as it is meant by Lennon and myself is the transcendent , or spiritual, sense of it, interchangeable with God, Oneness, the bond of all unity, that which determines love in all its human, transcendent and human-transcendent manifestations.
NOTE 2: There is no particular order of these notes; they were written as the thoughts came to me, and placed mostly in the same numerical order. There is some repetition of ideas, but with variation.
1 "Say the word and you'll be free." [Lennon] Free from what? Free to what? Free from the adversities of life, from the impetuosity, the impulses, of one's ego-sensuality, from anxiety and despair, from de- pression and worthlessness
and on and on. Free to be more self-understanding, free to be transcendent, free to be moderate, free to be loving, and on and on.
2 Let Love soothe the "savage beast" in you; however buried, sublimated, repressed, it may be. Keep in touch with your Love divinity, and you will keep from the dark forces of your nature, of human nature.
3 Love transcendent Love certainly is all you need, as Lennon sings; especially when It comes to freeing you mind.
4 Say the word "Love," chant the word Love, sing the word Love, as in the song Love is all you need: Love, love, love.
5 Do you want a dosage of strength in a particular situation? Turn to Love. Repeat the word, and that dosage will impart that strength to you more than, perhaps you can imagine. Keep the faith!
6 Let Love take over. It knows. Certainly more than you know.
7 Ah, the word Love! sweet to the ears, balm to the mind!
8 Temper the word Love with the wisdom of the species good and evil, you know; lest you become engulfed in "sappiness," in treacle.
9 Saying, chanting, singing, the word Love will save you from yourself. Not totally, but in good part.
10 Saying the word, thinking the word, Love will embark you on a high adventure sans boredom and egoism and neurosis, and ...
11 Don't think that love is merely a feminine quality, while truth is the masculine stance; when in fact they're interchangeable, with the additional merit of love as the pathfinder of truth. Or again, it is the masculine quality of Love that emboldens one to be more than he or she is. As a matter of fact, just think of that old, familiar reality of being first in love with another person. Cannot you then "move mountains." Cannot you then "conquer the world." Are you not "eight miles high?" Are you not in another staggering dimension of your humanity willing to sacrifice yourself, rehabilitate yourself, die, for your love? So perhaps, since we have that surpassing, transcendent dimension in loving another person, something comparable happens to us in loving Love; though certainly not as emotionally intense a river-rapids experience, but a more tranquil, long-lasting oceanic flow. And just as you want to be with your loved one all the time, why wouldn't you want to be with Love all the time through the word Love, the concept of Love, the feeling of Love, the strength of Love, the presence of Love. Yes, the word Love is an abstraction, but it is a relative human abstraction just as it is an absolute pure abstraction - relative to us, personal to us.
12 You wake up depressed with mind clouded in despair; and can't seem to get through it. Do you drink or eat, or drug, or lust yourself against the depression?
Love can help you. "Say the word and you'll be free." Then you get up and do something creative, constructive, helpful. You work; but in mind is always Love, Love, Love.
13 Boredom drains your energy so that all you can do is "mope around," "loaf around," sleep, You grope for some kind of relief, stimulation, even mischief, to end the dullness. Love can help you. "Say the word and you'll be free."
14 You're aroused sexually unexpectedly, unwantedly, on the instant; your thoughts, your images, can't stop themselves. You're flooded with "the urge"; your conscience can't help you; your vows are but straw in the fire. And so you give in; and so do we all, with no way out, it seems. The incomparable Shakes- peare puts it in his sonnet.
The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;
Enjoy'd no sooner but despisèd straight;
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had,
Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
And again in The Tempest:
Do not give dalliance
much the rein, the strongest oaths are straw
To the fire I' the blood: be more abstemious,
Or else, good night your vow!
15 What are we to do, then against this implacable force? The best answer is: The best we can, over and over again. Turning to the word Love does help us do this "the best we can."
16 Anger blazes through you at the injustice committed, and you go blind instinctively to attack verbally or physically; yet can you abrupt yourself with a thread of reason before it's too late
with the word Love repeated over and over again. Say the word and you'll be free!
