AN ALTER NATIVE REALITY
Do we really create our
own reality? Or is it all scripted out over at Universal
Studios? The debate has raged as long as debates have
been the rage, and I can provide no definitive answer
either. Certainly some really big blockbusters have
come out of Universal -- and more disasteroid scenarios
are predicted for the near future. And yet, small independents
continue to write and star in their own successful movies.
As more and more of these
alternative scripts get produced, this is helping to
bring about an alter native reality. And that is a good
thing. For indeed, the native reality could use some
altering. In a recent reality check, 71% of those responding
said they "disapproved" of the current reality
-- the lowest approval rating reality has had since
the Great Flood. This is understandable. Consider the
political scene, for goodness sakes. All those endless
buttals and rebuttals. The media baits us into arguing,
and we keep falling for debate. It is so silly -- we
could be making a beautiful brainchild together, and
instead we are mass-debating.
And even those natives
who ignore the political goings on, they too are in
need of altering. Perhaps you are one of those going
through "psychic midlife spread" and are complaining,
"I seem to have outgrown my old life and nothing
fits anymore." Well, as my beloved guru Harry Cohen
Baba, the Garment Center Saint, used to say, "When
something doesn't fit, you need to make alterations."
Now in the old days when
Harry Cohen Baba was still on the material plane, people
would come in for alterations all the time. Perhaps
they'd just been in a serious karma wreck or suffered
a near-debt experience, and their old habits were in
tatters. He'd snip a little material here, mend a little
tear there, and the natives would leave in a truly altered
state, often remarking about how well their life fit.
"Wow. No crimping
in the crotch! No more constriction around the neck!
And look -- my arms are swinging freely!" I tell
you it was quite a blessing to have a guru who could
custom-tailor your reality like that. I remember shortly
before his passing, the great healer's disciples gathered
at his bedside and cried, "What will we do without
The Garment Centered One
shrugged and said, "Suit yourself." And this
is only fitting. We can alter our own reality (not to
mention the reality of the natives around us) by following
these simple suggestions:
1. Tell A Vision. If you
don't like the current programming, be your own channel
and tell a vision. Instead of being just another divisionary
taking sides on the latest televised drama, become a
visionary who uses the spectacle to help us all see
more clearly. If enough of us do this, even mainstream
media will have to replace its commentators with uncommontaters
who have an alter native vision. For indeed there is
a Divine Order. When you tell your vision, you are filling
out your Divine Order Form. As Harry Cohen Baba told
us after one of his New Deli pilgrim ages, "Life
is like a good deli. If enough people order something,
they'll have to make it."
2. Be An Esteem-Generator.
Each of us at some time in our lives has been flattened
by an esteem-roller, and it's taken months or years
to get back up to a full head of esteem. You can speed
up this process -- and alter native reality -- by becoming
an empowerhouse who helps others generate their own
esteem. As you know, esteem rises and rising esteem
might even be the cause of this global warming we've
heard so much about. People are definitely becoming
warmer. Just a few years ago, it wasn't cool to be warm.
Now being warm is becoming cool again. This is bound
to have an effect on the overall climate.
3. Life Is A Bun Dance,
So Get Out On The Flow. Sometimes when reality becomes
too unpleasant, there is a temptation to dance off into
the void. Clearly, this is a void dance. The opposite
of a void dance is a bun dance. If you want to enjoy
a bun dance, you gotta get up off your assets and shake
those buns. Sadly, too many of us don't know our assets
from a hole in the ground. To create an alter native
reality -- and promote a bun dance -- we gotta move
our assets and dance, dance, dance, till the sacred
cows come home.
4. Don't Get Even -- Get
Odd. Being odd is natural. Each of us is one-of-a-kind,
and number-wise it doesn't get any odder than one. (As
a matter of fact, that is why Ulysses's journey was
called an "oddyssey" -- because he was alone.)
And any mathematician will tell you that one is the
oddest number that you'll ever do. So rejoice that you
are unique -- just like everyone else -- and encourage
others to get odd as well. That way the odds will be
with us as we promote alter native lifestyles. The more
we realize God made us odd for a reason, the less energy
we will waste trying to get even.
5. Laugh At Your Own Expense.
According to a recent report issued by the Eternal Revenue
Service, each time someone laughs at our expense, it
is credited to our cosmic expense account, which makes
it an excellent way to buy down karmic debt. So next
time you are feeling foolish, smile, shrug, and say,
"This one's on me!" Who knows? You may be
able to skip a few karma payments. For indeed, laughter
provides karmic relief. As the old saying goes, "Laugh
at yourself, and the whole world will laugh at you too."
Imagine a world of fooly-realized beings wholeheartedly
laughing at themselves. This would certainly alter our
native reality for the better.
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