The generals have a saying:
“Rather than make the first move
it is better to wait and see.
Rather than advance an inch
it is better to retreat a yard.”
This is called
going forward without advancing,
pushing back without using weapons.
There is no greater misfortune
than underestimating your enemy.
Underestimating your enemy
means thinking that he is evil.
Thus you destroy your three treasures
and become an enemy yourself.
When two great forces oppose each other,
the victory will go
to the one that knows how to yield.
Tao Te Ching v69
Heaven and Earth
Chapter 7 – The Dance Of Life
As a child, your conceptual prison was not yet fully defined; you still retained the ability to enter the lands of eternal being. As an awakened child of God, you will again be able to speed up or slow down the passage of time, to stop raindrops on the window, or war in the Mid-East. With an awareness of the eternity in each moment, with your involuntary data analysis systems providing you with infallible reports many thousands of times per second, you will have plenty of time to correctly assess all the factors present in the moment of whatever circumstance presents itself to you.
You will determine the optimum course of action with the ease and grace of a dancer. You will always choose the path of optimum response, not because you lack free will, but because such a path represents for you both the path of least resistance and the path of greatest fulfillment.
You will no longer use your free will to make unnecessary mistakes, but to find out what part you might most creatively play in the whole. In choosing to do God’s will, you will discover the only true freedom. Your ability to function will reach the perfection of its potential, and you will have little difficulty correcting the disharmony of your historical situation.
Living in this state of grace, you will function much like a computer; monitoring the variables of any given situation, determining the optimum behavioral pattern, scanning, adjusting for new data, over and over, many times each second. All data pertinent to a given situation will automatically be processed on an unconscious level.
Read more . . . The Starseed Transmissions, Ken Carey
Field of Play
10-Minute Lessons On Life – John Gassensmith, South Bend Central Bears, 1941– 1943
Occasionally, we took a 10-minute break, and he lectured us about life situations. As we sat on the court around him, he might say, “I want you all to remember the following: (1) Don’t smoke. It’s not good for you. (2) Respect your parents and coaches. (3) Compliment your mother tonight on how good supper is.” His concerns for us went beyond basketball. Coach Wooden cared about our lives.
The Essential Wooden, John Wooden and Steve Jamison
The American Presidency
What is the most important thing we the people, as the electorate, can do between now and the conventions in preparation for the Presidential election in the United States in November? Be informed as we can be and be true to our own informed intuitions. The time for abdicating our personal responsibilities has depleted our individual and collective energies.
One should be able to control and manipulate experiences with an informed and intelligent mind. Sylvia Plath
This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. Farewell, my blessing season this in thee! Shakespeare