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Saturday, July 26, 2014

AND WHAT ROUGH BEAST, ITS HOUR COME AT LAST, SLOUCHES TOWARDS BETHLEHEM TO BE BORN?

W.B.YEATS:
TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of i{Spiritus Mundi}
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?  ***






          God cannot be invoked. To commune
with Him we must pray for Grace.
          Demons and other entities that survive
death - these can be invoked through certain practices.
          But you'd best be extremely careful in following these practices, and have a prayer ready...because you're likely 
going to need it.
          There are entities you really don't want to
see. There is an entity that is so dessicated
that all the fluids will rapidly be sucked out of
your body, if you maintain your focus.
           Luckily, terror will come to your aid -
fight or flight. And believe me, you'll choose
flight if you have the chance.

           Some of the most spiritual people ever to evolve on this planet entered into the path
of the Dark Magician, early in their lives.
            Eventually, you have a choice, the
path of power or the path of love.

            Padma Sambava, the great Buddhist
creator and saint, headed off originally ( sent
by his mother) to learn how to rain hail stones
down on a particular village.
            And he learned how. He didn't fail.
But he learned other things as well. The other
things he learned turned him onto a different
path, the path of love.
            But he kept a sardonic sense
of humour. He and his consort ate foods
left in the graveyards for the dead.
Then entered into tantric coitus
for long periods of time in the graveyards.
He pissed off the straights, you can believe
that!
            He was also described as
sitting in meditation upon a lotus leaf
floating out in the lake atop the waters.
            (Just like Jesus Christ, he was
described as 'walking on the waters'.
You never know with these guys, maybe
they really did walk on water. But the
more important thing is this - the metaphor.
The metaphor is that 'the waters' are another
word for 'the unconscious'. And these
Conscious beings are Aware on top of the
unconscious, represented by the waters
of a lake or the sea.)

PARABLE, SYMBOL AND METAPHOR:
________________________________
             
             Most elevated spiritual teachings
are done by use of parable, symbol and
metaphor. And it's about time that those people
who are too literal minded caught on to
this fact.
            There is a reason why religions
had general teachings and esoteric teachings.
Not everybody can grasp the esoteric teachings
and so they were kept secret. But such teachings
were revealed  through symbol and metaphor -
not everybody can consciously understand
such things.
               But everybody can understand
symbol, metaphor and parable on an
unconscious level.
           That's why such teachings are made -
there's something in it for everybody. 
           I don't respect religions that 
work hard at keeping
things secret from most people.

           Another metaphor - when they
talk of Christ curing the blind, maybe he
did cure one or two blind people. But what
the metaphor means - he was bringing light
to their darkness, the darkness of their
ignorance. He was making the blind to see.
He was enlightening them.

            The same type of metaphor applies
regarding the phrase, "raising the dead."
            The great teacher Basilides, living
in Alexandria 2000 years ago, wrote this:
            "The dead went to Jerusalem and they
did not find what they did seek. So they have 
come to these walls, asking questions of me."
           The metaphor is - we are dead living lives of ignorance and confusion. Once Realization
comes, we are raised from the dead, we have 
come to see.
            All these phrases were current at the
time of Christ.            

            Back to Padma.Eventually Padma Sambava
 entered into the minds of all the animistic  spirits
in Tibet and converted them into Temple
guardians for the Buddhist temples
in that country.

            He was one of the original Goths
to be sure. He was charged with murder
but he won his own case by proving that
the man he'd killed had murdered
Padma's family in a past life.
           You'd have to be a hell of a 
lawyer to do that. Yet I'm quite sure
when I say that Padma Sambava
was never called to the bar, in his
time.

           What point am I making? Oh, yes.
The quotation which is the title of this
article was taken from the poet, William
Butler Yeats. The title is the last two
lines of Yeat's poem, "The Second Coming."
           Yeats was interested in the occult
as well. It's pretty obvious, however,
that he also chose the path of love. Read
his poem, "When You Are Old", and you'll
see what I mean.



