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Did You Lock Your Brain Today?
Copyright (c) Jan M. Cox, 1988
Document: 358, June 24, 1988
At the ordinary level of everyday affairs, people are made to believe, and say they believe, that experience is the ultimate teacher. And yet to do This, the time must slip up on you very quickly when you realize that whatever experience you might have had in life would not have offered you any new information. Regardless of what your dreams may have been about going on great trips, meeting holy men, living on a commune or what have you, you must see that what seems to be experience in ordinary life would have made no Real change in you. You would still be what you were before you got involved with This.
If you belong here, what you need is a kind of non-binary, unmeasurable new information, and it does not derive from experience. The information of This is not in a book somewhere; you would have never found it by accident. If not for me, you would have never heard of it. The experience of being exposed to This is not normal, even though to some of you watching on tape or sitting here it may seem rather ordinary sometimes. I repeat -- the experience of being exposed to This is not normal, and no experience you could ever find in life would have helped you. Now City consciousness is constructed to believe that anything of value must come about through experience: "We learn from our experiences. Experience is the great teacher." What people learn from experience is not what people who get involved with This need.
The information of This, the kind that pops out through these kinds of unusual holes in Life periodically to some small group of people, is actually too subtle, too powerful to be useful to people on a greater scale. It's too subtle to fit into a binary-based vocabulary, such as ours.
The ordinary vocabulary is based on opposites, and it is binary. Remember I told you some time back there is no such thing as one thought, one feeling. There cannot be. Likewise, there is no such thing as one word. You cannot define one word; there must be at least two. Consider all the ideas of religion about how in the beginning there was one word and the word was "god" and god was the word. That would not work. It would not have produced a three-dimensional world that had any ability to perceive of itself, to be conscious of itself. One word would not have been heard; there had to be at least two. Everything we say, everything that operates through the senses under ordinary conditions is a vocabulary based on opposites and comparisons.
Now I want you to see a little bit more of the overlapping I have been describing. The shaded area is where the full impact of stereoscopic sight resides. I pointed out there have to be two different views; the eyes have to be apart in some degree for this overlap to occur. There must be a slight shift between the two eyes to produce stereoscopic sight. Similarly, there must be a slight shift in you to understand what's going on in Life. You must be able to shift slightly your automatic view or feeling about what you apparently experience, think, believe. But the view can't be too different, or you end up cockeyed instead of getting the full depth. That is the basis for me saying a reformed anything is a waste of time.
Since most of you got left behind during this little foray, let me put it another way. Life uses what I have described about needing a slight shift to understand what is going on, but it comes out in Life as a means of things rocking back and forth. If an ordinary person thinks he has a drinking problem, then he has that view and one other -- namely, the reformed version. In the City, if you drink too much, you either reform or you keep drinking. Those are the only two options available; and as I have said many times, a reformed drunk is no different than a drunk drunk in regard to This.
In the City it's irrelevant. If somebody becomes a reformed drunk, it simply means Life needed another reformed drunk. Likewise, if a drunk does not reform, then Life needed an unreformed drunk. That's it. Insofar as any Real change of the nervous system, a reformed anything is moot, useless, meaningless. A person in the City may well quit drinking, fornicating, beating up his wife and cheating on his taxes, but that is no change. The two views are too far apart. The two perspectives are too far apart for any new information to be gleaned. In a sense, a reformed person is worse off because they have no idea what happened, and they become a type of fanatic about their apparently new position. They wave banners, they curse at their old view, they proselytize -- if you've ever been around a reformed drinker or smoker, you know what I mean. Their apparent change has produced no new complex understanding of them self or Life, and you should know that.
