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 can work out at the gym for ten years , be in top shape , but the day you stop exercising , your physical condition deteriorates . You can have a long list of accomplishments . The moment you stop striving to expand your mind ...
Your thoughts , whether silent , vocal or ultimately physical , must originate from a healthy source . Whatever you think , say or do has a domino effect that will come back to you in a productive , profitable form or a ...
... and keep my commandments.166 Mental concepts from " heaven above " and their physical expression " in the earth beneath " do not constitute the whole picture any more than do visions from the subconscious or " in the water under the ...
Such an obsession carried to the extreme can lead to the actual , physical removal of the exaggerated obstacle and an irreversible act is then committed . The sixth commandment therefore emphasizes the vital importance of staying on ...
This is a mental and a physical law of nature . It is a law that must be obeyed or the mind will never find peace . . A mind that is forever going over and over the same old thoughts and ideas wears itself out .