            This article I was going to talk
about The Second Coming of Christ
and how it will come to be, how it is
coming to be.
            As they say about Maitreya
Buddha, the coming of Christ and
Christ Consciousness is - like the red
in the sky before the dawn. You haven't
seen the sun yet, but you know 
Illumination is coming.
            The discovery anew of the
most ancient gospels is proof that
the Christ is arising. How will it
happen?
            The more elevated consciousness
that we will learn from these gospels...
This awareness, as it gathers strength,
will become capital 'c' Consciousness.
And when this Consciousness exists,
Christ arises among us.
            It will happen. It is happening now.
A holy resurrection will take place
in our nations, when we learn things
as they are - the way it is - when we
achieve enlightenment,when all the
lies are uncovered, the Christ
will arise within us.
            The Second Coming will have
happened. The discovery of these
Gospels 2000 years after the death of
Christ, this is the key.
            Read The Gospel of Thomas,
for starters,and you will be helping
this Consciousness arise.














*** The Second Coming that Yeats was talking about
in his poem is not  the Second Coming that I'm talking about. It's important to remember that Yeats wrote this poem only a short time before the start of
the second world war.





                                                                                (C)2014 by W.G.Milne
                                     

Sunday, July 20, 2014

HOW TO STAY IN THE NOW - SKILLS ESSENTIAL FOR HAPPINESS

HOW TO STAY IN THE NOW
__________________________


This is a tricky business, but an essential
skill to have if you wish to be happy.

I'll quote a few people from different paths
and different centuries – on this subject.

'THE GREAT WAY IS EASY FOR HE WHO HAS
       NO PREFERENCES.” 6th patriarch of zen

“ WHAT IS IT THAT YOU LACK THAT MAKES
YOU WALK BACK AND FORTH SO?”
 (Master sitting in a big bird's nest in a tree, at a
crossroads, shouting down at the people going to
town and back.)

“THERE'S NOWHERE TO GO BUT WHERE
         YOU ARE.”  Johnny Rock
(After hitchhiking ten thousand miles)

“BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS, I AM.”
                           Jesus Christ
(And then they threw rocks at him, saying.
 “Blasphemy!”)

“AT THE STILL POINT OF THE TURNING
    WORLD, THERE THE DANCE IS.”
                                 T.S. Eliot

“TO LIVE, TAKING THE TIMELESS OUT OF
      TIME, THIS IS THE OCCUPATION
       OF THE SAINT.”   T.S. Eliot

“THE PAST DOES NOT EXIST. THE FUTURE DOES
   NOT EXIST. ONLY THE PRESENT EXISTS.
    AND THE PRESENT, WITH ITS MANY DAWNS,
      IS A CONTINUOUS BIRTHING.”
      
        Words of Heraclitus, cheerfully rewritten by
            Walker Ballantine

“ WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE SHALL YOUR
    HEART BE.”  Jesus Christ

“THE HERO OF MY BOOK IS TIMELESSNESS”
       (Henry Miller, “The Tropic Of Cancer”)

“WHEN THE LAKE OF THE HEART BECOMES
   PEACEFUL AND CALM, THE REFLECTION
    OF THE ORDINARY MAN BECOMES THE
      REFLECTION OF A SAINT.”
                                                        Anonymous
     

Friday, July 18, 2014

HYMNS TO ANNIHILATION !



           The one we call Christ, Jesus the anointed one,
can find many ways into a person's
 heart-soul-mind...(we really need a word that means  
heart-mind).
        I have spoken in negative terms about being
"born again", only because it's not that
easy. We forget that in order to  truly
be born a second time, first it is
necessary to die.

        To experience the  Realization in Christ,
it is necessary to die completely. And we are not
psychologically ready for such an experience
in the west.* At least, I wasn't ready. 
         I was at the university, and I had a small
room. There was a woman who was crying
and I was trying to comfort her, but there
wasn't a thing I could do to help her.
        She was not crying about one specific
thing - her crying was more of an ontological 
nature.
        She was weeping because she had
 no solution,no answer, no comfort. 
Her crying helped me
develop the passion that is necessary
to make the final assault on the citadel
of the mind.
       
