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Empty Containers
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An article by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend.

Emptying Containers

[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha'Tara]

Learning to realize "life" is a fascinating process. What I mean by
realizing life is learning to engage something relevant, real, infinite (or
eternal if you will - though the terms are not interchangeable). Life is
what we are all "in" and all going through. It is not necessarily true
however that all are actually consciously experiencing it. Most are simply
trying to survive this bit of life as best they can, trying to beat the
odds, having a form of aliveness but unable to realize the power within. I
am talking about realizing life through some conscious understanding of the
meaning of life; to contemplate what it means to be alive, what purpose it
serves; to enter a path that says, "I'm in control of this process and I am
going to pilot my own ship from now on."

When we were children we were not ashamed to ask "why?" about everything and anything, but we were soon taught to just never mind. The answer was
"because" and if that wasn't good enough, then the System in its manifold
ways would explain it in time. The "why?" question is embarrassing and
annoying to adults because it makes them realize they really don't have the
answer; they just have answers and every single one of those remains ever
unsatisfactory. But if you cannot answer your child's "Why?" question, what
does that say about you? It says, and don't think your child doesn't know
this, that you have no understanding of life's process. You've left it to
the experts to explain and the unfolding which should be yours goes to the
highest bidder amongst the Powers, your value determined by what function
you can serve.

When you learn to realize life, you regain your sense of balance and you
once again dare ask the hard and harsh questions, or perhaps better put, you
hear the questions posing themselves disquietingly in your mind. Long ago I
was taught to "believe all things but believe in nothing." For those who
have learned to think for themselves and to reason through self-empowerment,
that is a freeing awareness. It allows you to accept whatever another tells
you without pre-judgment or condemnation but it also allows you to remain
free of any attempt to brainwash or indoctrinate you into something you find
unacceptable for yourself. It is said that what you resist, persists. If you
resist an unacceptable claim, you empower that claim in your own life. It
will hound and ride you and rob you of your peace of mind. You will gnaw at
this thing and worry it to death, only it won't die, you will. This
"unacceptable claim" becomes your nemesis - an enemy that can never be
defeated; a life-long nightmare.

When you accept that unacceptable as valid for the proponent of the idea,
you allow it to flow through you and when you refuse to believe 'IN' the
thing you disempower it and it cannot gain any claim upon you. You ask
yourself, "why should I believe that?" and the answer is simple: because
believing it doesn't make me an accomplice, nor a slave of whatever that is.
You allow the thing to be valid for whomever believes it or proposes it and
that's all. This is self-empowerment, not agreement!

Or so it should be. But this is planet earth, and these pseudo human
sentients are control freaks, desperately in need of validation by all and
sundry. You can't just agree and be free and at peace with the other because
they have this gnawing need to impose what they believe to be the truth upon
all and sundry. Once you are judged as being in agreement you will be
challenged to accept the concept/idea/claim as valid for yourself. This is
unquestionably true of all religions, political camps and economic concepts.
To be a believer means to believe "IN" the concept being offered. Few
understand the not so subtle difference between accepting a statement as
true for someone else while not true for the self as opposed to either
rejecting the concept outright (result: conflict and possible harm to self)
or becoming a believer (result: becoming brainwashed). How can that be? they
will ask. How can you agree that I am right while rejecting my concept? But
that's how it must be or this world is doomed to destroy itself through
endless conflict arising from fanaticism.

What would work well at this point is for everyone to accept everyone else's
reality as valid for that other person only. For example if "black is
beautiful" (an old sixties slogan) then white -- or any other color (of
skin) -- is equally beautiful. Simple and effective in silencing judgment.
What life makes us genetically is neither good nor evil, it just is. A long
time ago, in terms of time, the "gods" realized there was only one way they
could control life in their sphere of influence and that was by inventing
the concept of good and evil. It was such a simplistic process: brainwash
the sentients that what hurts is evil and what feels good is automatically
good. That went right to the core of a basic selfish nature and was
guaranteed to give predictable results: constant, endless, pointless enmity
between the sentients. Armed with such an idea no sentient could ever live
peacefully with any other no matter how hard they tried. Two people
believing in the same God killing each other over points of doctrine. And
who benefits from this? The System, always.