Now Life does offer one slight variation of the two views too far apart, and it goes something like this. Instead of a man either being locked into "I'm a drunk and I don't care," or, "I quit drinking and I'm so glad, let me tell you about it," there is a slight shift possible. A man might be a drunk, and talk about how he should quit. You could see him some time later, and he might talk about how he read in a medical journal that some alcohol is good for the blood pressure, and actually statistically helps you live longer. Now he is not locked into the two possibilities I mentioned of drunk or reformed drunk; there has been a slight shift in perception of the second view. And still it is irrelevant in regard to This. Most often with men (women have their own version, but I'm picking on men just now) this happens with age. You see a guy in his forties who has quit his job, bought a Jaguar, left his wife, and gotten a hairpiece. He is not really a reformed middle class guy; if you asked him about it he might say, "You know, I don't really have anything against how I used to be, it just seemed like time to leave good old Margaret, and the firm, and take it easy -- you know, smell the roses." The man is not an anarchist, and he is not his former good old middle class producer self. There has been a slight shift, a subtle alteration of the focal plane which produced a cross-eyed effect. It is another of Life's tricks because in the Revolutionary sense, nothing has changed at all. Yet, in the City that is all that is available.
To do This you must willfully hold two views of everything, and it's got to be on the same plane. The views cannot be too far apart, and they cannot be on different focal planes. There is nothing in Life to teach you how to run this kind of extraordinary arc wherein you hold the two views simultaneously -- no book, no experience, no measuring tool other than me and your own internal experience if you can do it. There is no way to even describe this in a binary vocabulary. It is too subtle.
A Real Revolutionist is not a reformed anything. Nothing. You can't be. To become a reformed anything is like seeing a pancake that fell on the floor and saying, "I'm sick of looking at that dirty side," and turning it over. Then you hold it up and say, "Look what I did!" Now subtle changes do occur in someone involved with This, but it is not reform. For one thing, a reformed someone HAS to talk about it. That is part of the way Life has people wired up. So even if you did change to the point where you could be classified as a reformed something or other, if anyone asked you about it you would have to deny it. Of course, a Real Revolutionist would deny everything, but that's another story.
All of you did something before you met me and became involved with This that you felt was a change of some importance. Maybe you went back to school and finally got that degree, or you decided to lose weight and you really did and you felt good about it, or you quit smoking. No matter what it was, and notwithstanding that you may have truly enjoyed what you did, you now should have the ability to look right down into your own nervous system and answer the question, "Did it have any effect on your understanding?" The answer is unequivocally "No." Turning one thing into its opposite does not produce any new depth of understanding, any new depth of perception.
Recently I mentioned what could almost be an eleventh commandment: do not be wasteful. Here is something connected with that, and for now I will call it the intellectual food chain. It is not limited absolutely to what ordinary people would call "intellectual," but it is a food chain and it is in operation. It is established, and you participate in it without choice if you are alive. It is singular to humans at the 3-D observable level, and the Revolutionist has to be aware of it. Let us say you are somewhere in the middle of the bell curve intellectually for your time and place. Right below you are such things as tabloid newspapers, sad songs, most movies -- these things are just below the entry point of where you should be to be involved with This. To point out the obvious, you should not be availing yourself of food lower in the chain than you are. Physically you would not eat lower in the chain than you are; if you did they would lock you up. You should be seeking nourishment higher in the chain. Now I ask you: where can you find it?
This is not to say that such intellectual pursuits as reading about physics, science, all sorts of things -- taking up new mental games -- is not fun. If you've been around me at all you know I am not implying that. But that is not really above you in the food chain. The truth is, in the intellectual food chain in the City there is nothing above man. Now, in the City, no one can hear what I've just said. They would say, "You're wrong; I can study advanced mathematics or quantum physics that I do not currently know about and I can learn. Those areas are above me in what you are calling the intellectual food chain." And it's not true. If it were true, then someone could read about something they did not have any knowledge of and it would change their life. And you all should know that's not true. The City does not provide food in the intellectual food chain higher than the general bell curve of humanity right now. The only place you can get the kind of nourishment I refer to is from someplace unnaturally plugged into the food chain. It is only from such a source that you can find food that you do not need to be walking-around sane in the City.
Everyone is wired up to have City heroes. Even you. You carry them around for a long time. I do not mean just individuals; everyone has a feeling that somewhere in Life -- inside some ivy covered walls, or in a cave in a foreign land, or in a secret book -- there is some really superior food. And there is not! None of that will change the nervous system. That kind of food will not produce the necessary shock or provide the kind of nourishment needed for Real change.
