Thursday, July 28, 2016

Alcohol and Spirituality

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



[Insert image, here, of jolly monks brewing beer.]

Over the next few minutes I’m going to provide you with some information regarding alcohol and the human form, spirituality and societal norms.

If you agree with the implication of the above [picture], I suspect by the end of this article you will have a different outlook.

Layers of the Human Form

In order to understand how alcohol affects spirituality, it’s useful to first get a sense for the layered makeup of the human form.

As you probably know, you have a physical body. It is a dense-matter vehicle that experiences—simultaneous to its physical experience—layers of thought and emotion. In sync with these three layers is a spiritual body. This body, or soul, is your innate, whole form. It is what provides consciousness and awareness to every bit of what you define as “me,” and it is what requires a clear path through the “lower” three layers in order to be known personally.

When you think, say, emote, or do anything, though it may seem your experience is primarily of one category (such as physical), you are simultaneously engaging all levels of your human totality. You cannot engage one without engaging them all.

The point being that no aspect of you is ever separate from any other—soul included. What clarifies one, clarifies all; what muddies one, muddies all.

Alcohol and the Body

Of the substance itself, alcohol is a depressant. Unless someone is unconsciously seeking to validate an already existing condition of depression, which itself may well be unconscious to them, why would they deliberately ingest a substance that forces them into sadness?

“Sadness? Depression? But I feel good when I drink. I get all giddy and free.”

When alcohol is consumed, regardless of what else the body is doing or food is being digested, the processing of it becomes top priority. Why? Because alcohol is perceived by the body as toxic. Every time.

Hence, why not only will your liver immediately go into high gear to clear it out, but also why you’ll vomit if you have too much and why the more you drink the further your consciousness is depleted, for some to the point of black out and even death.

The degree to which you lose your inhibitions is the degree to which you lose your conscious awareness and control of your body, mind, and emotions.

There’s something seriously wrong if you need to poison yourself while going sub-conscious in order to feel good, to experience giddiness and freedom. Nonetheless, your drunken experience does provide a profound insight:

Alcohol removes inhibition. Meaning: The giddiness and freedom you seek is already within you. Drinking appears to create it but, in fact, merely allows the veil to partially and temporarily lift. Meaning: Should you choose to be a whole, real human being, you can face and resolve the very issues you use alcohol to reaffirm that you are a helpless victim of, and then experience all the pleasure you want without needing to abuse yourself at the same time.

In terms of metabolism, alcohol is readily converted to fat by the liver. Although some of this fat is transported to varying areas of the body (think: “beer belly”), plenty remains in the liver and contributes to fatty liver disease. Alcohol consumption has also been shown to be a risk factor in multiple forms of cancer, especially of the digestive tract.

Macronutrient-wise, alcohol comes in at 7 calories/gram. (For reference, protein and carbohydrate are 4 and fat is 9.) Drinking alcohol is like drinking calories—empty calories nutritionally yet calories that load on body fat. And fat for what? “Cushion”/“Insulation” from a seemingly hostile life experience, perhaps?

As far as I’m aware, the number one quality of true spirituality is self-love. I’m very hard-pressed to find anything like that here.

Crutches

So prevalent is alcoholism in our society and so acceptable is it by most “authorities”—even many so-called “spiritual” ones—that we imbibe more or less freely as if it’s of little consequence.

“In moderation,” you know? “It’s perfectly legal, and they drink wine in the Bible.”

But as I’ve now basically said without saying, alcohol is, 99.9% of the time, used as a crutch. For it is only when we’re running from inner discomfort that we take ill-justified, self-destructive actions, thus allowing us to avoid the discomfort further.

  • At a party with nothing in your hands? Better get a beer—you wouldn’t want to be a loser.
  • Have a hard day at the office? There is a bar on the way home…
  • Hot? You’re going to need something to cool you down.
  • Thirsty? Why not have a mixed drink (which, ironically, is also a diuretic)?
  • Bed time? How about a nightcap?
  • Visiting mother or father who have a drinker’s identity? Sure, you’ll have one. Or three.
  • Bored? Drink your way to excitement.
  • Wife a constant nag? Wash her away.
  • Still alive? Beer.

It’s an Acquired Taste

It’s disgusting is what it is.

The heavier a person’s internal discomforts (again, they’re usually unconscious), the further a person will go to escape them.

