reply to post by mr-lizard
In tarot symbolism, "the fool" is the fool and also considered the most enlightened trump of the deck, and he is often depicted as stepping off of a
cliff, because he has seemingly thrown away all
his defense mechanisms and acts regardless of consequences. Seemingly he is insane, and from
our perspective he may as well be.
I think all of us here are continually learning to strip away our own defense mechanisms, and replacing them with more yielding and approachable
attitudes, that allow us mastery of our feelings and behaviors. I don't know of any particular trick except that a lot of ancient spiritual classics
like the Bhagavad Gita, Gnostic texts banned from the Bible, etc. all have expressed a lot of truth to me personally, as well as thousands of others.
Even those truths are like scientific formulas, they have limits where "chaos" or the "unknown" comes into play and have to be constantly refined
to take those into account, so all truth is relative. The real point of any science or religion is simply to allow the individual a better
understanding and fuller experience of the mystery that he or she is perpetually faced with. And those types of texts, and certain zen koans, help me
to really get my head in the right place.
Overall it's very personal and individual work, and your best methods of learning you have to find yourself. No one here could give you the full
answer anyway, or else s/he wouldn't (couldn't) be posting here.
The easiest way I find to strip down defense mechanisms is to simply dismiss them for what they are, scars on my awareness that need to be removed.
For example, when I'm reading something and can't really decipher the quality of what I'm reading (whether it's just so far beyond my sight, or so
confused), I just realize first and foremost that there is no way I could know for sure
. This fact has a way of creeping into any circumstance
when you think about it. I never know anything, in the most ultimate sense, I am wandering around blindly in a mystery that I don't understand and I
only THINK I know what the hell I'm doing when I make symbols and gestures and sounds at other things that look like people, etc. Another typical
defense mechanism might say all this sounds insane, maybe it does, but I'm still secure in myself and in my reasoning and that's what makes the
difference. Because it doesn't matter if I know something or not. To think otherwise is a fallacy.
("I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance." - Socrates)