Before going further, let's expand on some of the basic attitudes salted away in what has gone before. It is not my intention to have anyone remember all the transistorized thinking in this book, but I highly recommend memorizing the italic lines below. They are simple enough to stay with you and will work in any mental crisis. Keep them handy in your mind.
One of my psychedelic excursions had gotten off to a bad start, and I
was sinking into a really satanic bummer. As I looked about me at people
turning evil, shrunken, colorless, old, and weird, I suddenly thought, "Well,
What did you think it was that needed to be loved?" And just like
that, the doors opened and I was in paradise.
For the purpose of raising your awareness, it is useless to change your ideas, your faith, your behavior, your place of residence, or your companions.
It is not arbitrary nor an accident that you are where you are, so you might as well get your attitude straight before you make a change. Otherwise you might find yourself chasing all over creation looking for the right place, and not even the Sea of Infinite Bliss will feel right to you.
You take yourself with you wherever you go. As they say in Zen: if
you can't find it where you're standing, where do you expect to wander in
search of it? There is never anyplace in the universe to be except among your
equals. The direction of change to seek is not in our four dimensions: it is
getting deeper into what you are, where you are, like turning up the volume
on the amplifier.
We are free, as individual, unique entities, to leave any group, such as the group that forms the body, but we will find other beings to harmonize with on any level we go to.
When you love your self you are in truth expanding in love into many other beings.
And the more loving you are, the more loving the beings within and around you. On all levels we are mutually dependent vibrations. Play a happy tune and happy dancers will join your trip.
In another sense, loving yourself is a willingness to be in the same space with your own creations. How contracted would you become if you try to withdraw from your own ideas?
Loving yourself is not a
matter of building your ego. Egotism is proving you are worthwhile after you
have sunk into hating yourself. Loving yourself will dissolve your ego: you
will feel no need to prove you are superior.
Last updated: 16th Feb 2005