When we repress our discomforts (e.g.: shame, disconnect, unworthiness, etc.), we lose our ability to feel—particularly the positives like joy and gratitude. As this has been ongoing since childhood and because we’ve never been taught healthy processing procedures, we don’t even know that we can feel. We have no clear and present memories to remind us of what true feeling is like.

But in losing this ability to feel, we turn on a profound yearning to attain true feeling once again. We just don’t know how to do so. Alcoholic consumption thus becomes one of a multitude of ways in which we attempt to get it back.

At first it’s rough. We drink the first several beers or shots and it’s like, Whoa! And although we don’t like it, we keep going because the pungency of it, like the zip of extra spicy food or obsessive sexual habits, provides us with a sense of feeling, a sense of aliveness.

Problem is, these are false feelings dependent on conditions “out there” while the garbage inside continues to rot. No matter, some feeling seems to us better than no feeling at all. We keep it up, and the body creates a higher homeostatic set-point of numbness.

Not that we actually call it “numbness.” Of course not. That’s far too unsophisticated for us educated, civilized types. Better off using something more elegant, cultured, and classy:

“My taste for liquor is… acquired.”

Alcohol and Spirituality: A Summing Up

[Insert image, here, of monks gaping into the 4th wall,
now aware that they’ve been called out on their crap...]

...Because the consumption of alcohol, especially in large quantities, is not conducive to spirituality.

Spirituality is about becoming more conscious, not less.

Alcohol is a crutch and a depressant. Its consumption is self-destructive. It is a suppressant of discomfort, the very discomfort (fear, trauma, etc.) that needs to be seen and removed from body, mind, and emotion in order to clarify one’s self enough to experience the subtlety of soul connection.

If you drink and truly have an interest in spirituality (not some elaborate religious gobbledygook or God-only-knows-what-else of the same name), I recommend a tremendous minimization of alcohol consumption, if not a complete end to it.

Step-wise, I recommend that you step away—completely—for several months to a few years. Let your body detox, face and clear out whatever inner discomforts arise as a consequence of not drinking—and they will arise quite readily, I promise you that—and then listen to your body. Feel—truly feel—and then see how inclined you are to have another drink.

This may seem like a fairly hard-lined stance, but I offer it confidently knowing both sides. I've been the drunk, the self-abuser, the depressed, the self-imposed victim. I've also been without alcohol for about six years now and have had to face all the discomfort that comes up when choosing clarity and self-love. The benefits are profound.

Alcoholic beverages initially taste like shit for a good reason, just as their ingestion results in heavy consequences for a good reason. So long as you’re choosing to experience things of such a course nature, you will not (with rare exception) be graced with the finer and lighter. Your body, mind, and emotions will just be too bogged down, too numb.

Said Ralph Waldo Emerson: “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.”

To lead a spiritual life is to do the work of God. To do the work of God implies clarity and self-love.

The path of alcoholism is no such path.

Alcohol and Spirituality – Why It’s Called "Spirit"


Monday, July 25, 2016

The Grand “Support” Ribbon Illusion

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



It’s time to blow up a major misconception about our society’s obsession with “support” ribbons.

Why is this important? Because, as you’ll see by the end of this post, the central principle underlying the “support” ribbon industry is majorly flawed. By purchasing ribbons, you are not at all supporting what you believe you are supporting but are instead serving to push further away any resolution to the issues of concern.

As I say this, I'm not suggesting that those who first created "support" ribbons had malintent, nor am I suggesting the same of the majority of people who continue to make, sell, buy, or display them. I don't know, and I'm quite sure most people don't know the difference. Regardless, the misconception is not a trivial matter.

Have you ever seen the 1988 John Carpenter film “They Live,” the one where the main characters get a hold of specially designed glasses that allow them to see the deeper truth of their cultural norms (ex: money appears as pieces of paper that read “THIS IS YOUR GOD”)? Well, had you a pair of these glasses to put on when looking at “support” ribbons, what you’d see would appear much the same.

What you see is not what you get.

The Grand Illusion

It all begins with your perception and awareness. If both are in a state of limitation and ignorance of Truth, even the most ragged of sheep’s skins can hide the most vicious of wolves.

When you buy and display “support” ribbons (or magnets, wrist bands, stickers, etc.) you are operating on a number of beliefs. One such belief of which there exist many similar is:

The more money and attention I place into the awareness of an issue, the sooner a resolution will be found.

