“I am dead because I lack desire,
I lack desire because I think I possess.
I think I possess because I do not try to give.
In trying to give, you see that you have nothing;
Seeing that you have nothing, you try to give of yourself;
Trying to give of yourself, you see that you are nothing:
Seeing that you are nothing, you desire to become;
In desiring to become, you begin to live.”
— In a brief Postface to "Mount
Analogue" written by René Daumal
To live is to Be and for many what they think is living can actually be viewed as the "living dead" where to Be is Presence and in the Now and anything other than the Now is the past or future (or that which does not actually exist and is a mind construct that provides reference for the actual given moment). We live in an outside reality where there are three dimensions of space and one dimension of time and it is this outer reality that enslaves our attention until we remember that we are an inner reality that is beyond the outer four dimensions. This is when one truly contemplates the question " Who am I?"
As long as we allow ourselves to be lost in the boundaries, or our reference points, the Now becomes dead to us. We are dead and yet physically alive because the mind habitually attaches to what we know in the forms of our beliefs, opinions, and past experiences with little chance for the actual given moment to reveal itself to us. How often and easy it is for our opinions to get in the way from a potentially enlightening experience only to assassinate the blossoming of Creativity in its tracks of newness.
Can we "get out of the way" and allow each moment to reveal itself to us? Yes, we can and this is when the "living dead" become the "living alive"; And to Live is to turn off the high beams and trust that your headlights are good enough for you to see through the Darkness of Nothingness....
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