Saturday, August 9, 2014
Countdown, part II
Then I measure objects, events, circumstances, and conditions to see how they align with my intention, and assign them value accordingly. This is an external evaluation, or, valuation of active manifestation in the material world.
However, before valuation takes place outwardly, it also has to take place inwardly. This is where the creation of aim and intention arises; inwardly, I make a decision about what my aim and intention are. These decisions relate to the perceptual intake and my comparison of the external world with my inner understanding (see the series of posts on organizational skills, July 28 through August 1.) In choosing, before I ever encounter valuation or the ability to apply statistics, I have to make intelligible decisions about what I wish for, about what my aim and intentions are.
A question arises for me about whether these deep inner wishes, these impulses which lie close to the core of Being, the values of the soul, can ever align properly using statistics.
I think I would apply here what I call the principle of the utmost wish; that is, the absolute inner wish of a man or a woman as they come into contact with their own soul.
To come into contact with the utmost wish, the great wish which is not just the wish of mankind but actually the wish of the Lord, of God, is a sacred action. This action is hidden from man under ordinary circumstances, because our psyches are too corrupted to contact it safely. Some of the secret teachings about chakras, and the hidden locations around the heart chakra ( at the center of the spine in the body) are about this; and adepts who have had this particular location opened in them will know the absolute value of both ecstasy and anguish, as they exist together simultaneously in an annihilation of what we understand, and everything we "are" in our ordinary minds. But a man should never undertake to do this themselves; it isn't safe. If this part is opened, the utmost wish may be revealed for a moment; but we do not have the strength of being to sustain such a thing. That kind of work is left to figures such as Buddha and Christ.
Nonetheless, the utmost wish, if a soul opens, provides a thin trickle of current into Being; and that utmost wish does guide the hand towards right action, no matter how unsteady the hand itself may be. The utmost wish relates, in fact, to the fifth obligolnian striving; this is the ultimate or final striving, to which all other strivings ultimately point, and—as I have pointed out before—is actually Gurdjieff's version of the bodhisattva vow.
The current, once transmitted, is often lost in translation; one can only do one's best. But the deep inner wish emerges, and, through the translating mechanism — consciousness, to whatever degree it is developed — comes into an expression of aim, the birth of intention. To the extent that this is aligned with the utmost wish, it is always an intention or an aim for the good; and to the extent that it deviates from the inner path of righteousness, it falls by the wayside and can even create chaos and destruction. This is because the utmost wish always has power, even if it goes off the rails.
Statistics, numerical evaluations, can be a valuable tool in keeping things on the straight and narrow; yet they cannot be used as a substitute for choice and decision making. We cannot turn the process of choice into a machine and then walk away, trusting it to run smoothly; we cannot take a question of the exercise of morality and presume to apply a cookie-cutter template for it, then expecting it to function well. This is what fundamentalist religions do; and their weaknesses and flaws are evident. Although they would deny it if challenged, in a strange way, their approach is just as mechanical and unfeeling as the application of statistics alone, because they apply a formula; and a formula does not have to be made of numbers in order to be rigid and unyielding.
There is no intelligence in numbers, but only in the understanding of them; and the understanding of them is always relative to intention and aim. The understanding of intention and aim is always relative to the understanding of the utmost wish; so unless one understands the utmost wish, one's innermost love and desire, one's most righteous and sacred impulses, all of the tools that derive from it will be useless. They may have outer effects, but none of them will ever produce the kind of results that ought to accrue when acting from the sacred impulse. This is the terror of the situation; and this is the reason that societies and people will go down.