This belief is based on what you have been taught. And because belief creates the “reality” you experience, your perception is going to make that belief appear as valid. Which for you and perhaps you alone, it will be—it’s your choosing; it’s your free will.

However, Reality (with a capital “R”) may disagree.

To reiterate: What you must understand is that belief determines your perception which determines your “reality.” Which is not to say that your “reality” is actual Reality—it is not. Reality just is, while your “reality,” “true” though it may appear to you, is a highly subjective/personal perceptual illusion.

In the Reality that just is, there are certain laws that define it whether they are known to everyone or remain obscure, are overt or subtle.

The grand illusion of “support” ribbons rides on the ignorance of the masses of a law of Reality that is always in plain sight yet, for most, remains hidden. This law states that:

Whatever we give more attentive energy to we create more of; whatever we give less attentive energy to we create less of.

Now, take another look at the belief you have about “support” ribbons:

The more [energy] I place into the awareness of an issue, the sooner a resolution will be found.

Do you see the fatal flaw? The grand illusion of “support” ribbons?

Using cancer as an example, I’m going to make this horrifyingly clear…

It is impossible to support widespread cancer awareness without supporting the proliferation of cancer itself. The former demands that the latter must exist.

On the surface, yes, I agree. Dumping massive amounts of money and time and energy into an issue like cancer awareness sounds like a great idea.

But when you understand that the more energy—attention, time, money, and so on—you put into being aware of something—cancer, AIDS, poverty, ALS, MS, MLB, HSBC, and WNBA—is more energy that that very thing has to thrive on…!!!

Life Is Like a TV Show

One way to think of this is to liken the situation to a TV series.

Suppose a new show is about to air. Will it be great, or will it suck? Will the whole series play out with five additional seasons, or will the pilot take a dump? The determining factor is the show’s rating. And what is the rating based on? The show’s viewership—or what percentage of people put their attentive energy into it. If 95% of viewers change the channel within 10 minutes, the show is going off the air; if 95% of viewers watch the whole pilot episode, any number of episodes could follow.

No matter what area of life you look at, no matter how big or small of an issue, no matter whether the form of energy used is mental attention, physical exertion, money, time, or whatever, you will see the law of creation at play.

And it is you who is the creator.

Poking Holes In Other Perspectives

Of course, not all “support” ribbons overtly call for awareness. They do implicitly, so what’s been mentioned above still applies.

Some ribbons will state things such as:

Fight for a cure.

Why? Why? Folks… Look at nature. Observe the forests, the oceans, the deserts. Observe all the life therein. On a clear night, go outside and observe the endless expanse of the cosmos.

Do you see any fight whatsoever? Yeah, sure, a gazelle fights for its life when a lion is attacking it. But such is a part of the cycle of life. Everything in nature works perfectly, which is to say that there is no fight. In the areas where Mother Nature has set poisonous snakes, so too has she adorned the ground with antigen-containing plant life. There is no fight; there is a solution to every problem. If Nature has created it, Nature can destroy it.

It is only a blind humanity, believing that what they need isn’t already right before them, that must fight to get what it’s looking for. Fighting is of negative orientation. If the negative is what’s focused on, the negative is what increases.

A different example is in issues such as hunger awareness, where phrasing is used such as:

Find the cure.

C’mon, people. Think about it. Just for 30 seconds, think about it! Find the cure for hunger!? Existence and everything within it has known the cure for hunger since the dawn of creation!

I hunger, therefore I eat.

Whatever’s going on here is incredibly unfortunate because people keep focusing on the notion that hunger needs a cure. What hunger needs is for awareness to be placed on the Truth of why so many hundreds of millions of people are still starving.

If this weren’t bad enough, it only gets worse… True story…

Just after typing up the first draft for this article, I went out for a run. In this one area I pass frequently, I crossed the street at what seemed to me to be a “random” location. As I stepped onto the sidewalk on the other side of the street, I glanced up at the corner of a street sign and noticed a sticker I’d never seen before. It said:

Stop hunger.

God, save us!!!

Rampant Dysfunction

While this writing has focused on “support” ribbons, the basic faulty tenets noted in this article run rampant throughout our society.