17 Anxiety swells up in you as you forebode the worst. How will you ever get through the "calamity" of what is to, or might, come. The situation is dire; loss looms over your precarious life. How will you deal with it? Perhaps the chant of Love as your saving grace might ease the pain enough to forestall your mind from expecting the worst, to give you another perspective, to put you back on your feet, so to speak.
18 You can't get to sleep, as you toss and turn restlessly; wanted and unwanted thoughts invading your consciousness aimlessly - so it seems. Then is the time to chant slowly the word "Love," as it soothes you from the flurry of your unwanted thoughts. Observe how restful and quiet and obedient your mind becomes to the incantation of the word Love as your mind readies itself to put you to sleep. Not always, of course.
19 The word Love is a fathomless fount of physical relief and psychic settlement.
20 Let your Love divinity be your constant companion.
21 Be with your Love divinity "come rain or shine"
22 Know that Love is your God of all that is! the God that binds you all compact into this body-mind-soul tripartite.
22 Your Love is the all of everything; It is not any this or that thing.
23 Chant the sacred word Love just as the sacred word OM is chanted slowly, deep-breathingly; let its meaning pervade you.
24 Say the word aloud, to yourself, in a whisper, depending on where you are, or what situation you're in, or what mood you're in. In either case, its effect takes hold.
25 Desire, passion, impulse, are natural enough in themselves as they're part of our human makeup. Mostly, however, we do not use good judgment when under their sway, but rather follow the "way of all flesh." Our saving grace, though, is that the wisdom of Love (intuition?) will guide us aright without thought intervening. If you have a moment in between your stormed emotion and your acting on that emotion,
Say the word Love; it might save the day if you want it to.
26 When you're saying or chanting or singing the word Love, don't think of Love as this or that; but rather feel it as an all-pervading presence.
27 Let Love be your alter ego; that aspect of you that guides you aright when you might otherwise go astray, or sink into psychosomatic turmoil or depression, or laxity, or whatever else. Know that you have a divine part of you that knows what is right and good for you, even though you may not see it that way. In which case
say the word and you'll be free.
28 We often fail ourselves, as we know, when it comes to doing the right thing; but, by being in touch with Love, we will more often be inclined to do the right thing more than we otherwise would.
29 Let your chanting the word Love be your holy prayer.
30 "When to the sessions of sweet silent thought" (Shakespeare) you conjure up the sacred word Love, then you will experience the variations of your mind free from the whirlwind of conscious thinking. Your mind transforms into various transconscious states such as into surreal imagery, in which a tiger is play- ing the flute, or a kaleidoscopic explosion of colors is whizzing about every which way, or scenes of peo- ple from another age, or faces of persons nowhere seen in your life, a magnificent oratorio, or
and the variations go on limitlessly. Or your mind transforms into a blessed feel of peace and silence and still- ness. Or the ultimate transconsious state of Oneness that pervades your mind with the bliss of nothing but Power nothingness; the so-called misunderstood: nothingness.
31 Keep in mind that for all the optimism I proclaim for the word Love, we nonetheless are still subject to, beyond our control, the chemistry of our glands and organs and tissues, and blood; and the physiology of fatigue and hunger and sleep, and sexual appetite, and all the accompanying psychosomatic reactions ensuing from these physical realities that limit our transcendent horizons; and make us vulnerable to failing ourselves when most we would want not to.
32 Drown them out! those seducing thoughts and imagery that sweep you into the blood's turmoil. Turn to Love, your only salvation in such turbulent, burning,
33 The word, the presence, of Love is always there for us; but we don't always want it, do we!
34 Blind yourself to the impulse! Go mentally blank into Love; there is no other way out. It will feed upon itself; and then where will you be? Back into the sink of your self gone "wild," if not "mad," for the moment.