Now it's up to us to cleanse ourselves of this archaic and deadly concept.
And that can only happen if one has a clear and present purpose. One's life
must possess and be possessed of, purpose - something whose nature
demonstrates a power over death, that is, something that "guarantees"
continuity beyond one's physical death. A purpose that engages infinity
beyond all that is taught on this world. Something beyond any boundary, real
or imagined. Something beyond any teaching, any doctrine. Something beyond
the grasp of any external force or entity, however ancient, powerful,
traditional.

All of that to introduce an insight that came into my mind last night as I
was dreaming. I became obsessed with the idea that I should be able to
recall how many containers I have emptied in my life to this point. So I
began listing containers. Where do you begin? Well, how about my mother's
breasts, assuming I was breast fed? Milk bottles, glasses and cups. Various
dishes. Lipstick tubes and perfume bottles, pails, jugs, cans, on it went.
An endless array of containers I emptied while remaining unaware of the fact
that I was emptying a container. Oh, I was certainly aware that a certain
container was empty when I wanted or needed more and it wasn't there and I
had to expend energy in time and money to procure a new one. But that wasn't
the point of the exercise. The point was to try to remember all those
containers for their own sake. Not their size, shape, type nor what they
contained, but that they were containers. They had been filled and I had
emptied them.

I suppose it could be considered a pointless, wasteful, impossible exercise.
But it begins to make sense once one realizes life, delves into it, looks at
it as one would study a sleeping lover's face peaceful under a moonbeam from
a slightly parted curtain. That sleeping lover is life. And I ask myself, am
I watching him wondering how I can make his life even better, or am I doing
so because he makes me feel so good inside? Am I giving or taking? Filling
or emptying? Being selfish or selfless?

Life offers itself to us just as is, no agenda, no particular needs. It
pulses inside of us and all around us and we go through our motions within
its power often without realizing that we are the ones giving it the power
for good or ill. My lover is nothing as a lover until empowered by my own
love--and that love can be taking or giving. The problem of love is as the
problem of life: they are containers. How sad it is if all we remember at
the end of the run is what it held, what ran out leaving us wanting more
when there can be no more. A passage, a "life" on this world, should be a
constant striving to evolve to the point where, through intent and purpose
we force ourselves to be of those who fill life's containers. It is said
that nature abhors a vacuum. Certainly, all gaps will be filled, one way or
the other. The big flat screens are eager to show the horrors we unleash
through greed, lasciviousness and hedonism balanced willy-nilly by tens of
thousands of innocent victims daily; by poverty, famine, dispossession and
painful, violent death. The containers are being emptied in this time, they
are not being filled.

 

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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 2/13/2012
Your cup runnith over Regis. Patrick
Reviewed by D. Kenneth Ross 2/11/2012
Sha' Tara, Infinity is continuing without end, eternity is existence through everything, concepts rise and become needless, containers merely carry what seems to be needed, progress is only as benficial as its solution, doubts are negotiable if belief is temporary, thought is a demand for evolution, understanding all that we question readies us to receive purpose; purpose will elude all but the most dedicated thinker. What is left is freedom in its purest form. Only God, can grant freedom.
Reviewed by J Howard 2/11/2012
some containers are filled with hate, loathing, and loneliness...they seem empty...those that are full overflow with love, compassion and understanding...but each is a container all the same-
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 2/8/2012
Interesting and compelling thoughts..
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 2/8/2012
Dear me, this is a mighty large container you emptied this morning, it held far too much to answer with one simple answer, I love the way you say it, the way you assamble the alphabet soup of so many meaningful arguments. I was just talking to this wee little mouse begging for cheese, and my pet crow and all its million friends, they seem to have no such concerns at all, on the other hand, I weed,and or sow, and eat that I grow. We as a species I believe, set ourselves perimeters that feed an ego, singular and or collective. Would we as you said give each it's due, as well as fully our own, we might be as a species that is, more amenable to living life to our full capacity, what a glorious day that would be. Live and let live, no wars, no religious impossitions, moral or otherwise, "Impositions" love your neighbour, as ........To much to say here Regie, to rich an article, but as always wonderfully thought out, and entertaining. Thanks you for a good morning read. Blessings! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/8/2012
Great article, Regis. Very well done.
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 2/7/2012
Live to Love and Love to Live
can fill our containers *Regis*
praying that it be contagious!!

Lady Vivian
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