Probably a full third of the population (at least near where I live) has Stop Texting stop sign magnets on their cars. Truthfully, these things are utterly useless—except for the retailers (usually Big Medical) who’re making a fucking mint off of them. You might as well buy a magnet for your favorite hockey team instead. Or perhaps one that says:
I’m a negatively-focused human being who perceives life to be out-of-control, but I don’t want to question the validity of my perspective because I’m afraid to face my fears and false beliefs. I’m thus going to try to control others as a means of, hopefully, making my life seem more in control.
If you truly want change, you must first walk your talk, and then either accept the situation as is or work to reeducate people. Not only has the mere placement of Stop Texting magnets on cars now become so prevalent that seeing them is practically a subconscious-only matter, but the expectation of effectiveness is like giving a 2-year-old a loaded and cocked gun and saying: Don’t shoot! It’s completely idiotic.

A final case for dysfunction comes from the US government. Every other year they’ve got a new “War On” campaign going on, without any of the prior "wars" being resolved. “The War On Drugs,” “The War On Terror,” “The War On Poverty.” How much war will it take for us as a collective to realize that we cannot fight fire with fire? That to burn other is to both burn self and create even more destruction?

It’s time to look in a fresh direction.

What To Do

In brief:

Stop supporting negatively-oriented “support” ribbons.

At length:

I’m not suggesting in all of this is that we chose to ignore cancer or AIDS or poverty or any such troubles. Trying to ignore any of these things would be like losing in a knife fight and pretending we can walk it off.

Rather, I’m calling for us as a collective to willing choose to become more conscious and accountable, to stop being so stubborn and naive, to quit pretending like we’re “doing a good thing” by putting “support” magnets on our cars.

Clearly, whatever “truths” we’ve been running on since time untold are not working out.

And I can tell you, because I’ve seen it countless times in my own life:

When you choose to live more consciously, both self-wise and globally, what you need to do, what is important for you to learn, these things will all come to you. Effortlessly.

You will learn how to put your attention on things and resolve them—or maybe just accept them as is, as sometimes that’s the only thing you, personally, can do—without causing more damage.

We’ve done enough of that so as it is.

Let’s now focus our awareness and support on something positive.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The War At Home

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



[Author's Note: This is a very atypical post for me. It is brief and it is potent. It arose quite unexpectedly. I feel it a necessary thing to say in light of the now-daily mass shootings and police brutality cases.]

The Icing On the Cake

We play this game of war.

Here in the US, in the country that’s somehow always right and acts as though it has some heavenly right to mete out justice on the world’s stage, we’ve been so fond of war.

Just after 9/11, we flew into another country and bombed the living fuck out of them.

A great many US citizens, and many citizens abroad, felt so justified in this.

The Mass Media Marketing Machine, or M4, spread their fear and told the oligarchy’s lies, and the people bought into it as if it were all the word of God.

Shock ‘n’ Awe, baby!

What a gloriously self-justified moment it was for so many. What an ego-boost it’s been for so many, still to this day, for those who continually refuse to see the truth.

It’s the icing on the cake, I suppose, of a history rent with war and the annihilation of supposed infidels in the name of peace.

Reevaluation

I want you to think about something. Just for a few moments...

You get off on war.

You say you don’t, yet you read the newspaper every morning, you watch the news on TV every night, and God only knows how many war-related news feed items you read and tweet and discuss throughout the course of your days.

The M4 supplies it, and, you, the average citizen, buy it. You eat it with pride.

Like the “Shock ‘n’ Awe” campaign.

Yeah, man! Did you see how those fighter jets just flew in there and blew the fuck out of those bastards? That was wild!

Folks…

Did it never occur to you that the people you pridefully rally against are brainwashed just like you: I’m right, they’re wrong, and I refuse to hear any different?

Did it never occur to you that war is never, ever, ever, ever as clean as it’s shown via the M4?

Did it never occur to you that when the bombs drop and the bullets fly, unlike TV shows such as “The A-Team” and “GI Joe,” fellow humans are actually hit by those bombs, bullets, and flying debris?

Did it never occur to you that bullets and shrapnel cause vastly more cases of wounding and disability, of mass trauma, gore, and suffering, than it does “easeful” sudden death?

Did it never occur to you that war is not like a video game in which you can set your difficulty level before beginning, input “god mode” cheats, save your game, restart if you die, or pick up dependably-located medi-kits and instantly heal?

Did it never occur to you that the people you pridefully, dare I even say lustfully, support the destruction of, have dreams, talents, and feelings just like you, that they have intentions for the “later in life” that they’ll no longer have a chance to see?