       I had already found a question
that was plaguing me... a paradox.
If we focus on reality and say it is
one coin. One coin is your focus point.
One side of the coin is beauty, the other
side of the coin is ugliness.

HOW CAN BEAUTY AND UGLINESS
BE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN?

        I had been fasting for weeks,
not entirely fasting - I had juice,
a little rice, a touch of protein. For three
or four days up to this event
I drank water only.
          The desperation of the woman
and my own desperate need to know,
my own passionate searching...
to find the answer to the question
reality poses... To discover
something that would alleviate her
suffering... this provided the urgency
that was needed.
        So I turned to the Bible, and I
read: 

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD

And it turns out this was perfect.
There is no way you can understand that
statement intellectually. The intellect
can only go so far.
         It's like a monkey in a locked
room with a bunch of bananas hanging
from the ceiling.There are three
wooden boxes in the room. Eventually
the monkey will learn to stack the
three boxes one on top of the other
 in order to climb up and get
the fruit.
        The boxes are like the intellect.
The intellect is for practical problems.
Once you get the bananas, you
set the boxes aside. Once you've
solved the practical problem you set
the intellect aside. The 'intellect' is not meant
to be for the full perception of
what is.
       A one-pointed focus of your full
mind is necessary to apprehend
the nature of being, to pierce the
problem 'reality' presents us with.
      So I was focusing with all  my
might: in the beginning was the word...
in the beginning... the word... the word
...THE WORD...
    Then something happened.
    I was focusing with all the
passion I could muster, together
with the goad of the desperation of
the woman.
     All of a sudden the room went
dark. There was an implosion in
my mind, as if someone had dropped
a television off a balcony... and the
TV hits the sidewalk, and the TV
implodes because of the vacuum tube
that is in it.
      It was a huge sound a great BOOM.
I thought the sound must have disturbed
the neighbours. I thought everyone
in Toronto must have heard the sound!

      No one did. Only the eggshell of my
mind had imploded into itself. And
all I saw was darkness... dark...dark...
infinite darkness in all directions.
      I realized 

I KNEW ALL THERE WAS TO KNOW AND
      I KNEW NOTHING.

       I had been focusing on the eternal mind
of Christ and I was praying for aid.
Then I tasted. For a short but highly
significant while, my mind was the Mind
of Christ.And Christ's Mind is:

KNOWLEDGE OF ETERNAL LIFE,
LIFE BEYOND DEATH IMBUED WITH
 INFINITE MERCY AND HEART.


       Christ is not just the foundation of
my mind. Christ is the foundation of all
our minds. Look deeply enough within
and you will awaken the Christ
within you.

        At its best, each mind functions
as the Mind of Christ. I was partaking
of his Mind for a while, I saw what He
sees.
       Heart-Mind.
       This is why in the Gospel of Philip
it is said: 
       
        "Seek not to be like Christ,
but to be Christ."
          
           This is where the Knowledge is
imparted.In this Experience.
 This is the mirrored Bridal Chamber. 
        If the seeker seeks... "Seek and
ye shall find."
      And what does the seeker find?
What does the seeker find if he drinks
in the teachings and the words of
Christ, if he drinks of the spring waters
coming from the mouth of Christ?
He finds:

'HE WHO WILL DRINK FROM MY MOUTH
WILL BECOME LIKE ME. I MYSELF
SHALL BECOME HE, AND THE THINGS
THAT ARE HIDDEN WILL BE REVEALED
TO HIM." 
                        
The Gospel of Thomas, verse 108.

      I am sorry folks, but this is NOT what is being
taught in the Christian churches of this
day!
      The churches are in error and they
must find correction.
       We cannot allow our young people
to go forth in the search for the meaning
of life, without providing them a support
system to which they can return.
         There are many difficulties along
the way and it would be proper for us to
 provide a few signposts.
         Why is it necessary for a seeker
in Christ to go to other religions in order
to discover what the hell has happened
to him?
      

