It’s not enough to read, think, and talk about it…
Integrating traditional teachings in the 21st Century to avoid personal disintegration.
With integrated application in life it is possible to eventually become a better artist, a clearer thinker, deeper feeler, more balanced, compassionate, wise and valuable individual.
Rehashing old teachings is only valuable where they are applied Now, in this world and life, here and now.
The mind and intellect is a trap to embodied application. We can think forever and never become a better individual, and never make a better world, and never help anybody.
Remember “Not by taking thought can you add one inch to your stature”… who said that?
an exceprt from the teachings of Eugene Halliday …
Q. “Excuse me could I ask one question.. could you equate the idea that if one commits an idea mentally, it is the same as committing the deed, and the idea that intellectualism is one of our enemies and that any ideas we have, not backed by material action, will be useless to us?”
If we say that the intellect of a man or his mental processes, in the crime of intellectualism there is no intent of will to mean it. Whereas, in the inner lusting after the beautiful lady, there is every intent of will. Now in the one case the intellectual keeps all his concepts on the perimeter and when somebody speaks his perimeter reacts and says something very clever. But there is no intent of will behind what he says. But in the other case when his deep will looks out, it looks straight across the barrier of his mind and intellect, and it looks at something it wants to appropriate. Now it is in the will that the committal is.
And this is precisely the thing that we don’t get in an intellectual.
This is the argument, and the basis of the Luther position well illustrated in the play with Albert Finney where Luther suddenly discovers “the just shall live by faith, not by works”. It is a matter of the deep will, and faith has to do with that. And you can live by will. It doesn’t matter how many times you make a mistake, if you allow your intellect to condemn you because you made a mistake, you’ve been imposed upon by form.
This is the meaning of eternal self-forgiveness. You can fall flat on your face an infinity of times and at the end of it you must stand up. Otherwise you are being dictated to by form. And form is only a product of will. If you commit the will into it you’ve done the deed, lacking only the opportunity.
And if you only commit the intellectual side to it you’ve committed literally nothing except form, superficial observance.
It’s certain that if you commit the will, and then the physical opportunity is presented, the deed will be done.
Whereas if you only commit the intellect, the opportunity can be presented every day and nothing will be done.