Did it never occur to you that, like you, they also have families, friends, mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters—all of whom they may never see again nor will see them?

Did it never occur to you that most of the people who’ve had their lives stolen away from them were completely innocent civilians—just like your husband or wife, your daughters and sons, your brothers and sisters and friends? Just like you?

Did it never occur to you that what is blasted to the ground in the span of a few short seconds will take years to rebuild and decades, if not lifetimes, to heal internally?

Did it never occur to you that your support of war via the energy you focus on the oligarchical M4 and all its concocted tales is perpetuating the very thing you claim to want an end to?

“This, Too, I Am.”

Rough as this may have come across to some of you, it is not intended as a guilt-trip but, rather, a wake-up call.

The brutality and war “out there” is, first and foremost, the brutality and war “in here.”

If you truly desire to see it end, know that the process will begin the very moment you accept personal responsibility.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Humanity: Superheroes, Supervillains, and the Case for Superpowers

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



Wouldn’t it be cool if you had the power of telekinesis? Or the ability to walk through walls? Or maybe had inordinate strength? Or could perform physical healing on yourself or others?

Well, NOW you CAN! For 3 EASY payments of ONLY $29.95! Get your very own Superpower Start-Up Kit, delivered straight to your door! And if you call right now, we’ll even include a lifetime supply of “Get Out of Jail Free” cards! Quantities are limited, so call today! Operators are standing by!

As if!

Superpowers

The concept of having “super” powers is not simply the “mutant” stuff of comic books and movies, of accidents and magicians. Although uncommon, records from around the world have offered us accounts throughout the course of history revealing the availability of such powers to those beings known as “humans.”

Yep. Folks just like you and I.

Granted, the number of those who exhibit such gifts (or seeming curses) have so far been relatively small. However, just the fact that such is a historically-enduring, cross-global reality means that all humans have the same powers dormant within them. Unless there are varying strains of human being I’ve not been made aware of, then, again, I’m writing here of you and I.

For whatever reasons, some people, a few, are naturally open to the expression of "super" powers. These individuals may hone them with time, but basically they’ve always been ON.

Interestingly, the process of spiritual awakening, because it activates dormant brain and DNA areas and removes the illusory perceptual blockages formerly hiding one from fully experiencing reality, can and will also open us up to these innate “super” abilities.

Of these powers, sometimes people will contend that:
  1. We shouldn’t have them.
  2. People who do have them should not use them.
  3. Such powers are the work of the devil.
What I would like to offer here is a case to the contrary.

Point 1: Humans Shouldn’t Have “Super” Powers

Simply: we do. Like it or not, it’s part of Life. God isn’t going to alter Creation because of a few closed-minded humans.

Let’s also think this out on a more rational basis…

We are all human beings of which science has said that about 92% of our DNA is “junk” and only around 10% of our brain function is online.

First, there is no waste in nature. Ever. Which means that our DNA isn’t junk… Not a very scientific argument, but common sense should make it clear enough. The proper word is dormant: most of our DNA is dormant. If it were junk, it simply wouldn’t be there.

Second, also dormant is 90% of our brain function. Which means what exactly? That we don’t have a damn clue about what the brain can offer us because we’re only running on 10%. We can’t know what the other 90% has in store for us until it’s actually fired up.

So, considering the amazing things we can already do and then adding 92% DNA activation and 90% more brain function, well, the possibilities and potentials seem quite unfathomable.

Taking a few steps back to look at what’s going on right now, if it’s possible that a child can be born with an uncommon gene expression activated for disease, why is it not equally possible for another child to be born with a gene activated for hyper-intelligence or pyrokinesis?

Insert an increasingly spiritually awakening humanity, the development of which leans by necessity toward the quality of discerning, love-based behavior, and the result is a shutting off of disease and inhibition and a turning on of god-like powers.

Should anyone remain in contention that humans shouldn’t have “super” abilities, they’re going to have to put forth some mighty potent data to prove to the contrary of the highly suggestive yet unknown possibilities and potentials of a human being at peak capacity.

Point 2: “Super” Powers Should Not Be Used

What difference does it make?

Negatively: If there are people out there who design, manufacture, and sell weapons meant only to be held by others who will maliciously use them to mindlessly slaughter other beings—most notably those of their own human family—does it really make a difference if someone has the power to read minds, even if they do so for negative gain?