     After the Realization experience, the
Foundation Experience,  I didn't sleep for three days.
I walked around the City of Toronto
knowing all there is to know in utter joy.
      I looked at the world around me
and the universe above and knew that all this
was made of the utmost purity. All things
were of this purity. And when death comes,
you fall back into the Mind of Christ, which is
 your own mind.  So what's the problem?

      At death, I'll fall back into 
what I have already realized is
my own Mind,when it's working 
at its very best,without ego or 
personal preferences. Where's
the fear in this?


      The Realization Experience
comes only to those who have sung the
hymns to annihilation of the ego
and personal lusts.
      The problem is the ego comes back a few
months after the Experience, it returns with its
endless personal ambitions and lusts. So it
is necessary to enter into spiritual
practices to keep the monster from the door,
to keep  things from clouding your
vision.
       But once you have passed through
the utter annihilation of the Foundation
Experience, you are not the same
person anymore. Your identity has
changed from small "i" identity
into capital "I" Identity.
      And nothing is ever the same again.


       
         
                                



                         (C)2014 by W.G. Milne
                         And copyright as to the book title,
                         "Hymns to Annihilation".

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GOD SPEAKS AS A WOMAN!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


GOD AS WOMAN SPEAKS AT THE CORE - THE MYSTIC QUEST

                                                                                                          (re-written)

           I was scanning the history of the early Christians
this morning and these words jumped out
 at me:

"I am the first and the last.
I am the honoured one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am the mother and the daughter...
I am the barren one
    and many are her sons."

                                      (The Thunder, Perfect Mind)

       Not only are these words strange because
God is speaking as a woman,
these words are odd also because
most of the statements are stating
contradictions, paradox... and are speaking also
from a perspective that  somehow unifies
  these contradictions.
        I am a mystic, not so much a scholar.
The scholarly details do not matter to me
so much - it is the being beneath the words,
   the hints of a conscious continuity
deeper than the  either of the
 two extremes.
  .

        This being which transcends individuals,
  which is  omnipresent beneath the opposites
expressed  in this poem -
this "being" that is beneath and beyond -
this is what a mystic focuses on...
the deeper being, the being that is the
 continuity of all things... 
       This mind within and
without all things: this knowing the inner
and the outer, the holy and the abomination,
the beauty and ugliness, opposites emanating from the
two sides of the same coin.
        Paradoxical problems,  contradictions at the deepest level,
these are useful because
these are the mind-breakers, the "mindshocks"
that smash the unbending concepts of the
"intellectual" mind.


       This is what the mystic quest is all
about - and, to be honest - the mystic quest
and the Grail quest are
one and the same thing, so far as I am
concerned. Except the
mystic quest does not need to have
any  Christian trappings.
        The mystic must confront
the sacred, nevertheless; and the mystic
must also confront the profane.

        Sometimes, and this can be confusing,
 the sacred and the profane are both
embodied in the same vessel - such as
Mary Magdalene.
         I think of her as I read this poem,
as it is said, in the Gospel of Phillip,
she was most beloved of the saviour.

        The poem continues:

"I am the solace of my labour pains.
I am the bride and the bridegroom,
and it is my husband who begot me.
I am the mother of my father
    and the sister of my husband,
    and he is my offspring.
 I am the slave of him who prepared me.
I am the ruler of my offspring.
But he is the one who begot me before the time
     on a birthday.
And he is my offspring in due time
     and my power is from him.
I am the staff of his power in his youth,
     and he is the rod of my old age.
      And whatever he wills happens to me.
I am the silence that is incomprehensible...
I am the utterance of my name.

        
        These words, on the surface,
make no sense at all! But don't be discouraged.
Don't stop at the first gate to the temple.
      The poem is a lot longer than than the verses I
quoted. I meant to print out only a few lines,
but the beauty and the flow and the magic of it
caught me.

                
"I am shameless; I am ashamed."

        
"Do not be arrogant to me when I am cast out upon 
        the earth,
  You will find me in those who are to come.
  Do not look upon me on the dung-heap
        nor go and leave me cast out,
        and you will find me in the kingdoms."


