The Quickening


I picked up this book, The Quickening by Stuart Wilde, at a friend's house and flipped over to the table of contents. Chapter 5, The Eternal Stance of the Warrior-Sage caught my eye and I decided to type it into my blog this morning. As Mr. Wilde says in the first chapter, "As I moved on and grew wiser I discovered that spiritual growth has little to do with acquisition...it became a function of what I was able to discard. The whole philosophy of the Quickening calls on you to lighten your load and to set your spirit free. It asks that you step into the philosophy of the Warrior-Sage and embrace your individuality so totally that you have absolutely no reservations about who it is you are and about what your purpose is in life." If you enjoy this excerpt, perhaps you will find the whole book interesting! It's available on Amazon for less than one US dollar.

Once you understand the difference between thinking-man and spirit-man, you have only to look at the motivations you hold and from which mode they come. Are you part of the self-indulgent habits of thinking-man or are you in the expansive but less secure lifestyle of spirit-man? It is simple to align with spirit-man intellectually but less simple to do so emotionally, for you must step into a divine, infinite reality which quickens but also leads you into the unknown.

The concerns of spirit-man are his levels of energy and the inner impact he creates for himself, not his staying alive. Spirit-man see himself as eternal and prays only that his path may be well trod, with honor. He does not seek end results and is detached from concerns about life and death, political change or social structure. Spirit-man rests within himself and is busy manipulating his own life, not the lives of others.

The world peace movement is an area where many spiritually conscious groups are maneuvering to change the way people think. That is very laudable. Yet the movement is firmly rooted in thinking-man's survival mode. It creates within man a yearning for something he does not have. It is like people who spend all their life miserably grasping at the straw of security only to discover there is none and that security is irrelevant to the Higher Self.

I was flying recently from Washington, DC to Texas and picked up an inflight magazine. The main article was a report from one of those government bodies that counts things. Well, it wasn't actually that body. The report came from a committee appointed to ensure that the department that did the counting, counted the stuff correctly. It seems that there are five million people at war in the world today and the report “tut-tutted” and moaned about the various conflicts among the people of our planet.

It occurred to me as I read the article that if we have five million people at war, then, with a planet of five billion souls, we have a total of four billion nine hundred and ninety-five million people who are not at war. This is all in all a fairly decent result when one considers our diverse cultures, the shortage of certain resources and the level of discomfort which many sustain. Then the article went on to review the world refugee problem. It turns out that we have fifteen million refugees in the world. My first thought was, how do the government officials in DC get the refugees to stand still while they count them? By their very nature refugees wander about a lot. Aside from that thought, we can see that there are four billion nine hundred and eighty-five million folk who aren't refugees. Tonight they will all go home somewhere. Even if home is just a mud-hut under a palm, it's still home.

In mechanical-man mode you can easily get sucked into mass hysteria. In spirit-man mode you would see a war as undesirable but, as most of the world is uncomfortable and frustrated with itself, war follows naturally. It is a part of people's growth. You would know that for the masses there are precious few opportunities for metaphysical experiences. Childbirth, orgasm and war are three. It is through these that the masses feel for a brief moment a connectedness to all things. Why would you take that away from them?

To sustain the Quickening within, one has to begin to dry-clean one's feeling from emotional attachments and needs. This involves giving up those areas of opinion which no longer serve. Each place where one is emotionally attached creates a line, like a grappling hook, that binds one to the consciousness of tick-tock. To go beyond, one has to disengage. Otherwise the weight of emotional concerns do not allow one to rise above the ”plateau of comfort” into a consciousness that develops critical mass.

The power needed to accelerate you past your current state is great indeed and the more stripped of emotion you are, the less opinions you hold, the less rigidity you create, then the more your ability to break out of the gravitational grip of the “collective” consciousness is enhanced by the lightness of your load. You can't be different and hold the same feelings as the mass of people.

To establish that difference you need to create an emotional barrier between yourself and the world. It is a psychic demarcation zone through which no emotion will pass. It becomes the buffer between you and life's circumstances.

This buffer is developed in several ways. First you pull away from the desires and attachment ts that you have about your own life. You voice no opinion. You must accept reality as you find it, internalize it and own it even if you do not like it. This does not mean you cannot change things if you wish, it just means that the way things are is the way they are, and you have to be able to accept that. Any negative yearning that you have about your life serves only as an affirmation of weakness and locks you in. Nowadays, people insist that everthing be perfect, safe, comfortable and convenient and so often life is not any of these. The Warrior-Sage accepts discomfort and pain and rides on, regardless. His life is not regulated by having to have this or that. He does not demand that conditions be perfect, or even to his liking. He learns to stay centered whatever the circumstances. By not reacting to your surroundings and by ignoring the emotional gyrations of others, you empower yourself from within.

Anytime one reacts to events and conditions one flips back into thinking-man weakness. Reaction is an affirmation that, first, one doesn't control events and second, one considers reality to be that is is outside of oneself. By accepting and internalizing reality one affirms that one's life is one's own creation, that you and only you control it.

The buffer zone one creates around oneself contains at its center a powerful affirmation that says,

“I accept myself. I am not perfect, I have aspirations to become more so, but I accept myself. Therefore I can accept the life I am living for I have created it. Today is my day, I am what I am within whatever I find and nothing can push me off that balance.”

The mind of thinking-man contains a myriad of opinions as to what should be. Each opinion is an affirmation of thinking-man's pathetic state of weakness. It is only an opinion that says one's body should be strong and healthy. It is only an opinion that says one should live a long life. What if you don't? Are you going to negate the time you have spent on earth? Who says one has to be rich and wear fine clothes and be treated in a special way? Who says you have to sleep so many hours and eat so many meals? Where is it cast in stone that you have to be dry and warm and safe? What if you find yourself in a place that is freezing, wet and dangerous? Do you moan your way into missing the experience or do you open to acceptance from strength?

Mechanical-man trots through his miserable little rhythms of life an dismisses it for the most part. This is why most of the people you meet are as dull as dish water. They have optioned themselves out of life and have nothing to offer. They may life to be ninety—nine but their experiences are of little worth. They still don't accept themselves and they are still uncomfortable. It is better to live as a Warrior-Sage for thirty years and to accept the experience of life than it is to cast oneself into the living hell of the stereotype.

Once that acceptance of self is complete, the gateway to the other worlds opens, and not before. One has to operate from strength. By accepting life as it comes, with all its anguish, frustration and pain, one affirms one's eternal stance within reality. You say, “I am what I am, and what I am is centered and confident, regardless of what is happening; I am that Higher Self within which I am granted honor and nobility; everything else is irrelevant.”

The weak never accept where they find themselves. They always want to change things, even when changing things is not worth the effort. Their inner discomfort demands a constant restlessness. Once the Quickening is a part of life, you will not care whether things change or not and you will not feel the need to change things other than yourself, for you will develop a comfortable, stable acceptance of self. You will be happy to let thing be and you will allow others to do the campaigning. They'll need it, you won't.