Not Until Hell Freezes Over

There is a classic piece of human folly which I shall call “Not Until Hell Freezes Over”. It pertains to many things. I suspect that from time to time we have all behaved like a right dickhead, an utter bastard, a lying swine, a two-faced slime, a cheat, an obnoxious know-it-all, a manipulative so and so, a ranting lunatic, a slag or a tongue wagging gossip; to a greater or lesser extent. {I have over egged slightly} Which raises the question what do we do, should we even notice? The problem is one of face. We could attempt an apology promptly before things get out of hand or we could think “Not Until Hell Freezes Over”, especially if we think that we are the wronged one. And it, the situation, gets ever increasingly out of hand. Waiting around for hell to freeze is a bit futile. What we then have is a burr of bitterness that grows and acidifies with time. We may in time feel ashamed and have regrets. But should we do, we summon up our feelings of indignation to bat them away, Not Until Hell Freezes Over will I give him / her the satisfaction!!

If we are somewhat obsessed with “being right”, whatever that means, and slowly it dawns on us we find it difficult to admit we are “wrong” even to ourselves and most especially to others. Not Until Hell Freezes Over will I ever do that!!

Do you get the idea?

Have cued this up:

Do I recognise this “Not Until Hell Freezes Over” motif in myself?

Ultimately who does it harm?

What purpose does it serve?

Disproportionate

disproportionate adjective uk ​

​too large or too small in comparison to something else, or not deserving its importance or influence:

There are a disproportionate number of girls in the class.

The country’s great influence in the world is disproportionate to its relatively small size.

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This word means something different in chemistry, when an element is both oxidised and reduced in a reaction it is said to be a disproportionation reaction. In this sense the electrons are not shared evenly, one loses electrons the other gains.

Many of our reactions to situations are disproportionate, this often stems from a kerfuffle, wherein things are blown out of all proportion. This “blowing things out of proportion” is a common human folly. If someone says something we do not like or agree with, then they can in our minds, become THE enemy. In an instant all the good things are forgotten and all we can see is the “insult” or slight. It isn’t a very balanced approach to living.

For example, killing hundreds of thousands in response to a single terrorist attack could be said to be a tad disproportionate. On a smaller scale disproportionate reactions are fairly prevalent. If we don’t get what we want, when we want it, we can create a massive drama. The whole world becomes skewed because of our disproportionate reactions. If we fail an exam, then clearly that is the very end of the world as we know it. If our car breaks down, then it is obvious that the entire known universe is out to get us. Most of all these disproportionate reactions happen when we don’t get our own way, life on our own terms. This presupposes that life, as a whole, is amenable and submissive to our terms, whatever they might be.

Once we have started down the road of disproportionate reaction, it can be difficult to back-track, because we have invested face. We cannot back-track without losing face, so it can very quickly become a battle to the death. In which the collateral damage mounts rapidly. The moment we are disproportionate we have lost balance, we have become un-balanced and slightly crazy therefore. All we can see is victory and victory at all costs. The human desire to punish the transgressor is a strong one and it can go to some length, so to do. Someone must gain and someone else must lose. It is somewhat polarised.

Having cued this up:

How quickly does someone, in my mind, become THE enemy?

Have I ever acted in a disproportionate manner?

Was I then committed and unable to back-track, for fear of loss of face?

Might it be wise to pause and breathe, when I sense things getting out of proportion?

Do I often lose my balance, my center?

The Monkey and the Organ Grinder

This is related to the previous post, a little. What is the best way of knowing what the organ grinder is thinking? Well ask the monkey of course! Or failing that, ask a drinking buddy of the monkey who once knew him (the monkey) when he used to hang out on Gibraltar. This kind of “logic” is not uncommon. And so, we have the game of monkey-basis-Chinese-whispers overlaid with a wine soaked reminiscence of days gone by. There is a risk in asking the monkey directly, because the monkey might tell the organ grinder of the inquiry. I don’t know about you, but I can see a simple solution, it is to ask the organ grinder.

But hey asking the organ grinder is out of the question, why? Well it would be to admit to the organ grinder we wanted to know what he was thinking, and in so doing we would lose our power to the organ grinder. What shall we do? Rather than ask him, we shall collect hearsay from a whole bunch of monkeys, that seems like a sound and fool proof plan!!