         These last few lines remind me very
much of the words of Christ:

"Whoever is cruel and arrogant to the least of these"..
  these  poor, ragged outcasts...

"WHOEVER DOES IT TO THE LEAST OF THESE
        DOES IT TO ME."

         
        Once it is known that the godhead
 can be found in every and all aspects of life, and
in all places however foul and lowly... that
the person there might also be the great king...
 ...perhaps we will not be so cruel to others
  when we realize we are being cruel to God
as well.The whole Circle
turns round the MInd at the mandala's
core.

         
      I got swept away by the poetry of the words...
It is in the very contradictions of this poem
that the mystic truth resides.
         Don't bother trying to approach a mystic
  reality with your intellectual mind, you'll
have no luck at all. No, your mind must
penetrate through the contradictions...
in order to find the core, the source
of the fountain.

          If you are trying to catch a fish
in a stream, don't use a bowl.



"Why, you who hate me, do you love me
        and hate those who love me?"


          You can feel the pain in these words...
coming from a person who has known what
it is like to be an outcast... coming from the
suffering, the  poor and the ragged...
coming from the tender mercy in this
divine woman's heart.

 
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Friday, July 4, 2014

TORONTO MAPLE LEAF MANAGEMENT -- CHEAP, DUMP AND DETERMINED TO LOSE! HOGTOWN IS ALIVE AND WELL, FOLKS!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014


CHEAP AND DUMB AND DETERMINED TO LOSE



                      There was weeping and wailing
in Toronto Maple Leaf Land last night and the
 day before. WEEPING AND WAILING AND GNASHING
OF TEETH..."BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON,
I KNELT DOWN AND WEPT."

            If the Buffalo Sabres are wealthy and brave
enough to bring back Matt Moulson at 25 million
dollars over 5 years... why, under all the formerly
bright stars of the milky way, couldn't Toronto
Maple Leaf management see its way clear to
sign Dave Bolland, who is a far more
valuable player than Matt Moulson?
           Dave Bolland's been available to sign.
He wanted to stay with the Leafs, but not
at any cost. Leaf management basically
snubbed him, because they're too cheap
to pay the going rate for a star. Bolland
didn't chose Florida until the Leafs
chose not to sign him.
            This is not to sell Moulson short. He's a damn
good player, and probably helps inspire his team...
Just like Dave Bolland did for the Maple Leafs...
Only Dave Bolland played a far more important
inspirational role.
             There's no question about his importance
to the team.  Last year the Leafs were on a terrific
and nearly record win streak.
             What happened next?
 
             DAVE BOLLAND WAS INJURED
AND THE WIN STREAK WAS OVER...!!!!

            You'd think somebody would have
learned something from that!
            But, no!  This did not make
an impression on the bright boys in charge.
          The  days of the winning season are over.
  Stupidity and greed, once more, have won the
day.
           Toronto Maple Leaf Management has
one clever little ruse it pulls again and again.
over the years I suppose it has done the same
one trick pony move at least ten times...
         Instead of paying real value for a real player,
a current star who can skate, score, hit hard
and inspire the team ( like  Bolland)...
 they  let the needed star player go... 
Then they produce an aged player who was 
once a real star, and they
pretend they've pulled off a real deal -
a better deal... "honest, folks,
Really..."
         And then that carny smile,
behind the eyes of an apparently honest
man..."This will really help the team...
you'll see."
            
         Behind the eyes of the honest
school boy look - what's management
really saying to true blue Toronto
Maple Leaf fans?
         What's REALLY being said
is this: "AH, YOU'RE JUST A BUNCH
OF RUBES, YOU'LL ACCEPT ANY
PLAYER AND LIKE IT! You'll believe
any line we feed you..."
          How about this one?
"We're trying our best, we really are.
We're REALLY trying to put together
a winning team..." 

         Except they really aren't
trying to do that. And it's time
we stopped believing these
lying cons.
        They're making top dollar,
but they don't have to pay out top
dollar - and you know why? Because
the rink's a sell-out every night.
A SELL-OUT, JUST LIKE TORONTO
MAPLE LEAF management.