35 Let me tell you, for those whose sense of Love has little or no effect, because it is too abstract, too remote. In that event, you can turn to the word "transcendence." This word has perhaps more concrete meaning, since its meaning is clear: beyond self and ego, beyond the phenomenal mind. It has the spiri- tual sense of Love; since, in a way the two are interchange- able which is to be explained in another work. So, when in need, and the word or sense or presence of Love fails you; say the word "transcendence" repeatedly and rapidly so that it blocks out the unwanted thoughts, images, actions, arousal. It works; but you must want if not,need, to be free from them; otherwise even this word will have no immediate effect. Or, if even the word "transcendence," is too abstract or vague a word, then say the verb form of the word: "transcend." Accordingly, you repeat rapidly the words "transcend it." These two little, but powerful, words have the advantage over the usual utterance we say in a troubled mind state: "Don't think of it," inasmuch as the word "transcendence has am ultra-psychological ,or spiritual meaning, be- yond just the psychological "Don't think of it." This utterance has us pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps, so to speak; it's just a psychological defense against our humanness, and not often an effec- tive one, as everyone knows; whereas the saying of transcendence or transcend-it goes beyond the mere psychological part of our nature.
36 When the mood of futility sneaks up on you to invade your self-confidence, to make all that you have done, and are going to do, seem worthless, to make you want to chuck it all and sink yourself into self-destruction - that is when you most need to offset that false seduction with the positive sun rays of the word Love by saying It, singing It, chanting It until your self-confidence returns and hope displaces futility.
Yet, let us say that that futile mood is valid, that the direction you are going in, the life that you are leading, is, in fact, wrong, misplaced. Then what? It is then that you apply at least three of the transcen- dent aspects of this Love religion: right, truth, understanding. You ask yourself: Am I on the right track? What is the truth of my life? Do I really understand what is going on? What next is required, is that you strongly face the reality, the integrity, of the answers to those questions. And for you to answer these questions truly, you are to have your Love divinity by your side, otherwise you will delude yourself by the stark truth of the possible answers to your enquiries. Actually, the process you are going through is what I call wisdom enquiries; which is an integral part of this Love religion. In struggling, striving, to answer these life-meaning questions, you actually are seeking wisdom; in particular, the wisdom of your life. These wisdom enquiries is a trans-psychological dialogue you are undergoing to discover the truth of your life; which is the real path toward self-understanding in relation to the Love of the world, the Love
of your life.
37 It's easier to do what you know to be right when motivated, fortified, by the thought of doing it for Love. Love is your salvation; if not, then make Love your salvation.
38 Feel your pain, your arousal, whatever it is, focus in on it, Love it, identify with it, be it accompanied by, armed with, your word Love, Love, Love.
39 Yes, he is "crazy" under the surface, the veneer, of his "normalcy." Yet, what is it that keeps him intact, so to speak. Is it not love that he is loved and is able to love without fear of rejection or of being used. So let us rephrase the statement: Are we not all crazy, or would be crazy, in one degree or another without the love that we need for our particular life?
40 Yes, she is bipolar, a manic-depressive, a neurotic, a borderline schizophrenic; since love as his nature required has ever eluded her both from her parents and her husbands. Her children assuaged her condition, but only as a temporary, sublimated stopgap. How could she elude this crucial lack of her formative years except through repression and sublimation and medication, and who knows what else. Good works help, therapy helps, career success helps, material goods help, friends help, religion helps, knowledge helps, peer recognition help all these and more, help her get through her life without ex -tremities. Yet still she remains an incomplete woman because she is not loved as her being demands; and so conversely, she herself cannot love as her being demands. Where is the right man or woman to free her? And, as human nature, human ignorance, would have it, it is hardly likely that she would find such a person. And so she lacks her fourth dimension: being herself
From the perspective of our Love-spirituality, Love is her only path to her self-freedom to love herself so much that she recreates herself in her own image of the person she truly is, however repressed or sublimated that true person is; and to live by and for that person either solitarily or inter- personally, or socially. Love in its full meaning will thereby set her free free from guilt, free from reprisals, free from repression, free from anxiety, and all the rest of the refuse of our ignorance. By no means do I advocate the absence of all restraints, or the "derangement of the senses" What I do advocate is wisdom; more specifically, the wisdom of the species. This wisdom, of course, takes a stupendous understanding of one's self, of human nature, of human relationships, of transcendence. It comes down to human-trans- cendence the balance between one's humanness and one's transcendence, which is the wisdom of our Love-spirituality: human-transcendence.
41 Love is a metaphysical God; not an anthropomorphic God except that Love is embedded into the very being of our human existence.