And so it goes on, people try to be clever and cunning…sneaky and surreptitious…

Hmnn……

Taking the Piss

The most important and deeply secret skill required on the road to freedom, is taking the piss. By this I mean the ability to take the piss out of yourself and otherwise chuckle at some of the ludicrous things you do, believe and say. It is called folly because it can be very funny.

Once you lose this ability / skill the prognosis is not good. It means that you are in the terminal phase of cranio-rectal disease. There is no cure for this as yet, though advances are being made in gene blocking technologies. Death from terminal cranio-rectal disease is prolonged and without any joy. It is a very serious affliction.

The problem with many approaches to learning and freedom, is that they can take themselves overly seriously, they might speak of themselves in bated breath. A rigid po-faced approach can be without heart and it imbues a degree of self-righteousness, one of things which one needs to eliminate.

The yoga of taking the piss out of oneself is a very powerful yoga, it works on increasing flexibility of mind and fluidity of thinking. It can even make you laugh 🙂

Viparyayah mithya jnanam – selective perception

Book 1:8

The Yoga-Sûtra of Patañjali translated by Chip Hartranft

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Incorrect knowledge is based upon perception of the form and not upon the state of being.

This sutra is somewhat difficult to paraphrase. Its significance consists in this: Knowledge, deduction and a decision which is based upon externals, and upon the form through which any life in any kingdom of nature is expressing itself, is false and untrue knowledge. At this stage in the evolutionary process no form of any kind measures up to, or is an adequate expression of, the indwelling life. No true adept judges any expression of divinity through its third aspect. Raja Yoga trains a man to function in his second aspect and through that second aspect to put himself en rapport with the “true nature” latent in any form. It is the “being” that is the essential reality, and all beings are struggling toward true expression. All knowledge therefore which is acquired through the medium of the lower faculties and which is based upon the form aspect is incorrect knowledge.

The soul alone perceives correctly; the soul alone has the power to contact the germ or the principle of Buddhi (in the Christian phraseology, the Christ principle) to be found at the heart of every atom, whether it is the atom of matter as studied in the laboratory of the scientist, whether it is the human atom in the crucible of daily experience, whether it is the planetary atom, within whose ring-pass-not all our kingdoms of nature are found, or the solar atom, God in manifestation through the medium of a solar system. Christ “knew what was in man” and therefore could be a Saviour.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul

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Earlier in the blog I mentioned getting the wrong end of the stick and the idea of selective perception, but these are only touching the tip of the iceberg {see above}. So many times, and so very often we interact almost entirely through our selective perceptions. When one selective perception attempts to communicate with another, is it any wonder that confusion abounds?

If one perception is located in ambition, which is another way of saying desire-mind, that colours pretty much everything they observe. I have used the analogy of lens, previously. No matter how clear they think they are, desire-mind occludes. It fails to see the scope of what actually is. This is partially because it selects or chooses not to. It negates possible consequences which might interfere with the fulfilment of ambition or desire. It explains them or justifies them away in order to satiate the ambition. It may even be blind to things which would further the ambition, if they look somehow “wrong”.

Here is the really weird bit. People will go to great lengths to defend their selective perceptions, their false knowledge, even after they have an inkling it may be off. Once they start down such a track it gets messy very quickly. Here Face lends a hand. And people will carry on digging a hole for themselves, they may even snatch the shovel out of your hands in haste, so to do.

Hooked to the social face value, the being is forgotten. All notion of true nature flies out the window and it gets personal. It descends into personality spats so quickly. Before long there is a veritable morass and much drama. If for example you knew someone who spoke a lot of sense and they said something you did not like or agree with, in an instant prior knowledge flies out the window and that person might become at least for a few minutes or hours, your perceived mortal enemy. Your selective perception has changed a sage into a ninja assassin armed with poison tipped shuriken.

There is a lot of false “knowledge” out there, it is also propagated when others share of their own selective perceptions. This simple sutra, only a few words long, has behind it a vast amount of human folly. It is both very sad and very beautiful at the same time.

Misperception is false knowledge, not based on what actually is.