Alternately and positively: What if the mind-reader uses their power only for what comes to them as intuitively appropriate? As the adage goes, “With great power comes great responsibility.” If they know and respect their power and the cosmic laws that are going to have them paying dearly for misuse, what difference does it make? After all, as nothing in life is ever wasted, there must be some good meaning and purpose to having the power or it wouldn’t exist, even if the purpose isn’t always or immediately clear.

Also, let's consider the powers the average you and I already have.

Most everyone on this planet has the power to write. Any given person can write a letter of love to their spouse or a letter of hate to their enemy. So, too, can they write a letter of hate to their spouse or a letter of love to their enemy.

Most everyone on this planet also has the ability to pick things up off the ground. Which means we also have the power to help others when they drop things accidentally or to just ignore them like they don’t exist.

Perhaps you or I can’t (yet) walk on water, but that doesn’t mean we don’t wield some intense power in the “mundane” abilities we already utilize in moment-to-moment living.

Truth is (at least as far as this writer is concerned), whether we can fly, remote view, teleport, or make ourselves invisible really makes no difference. We are already incredibly powerful beings as is.

The real concern should be how we use our powers.

The real concern should be whether we choose to be a superhero or a supervillain.

Point 3: Such Powers Are the Work of the Devil

This one gives me a laugh. Its foundation reeks of ignorance.

To paraphrase Job 1:21, “As he giveth, so he taketh away.” We have nothing without God’s express permission. Good, bad, peace, war, friends, enemies—they’re all provided in this dualistic experience as a means of giving us, as truly spiritual beings, the opportunity to work out lessons that can only be learned through a dense physical existence.

Lessons come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and densities, and we are each all of them, light and darkness alike.

We are gods of our own making—if we so choose; we are devils of our own making—if we so choose. Our Creator has given us all of it, from extreme inhibition to powers beyond our wildest dreams, as well as the free will to choose whatever we want.

Powers are like money. So many people claim that if they win a whole lot of money, they’ll do all sorts of “nice” things with it. But, as it’s said, “If you’re an asshole before you have money, you’re just going to become an asshole with a mint.” Money merely allows us to become more of what we already are.

If we really trust ourselves, God, and Life, we’re already going to be doing truly good things with our money, no matter how seemingly minimal, rather than waiting around playing negative karma-creating games like the lottery—we’ll already be out there making our own way while trusting the universe to provide us with everything we need to fulfill the requirements of our soul’s purpose in any given moment.

This all the while knowing that money is irrelevant to the depth of good we can do since true goodness comes from our state of being, not from the size of our wallet. This all the while knowing that, although the monetary end of things may appear bleak, the road ahead is eternally bright.

Now, that is an amazing power.

It’s Your Call

We are each with a different life path, each a soul on an evolutionary journey different from that of sister, father, friend, and stranger.

Some of us may be walking with powers out of the norm, while most of us walk with powers seemingly mundane. No matter, they are all still powers, and they all still demand discretionary use as they each carry within them the seeds of both destruction and creation.

It’s your call, as the one with the powers, to choose wisely how you will use them.

Hone them with love, and watch them expand. Watch as you become more of who you came here to be, whether that be a janitor or a hands-on healer.

Hone them with malintent, and—beware! You may be provided the space to develop them, yet such a road cannot be tolerated for long.

Once again: As he giveth, so he taketh away.

Hone wisely, my friend. Hone wisely.

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Thought: Darkness and Light

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness



The dark, the nighttime, brings out the otherwise unconscious fears in people.

These fears of the dark cause them to gravitate toward the light. They use flashlights, streetlamps, all-season “Christmas” lights, smartphone screens—anything to ward off their fear of what may linger in the shadows. These being a mere reflection of the unknown within.

Thank God for the day…

Or not.

Because when day arrives, when the light comes, people often sequester themselves indoors. When they go out, they don fashionable cover-half-your-face sunglasses.

An equal and opposite metaphor arises.

For so, too, are people afraid of the light.

People are afraid of the Light.

With a capital “L”.

Life is an allegory, after all.

People are afraid of the dark. People are afraid of the Light.

One arises, they long for the other; the other arises, they long for the one.

But not that One.

Because that One is both light and darkness.

Both of which are feared.

So they lose themselves in the endless distractions within the gray area of duality in between. Never yet to find what they’ve sought.

But surely it’s there somewhere.

...Somewhere...

...Somewhere...

...Somewhere...