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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You must be lord and master of the faculties of your mind , be king over each and every province , and then be a judge in every moment of your life . You must hold the assailants at bay , the negative thoughts that would invade your ...
You must hold on to the image of how you want to see yourself . You should see yourself as physically and mentally fit and you simply need to follow the path that takes you there . Several key figures portray the mind as it moves across ...
You cannot hold back or hold on to a dream if you want to experience it . You have to sacrifice the dream in order to make it a reality , and this is often the hardest thing for many people to do . Isaac or your second nature that your ...
They are afraid they might be wrong and so they hold on to what they know and it goes nowhere . It does not gain anything . They do not add to it or their life experiences . They do not grow . Their second nature shrivels and dies .
... and the elder shall serve the younger.77 There are powerful forces within you that simply need to be harnessed , and they are as close by and within your reach as Jacob's hand that " took hold of Esau's heel .