42 My first inclination is to resist her criticism; but the word Love stops me in my tracks to reconsider that I'm more interested in the rightness or wrongness of that criticism than my wounded self-love.
43 Isn't it amazing! that just before we were flooded with lust, or whatever other extreme, and then with a change of mind through the word Love, that flood dispelled; we were free of it; it's as though it didn't even happen.
44 You say the word Love, it saves you for the time; then it comes back., and you say the word again until it dispels again and again and again; until your mind, of itself turns to something else quite oblivious of what previously troubled you before.
45 Saying the word Love to save yourself from yourself, and to save others from yourself, is an ideal, to be sure. So, as everything else human, cannot be attained absolutely, perfectly. Yet it is an ideal that becomes more and more real as we come to be in love with Love, so to speak. To be in love with Love is to want always to be with Love, and to do well by Love; just as you would be toward your sweet- heart.
46 Since Love is of eternity and of infinity and of life, so we too are the same, since it is embedded in our being, and all being.
47 Love is so delicate to us, so ephemeral, so elusive, so "jealous," so to speak, that at the least resis- tance to It, the least forgetting it, the least questioning It, the least discarding it, leaves us devoid of its presence and effect. Accordingly, we must approach It as sacred, holy, divine, spiritual. In a religious sense, then, we have to no less than worship It as our God that we must worship It for its sacred effect on us.
48 To say "What you do, do in love," could just as well be for bad as for good; because you could be attracted to what is bad, evil; and we might think that this power of Love would impart to us the where- withal to accomplish our ill deeds. So, we have to add a qualification to "Do Love" in our pers- pective of Love and wisdom: which would be: what you do good for yourself and others, do so through Love.
49 Your ever active mind naturally resists any restrictions of its momentum; and it does this by its siren seductions of your emotional flood of intoxicating pleasure. This is the mind's wont; and so we can't ex- pect ever to master it except exceptionally. This, simply states, is our human heritage; but then so is our transcendence part of human heritage. Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, has this to say about that:
1. "We must not follow those who advise us to have mortal thoughts, since we are only men, and mortal thoughts, as mortals should; on the contrary, we should try to become immortal as far as that is possible and do our utmost to live in accordance with what is highest in us. For though this is a small portion of our nature, it far surpasses everything else in power and value. One might even regard it as each man's true self, since it is the controlling and better part."
2. "The object of our search is this what is the commencement of movement in the soul? The answer is clear: as in the universe, so in the soul, God moves everything. For in a sense the divine element in us moves everything. The starting point of reasoning is not reasoning, but something greater."
And this "something greater" as you well know, by now is Love, the power that binds all things together in unity, particularly and universally. Stay in touch with It; It is more than you yourself; it determines you in part and in whole.
50 More often than not, at least in the beginning stages, you will not want to turn to Love, because the pleasure if not lust of the eyes, of the mind, will not let you. Meaning? Meaning that you are under the sway of the "way of all flesh," of "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." Which means further that conditioning, habit, make their indelible impression on us that at times astound us that we would be still so vulnerable, susceptible, to sensuous-sensual stimuli. Which means further that we love more the object of our desire than Love itself. Understandably.
So where are we? Loving life and loving Love ever at odds with each other. Now the one, now the other/ It is a matter of which takes precedence in one's daily life in the long run. Do we come through life winning the good fight or losing it? Does what we really want more life or less life gradually take precedence over us? Well, we always want more than we get; we are always less than more the person we strive to be. We prefer the way of least resistance perhaps not so much in our youth; but almost certainly in our aging.
In sum, then, since we are "creatures of habit," it's a matter of which habits dominate our lives, that "make us or break us"; and we have to ask ourselves: do we want to be made or broken go to wreck?" If the latter, then love as you can; if the former, then love as you will; that is will to love more than you merely can; transcend can love to will love. Accordingly, align yourself to transcendent Love so that you can will to love beyond your more-than-human limitations. However, for this to happen, we have to go through the crucible of forming a new dominant habit. We must reform our inclinations, and the only way this can happen is to familiarize ourselves consistently with our new way so that it becomes "second nature" to us. But nature will not let us off so easily; its ways are too ingrained in our nature, our human- ness, however we may sublimate or repress our natural inclinations. What we must do is to make Love our "third nature," so that it transcends our second natures. And that is by being ever conscious of Love, by having Its presence underlie everything we do and think so that Love becomes motivating power of our choices, our beliefs and attitudes whether we are conscious of doing so or not. In this case, we will have attained a good measure of wisdom: a wisdom that balances both our humanness and our transcendence.
