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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Your thought gives rise to the feeling that conveys the thought into words or action , or both , but if you give in to fear , doubt , anxiety , feelings of inadequacy , apprehension and all the negative influences that are there ...
There is , right now , a choice at your fingertips . You and you alone have the power to withdraw the conscious mind from images of despair and allow your innate , deep - seated energy to rise to the surface and change your world .
In the cool of the day when the sun is about to rise on our reflections , we carry the ideal forward from the place in our heart and mind where it was conceived , knowing that a guiding light will always show the way .
... that unique and powerful gift you have to rise above it all and say and do what is in alignment with who you really are . Of course , getting along is sometimes necessary . Having practical things for daily life is necessary , too .
24 Arhats were enlightened sages in the Buddha's era , the sixth century B. C. They had acquired the ability to rise above it all . A new and higher point of view lightens as it does enlighten . When you have cast away unconstructive ...