Be True, Be Wise, Be Free

by Christopher Lovejoy on September 4, 2017

What is the truth about ecstasy?

Is it possible to speak about a constancy of ecstasy? Yes, but what I yearn to know is this: is it possible and desirable to explore, embody, experience, enjoy, and express such a constancy?

If so, how might it best be approached in daily life?

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The beauty of these questions is that they serve to bring focus to what ultimately matters in life, to what is desired, but more than that, these questions serve to bring focus to what is ultimately required: What do I need to do? Who do I need to be? What do I need to have?

What is the bare minimum required in terms of doing, being, and having? And what is the bare minimum required, with just me, myself, and I as a natural and spiritual being in human form ~ with no gadgets, no gimmicks, no gambits, no drinks, no drugs, no crutches of any kind?

Having satisfied the bare minimum on these terms, what do I view and treat as ultimately fulfilling? In other words, what ultimately matters to me in this world at this time?

What are my ultimate desires?

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The beauty of these questions is that they bring focus to the challenge of attachment. How attached am I to satisfying that which is required? How attached am I to fulfilling that which is desired?

A constancy of ecstasy is not possible if I am bothered by attachments of any kind; such a constancy is simply not possible if I resist losing any of these attachments; and such a constancy is not possible if I feel that I would be lacking in any way in the absence of said attachments.

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So, what might I surmise existentially with due respect for these statements about attachment?

Perhaps it is to seek perpetually, moving and flowing from place to place, from person to person, from thing to thing, for the experience of the seeking and the finding and the leaving, moving and flowing perpetually until that final moment when I pass into the Great Beyond …

… in a constancy of ecstasy.

Perhaps it is to put down firm roots, to stay in one place, to hold to one purpose, to last with one person, if only minimally, with only the most essential of things to keep me gainfully occupied and employed, all the while wearing the vest of my expectations lightly, lovingly, longingly …

… in a constancy of ecstasy.

Perhaps it is to manifest the best of both worlds, putting down firm roots here and perpetually seeking there, while remaining open to putting down firm roots there and perpetually seeking here, moving and flowing there, dwelling and resting here, all with a carefree care …

… in a constancy of ecstasy.

Easier said than done, I know, for “when all is said and done, more is always said than done.”

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As I flip these tired old words around, I am left claiming a future revelation: “where I was, without concern, in a constancy of ecstasy, when all was done and said, more was always done than said.”

And so, wise readers, what exactly was done?

is it possible and desirable to explore, embody,
experience, enjoy, and express such a constancy?
if so, how might I best approach it in daily life?

Let me assume that it is possible and desirable.

In five steps, I approach a constancy of ecstasy:

  1. To express such a constancy, do I not need to enjoy it?
  2. To enjoy such a constancy, do I not need to experience it?
  3. To experience such a constancy, do I not need to embody it?
  4. To embody such a constancy, do I not need to explore it?
  5. To explore such a constancy, do I not need to question it?

In five steps, I approach a constancy of ecstasy …

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Oh, but wait, what of my old friend whose stock-in-trade is Fear, in its ruthless, endless capacity as the Prophet of No, as the messenger of “no, not now” and “no, not yet”, as the supreme commander of “no, not accessible / no, not desirable / no, not possible”? Let us have a conversation now …

Me: Hello, old friend, it’s a pleasure to be with you now.

No: I somehow doubt that …

Me: No, really, I feel a genuine desire to shoot the breeze with you.

No: Shoot the breeze? You mean shoot the bull, don’t you?

Me: (laughing) Yes, I suppose I do.

No: Come on, I don’t have all day. What do you want?

Me: A constancy of ecstasy.

No: A constancy of ecstasy? Are you out of your mind? No one can have that.

Me: Ah, come on, at least humor me.

No: Alright then, how about this? No one can make love all day every day in a perpetual fit of rapturous delight. Case closed.

Me: Damn, dude, you really know how to cut to the chase.

No: They don’t call me the Prophet of No for nothing, you know.

Me: Yes, I know, but getting back to what you said about making love …

No: Yes?

Me: Surely you don’t think that making love is the only way to explore, embody, experience, enjoy, and express ecstasy?

No: What better way?

Me: Tell me something: what brings you delight? In what do you delight?

No: I delight in telling you “no”, “no, not now”, “no, not yet”, in telling you “no, fergettaboudit”, in telling you “no, and don’t even try!”, in telling you “no, and I tell you this for your own good.”

Me: You take delight in so many things …

No: No, I take delight in one thing, with many variations on that one thing …

Me: Yes, I can see that, and I can hear it, too, but suppose for the sake of argument that I could give you an opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to take your one delight and crank it up and turn it into a rapturous delight and make it constant. What say you, old friend?

No: I hate to admit it, but I have a feeling I know where you’re going with this …

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I have heard it said that the best way to keep turning the fate of your soul in your favor is to keep loving the fate of your soul ~ amor fati ~ to love it, to know it, and to trust it, to accept it and to forgive that you have it, so that you may continue to shape the destiny of your spirit.

This is the game: to know, to accept, to forgive, to balance, and to open the soul in love to spirit.

To share information and inspiration on what is happening on this troubled yet promising world, I drew up two lists of sites that are serving the causes of personal, global and/or cosmic awakening.

This post has been filed under Ideal in the Ultimate Outline.

Note: my evolving outline on approaching a realization of the ultimate in personal fulfillment can be found here, accessible from the nav menu under the page “Be Here Now”.

Note: this ever growing perspective began here: Ultimate Perspective

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