People praise consistency as a virtue, and of the virtues consistency is perhaps the easiest to keep to. Consistency is balanced or unbalanced. We live on the surface and seek consistency in material affairs, most of us. This is imbalanced, and leads to an awareness of mortality without seeing what endures. Thus insanity. Others choose to live more inwardly, and remain unmoved by surface data, or to be more honest, little moved.
Soul is love. Is why it enters into this complex and often troublesome system of relationships. It has its own reasons, but what does this mean for us? Where is the ultimate purpose to be found, and why all this consistency? I would offer that we seek to preserve the surface, but neglect the center. Without the center nothing endures, which just makes us more panicky and grief stricken, fearful.
“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.” Aldous Huxley (English Novelist and Critic, 1894-1963)
“What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he stick in a rut.” Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)
Today’s topic is consistency. In my experience, people often point out my quixotic nature as one of the things they find uncomfortable about me. I’m basically sort of inconsistent. In general, people praise consistency as a virtue, and of the virtues, consistency is perhaps the easiest to keep to. As the America wrestler “The Rock” says, “Know your place and shut your mouth”, and yes, it seems in general that people are happiest if you do this. People speak of disasters as if they can be accidental, “freak of nature”, “fluke”, etc., but it seems to me that nature itself… Seek More
Is this existence one of the best for the souls evolution? Sort of a really intense boot camp? If you meant to illustrate infinity, how would you do it? I visualize a huge, grid like matrix, extending forever in all directions. Physical reality serves that purpose. Incarnation serves that purpose, and the events that happen in an incarnated life permit us to understand unity in the pattern. I don’t know why it is, but grid patterns make me uneasy. Maybe it is the forever part. We fear infinity, because it reminds us of the pre-incarnated state, which we equate with death. And… Seek More
There is a lot of concern with free will. This is why many shun the concept of unity. We do have free will, or intention, also called choice, but we misunderstand that capacity. We err in our understanding of those choices. Whenever you chose one thing, you at the same time exclude another choice. This is the nature of the material world, and people think of it as choosing what they will have, and what they will do. A Buddhist perspective on free will is the more choice you have, the less free will you have. You are free when… Seek More
We praise consistency in most things unless the consistent behaviour is judged negative, but then we still prefer it to inconsistent negativity. The person who’s only erratically negative is much more scary socially for some reason. Is it not true of children that they feel more secure with consistency? Actually, I would debate that. In the case of my son, who is also autistic, he seemed most secure when his natural rhythms were respected than by any effort at regulation I might have made. So consistency within himself, as opposed to you making all rules? Yes. Arbitrary rules lead to… Seek More
So what in our own being is ever consistent? Is anything? Change? Is the change aimless? If we err but must be consistent, then we must be “damned”? There can be no atonement or salvation, because consistency is virtue? I think we only get aware of consistency when something changes in our life that we all of a sudden have to take a stand to. I would agree for the most part. I like a quote from Stephen King. “Hell is repetition.” I would say that consistency is either an adaptive defence, and in that sense perhaps pseudo-positive, or it’s… Seek More
All of our senses function on one principle, and it is the consistency behind all senses. Attention. We have this power, because attention is the process by which we express our individual purposes here. How we are individuated in any way at all? We are here to “attend”. Do you believe it has something to do with our calendars, since we are only conscious of what we pay attention to? Yes, but we must not mistake the calendar for the pattern in time itself. The cycle of events is organic. The calendar is not living. It can be one of… Seek More