Are You Sane?

Sanity lies somewhere between the inhibitions of conventional morality and the looseness of the extreme impulse.

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The point is not to convert anyone to our view, but rather to help people wake to their own view, their own sanity.

Chögyam Trungpa

There are many who might think Björk Guðmundsdóttir wacky and a bit out there. Yet she expresses herself, well. It can be quite guttural and many “civilised” people are perhaps shocked. But according to Trungpa she is sane.

So many people are repressed, and this state of repression can be seen to be the epitome of sanity. Which is a bit sad. All that bottling-up, all those massive social inhibitions brought about by social conditioning, is that really sanity?

So maybe there are many definitions of sanity. If you want to explore your own sanity you could follow the link to my Loony Quiz and see if you deem yourself to be sane.

So, one question only:

Am I a sane human being?

Chögyam Trungpa Quotes

Sanity lies somewhere between the inhibitions of conventional morality and the looseness of the extreme impulse.

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In fact, a person always finds when he begins to practice meditation that all sorts of problems are brought out. Any hidden aspects of your personality are brought out into the open, for the simple reason that for the first time you are allowing yourself to see your state of mind as it is.

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We must continue to be open in the face of great opposition. No one is encouraging us to be open and still we must peel away the layers of the heart.

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The point is not to convert anyone to our view, but rather to help people wake to their own view, their own sanity.

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The challenge of warriorship is to live fully in the world as it is and to find within this world, with all its paradoxes, the essence of nowness. If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.

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Enlightenment is ego’s ultimate disappointment.

The F Word

Needless to say, the course I mentioned previously was the very last one I did, of its ilk. Trying to get arrogant insecure people to talk of Feelings, even a little tiny bit, can lead to a metaphorical crucifixion. Of course, it isn’t that bad, but when the T-type attack dogs are on the loose what is an F-type to do? Walk away and thereafter be disinclined. I got that T-shirt.

So very many are shit-scared about speaking of Feelings. They are caught in unidimensional brain-land. Where all their self-esteem is invested in their cleverness, which may in any case not be as extensive as they imagine. It is very simple, ask someone to open-up even a smidgeon and they attack, criticise, slag off and try to avoid it like the plague. Feelings are not Ebola, strange as that may seem to some.

We INFJ types are pretty rare and often we get bullied and persecuted. Many hide their talents under a bushel because we have learned long and hard. We may sense things about people which they seek to hide, and should we be stupid enough to open our mouths; BANG, we get it both barrels, the T-type attack dogs are let loose. This faculty, this skill set, remains largely unused.

A part of the cause of me being where I am today can be directly traced to this unwillingness to speak about Feelings in other people. This bottling up, leads to pressure and illness.

I’ll suggest something now, see what you think. One of the best ways of overcoming insecurity is through cultivating vulnerability. Sounds scary perhaps? But insecurity never goes away through pretending to be invulnerable, one is always on the attack, always defensive. It must be really unpleasant to live like that, always edgy, a kind of shell.

To be a spiritual warrior, one must have a broken heart; without a broken heart and the sense of tenderness and vulnerability, your warriorship is untrustworthy.

Chögyam Trungpa

Chögyam Trungpa Quotes

We must be willing to be completely ordinary people, which means accepting ourselves as we are without trying to become greater, purer, more spiritual, more insightful. If we can accept our imperfections as they are, quite ordinarily, then we can use them as part of the path. But if we try to get rid of our imperfections, then they will be enemies, obstacles on the road to our ‘self-improvement’.

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To be a spiritual warrior, one must have a broken heart; without a broken heart and the sense of tenderness and vulnerability, your warriorship is untrustworthy.

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My advice to you is not to undertake the spiritual path. It is too difficult, too long, and is too demanding. I suggest you ask for your money back, and go home. This is not a picnic. It is really going to ask everything of you. So, it is best not to begin. However, if you do begin, it is best to finish.

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We are always in transition. If you can just relax with that, you’ll have no problem.

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The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality.

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Facing yourself is a question of honesty rather than condemning yourself. Good or bad the idea is simply to face the facts. Just see the simple, straightforward truth about yourself without cutting yourself down.

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The challenge of warriorship is to live fully in the world as it is and to find within this world, with all its paradoxes, the essence of nowness. If we open our eyes, if we open our minds, if we open our hearts, we will find that this world is a magical place.