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  Module 1.2 - Beginnings

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation" ~ Henry David Thoreau

Opportunity: assuming personal responsibility for yourself, your mindset, and your current situation.

The Mass of Men...

Where are You Going?

Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?

Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to

Alice: I don't much care where

Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't matter which way you go

Alice: so long as I get somewhere, (Alice added as an explanation).

Cheshire Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that... if you only walk long enough.

Much Ado About Stuff...

Watching the game. Drinking with your buddies. Doing household tasks. Shopping with your wife. Playing with your children. Trying to keep up with the neighbors. Trying to appease the boss or manage your clients and customers. Earning money. Spending money. Accumulating stuff. Being owned by your possessions. Feeling like other people are having better and more sex than you. Trying to get laid. Getting laid and still feeling incomplete desire...

Who are you? What do you desire? What are you doing?

The Abandoned Boy

I believe that many men are still trying to gain the father approval that was denied to them so many years ago. We will deeply examine this in Module 6, but it is impossible to not bring this up now because I perceive childhood abandonment to be a major factor in a man's decisions.

There are three possibilities for this that affect many men:

  1. Physical abandonment - absent father due to death, divorce or choice
  2. Moral / Spiritual abandonment - absent father due to criminal behavior or imprisonment
  3. Emotional abandonment - emotionally absent father who is physically present but unavailable

Paths Men Follow

Pay close attention to the middle column as this defines the linguistic representation of the belief system. "Us" is very general, "we" is a collective, and "I" is very independent. Men who individually affect history positively and negatively primarily value the "I" segment. Men who participate in the ongoing reproduction and care of future generations primarily value the "we" segment, placing the immediate collective's interest ahead of one's own. The "Us" segment may be objectively detached (in the case of scientists and philosophers) or the unaware consumers and workers (referred to as proletariats in Marxism).

Famous for Being Famous...

The past few generations have been sold on the notion of celebrity. The emphasis is necessarily upon being well known because of one's extraordinary talents in a given field but more for "having the right look". Both men and women have become entirely too susceptible to the machinations of good looking, smooth talking people who are selling the agenda's of private interest groups.

Mathematically, Geometrically, and Personally the Journey Begins with One

"Looking at a circle is like looking into a mirror. We create and respond irresistibly to circles, cylinders, and spheres because we recognize ourselves in them. The message of the shape bypasses our conscious mental circuitry and speaks directly to the quiet intelligence of our deepest being. The circle is a reflection of the world's - and our own - deep perfection, unity, design excellence, wholeness, and divine nature." ~ Michael Schneider, A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

Checklist

  • Use the "Internal Silence" 5 Minute Audio from Module 1.1
  • Listen to the Audio Assignment
  • Complete the Written Assignments in Your Journal

Assignments

Journal Assignment

  1. What happens during your average day?
  2. What do you assume would happen if you did the complete opposite? What immediately comes to mind?
  3. In your answer to question #2 did you experience curiosity, possibility, anxiety, doubt, or some other strong state? Describe it in greater detail.
  4. Do you sense an unseen, undefinable predator as I described? Can you elaborate upon what this might be?
  5. In general what do you desire? Make a list of the first 10 things that come to mind.
  6. Is there a sense of desperation that you may never experience those 10 things exactly the way you want? Define what you might miss if these 10 things are not experienced.
  7. Outline your life if it were to end up as the sum total of your father’s (or the closest father figure you associate with). Your version of his accomplishments in the realms of health, wealth, relationships, and spirituality? Would you be fulfilled?
  8. What role model do you perceive being most predominately “sold” or promoted in society to men right now?
  9. What are the 3 paths for men to follow and which path have you been on up to this point in your life?
  10. How would you define your dual nature? Could you outline and contrast your top 5 urges, drives and motives?

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