My reasons for writing this book are fourfold:
3rd person present: reasonthink, understand, and form judgments by a process of logic.“humans do not reason entirely from facts” synonyms: think rationally, think logically, use one’s common sense, use one’s head/brain;
(A) Because I am convinced that human knowledge by others of what this book has to say is essential to human survival.
(B) Because of my driving conviction that all of humanity is in peril of extinction if each one of us does not dare, now and henceforth, always to tell only the truth, and all the truth, and to do so promptly — right now.
(C) Because I am convinced that humanity’s fitness for continuance in the cosmic scheme no longer depends on the validity of political, religious, economic, or social organizations, which altogether heretofore have been assumed to represent the many.
(D) Because contrary to (C), I am convinced that human continuance now depends entirely upon:
(1) The intuitive wisdom of each and every individual.
(2) The individual’s comprehensive informedness.
(3) The individual’s integrity of speaking and acting only on the individual’s own within-self-intuited and reasoned initiative.
(4) The individual’s joining action with others, as motivated only by the individually conceived consequences of doing so.
(5) The individual’s never-joining action with others, as motivated only by crowd-engendered emotionalism, or by a sense of the crowd’s power to overwhelm, or in fear of holding to the course indicated by one’s own intellectual convictions.
My Aunt Therese died about 25 years ago. She was young.
My father came from a family of 13 kids.
Therese was #13.
She had sickle cell anemia.
She was only 4 years older than me.
I was close to my father’s side of the family.
They had all immigrated out of British Guyana and were spread out over Canada and the U.S.
Diabetes involves the blood. Sickle Cell Anemia messes the red blood cells up in a bad way.
It requires periodic and complete blood transfusions.
A “Crisis” happens when the sickle cells get “stuck.” Very painful.
Therese and I called ourselves the two sickies.
We were very close because we both could relate to each other’s suffering with dis-ease.
I loved my Auntie Therese.
She had delivered a child through C-Section without pain block because it might send her into a “crisis” and jeopardize the child.
She would die a few years after.
If there is a God, a Creator and He/She is omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent, WHY does decay and death occur, together with sorrow, lamentation, physical and mental suffering and tribulation?
You have to ask the question.
Some people have thought about it and decided it is all bullshit and there is no Creator, God, Light and it is pretty much a free for all so the object of the “game” must be to figure out how to make a few bucks and be happy.
I “get” that conclusion.
It makes perfect sense.
All of the “Maps of the Territory” suggest we need to dig deeper.
This is a critical moment.
Whatever your current belief structure surrounding Creation and the reasons or purpose for it….Can you suspend them for a moment?
If your “response” is “Yes,” “Absolutely,” “I am all in,” then you are “good to go.” Let’s move on…..
If your “response” is “Maybe” or “I am not sure” or “I don’t know,”
Doubt is both the enemy and the quickest path to enlightenment.
It is normal to feel trepidation, hesitation and caution.
The Skeptic in you should be on guard.
However, I would like to remind you that we are just inquiring, looking, checking things out.
I am not a Guru looking for followers and validation of what I know.
I am a tour guide.
But you must decide before moving on.
Don’t believe anything.
And don’t disbelieve anything.
Just for awhile.
If you want to go back to your currently structured belief structure after the inquiry then that’s cool.
The only thing that might get hurt is your EGO.
Your SOUL is untouchable.
Here is a short clip from The Movie – Scent of a Woman. One of my Top 10 of all time.
Every time I watch this scene my heart explodes.
You really have to see the movie to “get it.”
It’s about being at a “Crossroads” in one’s life.
An important decision needs to be made and Al Pacino is creating the “space” for another to “Do The Right Thing.”
Are you you green?
If so, you are good to go.
Are you still in yellow?
If your “response” is “No,” “I Can’t,” “It’s not for me.”
I understand. There are many paths.
The map is not the territory. Neither is it a path or “The Path.”
It can only enlighten the path.
When you lock (attach) your mind to your beliefs and disbeliefs and convince yourself that this is faith you are deluding yourself.
That is based on science and not opinion.
Being in Red means you need to stop or are stopped; Not moving.
There is a time to stop.
Remember the Zen Master?
We are traveling along a big circle…Important thing is to keep moving.
I’ve been ‘stuck’ since I got diabetes 40 years ago. At least when it comes to that “line” of wellness, wholeness, integrity.
Got to get back to HOMEostasis.
Can you suspend your beliefs and disbeliefs?
YES or NO?
If No then I understand.
The Yellow Brick Road Perspective is not for you.
You will just get annoyed, be skeptical, want to debate and possibly be disruptive.
The reason is that you will be triggered (react) and want to defend your beliefs and disbeliefs.
If you can move to green then you are good to go.
If you can get to yellow I will be willing to answer any questions you have in your process of getting to green.
But for God’s sake don’t stay in Red.
Kabbalah teaches that the physical universe is 1% of Reality and that The Spiritual realm is 99%.
Think about that.
Even if you do all the right things, become a millionaire, donate money back to your college, marry your soul mate, stay happily married throughout your entire life, have one son and one daughter, win the lottery, stay in perfect health…..should I go on?
Even if you experience all those things you can only get to 100% of the 1% which is 1%.
The Real Game; The Bigger Picture is in exploring the 99%.
To do this inquiry does not require belief, faith, worship or devotion.
If you think that the Physical Universe is all that there is you are on a path leading towards meaningless, at best.
The Yellow Brick Road is a meaning making map.