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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Fear has you in its grasp , like the serpent has Eve , who was meant to convey what came out of Adam , your ideas , your desires . At any time in your life , whether right now this moment , or tomorrow or next week or next year ...
You have to listen to your heart of hearts , your most holy of holies , and then , and only then , do you cross the Jordan and take possession of your desires , take possession of your mind , the promised land .
Yet that side of us that finds security in what we have always had or always done , seeks to remove the threat that our desire for something new and different presents . We are afraid to change , to grow , to improve , to add to or give ...
It is a senseless waste of energy to fight opposition to your desires on a negative level . You must go above and beyond that level and concentrate on the positive aspects . As the cliche goes , focus on the solution , not the problem .
hand , the power within is disengaged and the object of our desire crumbles in the wind , unfulfilled , " left off to build . " The project you set out to accomplish gets left undone because your heart was not in it .