        Hey, guys, I'm not working for any
newspaper. I'm not on anybody's
payroll. I can afford to tell the
truth!
      This is why Toronto needs
a second NHL team, like New York
has. The Toronto Maple Leafs
have a monopoly on the Toronto area.
They don't need to put a decent
team on ice.
      All the questions the eager sports
writers ask - It doesn't matter what
the answers are! The coach
isn't in control. He has to play
along with management, or he gets
fired.

THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS team
is a part of a AN EVIL SPORTS
MONOPOLY THAT DOESN'T GIVE
A SHIT WHETHER THE TEAM
WINS OR LOSES.

        And all of  this would be fine,
except for the fact that  -
they're messing with decent people,
folks, they're fucking with your heart
and soul! THE SPIRIT OF A CITY
IS IMPORTANT!
        NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT
 TO THE SPIRIT OF TORONTO
than its hockey team.
       HOGTOWN isn't dead yet, folks!
A bunch of pigs are running
The Toronto Maple Leafs... And this
has been true for quite a long time.
 
       I think of  that smarmy
insincere grin on the T.V., from the
representative of management.
He looked like a lying kid, who's sweating it;
he knows he's done wrong
but thinks he's managed to fool his
parents one more time.
            The parents know all along
what an insincere prick their child
is, but they love him anyway.
            Just like we love the Leafs
even though management never really
tells us the truth either.
            No longer! Not any more!
                    
        "He didn't fit into our budget."
Dave Nonis said, with that apologetic,
smarmy grin
         Oh sure, paying another two million
for Dave Bolland - that would break the bank.
For the richest franchise in hockey, that would be too
high a price! Bullshit!
         Remember his words when
Florida starts kicking our ass later this year!
Remember that this has been an intentional
decision to lose.
         Why sugar coat it? Toronto sports fans 
have just been SCREWED AGAIN!!!!
            
        Once more this phrase passes through
my head... just as when Bolland was injured
last year, my first thought was:
"  THERE GOES THE SEASON!" .
           And now they don't sign Dave Bolland...
 this is my first thought again: 
"THERE GOES THE SEASON!"
And it didn't need to be this way.

           I remember one other day, as gloomy as
this one... Many years past, the Toronto Maple Leafs
traded Steve Thomas, at the height of his powers, to
Chicago.
              The Leafs wouldn't cough up the necessary extra 
$12,000 dollars back then to keep Thomas.... just a few
dollars more, and Leaf management couldn't
spare it.
               And what happened as a result of this
blood simple, short-sided, moron-time lack of
thought?
              Oh, yes.

               THE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS WON THE CUP!

THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS CONTINUED TO WALLOW
IN THIS MIRE OF STUPIDITY, BLINDNESS
AND  BUNGED-UP BRAIN CRAMPS ALL AROUND.


                FOOLS!

                 FOOLS!

                  FOOLS!


         (Oh, wait a minute, they're being smart.
Banking cash is the bottom line.
Management isn't stupid, it's just
LYING to us)


         My friends, Leaf Fans across this noble land, 
join me this evening as I crawl down to the Don River 
on my knees, a two hundred pound cross dragging along on my
back... 
               And by the shore of the Don, I will
pour ashes on my head and wail at the loss
of hopes that might have been.
                  I'll weep at the short-sightedness
of this mercenary culture! 
                  Great Babylon has fallen.
The GREED-HEADS in Toronto Maple Leafs
management have done it again! 
                  The MORONS are running the show.
The slathering rabid avaricious fools once
more have won the day!

        THE CONS AND THE BLIND ARE DRIVING THE BUS!

                  We're the fans! We're the ones
  who pay for this show!  Does no one consider us?
Is no one looking out for us? Does no one
care about the Spirit of Toronto?