51 Let the word Love be your grace: the grace that makes you "beautiful of soul."
52 Be awed by the thought of Love as "the underlying theme to the universe," as Lennon put it.; or as he also said, "Love is eternal"; or as he sang it: "Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns," or love is old, love is new / Love is all, love is you, or "Love is the answer, and you know that for sure," or "Love is all you need," or : "Love is surrender," or "Love is knowing we can be," or "Love is touch, touch is love," or "Love is feeling, feeling love," or "Love is knowing we can be, or "Love is free, free is love."
53 Can't be alone with yourself? Then be alone with your Love divinity.
54 Ah, the imprints of pleasure!
How they overwhelm us
at the anticipation of
the next sweet,
the next meat
the next treat
the next heat;
the next beat
all these are fine
accompanied by Love divine.
55 No more to be devastated by the scorn of others how free! knowing that even your accusers and detractors have their purpose, their meaning, under the sun. Love binds them as they do you. Your advan- tage is that you're in touch with It, and so, Its wisdom.
56 Let the winners take it all!
Your Love divinity will not let you take a fall.
57 Amidst a decadent, degenerate, and depraved, corrupt, world, let your world live in the glow of Love, and those of like mind will share it with you. Believe me.
58 Are there case in which the word Love, the chanting of Love, the singing of Love, will be of no avail? Definitely. Take this one situation alone: your child has been brutally raped and murdered. You probably could only survive such an outrage, such a loss, through medication, or drugs, or drink anything to numb your mind; and even though you're surviving day by day, you are nonetheless destroying your self, your well-being, your will to live. Another outlet, which is common enough if you can't allow yourself to die alive because of your other children or your spouse, or just your own survival instinct, you no doubt would turn to some faith, to God, to Jesus, or who or whatever else, as your comforter. Turning to a divine source religion you could at least feel yourself justified in giving yourself over to a spiritual being, a higher power, that you believe loves you and so will comfort you in your horrific grief. You yourself are nothing, feel yourself to be nothing, believe yourself to be nothing; and so you are only something in the embrace of a spiritual being. Whereas the saying or chanting or singing the word Love, is too bright, to joyful, too cheerful. In your ongoing grief, you cannot bring yourself to be uplifted, but only consoled, only comfort- ed; there can be no uplift. You are convinced that you are not to be happy anymore, you don't want to be; or simply: you can't be happy anymore. By turning to, praying to, Jesus, or God, or Buddha, or Allah, or Krishna, you can get through your days. There is no more joy in your life; only comfort. You have lost an essential part of your being, of your reason to live. Yes, you will carry on, you will smile, and even laugh at times, and fulfill your responsibilities; but you feel yourself, you believe yourself, or you are yourself, no longer a whole person.
There is not much more to be said for this state of affairs; this is life, this is the bond that human love has over us human bondage, as Spinoza put it. And if consolation be our only salvation, then that too is part of Love's way. And if it's your love of Jesus, or of God, Allah, Brahma, Krishna, Buddha, comforts you, then still you are on the right track; because if nothing more, these "persons," "names," "concepts," are divine, sacred in origin; and so are valid outlets for our transcendence. In any case, you are in touch with the Source of all being whatever It is, or is called. It affects your mind transcendently; and that "It" is your transcendence, your Love divinity, working inwardly at the core, the essence, of your being. So, so the word Love, or the word Jesus, or the word God, or Allah, and so forth; in any case let that be your comforter and guide according to your own nature and inclination.
59 Transcend the mood that brings you down say the word Love over and over again.
60 And the strong will be the meek
As justice and wisdom they seek.
61 And for those men strong in the man-woman relationships, yes, you need a woman's love as your life's blood; but for your love of Love itself, that they cannot trespass, nor pass off lightly, for there within lies your strength, your salvation, your goodness, your sensitivity, your love for her deep to her being. D.H. Lawrence would certainly verify my point.
