reply to post by Xagathorn
Couldn't agree more. As a practitioner of Zen, I can relate personally to the fact that indeed, balance is key. Balance in posture is the key to
balance in mind... balance in mind equals balance in experience... balance in experience equals balance in life.
That said, I understand that happiness can be an imbalance of sorts, or at least grasping and depending on it can be. Buddhists avoid any excessive
joy or despair, but yet the idea of being neither hot nor cold in your Way is essential. Basically this means "be as you are," or "do what you are
I have been researching ELEs, UFOs, NWO, etc, etc for some years now, and I have experienced choking despair and anxiety, lost sleep and neglect for
myself and others in my "quest for truth." On the same token, I have also felt a sense of superiority to "mainstream" thinkers, as well as the joy
of seeing into the endless possibilities of our times and universe. In short, my ignorance as terrified as well as encouraged me, but to what end?
In those times, I had no composure. I had no balance. I would sit up for nights on end watching Youtube, scouring the net for confirmations of
theories I had latched onto, denials of the "normal story," and thus down the rabbit hole. Granted, I learned a lot. However, I also wasted a real
portion of my very life in despair over what may very well amount to be nothing short of fictions.
Now, back to balance. If indeed we are living in an "end-time," then balance should naturally be very hard to maintain. Right now our planetary
systems of temperature, weather, orbit, etc etc... are seemingly in the middle of a massive fishtail. Partnering this with the global instabilities in
the human sectors of religion, politics, economy, etc; one can easily intuit that we actually are in a very special and troubling moment. We are being
pulled harder and harder in jutting directions, some like heavy anchors binding us to tradition, while others are rocket ships dragging us at light
speed into theories and realms of thought both too lofty for use and too huge for definition. All the while, efforts are made in every outlet to
either numb us with entertainment and convenience, or to cripple us with paralyzing fear.
So, its hard to keep your balance when in an unfamiliar situation, such as our current times. However... in reality, EVERYTHING is unfamiliar and
familiar at once. No one has ever existed in a time other than the one they are in.
Therefore, it is only within the backdrop of IMBALANCE that we can attain any BALANCE. It takes a very special effort to become balanced. It is the
effort of no effort.
So, my point I guess is just to illustrate that one must become aware of the imbalance in life and the world in order to truly balance oneself.