                                                                                                (C)2014 by W.G.Milne                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Earlier Article:

 

        I realize a severed or badly-cut tendon
can be a worse injury than a broken leg. Tendons
are hard to repair and take time healing.
      This is well known. But Dave Bolland seems
to be some kind of a magic man for the Toronto Maple
Leafs, and as his fortunes go, so do the fortunes
of the team.
      I remember thinking the moment he had that
injury - "There goes our season!" And damn it,
I wish for once I was wrong!

      Get well, Dave! And even if you can't play.
Come and sit down beside the bench. Because
whatever you have, we need it bad!
       I know it's your playing we need, but you seem
to possess some kind of invisible 'mojo' as well.

       I know there's no superstition in sports...
ha! ha! That was a joke!

       Having been raised in a country where voodoo
is practised, let me tell you. 'mojo' is real. And we need
yours now! 
                Here's hoping you're feeling a little better.






          And... sorry for the 'Mojo Magic Man' handle. That's the kind of thing that sticks.

Thursday, January 9, 2014


THE ZONE - HOW NOT TO DEFEAT YOURSELF


My last article on hockey and The Zone was
in "THE TENNIS PSYCHOLOGIST" blog.

Tennis is a game in which the mental aspect
of the game has to be tuned...sharpened to a fine point
which is essential for fast reaction.In fact, the word, "sharpened" is incorrect. The mind must be emptied
of all content, until only focus remains.

Tennis is a game in which keen awareness is essential;
it's one on one. Utter attention across space is necessary.

But hockey is really not that different. When you watch
a great goal scorer sweeping down towards the net , like an eagle, you'll notice there is no hurry about his movements, only utter deliberation, intense focused sight.

Great speed, perhaps, but no hurry. Fluidity rather
than hurry.  The no mind, the empty mind allows great co-ordination to arise without impediment.

And a sense of NO TIME...

This calm in the midst of frenetic activity
is MIND which partakes  of the ZONE...

WINNING OR LOSING
LEARNING HOW TO STAY IN THE ZONE
this is what sports is all about.

I have become knowledgeable in this study, 
having lived at  high intensity  for  most of my life.

Because of the extremes of my own personality,
it was necessary for me to learn how to sit still
and watch the river flow within me, watch as the muddied
stream slowly, slowly turned clear again.

Working  hard, trying hard, this was not difficult
for me. What was difficult for me was learning
how to not try - how to let the river flow on
its own, how to leave well enough alone,
and not try to control the country of the soul.

Make no mistake, whether the activity you pursue
is music, or sports, or courtroom battle -
these activities can best be carried out in a state
of no mind... an intense state of utter attention
without specific content. 

Thoughts like: "I wonder who Mary's with now?"

                                                 or: "The coach is going to hate me for that
                            last move."

or: "My whole family is gone..."
or: "I'm going to break that fucker's neck!"

All these thoughts hinder fast reaction.
When you think about it - and if you're a professional
athlete you'll already know this: extraneous thoughts
slow reaction time.

Right now I'm only talking about instantaneous thoughts.

But there is a whole way of thinking that can screw you
up deeply --- an unconscious wave of negative thoughts ...
and these waves repeat and repeat, the same stream
of ugly self-destroying thoughts... over and over
again.... this is THE NEGATIVE SCRIPT...

MOST PEOPLE HAVE THE NEGATIVE SCRIPT TO SOME DEGREE... 

And this will screw you up - whether you're performing in the rink, in the courtroom, or on stage - you do not need
the negative script.


NOTES:

 Hang onto #38 MacLaren.
Do NOT trade him.  

 RE: David Boland's Injury. The Leafs' Season died with his
       injury.I'm not saying it was deliberate, but...
       It occurs to me, the rules should be changed --- Any
player who causes an injury to another that causes him
to lose over one month of play, should be made legally
liable. The injured player ought to be able to pursue
a civil suit against any player in the NHL who causes that lengthy an injury.
       You'll see long-term injuries fall off in number,
considerably. And you'll see deliberate moves to injure
fall off to nearly zero.
        With a civil suit, the situation is much more serious
than a mere fine in punishment. A year's lost wages,
if the guy's getting paid $3 million a year. That hurts
a whole lot more!