And for those woman strong in the man-woman relationships, yes, you need a man's love as your life's blood; but for your love of Love itself ... that they cannot trespass, nor pass off lightly, for there within lies your strength, your salvation, your goodness, your sensitivity, your love for her deep to her being. D.H. Lawrence would certainly verify my point.
62 That queasy, hurting, feeling at the pit of your stomach troubling your mind; dispel it at once with the word Love.
63 However many times you fall (from grace), know that you always have your Love divinity to return to. It does not judge; It just is.
64 You can live for Love or through Love. In living for Love, Love dominates all that you do; everything else is subordinate: career, marriage, children, friends, activities, and all else.
In living through Love, Love accompanies all that you do; your love of others, of knowledge, of career, of activities, dominate your life; Love is present guiding you through them. Your love of life subordinates your love of Love.
Yet at one period of your life you might live through Love, and at another period, for Love; and vice versa.
In either case, your awareness of Love is remembered through the five-fold way of Love: say Love, think Love, feel Love, do Love, be love. It is just a matter of focus and degree of your commitment.
65 In the beginning stages of living through Love, we continuously forget about It; and so, easily fall back into our wayward ways for days on end, if not for months. As we progress, this happens less and less, until gradually Love becomes your constant companion through life.
66 Remember Love always. Carry it about with you as a talisman.
67 When you feel guilty that you left Love behind for a time, then know that you are closer to It than you might know. Quick! then, back to It! back to your joy of spirit.
68 For those who use their downcast mood to meanly, bring you down; or simply are in a bad mood that has nothing to do with you, I say, simply disregard it by thinking Love, saying Love to yourself; and observe how you will rise above their contagion. You have it then that their mood fails to dominate you.
69 Ah, sweet Love! soother, enlightener, of my gloom.
70 When everything seems to you a futile gain, a "rope of sand," a "chase after wind," then keep in mind that you love or can love and are loved - or will be loved; and that will relieve you from that life's truth. Keep in mind, also, that you are essentially the Meaning-of-Love-in-Blissed-Oneness, and that will free you from that life's truth.
71 Don't be concerned about being perfect in this imperfect life; there will be ample time actually timelessness enough to be perfect in the eternal Bliss of Love. Remember Jesus' remark: "Be you perfect as your God in heaven is perfect."
72 Marry Love with right and you have a formidable force of two-as-one as you set about doing the right thing.
73 It is easier to do what you know as right when you have Love alongside you, with or without Its guide.
74 And once again we get caught up in the currents and rapids of daily living, thereby forgetting and forsaking our Love divinity until one day, when we are steeped in Love, we will never let that happen again.
75 We get caught, we get trapped, we get careless, we get seeped; and there goes our reputation, our peace of mind, our "everything." We are now nothing but our agonizing pain of remorse and shame, that make us want to "give up the ghost." Nothing psychological, nor transcendent, can help us except! that which underlies all matters psychological and transcendent: Love; in which case, "all you need is Love" to get you through as you begin the trek to redeem yourself, to recover yourself, to know yourself.
76 No more feeling sorry for yourself. What is there to feel sorry for, now that you know what the word Love can do; now that you know What you are. Or as Lennon sings:
How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
Now that you know who you are
How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
How often have you been there
Often enough to know
What did you see when you were there
Nothing that doesn't show
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man
Baby you're a rich man, too
How does it feel to be
One of the beautiful people
Tuned to a natural E
happy to be that way
Now that you've found another key
What are you going to play
- Baby You're a Rich Man
77 Since Love is the universal Power, Being, Bond, Love, call It what you will of unity, we all are compelled to act in that "framework," so to speak. Accordingly, we all act in our own ways, for good or for ill, or for both, or for neither. Analogously, imagine a person sitting at his desk at night with a lamp shin- ning on it with a check on it. Let this light be the power of Love. Now, one person may use this light to forge a check to gain his end unjustly; another person to write a check for a charitable organization to gain his end justly; and still another person may write a check to himself, indifferent to either good or bad intentions. The light (Love) has nothing to do with either the good, bad, or indifferent, intention of the person; yet each of these persons is acting under Love's influence for some good for himself, whether it is attained justly, unjustly, or selfnessly (not necessarily selfishly).