I'm not going to tell you you should never watch the news, or glance at a tabloid next to the supermarket checkout counter. You are in a real sense hurting yourself to feed lower in the chain than you are, and you should hold an awareness of that. Remember, where you started out in the chain is no great shakes. To put it another way, I could say that regardless of how the human intellect has been attacked, it is not necessarily a waste of time. It is the way you do it. Just look at how much time the ordinary intellectual processes have taken up in you life, and what it has taught you. Look at what you have learned from ordinary experience, or what you picked up from reading or listening to other ordinary people whoever they were. What good did it do you? You may have learned facts, but did your nervous system get fertilized? Was there some unexpected, unnatural shock that took place? No.
Here's something else. You should be attempting to continually run a kind of survey of what you are doing, just in everyday affairs. Take the things that appear to be neither positive or negative, but almost neutral, yet they are outside the norm of behavior. For example, suppose you find that you always leave your house unlocked. Now forget whether this has anything to do with the world going to hell and criminals running around stealing everything in sight. The point is, you leave your house unlocked when you leave. Now in this day and time, the vast majority of people lock their houses when they leave. You can't get judgmental about WHY you do it; you simply see, "I have a way of doing something that is not in the mainstream of how most people do it." You may have been doing it as long as you remember and never had any problem. There should be a continuing examination not on the basis of "nothing adverse has ever happened as a result of how I do this," but on the basis of "is it producing any positive result?"
What I am pointing towards here can be tricky and it can be blatant. Tricky because it might seem that I am on the verge of handing out direct behavioral instructions, and that is not the way This works. I will not do so. So I use all these devices to go about 200 miles out of my way; I have to run around in all kinds of circles, pointing this way and that while pointing somewhere else. It's like I take you for a taxi ride where it's a straight shot from here to there but I have to take you all over the place: run up the fare, point out things that aren't there, tell you it's 10 a.m. when you can see it's dark. It's just us riding around, me talking to you. And if you have any understanding of This at all, after you and I have ridden around for 4 hours when the trip only takes 2 minutes, when you get out you don't say, "Thanks," or, "This is nuts." When you get out you might say something like, "Do you make keys?"
I suggest all of you have some things in your life that you do in a manner outside the mainstream, and that if you ignore any question of whether or not the behavior is negative and concentrate on the question of "does this produce any positive result," you would see that it does not. I suggest you will find such things, and here is what you should ask yourself: "In what way did I decide it would be to my benefit to do this?" And, "When did I decide to do this?" And the dirty question, "DID I decide to do this?" I suggest that if you make such an inquiry, you will find your answer to be, "I never did decide to do this." I'm hinting you may then find a number of possible negative aspects to what you are doing that you never considered. Let's go back to the example of leaving your house unlocked when you leave. You could not find a positive benefit for such behavior, while you could find all kinds of possible negative aspects.
You would miss the point to get into some kind of internal argument about it. Just look at what you do objectively and ask yourself the musical question, "Do I derive some positive benefit from this?" Now, since you are all City-bred, how about moving from leaving your door unlocked to something completely different. Say, leaving your mouth unlocked. Or your brain unlocked. Oh, that's right, I almost forgot -- that's what people call "individuality." It's, you know, "just the kind of guy I am."
What possible benefit is there to opening yourself up for negative possibilities? Look beyond unlocked doors (but don't ignore them, either) at the way you behave. At your personal habits. The way you treat your body. The way you apparently treat your mind. What you feed yourself from the food chain. I suggest you will find you do things which by now seem to be an acceptable part of you individually. It is as though your original ill-fitting suit has shrunk some due to the heat and elapsed time, so you are used to wearing a baggy personality, or an ill-fitting mind. I remind you again, if I must, the point of This is not to turn out a regiment of look alike, dress alike, think alike people. Surely you know better than that by now. But you ARE a regiment. You are a uniform. You are deviant behavior.
Keep a continual survey going of what you do. You can't get involved with, "Well, I know I do such and such differently from most people, but most people are idiots." Most people are most people. They are the majority. Remember, Life has a great affection for most people, or it wouldn't have made them. Look at what you do, and ask the questions I enumerated for you. Does your behavior in that area provide any positive benefit for you? Did you decide to do it?
Life is talking. Your participation in Life is continually talking. It's making hand signals, it's doing all kinds of things except you're looking with one eye. You're listening with one ear. All deviant behavior is being filtered through your individuality. Look. Survey. Examine.