One of my favorite books is Journey to Ixtlan. I recommend it strongly. And this is one of my favorite quotes from it:
“Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.”
― Carlos Castaneda
Death is a very important part of the 1eye worldview. So many deny it. Everyone imagines that they will be the one to live past 120. In our system we acknowledge Death, accept it, and use it in creating our value system.
One way of comprehending this is to imagine you suddenly learn that you have a month to live. How would that change your everyday life? Let’s also imagine that you have completed all your paper work, wills, trusts, etc. Let’s imagine further that there is no point in searching the net or looking for a new clinical trial.
It’s now, thirty days and what will you feel, think, do, differently?
Don’t just skim over this because you are young. I’m old and I promise you will experience this or worse. So answer the question.
I would like for you to say, “Nothing different.” In a way that is the purpose of the Life System. Sure we fight Death just to fight. That is what we are. But you know you are going to die, the only question is when.
Would it not be a shame if you had not tried your best?
But for now, I want to suggest something that is really far out.
I want you to imagine that you are standing on a low cliff observing the sea. Now notice the waves. If you really study them you will see that although many are similar, they are all really different.
Some are long and seem to roll in forever. Other’s are short and abrupt. Then there are some monsters that would make the heart of an expert surfer sing. But all of them rise and fall, come and go.
But the ocean is always there. No matter if one moment it is as calm as a swimming pool, and another storm tossed and battering the shore, the sea is always there. Like Infinity.
The waves of the sea are expressions of energy, you know this. I like to think that life is a type of expression of some kind of energy on the ocean of Infinity.
While the uniqueness of a wave vanishes when its energy is dissipated, so too does your particular Infinity wave lose its identity when its energy changes. But the ocean remains, as does Infinity.
If this, or anything like it works for you, than you have to accept that there is an unspoken, undelineated connection between you and the ocean of Infinity. What if you could feel that connection now?
What if you could draw power from that connection? Would that not be life changing? Perhaps that might be the final transformation, the ultimate self-realization.