So, whether we act for the good or for the bad, or for neither, we are acting for some good; and this good is what we are attracted to; and what we are attracted to is what we love since love is an attracting force (as love is historically understood) so according to the individual he acts through love wheth- er it is for the good or for the bad, or for neither. It is not Love itself that is doing the act, but what a per- son loves in this or that particular case.
78 How are we of good love that is to say, being attracted to goodness, justice, integrity, sensitivity, and the like to deal with those of bad love that is to say, being attracted to the opposites of the afore- mentioned qualities? First of all, with respect feigned or not knowing that what they love is as much a part of life as what we love referring to the opposites, the dualities, in and as life. Second of all, always with caution (at the very least) and with awareness and understanding of their ways. Third of all, with simulation; we simulate their ways, "play their game," so to speak. We let them hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see, while we go on our own way with our integrity intact. We let the actor in us out for a performance, just as they do with the exception, of course, that they are natural performers. We take the ascendancy from them; we're in control, not them anymore.
To be sure, this is no simple feat. It takes a long psychological reconstruction with the right under- standing and attitude toward "those others" those inclined toward destruction; mainly destruction of our well-being, of our self-respect, of our dignity, of our self-worth.
79 The danger zone: This thought: Why turn to the Love word? I'm doing fine without it today. I really don't need, nor want, it now; I want to be on my own. Is that the way to treat your beloved Friend! Are you only a fair-weather friend? Is the Love word merely a utilitarian outlet for you? You really want to indulge yourself, without any interference, don't you. ... All right, I got the idea. I'll turn to It, even though I don't feel like it.
80 If repeating the word "Love" is not effective enough for a particular urge or impulse, then simply transcend all thought even Love by repeating quickly and repeatedly, the word "Transcendence." Until your mind moves on to something else more creatively, more constructively. This word blocks out every- thing from your mind except that word and its very meaning of transcending everything to do with your ego-self, your ego-sensuality.
81 There you are "starving," aching with hunger, can hardly wait to eat
and then, of a sudden, your child must eat before you, must eat your meal. And what do you do? You forego yourself for your child, because your love for her precedes love of yourself. And your suffering is gone; you are gratified, grateful, that your child is attended to. Yes, you will be "starving" again you might even take a morsel of her food but your love for your child has universalized you beyond your self into another self; and in so doing, you become as Love purely.
82 To break the seemingly never-ending cycle of acting on impulse that is to be our life-long struggle to minimize to an almost zero-point; and the word Love is with us in divine support to win that good fight.
83 Good fellowship: I wave to him from across the street. He waves back with a smile; he, a trash disposal worker, and I an educator. Worlds apart; yet I feel a wonderful glow of oneness with him.
I am he
as you are he
as you are me
and we are all together
- I am the Walrus / Lennon-Beatles
84 That I am last and he is first; that she eats the most delicious morsel, and I the lesser; that he prospers and I simply "get on." Well, that's fine; I've got my Love divinity to keep me going, to keep me ahead.
85 The first-pain-then-pleasure-then pain syndrome: First you're in pain for release (emotional, sexual, gustatory, etc.), then the pleasure, rush, of release (the object of desire, lust, etc attained), then the pain of release (regret, guilt, remorse, etc.). When you realize that much of the first-pain-then-pleasure-then-pain pattern of your habitual excesses result from the psychological emotions of boredom, or vanity, or guilt, or anxiety, or frustration, or failure, or rejection, and whatever else, then you realize further what formidable opponents you are up against; and that what else can you do but give way to these excesses. At best, from a wisdom standpoint, this situation should give one pause before he judges the doings of others, knowing that he himself falls into his own entanglements. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." And at best, from the standpoint of our Love divinity, this realization should also give us pause to transform ourselves as best we can out of this treadmill cycle of ours. Of course, there are a multitude of books and articles, and therapies, and religions, and philosophies, to help us out of this cycle, which help here and there, for a time; and perhaps moreso overall than our condition would be otherwise. The rea- son for our inconsistancies, our limitations? Because we can't account for so many of our moods, needs, and wants. We wake up one morning just fine, and another morning just not fine. There is always some- thing or someone countering our best intentions, our best moods, our best attempts. It's like attempting to the do the right thing at all times, in all circumstances. It is impossible; we're too inundated with right-or-wrong situations at practically every turn we make. We do the best we can, and continue the good fight, day in and day out. Always a struggle, always conflict every day.
