Live Now Die Later: A Book for the Sensitive Mind and Rugged Individualist
The sensitive mind and the rugged individualist are portrayed in the literature of antiquity by two brothers, the first-born and the second-born. The mind is the father of two sons. One side of us is conservative, cautious; the other side is radical and adventurous. A part of us is content with the status quo; another part of us seeks change and improvement.
The mind perceives first with the outer five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. Those perceptions are recorded and processed for future use, and thus the mind has five inner senses, the second-born son.
In the Old and New Testaments this concept is expressed through several pairs of brothers. Cain and Abel, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob, Joseph and Benjamin, Aaron and Moses, John and Jesus are all characters created to illustrate the mind's journey.
The eastern Mediterranean became a marketplace for the exchange of ideas that had their provenance not just in Athens or Alexandria, but made their way westward from India and China well over 2,000 years ago. The lunar calendar and the appearance of the full moon was not just vital to agriculture in Mesopotamia; it spawned metaphors that illustrated the mind at its brightest. Abraham, for example, Hebrew for "father is high," was a moon god who symbolized the full moon, i. e., the moon straight up or high. "Father" is high because the mind is the father of two sons.
Obviously, many concepts evolved independently, but migration and commerce exported and imported more than just figs and wine. Adam and Eve, the male and female of Genesis, are reflected in the yang and the yin of Taoism in ancient China. Elizabeth, Mary and Jesus are a variation of Demeter, Persephone and Dionysus.
Thinkers over the ages have struggled to come to terms with the rough and tumble of daily life. Some have even suggested that life begins in some faraway place after death. Others have tried to find the way to live now and die later.
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Adam and Eve are thought and feeling , generated by your inherent , creative power . Cain and Abel are the products of that union . Noah illustrates the natural capacity the mind has to regenerate itself . Abraham , Isaac and Ishmael ...
You may be able to connect the dots at the speed of light , but some inhibition lurks in the depths of your subconscious , wrapping itself around your spontaneity or suffocating your inherent creative impulses . You may have discovered ...
We are afraid to change , to grow , to improve , to add to or give up our holdings because risk can bring suffering and pain , and so we negate those creative urges without which change cannot happen . And Cain talked with Abel his ...
You have paid too much attention to the material world and the products of others and neglected your creative capacity . It is time to stop and think again , recast your thoughts and divest yourself of a way of thinking that was ...
He is sent to a place where he washes himself clean from impurity 21 At some point you realize you are not living according to your inherent , creative power . Life demands an agreement between mind and heart .