The only way to defeat anger is by surrendering to it. Anger resisted is anger invigorated and prolonged. We resist anger when we rationalize it or apportion blame. This empowers anger, turning it into a marauding perma-guest, an entirely negative entity whose sole aim is the complete destruction of our inner peace. Surrender is accomplished by accepting how awful anger feels and then by consciously sinking straight into it, breathing right into its roiling, viral center, doing that for as long as it takes. There’s an alchemical gift at the end of this. The gift isn’t received. It’s revealed.
Man is a three-brained animal: head, heart, gut. The gut brain is the sex centre. It has two modes of being: attraction or indifference. Pills to enhance sexual function can override indifference but they cannot alter it.
The sole work of the inner journey is the removal of obstacles. First among these is the small clutch of ideas we hold about ourselves. William Blake called these mental concepts “mind-forg’d manacles.”
Deepak Chopra has said that everything we value, including love and science, comes from the inside. The recognition of this initiates a waning of our mesmeric fascination with the outside, a gentle falling away of our predilections and attachments.
In an adulterated and inadvertent sort of life, there’s a tendency for a man’s past to make his decisions for him. Actually, it’s amazing (not too strong a word!) when this doesn’t happen.