And this is the inestimable value of our human-transcendent wisdom, that it keeps us balanced be- tween what we can do and what we cannot do, however just and wise we may be, or want to be. It is a wisdom that keeps us balanced both humanly and transcendently, knowing our limitations that hedge us in to life. There is no way out consistently, and human-transcendence knows this and guides you through this truth with a fair share of good will, good faith, good times, and in good spirits; come what may regardless of the opposites of these that assail us from here there and everywhere.
So, we have our human-transcendent wisdom to guide us through the storm and stress of living; and we have our Love religion to turn to inwardly to free us away from this storm and stress. And the more
we turn to these two gems of our life, the more habitually we will turn away from The first-pain-then
pleasure-then-pain syndrome. Remember Love! And remember, too, strife!; it is there always either in
the background or the foreground. of our life. Do we go to wreck or do we go to freedom self-freedom?
86 The inner cry of the delicate mind: "Don't be harsh with me
please; your words wound me!" And the Love warrior knows this and overcomes his self-righteousness.
87 His humanness incites him to want to make his little sarcastic, snide, remark to her to make his point, to wound her a little, to make her aware that "I know what's going on"; His transcendence, how- ever, prompts him to "hold back" and let it go.
88 There is no stopping those rare "instinctual" outbursts of rage against another with us vulnerable humans, justifiable or not; The only hope we have is that when they happen, we are so attuned to the presence of our Love divinity that we are able to stop ourselves in time with the iota of sanity left to us in such occurrences.
89 He/she is the Love warrior who initiates the easing of brooding tension between himself and the other person when right and wrong is at stake. Even if she is in the wrong? Of course; unless betrayal,
or some other matter just as serious, is the issue. In that case, the relation- ship, as it had been, has changed drastically; and total reconciliation is hardly possible. The tension remains, either overtly or covertly. There are people we are to stand our distance from, to protect our dignity, our well-being, if
90 Why war with others? War with ourselves. Don't we have enough in ourselves to war against? Let us use the weaponry wisdom of Love to win our good fight daily.
91 "Make love not war." Sound familiar? Let me expand its erotic connotation with the words: make love your way of life not war. If you're going to make war than make it with yourself so that Love is you as warrior against the war in others.
92 Don't allow another person's calculated down mood take you down with it. Lift yourself above it by chanting to yourself over and over again Love, Love, Love. Or sing it to Lennon's Love songs: "Love Is All You Need," "The Word," "Love." Let their lyrics put a smile, if not on your face, then in your mind.
93 Let Love have its say,
Do for you,
And brighten your day.
94 An then inevitably comes the day over and over again, sad to say when the word, the sense, the feeling, of Love has no meaning to us nor influence on us at all, day after day. We're in our dry period, that's for sure. It mysteriously disappeared just as it mysteriously appeared, and mysteriously will re- appear.. And then where are we? Not abandoned, because It will be back again; but emptied, forlorn; with no recourse to anything but ourselves; and we know that ourselves are not very reliable overall; especially with our habits and addictions, and the stimuli-response sensations and perceptions that we're faced with almost daily. Humanly we are fairly much at the mercy of these all-too-human impres- sions. BUT! There is a way out of this impasse! And this is where the word and meaning of transcen- dence "saves the day." Transcendence is the handmaid, so to speak, of Love; its stronghold when all else fails.
95 And just as enigmatically as Love left us, it slowly returns its grace in the same way unaccountably to us!
A thought came to my last night [ March 2007]. For all my familiarity and that is all it is, really: "familiarity" and preoccupation with, Love and all its manifestations, over many, many years, in the end, I truly do not know what Love is; it remains for me so mysterious that I bow to It in my ignorance and in my reverence. But It is there somehow!