Who is the Oxymoron?


Is that your brother-in-law?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction, while humor is a process that removes self-imposed limits, and so I’ll relate two personal experiences I had while living in Santa Barbara.

Testing One’s Limits

At the beach I tested how far I could jump. After 3 jumps I landed in the same place. Then I drew a line in the sand and jumped more than a foot farther. On another night I told jokes at a comedy club. It was my first time—a virgin. I told a very funny story but no one laughed. How embarrassing! The next performer went on and on using every ‘dirty’ word and explicative-deleted in the book, he brought the house down. What does this have to do with anything.

Use the Knob

It’s about waking up because we’re all trapped within self-imposed limits. Did you know Freud wrote a book about jokes? In “Jokes and their Relation to the Subconscious, Freud defines a joke as “a playful communication without moral implication whereby an image implanted in the audience’s mind is twisted with utmost brevity to reveal unforeseen consequences, thereby triggering an involuntary reaction”. He goes on to explain that it is even funnier if you can include the word “knob”.

Release Your Pent Up Taboos

The audience at the comedy club was releasing pent up taboos from mom and dad who scolded “no,” every time the kid touched, said, or did something unspeakable. We are all limited by our inculcation, our upbringing. Releasing limits can result in laugher or the ‘ah-hah’ experience. Sufis understand this and lead people to enlightenment through humor.

One Liners to Try On
Horse walks into a bar. “No wheat juice, thanks. It’s my gluten intolerance.”
Horse walks into a bar. “My girlfriend is in love with a mare.”
Horse walks into a bar. Bartender says, “Why the long face?”
Wait, wait! I mean the Bartender says “Why the long knob?”
If your brother in law is an oxymoron, maybe you should show him the door, or at least the knob.

Too serious for you. Start hobnobbing with playing. It’s the only way to work!


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Waking Up

HEAD-1Open the Door

The mouth is the door of the mind. The mind is the host of the spirit. Will, intention, joy, desire, thought, worry, knowledge, and planning all go in and out through the door. Therefore they are governed by opening and closing, controlled in their exit and entry. Opening means speech. Closing means silence. Speech and silence, should be harmonious. End and beginning should be correct.

From Thunder in the Sky, the master of the Demon Valley translated by Thomas Cleary,.

Do “The Work.”

I wrote this to explain in simple terms what George Gurdjieff, Pyotr Demianovich Ouspensky and Maurice Nicoll were talking about in their body of knowledge which is called the 4th Way and referred to within those circles as “The Work.” None of what is written comes from any oral transmission, nor is it sanctioned by any organization or group. It’s my own interpretation drawn from the writings of these authors and from my understanding of esoteric thought as presented by Jiddu Krishnamurti, Rudolph Steiner, and others whose ideas are powerful and in a way, electrified.

It might be Daunting: Not!

Now, electricity is used everywhere but very few people understand it, and among those who do, often even the experts disagree as to how it’s created, what it is, and the direction it flows. What they do agree upon is its power and ubiquity. At the date of this writing the fixed idea of the sun being a nuclear reaction is being questioned and replaced by a type of transformed electrical plasma. My role in this writing is similarly to act as a step-down transformer.
The ideas encapsulated in the 4th Way Work are extremely powerful, extremely difficult to understand, and they are life changing. The books “Search for the Miraculous,” and “The 4th Way,” by Ouspensky are 396 and 444 pages long. The “Commentaries” by Nicholl is five volumes and 1800 pages. It is pointed out that to understand any information one must read it three times. This is a lot of reading and may be quite daunting.

The Whisper Game

As a kid we played a whisper game. About twelve of us sat in chairs in a circle and the first one was given a saying to whisper in the second one’s ear. You can guess what happened to the saying by the time it reached the last kid. “Ice cream has big green pants,” or something similar. By my presentation of this information you’re not getting a direct oral transmission of any 4th Way lineage. To do that you’ll need to join a certified 4th Way organization, and even there you may be getting “big green pants.”

My Goal in this series

Another alternative may be to look for an esoteric master to train you, and to be admitted you will have to sweep his floor for six years and simply put “do what it takes.” My goal in this writing is to act as a step-down transformer to “spark you.”

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