All Fire Is One Fire
"I shall burn, but this is a mere event. We will continue our discussion in Eternity."
- Borges, supposedly quoting someone else but since with Borges you never know, and he's what makes it special anyway, let's just call it his. ;)
Today I entreat you — and myself — to remember that ALL OF THE ANSWERS TO LIFE ARE ONE ANSWER.
Studying the mind is useful sometimes, and unavoidable sometimes, but as with religion, it's too easy to get trapped in the perceived multiplicities of it. There starts to look like one answer for child-abuse survivors, one for food-insecurity, one for self-esteem, one for ennui…and that's all false, just like it's fundamentally false that there's one god(s) for the Greeks, one for the Americans and one for the Moors and Saracens. Up off of the ground-floor, there are certainly different ways to illuminate the truth to different types of people — but that's all about the flashlights, not what you're shining them on.
So don't get too tangled in the particulars: Keep your eyes trained on the One Truth, and when you can't see it, keep your faith that it's there (your One, Intransitive Faith), and keep adjusting that flashlight until you can see more clearly.
Another useful metaphor, besides flashlights, is signposts: All those writings, all those diagnoses and parables, are *pointing at* the right thing. Often we get sucked into contemplating the sign and forget that it's shaped like an arrow for a reason (perhaps the best signpost is the one that says "THIS IS AN ARROW – LOOK THAT WAY!" ;).
Here are some of the more useful signposts (mostly useful, I think, because they're psychology-and-religion-independent) that I know:
The Truth isn't "out there" – it's "in here".
You can handle any Right Now, so stay there!
Live life at 100%, fearlessly, right out in the open.
Don't question life or doubt yourself — just do it.
Mastery of Life is the opposite of Control
The obstacle IS the Path
When in doubt (of yourself or life), be silent and breathe until it passes.
Got any to add?
(Hmm, also, suddenly I want to do an art project where I make those into actual signposts and put them on the Commons…!)